Friday, July 19, 2019

Episode 197 - Knitting fangs in Sunnydale

What are we wearing?
5200K by Suvi Simola
Sharlene's 5200K redux
Little Bird by Vera Valimaki
Gayle's Little Bird

What are we stalking?
Cat in a Box by Anna Hrachovec aka Mochimochi Land
Cat in a Bag by Anna Hrachovec aka Mochimochi Land
Mochimochi Snowmen by Anna Hrachovec aka Mochimochi Land
If Jessica Jones Had A Hat by Sminé
U-KNIT-Y (hat) by Sminé
U-KNIT-Y (cowl) by Sminé
U-KNIT-Y (scarf) by Sminé
Sleepy Snake and Mischievous Mouse by Anna Hrachovec aka Mochimochi Land
Hipster Shawl by Joji Locatelli
Hipster Cowl by Joji Locatelli
Hoodie Shawl Cardigan by Susanne Sommer
Fairy Dust by Dani Sunshine

What are we knitting?
Maypop Hoodie by Susanna Winter
Sunnydale Cowl by Katy Carroll
Magical Thinking by Casapinka
Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli

What have we finished?
Sunnydale Cowl by Katy Carroll
How Quiet Hat by Helen Stewart
Panda by Susan B. Anderson

Where are they now?
Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier
Calmer from Rowan
Sharlene's Buttercup 1
Sharlene's Buttercup 2
Sharlene's Buttercup 3
Coast Old Bomuld from Holst Garn
Apres Surf Hoodie by Connie Chang Chinchio
Solstice Cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald




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Friday, July 5, 2019

Episode 196 - Return to the School of Knit

What are we wearing?
Ginga Top by Yoko Johnston
Sharlene's Ginga Top
Love Note by tincanknits

What are we stalking?
Once and Floral by Maxim Cyr
Leaves Cascade Sweater by Ana D
Shaker Dishcloths and Coasters by Staci Perry
Gwyn by Maria Leigh
Deep Breath Sweater by Kirsten Hipsky
Gayle's Deep Breath
Sunnyside by Tanis Lavallee
Caddington Wrap by Kate Heppell

What are we knitting?
Farallon by Elizabeth Doherty
Sunnydale Cowl by Katie Carroll
Maypop Hoodie by Susanna Winter
How Quiet Hat by Helen Stewart
Panda by Susan B. Anderson

What have we finished?
Derecho by Allison Green
Remix Light from Berocco
Love Note by tincanknits
Slice of Pie Beret by Margit A

School of Knit
-  the new "Private notes" section on project pages in Ravelry
- weaving in ends
- remember what project your needles are in!


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Friday, June 21, 2019

Episode 195 - The emotional lives of sweaters, part 2

What are we wearing?
Magical Thinking by Casapinka
Sharlene's Magical Thinking
Pixie from Dragonfly Fibers
Little Bird by Veera Välimäki
Gayle's Little Bird

What are we stalking?
Rosewater by Janina Kallio
Grey Heart by Anna Lifanova
Cat Cocoon by Yellow thread knits
All Points South by Casapinka
As If Tee by Shay Johnson

What are we knitting?
Derecho by Alison Green
Remix Light from Berroco
Farallon by Elizabeth Doherty
Reed from Shibui Knits
Twig from Shibui Knits
5200K by Suvi Simola
Love Note by tincanknits
Hydrangea Striped Blanket by Lucy of Attic24



Thank-you Dragonfly Fibers for sponsoring this episode!








What have we finished?
Gather by tincanknits
Love Note by tincanknits
Magical Thinking by Casapinka
Fiddly Bits by Jana Pihota
Slice of Pie Beret by Margit A
Two Flocks DK by The Knitting Goddess UK

We discuss the second part of "The emotional lives of sweaters" and what to do when a sweater or accessory isn't working for you for some reason or another. 

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Episode 194 - The emotional lives of sweaters


In this episode we talk a little bit about what we call "the emotional lives of sweaters." Funny, I know, and it really isn't about the sweaters. It's about us and how we react and feel about them. Some sweaters or knitted accessories and items are loved immediately upon finishing. Some, it might take us a little while, maybe a couple of wearings to come around. Some items never make it onto the "most worn" list. Other items, like baby gifts, might be immediately loved and well-received by the recipients. We try our hardest, but really we never know. What makes some items successful and others not so successful? We start the discussion in this episode, but by no means finish it. There is always more to be said on this topic. Feel free to join in on the discussion in our Ravelry group! And by the way, welcome, we are glad you are here! :)


What are we wearing?
O'Keeffe by Bristol Ivy
Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli

What are we stalking?
Lush by Tincanknits
Happy Scrappy Blanket by Schibot Garn
Blaise by Ambah O'Brien
Hearts of Pride Cowl by Aelfie Lincoln

What are we knitting?
Magical Thinking by Casapinka
Derecho by Allison Green
Gather by tincanknits
Fiddly Bits by Jana Pihota
Love Note by tincanknits


Thank-you Dragonfly Fibers for sponsoring this episode!







What have we finished?
Gather by tincanknits
Love Note by tincanknits
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty
Gayle's Clio
Soldotna Crop by Caitlin Hunter
Gayle's Soldotna

The blog post we mention in the episode about blending a mohair with another yarn is from Tin Can Knits and can be found here.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Episode 193 - Introducing the Colors of Fall 2019!

It is almost KAL time! We discuss and introduce The Yarniacs Colors of Fall 2019 Knit-a-long! A thread has already started in our Ravelry group for planning and everyone is talking about the colors and what they want to knit. Gayle and I had originally planned to introduce the KAL in June, but everyone has been so excited to start planning that the thread was started, chatted had commenced, and we felt we'd better catch up with all you enthusiastic knitters! Thanks so much for supporting the KAL, our podcast, and being such enthusiastic yarniacs!

What are we wearing?
Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Boxy
Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis
Sharlene's Starshower
The Throwback by Andrea Mowry
Gayle's Throwback

What are we stalking?
Dotty Lace Top by Elena Fedotova
Dandelion Wish by Jennifer Wood
Colibrí amigurumi by Canal Crochet
Lufthul by Elsabeth Judith
Balada by Filipa Carneiro
Falling Stars Fingerless Mitts by Owl Croft Designs

Thank-you Candy Skein for sponsoring this episode!









What are we knitting?
Magical Thinking by Casapinka
Derecho by Allison Green
Love Note by tincanknits
Dandelion from madelinetosh
Fiddly Bits by Jana Pihota
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty
Gayle's 5200K remake

What have we finished?
O'Keeffe by Bristol Ivy
Perfect Reversible Watch Cap by Nancy Elizabeth Munroe
Sharlene's Watch cap
Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli
tosh lace by madelinetosh


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Friday, May 10, 2019

Episode 192 - Yarn management

What are we wearing?
Hood on the Moon by Katrin Schneider
Sharlene's Hood on the Moon
Gayle's Con-Fade-Ment


Thank-you Candy Skein for sponsoring this episode!








What are we stalking?
February Beanie by Veera Valimaki
Sunnydale Cowl by Katy Carroll
Soldotna Crop by Caitlin Hunter
Dianne's Soldotna
Let it fall by Matilda Kruse
Maypop Hoodie by Susanna Winter
Meadow from The Fiber Co.
Coast from Holst Garn

What are we knitting?
O'Keeffe by Bristol Ivy
Perfect Reversible Watch Cap by Nancy Elizabeth Munroe
Magical Thinking by Casapinka
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty
Like A Cloud by Joji Locatelli

What have we finished?
Beckett by Marie Green
Noble from Holst Garn
Estrella by Audrey Drysdale
Sharlene's Estrella

Gayle and I have a brief discussion about alternating skeins, yarn management, and the challenges associates with knitting with hand-dyed yarns when the skeins don't match exactly, as if often the case with beautiful hand-dyed skeins.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Episode 191 - Obsessive sweater storage

What are we wearing?
5200K by Suvi Simola
Sharlene's 5200K
Dragonflies Jumper by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Dragonflies Jumper

What are we stalking?
Derecho by Alison Green
Martha's Derecho that I tried on at the retreat
Remix Light from Berroco
Ama Sweater by Maddie Harvey
Dracarys Sweater by Sonia Masegosa
Ginga Top - winter sky by Yoko Johnston
Quiet Stars by Joji Locatelli
Boho Bibe Shawl by Jamie Swiatek



Thank-you Plum Deluxe for sponsoring this episode!











What are we knitting?
O'Keeffe by Bristol Ivy
Beckett by Marie Green
Perfect Reversible Watch Cap by Nancy Elizabeth Nunroe
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty
Merino DK from Rohrspatz & Wollmeise
Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli

What have we finished?
Cooperish Cowl by Katy Carroll
Little Bird by Veera Välimäki

What is a mil? From the website here: A "MIL" equals one thousandth of an inch and measures the thickness of the bag.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Episode 190 - To swatch or not to swatch?

To swatch or not to swatch? That is often the question I am asked as a professional yarn enabler at the local yarn store where I work. Trust me, you will always learn something from swatching. If your swatch tells you the wrong thing, maybe you've asked the wrong question. Maybe you weren't listening to an answer you didn't want to hear. There are so many factors and so many possibilities. As knitters, we do the best we can. We read labels, we swatch, we pick pretty colors and stylish patterns. And yet, sometimes we still fail. Even master painters have been known to throw out a canvas or two, so really, as fiber artists, an occasional fail is bound to happen. We swatch to increase the odds, to give us more information to be successful.

Personally, I've never understood the swatch hate. I enjoy knitting swatches. I don't have to look at a pattern, I don't have to think too hard. I just sit and knit! (Okay, swatching for special stitch patterns or cables or lace is different and does require thought and attention.) Though I love my finished objects, I do enjoy the simple process of needles in hand and yarn slipping through fingers. It is the closest to zen knitting I've experienced. So there's another thought for you. Enjoy the swatching process!

Oh, and if you want to see a photo of last year's NoCKRs retreat swatch experiment, take a look at episode 164 here.
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
5200K by Suvi Simola
Sharlene's 5200
Peasy by Heidi Kirrmeier
Gayle's Peasy
Arroyo from Malabrigo Yarn

What are we stalking?
Pescadero Waves by Heather Linebarger
Coast Old Bomuld from Holst Garn
Rusty Tuku by Susanne Sommer
Perfect Reversible Watch Cap by Nancy Elizabeth Nunroe
Candy Dot by Yelena Dasher
Bunny girl in a dotty dress by Julie Williams
Bear in a Bunny Suit by Susan Anderson
Olive Leaf Cardigan by Eri
Olive Leaf Pullover by Ririko


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What are we knitting?
Cooperish Cowl by Katy Carroll
Beckett by Marie Green
Noble yarn fr Holst Garn
Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli
tosh lace from madelinetosh
Mohair Lace from Fidalgo Yarn
Little Bird by Veera Välimäki
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty

What have we finished?
Zweig by Caitlin Hunter
Fletcher by Elizabeth Doherty



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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Episode 189 - The one where Nani speaks

There is a lot of knitting going on! Gayle and I were both energized and inspired by the many beautiful sweaters we saw last month at Stitches West. Unfortunately, that doesn't translate into faster knitting, just longer queues!

This episode, at about 33:00 minutes in, when Boo the cat enters the room, you might hear the bird say "Eek a cat!" Gayle starts laughing and of course, hilarity ensues. This is real life. We hope the guest appearance will enhance your enjoyment of the episode. :)
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Fading Point by Joji Locatelli
Ranunculus by Midori Hirose

What are we stalking?
Interpretations Volume 6 by Joji Locatelli and Veera Välimäki

Understated by Joji Locatelli
Ravishing Vest by Joji Locatelli
Resolute Wrap by Joji Locatelli
Community Tunic by Joji Locatelli
Frozen Fields by Veera Välimäki
Moonquake by Veera Välimäki
Moonlight Socks by Joji Locatelli
Hidden by Veera Välimäki
Evolve Shawl by Joji Locatelli
Smoke and Amber by Veera Välimäki

Candy Dot by Yelena Dasher

What are we knitting?
Cooperish Cowl by Katy Carroll
O'Keeffe by Bristol Ivy
Beckett by Marie Green
Noble from Holst Garn
Little Bird by Veera Välimäki
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty
Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli
Mohair Lace from Fidalgo Fibers

What have we finished?
Zweig by Caitlin Hunter
Ranunculus by Hidori Hirose
Gayle's Ranunculus
Sockhead Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure
Gayle's Sockhead Slouch
Bits and Bobs by Kay F. Jones
Gayle's Bits and Bobs

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Episode 188 - Stalking skirts at Stitches!

Our podcast was mentioned in a couple of places in the past month. First, CBS Sunday Morning "The Golden Age of Podcasts"
and second,
The Knitter Magazine posted this article here (Instagram link)

What are we wearing?
Weekender by Andrea Mowry
Sharlene's Weekender
Kline Shawl byJennifer Dassau
Sharlene's Kline
Papa by Junko Okamoto

What are we stalking?
Honey Hat by Kelly McClure
Jaunty by Ririko
A Little Flare Skirt by Violet
Canon Hand Dyes Amy's skirt
Party Top by AbbyeKnits
Fallen Leaf Shell by Rosemary Hill
Manzanita Tee by Rosemary Hill



Thank-you Fix-A-Stitch for sponsoring this episode!









What are we knitting?
O'Keeffe by Bristol Ivy
Zweig by Caitlin Hunter
Sockhead Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure
Bits and Bobs by Kay F. Jones
Viajante by Martina Behm
Ranunculus by Midori Hirose
Maisonette from Neighborhood Fiber Company
Western Sky Knits mohair

What have we finished?
Donner by Elizabeth Doherty
Sharlene's Donner 3
Cormo Fingering from Sincere Sheep
Cooperish Cowl by Katy Carroll
Sharlene's Cooperish Cowl
Papa by Junko Okamoto
Gayle's Papa
Clementine by Kate Burge and Rachel Price 🐸

Some prizes for the Self-Indulgent KAL include:
Build Your Own Barnyard Jumper by Owl Croft Designs
Go with the Flo by Jennifer Lassonde
Your Favorite Brew Shawl by Jenn Sheelen

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Episode 187 - I spy colorwork!

We're back from Stitches West 2019 and ready to share what we saw! We hope you will enjoy our little recap. :)


What are we wearing?
Dragonflies Jumper by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Dragonflies
Merino Stretch from Schoeller+Stahl (discontinued)
Outing Shawl by Irene Lin
Gayle's Outing Shawl
MM Sport from Madelinetosh
Tracie Too from Imperial Yarn

What are we knitting?
O'Keeffe by Bristol Ivy
Cooperish Cowl by Katy Carroll
Donner by Elizabeth Doherty
Cormo Fingering from Sincere Sheep
Papa by Junko Okamoto
Sockhead Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure

What have we finished?
Graham by Jennifer Adams
Ponytail Hat by Knikki Knits



Thank-you Fix-A-Stitch for sponsoring this episode!










What did we stalk at Stitches West 2019?

Day 1
Ondawah by Michele Wang
Evening in Edinburgh by Casapinka
Traveller from Dragonfly Fibers
Front Row Center by Mary Annarella
Dance Rustic Silk from Dragonfly Fibers

Day 2
Edisto Top by Kate Oates
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty
Little Bird by Veera Välimäki
Kim's Little Bird

Day 3
Leaving by Anne Hanson
Graphica by Casapinka
All Points South by Casapinka

Overall
Zweig by Caitlin Hunter
Gayle's Zweig
Weekender by Andrea Mowry
Sharlene's Weekender

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Episode 186 - Stalking Stitches Past

There's a lot going on in this episode as Gayle and I mentally prepare for Stitches West, the large west coast yarn and fiber event, and explore sweaters that we have stalked at Stitches West past and find out if we knit, stalked, or lost interest. Enjoy the episode!
-Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Gather Together by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Gather Together
Dinner in the Eiffel Tower Shawl by Jessie Dodington
Citadel by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Citadel

What are we stalking?
Big in Japan sweater by Katrin Schneider
Focal Point by Suvi Simola
Camden Cap by Wooly Wormhead
Acoma by Casapinka
Vaughan by Dario Tubiana
Times Square by Veera Valimaki

What are we knitting?
Cooperish Cowl by Katy Carroll
O'Keeffe by Bristol Ivy
Graham by Jennifer Adams
Papa by Junko Okamoto
Bits and Bobs by Kay Jones

What have we finished?
Fading Point by Joji Locatelli
Zweig by Caitlin Hunter


Thank-you Western Sky Knits for sponsoring this episode!















Where are they now? Stalking from previous years at Stitches West!
Minthe by Anne Ginger
Gayle's Minthe
Sans Serif by Elizabeth Doherty
Gayle's San Serif
Woodfords by Elizabeth Doherty
Sharlene's Woodfords
Divvy by JumperCables
Gayle's Divvy
Svalbard by Bristol Ivy
Sharlene's Svalbard
Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty
Gayle's Marklee
Portage by Melissa Schaschwary
Trilinear by Cindy Garland
Bare Branches by Alana Dakos
Calyx by Elizabeth Doherty
Polyhedra by Emma Welford
All Points South by Casapinka
Gale by Alicia Plummer


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Friday, February 1, 2019

Episode 185 - Stalking the queue

What are we wearing?
Washed Out by Joji Locatelli
Lilli Pilli by Ambah O'Brien

What are we stalking?
Beckett by Marie Greene
Rustic I Cord Wrap Bracelet by Elizabeth Murphy
Beaded Necklace &Wrap Bracelet by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Saturate by Mara Catherine Bryner
Chevron Fringe Shawl by Susanne Sommer
Ranunculus by Midori Hirose

Thank-you Western Sky Knits for sponsoring this episode!














What are we knitting?
Fading Point by Joji Locatelli
O'Keeffe by Bristol Ivy
Viajante by Martina Behm
Zweig by Caitlin Hunter
Bits and Bobs by Kay Jones

What have we finished?
Sharlene's sleep cap
Wolkig by Martina Behm
Sparkling Cider by Voolenvine
The Throwback by Andrea Mowry

We chatted with Andrea Mowry back in episode 144. If you haven't heard it, give it a listen!

The Akerworks Tool Kit that we talk about can be found on their website! Thanks Akerworks for sending us your awesome products to review.



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Friday, January 18, 2019

Episode 184 - Happy 7th anniversary to us!

Welcome to The Yarniacs Awards show! It's our 7th anniversary of podcasting! And you know Gayle and I love to party, and by party, we mean sit and share our knitting adventures with you, dear listener. So celebrate along with us as we announce some of our "bests" of the previous year.

It was pouring rain while we were recording. So you may hear the ambient noise of rain on the roof and the sounds of my housebound pets. As always, we love that you are joining us. Now, go put on your Academy-ready hand knits and enjoy the show!

What are we wearing?
Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli
The Throwback by Andrea Mowry

Best Pattern of the Year
Fading Point by Joji Locatelli
Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry
Bits and Bobs by Kay F. Jones
Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter

Designer of the Year
Joji Locatelli - Gayle knit 5 Joji projects, Sharlene knit 5
Elizabeth Doherty - Gayle knit 4 projects, Sharlene knit 5
Andrea Mowry
Caitlin Hunter

Best "new to us" Designer of the Year
Ririko
Relax by Ririko
Tulip by Ririko
The Evening Dew Cardigan by Ririko
Caitlin Hunter

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Yarn of the Year
Neighborhood Fiber Company
Candy Skein

Best "new to us" Yarn of the Year
Brioche DK by Kim Dyes Yarn
Marina by Manos del Uruguay
Alegría by Manos del Uruguay

Technique of the Year
Stranded colorwork
Sharlene's "Close the gap" method of binding off in the round (episode 170)
Elizabeth Doherty's "minding the gap" method of casting on

Best Tool of the Year
Knitter's Pride Ginger Interchangeables

Best knitting accompaniment
Netflix aka Knitflix! LOL
Various podcasts
Gayle also reads or listens to audiobooks

Most worn 2018 project
Calyx by Elizabeth Doherty
Sharlene's first Calyx
Sharlene's second Calyx
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty
Gayle's Clio
Shellseeker by Heidi Kirrmaier
Gayle's Shellseeker

Best Project of the Year
Sharlene's gift knit for a friend was her favorite project of the year
Gayle's gift knit for her son was her favorite project of the year

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Episode 183 - Welcome 2019!










What are we wearing?
5200K by Suvi Simola
Sharlene's original 5200K
Sharlene's 5200k redux
Veronika by Julie Weisenberger
Gayle's Veronika

What are we stalking?
Evening Dew Cardigan by Ririko
The Knitorious RGB by Park Williams
Winter Lines by Katrin Schneider
Big Love by Ankestrick
Whippet by Ankestrick
Sharlene's Whippet
Autumn Square by Hinterm Stein
Sharlene's Holey Comfort by Hinterm Stein
Nerissa by Elizabeth Smith

Thank-you Dragonfly Fibers for sponsoring this episode!













What are we knitting?
Fading Point by Joji Locatelli
O'Keeffe by Bristol Ivy
The Throwback by Andrea Mowry
Sparkling Cider by Voolenvine
Viajante by Martina Behm

What have we finished?
Haddie by Elizabeth Doherty
Gift knit
Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli
Moto by Mara Catherine Bryner
Jujuy by Joji Locatelli



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