Friday, March 27, 2020

Episode 215 - Knitting while sheltering in place

Gayle and I are sheltering in place right now, spending lots of time on Ravelry chatting in the forums, stalking, and giving those little hearts. We're both working from home when possible, and exploring online resources for cooking, books, museums, and movies. I hope everyone is finding ways to reach out to others, stay healthy, and support those essential workers who are allowing many to shelter at home. Stay safe everyone and go wash your hands! Happy knitting!
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Ranunculus by Midori Hirose
Sharlene's Ranunculus
No. 10 from Önling
Gayle's Ranunculus
Zweig by Caitlin Hunter
Gayle's Zweig
Sharlene's Zweig

What are we stalking?
Purple Coke Sweater by Katrin Schneider
Purple Coke by Katrin Schneider
Spring is in the Air by Hinterm Stein
Enkel ribbelue by Wenche Roald
The Throwover by Andrea Mowry
Carlina Pullover by Whitney Hayward
Pappus Pullover by Midori Hirose

Thank-you to our sponsor Fix-A-Stitch!

What are we knitting?
Bits and Bobs by Kay F. Jones
Goldfish Memory by Casapinka
Elorie by Elizabeth Doherty
Dawe by Amy Miller
Land of Sweets by Helen Stewart
BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie
Fairy Dust by Dani Sunshine

What have we finished?
Magnolia Chunky Cardigan by Camilla Dad
Tamarugo by Anna Hintikka
Bits and Bobs by Kay F. Jones

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Episode 214 - Choosing a Cast-on

What are we wearing?
Maypop Hoodie by Susanna Winter
The Throwback by Andrea Mowry

What are we stalking?
Borb the Crow by Verdandi Skov
Eezra by Rosa P
Swinside by Becky Baker
Wool & Berries by Joji Locatelli
Hazeldene by Xiaowei Design
Long Love by Ankestrick

Thank-you to our sponsor Fix-A-Stitch!

What are we knitting?
Goldfish Memory by Casapinka
Bits and Bobs by Kay Jones
Blue Sand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie
February Hat by Kate Gagnon Osborn
Magnolia Chunky Cardigan by Camilla Dad

What have we finished?
Ranunculus by Midori Hirose
No. 10 from Önling
No. 11 from Önling
Sorrel by Wool & Pine
Magical Mermaid Hat by Kristy Griffard

There are lots of different cast-ons that knitters can use. Like Gayle and I, perhaps you have a few that are your "go to" cast-ons. But there are a few situations where you might benefit from learning and using a different or new-to-you method of casting on. In this segment, we discuss some of the options out there, and why you might choose to use a different cast-on from your usual method.

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Episode 213 - Stitches West 2020

Gayle and I have just returned from spending the weekend at the Stitches West event in Santa Clara. Stitches West is a large retail needle arts event with a large market place and classes. We also worked at the Western Sky Knits booth, helping with set-up, sales, and tear-down. One of the best things about any large fiber event is the people watching. Or in this case, the sweater watching. Trends we noticed included combining two or more strands of yarn together to create fabric; colorwork sweaters are still popular; new textures, such as the slubby yarn we saw at Western Sky Knits; and we noticed that many dyers are bringing back non-superwash bases. There is so much to see at a show like this and even though we try to at least walk the whole show floor, we still miss things! But we had a fabulous time and enjoyed spending time with friends and listeners. We hope you enjoy our brief recap!
- Sharlene

Slubby fingering from Western Sky Knits
The wedding dress we saw in the Forbidden Fibers booth

Super Simple Summer Sweater by Joji Locatelli
stitchinsenorita's Super Simple Summer Sweater
Old School by Veera Valimaki
Magnolia Chunky Cardigan by Camilla Vad

Sorrel by Wool & Pine
Sharlene's Sorrel
Magnolia Sock from Western Sky Knits
Ranunculus by Midori Hirose
Gayle's Ranunculus

Love Note by tincanknits
Sharlene's Love Note
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty
Gayle's Clio
Sheer V sweater by Jessie Mae Martinson
Paper Daisies by Lisa K. Ross
Calan Mai by Voolenvine

Thank-you to our sponsor Western Sky Knits!

Puntilla by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Puntilla
Maypop Hoodie by Susanna Winter
Gayle's Maypop

Handspun Hope - handspun yarn from Rwanda
These felted animals are just adorable!
Grace by Jane Richmond

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Episode 212 - Sweater Elements

What are we wearing?
Elorie by Elizabeth Doherty
A Cropped Sweater for Winter by Andi Satterlund

What are we stalking?
Dar by Bristol Ivy
Japan Sleeves by Joji Locatelli
January Hat by Courtney Kelley
February Hat by Kate Gagnon Osborn
Big Sister by Hinterm Stein

What are we knitting?
Dawe by Amy
Goldfish Memory by Casapinka
Sorrel by Wool and Pine
Bits and Bobs by Kay F. Jones
Twistmas by Espace Tricot

Thank-you to our sponsor Western Sky Knits!

What have we finished?
Sorrel by Wool and Pine

Our discussion about picking patterns continues, specifically looking at different elements of sweaters and the reminder to knit something that you will really be able to incorporate into your wardrobe!

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Episode 211 - Llamacorns, cats, and birds, oh my!

What are we wearing?
Puntilla by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Puntilla
BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie
Gayle's BlueSand Cardigan

What are we stalking?
Run the World by Afifa
Tune by Ankestrick
Cozy Pullover by Ewelina Murach
Kids' Coastal Hoodie by Tori Gurbisz
Twistmas by EspaceTricot
Doocot by Kate Davies

Thank-you to our sponsor LoLoBodyCare!

What are we knitting?
Sorrel by Wool and Pine
Dawe by Amy Miller
Land of Sweets by Helen Stewart
Bit and Bobs by Kay Jones
Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty

What have we finished?
Leni by Isabel Kraemer
Elorie by Elizabeth Doherty
Copy.Cat C.C beanie by Emily Ingrid
Wee Melia by Ysolda Teague

We talk a bit more about picking a pattern, and share some tips and comments from the discussion in our Ravelry group.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Episode 210 - Happy 8th Anniversary to us!

Happy anniversary to us! It has crept up slowly, and suddenly we are celebrating our 8th anniversary. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you who have listened through the highs and the lows; who have knit along with us through the good and the not-so-good projects; and who stick with us despite it all. We ❤️ you!

Joji Locatelli, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cedar Pullover
Storm Shawl
Super Simple Summer Sweater
Like A Cloud
Slow Curves

Ririko, in Japan
Evening Dew Cardigan

Stephanie Jessica Lau, in Canada
Dotty Cardigan

Tincanknits, in Vancouver BC
Love Note

Ambah O'Brien in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
Sunshower Shawl

Sminé in Auckland, New Zealand
Jessica Jones

Thank-you to our sponsor LoLoBodyCare!

Noma Ndlovu, in South Africa
Ruched Shawl - Light
Lesley Tee

Dye and wool souks in Morocco

Ysolda Teague, in Scotland
Wee Melia
Wimsical Little Knits

Shetland Islands, in Scotland
Alice Starmore

Holst Garn, from Denmark
Coast, sourced from New Zealand and Argentina
Supersoft, sourced from Australia and New Zealand
Tides, sourced from Australia and New Zealand
Noble, sourced from South Africa

Rohrspatz & Wollmeise, from Germany

Malabrigo, from Uruguay

Sincere Sheep, from Napa, California, USA
Cormo Fingering
Cormo Sport

Elizabeth Doherty, in Truckee, California, USA

Ancient Egyptian striped toe-sock

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Episode 209 - Tips to pick a pattern

Welcome to 2020, and the first episode of the new year and decade!

What are we wearing?
Evening Dew Cardigan by Ririko
Minthe by Anne Ginger
Gayle's Minthe

What are we stalking?
The Baby Y*da controversy!
Alho by Anna Johanna
Domes around the World by Hinterm Stein
Brightfeather by Jennifer Steingass
Copy.Cat C.C beanie by Emily Ingrid

Thank-you to LoLo Body Care for sponsoring us this month!

What are we knitting?
Perfect Reversible Watch Cap by Nancy Elizabeth Munroe
Dawe by Amy Miller
Wee Melia by Ysolda Teague
Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty

What have we finished?
Puntilla by Joji Locatelli
Storm Shawl by Joji Locatelli
My Cup of Tea Mitts by Fluffy Fibers
Elephant Park by Gabrielle Danskknit
Dotty Cardigan by Stephanie Jessica Lau

School of Knit
What do you look for when picking a pattern? Sizing, yarn used, and design are all important. But what other factors can help you successfully pick a pattern that you will love to make and love to wear? In this segment we share a little bit of our process and what helps us to determine if a pattern is something we want to make.

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