Friday, March 20, 2015

Episode 84 - Knit the stash

This week, in keeping with the "love the yarn you own" movement in our Ravelry group, Gayle and I talk stash. This week we focus on how we feel about our stashes and stashing in general. A well-curated stash that we are happy to own is important to every knitter and crocheter. Is something about your stash making you unhappy? Too much of one type of yarn, too little of your favorite color? Not enough yarn or too much? Now is the time to take inventory and think about what makes you a happy stasher, what doesn't, and how to move toward owning and curating a happy stash that brings you joy. If you need ideas and support, come over to our Ravelry discussion group and join in. We'd love to see you there!

What's in your stash?
- Sharlene

 What are we wearing?
Raiun by Kirstin Johnstone
Sharlene's Raiun
Zephyr Cove by Rosemary Hill
Gayle's Zephyr Cove

What are we stalking?
Sharlene is stalking summer tops to make in cotton, such as:
Zephyr by Julie Turjomen
Mia by Jennifer Wood
Lila Light by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Gayle is stalking yarn for a log cabin blanket, and patterns for a 2-color shawl, such as:
Salacious by Lisa Mutch
Cameo by Paulina Popioleck

What are we knitting?
Heaven and Space by Martina Behm
Chance of Showers by Heidi Kirrmaier
Gather Together by Joji Locatelli (we are both knitting this one!)

What have we finished?
Heart Hat for Baby by Eba Design
madelinetosh DK Twist

Knit your stash!
If you are participating in The Yarniacs Stashdown, or just want to share stash photos, tweets, comments, on social media, please use the hashtag #loveyourstash in addition to the usual #yarniacs hashtag. This will enable others to find and view yours posts. It is fun to see all of your posts and images and this makes it easier to find. 

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Episode 83 - It's all about the yarn!

This episode we share some of our experiences, observations, purchases and sights from the StitchesWest 2015 expo. It was fun, educational, entertaining and exhausting. You'll be hearing about some of the new yarns as they become works-in-progress.

Please welcome Robbie (aka Photoknitgal) as a moderator to our Ravelry group. Both Gayle and I have days when we can't get to Ravelry to check out the group discussions. Now Robbie will be there if anything comes up and Gayle and I are away from the computer. Robbie was also the initiator (instigator?) of the current Stash-Down Challenge reminding all of us to love the yarn we own! Thanks Robbie!

What are we wearing?
Cupido Cowl by Hiroko Fukatsu
Echoes of Color (shawl) by Joji Locatelli

What are we stalking?
Bare Branches by Alana Dakos
Gilliatt by De Rerum Natura
Sharlene is stalking patterns for these new yarns in her stash:
SW Graduated by Fresh From the Cauldron
Aspen Sock with Nylon by Western Sky Knits
Gemi (shawl) by Sara Elizabeth Schmidt
Triangle Mitts by Emily Kintigh
Ciel Sorbet Poncho by bunnymuff
Full Bloom Hat by Jenny Williams
Vinyarnsa by Shelley Brander

What are we knitting?
Chance of Showers by Heidi Kirrmaier
Studio sport by Neighborhood Fiber Company
Heaven and Space by Martina Behm
Tenacity by Invictus Yarns
Heart Hat for Baby by Eba Design
Cosmic Wonder Dust by madelinetosh
crazy stripes tee by atelier alfa
Traveller Tunic by Joji Locatelli

What have we finished?
Seacoast by Joji Locatelli
Malabrigo Rastita
Sharlene's Seacoast
I Was a Teenage Mutant (hat) by Alex Tinsley
Sharlene's Mutant hat
Mini Christmas Stocking Ornaments by Julie Williams
Gayle's Advent project
X-ing Xs by Jessica Rose
Gayle's Xs hat

Dragonfly Fibers
The Abstract Miter by Fatimah Hinds
Sharlene's project page for the blanket
Western Sky Knits
Western Sky Knits' Etsy shop
Arabella by Ann McCauley

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