Thursday, October 29, 2015

Episode 100 - Knit centennial

Someone is getting mighty comfortable on podcast day.
Episode 100 is something a little different. Amongst the knitting chat, we've included some Q & A that you, our lovely listeners, submitted over the past few weeks on our Ravelry board. Thanks so much for that! We took the bait and shared a little bit about the origins of both our friendship and the podcast. While neither are at all mysterious, Gayle and I do normally stay on topic with the knitting, crochet, and crafting talk. So if this is your first time listening, be aware that in general, our regular episodes are on topic with the knitting and crafting. We hope you enjoy this unique episode and we'll have some finished projects to share next time!

What are we wearing?
Heverly by Julia Farwell-Clay
Sharlene's Heverly
Dragonfly Fibers Pixie
Duchess of Devonshire by Kay Jones
Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Sport

What are we stalking?
Muffatees for a Man by Mary Bush
Muffatees pattern from 1840
Moonraker by Melanie Berg

Our very, very informal shawl/cowl/wrap KAL
Multi-color shawls, cowls and wraps bundle

Ecuador by Joji Locatelli
Dragonfly Fibers Pixie Pumpkin head colorway
Hoodie Shawl Cardigan by Susanne Sommer
Whippet by Ankestrick
Color Your Shawl by Suvi Simola
Acer Shawl by Joanne Scrace

What are we knitting?
Newsom by Bristol Ivy
The Secret Garden by Alana Dakos, search #secretgardenalong on social media
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Toe-Up Gusset Heel Socks by Wendy Johnson

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Episode 99 - Knitting near the shore

Gayle and I had planned to record at the seashore, with the sound of waves crashing delightfully in the background. Planned. But the noon time sun and lack of shade forced us to relocate to a less picturesque, but more conducive-to-recording-audio spot about a block off the beach underneath some eucalyptus trees. We'll try another beach-side episode when the weather is more cooperative. We both love sharing little peeks into this part of the globe that we call home. 

This episode we return with our regular segments, wrap up Love your Stash Q3, and marvel at the fact that this is our last episode in double digits. :) Enjoy 99!
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Nothing hand knit! :( We have had crazy hot weather, not even our usual fog this past summer. The only knitwear that has been worn has been Gayle's Seamless Saloma slippers that were knit by Sharlene.

What are we stalking?
Rhilea by Suvi Simola
(designer of the 5200K sweater that we have previously knit)
Risen by Melanie Berg
From the collection "Texture is the NewBlack"
Color Dipped Hat by Purl Soho
Ravenscliffe (shawl) by Annie Hamilton
The pattern Gayle couldn't remember the name of is:
Inuit by Polo Sylvie

What are we knitting?
The Secret Garden by Alana Dakos, search #secretgardenalong on social media
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Duchess of Devonshire by Kay Jones
Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Sport

What have we finished?
Polaris by Hiroko Fukatsu
(designer of the Hitofude Cardigan)
Sharlene's Polaris
Whippet by Ankestrick
Holst Garn Coast yarn
Sharlene's Whippet
Itty Bitty Bear Cubs by Caroline Ingram
Sharlene's Itty Bitty hat
KitKat Hat by Andre Sue
Cuba Street by Nikki Jone
Gayle's Cuba Street
Trickster by Elizabeth Dhoerty
Gayle's Trickster hat
Therapy by Laura Aylor
Gayle's Therapy shawl
Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner
Gayle's Rose City Rollers

Congrats to all of the Love Your Stash Q3 winners!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Episode 98 - Knitting in color!

It is said that first babies see movement, and soon can distinguish shades of blacks and whites, with other colors eventually becoming recognizable. As children grow, color often seems to play a role in their definition of self. "My favorite color is red," or "What's your favorite color?" are oft-heard conversation starters with the "under 10" set. Working in a yarn store, I commonly see shoppers carrying around yarns in colors that either match or complement the colors they are wearing. Some folks are surprised when I point this out. Others just smile and agree, that yes, they are always attracted to the same colors.

We are surrounded by color in design, fashion, and logos. Certain colors are appetizing, while an off-color food can spoil your appetite. School and sports team colors can inspire confidence, unity, and pride. When we dress for success, we attempt to present ourselves through style and color in a favorable way. Even the daily news is filled with stories about color related to race, gangs, and identity.

There's no denying that colors represent meaning, memories, and emotion; can affect commerce and how or where we spend our money; and influence our moods and feelings. If you've ever been unable to move forward on a project because you can't pick a color, or decided against purchasing some yarn because there wasn't a sweater quantity of that perfect color, then you too have witnessed the important role of color. In this episode Gayle and I scratch the surface on color talk and why we love our annual Colors of Fall Knit-a-long (KAL). There is a bit less knit talk this episode--an aberration for The Yarniacs if this is your first time listening--but we wanted to give color the time and space it deserves. We hope you will agree. We promise to be back next episode with our usual knit-filled segments.

And speaking of next episodes... it has come to our attention that we are nearing our centennial! There is a new thread in our Ravelry group for questions, suggestions, and comments for that special celebratory episode. We'd love to hear from you.
- Sharlene

New Converse colors
Sharlene's blues
Sharlene's reds
Sharlene's purples
Sharlene's greys
Gayle's pinks
Gayle's greys
Gayle's blues
Gayle's blue-greens

Pantone's 50 years of color

Yarniacs Colors of Fall 2015 Finished Object thread

What are we knitting?
The Secret Garden KAL
Duchess of Devonshire by Kay Jones

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