Thursday, February 18, 2016

Episode 108 - Knitting at StitchesWest

This week Gayle and I are heading to Santa Clara for StitchesWest. I've got a few projects in mind and I know Gayle does too. There will be friends, yarns, and hopefully some knitting along the way. Gayle and I will be in the Hyatt hotel bar on Saturday afternoon from 2pm to 5pm for a very informal get-together along with the 2 Knit Lit Chicks. If you are at StitchesWest, I hope you will stop by and say hi!
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Inner Peace by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Inner Peace

What are we stalking?
Dar by Bristol Ivy
3 Color Cashmere Shawl by Joji Locatelli
Scowl by Xandy Peters
Bugle the Baby Elephant by Susan Claudino
sock yarn blankets
StitchesWest vendor list

What are we knitting?
Rhilea by Suvi Simola
Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock
Arabella by Ann McCauley
Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder

What have we finished?
Ice River hat by Helen Stewart
Wonder Wander by Megan Williams
madelinetosh dk twist
Spectrum by Joji Locatelli
Desert Vista Dyeworks
Knitted Wit Bling
Trademark by Yelena Dasher

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This episode of The Yarniacs Podcast is sponsored by Cooperative Press.

We review two publications from Cooperative Press, who sponsored this episode.
Cast Iron, Cast On by Becky Herrick and Calley Hastings
Spilly Jane Knits Mittens by SpillyJane
SpillyJane's companion parrot Earl on Twitter

Never Not Knitting notions we love include the Hedgehog Needle Gauge
and the Sheep Needle Gauge

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Episode 107 - Knitting on the mend!

Do you knit when you are sick? Whether or not I can knit when I am feeling under the weather is my usual "heat check" to tell exactly how sick I am. If I don't, can't, or aren't feeling well enough to knit, then I and everyone around me knows I am probably feeling quite poorly. When we recorded episode 106, I knew I wasn't feeling 100%, but it was a few days later that this cold really took me down. I've tried to stick to my usual routine as much as possible, but there has been less knitting, more reading, and more tea drinking than usual. Though I am still coughing, and sound a bit froggy, I am much better than I was last week. It is small progress, and we are moving in the healing direction. I'll take it!

Speaking of moving in the right direction, have you noticed the days are getting longer? We are also moving towards the spring equinox on March 20, 2016. Are you being self-indulgent yet? Have you pulled out that special something and knit a few stitches? If you haven't, stop by our Ravelry group here to find out who else is doing some self-indulgent knitting. Or perhaps pop in here to see all the finished self-indulgent projects. It's a fun thread to scroll through and so far, 44 of you are playing along. Yay us! :) The Self-indulgent KAL #sikal2016 will come to an end at the equinox, so there is still a few weeks to join the fun.

Gayle and I will be at StitchesWest in a few weeks. We'll be having an informal get-together on Saturday afternoon in the bar area of the hotel/convention center, as well as making the rounds in booths including Western Sky Knits and Dragonfly Fibers. If you see us there, don't hesitate to say hi!
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Dragonflies Jumper by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Dragonflies
Merino Stretch discontinued yarn
Laneway by Veera Valimaki
Gayle's Laneway 
Gather Together by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Gather Together

What are we stalking?
Sharlene's Western Sky Knits speckled yarn
Fresh Choices sweater KAL - Would you do a mystery sweater KAL?
Even Flow by Joji Locatelli
Fancy Cardi by Joji Locatelli
Carol's Fancy Cardi
Inez' Fancy Cardi
Chromaticity Cowl by Miriam Felton
Gayle's Spirit Trail Fiberworks Holda
Behind the Sun by Cate Carter-Evans

This episode of The Yarniacs is sponsored by Never Not Knitting. Never Not Knitting is a small knitting boutique owned by designer Alana Dakos, and it is located in Atascadero, CA. Never Not Knitting features a curated collection of specialty yarns, patterns and knitting notions and is proud to showcase the work of independent artisans and makers. In the online shop you will find a unique selection of handmade notions and accessories for knitters and crafters including the Wool and Wire jewelry line. All of our notions are beautifully gift wrapped, like a special present for yourself or a friend. Check out the selection at

What are we knitting?
Rhilea by Suvi Sumola
Gayle's is knitting a test knit sweater in Neighborhood Fiber Company rustic fingering

What have we finished?
Big Old Coat by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Big Old Coat
Hearts Aflame by Jenn Sheelen
Gayle's Hearts Aflame
 Gayle knit a test knit cowl with Western Sky Knits single ply fingering
Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner
Gayle's Rollers #4
Fletcher by Elizabeth Doherty
Gayle's Fletcher

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