Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Episode 104 - Knitting with Rachael

In this episode, we welcome Rachael Herron, author of the Cypress Hollow series, several mainstream fiction books including the soon-to-be-released "The Ones Who Matter Most" and a non-fiction collection of memoirs. Rachael and I met years ago when we were both involved in the knit-bloggers ring, and recently reconnected at a local guild meeting. On the morning we were recording it was unusually windy and we had even had some rain. You've heard Gayle and I talk about the California drought, so yay, rain! But the wind? Not so much. Our internet conferencing software kept dropping our conference call. We don't really know what caused it to be dropped, but we vented our frustration on the wind. So our apologies for the few places were the chat is choppy and for the general lower than usual audio quality. That was a surprise and we hope you will stick with us and listen to our chat with Rachael. Thank-you Rachael for being patient and working with us that morning!
- Sharlene

 What are we wearing?
 C3 by Annie Modesitt
Sharlene's C3
Cromarty by Alice Starmore
Rachael's Cromarty
Kerstie Merino Crepe from Koigu
Traveller Tunic by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Traveller
Tracie Too from Imperial Yarn

What are we knitting?
Koala cup cozy by Alexandra Davidoff
Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner
Rachael is knitting a CustomFit sweater.
Stone Mountain and Daughter (store in Berkeley)
Wow air flights to Iceland
Lopi sweater images
The Long Beanie by Wooly Wormhead
Cascade 220 Superwash
Longfellow by Michele Wang

Rachael Herron
Rachael's website 
Rachael's bio
Rachael's books
Rachael mentions her two spinning wheels:
Ashford Joy
Ashford Traditional
Digit's return
more Digit
Digit, Actually Dead This Time (language not child-friendly!)

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Episode 103 - Knitting under the holiday lights

Our regular recording time is sometimes bumped by one of our work schedules, which was the case this week. So it was a surprise to me when Gayle texted me the afternoon of our regular recording day to find out if I could meet later that evening. Though it meant finding an impromptu spot to record in the car, we quickly decided to give it a try. It was dark, so we drove down to the harbor in hopes of finding better lighting. What we found was a holiday treat! The annual lighted boat parade had taken place this past weekend and the boats were still dressed in their holiday best! It was lovely to sit and watch the boats bobbing up and down giving us a little holiday light show.

In this episode we share a new collection from Joji Locatelli, share a new yarn we swatched, share
our regular segments and start to think about the new year and our upcoming Self-Indulgent Knit-A-Long 2016. We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and taking time to slow down and carve a little bit of time for knitting, crafting, and spending time with your loved ones.

What are we wearing?
Dragonflies Jumper by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Dragonflies 
Gilet Valerie by Carole Francone
Gayle's Gilet Valerie

What are we stalking?
The Authentic Collection by Joji Locatelli
Big Old Coat
A Girl Thing

What are we knitting?
Secret Garden by Alana Dakos
Sharlene's Secret Garden shawl
Nakahi Shawl by Francoise Danoy
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Trickster by Elizabeth Doherty
Gayle's Trickster
Milanese Lace Topper by tante ehm
Gayle's Lace Topper

What have we finished?
True by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's True
Ecuador by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Ecuador
Elf Baby Hat by Robin Weldon
Checkerboard Mitts by Helen Stewart
Gayle's Log Cabin blanket 

What are we swatching?
Aerie from Shalimar Yarns

Knitting in books and pop culture
The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood
Knitting: A Novel by Anne Bartlett
Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
The Blosson Street series by Debbie Macomber

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