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Episode 34: Oh the places you’ll knit!

This week Ariel and MJ are joined by Steph to discuss knitting on the go. Where do you knit outside of your home? How do you decide on projects to take with you when traveling?


Episode 34: Oh the places you’ll knit!
Featured intro music excerpt: “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths

We’re joined this week by Steph of Squirrel and Stash to talk about knitting while traveling.

What we’ve been up to

MJ has been knitting
    • The sound of silence.
Steph has been knitting (and crocheting)
    • Finishing up the Sunshine Day Afghan
    • Working on a custom Acorn Trail>
      Ariel has been knitting
      Ariel’s WIP Counter

      Beginning WIPs: 28 pre-2015 projects
      minus Finished Projects: 2, but not pre-2015
      minus Frogged Projects: 0
      … grand total of 28 pre-2015 WIPs

      This week we discuss how we decide what kinds of knitting we like to do on the go, and what criteria we take under consideration when picking travel knitting projects.

      Some considerations include:

    • Project size
    • Pattern complexity
    • Amount of yarn needed
    • How much and what kind of knitting time we will have

How do you pick knitting to travel with?

P.S. Steph finished her awesome blanket!

blanket


Episode 33: Goodbye Old, Hello New!

2014 is over, and 2015 has begun! This episode Ariel and MJ discuss their knitting goals for the past year and how they fared. They also reveal their crafting (and other!) goals for 2015!


Episode 33: Goodbye Old, Hello New!
Featured intro music excerpt: “3:33 A.M./The Insomnia Waltz” by Aveo

What we’ve been up to

MJ has been knitting
  • MJ actually started knitting a hat, but then she frogged it.
Ariel has been knitting
Ariel’s WIP Counter

Beginning WIPs: 29 pre-2015 projects
minus Finished Projects: 1
minus Frogged Projects: 0
… grand total of 28 pre-2015 WIPs

This week we discuss our knitting goals for last year, and how we did at meeting them (hint: not too well!) We also discuss our goals for 2015 including knitting, other crafts, and reading.

Please share your 2015 goals, if you have some!


Episode 32: Pattern Problems

This week, Kate Atherley joins Ariel and MJ to talk about knitting patterns. Her new book, Pattern Writing for Knit Designers, is a great resource for designers looking to write clear and complete patterns. We talk about a few topics relevant to knitters and designers alike!


Episode 32: Pattern Problems
Featured intro music excerpt: “Malibu” by Hole

What we’ve been up to

Kate is knitting
  • Actually she’s frogging and restarting a sock design. Hey, it happens to everyone!
MJ has been knitting
  • Nothing again, but she’s planning to start a project very soon.
Ariel has been knitting
  • Finished the Simple Beret by Knitbot at work
  • Started a Christmas stocking for her cousin, which needs to be finished ASAP!
Ariel’s WIP Counter

Beginning WIPs: 31 projects
minus Finished Projects: 1
minus Frogged Projects: 0
plus New Projects Started: 1
… grand total of 31 current WIPs

This week we’re joined by Kate Atherley, who just put out a new book, Pattern Writing for Knit Designers. Kate has a background in the tech industry as a technical editor. Now she’s a designer, writer, and technical editor (notably for Knitty!) who is using her background to help make patterns better.

We talk about some of the really critical information you need to knit a pattern. Specifically, we talk about yarn information and size vs. measurements. Give us a listen to hear what Kate has to say!


Episode 31: If you’re gonna get me a present…

The holidays are even closer now, and this week Ariel and MJ are talking about gifts for knitters. Whether you’re a knitter wondering what to ask for or a knitter shopping for other knitters, we have ideas for you!


Episode 31: If you’re gonna get me a present…
Featured intro music excerpt: “A Comet Appears” by The Shins

What we’ve been up to

MJ has been knitting
  • Nothing again, but she’s planning to start a project soon.
Ariel has been knitting
Ariel’s WIP Counter

Beginning WIPs: 31 projects
minus Finished Projects: 2
minus Frogged Projects: 0
plus New Projects Started: 2
… grand total of 31 current WIPs

 

It’s that season… Gifts for Knitters!

MJ and Ariel talk about gifts that most knitters would appreciate

Needles
Books and Patterns
Accessories

Episode 30: Quick Knits for Quick Gifts

The holidays are coming, and people are thinking about knitted gifts. This means chunky yarn and fast knits – Ariel and MJ have some suggestions for you!


Episode 30: Quick Knits for Quick Gifts
Featured intro music excerpt: “Bohemian Like You” by The Dandy Warhols

What we’ve been up to

MJ has been knitting
  • Nothing again.
Ariel has been knitting

At work she finished:

Ariel’s WIP Counter

Beginning WIPs: 36 projects
minus Finished Projects: 8
minus Frogged Projects: 2?
plus New Projects Started: 5?
… grand total of 31 current WIPs

 

Patterns for Quick Gifts

MJ and Ariel talk about patterns which could be knit fairly quickly to give as gifts

Hats
Hand… wear?
Neckwear

Other Things:

  • Ariel is bad at knitalongs, especially for mystery patterns.
  • Should we have a knitalong for MJ’s Claudia pattern? No, probably not. Instead we might want to have a knitalone.
  • And what about knitting holiday gifts for your knitting friends? Apparently Ariel is a bad friend because she doesn’t do it.