Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Episode 81: Queued for Life

Kelie is doing Spring Break knitting, and Wendy is shipping out Peaches!  Plus, our favorite patterns in the new Twist Collective  :-)


New Peach Basket Slippers for our KAL
You can find the podcast on iTunes as Yarn On Tap, listen via the direct link below, listen on Stitcher Radio, or use our RSS feed. http://www.sock-aholic.com/yarnontap.xml.


Stuff We Mentioned
- Twelve Months of Christmas 2014 - Gift Knitting group on Ravelry
- Twist Collective Spring/Summer 2014 -  We like lots of the patterns in this issue!
- Pure Wool Worsted Mystery Afghan KAL by Martin Storey - Starts 4/17 - free pattern!
- Meow Sokker by Lill C Schei - Cute cat-butt themed socks!
- Tour de Fleece event on Ravelry

What's on Kelie's Sticks:  (she's khalila on Ravelry)
- Cha Ching!  Finished three Almost Lost Washcloths by Julia Tarsha.
- Still working on her Laughing Bird Scarf by Shelby Dyas.  Very colorful!
- Still working on her  Dragonfly Shawl by Boo Knits from pretty sock yarn - Looking good!
- Started a pair of Kraken Knuckes Gloves by Annie Watts - these are awesome!
Kelie's Kraken Knuckles Glove - cute!

What's on Wendy's Sticks:  (she's socalknitgirl on Ravelry)
- Started a new peacock themed shawl for our summer knit-along!  So far, so good!
- Continuing to work on a new kids' sweater design in Brewski.  This one is a beach inspired hoodie with some colorwork waves  :-).  Got the hood and front band on since the last update.  Now I just need some sleeves!
Wendy's handspun for the new peacock shawl
Status of the Baby Wave Sweater

Peach Basket Slipper KAL:  Launched!  Join us to knit these cute slippers now through June 27th!  Cute, comfortable, and cushy!  Construction for these mirror-image slippers starts with the toe, and features a super soft double-knit sole to keep your feet extra toasty.  After the sole is completed, each slipper is finished with a stylish basket weave inspired band that will gently hug your ankle like your new best friend.  Add some personalized flair to your pair by knitting the bands from a contrasting color, or by adding decorative buttons or bling where the band overlaps.  Click Here to find our Ravelry thread for this knit-along.  We have kits available in a bunch of colors and two-color combinations which you can find here, or you can download the pattern for $3 on Ravelry.  This will make great gifts!

Gift Knitting Enthousiasts:  Thanks so much to LoriAnn70 for being the gracious Moderator of our Ravelry group Gift Knitting thread.  She ensures that you can find great support and encouragement to proactively work on gift knitting throughout the year.  Our goal is to avoid last minute gift-knitting stress, by starting (and hopefully finishing) early!  If you would like to join us to knit gifts, or just browse through the cool projects that others make to get ideas, visit the Gift Knitting thread on our Ravelry Group by Clicking Here.

FitBit Group!  The longer we stay fit, the longer we can knit!  For those of you who have started walking with us, we have a dedicated group on the FitBit website now.  You can find us here... Knitters Brewing Walk-aholics

Podcast Giveaway:
For April, we're giving away Hiya Hiya needles!  To be entered in our random drawing, please leave a comment below. :-)
 
Where to find us:
- Our Store: Knitters Brewing Company
- Our Ravelry Group: The Knitters Brewing Co Sock-aholics
- Twitter: @knittersbrewing
- Facebook: Knitters Brewing Company
- FitBit:  Knitters Brewing Walk-aholics




Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Episode 80: Epic Spin

Kelie has been working on a fantastic spinning project - love the colors she is playing with!
Kelie's Epic Spin!

You can find the podcast on iTunes as Yarn On Tap, listen via the direct link below, listen on Stitcher Radio, or use our RSS feed. http://www.sock-aholic.com/yarnontap.xml.


Stuff We Mentioned
Kelie's Dragon Cowl

- Knit to Flatter - Amy Herzog (Craftsy class)
- CustomFit Website - Amy Herzog 
- Curvy Knits - Marly Bird (Craftsy class) 
- Know your Yarn - Clara Parks (Craftsy class)
- Eos from theuniquesheep.com  lace weight 50/50 merino/tussah in gradients.
- San Diego County Fair - for the local knitters, online registration for the competition knitting is due on 5/9/14.  Go to sdfair.com. to find the Home and Hobby competition category information

What's on Kelie's Sticks:  (she's khalila on Ravelry)
- Cha Ching!  Finished her "Dragon Cowl", which is really called loop teufelszwirn cowl by berrentoene from bright Socks that Rock yarn.  It's a great textured knit, and is nice and snuggly.  Both sides are interesting, and could be the public side.
- She's about 3/4 the way through her Laughing Bird Scarf by Shelby Dyas.  Very colorful!
Kelie's Laughing Bird

- Started the Dragonfly Shawl by Boo Knits from pretty sock yarn - Looking good!
- Started a beautiful fiber prep/spinning project (see top photo), that will yield lots of yardage!  Can't wait to see how this one progresses!

What's on Wendy's Sticks:  (she's socalknitgirl on Ravelry)
- Cha Ching!  Finished her Follow Your Arrow by Ysolda Teague shawl also using handspun combined with commercial yarn.  So pretty, and the angora is super soft.  
- Cha Ching!  Finished six dishcloths which consumed all the dishcloth cotton in my stash!!!  Patterns made were Doily Style
Kelie's Dragonfly Wings
Dishcloth
from Lily, Vortex5 by Rebecca Hudson, and Almost Lost Washcloth by Julia Tarsha.
- The new slipper design from our wonderful Brewski yarn is about to be launched!  Watch for the new Peach Basket Slipper KAL to launch next week!
-  I've also been working on a new kids' sweater design in Brewski.  This one is a beach inspired hoodie with some colorwork waves  :-)

Wendy's Kid Sweater

Wendy's Follow Your Arrow


Wendy's Dishcloth-O-Rama
Gift Knitting Enthousiasts:  Thanks so much to LoriAnn70 for being the gracious Moderator of our Ravelry group Gift Knitting thread.  She ensures that you can find great support and encouragement to proactively work on gift knitting throughout the year.  Our goal is to avoid last minute gift-knitting stress, by starting (and hopefully finishing) early!  If you would like to join us to knit gifts, or just browse through the cool projects that others make to get ideas, visit the Gift Knitting thread on our Ravelry Group by Clicking Here.


March Madness Knitting!  Contest underway!  The knitters are doing great with their picks, and one lucky contestant will be taking home some yarn.  

Mystery Sock VI:  Cocktails for Two!
Our 2014 Mystery Sock KAL has come to a successful close!  Congratulations to everyone who made a cool pair of socks, and to our random prize winners:  dialua, elisabethwalts, and msplack!

FitBit Group!  The longer we stay fit, the longer we can knit!  For those of you who have started walking with us, we have a dedicated group on the FitBit website now.  You can find us here... Knitters Brewing Walk-aholics

Podcast Giveaway:
For March, our winner of a skein of Brewski yarn is Julianne from Texas!  I don't have a Rav ID for Julianne, so hopefully she will hear that she is a winner!  To be entered in our random drawing, please leave a comment below. :-)

For April, we're giving away Hiya Hiya needles!  To be entered in our random drawing, please leave a comment below. :-)
 
Where to find us:
- Our Store: Knitters Brewing Company
- Our Ravelry Group: The Knitters Brewing Co Sock-aholics
- Twitter: @knittersbrewing
- Facebook: Knitters Brewing Company
- FitBit:  Knitters Brewing Walk-aholics




Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Episode 79: Continuing Education

Spring has us in the mood for change and growth - today we chat about ways that we continue
to learn about knitting.

Kelie's Follow Your Arrow
You can find the podcast on iTunes as Yarn On Tap, listen via the direct link below, listen on Stitcher Radio, or use our RSS feed. http://www.sock-aholic.com/yarnontap.xml.


What's on Kelie's Sticks:  (she's khalila on Ravelry)
- Cha Ching!  Finished her Follow Your Arrow shawl (Ysolda Teague) from her handspun, and it is
Kelie's Citrus Slices
gorgeous!!! Unfortunately we didn't get a photo of her modeling it, but we'll get one for the next show. 

- Cha Ching!  She finished a set of Citrus Slice dishcloths by Bernat - super cute!!!  She finished a lemon and lime, and now wants to make an orange :-)
- Cha Ching! She finished a sweet little Tea Toter by Julia Tarsh, and has had it in her purse ever since.
- Cha Ching! She finished a Creepy Skulls Slouchy Hat by Spider Mambo.  She crocheted it in one evening!
- She continued working on her loop teufelszwirn cowl by berrentoene from bright Socks that Rock yarn.
- She's also toting around a Laughing Bird Scarf by Shelby Dyas.

What's on Wendy's Sticks:  (she's socalknitgirl on Ravelry)
BYOB Market Bag - DONE!!!
- Cha Ching!  Finished the BYOB Market Bag by Moira Ravenscroft for her sister's birthday ON TIME!  This was too much cotton knitting in my opinion, but it looks great and will be super useful.
- She continued working on her Follow Your Arrow shawl also using handspun combined with commercial yarn.  On the last clue  :-)
- She started a new slipper design from our wonderful Brewski yarn.  Going really well so far!

Gift Knitting Enthousiasts:  Thanks so much to LoriAnn70 for being the gracious Moderator of our Ravelry group Gift Knitting thread.  She ensures that you can find great support and encouragement to proactively work on gift knitting throughout the year.  Our goal is to avoid last minute gift-knitting stress, by starting (and hopefully finishing) early!  If you would like to join us to knit gifts, or just browse through the cool projects that others make to get ideas, visit the Gift Knitting thread on our Ravelry Group by Clicking Here.


March Madness Knitting!  Contest to be launched on our Ravelry board by 3/14.  Pick your bracket and win some yarn!

Mystery Sock VI:  Cocktails for Two!
Our 2014 Mystery Sock KAL is coming to a close.  The Cocktails for Two pattern has been completely released, and is available as a free Ravelry download by Clicking Here! In this year's Mystery Sock, we are exploring a variety of stitches that remind our Designing Brewmistress of some of her favorite cocktails.  This cuff-down design features a variety of techniques which will keep you intrigued throughout the KAL, and it might even give you the opportunity to learn a new trick or two.  Our prize drawing to end this KAL will be on 3/21.   Click Here to sign up on our Ravelry Discussion Board!

FitBit Group!  The longer we stay fit, the longer we can knit!  For those of you who have started walking with us, we have a dedicated group on the FitBit website now.  You can find us here... Knitters Brewing Walk-aholics

Continuing Education:  We discussed various ways we enjoy learning more about knitting - here were some of the specific items we mentioned:

Patterns we've learned from:
- Follow Your Arrow - Kelie enjoyed the horizontal chain stitching on the Border
- Opposite Pole - circular short rows
- Social Network - travelling colorwork cabling
- Dreambird - German short rows
- Bev Galeskas patterns - Felting and shaping
- River Run Shawl - beading with a crochet hook

Online/Craftsy:
- Spinning Dyed Fibers - Felicia Lo (Craftsy)
- Knit to Flatter - Amy Herzog (Craftsy)
- CustomFit Website - Amy Herzog

 How we've learned from teaching others:
- Kelie learns when she teaches her kids and their friends since she has to explain things concisely.
- Wendy learns new techniques to create new designs to share with the Ravelry group.

Classes:  Wendy mentioned her enjoyment of classes by Beth Brown-Reinsel

Podcast Giveaway:
For February, Ravelry Member knitterchow is the winner of the Louet Spring 2014 Pattern Collection - a really nice group of patterns!  Congratulations!

For March, we're giving away a skein of Brewski yarn in the winner's choice of color!  To be entered in our random drawing, please leave a comment below. :-)
 
Where to find us:
- Our Store: Knitters Brewing Company
- Our Ravelry Group: The Knitters Brewing Co Sock-aholics
- Twitter: @knittersbrewing
- Facebook: Knitters Brewing Company
- FitBit:  Knitters Brewing Walk-aholics




Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Episode 78: We Won Stitches West!




Kelie's FTA after Clue 2
We had so much fun at Stitches West!  We brought back stories and interviews to share  :-)
 
You can find the podcast on iTunes as Yarn On Tap, listen via the direct link below, listen on Stitcher Radio, or use our RSS feed. http://www.sock-aholic.com/yarnontap.xml.

 


Things we mentioned... 
- Follow Your Arrow Shawl Mystery KAL by Ysolda Teague
- Ravelry Member Ananzi from Meltrandesigns.com
- The Sassy Sheep shop on Etsy
- Beads and other glasswork from Becky Caraco Designs
- Jasmin and Gigi from The Knitmore Girls Podcast
- Laura from The Knotty Girls Podcast and Dizzy Blonde Studios
- The Ablet Knitting Abacus row counter on etsy
- Firestar from Greenwood Fiberworks
- Silk rovings from Kitty Rabbit Kreations
- Namaste!  Such nice folks  :-)

What's on Kelie's Sticks:  (she's khalila on Ravelry)



Cha Ching!  She finished her Heart Motif pattern dishcloth for Valentines Day.
- She cast on the Follow The Arrow shawl to take to Stitches.  Using her handspun!!!

What's on Wendy's Sticks:  (she's socalknitgirl on Ravelry)


Wendy's FTA after Clue 1
- Cha Ching!  Finished the Florence scarf by Karina Westermann from Windy Valley Muskox Luxury Qiviut.  It's so soft and beautiful!
- Cha Ching!  Finished one last hat for Halos of Hope - a cabled hat pattern that is in the process of being written.
- She ALSO cast on the Follow The Arrow shawl to take to Stitches.  Also using handspun :-)
 

Podcast Throwdown Hat Challenge: The Podcast Throwdown has come to a close, and it was a huge success!  The Official Final total has been published and it is...  GRAND TOTAL for Stitches West, 2014: 3,115 actual hats + 433 virtual hats = 3,548!!! 

Huge Thanks to all the listeners who worked on hats or made donations for this event.  What fun it has been, and now we all have lots of cool hat patterns in our queues  ;-)

Halos of Hope is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing in-need chemo patients with crafted hats donated by caring volunteers. You can read all about their organization, and founder Pamela Haschke, by Clicking Here
 
Gift Knitting Enthousiasts:  Thanks so much to LoriAnn70 for being the gracious Moderator of our Ravelry group Gift Knitting thread.  She ensures that you can find great support and encouragement to proactively work on gift knitting throughout the year.  Our goal is to avoid last minute gift-knitting stress, by starting (and hopefully finishing) early!  If you would like to join us to knit gifts, or just browse through the cool projects that others make to get ideas, visit the Gift Knitting thread on our Ravelry Group by Clicking Here.


Mystery Sock VI:  Cocktails for Two!
Our 2014 Mystery Sock KAL is underway!  The Cocktails for Two pattern is being released in a series of six clues - four of which have already been released.  In this year's Mystery Sock, we are exploring a variety of stitches that remind our Designing Brewmistress of some of her favorite cocktails.  This cuff-down design features a variety of techniques which will keep you intrigued throughout the KAL, and it might even give you the opportunity to learn a new trick or two.  No purchase is required to participate in the KAL, but kits are available in a large variety of colors by Clicking Here.   Click Here to sign up on our Ravelry Discussion Board!

FitBit Group!  The longer we stay fit, the longer we can knit!  For those of you who have started walking with us, we have a dedicated group on the FitBit website now.  You can find us here... Knitters Brewing Walk-aholics

Podcast Giveaway:
 
For February, we're giving away the Louet Spring 2014 Pattern Collection - a really nice group of patterns!  To be entered in our random drawing, please leave a comment below. :-)
 
Where to find us:
- Our Store: Knitters Brewing Company
- Our Ravelry Group: The Knitters Brewing Co Sock-aholics
- Twitter: @knittersbrewing
- Facebook: Knitters Brewing Company
- FitBit:  Knitters Brewing Walk-aholics
 



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Episode 77: Proud to be Fan Girls




Updates on projects, hats, and preparations for Stitches West - it's getting so close!!!

You can find the podcast on iTunes as Yarn On Tap, listen via the direct link below, listen on Stitcher Radio, or use our RSS feed. http://www.sock-aholic.com/yarnontap.xml.

 


Things we mentioned... 
- The Great Oddments Knitdown by Romi Hill
- Follow Your Arrow Shawl Mystery KAL by Ysolda Teague
The Knitting Guild of America (TKGA)
- The Ablet Knitting Abacus row counter on etsy
- The Passport Game at Stitches West - get your passport by Clicking Here!

What's on Kelie's Sticks:  (she's khalila on Ravelry)

Kelie's Adam Rib Cap Sleeve Wrap
- Cha Ching!  She finished her Dragon Skin dishcloth - had fun trying a new stitch pattern.
- Cha Ching!  She finished another top down beanie for Halos of Hope:  a top down bulky yarn hat - that's 9 for the Throwdown!
- Cha Ching!  She finished the Adam's Rib Cap Sleeve Wrap by Carol Sunday - really cute design, and yummy in our Brewski yarn.  She's already gotten lots of compliments.  The photo doesn't do it justice - we'll have to get a photo of her modeling it.
- Started a Heart Motif pattern dishcloth for Valentines Day.
- Trying the tailspun technique with some Wensleydale locks.

What's on Wendy's Sticks:  (she's socalknitgirl on Ravelry)

Newly spun yarn!


- Cha Ching!  Finished spinning the alpaca fiber I started last summer - woohoo!  450 yards of light fingering 2-ply.
- Finished the new Baby Blanket sample knit from Brewski.  I plan to launch this pattern later this month.
- About 2/3 finished with the Florence scarf by Karina Westermann from Windy Valley Muskox Luxury Qiviut.
- She started Hat #9 for Halos of Hope - a cabled hat pattern that is in the process of being written.
 

Podcast Throwdown Hat Challenge: The KnottyGirls Knitcast has issued a challenge to other podcasts and their listeners. They claimed that their listeners will turn in more hats for Halos of Hope by the end of Stitches West 2014 than any other podcast out there. Let’s prove them wrong! Here is the link to our Ravelry group thread for this awesome charity event! We're currently in 2nd place with a bullet!

Halos of Hope is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing in-need chemo patients with crafted hats donated by caring volunteers. You can read all about their organization, and founder Pamela Haschke, by Clicking Here.  Virtual Hats can be donated by Clicking Here - Our Team is Team Sock-aholics.
 
Gift Knitting Enthousiasts:  Thanks so much to LoriAnn70 for being the gracious Moderator of our Ravelry group Gift Knitting thread.  She ensures that you can find great support and encouragement to proactively work on gift knitting throughout the year.  Our goal is to avoid last minute gift-knitting stress, by starting (and hopefully finishing) early!  If you would like to join us to knit gifts, or just browse through the cool projects that others make to get ideas, visit the Gift Knitting thread on our Ravelry Group by Clicking Here.


NFL Knitting!  Boohoo!!!!  Football is over for the season.  Week 21 prizes went to outofthisworld, and our overall total score winner was jchant - congrats!   Now we all can make our dishcloths for next season!

Mystery Sock VI:  Cocktails for Two!
Our 2014 Mystery Sock KAL is underway!  The Cocktails for Two pattern is being released in a series of six clues starting on 1/31/14, with the remaining clues will be released on subsequent Fridays.  In this year's Mystery Sock, we are exploring a variety of stitches that remind our Designing Brewmistress of some of her favorite cocktails.  This cuff-down design features a variety of techniques which will keep you intrigued throughout the KAL, and it might even give you the opportunity to learn a new trick or two.  No purchase is required to participate in the KAL, but kits are available in a large variety of colors by Clicking Here. As always, kits include yarn, our traditional commemorative stitch marker, and the first clue so that you can get an early start on your socks!  Click Here to sign up on our Ravelry Discussion Board!

The 2014 Ravellenic Winter Games!  Knitters Brewing Team Sockaholic knitters will, of course, be gathering to participate in this fun event once again!  We may not be on the slopes, luge runs, or ice rinks - but we'll be creating a huge number of knitting projects, and challenging ourselves to try new things during the games.  We would love to have you join us, so check our Ravelry Group Here for more details!

FitBit Group!  The longer we stay fit, the longer we can knit!  For those of you who have started walking with us, we have a dedicated group on the FitBit website now.  You can find us here... Knitters Brewing Walk-aholics

Podcast Giveaway:
For January, Sparkles is the winner of our Seedless Hat pattern and a skein of Brewski to make it with!  I don't have contact information for Sparkles, so we'll wait for her to hear she's a winner and to contact us. 

For February, we're giving away the Louet Spring 2014 Pattern Collection - a really nice group of patterns!  To be entered in our random drawing, please leave a comment below. :-)
 
Upcoming Events:
  • 1/31/14 thru 3/21/14:  Mystery Sock VI!  Check our group on Ravelry for the details and pattern links.
  • 2/6/14 thru 2/23/14:  Ravellenic Games!  Check our group on Ravelry to join in on the fun.
  • 2/20/14 thru 2/23/14:  Stitches West!  We'll be in Booth 1333, and will also be participating in the Stitch Marker Swap and Market Passport Game!  And you'll be able to find us at the pajama party :-)



Where to find us:
- Our Store: Knitters Brewing Company
- Our Ravelry Group: The Knitters Brewing Co Sock-aholics
- Twitter: @knittersbrewing
- Facebook: Knitters Brewing Company
- FitBit:  Knitters Brewing Walk-aholics
 



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Episode 76: We Go To Eleven




Kelie and Cat
We share our recap of TNNA, plans for the Ravellenic Games, and updates on projects.  You can find the podcast on iTunes as Yarn On Tap, listen via the direct link below, listen on Stitcher Radio, or use our RSS feed. http://www.sock-aholic.com/yarnontap.xml.

 


Things we mentioned... 
- 52 weeks of free dishcloth patterns from knitpicks.com.  So far there are three posted.
- Follow Your Arrow Shawl Mystery KAL by Ysolda Teague
- Louet Blending Board
- Green Gables Knits:  Patterns for Kindred Spirits by Joanna Johnson
- The Knit Stitch Pattern Handbook:  An essential collection of 300 designer stitches and techniques by Melissa Leapman


What's on Kelie's Sticks:  (she's khalila on Ravelry)
Kelie's Butterfly
- Cha Ching!  She finished a Butterfly dishcloth by Knitted Kitty
- Cha Ching x 2!  She finished two more hats for Halos of Hope:  a top down bulky yarn hat, and the Diana's Hat by Joanna Johnson.   She's got 8 done for HOH now!
- Cha Ching!  She finished the 7 Super Skills Cowl by Cat Bordhi during her class at TNNA.
- She started the Bee's Knees Dishcloth by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence.  Stashbusting!

7 Super Skills Cowl
- She finished work on one pair of Travelling Socks, and started work on another.
- She's in the home stretch of the Adam's Rib Cap Sleeve Wrap by Carol Sunday - really cute design, and yummy in our Brewski yarn. 
 
What's on Wendy's Sticks:  (she's socalknitgirl on Ravelry)


Soft Florence
- Cha Ching! She finished Hat #8 for Halos of Hope - a cabled hat pattern that is in the process of being written. 
- Continued working on a Cardioid Baby Blanket sample knit from Brewski.  I plan to launch this pattern in Febuary 2014.
- Started the Florence scarf by Karina Westermann from Windy Valley Muskox Luxury Qiviut.
- No further work on spinning, but I need to have it done by 2/1. 
 

Podcast Throwdown Hat Challenge: The KnottyGirls Knitcast has issued a challenge to other podcasts and their listeners. They claimed that their listeners will turn in more hats for Halos of Hope by the end of Stitches West 2014 than any other podcast out there. Let’s prove them wrong! Here is the link to our Ravelry group thread for this awesome charity event! We're currently in 2nd place with 236 hats (but we know our team has completed lots more!)

Kelie's Diana's Hat (#6)

Kelie's Snow Princess Fairy Butterfly Snowflake Whatever Hat (#7)

Kelie's Top Down Bulky Hat (#8)

Wendy's Wedding Cake design in process (#8)



Halos of Hope is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing in-need chemo patients with crafted hats donated by caring volunteers. You can read all about their organization, and founder Pamela Haschke, by Clicking Here.  Virtual Hats can be donated by Clicking Here - Our Team is Team Sock-aholics.
 
Gift Knitting Enthousiasts:  Thanks so much to LoriAnn70 for being the gracious Moderator of our Ravelry group Gift Knitting thread.  She ensures that you can find great support and encouragement to proactively work on gift knitting throughout the year.  Our goal is to avoid last minute gift-knitting stress, by starting (and hopefully finishing) early!  If you would like to join us to knit gifts, or just browse through the cool projects that others make to get ideas, visit the Gift Knitting thread on our Ravelry Group by Clicking Here.


NFL Knitting!  81 knitters are testing their game picking skills this year for precious hand-knit dishcloth prizes!  Week 19 and 20 went to knitterchow - congratulations!  This lady knows how to pick a tiebreaker score for sure!

Mystery Sock VI:  Cocktails for Two!
Our 2014 Mystery Sock KAL starts soon!  The Cocktails for Two pattern will be released in a series of six clues starting on 1/31/14, with the remaining clues will be released on subsequent Fridays.  In this year's Mystery Sock, we'll be exploring a variety of stitches that remind our Designing Brewmistress of some of her favorite cocktails.  This cuff-down design features a variety of techniques which will keep you intrigued throughout the KAL, and it might even give you the opportunity to learn a new trick or two.  No purchase is required to participate in the KAL, but kits are available in a large variety of colors by Clicking Here. As always, kits include yarn, our traditional commemorative stitch marker, and the first clue so that you can get an early start on your socks!  Click Here to sign up on our Ravelry Discussion Board!

The 2014 Ravellenic Winter Games!  Knitters Brewing Team Sockaholic knitters will, of course, be gathering to participate in this fun event once again!  We may not be on the slopes, luge runs, or ice rinks - but we'll be creating a huge number of knitting projects, and challenging ourselves to try new things during the games.  We would love to have you join us, so check our Ravelry Group Here for more details!

FitBit Group!  The longer we stay fit, the longer we can knit!  For those of you who have started walking with us, we have a dedicated group on the FitBit website now.  You can find us here... Knitters Brewing Walk-aholics
Seedless Hat
Podcast Giveaway:
For January, we'll once again give away our new Seedless Hat pattern, and a skein of Brewski to make it with! To be entered in our random drawing, please leave a comment below. :-)  I promise we'll have something new for February
 
Upcoming Events:
  • 1/31/14 thru 3/21/14:  Mystery Sock VI!  Check our group on Ravelry for the details and pattern links.
  • 2/7/14 thru 2/23/14:  Ravellenic Games!  Check our group on Ravelry to join in on the fun.
  • 2/20/14 thru 2/23/14:  Stitches West!  We'll be in Booth 1333, and will also be participating in the Stitch Marker Swap and Market Passport Game!  And you'll be able to find us at the pajama party :-)



Where to find us:
- Our Store: Knitters Brewing Company
- Our Ravelry Group: The Knitters Brewing Co Sock-aholics
- Twitter: @knittersbrewing
- Facebook: Knitters Brewing Company
- FitBit:  Knitters Brewing Walk-aholics
 



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Episode 75: Thrilled with the Guild






Kelie reports on her first experience with the San Diego TKGA Guild - here's a hint - she'll be
Adam's Rib Cap Sleeve Wrap
going back!  And we give project updates, and chat about upcoming events like Mystery Sock 6 and the Ravellenic Games.

 
You can find the podcast on iTunes as Yarn On Tap, listen via the direct link below, listen on Stitcher Radio, or use our RSS feed. http://www.sock-aholic.com/yarnontap.xml.

 


Things we mentioned... 
- Cool blocking wires from www.inspinknity.com
- TKGA - See if there is a local guild near you by Clicking Here!

What's on Kelie's Sticks:  (she's khalila on Ravelry)
- Cha Ching!  She's finished her fourth Medallion Hat for HOH and the James Brett Marble Chunky mega-ball is finally gone!
- Cha Ching!  She finished her second Fairy Snowcap from Romi Hill's new Great Oddments Knitdown, and cast on another one.  
- Cha Ching!  She finished a Anthropologie Inspired Plaited Headband for her neice who wore it enthusiastically.
- Cha Ching! She finished her Pumpkinfly Butterkin Socks from Misti Alpaca - very cute and stretchy.
- She started working on the closure pieces for the Melia she completed a while back.  Got some fancy new buttons!
- She started the Adam's Rib Cap Sleeve Wrap by Carol Sunday - really cute design, and yummy in our Brewski yarn.  Shout out to wulgirl:  thanks for the pattern!
  





What's on Wendy's Sticks:  (she's socalknitgirl on Ravelry)


- Cha Ching! She finished all her work on our local Travelling Socks, Judy's socks went out in the mail today!
- Cha Ching! Finished all things related to Mystery Sock VI - yay!!!  Big Kudos to MargiBorck for her test knitting help!
- Continued working on a Cardioid Baby Blanket sample knit from Brewski.  I plan to launch this pattern in Febuary 2014.
- Did a little spinning here and there.  Should be able to finish the spin I'm working on by our class on 2/1. 

Podcast Throwdown Hat Challenge: The KnottyGirls Knitcast has issued a challenge to other podcasts and their listeners. They claimed that their listeners will turn in more hats for Halos of Hope by the end of Stitches West 2014 than any other podcast out there. Let’s prove them wrong! Here is the link to our Ravelry group thread for this awesome charity event! We're currently in 2nd place with 201 hats (but we know our team has completed lots more!)



Halos of Hope is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing in-need chemo patients with crafted hats donated by caring volunteers. You can read all about their organization, and founder Pamela Haschke, by Clicking Here.  Virtual Hats can be donated by Clicking Here - Our Team is Team Sock-aholics.
 
Gift Knitting Enthousiasts:  Thanks so much to LoriAnn70 for being the gracious Moderator of our Ravelry group Gift Knitting thread.  She ensures that you can find great support and encouragement to proactively work on gift knitting throughout the year.  Our goal is to avoid last minute gift-knitting stress, by starting (and hopefully finishing) early!  If you would like to join us to knit gifts, or just browse through the cool projects that others make to get ideas, visit the Gift Knitting thread on our Ravelry Group by Clicking Here.


NFL Knitting!  81 knitters are testing their game picking skills this year for precious hand-knit dishcloth prizes!  Our latest winners are:
- Week 16:  makenyon
- Week 17:  songknitter
- Regular season cumulative total winners:  dotty153, LilCreativeNest, outofthisworld, and cgfed
- Week 18:  legalgirl winner was - congratulations!

Mystery Sock VI:  Cocktails for Two!
Our 2014 Mystery Sock KAL starts soon!  The Cocktails for Two pattern will be released in a series of six clues starting on 1/31/14, with the remaining clues will be released on subsequent Fridays.  In this year's Mystery Sock, we'll be exploring a variety of stitches that remind our Designing Brewmistress of some of her favorite cocktails.  This cuff-down design features a variety of techniques which will keep you intrigued throughout the KAL, and it might even give you the opportunity to learn a new trick or two.  No purchase is required to participate in the KAL, but kits are available in a large variety of colors by Clicking Here. As always, kits include yarn, our traditional commemorative stitch marker, and the first clue so that you can get an early start on your socks!  Click Here to sign up on our Ravelry Discussion Board!

The 2014 Ravellenic Winter Games!  Knitters Brewing Team Sockaholic knitters will, of course, be gathering to participate in this fun event once again!  We may not be on the slopes, luge runs, or ice rinks - but we'll be creating a huge number of knitting projects, and challenging ourselves to try new things during the games.  We're not quite ready for folks to sign up, but check our Ravelry Group Here for more details when they are available very soon! 

FitBit Group!  The longer we stay fit, the longer we can knit!  For those of you who have started walking with us, we have a dedicated group on the FitBit website now.  You can find us here... Knitters Brewing Walk-aholics

Seedless Hat
Podcast Giveaway:

For December, our winner of the Seedless Hat pattern, and a skein of Brewski to make it with is Brenda!  (Ravelry ID bbstampin)  Congratulations!

For January, we'll once again give away our new Seedless Hat pattern, and a skein of Brewski to make it with! To be entered in our random drawing, please leave a comment below. :-)
 
Upcoming Events:
  • 1/10/14 thru 1/19/14:  Wendy on vacation - there won't be any product shipments from the online shop during this time.
  • 2/7/14 thru 2/23/14:  Ravellenic Games!  Check our group on Ravelry to join in on the fun.
  • 2/20/14 thru 2/23/14:  Stitches West!  We'll be in Booth 1333, and will also be participating in the Market Passport Game!  And you'll be able to find us at the pajama party :-)



Where to find us:
- Our Store: Knitters Brewing Company
- Our Ravelry Group: The Knitters Brewing Co Sock-aholics
- Twitter: @knittersbrewing
- Facebook: Knitters Brewing Company
- FitBit:  Knitters Brewing Walk-aholics