Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bayareaknitter Podcast Episode 5: A Special Guest, Lots of FOs & WIPs, and a Surprise Yarn Giveaway!

Watch now to see how you can be entered into our yarn giveaway! I will choose 1 lucky winner to receive a skein of yarn from Blue Ridge Yarns! 

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Ravelry: needle2needle


Special Guest: 
My friend Diana (aka deesadie on Ravelry & Instagram)

Yarns mentioned:

Bamboo So Fine Yarns by Kristin Omdahl


Anzula Luxury Fibers

Pediboo® Yarns from Frog Tree Yarns

Ella Rae Yarns

Plymouth Yarn

Swans Island

The Fibre Co.

Awesome Acres 'Pacas & Pyrs
Pacaphernalia - a Made In Oklahoma Business

Manos del Uruguay

Colour Mart Yarn

Yarn I gifted to Diana:
Cascade 220 Sport

Patterns mentioned:

Kimmy Knit Lace Top by Kimberly K. McAlindin

Bleaberry Tarn by Louise Tilbrook

Through the Loops 2015 Mystery KAL
aka TTL Mystery Shawl 2015 by Kirsten Kapur

Gather Together by Joji Locatelli

Nymphalidea by Melinda VerMeer

In Stillness by Alicia Plummer

Lake Breeze by Amanda Woeger

Needles mentioned:


Wooden Yarn Bowl: 
Hand Crafted by James Wolfe (aka WolfePhotos on Instagram) 

Other Podcasts We Enjoy:
Wolfe Farms -
Stockinette Zombies -
In a sKnit -
Susan B. Anderson -
Knitmore Girls -
The YarnThing Podcast with Marly Bird -

Last Week's Podcast Winners:
needle_crafter02 & TinaBW
I will be contacting you ladies! So be deciding which one of my patterns you would like, and I'll get it right out to you! 

Thanks for watching! Until next time... Happy Knitting!!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bayareaknitter Podcast Episode 4: Happy Mail, Yarny Goodness and a Pattern Giveaway!

Episode 4 is now live!!!
Watch now to see how you can be entered into my knitting pattern giveaway! I will choose 2 lucky winners to receive a pattern of your choice from my Ravelry store!

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Instagram and Twitter: Bayareaknitter
Ravelry: needle2needle


Facebook Groups mentioned:
Hydration Nation:

Sock Yarn Minis/Scraps Swapping:

Yarns shown:
Clara by Manos del Uruguay

Homestead Tweed, Baby Alpaca Grande, Worsted Merino Superwash, and Linaza by Plymouth Yarn

Bernat Mosaic

My 2nd sock syndrome WIP:
Sensations Bamboo & Ewe Pattern

Mini Skeins:
Gnome Acres
Never Enough Thyme
Crazy Zauberball
Malabrigo Sock
Knit Picks - Imagination Sock
Kangaroo Dyer - Frog in a Party Dress

Stitch Dictionary:
Up, Down, All - Around Stitch Dictionary
by Wendy Bernard (

Baa Baa Black Sheep Project Bag: by Justk33pknittin9 on Etsy

DPN holder: by CarryitPretty on Etsy

Thanks for watching! Until next time... Happy Knitting!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

We have a Winner!!!

Just uploaded a quick video to announce our winner from last week's podcast episode! Once again I apologize for not choosing the winner during Episode 3. I can be a little forgetful at times! Please watch this video to see who won the skein of Cascade 220 Sport yarn from Episode 2! If you're the winner, please comment below (or on the YouTube post) and let me know how to reach you so I can pop it into the mail asap! Congrats!!! :D

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BayAreaKnitter Podcast - Episode 3: Meet Chili our Chinchilla!

Welcome to Episode 3 of my Bayareaknitter Podcast, where I introduce my lovely daughter, Caitlin, and Chili our Chinchilla! This episode is a bit shorter than the last one, but I wanted to get something up this week. Now that the kiddos are out of school, it's a bit of a challenge to find a quiet moment around here. But I'm determined to make it work and to keep podcasting on a regular weekly basis. On a sidenote, I have to apologize for not getting around to announcing the winner from last week's giveaway! It completely slipped my mind until after I had recorded this episode! So, I will be uploading another very short video to announce the lucky winner as soon as possible! Stay tuned! I'll also post the winner here on my next blog post, so check back to see if you won! 
Anyways, click the link below to view this week's episode, and be sure to subscribe to my channel! 


Knitting needles mentioned:

Baa Baa Black Sheep Project Bag by JustK33pKnittin9 on Etsy & Instagram

Podcast mentioned:

Dawn of Wolfe Farms is knittinwolf on Instagram

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Find me on Ravelry: needle2needle
Follow me on Twitter: Bayareaknitter

As promised in this episode, here's the photo of Chili in the toy shopping cart. Caitlin has been giving him rides around the house in it! ;)

Chili in the shopping cart!

I've also fallen prey to the mitered square addiction that seems to be going around on all the social media sites! Below you'll see photos of my very first squares. I used fingering weight sock yarn for both. Although I ended up frogging the smaller one and re-knitting it at the larger gauge combined with another yarn to give it a striping effect. I like the fabric better at the 41 stitch gauge on size US 3 needles. My original plan was to make the Sock Yarn Blanket or "Scrappy Happy Blanket" as some people call it. But I'm now thinking it might make a lovely wrap or shawl! We'll see once I get further along. If you'd like to join in on this fun knit, click this link to visit The Heathen Housewife's post "All About the Blankie"! There you'll find instructions on how to knit the squares and then how to attach them all together! Be warned, this is very addicting! 

I cast on 31 stitches and used size US 2 needles for this one.
I cast on 41 stitches and used size US 3 needles for this one. 
Last but not least, I wanted to share my newest design with you! It's a pair of Fingerless Gloves that I designed for Manos del Uruguay yarns and they're named "Cobre". You'll find them on Ravelry by clicking this link: Be sure to "Favorite" them once there!
I designed "Cobre" for Manos del Uruguay.
Pattern available now!
That's all for now, but be sure to check back for my next post... coming real soon!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

BayAreaKnitter Podcast - Episode 2 is now Live!

Well I did it! I just recorded my 2nd episode, and I did it all by myself this time! Whew! Still a little nervous at first, but I'm getting there! Surprised myself by talking much longer than I had planned to! Also... if you're wondering why I'm wearing the shiny blue plastic beads, my son told me to wear them today until I pick him up from school! So around my neck they stay! ;) Anyways, let me know what you think after watching! If you scroll on down, I'll post Show Notes and links below!

1. Follow me on Instagram: Bayareaknitter
2.Follow me on Twitter: Bayareaknitter
3. Thanks goes out to Dawn of Wolfe Farms for giving me the nudge I needed to get this Podcast started!  
4. If you're a knitter that lives in the San Jose, CA area and would like to be a guest on my podcast, contact me!
5. Find me on Ravelry: Needle2Needle
6. Designs talked about: 
7. Mitered Squares for my Sockyarn Blanket
Yarns also shown: Willow Yarns & The Fiber Seed
9. Contest Giveaway: Cascade Yarns 220 Sport
Watch the Podcast to find out how you can be entered to win this Squishy Yarn! ;) 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

My new Bayareaknitter Podcast is now LIVE!

After contemplating this for quite awhile, I've decided to take the plunge and join the podcasting world! I've been really bad at keeping up with this blog on a regular basis, but I think podcasting may get me back into the swing of things! It's much easier to talk about things, and just say what I want to say! So, here I am! You're about to watch my first episode! My wonderful friend, designer, Lorna Miser was kind enough to be my first guest and help me break out of my comfort zone. This is totally unedited and raw! What you see is what you get! And I had total stage fright during the first few seconds... or maybe it was minutes... Anyways, just watch... you'll see... I did get more comfortable once we got going!  We filmed this at her home in Folsom, CA yesterday morning. We had just returned from a week in Columbus, Ohio where we attended TNNA (The National Needlearts Association Tradeshow). So, we were very tired and unorganized. But we tried to give a little recap of the event, although I know we left out so many things! I promise to take better notes and create an outline for my next episode where I will share more goodies with you that I brought home from the show! Please leave a comment here on this post and let me know what you think! I would love it if you would tell me what YOU would like to see and hear me talk about! Give me some ideas! One thing I've already noticed is that the volume seems really low on this episode. I do believe I need to wear a mic. Something I didn't think about while recording yesterday. So I do apologize in advance for the low sound quality. Anyhow... go ahead and have a watch! I hope you enjoy! :)