Thursday, July 2, 2015

You're invited to join my new Bayareaknitter Ravelry Group!!!

Ok y'all!!! I did it! I'm throwing the doors open wide and inviting you to join my Bayareaknitter Ravelry Group! Just search "Bayareaknitter"! It's brand spanking new as of yesterday... So please have patience with me as I learn the ropes! I'm using a temporary logo until I get the one I really want. But I have lots of exciting plans for our future, including Contests, a Knitalong every now and then, etc... Feel free to invite your friends too!!!


 Bayareaknitter Group on Ravelry

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Summer Crunch

Design in progress for Manos del Uruguay

By now everyone has probably settled into a summer routine. I'd love to hear what you're doing or have planned this summer! Camping? Visiting distant relatives? Or are you just relaxing as much as possible and enjoying the lazy days of summer? I'm not sure what we're doing yet. The hubby isn't one for making set plans! Sometimes we take the kids on a mini vacation to an amusement park or we head north to Lake Tahoe or Seattle. Right now the cooler weather would be my choice! We reached 102 degrees here yesterday and it's supposed to be hotter today!
Some of us do still have to work though. As you know... I work from home, doing what I love most, that being a stay-at-home mom and designer of knit and crochet patterns. I'm actually working on designs for 2 separate yarn companies at the moment, and the deadlines are quickly approaching! Silly me, thought I'd have more time to focus on my designs over the summer, but now that the kids are on summer vacation, the days seem busier than ever and just seem to fly by! I'm wearing many hats right now! Chauffeur, nurse, chef, referee, you name it! It's a challenge finding any "me time"! I've been staying up late, after everyone's gone to bed, to just enjoy the silence. It's so soothing to my soul. But then morning comes... My son has been waking up at the crack of dawn! Why is it that I have to drag the kids out of bed to get ready for school, but during the summer they're full of energy and waking up with the twittering of the birds? I don't know how long I'll be able to manage on 4 hours of sleep! Looks like I need to start trying to go to bed earlier as well.  
On another note, I've even started podcasting! It's something I've wanted to do for quite awhile. But it never seemed like the perfect time to get started. So I finally just decided to take the leap and jump right in! Otherwise it might have never happened! Scroll down to my previous posts and you'll find all 5 episodes that I've recorded so far! Have a watch and please let me know what you think! I have lots of plans and ideas for future episodes including more guests, giveaways and maybe even a few tutorials! Tell me know what you would like to see!
Well... my kids are in need of some attention this morning, so I'll end here for now. Please comment below and share some of YOUR summer plans with me!

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! 

Follow me!
Blog: http://bayareaknitter.blogspot.com
Instagram and Twitter: Bayareaknitter
Ravelry: needle2needle
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KnittingwithChristine

SHOW NOTES

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

Yarns mentioned:

Bamboo So Fine Yarns by Kristin Omdahl 
http://styledbykristin.com/

Madelinetosh
http://madelinetosh.com

Anzula Luxury Fibers
http://anzula.com

Pediboo® Yarns from Frog Tree Yarns
http://www.frogtreeyarns.com

Ella Rae Yarns
http://knittingfever.com/brand/ella-rae/

Plymouth Yarn
http://www.plymouthyarn.com/

Swans Island
https://www.swansislandcompany.com

The Fibre Co.
http://thefibreco.com/

Awesome Acres 'Pacas & Pyrs
Pacaphernalia - a Made In Oklahoma Business
http://www.pacasnpyrs.com/store/

Manos del Uruguay
http://fairmountfibers.com/

Colour Mart Yarn
http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/brands/colourmart

Yarn I gifted to Diana:
Cascade 220 Sport
http://www.cascadeyarns.com/

Patterns mentioned:

Kimmy Knit Lace Top by Kimberly K. McAlindin
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kimmy-knit-lace-top

Bleaberry Tarn by Louise Tilbrook
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bleaberry-tarn

Through the Loops 2015 Mystery KAL
aka TTL Mystery Shawl 2015 by Kirsten Kapur
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ttl-mystery-shawl-2015

Gather Together by Joji Locatelli
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gather-together

Nymphalidea by Melinda VerMeer
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nymphalidea

In Stillness by Alicia Plummer
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/in-stillness

Lake Breeze by Amanda Woeger
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lake-breeze

Needles mentioned:

ChiaoGoo
http://www.chiaogoo.com/

Wooden Yarn Bowl: 
Hand Crafted by James Wolfe (aka WolfePhotos on Instagram) 
http://WolfeFarms.net 

Other Podcasts We Enjoy:
Wolfe Farms - http://wolfefarms.blogspot.com/
Stockinette Zombies - http://www.stockinettezombies.com/
In a sKnit - http://inasknit.com/
Susan B. Anderson - http://susanbanderson.blogspot.com/
Knitmore Girls - http://www.knitmoregirlspodcast.com/
The YarnThing Podcast with Marly Bird - http://www.marlybird.com/podcast/

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!


Follow me!
http://bayareaknitter.blogspot.com
Instagram and Twitter: Bayareaknitter
Ravelry: needle2needle
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KnittingwithChristine

SHOW NOTES

Facebook Groups mentioned:
Hydration Nation:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/478501145641454/

Sock Yarn Minis/Scraps Swapping:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/356892474513341/

Yarns shown:
Clara by Manos del Uruguay
http://fairmountfibers.com/

Homestead Tweed, Baby Alpaca Grande, Worsted Merino Superwash, and Linaza by Plymouth Yarn
http://www.plymouthyarn.com

Bernat Mosaic
http://www.bernat.com

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 (http://knitandtonic.net)

Baa Baa Black Sheep Project Bag: by Justk33pknittin9 on Etsy
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JustK33pKnittin9?ref=l2-shopheader-name

DPN holder: by CarryitPretty on Etsy
https://www.etsy.com/shop/CarryitPretty?ref=shop_sugg

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! 



SHOW NOTES:

Knitting needles mentioned: http://www.amibari.jp/english

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


Podcast mentioned: http://wolfefarms.blogspot.com/

Dawn of Wolfe Farms is knittinwolf on Instagram

Follow me on IG: Bayareaknitter
Find me on Ravelry: needle2needle
Blog: http://bayareaknitter.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Knittingwith...
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: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cobre 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!



SHOW NOTES
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! ;)