The Knit Surfers







December 2014
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from The Knit Surfers!

We play a segment from the nice ladies Betty and Estelle from "Stupendous Stash". Good times!


Some ideas for stocking stuffers:

Hand Lotions

Knitting Notions

Gift Cards

Some ideas for super quick knits:

Garter stitch scarves with a beautiful yarn

Chunky cowls

Chunky hats in the round with no decrease shaping - use a 3 needle bind-off to produce a seam, then put a pom-pom or tassels on the points

Boot cuffs

Ear Bud pouches

Put yarn and needles in your family's hands during the holiday when everybody is just hanging out!

For personal knitting time during the holidays, bring simple projects that you can pick up and put down easily.

Nancy's working on the last panel of her Heart Blanket and has a wonderful surprise for Kelie on the podcast!

Nancy and Kelie are both thankful for the podcast and the time we get to spend together while producing. It's been really fun getting together and talking about our favorite things!


Direct download: Episode10AHolidaySurpriseComplete.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55am PDT

Nancy and Kelie discuss the end of Nancy's textile class at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). The students have taken their finals and played Fabric Bingo. Kelie thinks it's a great idea to play yarn bingo at the store.

Kelie's Current Project - Fire Drake Shawl by Abigail Phelps using her handspun laceweight in a gradient colorway that goes from Orange to Red to Purple. It's a lot of yardage and going to be very big.

Watch for spinning classes coming in 2015 at Common Threads so you can have your own handspun to knit with!

Nancy's Current Project - Still working on her I Heart Noro blanket and is loving it so much, she'll probably make another one!

Kelie and Nancy discuss the customers' request for warm fiber that is not wool for people who may be allergic. Nancy tells us about the manufacturing of synthetic fibers and how they are made to mimic the qualities of wool. Moral of the story is, Don't turn your nose up at synthetics! There is amazing technology out there!

What's going on in the store:

Weaving classes by Cheryl Goyer have wrapped up and more will be schedule for 2015.

Christmas decorations being made for the tree in the store and Nancy's favorite are the pinwheel candies.


On Ravelry:

Nancy – Knitsurfer

Kelie – Khalila

Direct download: SyntheticLove.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:44pm PDT

The Knit Surfers Nancy and Kelie are in the full swing of the holidays and hanging on for the ride!

A few gift ideas:

Nancy's Cable Braided Necklace by Olga Buraya-Kefelian - can be done in any weight yarn and take under two hours to complete.

Kelie loves to make God’s Eye stars with kids during the holidays. Here is a quick tutorial link for how to make them.

Kelie talks about the STEAM Maker Faire at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Kelie’s working on her Hitchhiker Shawl by Martina Behm using leftover Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball. Kelie’s also working on her Gurli mittens where she mentions the Latvian Braid, stranded colorwork, convertible mittens, and Knit Companion.

Nancy’s working on a blanket with a million ends! She mentions the Diagonal Shawls many people have made and the yarn she prefers is Noro Shiraito

What’s going on at the store:

Knitalong – Samen Shawl by Stephen West

CGOA is coming to San Diego this summer

On Ravelry:

Nancy – Knitsurfer

Kelie – Khalila


Direct download: Holidaysarehere.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm PDT

It's actually a pretty mellow storm!

To see pictures of the amazing holiday luncheon put on by our knitting guild, check out our thread on Ravelry here. Kelie mentions Katwise Fairy coats.

Kelie finished her New Towne sweater and had a great time wearing it at the luncheon.

Her next projects will be the Gurli Mittens by JennyPenny and the Hitchhiker by Martina Behm. She's also plying her singles from Three Feet of Sheep fiber in the Rainbow colorway.

Nancy's 1/3 of the way done with her Noro blanket.

The next Knitalong for Common Threads has been announced! The store will be doing Samen by Stephen West which is a beautiful asymetrical shawl using 5 different colors. Please call the store to reserve your spot! The pattern is available on Ravelry or at the store.


On Ravelry:

Nancy – Knitsurfer

Kelie – Khalila


Direct download: Episode7Storm.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm PDT