Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cynthia Update

We had a man on the inside today (Cynthia's baby brother) and he has informed me that she is out of surgery.  The surgeon was able to perform the procedure by laproscopy, so she will be able to go home this afternoon and her healing time will be greatly reduced!  

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Photography Teaser

Learn how to take photos that accurately showcase your gorgeous yarns!

On the left we see a photo taken with on-camera flash - highlights are blown out and that harsh shadow detracts from the subject.  The photo on the right uses diffused light which eliminates harsh shadows and shows the true depth, texture, and color of the yarn.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Episode 20- Teach a friend to knit and she'll always be warm

This week we're talking about tips for teaching new knitters and some help for said new knitters. You've heard the old saying "Teach a man to fish. . .", well, this is the knitting version.

Be sure to call in with your stories about teaching someone to knit or when you learned. Share tips for the newbies in our audience, too!

We'll have an announcement about the break and what to expect when we get back, so tune in!

Show Notes:

General Knitting Announcements:
It is almost time for Webs' annual yarn sale in April and May
Berocco has released the sock star booklet!
Smiley's Yarns (Moda Dea Washable Wool, an EKG podcast favorite, is on sale!)

Great resources for new knitters:
Knitting videos
Help from the knitting community at Ravelry.

Show Announcements:
This will be our last "official" podcast for a while.  Cynthia will be out for surgery for the next 2-6 weeks.  I will keep you updated on her convalescence.
In the meantime, I will be doing some mini-podcasts about some photography techniques.  The first topic will be about how to photograph yarn and will have an in-depth tutorial here on blogger.

Download or stream the show at talkshoe, or find it listed under Electronic Knitting Group on iTunes.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Episode 20 Postponed

Dear Listeners,
Due to K traveling, me being in meetings all day, and, frankly, a lack of a really good show topic, we will be postponing Episode 20 until next week. That will be our last show before my "surgery break".
Meanwhile, maybe you all (or ya'll if you're feeling Southern like me) can send us some ideas for show topics. Thanks to those that already have, and thanks to those who will!

Remember, tune in March 26th for Episode 20 and we'll give you a sneak peek of what to expect after the break!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Episode 19 - Reel to Real

Join us this week as we talk about movie and tv inspired patterns! From Harry Potter to Twilight, Lord of the Rings to The Holiday, knitwear is all over! Whether the patterns are remakes or just inspired by characters, what we watch influences what we knit. Be sure to call in, chat along, or leave us some ideas to include here or on the ravelry group! Don't let your favorites go unmentioned!

Also, we'll be drawing for our 5K download yarn winner! You've still got a few days to enter, so leave us a comment and you're in!

See you all Friday at 10pm!

Show Notes:

Cynthia is knitting Mommy socks, a baby bib, and a burpcloth (her own pattern).

Congratulations to Karli29 who won a skein of Spritely Goods' Spring Tulips fingering weight yarn.  Email us at ekgpodcastatgmaildotcom! Thank you to everyone who participated!

Just for fun - the yarn quiz!  Apparently I've had a radical personality shift, and am now Merino wool - SWEET! What type of yarn are you?

Movie/Show Knits:

Pushing Daisies - Ned's Toasty Hat and Scarf - check out that gorgeous example by Orna!

Star Trek -
Star Trek Jr. - for the geeky babies in your life.
Pot Holders - they are double-knit.  Very cool!
Fairisle Charts
Leia Wig

Coraline's Gloves
Coraline's Star Sweater

Harry Potter
Hogwarts Scarves
Prisoner of Azkaban-style Scarves
Potter Puppet Pals Finger Puppets - (crochet)

The Holiday
Fireside Sweater - not technically designed after the one in movie but we <3 it just as hard!

Twilight Series
Bella's Mittens
Rosalie's Lunchtime Scarf

Wash's Sweater
Jayne Cobb Hat - there are so many patterns for this hat - find the one that suits you best!

Find the show on iTunes as "Electronic Knitting Group" or download/stream directly from talkshoe.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Episode 18 - Space Invaders!

This week we're discussing our UFOs, unfinished objects! We're braving the bottom of the knitting bag and owning up to what we've neglected! Join us as we talk about what made us want to start the project, what made us put it down, and why we never seemed able to pick it up again. Call in to tell us your stories about UFOs and give us some advice about how to get them finished! See you Friday night at 10PM!!

Show Notes:

Magic Loop @
Malabrigo Sock - I think Cynthia is using Chocolate Amargo

Cynthia's UFOs
Cabled Vest from Knit So Fine - ripped
Mommy Socks! - secret stealthy gift knitting
Mommy Afghan (her own pattern)

Kristen's UFOs
Tangled Yolk Cardigan
OWLs Sweater

Drawings for the contest will be held next week.  You can see the prize here!  Go to our Ravelry group to participate!

And finally - Muppet Aliens (made of a fun fur-like material!)