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Relentless Knitting Podcast

Welcome to the Relentless Knitting Podcast! We’re so happy you've found us. We are two science teachers who knit based out of the beautiful Okanagan valley in British Columbia Canada. The goal of this podcast is to share our love of the fibre arts and foster community. Our focus will be knitting with flares of other hobbies and interests. We are both recent first time moms and we’ll be sharing some of our adventures in mommyhood. We own Relentless Knitting Company and are contracted by our local yarn store to teach knitting classes. Find us on facebook, twitter and the web at www.relentlessknitting.com and join our group on Ravelry - Relentless Knitting Company.
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Oct 25, 2018

EPISODE 53

Introductions

Karla - K-Rae on Ravelry and Karlacrafts on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest

Emily -  EmGemKnits, EmilyTheTechEditor - Instagram, and  Emily Tech Edits Ravelry.

 

Shout outs

Introduce yourself in the Ravelry group or leave us a review on itunes or google play music or send us an email with feedback at mail@relentlessknitting.com

We’ve had some great posts in both the KAL threads and a Meet the Knitter segment! Thank you!

 

What's knitting now

Emily - FLK vanilla socks in turtle purl self striping sock yarn Mistletoe Kisses colour way. AND Apex shawl by Knox Mtn Knit Co in Gauge dye works Knox Fade colourway

 

Hibernation -A joyful thread by silvia mcfadden in sweet fiber merino lace rose gold

Stephen West Speckle and Pop! Mystery KAL - out of all of the Sweet Georgia

 

Karla

Arne and Carlos Christmas Stocking

Harlow by Andrea Mowry

Graphic Socks by Melissa Morgan Oakes

 

Hibernating

Woolly Lamb, Aeon Vest by Hillary Smith-Calis, Fintry shawl, Tulip bag, Irish Fougasse

 

FO’s -

Emily - The doodler by Stephen West in green, gold and purple by Sweet Fibre. Vanilla socks with turtle purls self striping sock yarn on a sparkle base. They’re amazeballs. blanket for baby. Friendship Shawl by Sylvia McFadden in Hinterland Range Honey.

 

Karla - Mark’s hat

 

Design features

Emily-  Bad stitch count on Apex. Ripped back to add extra lace motif to Friendship

Karla - snowman hat had no buffer, blip in brioche

 

Talky Talk

Emily - I Mailed out prizes!!!! Still one waiting to get to kelowna, but it has made it to kelowna and should be delivered soon.

Karla - Summer Knitting Bingo Winners!  tech editing

 

Knit-lit

Casting Off - Nicole R Dickson

The Knitting Circle - Ann Hood

 

KAL!

New KALs for 2018! We’re 6 months in!

#committoknit2018 - Plus I”m going to make minis out of my handspun tidbits.

#revelinknit2018 - keep up with your selfcare knitting!

#Summerknittingbingo

 

Thinking about 2019...

Spinning

Emily -. Did wwsip, then lent my wheel to Sarah at my LYS I’ll get it back for the new year for all of my plans

Karla - Went to the Spin In - Enhanced the stash



Best laid plans

Emily - Commit to knit is almost in the bag. Apex, Vanilla socks and one more pair of socks Thinking about making them with a pattern to spice things up, but I’m worried about being able to knit them while visiting in Dec.. After that do the t shirt for a yarn review, and start spinning for a sweater. Promised Ains a cardigan with all the buttons we see at the LYS.

 

Karla - knitmas, stockings, secret santa, gift exchange

 

Crafternoon/Sew-what

Emily -Making halloween bags, put the handles on wrong, but got the button holes in for lights so it all works out. Also have started a knit night in Sooke and it’s taken off!

Karla -

 

Stash Enhancement

Emily- Nothing that I can think of…  

Karla - Knitscene, targee, wool/alpaca

 

Adventures in Mommyhood

Emily- Will not pee. Walking, Abandonment for Chicago. Bedtime drama all the time.

Karla- Babes leveled up!

 

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Sep 5, 2018

EPISODE 52

Introductions

Karla - K-Rae on Ravelry and Karlacrafts on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest

Emily -  EmGemKnits - Instagram, and Ravelry.

 

Shout outs

Introduce yourself in the Ravelry group or leave us a review on itunes or google play music or send us an email with feedback at mail@relentlessknitting.com

We’ve had some great posts in both the KAL threads and a Meet the Knitter segment! Thank you!

 

What's knitting now

Emily - The doodler by Stephen West in green, gold and purple by Sweet Fibre. Vanilla socks with turtle purls self striping sock yarn on a sparkle base. They’re amazeballs.

Sweater for Baby, blanket for baby.

 

Hibernation -A joyful thread by silvia mcfadden in sweet fiber merino lace rose gold

Stephen West Speckle and Pop! Mystery KAL - out of all of the Sweet Georgia

Cast on socks for dan in Joma Yarn’s tofino colour way

 

Karla - Woolly Lamb, Aeon Vest by Hillary Smith-Calis, Mark’s hat

 

FO’s -

Emily - Dotted Rays, Flax for Ains

 

Karla -

Layer Cake by Knox Mountain Knit Co, Turtle Dove by Espace Tricot (Lisa Culow), Hiraeth hat by Caitlyn Ffrench, wooly lamb

 

Design features

Emily-  nada. I think I’ve got this

Karla - twisted rib, only one sheep

 

Talky Talk

Emily -  I’ll give away prizes before the end of the month. I swear. I’ll do it. * This is the same thing I said last month.

Karla - Summer Knitting Bingo, armstrong fair, knit-lit, tech editing!

 

KAL!

New KALs for 2018! We’re 6 months in!

#committoknit2018 - Plus I”m going to make minis out of my handspun tidbits.

#revelinknit2018 - keep up with your selfcare knitting!

#Summerknittingbingo

 

Spinning

Emily -. What’s spinning? WWSIP Sept 15

Karla - I wish but 2019 goals



Best laid plans

Emily - Stay on track for #committoknit2018 the keep a shawl and a pair of socks going for the rest of the year (4 of shawls, 3 pairs of socks) Maybe knit the kiddo a birthday sweater?

 

Karla - knitmas

 

Crafternoon/Sew-what

Emily -Took my mug rugs off the loom. They’re ok. Have a warp measured for tea towels. Making Kombucha. Lots of baking. Bought supplies to make halloween bags.

Karla -

 

Stash Enhancement

Emily- Allllll the knitmas.

Karla - Vogue Knitting Book

 

Adventures in Mommyhood

Emily- She’s 4. And 1. Bikes. Work.

Karla- Preschool!

 

Inquiring minds

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Jul 11, 2018

EPISODE 51

Introductions

Karla - K-Rae on Ravelry and Karlacrafts on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest

Emily -  EmGemKnits - Instagram, and Ravelry.

 

Shout outs

Introduce yourself in the Ravelry group or leave us a review on itunes or google play music or send us an email with feedback at mail@relentlessknitting.com

We’ve had some great posts in both the KAL threads and a Meet the Knitter segment! Thank you!

 

NinnyKnitter for the amazing review on iTunes.

 

Design features

Emily-  I frogged dotted rays because clearly I can’t read or follow directions.

Karla - missing stitches, nothing serious

 

What's knitting now

Emily - Dotted Rays V2.0

 

Hibernation -A joyful thread by silvia mcfadden in sweet fiber merino lace rose gold

Stephen West Speckle and Pop! Mystery KAL - out of all of the Sweet Georgia

Cast on socks for dan in Joma Yarn’s tofino colour way

 

Karla - Woolly Lamb, Layer Cake, Harlow (brioche hat) by Andrea Mowry in koigu

 

FO’s -

Emily - Messaline

 

Karla -

Goldfinch Shawl by Andrea Mowry

 

Talky Talk

Emily -  I’ll give away prizes before the end of the month. I swear. I’ll do it.

Karla - Yarn Okanagan YAY! Summer Knitting Bingo, armstrong fair, Yarned and Dangerous



KAL!

New KALs for 2018! We’re 6 months in!

#committoknit2018 - Shipped prizes, got some more in stash now. Plus I”m going to make minis out of my handspun tidbits.

#revelinknit2018 - keep up with your selfcare knitting!

#Summerknittingbingo

 

Spinning

Emily -. What’s spinning?

Karla - I wish



Best laid plans

Emily - Stay on track for #committoknit2018 the keep a shawl and a pair of socks going for the rest of the year (4 of shawls, 3 pairs of socks) Maybe knit the kiddo a birthday sweater?

 

Karla - finish the advent pattern, waiting to hear if I got the tech editor bursary

 

Crafternoon/Sew-what

Emily - Carry on Bag. Still need to do some finishing on it. Made my dress for the wedding. I just need to hem it. Super happy.

Karla - backpack

 

Stash Enhancement

Emily- Sweater quantity for Ains’ birthday sweater.

 

Karla - nada, well sorta, Espace Tricot

 

Adventures in Mommyhood

Emily- Night time potty training. Nap dropping. EAT YER DINNER!!!!!

 

Karla- Off for the summer, always sick, full time Momming, swimming, the never ending saga of shows.

 

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Jun 5, 2018

EPISODE 50 - Nifty nifty look who’s 50!

Introductions

Karla - K-Rae on Ravelry and Karlacrafts on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest

Emily -  EmGemKnits - Instagram, and Ravelry.

 

Shout outs

Introduce yourself in the Ravelry group or leave us a review on itunes or google play music or send us an email with feedback at mail@relentlessknitting.com

We’ve had some great posts in both the KAL threads and a Meet the Knitter segment! Thank you!

 

What's knitting now

Emily -  Messaline by Bristol Ivy in Bumblebirch Heartwood base Shadow colour.

 

Hibernation -A joyful thread by silvia mcfadden in sweet fiber merino lace rose gold

Stephen West Speckle and Pop! Mystery KAL - out of all of the Sweet Georgia

Cast on socks for dan in Joma Yarn’s tofino colour way

 

Karla - beach bag with knitting club, Goldfinch Shawl by Andrea Mowry in Paintbox cotton, Harlow (brioche hat) by Andrea Mowry in koigu

 

FO’s -

Emily -Mister invested by the unapologetic knitter in black cat custom demonhunter colourway.

Rose City Rollers in Round Mountain Fibers 100% merino base in the Succulent colourway. With Contrasting Sweet Georgia heels and toes.

 

Karla -

Baby kimonos and matching garter stitch earflap hats!

 

Talky Talk

Emily -  Sponsor our KAL’s! Thank you to Seaside Yarn and Button for their generous donation. WWKIP And thank you to creative collette for the HUGE bag of prizes to give away!

Karla - Sorrento Knitting Retreat, Yarn Okanagan, O’Keefe Ranch - interview with Kathleen of A Twisted Purl

 

Interview with Kathleen of A Twisted Purl in Armstrong BC

 

KAL!

New KALs for 2018! We’re 6 months in!

#committoknit2018 - Shipped prizes, got some more in stash now. Plus I”m going to make minis out of my handspun tidbits.

#revelinknit2018 - keep up with your selfcare knitting!

 

Design features

Emily-  Messaline doesn’t line up with a chart. I think I can fudge it. Dropped a stitch on the sleeve cuff but didn’t change stitch count. Stitch is looped on a stitch marker

Karla - goldfinch lace



Spinning

Emily -. Chain plied my corriedale singles. Finished the 100% superwash merino by Vivid Yarn Studio. Made it a worsted spun traditional 2 ply. Started a Merino Silk by Endless Roving I’ll call the colour sunset orange. I’m going for a worsted spun fingering weight 2 ply.

Karla - nada, although I gifted some handspun and it was very well received.

 

Best laid plans

Emily - Stay on track for #committoknit2018 finish Messaline by the end of May the keep a shawl and a pair of socks going for the rest of the year (4 of shawls, 3 pairs of socks)

 

Karla - finish the advent pattern, layer cake by knox mountain knit co out of fino, finish my cotton tee

Crafternoon/Sew-what

Emily - I made a dress muslin. Made a tote bag, got my real fabric cut for my dress. Still need to make the carry on bag but found super cute stockinette fabric.

Karla - nada

 

Stash Enhancement

Emily- Review yarn from Round Mountain Fibers - corriedale fleece, spinning wheel, 100% wool

 

Karla - Sorrento retreat/birthday haul

 

Meet the Knitter - Amy

Name: Amy McKay

Raverly alias: amyelisha

Other Social media? @amyelisha on instagram (my account is private to protect pictures of my daughter, but I do love connecting with other knitters so don’t be shy about sending me a follow request!)

When and how did you first learn to knit? I think it was in 2014, and I learned by watching YouTube videos. Every time I encountered a new stitch or technique I would just watch videos and practice until I figured it out. My own grandmothers had long since stopped knitting by the time I had an interest, but I’m hoping to teach my daughter in a few more years.

What was your first project? A cotton dishcloth. I knit 3 of them on some terrible plastic needles from Michael’s, but despite some dropped stitches and random yarn overs, they are still workhorses stashed away with my cleaning supplies!

What is your biggest knitting disaster? Hmm. Nothing comes to mind really. I tend to stop long before something ends disastrously (in knitting..not necessarily in life!). I knit a Gaptastic Cowl as one of my earliest projects, before I knew what gauge was, and it was monstrously huge. I’m talking, could-have-clothed-a-linebacker big. Needless to say, it got frogged!

What are you most proud of as a knitter? I’m proud to create beautiful, useful, long lasting items that can be tangible examples for my loved ones of how much I care about them (because it’s a big time & energy investment!). And, when I knit for myself, I’m proud to engage in an activity that is a powerful act of self care both in the actual making of the thing, and then in the wearing of it. It really feels like I’m nurturing myself when I cast on something lovely with only myself in mind. We should really call it self-love knitting, rather than selfish knitting!

What are you favorite items to knit? Stuffed toys for the important tiny humans in my life, and shawls for myself

Are you a process knitter or a product knitter? I’m both! I used to be more of a product knitter but the more time goes on the more I’ve found that the act of knitting has become incredibly important to my well being. I’m a stay-at-home parent now, and it is hands down the most difficult job I’ve ever had (and I used to literally save babies for a living as an NICU nurse). Knitting allows me to satisfy so many of own needs: for mental stimulation, quiet alone time, and creative expression, all of which are hard to come by at this stage of my life. So, process has become extremely important to me as well. That said, I can’t fully engage in a project unless the finished object is something I’m excited to gift or wear. What it will be definitely still matters.

Do you have any knitting goals? Projects? Techniques? I’d love to learn brioche, dive into sweater making, and eventually learn enough of the math involved to begin tech editing. Math doesn’t come easily to me, but I love editing. I can learn, right?

Do you do any other fiber arts other than knitting? Not yet, but I have grand plans to learn embroidery, weaving, sewing, and rug punching. I want to learn it all! Especially sewing, I am most excited about eventually being able to make my own clothes and stop relying on fast fashion, which isn’t in line with my values and not the example for resource stewardship that I want to set for my daughter. But because she is so little, and free time is so scarse, new hobbies have to wait a while.

Do you have any other super powers other than knitting? Momming. Thats a super power right?? I never really felt that i had a “true calling” until my child was born. Mothering, while certainly not all unicorns and rainbows, is really a natural aptitude for me. I’m good at it, and I love it (most days). I used to be a pretty good writer too, back in the day, and I can pick up new languages easily. I’m also a PADI Divemaster, which means I can teach some scuba diving courses and guide other divers around sites. I’m an excellent shark spotter! If there is one to be found or spotted in the distance, I promise i’ll see it.

Anything else you’d like to tell the world? (shameless self promotion!) I’m incredibly passionate about feminism (intersectional or bust), and birth and the myriad of ways the two intersect. And I’ll happily chat about either with anyone, anytime!

Adventures in Mommyhood

Emily- Tooth pop!! Nap schedule has been terrible! THREENAGER temper tantrums.

Karla- So stoked and so bummed

 

Inquiring minds

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Apr 22, 2018

EPISODE 49

Introductions

Karla - K-Rae on Ravelry and Karlacrafts on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest

Emily -  EmGemKnits - Instagram, and Ravelry.

 

Shout outs

SKuehnel - Sharilyn in Kelowna! @weekdaysfromscratch

Introduce yourself in the Ravelry group or leave us a review on itunes or google play music or send us an email with feedback at mail@relentlessknitting.com

 

What's knitting now

Emily -  Messaline by Bristol Ivy in Bumblebirch Heartwood base Shadow colour.

Mister invested by the unapologetic knitter in black cat custom demonhunter colourway.

Hibernation -A joyful thread by silvia mcfadden in sweet fiber merino lace rose gold

Stephen West Speckle and Pop! Mystery KAL - out of all of the Sweet Georgia

Cast on socks for dan in Joma Yarn’s tofino colour way

 

Karla - Graphic Socks, Afterthought everything socks, baby sweater and advent design, beach bag, fougasse by bristol ivy

 

FO’s -

Emily -Tin Can Knits Flax for Me in Custom Woolen mills Mule Spun 2 ply in Teal

Coquihalla Hat by Knox Mt Knit Co in Black Cat customs Lets get Worsted base

Mood of March hat by Katrin Schubert in Willow and Lark Woodland by LoveKnitting.com

 

Karla -

Halloween Socks

Constellate by Hunter Hammerson - Willow and Lark Plume held double with Lorna’s Lace’s

Cornflower Mittens

Weekender Pullover



KAL!

#stashtogiftknit2017 - still haven’t sent our prizes, will happen this week.

 

New KALs for 2018!

#committoknit2018 - Draw is happening ASAP

#revelinknit2018 - Thank you @porthardy1 for donating a prize

 

Design features

Emily-  Dropped a few stitches in the 2 colour brioche. Fun times. - leveled up

Karla - twisted purl stitch, worried about the hardiness of yarn on weekender

 

Spinning

Emily -. Finished Smith and Ewe Merino/silk in a 3 ply

Finished a 3 ply BFL by Totally Inked yarn

finished a bobbin of corriedale singles to Chain ply soon.

 

Karla - Spinning was awesome for about the first 2 weeks of March and then it didn’t happen.



Best laid plans

Emily - Stay on track for #committoknit2018 finish Messaline by the end of May the keep a shawl and a pair of socks going for the rest of the year (4 of each!!)

Karla - aeon vest

 

Stash Enhancement

Emily- Tough love sock in pistachio. Whoops! Braids by Endless Roving and fibrecraft.Won some yarn the pop up shop at the Victoria public market.

 

Karla - knit crate, loveknitting.com

 

Review

Loveknitting.com Willow and Lark - Woodland & Plume http://www.relentlessknitting.com/blog/loveknittingcom-review



Talky Talk

Emily -  Sponsor our KAL’s! Thank you to Seaside Yarn and Button for their generous donation. WWKIP

Karla - pub night knitting, sorrento retreat, Kelowna Yarn and Needlecraft fire, tapestry weaving, new car, spring break, fibres west

 

Crafternoon/Sew-what

Emily - Weaving Mug rugs… Sewing project bags for gifts. Easter egg dyeing roving. Rologs

Karla - Mr Maker, needle felting, easter egg dye roving

 

Adventures in Mommyhood

Emily- 2 in 1 room. Crawling so soon

Karla- go go go!

 

Inquiring minds

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Feb 19, 2018

EPISODE 47A3 Balls Deep

Introductions

Karla - K-Rae on Ravelry and Karlacrafts on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest

Emily -  EmGemKnits - Instagram, and Ravelry . EmKnits on Twitter and EmGem on Pinterest

Shout outs

Introduce yourself in the Ravelry group or leave us a review on itunes or google play music or send us an email with feedback at mail@relentlessknitting.com

What's knitting now

Emily -  My own Flax out of custom woolen mills in a teal colour.

Hibernation -A joyful thread by silvia mcfadden in sweet fiber merino lace rose gold

Stephen West Speckle and Pop! Mystery KAL - out of all of the Sweet Georgia

Cast on socks for dan in Joma Yarn’s tofino colour way

 

Karla - Graphic Socks, Cornflower Mittens, Weekender Pullover, Halloween Socks, Afterthought everything socks

 

FO’s -

Emily -Tin Can Knits Flax for Dan in Custom Woolen mills Mule Spun 2 ply black (it’s love)

Barley hats for the girls in hand spun hand dyed corriedale

Classic cuffed hat by Purl Soho in hand spun corriedale for Larry

Gramps trifecta for baby Schramm

 

Karla -

Thistle by Julie Partie out of old stash handspun, my first traditional 3ply, my gauge is not going to work for the pattern so not a lot of progress has been made on in because I’m having to figure out the numbers myself and using it as a construction guide. Cutest sweater though.

Myra Cowl in gradient handspun dyed by muse fibreworks

Montreal Hat

Spirit Bear Hat

Decemberist



KAL!

#stashtogiftknit2017 WINNERS!

Congratulations to @irylknits @blondewithbrains @neets_knits @knittywittyshelle @vcomba5302 @collette_beyer for Q4 entries!

 

The Grand Prize winner is @bonniegoespublic with 30 gifts knit in 2017!

 

New KALs for 2018!

#committoknit2018

#revelinknit2018

 

Design features

Emily-  nada

Karla - cornflower mitts require too much brain. Slipper socks too small. Stolen hat.



Spinning

Emily -. Finished 2 ply of Murkey Waters 80/20 merino mulberry silk by totally inked yarn.

Made a 2 play woolen yarn for the Classic cuffed hat.

Did my first singles of Merino Silk by Smith and Ewe for a traditional 3 ply.

 

Karla - nope but devoting March to spinning



Best laid plans

Emily - Matching family sweaters.Stay on track for #committoknit2018  cast on Black cat custom yarn. Bristol Ivy Messaline in bumblebirch

Karla - I need a vest (mielie nope aeon vest), and a cabled sweater (raspberry delight nope fougasse)

 

Stash Enhancement

Emily- Weaving Bench, 2 boat shuttles, weaving stuffs.. Mini Skeins, Mug rugs, house broach.+Knitmas

 

Karla - Spirit yarn from guild meeting, knit crate +Knitmas



Talky Talk

Emily -  Sponsor our KAL’s (Thank you Joanne aka @porthardy1), Stash.

Karla - Yarn Okanagan classes, Sorento retreat, knit club at school, wine along, Tattoos

 

Crafternoon/Sew-what

Emily - Weaving Mug rugs… hope to sew soon.

Karla - Nada

 

Adventures in Mommyhood

Emily- sick baby, SAHM

Karla- moving homes

 

Inquiring minds

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