Karla - K-Rae on Ravelry and Karlacrafts on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest
Emily - EmGemKnits, EmilyTheTechEditor - Instagram, and EmilyTechEdits Ravelry.
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Where have we been since April 4th 2021?
HAPPY PODIVERSARY! Been working on this on/off since Jan 25th 2015
Karla - COVID and Family have been keeping me very busy, I’m on the JOHS committee at work and there’s been lots of reading and needing to pay attention to restrictions and protocols in schools that it’s taken up a lot of my time.
I’ve also had an addition to my job description where I run a hydroponic farm on our school property. I’ve been busy with creating programs within the school to educate students around farming and food security.
My kids are both in full-time school now and managing them and their adjustment to that has also taken a lot of bandwidth.
I’ve also been doing a lot of designing and learning around fibre arts, I’ve taken a few classes with Knit City Virtual around Coast Salish Weaving, Spinning and Designing. I hosted a couple knit alongs over zoom with the local fibre artists guild and I’ve been teaching classes at Kelowna Yarn and Needlecraft since Sept 2021 and creating new classes for that.
I’m currently in the process of designing two classes for the Okanagan Knitting Retreat in May and organizing Yarn Okanagan’s Summer of Fibre and Yarn Tour.
Emily and I were able to visit each other early summer at her family’s cabin and will be seeing each other at the retreat in May.
Emily - Life has been lifey. I’ve accepted 2 positions in my school district working in Learning Support and Inclusion Support. The girls have transitioned back to school and daycare and we continue to stay busy with life. I’m looking forward to teaching a sock class at the Okanagan Knitting Retreat in May.
I’ve waxed and waned in my knitting enthusiasm and picked up embroidery in the last few months, I LOVE it!
What's knitting now
Emily - Sparkly hat for the girls (Magpie Darling - , socks (always) for me, and I have an Exploration Station on the needles. Dishcloths.
Guess Who Gloves by Holli Yeo
Aeon Vest by Hilary Smith Callis
Emily - I don’t even know anymore. I finished Forsythian. A bunch of socks. Maybe a hat or two?
Autumn League Pullover by Alexandra Tavel
Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond
Stephanie Pearl Mcfee’s Patreon socks
Abi’s Hufflepuff scarf
Magpie Darling Hat
Granny Square Bag
New Published Designs
Design features - maybe instead of going through everything in the last month, pick one thing we’re really proud of that we were able to figure out?
Emily- I started my Blackwork Embroider SAL. I’m behind but I’m so proud of my progress.
Karla - Abi’s Hufflepuff scarf, started out black with yellow stripes and had to restart, then right at the beginning had 1 stripe instead of two so without taking it off the machine I ripped out the
Emily -I did do some spinning, and I love it it’s just not my go to. I took an online course with Kim Mckenna about short backwards draw and learnt lots.
Karla - Finished some handspun for Jocelyn, Intro to spinning class coming up at retreat.
Emily - Not much other than my standard fibre arts.
Karla - Trick or Treat Bags and Sleepover/carry all bags for the boys
Emily- Sugar and Candy Large project bag, SQ of Lettlopi, skein of cascade heritage sock in raspberry. My embroidery kit and SAL
Karla - Too much to list but the amazing ones that come to mind are KZip Advent, Gauge Dyeworks socks and hat planet distance self-striping. A couple of amazing facebook marketplace scores of sweater quantities.
Best laid plans
Emily - Get my sample socks in this pattern prepped for the retreat, cast on my birthday sweater - Vintersol
Karla - Working through wips, planning classes, more designs
Emily -Still have commit to knit prizes in the back of my head. One day I will send out prizes. coming up. ← That.
Karla - Steek This Cup Cozy by Rachel Molenaar I created an editable google sheets where you can format your own colours
Adventures in Mommyhood
Emily- Everyone is doing pretty good. Bedtime has been ok. I despise Dance class. Watching Movies
Karla - getting into a groove, screens is our biggest battle.