Thursday, July 30, 2015

Do as I Say - Episode 344 - The Knitmore Girls

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This weeks episode is sponsored by:
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If you were one of the lucky 100 people to score a House Special Knitmore Girls Subscription Box from Bar-Maids - heads up!  For a limited time, you can download a free digital copy of the Fractual Danger pattern designed by Martina Behm that was included in the box. Contact Bar-Maids to request your digital download and they will provide you with a custom code and link for a direct download. The code is good only until December 31, 2015 and only one code will be provided to each subscriber. Write Bar-Maids at: lo-lo@bar-maids.com or call them at 360.573.6033.  PS. There are a few Awesomeness Boxes available.  If you haven't snagged one, do so before they are gone!
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Erin Lane took the plunge and has left Etsy.  If you are looking for your favorite organizational goodies, you need to stop by the ALL NEW Erin.Lane Bags.com. The new site is loaded with great features.  You can "invest in Hank's Bank" to earn rewards towards great discount codes, you can refer friends to help spread the word, and you can find out where to find Erin.Lane next (Stitches Midwest August 6-9).  Basically, all the amazing things you want, all in one place!  Come on down and meet Hank; he's dying to help you get organized.
purllogolarge
Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!

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Sheepspot is a different kind of yarn and fiber company. Every breed-specific yarn and fiber we sell comes from ethically-raised sheep, and most of our yarns and fibers are sustainably grown and processed in right here in North America.
Check us out at sheepspot.com to learn more, and don't forget to sign up for the newsletter and get a free six-part e-course on choosing and using breed-specific yarns. Sheepspot: for those craving sustainable stash from happy sheep!

On the Needles: (:32)
Gigi finished knitting her Fractal Danger. Jasmin has been working on her Viajante. Gigi finished a preemie hat, and a sock, and a preemie hat that originally was intended to be a sock.

Jasmin is working on the Playful Stripes for Beanzilla.

We mention Galina Khmeleva. Gigi enjoys knitting the  Geek socks.
Jasmin did sweater surgery on Genevieve's new Playful Stripes. She loves knitting with Regia 6-ply yarn. We talk about Oxiclean and the sweater fiasco.

Gigi has discovered the Black Hole of knitting in her Viajante.

Events:(15:37)

- May 22 to August 14: Stash Dash  (invented by the Knit Girllls)
- July 21 to Sept 21: Summer of Lace and Beads
- October 15-18: Pacific International Quilt Fest

Contest:(16:50)

The new prize is: a skein of Lisa Souza Hardtwist Petite base in the Flahridduh colorway
Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

Participants: post a picture to the ravelry forum, or to instagram with the #operationsockdrawer, have your ravelry name on your instagram profile. Feel free to double dip your projects.

Projects will be judged on originality and general delightfulness.

Mother Knows Best:(18:29)

This weeks advice is: Clean as you go!
Jasmin mentions the  Yarns at Yin Hoo podcast, hosted by Sarapomegranate, and The Splendid Table podcast.

When Knitting Attacks:(23:47)

Gigi lost spectacularly at Yarn Chicken. Then the Selvedges cardigan from Knit Wear Magazine #1, got her.

Jasmin explains the sweater surgery on the Playful Stripes cardigan for Genevieve.

Review:(36:57)

This week we review The Practical Spinners Guide: Rare Luxurious Fibers, by Judith MacKenzie

Straw Into Gold:(49:41)

Jasmin won her Tour de Fleece.
Gigi loves her Schacht Matchless. She just discovered the joys of smaller pulleys two days before the end of the tour. Also, Jasmin kindly provided her with a high speed bobbin. Now Gigi can spin 25g per hour.

And Sew On:(54:45)

Gigi sewed seams on her muslin for a  Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time.
She will need fitting help from Jasmin before the next step.

She pinned the skirt to the bodice for the turquoise dress for Genevieve, that she started for her last summer.

Sam suggested doing a sketch on graph paper for figuring out how to set up furniture. Gigi found some pattern paper with one inch square increments for drawing her sewing room plans.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Grover in a Princess Dress - Episode 343 - The Knitmore Girls

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This weeks episode is sponsored by:
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If you were one of the lucky 100 people to score a House Special Knitmore Girls Subscription Box from Bar-Maids - heads up!  For a limited time, you can download a free digital copy of the Fractual Danger pattern designed by Martina Behm that was included in the box. Contact Bar-Maids to request your digital download and they will provide you with a custom code and link for a direct download. The code is good only until December 31, 2015 and only one code will be provided to each subscriber. Write Bar-Maids at: lo-lo@bar-maids.com or call them at 360.573.6033.  PS. There are a few Awesomeness Boxes available.  If you haven't snagged one, do so before they are gone!
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Erin Lane took the plunge and has left Etsy.  If you are looking for your favorite organizational goodies, you need to stop by the ALL NEW Erin.Lane Bags.com. The new site is loaded with great features.  You can "invest in Hank's Bank" to earn rewards towards great discount codes, you can refer friends to help spread the word, and you can find out where to find Erin.Lane next (Stitches Midwest August 6-9).  Basically, all the amazing things you want, all in one place!  Come on down and meet Hank; he's dying to help you get organized.
purllogolarge
Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!

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Sheepspot is a different kind of yarn and fiber company. Every breed-specific yarn and fiber we sell comes from ethically-raised sheep, and most of our yarns and fibers are sustainably grown and processed in right here in North America.
Check us out at sheepspot.com to learn more, and don't forget to sign up for the newsletter and get a free six-part e-course on choosing and using breed-specific yarns. Sheepspot: for those craving sustainable stash from happy sheep!  


On The Needles:(0:31)

One minute health update.
Jasmin has made excellent progress on a Playful Stripes for Beanzilla. Gigi is working on the Fractal Danger shawlette.

Jasmin is working on her Viajante #Behmalong, #beadsandlace2015. She mentions the Around Your Neck KAL  (#aynKAL) from the Suburban Stitcher. She is musing about mindful knitting. Gigi's progress on her Viajante seems infinitesimal.

Gigi is adding stitches on a preemie hat. She also is knitting more socks out of the Regia 6ply that she had left over from last weeks socks.

Jasmin is very pleased with the customer service at Unicorn Fiber. Genevieve's Playful Stripes cardigan cardigan has been (somewhat) salvaged.

Events:(16:21)

- May 22 to August 14: Stash Dash  (invented by the Knit Girllls)
- July 4-26: Tour de Fleece
- July 21 to Sept 21: Summer of Lace and Beads
- October 15-18: Pacific International Quilt Fest

Contest:(20:28)

This weeks prize is a skein of Berry Colorful Yarnings, in the colorway "Sweet".
And the winner is: Fanojoel!
Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

Participants: post a picture to the ravelry forum, or to instagram with the #operationsockdrawer, have your ravelry name on your instagram profile. Feel free to double dip your projects.

Projects will be judged on originality and general delightfulness.

Mother Knows Best:(2:11)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about adding beads.

Thanks for finding the Oak Park socks pattern out of the Anntarsia book.
Kristen from Yarngasm has an excellent beaded knitting tutorial.
 

When Knitting Attacks:(27:42)

 Jasmin managed to knit the smaller sized sleeve length on the sweater she just finished for Genevieve. She mentions the Houdini technique. She is testing/reviewing he Knitter's Pride Karbonz needles.

Review:(38:09)

 This week we review Knitted Wraps & Cover-ups, by Annie Modesitt.

Straw Into Gold:(48:41)

Gigi needs to switch out whorls to make her spinning wheel go faster. Also, she got Rumpelstilzkined, when her spinning attacked her. The singles had slipped the confines of the bobbin.

Jasmin didn't set up her Woolly Winder properly and managed to confound herself. Her goal per day is 75g per day.

And Sew On:(53:41)

Jasmin went to the fabric store WITHOUT mom. Mom suggested that Kwik Sew patterns are generally written for knit fabrics.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Flat Tire - Episode 342 - The Knitmore Girls

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This weeks episode is sponsored by:
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If you were one of the lucky 100 people to score a House Special Knitmore Girls Subscription Box from Bar-Maids - heads up!  For a limited time, you can download a free digital copy of the Fractual Danger pattern designed by Martina Behm that was included in the box. Contact Bar-Maids to request your digital download and they will provide you with a custom code and link for a direct download. The code is good only until December 31, 2015 and only one code will be provided to each subscriber. Write Bar-Maids at: lo-lo@bar-maids.com or call them at 360.573.6033.  PS. There are a few Awesomeness Boxes available.  If you haven't snagged one, do so before they are gone!
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Erin Lane took the plunge and has left Etsy.  If you are looking for your favorite organizational goodies, you need to stop by the ALL NEW Erin.Lane Bags.com. The new site is loaded with great features.  You can "invest in Hank's Bank" to earn rewards towards great discount codes, you can refer friends to help spread the word, and you can find out where to find Erin.Lane next (Stitches Midwest August 6-9).  Basically, all the amazing things you want, all in one place!  Come on down and meet Hank; he's dying to help you get organized.
purllogolarge
Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!

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Sheepspot is a different kind of yarn and fiber company. Every breed-specific yarn and fiber we sell comes from ethically-raised sheep, and most of our yarns and fibers are sustainably grown and processed in right here in North America.
Check us out at sheepspot.com to learn more, and don't forget to sign up for the newsletter and get a free six-part e-course on choosing and using breed-specific yarns. Sheepspot: for those craving sustainable stash from happy sheep!  

On The Needles:(0:34)

Jasmin finished another Playful Stripes cardigan for Genevieve and is very pleased with it.  This brings up her Stash Dash total to 3057m. There is some heckling of NDJen04 of the Commuter Knitter podcast.

Gigi has hit the black hole of knitting and exclaims that she has knit nothing. The rounds on her Viajante #Behmalong, #beadsandlace2015 are getting bigger and bigger and showing less and less progress.

Jasmin is working on a Playful Stripes for Beanzilla. Gigi has been enjoying working on the Fractal Danger shawlette.

Jasmin is knitting the Little Baby Sweater by Purl Soho, out of  Berry Colorful Yarnings in the "Shades of Grey" colorway. She references the Tomten pattern out of Elizabeth Zimmerman's The Opinionated Knitter

Events:(17:12)

- May 22 to August 14: Stash Dash  (invented by the Knit Girllls)
- July 4-26: Tour de Fleece
- July 21 to Sept 21: Summer of Lace and Beads
- October : Pacific International Quilt Fest

Jasmin talks about her strategy with her Hansen's Minispinner.

Also, if you are unhappy with the Wool Auction in Monterey being scheduled on Labor Day weekend, let them know.

We will let you know via social media when we go on baby hiatus.

Contest:(24:55)

Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

Participants: post a picture to the ravelry forum, or to instagram with the #operationsockdrawer, have your ravelry name on your instagram profile. Feel free to double dip your projects.

Projects will be judged on originality and general delightfulness.

The newest prize is the "Sweet" colorway in her Awesome Sock Selfstriping Wide from Berry Colorful Yarnings.

Mother Knows Best:(27:17)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum about leaving your knitting in the car.

Jasmin loves her Addi Turbo Needles, because they have a lifetime warranty, and are very well made. Also the ChiaoGoo Twist Red Lace  Knitting Needle Set are amazing.

Gigi also answers a question about knitting Martina Behm patterns in English.

When Knitting Attacks:(33:18) 

Gigi was repeatedly attacked by her Fractal Danger. Jasmin's  Little Baby Sweater got her.

Jasmin washed Genevieve's Playful Stripes cardigan with Beyond Clean and instead of getting glowing white, it turned yellow in the sun. Jasmin usually washes her woolens in SOAK, and the rest of her regular laundry in Rocking Green detergent.

Review:(43:01)

This week we review Colorwheel Knits, by Veera Välimäki

Jasmin mentions our review of Vivacious Kids, and Hannah Fettig and Alana Dakos patterns

Straw Into Gold:(56:56)

Gigi's drive band broke and she spend a whole day sewing a new one together, so she lost two days of spinning time. The nice people of Schacht Spindle company were very helpful.

Jasmin has spun 350g out of a total of 800g of her hogget corriedale fleece.

Join Team Sasquatch group if you haven't done so yet!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Monogam-ish - Episode 341 - The Knitmore Girls

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If you were one of the lucky 100 people to score a House Special Knitmore Girls Subscription Box from Bar-Maids - heads up!  For a limited time, you can download a free digital copy of the Fractual Danger pattern designed by Martina Behm that was included in the box. Contact Bar-Maids to request your digital download and they will provide you with a custom code and link for a direct download. The code is good only until December 31, 2015 and only one code will be provided to each subscriber. Write Bar-Maids at: lo-lo@bar-maids.com or call them at 360.573.6033.  PS. There are a few Awesomeness Boxes available.  If you haven't snagged one, do so before they are gone!
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Erin Lane took the plunge and has left Etsy.  If you are looking for your favorite organizational goodies, you need to stop by the ALL NEW Erin.Lane Bags.com. The new site is loaded with great features.  You can "invest in Hank's Bank" to earn rewards towards great discount codes, you can refer friends to help spread the word, and you can find out where to find Erin.Lane next (Stitches Midwest August 6-9).  Basically, all the amazing things you want, all in one place!  Come on down and meet Hank; he's dying to help you get organized.
purllogolarge
Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!

 photo 2014-06-13 - sheepspot_horztag_rgb_orange_zpszvtrg79m.jpg 
Sheepspot is a different kind of yarn and fiber company. Every breed-specific yarn and fiber we sell comes from ethically-raised sheep, and most of our yarns and fibers are sustainably grown and processed in right here in North America.
Check us out at sheepspot.com to learn more, and don't forget to sign up for the newsletter and get a free six-part e-course on choosing and using breed-specific yarns. Sheepspot: for those craving sustainable stash from happy sheep!  

On The Needles:(0:33)

Jasmin is knitting yet another Playful Stripes cardigan for Genevieve, and there is another one in the works for Beanzilla.

Gigi has gotten to the underarms on her Selvedges cardigan. Jasmin is loving the fabric that is knitting up for the Little Baby sweater with yarn from Berry Colorful Yarning. Jill Draper has some good advice about using The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmerman. We are excited and scared about having watched Jurassic World movie, and Jasmin successfully used the RunPee app.

Gigi has finished a pair of socks out of Regia 6-ply yarn, and two preemie hats. She has also cast on again the cuff of her Geek socks and is loving the Fractal Danger shawlette, and is making slow progress on her Viajante #Behmalong, #beadsandlace2015.
 

Events:(12:09)

- May 22 to August 14: Stash Dash  (invented by the Knit Girllls)
- July 4-26: Tour de Fleece
- July 21 to Sept 21: Summer of Lace and Beads

There is some heckling of NDJen04 of Commuter Knitter podcast

Contest:(15:41)

We will pick a new prize next week.
Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

Participants: post a picture to the ravelry forum, or to instagram with the #operationsockdrawer, have your ravelry name on your instagram profile. Feel free to double dip your projects.

Projects will be judged on originality and general delightfulness.

Mother Knows Best:(17:18)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about spinning for socks. (Socks by Ria Buchanan, The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook)
 

When Knitting Attacks:(23:42)

Gigi was attacked by her Fractal Danger twice. Jasmin had issues with the battery cable for the RAVPower® Xtreme Battery for her Hansen Minispinner.

Jasmin mentions Stephen West's new spring Style collection, and XRX's Knit One Below

Review:(27:31)

 This week we review Knitting Brioche-Stitch Socks: 14 Easy Patterns for Tube Socks by Barbara Sander

Straw Into Gold:(34:10)

Gigi is spinning the grey that she bought at the Monterey Wool Auction and had processed by Morro Fleece Works.

Jasmin has spun 200g of her Corriedale hogget, from Out-back Farm, on her Hansen minispinner. She is using photography ideas from Down Cellar Studio and Knitting Butterflies podcasts

And Sew On:(40:01)

Gigi is working on muslins for a master pattern for the dresses out of Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time: by Tanya Whelan

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Worst Mom Ever - Episode 340 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode is sponsored by:
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If you were one of the lucky 100 people to score a House Special Knitmore Girls Subscription Box from Bar-Maids - heads up!  For a limited time, you can download a free digital copy of the Fractual Danger pattern designed by Martina Behm that was included in the box. Contact Bar-Maids to request your digital download and they will provide you with a custom code and link for a direct download. The code is good only until December 31, 2015 and only one code will be provided to each subscriber. Write Bar-Maids at: lo-lo@bar-maids.com or call them at 360.573.6033.  PS. There are a few Awesomeness Boxes available.  If you haven't snagged one, do so before they are gone!
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Erin Lane took the plunge and has left Etsy.  If you are looking for your favorite organizational goodies, you need to stop by the ALL NEW Erin.Lane Bags.com. The new site is loaded with great features.  You can "invest in Hank's Bank" to earn rewards towards great discount codes, you can refer friends to help spread the word, and you can find out where to find Erin.Lane next (Stitches Midwest August 6-9).  Basically, all the amazing things you want, all in one place!  Come on down and meet Hank; he's dying to help you get organized. 
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Infinite Twist produces unique and luxurious hand-spun yarns that are crafted in a socially responsible way. Spun from hand-painted roving and hand-blended batts, our hand-spun yarns are a tactile delight for knitters. We also offer project kits that take the guess-work out of yarn and color selection, and hand-dyed mill-spun yarns in striking semi-solid colors. Find out more by visiting infinitetwist.com, or find us on Ravelry and Instagram as infinite twist. Sign up for our newsletter for a free knitting pattern every month, and don’t forget to use offer code “knitmore”!
purllogolarge
Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!


On The Needles:(0:34)

Jasmin is working on two Playful Stripes cardigans, one for Genevieve, and one for Beanzilla, since she is replacing Genevieve's old Playful Stripes.

Jasmin is knitting the Playful Stripes on Knitter's Pride Karbonz Deluxe Interchangeable needles which we will review in a future episode. She mentions Monkeysuits.

On the way to Eugene, Jasmin cast on the Spectral cowl out of yarn from the now defunct Cephalopod Yarns. We are all excited about the gradient yarn kits from Black Trillium Fibers that we saw at the Black Sheep Gathering.

Gigi is excited about the  Viajante, in Kilimanjaro yarn from Miss Babs #behmalong she is also excited about working on the Fractal Danger shawl by Martina Behm,  (#behmalong) out of Abstract Fiber Supersock + in the Danger colorway. Gigi's one FO is a preemie hat.
 
Gigi is excited about knitting a pair of socks out of Regia 6-ply Stripemania that are growing at an amazing speed.

She is also working on the Selvedges cardigan out of an old Knit Wear Magazine # 1, out of an alpaca yarn with a large gauge.

Events:(23:56)

- May 22 to August 14: Stash Dash  (invented by the Knit Girllls)
- July 4-26: Tour de Fleece
- July 21 to Sept 21: Summer of Lace and Beads

We mention Voolenvine's Video Beading tutorial.
Join Team Sasquatch!
 

Contest:(26:14)

We have a new prize! A skein of Canon Hand Dyes in George Merino base DK in the "You Really Must Get some Flounces" Jane Austen colorway.

Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

Participants: post a picture to the ravelry forum, or to instagram with the #operationsockdrawer, have your ravelry name on your instagram profile. Feel free to double dip your projects.

Projects will be judged on originality and general delightfulness.
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Mother Knows Best:(28:00)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum about getting measured.

Jasmin watched the Lucy Neatby Intarsia DVDs and mentions Custom Fit Qualified yarn stores.

Let us know about measuring/getting measured by the Custom Fit team.

When Knitting Attacks:(35:05)
 
Gigi cast on too many stitches for her Geek socks. Jasmin accidentally used Gigi's waste yarn for a provisional cast on and the piece was too short.

Review:(39:47)

 This week we review Creative Kids Complete Photo Guide to Knitting by Mary Scott Huff

We mention her other books, Hats to Knit, Fun and Fantastical Slippers to Knit:
The New Stranded Colorwork, and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Color Knitting

Jasmin mentions Kids Knitting: Projects for Kids of all Ages, by  Melanie Falick
and Lucy Neatby's The Brand New Knitter DVD.

Straw Into Gold:(54:43)

Week 6 of Tour de Fleece training: find your support network.
Jasmin advises Rachel Ray recipes, and joining Team Sasquatch
Gigi weighed her fiber into 25g nests.

And Sew On:(57:35)

Gigi has started on a garment from Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time: by Tanya Whelan.
She thinks the master patterns needed more detail, like the Burda magazine patterns.