Friday, July 22, 2016

Off-label usage - Episode 386- The Knitmore Girls

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This episode has been sponsored by
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Breaking news! Our blend of locally sourced beeswax, organic coconut oil, hempseed oil and zinc oxide will leave you more kissable than you are now. Customers report that Lo-Lo Lips is one of the best lip balms available. Why is it that some lip balms can cause your lips to dry out if you stop using them, or if you lose them (and let’s face it, we ALL lose them), you can end up chapped and raw. Lo-Lo Lips doesn’t force you to reapply in order to maintain a healthy balanced level of moisture ideal for your beautiful lips. Ten yummy flavors, no parabens, fillers, or dyes – just a natural lip moisturizer that has everything your lips want and nothing they don’t.  The truth is, your LIPS may not get addicted, but I dare anyone to try it and not feel like an addict! Kiss me, Lo-Lo, I’m in LOVE!

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Our Summer Sale is happening now, get 20% off at checkout with discount code SUMMER16. While you’re there, check out our newest base yarn.  Chelan DK is a US grown, milled and dyed Superwash Targhee and Silk, so you can be proud to support your local dyer AND domestic wool producers. Sale ends Monday, July 25th.
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 You've been requesting it for a long time now, and Erin.Lane Bags is finally going to make all your dreams come true.
Erin.Lane Bags has just opened up its Custom Shop, a place where you can order your favorite project bags and totes in fabrics that you pick out and send in to be made into the perfect bags.
It's easy to get started on your Custom Shop order. Just visit erinlanebags.com and click on "Custom Shop" in the Menu. Following the instructions, fill out the Order Form, and send in your fabrics.
Start picking those fabrics now, and get your order in today to be the first in your knitting group with a custom Erin.Lane bag. 
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Miss Babs dyes an incredible variety of colors. From subtle to vibrant, monochromatic to uniquely variegated, there’s sure to be a color for you. Miss Babs also offers gorgeous gradients and hand-picked color combinations for multicolored projects. Try their newest yarn, Caroline, a merino-cashmere-nylon blend, for soft and beautiful accessories, or try Hot Shot for your next pair of socks. Find a fantastic yarn for your next project from Miss Babs. Hand dyed yarns - inspired by nature.
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There comes a time in any story when the arc draws down to the ending. Thus it is with Purlescence Yarns and its story. We began in 2006 with the idea of creating community around beautiful crafting supplies and teaching new skills. We feel that we have achieved that goal. It is now time for us to retire and move on to our next adventure.
On August 28, 2016 we will have our final tea and crafting in the living room. Come and join us if you can, in saying farewell to a piece of our shared history and take a tea cup to remember us.

We have been proud to support the Knitmore Girls since the beginning. We've created community together and supported wonderful things like Halos of Hope and 25,000 Tuques. Keep the magic and keep on crafting. 
With love,
Kaye and Sandi Luck


On The Needles:(0:35)
 

Gigi has been working on a pair of Vanilla socks out of Regia Silk color that need to have the toes grafted and the afterthought heels put in.

She also sewed in a label into the Coronation cardigan for Genevieve using a catch stitch that is called Hexenstich in German.  She needs to work on fine motor skills.

Jasmin has made a little progress on her Gone Astray cardigan for Genevieve. She also swatched for the Daniel Tiger cardigan, the Anna cardigan  
 
This week she swatched the Love is Love colorway, from Knitted Wit, for matchy matchy sweaters

She mentions the Spock sweater, and she wants to do Intarsia? Annetarsia! We need to watch her Craftsy! class.

We talked about teaching a class at Purlescence Yarns.

Gigi is trying to work though her Area 51 and she excavated her Petra, soaked and blocked it, as well as her cowl from the #zebralong.

Contest:(15:47)

 Operation Sockdrawer will be on hiatus until after Tour de Fleece.
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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#elizalong #projectsweaterchest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer.

Mother Knows Best:(16:38)

This week we are answering a question about how many things to knit for a childs winter wardrobe.
Jasmin mentions Genevieve's Anna sweater.
Do you supplement your children's wardrobe with your knitting? Tell us in this episode's thread!
 

When Knitting Attacks:(24:13)

Gigi had issues with the ball winder and had to redo the ball she was winding.
We mention the Schacht swift, the Nancy's Knit Knacks ball winder.
Jasmin mentions the Strauch tutorial.
 

Purloined:(28:00) 

This week we purloin:

Shameless Self Promotion from The Fat Squirrel Speaks hosted by Amy Beth

Gigi managed to spill dark chocolate on a favorite dress that she has sewn. Jasmin came to the rescue with some of the amazing Beyond Clean.

 Jasmin really liked the knit size buckets

Review:(37:59)

This week we are reviewing
The Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques, by Nancy M. Wiseman

Straw into Gold #TourdeFleece:(45:40)

Jasmin is close to finishing spinning the fiber from Dawn's Custom Carding, and then she will spin the Rockstar from Abstract Fibers

Gigi is spinning Corriedale, and feels like her spinning is improving. She is complaining about her technique still needing improvement.

Jasmin spun on one of the Akerworks spindles from the treehouse.

We have wool wash from Unicorn Fibre as prizes for #TourDeFleece . Please mention in the Team Sasquatch group if you have reached your goal in the finish line thread.

And Sew On:(50:06)

Gigi mended one of Genevieve's dress up dresses. Gigi mentioned Sew many Dresses, Sew Little Time. She is sewing with a young friend. They are using the basic dress to make a sloper, so all the patterns can be fitted from that pattern.

 Gigi's sloper bodice is ready to be fitted. #whatsasloper.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Broccoli and Spinach - Episode 385 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode is sponsored by:
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We'd like you to meet two very special yarns, Lily and Lotus!  Both yarns are a luscious blend of yak, merino, and silk. They are naturally a light grey color, quite lovely as they are, but we just can't stop ourselves from putting lots of bright color on top. Overdyeing the grey mutes our brights just a little, making them richer and oh, so wearable. Lily is a worsted weight 4-ply with a very round structure that makes cables and textures pop. Lily's little sister Lotus is fingering weight with a tight twist. Perfect for socks, scarves, sweaters, or anything. Get Lily and Lotus at AbstractFiber.com
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 You've been requesting it for a long time now, and Erin.Lane Bags is finally going to make all your dreams come true.
Erin.Lane Bags has just opened up its Custom Shop, a place where you can order your favorite project bags and totes in fabrics that you pick out and send in to be made into the perfect bags.
It's easy to get started on your Custom Shop order. Just visit erinlanebags.com and click on "Custom Shop" in the Menu. Following the instructions, fill out the Order Form, and send in your fabrics.
Start picking those fabrics now, and get your order in today to be the first in your knitting group with a custom Erin.Lane bag. 
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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 infinitetwist. Sign up for our newsletter for a free knitting pattern every month, and don’t forget to use offer code “knitmore”!
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Miss Babs dyes an incredible variety of colors. From subtle to vibrant, monochromatic to uniquely variegated, there’s sure to be a color for you. Miss Babs also offers gorgeous gradients and hand-picked color combinations for multicolored projects. Try their newest yarn, Caroline, a merino-cashmere-nylon blend, for soft and beautiful accessories, or try Hot Shot for your next pair of socks. Find a fantastic yarn for your next project from Miss Babs. Hand dyed yarns - inspired by nature.
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There comes a time in any story when the arc draws down to the ending. Thus it is with Purlescence Yarns and its story. We began in 2006 with the idea of creating community around beautiful crafting supplies and teaching new skills. We feel that we have achieved that goal. It is now time for us to retire and move on to our next adventure.
On August 28, 2016 we will have our final tea and crafting in the living room. Come and join us if you can, in saying farewell to a piece of our shared history and take a tea cup to remember us.

We have been proud to support the Knitmore Girls since the beginning. We've created community together and supported wonderful things like Halos of Hope and 25,000 Tuques. Keep the magic and keep on crafting. 
With love,
Kaye and Sandi Luck

We start with a one-minute health update

On The Needles:(0:34)

Gigi has been working on the Copperplate cardigan, out of Quince and Co Chickadee, and absolutely loves the hand of the yarn.

Jasmin has finished working on the Spock sweater, and set it with citric acid because when she tried to block it and it bled a bit. (Excellent, quick followup from FabFunkyFibres.)

It feels like Emily from Knitting Butterflies is trouncing Jasmin at Stashdash.
#stashdash2016 #teamcuteknitter

Gigi has been working on Sam's sock and he needs a very deep instep. She is considering making the next sock with more than 50% for the heel.

Jasmin finished putting the zipper in the Coronation cardigan. We did a Periscope on how to shorten a zipper.

She mentioned the other Periscopes we have done,,

Gigi excavated her Mishke cardigan that had been languishing in Area 51 for a year or so, and sewed in the shoulders. One of which needs to be done again.

Gigi wove in ends on four other pairs of socks that she had finished knitting earlier. #operationsockdrawer #boxosoxKAL . She also cast on a pair of socks out of Kroy. And she dug out some socks out of her UFO bin out of Regia silk color.

Jasmin has swatched for three projects: the Daniel Tiger cardigan. She got a trolley patch from the Fred Rogers Company. She also set the yarn with citric acid.

She also swatched for the Anna cardigan and did some pre-emptive citric acid soaking. She is copying the ideas from Megknitficent, from the Mostly MagKnitficent podcast .

Also, she is using some of Ann Podlesak's charts from Legendary Knits, Vol. 1.  Ann Podlesak has the Wooly Wonka Fibers podcast . Jasmin mentions the Actually Knitting podcast and her PALKAL.

Jasmin suggests our free Vanilla sock pattern and the pattern for Genevieve's tube socks, which is free if you write it down yourself or $1 if you want to get the official PDF.

Jasmin knit the Welcome to the Flock pattern for Rex and cast on the Gone Astray for Genevieve.
Also check her project pages for discounts.

#behmalong: Gigi blocked, wove in ends, and got photographs of herself in her Viajante, and  Thousand Tulips shawls.

Contest:(19:38)

 Operation Sockdrawer will be on hiatus until after Tour de Fleece.
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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#elizalong #projecat sweater chest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer.

Jasmin contacted Unicorn Fibres, and ordered some Beyond Clean Fiberwash.
They decided to send some prizes for #projectsweaterchest and Tour de Fleece. Enter your spinning in the Finish Line thread in the Team Sasquatch Group.

Mother Knows Best:(24:25)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about how to knit, spin, sew around/with very small children. We mention Abby Franquemont's Respect the Spindle

Review:(31:09)

This week we review Spin Control by Amy King

Jasmin mentions our Director's Cut episode featuring Amy King

We are intrigued by the prospect of knitting with singles.
Amy King also has a Craftsy class! (Foundations of Spinning)

Jasmin mentions the books that we like in our spinning library in our Amazon Store.

Tour de Fleece:(38:32)

Gigi has been spinning. She is not terribly pleased with how irregular her yarn is turning out.
So far she has spun six nests of fiber out of 32.

 Jasmin is feeling amazing about spinning.  She mentions listening to the Knit Girlls while spinning. She is finishing things: singles out of Abstract Fiber Rock Star. She wants to use her Woolee Winder for plying. She is breaking in the Acadia wheel. She is also working with an Akerworks bobbin on her Matchless. 

She is using fiber she bought from Aunt Janet's Wool Mill (INCORRECT, THIS IS ACTUALLY FROM Dawn's Custom Carding.)  She is spinning grey fleece to make Hiro sweaters for the family.

And she got contrast colors from Lisa Souza 
She mentions the Legend Prairie Contest, that the Prairie Girls host, where you enter the most amazing thing that you knitted that year.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Welcome to the Family - Episode 384 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode is sponsored by:
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Breaking news! Our blend of locally sourced beeswax, organic coconut oil, hempseed oil and zinc oxide will leave you more kissable than you are now. Customers report that Lo-Lo Lips is one of the best lip balms available. Why is it that some lip balms can cause your lips to dry out if you stop using them, or if you lose them (and let’s face it, we ALL lose them), you can end up chapped and raw. Lo-Lo Lips doesn’t force you to reapply in order to maintain a healthy balanced level of moisture ideal for your beautiful lips. Ten yummy flavors, no parabens, fillers, or dyes – just a natural lip moisturizer that has everything your lips want and nothing they don’t.  The truth is, your LIPS may not get addicted, but I dare anyone to try it and not feel like an addict! Kiss me, Lo-Lo, I’m in LOVE!
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Always open to custom requests, just email Michelle and together we make your color ideas come to life..Follow on Facebook, Instagram, Etsy or Ravelry to get the latest news on what Michelle is up to.
Berry Colorful Yarnings, where color plays.  
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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 infinitetwist. Sign up for our newsletter for a free knitting pattern every month, and don’t forget to use offer code “knitmore”!
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Miss Babs dyes an incredible variety of colors. From subtle to vibrant, monochromatic to uniquely variegated, there’s sure to be a color for you. Miss Babs also offers gorgeous gradients and hand-picked color combinations for multicolored projects. Try their newest yarn, Caroline, a merino-cashmere-nylon blend, for soft and beautiful accessories, or try Hot Shot for your next pair of socks. Find a fantastic yarn for your next project from Miss Babs. Hand dyed yarns - inspired by nature.
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Purlescence Yarns is Silicon Valley's destination fiber arts shop.  Our yarns are selected for both their beauty and sustainability.  Choose the perfect yarn and our Custom Fit service to help you make the perfect sweater.
Create your own perfect yarns and fabrics with our extensive selection of spinning and weaving equipment, classes, and full service maintenance.
 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:(0:36)

Jasmin has finished the Coronation cardigan. Jasmin mentions the three books that she uses regularly by Ann Budd:  The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, and The Knitter's Book of Top Down Sweaters. Jasmin talks about Colleen's Coronation Charts. She is searching for a box to keep leftover bits of yarn and buttons from sweaters she has finished. Jasmin and Genevieve are both very charmed by the Elsa crown that they take turns wearing.

Gigi has been working on the Copperplate and is reading the book Top Down: Reimagining Set-In Sleeve Design


Along with her knitting, and she is thrilled with the design and construction. The yarn she uses is Quince and Co Chickadee, that we first learned about from Paula from the Knitting Pipeline.

Jasmin is getting close to the end of the Spock sweater. Genevieve's Churchmouse sweater still sort of fits. She talks about needing to swatch Genevieve's Welcome to the Flock cardigan and for the Anna Sweater (inspired by Megknitficent's).

She wants to do Christmas sweaters for the kids (like this one), the Kate Oates way, so the sweaters can grow with the kids.

Gigi has finished the tubes for a pair of socks out of Opal, and they just need the afterthought heels.

Jasmin loves working with her hand spun, and she picked up the 2014 SPAKAL cardigan, and she is making progress. She is very excited about working with it.

Gigi has also been working on a pair of socks for Sam, which has been adventurous. It looks like this new incarnation of the sock should fit.

Also, she is working on the fifth preemie hat for this month.

Contest:(22:13)

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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#elizalong #projectsweaterchest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer.


Mother Knows Best:(24:53)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about machine phobia and the slow sewing movement.

Jasmin mentions the magnetic light for the sewing machine. We mention Abby from Knit Knit Cafe.
Gigi thinks she wants an Ott Lite so she can see what she is sewing.

Review:(35:49)

This week we review Sew Sweet Creatures :Make Adorable Plush Animals and Their Accessories

We mention Susan B. Anderson and Rebecca Danger

Tour de Fleece Training:(42:48)

This week we are doing the training for weeks five and six. Clean your wheel and find your support network. We like Murphy's Oil soap and Wood Beams (call Morgaine at Carolina Homespun).

 Jasmin likes the support that one can get from Team Sasquatch

Jasmin is swatching a Janet Heppler  Merino/Corriedale fleece for family Hiro's on the Acadia spinning wheel

Gigi thinks she would like to spin for Elizabeth Doherty's Helvetica for Tour de Fleece 2016.

And Sew On:(55:29)

Gigi did some boring mending. She is excited about the progress she has made on her fitting shell. #whatsasloper. Jasmin and Genevieve have been working on sewing a mermaid toy.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Nupp like Soup - Episode 383 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode is sponsored by:
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Breaking news! Our blend of locally sourced beeswax, organic coconut oil, hempseed oil and zinc oxide will leave you more kissable than you are now. Customers report that Lo-Lo Lips is one of the best lip balms available. Why is it that some lip balms can cause your lips to dry out if you stop using them, or if you lose them (and let’s face it, we ALL lose them), you can end up chapped and raw. Lo-Lo Lips doesn’t force you to reapply in order to maintain a healthy balanced level of moisture ideal for your beautiful lips. Ten yummy flavors, no parabens, fillers, or dyes – just a natural lip moisturizer that has everything your lips want and nothing they don’t.  The truth is, your LIPS may not get addicted, but I dare anyone to try it and not feel like an addict! Kiss me, Lo-Lo, I’m in LOVE!
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 You've been requesting it for a long time now, and Erin.Lane Bags is finally going to make all your dreams come true.
Erin.Lane Bags has just opened up its Custom Shop, a place where you can order your favorite project bags and totes in fabrics that you pick out and send in to be made into the perfect bags.
It's easy to get started on your Custom Shop order. Just visit erinlanebags.com and click on "Custom Shop" in the Menu. Following the instructions, fill out the Order Form, and send in your fabrics.
Start picking those fabrics now, and get your order in today to be the first in your knitting group with a custom Erin.Lane bag. 
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Miss Babs dyes an incredible variety of colors. From subtle to vibrant, monochromatic to uniquely variegated, there’s sure to be a color for you. Miss Babs also offers gorgeous gradients and hand-picked color combinations for multicolored projects. Try their newest yarn, Caroline, a merino-cashmere-nylon blend, for soft and beautiful accessories, or try Hot Shot for your next pair of socks. Find a fantastic yarn for your next project from Miss Babs. Hand dyed yarns - inspired by nature.
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 infinitetwist. Sign up for our newsletter for a free knitting pattern every month, and don’t forget to use offer code “knitmore”!
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Purlescence Yarns is Silicon Valley's destination fiber arts shop.  Our yarns are selected for both their beauty and sustainability.  Choose the perfect yarn and our Custom Fit service to help you make the perfect sweater.
Create your own perfect yarns and fabrics with our extensive selection of spinning and weaving equipment, classes, and full service maintenance.
 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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Are you eager to build your spinning skills? Do you want to explore different breeds of wool, but don’t have the knowledge or time to find and process your own fleeces? If so, Sheepspot’s Fiber Club is for you. As a club member, you’ll get beautifully-prepared, impeccably-dyed wool from a different breed of sheep every other month. Plus you can choose between four different colorways for every shipment. The Sheepspot Fiber Club: a spinner’s breed study without the prep! Memberships open June 22.

On The Needles:(0:33)

Jasmin has been finishing things, The Welcome to the Flock sweater for Rex is done. She also picked up a kit for Genevieve , and she did Anna Zilborg's perfect buttonhole out of Splendid Apparel.

Fashion and backing buttons are also sewn on. The author has also published the same sweater sized for adults and children.

The knitting on the  Coronation cardigan is done, but it is not photo ready. She is working on the zipper.

Gigi has taken out the last ball of Opal out of the bag of ten skeins of Opal, and cast it on.
Jasmin has been working on the Spock sweater, and she is working on a neck down SPAKAL Harvest cardigan.

We mention how brilliant the Knit Girllls are, because they have encouraged Jasmin into finishing a chest fulls of sweaters.

She mentions the Emily vs Jasmin challenge #stashdash2016 #teamcuteknitter

Gigi had started the Copperplate and has reached the armhole decreases.
Also, she started another preemie hat, and she is getting better at taking pictures of her knitting.
Also, Martina Behm had sent Gigi a set of beads to replace the ones she lost, and so she used them to bind of the 1000 Tulips. Stash dash!
Jasmin discusses how to calculate yardage for stash dash.

Contest:(22:31)

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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#elizalong  #projectsweater chest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer.

Mother Knows Best:(23:46)

This week we talk about using quilt clips instead of pins for securing a zipper.

When Knitting Attacks:(31:59)

Gigi had cast on socks for Sam with a 72 stitch cuff and knit about seven inches. For herself she usually casts on 56 stiches. Her own cuffs are too tight for Sam, 72 stitches is too loose for him, so she ripped all of it out, and started over with a 64 stitch cuff.

Jasmin was working on her Spock sweater at night, in the dark, and she dropped a stitch in the black section.

Gigi had four stitches to bind off on the Thousand Tulips shawl with beads. The usual dental floss method of applying beads oriented them in the wrong direction, so she cut the yarn, threaded them on the yarn, and bound off.

Review:(39:24)

This week, we review
YARN,  a film directed by Una Lorenzen

Current theater listings can be found here.

Synopsis:
Meet the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colorful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art's hottest trends.

Jasmin mentions Barbara Kingsolver.

Tour de Fleece Training:(48:06)

Assignments for weeks' three and four: spin one ounce of your fiber to determine how you want to spin your project.

Check the condition of your tools, bobbins are available, drive band is in good shape, oil for the wheel and a timer to make sure you take breaks regularly.

And Sew On:(51:32)

Gigi has been marking her fitting shell. The polyester content in the gingham makes it resist the dressmaker's carbon paper, so she is using a fine point Sharpie for marking. Also, she has started sewing in the darts.

Friday, June 17, 2016

A Bike Thing - Episode 382 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode is sponsored by:
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Breaking news! Our blend of locally sourced beeswax, organic coconut oil, hempseed oil and zinc oxide will leave you more kissable than you are now. Customers report that Lo-Lo Lips is one of the best lip balms available. Why is it that some lip balms can cause your lips to dry out if you stop using them, or if you lose them (and let’s face it, we ALL lose them), you can end up chapped and raw. Lo-Lo Lips doesn’t force you to reapply in order to maintain a healthy balanced level of moisture ideal for your beautiful lips. Ten yummy flavors, no parabens, fillers, or dyes – just a natural lip moisturizer that has everything your lips want and nothing they don’t.  The truth is, your LIPS may not get addicted, but I dare anyone to try it and not feel like an addict! Kiss me, Lo-Lo, I’m in LOVE!
  photo Etsybanner_zps94077e39.jpg
 You've been requesting it for a long time now, and Erin.Lane Bags is finally going to make all your dreams come true.
Erin.Lane Bags has just opened up its Custom Shop, a place where you can order your favorite project bags and totes in fabrics that you pick out and send in to be made into the perfect bags.
It's easy to get started on your Custom Shop order. Just visit erinlanebags.com and click on "Custom Shop" in the Menu. Following the instructions, fill out the Order Form, and send in your fabrics.
Start picking those fabrics now, and get your order in today to be the first in your knitting group with a custom Erin.Lane bag. 
 photo InfiniteTwistSoftGold_zps2937a47a.jpg
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 infinitetwist. Sign up for our newsletter for a free knitting pattern every month, and don’t forget to use offer code “knitmore”!
 photo Page-01_zpsdwbinjs4.jpg
Purlescence Yarns is Silicon Valley's destination fiber arts shop.  Our yarns are selected for both their beauty and sustainability.  Choose the perfect yarn and our Custom Fit service to help you make the perfect sweater.
Create your own perfect yarns and fabrics with our extensive selection of spinning and weaving equipment, classes, and full service maintenance.
 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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Are you eager to build your spinning skills? Do you want to explore different breeds of wool, but don’t have the knowledge or time to find and process your own fleeces? If so, Sheepspot’s Fiber Club is for you. As a club member, you’ll get beautifully-prepared, impeccably-dyed wool from a different breed of sheep every other month. Plus you can choose between four different colorways for every shipment. The Sheepspot Fiber Club: a spinner’s breed study without the prep! Memberships open June 22.

On The Needles:(0:31)

Landon cardigan is finished! 380 yards done! Pictures haven't been taken yet, because it has been to hot to stuff Rex into a wool sweater. (CORRECTION: Now we have.) Jasmin mentions a pearl of wisdom from Lucy Neatby. She also mentions address labels from Sterling Name Tapes and the size labels from ShuShu Styles.

Tuesday, Jasmin did a Periscope of her pinning grosgrain ribbon onto the button band on the Welcome to the Flock for Rex. (The intent was to film like a Craftsy class.  She borrowed a GoPro to get optimal visual quality.)

It is steeked, first band is done. Jasmin is planning to do Anna Zilborg's knitted bound buttonhole out of Splendid Apparel. We mention the Grosgrain Ribbon Tutorial. zipper facings are knit, ready for zipper to be installed. Maybe she will  do a Periscope on sewing on a button.
Also she is amazed by the technique of attaching the buttonband with a crocheted slip stitch bind off.

Gigi has been working on the Odelia, and she needs to make the shoulders narrower.
Gigi finally started her Copperplate for the #elizalong!
 
Jasmin has been working on the Coronation cardigan, and we Periscope-d when she cut the steek.
She wants to try Quilt Clips instead of pins for holding grosgrain ribbon.

Gigi is knitting more socks out of Opal yarn. She cast on a pair of socks for Sam.
Also she took pictures of the preemie hats that she has knitted (so far) this year.

Jasmin has made a bit of progress on the Spock sweater.
Jasmin revived her SPAKAL 2014 cardigan.  #stashdash2016 #teamcuteknitter

Contest:(25:34)

We are knitmoregirls and you can find all our social media information here: Contact us!

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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#elizalong #projecat sweater chest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer.

Mother Knows Best:(28:36)

This week we discuss differences in technique when it comes so sewing grosgrain ribbon.

When Knitting Attacks:(34:02)

Gigi was on a roll knitting the Copperplate, and overshot the end and had to frog about an inch.

Review:(35:20)

This week we review

Teach Yourself Visually Color Knitting, by  Mary Scott Huff

Jasmin thinks this is a good companion book to the Philosopher's Wool Technique book.
We mention Annetarsia.

Gigi mentions millefiori pieced quilts.
Jasmin wants to learn crewel embroidery from Joanna Johnson

Tour De Fleece Training:(44:27)

We are late and doubling up on the assignments. Pick your project and weigh out your fiber. If you want to wash your fiber yourself, you need to get busy with that. Handcyclers are welcome on Team Sasquatch, but are not recognized by the official Tour de Fleece group.

And Sew On:(47:28)

Jasmin is sewing ribbon and zippers. She uses an adhesive thimble-it to protect her fingers.
She ordered a zipper nipper and she is reminiscing about getting a custom zipper from ZipperStop, and she has bought zipper stops. Also she likes her wire cutters better than the zipper nipper.
She mentions the article in threads magazine on how to shorten zippers .

Gigi is still fighting with marking the gingham for her sloper. She tried a Micron pen.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Love at First Sight - Episode 381 - The Knitmore Girls

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Start picking those fabrics now, and get your order in today to be the first in your knitting group with a custom Erin.Lane bag. 
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Create your own perfect yarns and fabrics with our extensive selection of spinning and weaving equipment, classes, and full service maintenance.
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Are you eager to build your spinning skills? Do you want to explore different breeds of wool, but don’t have the knowledge or time to find and process your own fleeces? If so, Sheepspot’s Fiber Club is for you. As a club member, you’ll get beautifully-prepared, impeccably-dyed wool from a different breed of sheep every other month. Plus you can choose between four different colorways for every shipment. The Sheepspot Fiber Club: a spinner’s breed study without the prep! Memberships open June 22.

On The Needles:(0:31)

Jasmin is competing with Emily of the Knitting Butterflies podcast #stashdash2016 #teamcuteknitter
There is a bit of trash talking. She has been working on the Landon sweater, and needed to make it in to a cardigan.

Gigi has been knitting Vanilla socks out of Opal yarn.

Jasmin also sewed the steek on the Coronation cardigan  on her Singer Featherweight sewing machine using an Even feed presser foot.

Gigi went to Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery and had a lovely time with Dr Gemma. Dinner afterwards came from Adelita's Restaurant.

Jasmin is working on the second sleeve of the Spock Sweater,
while watching Turn.

She mentions the Elsa Sweater and decided to give the  Coronation cardigan  a facing also. she will also steek it.

Welcome to the Flock for Rex 

She also has made some progress on the Fancy Zebra cowl #zebralong

Contest:(20:36)

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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#projectsweaterchest #elizalong
We are knitting sweaters out of Elizabeth Doherty's book
Top Down: Reimagining Top Down Set-In Sleeve Design
The prize for this contest is a Gleener

Mother Knows Best:(22:42)

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

When Knitting Attacks:(29:04)

 Gigi missed picking up corner stitches on a pair of Vanilla socks.
She had been working on the Odelia and noticed that she needs to do more decreases, so she needs to pull back fronts, sleeves, and the back.

Jasmin was doing colorwork on the coronation cardigan, and missed something.

Review:(36:17)

This week we review Legendary Knits Volume I, Volume II, and Volume III  by Anne Podlesak

And Sew On:(51:37)

Sam wants shorts, and Gigi dug out an empty pattern sleeve for parachute pants from the 80s.

Jasmin's sewing machine was rattling and sounded like it needed to be oiled, and she thinks the manual needs to be consulted before putting oil anywhere.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Fish or Cut Bait - Episode 380 - The Knitmore Girls

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 You've been requesting it for a long time now, and Erin.Lane Bags is finally going to make all your dreams come true.
Erin.Lane Bags has just opened up its Custom Shop, a place where you can order your favorite project bags and totes in fabrics that you pick out and send in to be made into the perfect bags.
It's easy to get started on your Custom Shop order. Just visit erinlanebags.com and click on "Custom Shop" in the Menu. Following the instructions, fill out the Order Form, and send in your fabrics.
Start picking those fabrics now, and get your order in today to be the first in your knitting group with a custom Erin.Lane bag. 
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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 infinitetwist. Sign up for our newsletter for a free knitting pattern every month, and don’t forget to use offer code “knitmore”!
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Purlescence Yarns is Silicon Valley's destination fiber arts shop.  Our yarns are selected for both their beauty and sustainability.  Choose the perfect yarn and our Custom Fit service to help you make the perfect sweater.
Create your own perfect yarns and fabrics with our extensive selection of spinning and weaving equipment, classes, and full service maintenance.
 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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Are you eager to build your spinning skills? Do you want to explore different breeds of wool, but don’t have the knowledge or time to find and process your own fleeces? If so, Sheepspot’s Fiber Club is for you. As a club member, you’ll get beautifully-prepared, impeccably-dyed wool from a different breed of sheep every other month. Plus you can choose between four different colorways for every shipment. The Sheepspot Fiber Club: a spinner’s breed study without the prep! Memberships open June 22.

On The Needles:(0:52)

Jasmin gave an update for  #stashdash2016, #teamcuteknitter .

Gigi is gloating over how she is killing it at Stash Dash. She has bound off the Trouvaille. The Peppermint Mocha socks are done, the Fancy Zebra cowl is bound off, and a pair of Opal vanilla socks are done. Petra, knitted years ago, that had lost the bind off row, was bound off, and the Odelia is being finished. (CORRECTION: I [Gigi] referred to it as the Ophelia. My bad.)

Jasmin has been working on the Spock sweater, and is about an inch away from the sleeves. The Welcome to the Flock is getting close to steeking, but unplying yarn and knitting it with fewer plies did not work.

Jasmin mentions the Anna Zilborg Buttonhole, or Ysolda Teague's one row buttonhole.

Gigi has knitted a preemie hat every day for her personal crazy: One a Day in May

Jasmin has picked up the Coronation cardigan again.

Gigi also bound off the Viajante #Behmalong. Jasmin is thinking of blocking and talking about the Beyond Clean Fibre Wash. .

Jasmin is making progress on her Fancy Zebra cowl #zebralong. And she is excited about wearing her Three Color Cashmere cowl when it gets cold again.

Events:(16:50)

Gigi will be attending Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery, with Dr. Gemma.

Contest:(18:55)

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.

Gigi mentions Susan B. Anderson's new pattern Sheep!, which are absolutely charming.

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#elizalong, #projectsweaterchest, the purpose is to knit a chest full of sweaters for yourself.

 Mother Knows Best:(21:52)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about knitting preemie hats. C.C Almon has a pattern.

And we try answering a question about knitting retreats.
We mention Camp KIP, the Cogknitive Retreat, Paula from the Knitting Pipelines, SSK hosted by the Knit Girllls, the Twin Set Camp, the make.love.wear retreat at Asilomar
 

When Knitting Attacks:(29:01)

Jasmin was knitting the Coronation cardigan and color work and decreases didn't fall in the right spot, so she had to pull out six rows of color work.

Gigi has been swatching for the Copperplate and her swatches are not on target.

Purloined:(34:49)

This week we really like the Un-KAL from the Twin Set Design podcast.
Gigi will pull out her Ann Norling sweater, a skirt she started, an she will knit a skirt out of the Knit my Skirt book. Also, she will frog part of her Waters Edge. Also she will frog her "Where is the Opaque?" and maybe knit it in a larger size.

Review:(39:34)

This week we review Unexpected Cables, by Heather Zopetti 

Straw Into Gold:(49:35)

Jasmin has made a bit of progress on her teal fiber from the Black Sheep Gathering.

And Sew On:(50:15)

Gigi has been working on her sloper.  She needed to mark darts, notches an lines, and needed to use dressmakers carbon paper and a tracing wheel.  She usually work with a disappearing marker.