Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bigger Than your Head - Episode 396 - The Knitmore Girls

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This episode has been sponsored by

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately. The Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make an amazing, exclusive collection! There are only seven left, so don’t miss out. The contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00

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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 infinite twist. 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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Did you get a spinning wheel or spindle for a holiday gift? We know that there are lots of you out there who have begun to spin and Lisa Souza Dyeworks at www.lisaknit.com has just what you are looking for. Beautiful hand dyed combed top is available in several different wool types as well as phenomenal silk blends. Lisa Souza is also producing fabulously soft blended batts with such combinations as merino, cashmere and Tencel. Dreamy!
  In the Placerville area for a visit? Give Lisa a call and come by for a visit!

On the Needles:(0:34)

Jasmin has finished the chart for the bottom of the Anna cardigan, and now it is at the autopilot place.

She used the numbers from Handy Book of Sweater Patterns.
Gigi sewed buttons on the top of the zipper to secure the top.

 Gigi has made great progress on the  Polygon blanket, by TincanKnits out of Black Trillium Fibres, Sublime DK superwash merino Gradient kits in  Coral, Tidewater and Ursa. Jasmin wants to work on it, too.

We have been rinsing yarn, to prevent bleeding after things have been knitted. Jasmin is singing the praises of Aunt Lydia's Crochet Cotton.

Gigi started the Puerto Montt Shawl by Martina Behm out of Rohrspatz and Wollmeise. #behmalong

Also, we are participating in the #BigBadBergalong, with Michelle from Actually Knitting, Down Cellar Studio, Knitting Butterflies, Prairie Girls, Kristi from In a Sknit, Commuter Jen from Commuter Knitter Podcast.

We are so lucky to have the designer Melanie Berg offering our listeners a 10% discount on her patterns (self-published) starting September 15th, 2016 and ending November 2, 2016. Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout. 

 Jasmin wants to knit Moonraker, Gigi hasn't made up her mind yet. Lollipop Yarns is sending a kit to give away.

(On September 11 at 7pm Eastern there will be an update featuring Duet and Trio kits especially for Ashbury or Quicksilver patterns. She will be offering Free Shipping if you use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout.)

Jasmin made up an Instagram contest: #BondKnitmoreBond: Sing a snippet of a Bond song, post a spy-related picture. Make it interesting, make it fun, and remember to hashtag it!

Gigi has started the Pop blanket #blanketstatement.

Jasmin has made some progress on the Gone Astray cardigan, and is working on the sleeves.

Gigi has been working on the Skandinavian sock from Little Box of Socks, has finished the first one and started the second one.

Jasmin has been working on her Creepy Crawley socks out of some yarn from from Knitmona  that is a lovely Halloween self striping yarn. They are her purse project now.

Gigi is still knitting preemie hats. She has  ends woven in, and pictures taken.

Jasmin got a Black Trillium “frank it up” kit to knit a Poly Chevron cowl.

Events:(30:31)


We will be attending Pacific International Quilt Fest, at the Santa Clara Convention Center,
October 13-16 2016.

Contest:(31:23)


New prize for Operation Sock Drawer:
A skein of very Halloween-y yarn from Berry Colorful Yarnings in  Hallow Eve 
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. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer. We want to encourage you to knit yourself a chest full of sweaters. This contest also has been inspired by Susan B. Anderson and her fast forward video of her top 10 sweaters.

We have lots of great prizes to give away. Feel free to double dip with any other KAL.

FYI: The Buffalo Wool Company has their Fall Sweater Challenge from August 1st to October 1st

#elizalong also applies to this contest, since Elizabeth Doherty's sweaters are polished and functional, and excellent for everyday wear.

Mother Knows Best:(32:47)


Wash it first. (wash your yarn the way you're going to wash the finished garment). Jasmin is in love with Beyond Clean. She is test knitting the Hamil-hat.

When Knitting Attacks:(40:26)

Gigi managed to skip one stitch, which messed up the whole row of Fair Isle, so she had to carefully tink back.

Purloined:(43:07)

This week we are purloining " What I learned" from Teaching your Brain to Knit", hosted by Catherine and Margaret. Gigi learned to do the pinhole cast on.

Review:(46:39)

This week we review Painted Wooly Toppers for Kids, by Woolly Wormhead. These hats are also wonderful for Halos of Hope or #25000Tuques

Straw into Gold:(54:36)

Spinzilla is coming! #spinzilla and we're spinning on team Team Purlescence Textile Witches.

And Sew On:(55:03)

Gigi is sewing fleece hats in lots of different sizes. from Fleece Hat Friends.



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Eating Crow - Episode 395 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode has been sponsored by:
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately. The Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make an amazing, exclusive collection! There are only seven left, so don’t miss out. The contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00
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Since 2012, Black Trillium Fibres has been formulating unique and original gradient yarns ranging from neutral to neon.  Of course, our exclusively milled yarn substrates aren’t just for gradient kits.  With over 300 hand-dyed repeatable colors, you can always find something different and fun at each of our amazing retailers.  It’s all at blacktrilliumfibres.com - in-stock yarns including gradients, exclusive patterns and a list of retailers.  Please remember to use the “Knitmore” discount code at checkout.
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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.
 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”!

On The Needles:(0:32)

Jasmin is happy with her Fair Isle knitting on the Anna sweater using the Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified. She also mentions Annetarsia.  We talk about toothsome yarn by the Bourgeois from Philosopher's Wool, substantial, toothsome yarn is also available from Black Water Abbey, Jill Draper Yarn, and Sheep Spot

Jasmin has worked some more on the Bifrost, and is utterly happy with how it is turning out.

Gigi has been working on the Scandinavian Socks from Little Box of Socks and feels clumsy. Jasmin suggested she borrow the Yarn Guide. She finds that practice improves her technique.
Susan B. Anderson has suggested it on her blog.

Gigi has been making itty bitty pompoms for preemie hats with the itty bitty pompom maker
and she crocheted a flower on one of them out of a Nicky Epstein book.

We talk some more about test knitting. Jasmin noticed that she was wrong. She mentions the lovely hat Emily Straw designed, inspired by Hamilton. It is not on her ravelry page yet. Jasmin wants to knit it out of Lisa Souza's  Deluxe Sock in a continental blue and antique gold. There was excellent discussion on the board with regards to test knitting/sample knitting and pay.

Jasmin got some yarn from from Knitmona had some lovely Halloween self striping
yarns that Jasmin just had to have. The yarn is lovely.  She is going to knit Smooth Operator Socks
they are her purse project now, because even with bicycle clips, the Bifrost is getting too big to stuff in a purse.

Gigi is working on the Polygon blanket, by Tincanknits, out of Black Trillium Fibres, Sublime DK superwash merino Gradient Kits,  in the colors Coral, Tidewater, and Ursa. This is so addictive!

Jasmin has started the first sleeve of the Gone Astray cardigan.

Contest:(27:15)

New prize for Operation Sock Drawer:
A skein of very Halloween-y yarn from Berry Colorful Yarnings in  Hallow Eve 
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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We have a winner for #projectSweaterChest!
 The winner of a set of Oh Snap Bags is knknitter, for knitting a very impressive swatch.

  #projectsweaterchest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer. We want to encourage you to knit yourself a chest full of sweaters. This contest also has been inspired by Susan B. Anderson and her fast forward video of her top 10 sweaters.

We have lots of great prizes to give away. Feel free to double dip with any other KAL.
FYI: The Buffalo Wool Company has their Fall Sweater Challenge from August 1st to October 1st

#elizalong also applies to this contest, since Elizabeth Doherty's  sweaters are polished and
functional, and excellent for everyday wear.

Mother Knows Best:(29:46)

We continue the discussion  about #FairFiberWage

Kudos to the new CEO of F&W /General Manager of Interweave, Mr. Bolton for stepping up, addressing, and working to resolve the issues.

Purloined:(38:03)

This week we purloin
Yummies from the Geeky Girls Knit videocast. We talk about " The Room where it's happening " Hamilton podcast

Review:(43:24)

This week we are reviewing Curls 2, by Hunter Hammersen

Gigi finds her books terribly addicting and she is on her way to knitting her way through one and planning the next.

We are planning to do a Hunter-along, after we participate in the #BigBadBergAlong.
Also, it seems we are doing a blanket-along, #BlanketStatement.
And we love her blog: Violently Domestic

Straw into Gold:(51:37)

 Jasmin has been spinning on the Device and the Acadia Wheel. She is also working on making some sparkly DIY bobbins for the Device.  

The device comes with fold flat Akerworks Bobbins

Once she has worked it out, she will write about it on her blog.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Möbius Starfish - Episode 394 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode is sponsored by:
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately. The Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make an amazing, exclusive collection! There are only seven left, so don’t miss out. The contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00
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Since 2012, Black Trillium Fibres has been formulating unique and original gradient yarns ranging from neutral to neon.  Of course, our exclusively milled yarn substrates aren’t just for gradient kits.  With over 300 hand-dyed repeatable colors, you can always find something different and fun at each of our amazing retailers.  It’s all at blacktrilliumfibres.com - in-stock yarns including gradients, exclusive patterns and a list of retailers.  Please remember to use the “Knitmore” discount code at checkout.
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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.
 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”!

On the Needles:(0:32)


Jasmin has been working on the Bifrost scarf , from Infinite Twist and is enjoying it tremendously. She also thinks this would be a great way to do an updated Dr. Who scarf.

Gigi is announcing her formerly secret project :the Polygon blanket, by TincanKnits out of Black Trillium Fibres, in Sublime DK superwash merino gradient kits: Coral, Tidewater, Ursa. Each piece takes about one hour. Each ball yields about 5 "starfish"
We are on a blanket kick and we also want to knit the Pop blanket, and the Vivid blanket out of yarn from Tess Yarns. We are reminiscing about knitting dish cloth blankets. Jasmin mentions Marly Bird's visible, decorative seams.

Jasmin is making progress on the Anna sweater. She is enjoying the rhythm and progress a lot.
Gigi is knitting the occasional preemie hat and trying to catch up on weaving in a gazillion ends.

Jasmin made some progress on the Gone astray cardigan


Contest:(20:23)

 Operation Sockdrawer is up and running again, and we have a winner this week!
#operationsockdrawer: The  winner of a skein on Lisa Souza Deluxe Sock “Francoise” is AbbieN!

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. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer. We want to encourage you to knit yourself a chest full of sweaters. This contest also has been inspired by Susan B. Anderson and her fast forward video of her top 10 sweaters.
The newest prize for #Projectsweaterchest is a  set of Namaste mesh project bags.
We have lots of great prizes to give away. Feel free to double dip with any other KAL.

FYI: The Buffalo Wool Company has their Fall Sweater Challenge from August 1st to October 1st

#elizalong also applies to this contest, since Elizabeth Doherty's  sweaters are polished and functional, and excellent for everyday wear.

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Mother Knows Best:(24:26)

#FairFiberWage

This week we talk about fiber artists being treated well, and be compensated fairly for their work.
We mention Stephanie Pearl McPhee,  Judith McKenzie, Rick Mondragon, Galina, Lily Chin, and the Philosophers.

 Please feel free to offer your views in the episode thread.

When Knitting Attacks:(37:45)

Gigi managed to twist a cast on row on one of the hexagons for the blanket. On one piece, the cast on numbers were off.

Purloined:(39:30)
from the Knit Girllls. What we are reading:

We are ambivalent about the mermaids in the Emily Windsnap series, and Debbie Dadey's Mermaid series. Jasmin also mentions Beauty, Spindles End and How to Knit a Love Song 
 

Review:(47:02)

Mad Colour: bold and playful modern knits by Alexa Ludeman And Emily Wessel (Tincanknits)

Sweaters in sizes from 0-6 month to 4XL

We mention the Pop blanket again, and Jasmin digresses and talks about Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyyat

Straw into Gold :(54:49)
Jasmin has been spinning on the Device (#006DeviceTour #MissionQuestionable). Jasmin gives it her Schacht endorsement.

She is spinning for the Incredibles' sweaters series (Hiro cardigans for the whole family) on the Infinite Twist Acadia wheel.

And Sew on:(58:57)

Gigi worked on project bags. The sweatshop of love seems to be up and running again.
She made piles of bags in anticipation of this year's #Grinchalong.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Firm Boundaries - Episode 393 - The Knitmore Girls

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately. The Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make an amazing, exclusive collection! There are only seven left, so don’t miss out. The contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00
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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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On The Needles:(0:33)

Jasmin is working on the Bifrost scarf from a kit by Infinite Twist, and is about two thirds done. She loves using the bicycle clips.

Gigi has been working on preemie hats and has had also had a request for newborn size hats, which are also sometimes needed. Our donations go to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center NICU.


Jasmin has made some progress on the Anna sweater. Gigi has swatched for the Pop blanket by Tincanknits, out of Tess Yarns Rainbow mini skein gradient kit.

Jasmin is going to knit the Vivid blanket out of her Rainbow kit.

There will be hashtags for instagram, and  so you can follow our progress on #blanketstatement. 
We mention the Persian Tiles blanket.

Gigi has been working on a secret project out of of Black Trillium Fibres, in Sublime DK Gradient kit superwash merino in the colors Coral, Tidewater, and Ursa.


Jasmin has been working on the Gone astray cardigan and it is almost to the armholes.

Also, she is making progress on the Live long and Prosper socks for Andrew.  And she is thrilled that Susan B. Anderson tells you the weight for how much you need for heels in her Smooth Operator Socks pattern. 

Contest:(15:48)

 Operation Sockdrawer is up and running again.
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.
Our newest prize is a skein of sock yarn from Lisa Souza in the Francois colorway.
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  #projectsweaterchest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer. We want to encourage you to knit yourself a chest full of sweaters. This contest also has been inspired by Susan B. Anderson and her fast forward video of her top 10 sweaters.

We have lots of great prizes to give away. Feel free to double dip with any other KAL.
FYI: The Buffalo Wool Company has their Fall Sweater Challenge from August 1st to October 1st

#elizalong also applies to this contest, since Elizabeth Doherty's  sweaters are polished and functional, and excellent for everyday wear.
 We will announce a new prize for this contest next week.
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Mother Knows Best:(20:13)

This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about? 'thread about
 how to fix dropped stitches on finished knits.

Gigi mentions her Frost Flowers shawl.

When Knitting Attacks:(26:23)

Jasmin had too many rows on her Anna cardigan. She offers scripts for ripping out knitting.

Review:(30:49)

This week we are reviewing Woolens, by Jared Flood 

We reference Stephen West.

Straw into Gold:(42:13)

We have been spinning on "The Device" Jasmin is using some Lisa Souza superwash merino in the Wild Thing colorway.

 We mention the Akerworks lazy kate. 

Jasmin wound a Schacht plastic bobbin (on the Device!) to store singles.
We did a periscope of us spinning on the Device.  

And Sew On:(48:53)

Jasmin wrestled with her sewing machine and oiled it to within and inch of its life.
We worked on some more project bags.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tacti-Cool - Episode 392 - The Knitmore Girls

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This episode has been sponsored by:

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Since 2012, Black Trillium Fibres has been formulating unique and original gradient yarns ranging from neutral to neon.  Of course, our exclusively milled yarn substrates aren’t just for gradient kits.  With over 300 hand-dyed repeatable colors, you can always find something different and fun at each of our amazing retailers.  It’s all at blacktrilliumfibres.com - in-stock yarns including gradients, exclusive patterns and a list of retailers.  Please remember to use the “Knitmore” discount code at checkout.
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately. The Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make an amazing, exclusive collection! There are only seven left, so don’t miss out. The contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00
 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”!
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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.

On The Needles:(0:32)

Gigi has exhumed the Scandinavian Socks from the Little Box of Socks by Charlene Schurch. And since she hadn't worked on it in years she was a bit lost as to where she was in the pattern. Jasmin suggested transcribing project notes onto her ravelry project page.  Which Jasmin has done, which will come in very handy when she has to knit a larger size of the Elsa sweater.

Jasmin has picked up  the Anna sweater again. She has been making tracks on the Bifrost scarf
and she is excited about sweater weather coming up, so she can wear it.  Also, she loves how the quilt clips/ bicycle clips hold the scarf neatly together while she is working on it.  

Jasmin wants to get projects to the grab and run out the door screaming stage. So she has picked up the Anna cardigan, which  is based on Megknitficent's project out of Ann Budd's Handy Book of Sweater PatternsThe chart is from Anne Podlesak's Legendary Knits book, and it is knitted out of Lisa Souza Supersport. 

Gigi has been sewing in ends on preemie hats, making pompoms and attaching them.
Jasmin suggests Operant Conditioning/Positive Reinforcement for weaving in ends.

Contest:(14:06)

 Operation Sockdrawer has resumed.
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. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer. We want to encourage you to knit yourself a chest full of sweaters. This contest also has been inspired by Susan B. Anderson and her fast forward video of her top 10 sweaters.

We have lots of great prizes to give away. Feel free to double dip with any other KAL.
FYI: The Buffalo Wool Company has their Fall Sweater Challenge from August 1st to October 1st

#elizalong also applies to this contest, since Elizabeth Doherty's  sweaters are polished and functional, and excellent for everyday wear.

Mother Knows Best:(15:35)

This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about? 'thread about etiquette regarding pattern writing and test knitters.

Jasmin likes how thorough the  instructions for the Smooth Operator Socks are, and that there is also a short, printer friendly pattern.

Jasmin mentions Bonne Marie's amazing patterns.

When Knitting Attacks:(26:20)

Gigi kept dropping stitches on her preemie hat.

She also was working on the Copperplate cardigan. She had neglected to take good notes on where she stopped but had different counts on both sides of the front. Fudging it occurred to her, but she dismissed it, because it would be high on her chest, and highly noticeable.

Boston Jen blew both Jasmin and Emily out of the water at Stash Dash. And she sent Jasmin a cowl!

Review:(33:01)

This week we are reviewing Urban Knit Collection, by Kyle Kunnecke

He also did a collection for Halo's of Hope (which we can't find now).

Straw into Gold:(45:16)

Gigi has been fiddling with the brake mechanism on her spinning wheel to get proper uptake using a Woolee Winder.

Jasmin has been making progress on spinning on the Acadia Wheel for her family set of Hiro sweaters.

 Jasmin is ecstatic about using the Device! (#006DeviceTour, #MissionQuestionable). Spunky Eclectic may take orders. Jasmin is planning to do a Periscope.  Don't miss it! (If you DID miss it, here it is.)
 

And Sew On:(54:31)

Jasmin wanted to work on Grinchalong back on her green Singer 185. but there were technical problems.

 Gigi has been sewing a bit on Halloween project bags.

Also, she has been working with a young friend on a dress out of Sew Many Dresses.

 The plan is to sew the lining first to make sure the pattern fits before cutting into the linen for the dress.





Friday, August 26, 2016

Short on RAM- Episode 391 - The Knitmore Girls

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This episode has been sponsored by:


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Since 2012, Black Trillium Fibres has been formulating unique and original gradient yarns ranging from neutral to neon.  Of course, our exclusively milled yarn substrates aren’t just for gradient kits.  With over 300 hand-dyed repeatable colors, you can always find something different and fun at each of our amazing retailers.  It’s all at blacktrilliumfibres.com - in-stock yarns including gradients, exclusive patterns and a list of retailers.  Please remember to use the “Knitmore” discount code at checkout.
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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

On The Needles:(0:32)

Stash Dash news: Emily and Boston Jen totally won Stash Dash.
Jasmin made progress on her Bifrost Scarf from Infinite Twist, and she is very happy with the autopilot nature of this pattern. She is finding the bicycle clips very useful.

Gigi has attached the sleeves to her Selvedges cardigan.

Jasmin has made progress on the Live Long and Prosper socks. She tells the story of breaking a needle at a Firefly convention and found Unwind in Burbank (closed now, sadly).

Gigi made a swatch out of some beautiful White Birch Fiber Arts  yarn, to see if it would work with one of the patterns from Coffee with C.C.

And she made lots of itty bitty pompoms with the Clover Pompom Maker and sewed them onto preemie hats.

Jasmin is working on the i-cord edging for the Spock sweater and it seems interminable.

Gigi has picked up her Copperplate  #projectsweaterchest,  and needs about an hour of peace and quiet to get to the next step.

Congratulations to all participants in the Ravellenics! Also, we didn't know that trampoline is an Olympic competition.  Gigi mentions The Try Guys.

Contest:(13:54)

Operation Sockdrawer!
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. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer. We want to encourage you to knit yourself a chest full of sweaters. This contest also has been inspired by Susan B. Anderson and her fast forward video of her top 10 sweaters.

We have lots of great prizes to give away. Feel free to double dip with any other KAL.
FYI: The Buffalo Wool Company has their Fall Sweater Challenge from August 1st to October 1st

#elizalong also applies to this contest, since Elizabeth Doherty's  sweaters are polished and functional, and excellent for everyday wear.

Mother Knows Best:(16:50)

 This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread on the Knitmore Girls forum, about knitting a go-to sweater.

Jasmin reminisces about knitting multiples of the The Incredible, Custom-Fit Neck Down Raglan.

We enthuse about the Ribby-Cardi and the Ribby-Pulli. Gigi remembers doing multiple incarnations of her million dollar dress.

Jasmin has made multiples of the Playful Stripes cardigan and will make one more for Genevieve, and probably one more Little Oak cardigan.

She  likes everything from Alana Dakos and Tin Can Knits. Jasmin is talking about reverse engineering the ribbi cardi to knit it top down. We talk about Cocoknits  and the Katarina cardigan that is has two variations and one is done in one piece. Amy Herzog also suggests knitting a baby sweater to practice technique.


When Knitting Attacks:(27:22)

Gigi has more Knitting Attacks than knitting. Her Selvedges  cardigan has more stitches on one front than the other.

  Jasmin's Spock cardigan wouldn't agree to her picking up all the stitches for the edging  at once.
Gigi's Scandinavian socks from The little Box of Socks has a number of issues, too many decreases after the heel, and she didn't keep track of which hand she held which yarn in and this affects color dominance about which Ysolda Teague wrote an article.

Purloined:(32:29)

This week we are purloining Genius and Fail, from the One Bad Mother podcast.
Jasmin mentions mitten clips. Let us know about your Genius moments on this weeks episode thread.

Review:(38:03)

This week we review Enchanted Knits for Dolls, by Nicky Epstein
We mention the Unicorn-Along that we heard about on Yarngasm.

Straw into Gold:(46:50)

Jasmin is still spinning for the Hiro cardigans and is thrilled with the yarn and colors on the Acadia spinning wheel. Jasmin likes the Hiro sweaters that Miliabella, Leslie from the Knit Girllls and Emily from Knitting Butterflies made.

Gigi has been using the Woolee Winder on double drive, and it seems to be challenging, they will put it on Scotch Tension . She is also planning to try out her new Akerworks bobbin.

And Sew On:(52:28)

Gigi and her young friend are making a basic muslin for dresses from Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time. Gigi talks about the swayback adjustment.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Student Driver - Episode 390 - The Knitmore Girls

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This episode has been sponsored by:
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately. The Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make an amazing, exclusive collection! There are only seven left, so don’t miss out. The contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00
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Since 2012, Black Trillium Fibres has been formulating unique and original gradient yarns ranging from neutral to neon.  Of course, our exclusively milled yarn substrates aren’t just for gradient kits.  With over 300 hand-dyed repeatable colors, you can always find something different and fun at each of our amazing retailers.  It’s all at blacktrilliumfibres.com - in-stock yarns including gradients, exclusive patterns and a list of retailers.  Please remember to use the “Knitmore” discount code at checkout.
 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”!

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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)

Jasmin briefly talks about stashdash.
She is working on the Gone Astray cardigan for Genevieve, and is working on the sleeves right now.
Gigi excavated her Selvedges cardigan our of her Area 51.

Jasmin is working on her Bifrost scarf, which is a kit from Infinite Twist, and she is thrilled by the
Clasped Weft Join, which is totally worth the $3 that it sells for.

Gigi is working on preemie hats out of Kroy yarn.

She also has balled up some White Birch Fiber Arts yarn, and wants to swatch before she picks a pattern for socks.

Jasmin is working on the Live Long and Prosper socks .
 She is talking about whether to make heels out of the yarn itself of using black yarn for heels and toes. And she is mulling over how to use the yarn for its best advantage for a cardigan for Rex.

She is also complaining on how long the i-cord facing is on the  Spock sweater she is knitting for Rex. We talk about picking up all the stitches on a circular needle, before of knitting the i-cord.
Jasmin has finished the dual facings on Carli cardigan. This technique is from the  Big Book of Knitting.

Jasmin gives her concession speech for #stashdash2016 #teamcuteknitter. Now what remains is #emilyversusbostonjen.

Contest:(17:27)

The point of #operationsockdrawer is to encourage you to start a drawer full of hand knitted socks for yourself.
We were inspired by Susan B. Anderson's Instagram pictures of her sock drawers. 

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. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer. We want to encourage you to knit yourself a chest full of sweaters. This contest also has been inspired by Susan B. Anderson and her fast forward video of her wear-everyday sweaters. LINK TO VIDEO.
We have lots of great prizes to give away. Feel free to double dip with any other KAL.
FYI: The Buffalo Wool Company has their Fall Sweater Challenge from August 1st to October 1st

#elizalong also applies to this contest, since Elizabeth Doherty's  sweaters are polished and functional, and excellent for everyday wear.
 

Mother Knows Best:(23:41)

 This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread on the Knitmore Girls forum, about buying used spinning wheels.

 She mentions blue automotive towels. 
Schacht services wheels. We think that cricket looms are excellent for using unevenly spun yarn.

When Knitting Attacks:(32:07)

 Jasmin has been working on interminable i-cord on the Spock  cardigan, and it is not smooth.

Review:(36:04)

This week we are reviewing  Crochet Therapy, by Betson Corkhill

Jasmin talks about crocheting Anna and Elsa dolls with Boston Jen that they bought at Stitches.
#letitcro

Since this book deals with therapy, we mention that Dr Gemma  does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Jasmin mentions the Yarn movie.

We mention Dots, by TinCanKnits. Correction: the blanket is called Pop Blanket.


Jasmin mentions Zen and the Art of Knitting. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Repair has no knitting.

Straw into Gold:(47:03)

 Gigi has been making slow progress on her Tour de Fleece spinning, and has eight nests out of 32 left.

We bought a fleece online. Gigi wanted to try spinning a Tunis sheep fleece. We sent it to Sherri at Morro Fleece Works. She called, because the fleece is tender and breaks. We won't be spinning it, we will contact Beth Smith for a good Tunis fleece.

And Sew On:(50:22)

Gigi did a bit of mending. Jasmin has been working on the mermaid doll from a panel
Gigi mentions the Little Red Riding hood panel.
Gigi worked some more on her #whatsasloper.

 Also, our #Grinchalong bag templates resurfaced.