Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ba-da-bing, Ba-da-boom - Episode 330 - The Knitmore Girls

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You probably won't catch us bungee jumping off the Stratosphere or diving with the sharks off the sandy shores of Hawaii (actually you might), but the adventure of submerging ourselves into an unknown city is priceless. We feel that we can build a deeper connection and understanding of our customers (advocates, peeps, close-knit tribe) as we get lost within their hometowns. This is exactly why we are taking two new cities for a spin this April, Pasadena and Nashville. Meet up with us April 17-19 in Pasadena at Vogue Knitting Live or meet up with us April 24-26 in Nashville at Stitches South. Seriously, stop by and let us know your favorite place to grab dinner, a drink, socialize, or even relax. We can't wait to see you there!
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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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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:(0:32)

One minute health update.

Gigi has finished three pairs of socks: a pair of Regia Südsee vanilla socks, a pair of Van Gogh socks, and the Mystik Spiral socks, by Mint Rain in Ocean Depth.

Jasmin has been working on the  Kapuzin hoodie, in Lisa Sousa's Hardtwist, in the St Louis Blues colorway, and is waxing poetic about how lovely the color is. She says the photos don't do the color justice.  She likes the tips for photography from Boston Jen and Knitting Butterflies, and the white balance on the Camera + app.

Gigi has knit a few preemie hats and she has washed and blocked a swatch for the 1000 Tulips shawl by Martina Behm #Behmalong, out of Rohrspatz und Wollmeise yarn.

Jasmin has found some finishing mojo and is trashtalking NDJen04 from the Commuter Knitter podcast.  She wants to finish every UFO ever started. Leslie from the KnitGirllls is mentioned, as are the Savvy Girls.

Gigi is working on the Boneyard Shawl in the Urban Sunrise colorway by Abstract Fiber.

Jasmin has sewn in a sleeve on the Barberry Cardigan (for Genevieve) out of Abstract Fiber Calder (in the "Saffron" colorway). #matchymatchyKAL #projectsweaterchest, and mentions a recipe for Barberry Rice. And she used the Tincanknits pattern for the Gramps shawl collar on this pattern.

Gigi put one row on her Viajante.

Jasmin is working on the Austen Cowl from Canon Hand Dyes.

Events:(28:20)

6/6/2015: Fleeces, Food and Fun at the Retzlaff Winery

6/19-21/2015: Black Sheep Gathering 2015, in Eugene, Oregon

Contest:(29:53)

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.
Newest prize: Fox In Socks bag, by Little Skein in the Big Wool.
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We are co-hosting the Countdown to Outlander Knitalong on instagram,  #countdowntooutlander, #kiltmenowKAL. This has to be creatively related to the Outlander series.  Getting help from pocket Jamie is encouraged.

This is an instagram contest, so please make sure to use the appropriate hashtags.

This is being co-hosted by Maria from Subway Knits, CC from Geeky Girls Knit, and Kristin from YarnGasm.

Prizes for this contest are:
two braids of fiber and two skeins of yarn from Gourmet Stash in the colorways "Time Traveler" and "Waterweed".

 A skein of yarn from Katie's Creations (Mint Rain), Scottish Highland colorway in the Tough Sock base, in a very springy Highland green color.

A skein of the"Je suis prest" colorway, from Gingertwist Studio in Edinburgh, and the new shawl book by Claire Devine "Head to Toe"

A Highland Thisle bag, by Little Skein in the Big Wool.

Newest Prize: a project bag from the Caithness Craft Collective in an authentic weathered Fraser tartan.
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 Outlander Season 1, Volume 1 is now available on Amazon

Mother Knows Best:(33:55)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
 about what we do with fabric scraps. We like to hear what you do with your scraps, so please tell us in the episode thread. 

When Knitting Attacks:(42:16)

Gigi was attacked repeatedly by the Boneyard shawl, and she attacked her Lorelei.

 Jasmin enthuses about Forest on First. (Closed now, very sad.)
 Jasmin mentions the Head to Toe Project

Purloined:(45:58)

We thought we had purloined a great idea from the Prairie Girls. We thought their plan was to cast on a new project a day.  Their idea did not have this crazy scope, they suggested casting on something new for Mothers' Day.

Gigi mentions Stash Dash. And she is wondering about rules for the Stash Dash.

Review:(49:08)

This week we review: Brooklyn Tweed Mens II Collection

And Sew On:(1:00:49)

Gigi is working on a dress for Genevieve McCall's M5791  out of Tuttifrutti, available at Jo-Anne's and Hancock's.

Jasmin has sewing envy from listening to the Fluffy Fibers podcast.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Director's Cut - Joan Schrouder - The Knitmore Girls

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Things mentioned:
The Knit List
The Raspberry Shimmer
Elizabeth Zimmermann's [Now Meg Swansen's] knitting camp
TKGA
Lucy Neatby
Bent tip darning needles
addi Turbo Lace Circular 32-inch (80cm) Knitting Needles
Boye Balene Needles
Bryspun knitting needles



You can find Joan on Ravelry here.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Zip , Zilch, Nada! - Episode 329 - The Knitmore Girls

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You probably won't catch us bungee jumping off the Stratosphere or diving with the sharks off the sandy shores of Hawaii (actually you might), but the adventure of submerging ourselves into an unknown city is priceless. We feel that we can build a deeper connection and understanding of our customers (advocates, peeps, close-knit tribe) as we get lost within their hometowns. This is exactly why we are taking two new cities for a spin this April, Pasadena and Nashville. Meet up with us April 17-19 in Pasadena at Vogue Knitting Live or meet up with us April 24-26 in Nashville at Stitches South. Seriously, stop by and let us know your favorite place to grab dinner, a drink, socialize, or even relax. We can't wait to see you there!
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Every hobby needs organization, every project needs a place.  Erin.Lane bags helps you turn your fiber pasttime into neat and organized endeavor.  Our project bags, totes, and needle and notions organizers are everything you need to keep your fiber arts from fraying. 
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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)

Gigi has finished her Van Gogh socks out of Opal, made some more progress on her Mystik Spiral socks, the Neon Now socks are progressing.

Jasmin is working on the Kapuzin hoodie, in Lisa Sousa's Hardtwist, in the St Louis Blues colorway.

Gigi has also worked on the Plymouth Neon Now for Jasmin, with some black stripes, which makes the Neon even louder. Colors need to be set with the citric acid treatment.
Also, she is very taken with the tubular cast on the green Regia socks, from Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks Warm Feet,  or the Knitting Sock Techniques 2 DVD.

And, she is working on 1000 Tulips shawl by Martina Behm #Behmalong, out of Rohrspatz und Wollmeise yarn.

Also, she started a Boneyard Shawl in the Urban Sunrise colorway by Abstract Fiber.

Jasmin is working on a kit from Canon Hand Dyes, the Striped Cowl by Matilde Skår

Jasmin mentions Paula Emmons Fussle of Knitting Pipeline, Malia (from the Yarnraising videocast) and Susan B. Anderson. And Birdman.

She carries all of this in her Two-Fer bag by Erin Lane.

In Stitches:(21:13)

Gigi wore her grey Citron. 

Genevieve wore just about all of her cardigans.

Events:(22:35)

Fleeces, Food and Fun at the Retzlaff Winery, June 6th

We mention Carolina Homespun, Morro Fleece Works, Janet Heppler from Nebo Rock Ranch and Textiles.

We are planning to attend the Black Sheep Gathering 2015,  definitely Friday and Saturday, June 19-20, and Mark Eidman is scheduled to do the fleece judging. Poor man has to FILL Judith Mackenzie's shoes.

We mention Off the Waffle, Marché, Pok Pok, Dar es Salam in Wilsonville, Marché.

Contest:(30:00)

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.
New prize: Fox In Socks bag, by Little Skein in the Big Wool.
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We are co-hosting the Countdown to Outlander Knitalong on instagram,  #countdowntooutlander, #kiltmenowKAL. This has to be creatively related to the Outlander series.  Getting help from pocket Jamie is encouraged.

This is an instagram contest, so please make sure to use the appropriate hashtags.

This is being co-hosted by Maria from Subway Knits, CC from Geeky Girls Knit, and Kristin from YarnGasm.

Prizes for this contest are two braids of fiber and two skeins of yarn from Gourmet Stash in the colorways "Time Traveler" and "Waterweed".

New prize: A skein of yarn from Katie's Creations (Mint Rain), Scottish Highland colorway in the Tough Sock base, in a very springy Highland green color.

Also, another skein of the"Je suis prest" colorway, from Gingertwist Studio in Edinburgh, and the new shawl book by Claire Devine "Head to Toe"

New prize: Highland Thisle bag, by Little Skein in the Big Wool.
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 Outlander Season 1, Volume 1 is now available on Amazon 

Mother Knows Best:(35:29)

This week we answer a question from the"What do you want to hear about?" thread about blocking lace.

Jasmin likes her Handworks blocking wires. They mentions Galina of Orenburg Lace LINK
Jasmin mentions the Swallowtail shawl and the Lily of the Valley Shawl.

When Knitting Attacks:(42:36)

Gigi was attacked by her 1000 Tulips shawl and needs to use lifelines.
Jasmin was attacked by her yarn, before it even had a chance to be knitting.

Purloined:(46:30)

This time we purloin an excellent idea by the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin: Cast on a new project every day in May.

Jasmin is sneakily planning for Stash Dash.

Review:(49:39)

This week we review Aurora Borealis Mittens by Shannon Okey.

And Sew On:(58:07)

Gigi is working on a dress for Genevieve that she cut out last summer. She likes the technique she picked up from Its Sew Easy, for gathering fabric.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

What happens on Etsy... - Episode 328 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode is sponsored by:

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You probably won't catch us bungee jumping off the Stratosphere or diving with the sharks off the sandy shores of Hawaii (actually you might), but the adventure of submerging ourselves into an unknown city is priceless. We feel that we can build a deeper connection and understanding of our customers (advocates, peeps, close-knit tribe) as we get lost within their hometowns. This is exactly why we are taking two new cities for a spin this April, Pasadena and Nashville. Meet up with us April 17-19 in Pasadena at Vogue Knitting Live or meet up with us April 24-26 in Nashville at Stitches South. Seriously, stop by and let us know your favorite place to grab dinner, a drink, socialize, or even relax. We can't wait to see you there!
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Every hobby needs organization, every project needs a place.  Erin.Lane bags helps you turn your fiber pasttime into neat and organized endeavor.  Our project bags, totes, and needle and notions organizers are everything you need to keep your fiber arts from fraying. 
 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 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)

1 minute health update.

We are going to Black Sheep!
Gigi is knitting Vanilla socks out of Van Gogh Opal, using the tubular cast on from  Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks Warm Feet,  or the Knitting Sock Techniques 2 DVD. Gigi is knitting another pair of socks out of Regia, with the same tubular cast on #operationsockdrawer.

Jasmin has finished the Envelope pullover out of yarn from Berry Colorful Yarnings, by Ysolda Teague. It still needs to be blocked. She mentions Amy Herzog's Knit Wear Love.

Gigi is working on some more socks:  Plymouth Neon Now for Jasmin, with some black stripes, which makes the Neon even louder. Colors need to be set, Jasmin mentions the citric acid treatment.

Jasmin picked up the Kapuzin Hoodie again, and she is loving the color of the yarn.

Gigi is working on the Mystik Spiral socks again.

In Stitches:(17:12)

Gigi has worn her Icarus shawl twice, the gray Citron with the lovely beaded bind off, the Swallowtail shawl. 

Jasmin mentions the Sarah Brown Shawl from Cheryl Oberle's Folk Shawls.

Genevieve has been wearing her Colorblock, the Squirrel sweater, the Duck sweater, and the Annie and the Swiss Cheese sweater, and a hope chest sweater, designed by Ann Norling, and the Mini Mondo Cable cardigan.

Jasmin thinks she should be wearing her Breezy cardigan in this weather.

Events:(24:34)

Fleeces, Food and Fun at the Retzlaff Winery, June 6th
We are also planning to attend the Black Sheep Gathering in Oregon.

Jasmin mentions that we released a new interview with the amazing Galina Khmeleva. This is the second interview with her. Also listen to our first amazing interview with her.

Contest:(31:54)

We have a new prize for #operationsockdrawer:
A Fox in Socks bag by Little Skein in the Big Wool.
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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 are co-hosting the Countdown to Outlander Knitalong on instagram,  #countdowntooutlander, #kiltmenowKAL. This has to be creatively related to the Outlander series.  Getting help from pocket Jamie is encouraged.

This is an instagram contest, so please make sure to use the appropriate hashtags.

This is being co-hosted by Maria from Subway Knits, CC from Geeky Girls Knit, and Kristin from YarnGasm.

Prizes for this contest are two braids of fiber and two skeins of yarn from Gourmet Stash in the colorways "Time Traveler" and "Waterweed".

New prize: A skein of yarn from Katie's Creations (Mint Rain), Scottish Highland colorway in the Tough Sock base, in a very springy Highland green color.

Also, another skein of the"Je suis prest" colorway, from Gingertwist Studio in Edinburgh, and the new shawl book by Claire Devine "Head to Toe"

New prize from Little Skein in the Big Wool  in a thistle theme.
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 Outlander Season 1, Volume 1 is now available on Amazon 

Mother Knows Best:(39:34)

This week we talk about taking advantage of social knitting opportunities in your area.
Lacking that, virtual knitting groups also fill a void. Jasmin mentions Emily's [of Knitting Butterflies] Google hangout.
Jasmin mentioned meeting Prairie Girl Danie from Prairie Girl Knits podcast there.

When Knitting Attacks:(43:32)

Gigi frogged most of a nearly finished  Plymouth Neon Now sock, because Jasmin likes her neon socks offset with black, and she managed to mess up the OMG heel on the Mystik Spiral socks.

Jasmin was repeatedly attacked by her Wee Envelope sweater, and it was entirely user error, and she thinks we need to review the Wee Ones book.

Jasmin commiserates about reduced knitting time with GreenTriangleGirl from the Playful Day podcast.

Review:(48:52)

This week we review Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads, by Cirilia Rose

We like her endorsement of any book that Maggie Righetti wrote.

Straw Into Gold:(57:22)

Gigi finished spinning the first third of a superwash braid on her wheel.  She seems to have fallen off the spinning 15 min every day wagon.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Director's Cut - Galina Khmeleva (2010) - The Knitmore Girls

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Mentioned in this episode:

We start by talking about Borscht. (You can find the recipes Galina mentioned in Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook)
The Omnivore's Dilemma
Gossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls
The Gossamer Webs Design Collection: Three Orenburg Shawls to Knit
Piece in May/June 2008 Piecework (available here: Piecework 2008-2009 CD Collection)
Kahdril in Twist Collective
The Orenburg Downy Shawl by Irina Bushukhina
The Lace Museum in Sunnyvale, CA



You can find Galina online here, on Ravelry here, and her teaching schedule here.