Friday, February 5, 2016

Love at First Pom - Episode 363 - The Knitmore Girls

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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 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.



On The Needles:(0:37)

Jasmin finished her fifth hat, #25000tuques #NewHomeNewHat (thanks to Rosemary Hill for the logo) this is Bumble hat, out of  Abstract Fiber, in  Alto "mousse" . C.C from the Geeky Girls recommended the Clover super pom maker,which Jasmin loves.

Gigi is working on a Woolly Wormhead hat out of Sheepspot from the tasting package.

Jasmin is also working on the Lina hat, out of Abstract Fiber “Plum” in Lily. Also she loves the Princess cake from Bijan's bakery.

Gigi cast on yet another pair of Vanilla socks out of  Opal.
Jasmin got herself measured for the #Elizalong. She is planning to start with the Helvetica out of  Quince and Company Osprey. She swatched and cast on.

Gigi worked  bit more on a pair of neon Vanilla socks out of Opal.
Jasmin has picked up an WIP, the Coronation cardigan.

Gigi also found her AWOL Kroy socks and is working on the second sock.

In In Stitches:(16:29)

Gigi wore her Katarina, and a cardigan from a swap, the Knitmore cowl, the grey Citron, a pre-Ravelry v-neck, and Jaywalker socks.

Jasmin wore the Tess Ribbi cardi,  and the Citrus Mondo Cable cardi.

Genevieve wore the  Elsa cardigan, the Elsa hat, and Bumble hat, and the Kapuzin hoodie.
 caterpillar cardigan , Debbie bliss open front cardigan and the baby mine cardigan, and the
Baby Puerperium that Cchellez knit.

Events:(22:30)

We will be attending Stitches West, February 18-21, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Emily from the Knitting Butterflies Podcast, and Boston Jen from the Down Cellar Studio podcast will also attend, as well as Joanna Johnson, who writes lovely childrens' books with adorable critters in knitwear.

Purlescence will have a basket for collecting #25000 Tuques  and preemie hats.

Here are the List of Stitches West Tips, and the Tracking Expenses Printout.


Contest:(24:34)

Operation Sockdrawer is back!

#operationsockdrawer prize: The new prize is a skein  of Rare Woman Claire, and a  sock knitter profile tote, donated by One Twisted Tree
Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

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

Projects will be judged on originality and general delightfulness.

Mother Knows Best:(25:57)

Gigi suggests using Command Hooks to hang quilting templates and sewing rulers.

When Knitting Attacks:(27:57)

Gigi was attacked by the mesh part of her Viajante and had to tink back and tink down.

She ripped back quite a bit of her 1000 Tulips shawl by Martina Behm #Behmalong, out of Rohrspatz und Wollmeise yarn, and is now back on track.

Her Kroy socks were hiding. Also, her set of hat needles were AWOL and now are back and she can knit hats again.

Review:(32:50)

This week we review Spilly Jane Knits Mittens


Straw into Gold:(40:12)

Jasmin has been playing on the Acadia wheel. She is spinning Abstract Fiber superwash merino in “Rockstar”.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Director's Cut - StevenBe - The Knitmore Girls

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This Director's Cut is brought to you without commercial interruption by Abstract Fiber, the best place to buy the most beautiful yarn and fibers ever.

Things mentioned:

Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Parson's school of design
StevenBe & Stephen West's reality show
Habu Yarns
JUL clasp
Ponchini
Martha Stewart's poncho
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You can find Steven online here, his teaching calendar here,

Throwback - Episode 362 - The Knitmore Girls

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This weeks episode is sponsored by:
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Bijou Basin Ranch is your source for high-quality yarns spun from Tibetan yak, Qiviut, cashmere and other luxury fibers. Our yarns are made in the USA as well as abroad, and many are hand-dyed by notable indie dyers such as Miss Babs, Lattes & Llamas, and Lost City Knits. Our no-rinse, no residue fiber wash called Allure was specially  developed to care for high quality fibers. This month, enjoy 15% off your yarn purchase when you enter KNITMORE at checkout at bijoubasinranch.com.
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Rich saturated color. Bold interesting combinations; dare we say shocking hues? Dragonfly Fibers is your source for beautiful quality yarns and fibers. Dragonfly Fibers creates hand-dyed, artisan yarns and fibers in vivid and sophisticated colorways. We can be found in select local yarn shops around the world and at fiber festivals such as Rhinebeck, Maryland Sheep and Wool, Vogue Knitting Live, STITCHES and SAFF. Come see us at STITCHES West, February 18-21st in Santa Clara, California. We'll be in booths 706, 708 and 710. You can shop on our site 24/7 at www.dragonflyfibers.com. Be sure to check out the link for our 2016 Club Dragonfly. Great designers, exclusive colorways and a bonus swag option! Discover why we say that Dragonfly Fibers is "The Colors of Happiness".
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Knitcircus Yarns is pleased as punch to present the Gradient Yoke Sweater Pattern, designed by Amy Detjen. This sweater gives you an exciting and unusual construction; a top-down v-neck raglan. Designed to make the most of a self-striping handpaint, the yoke uses just one skein of gradient yarn, surrounded by coordinating kettle dyes for the body and sleeves. Let our yarn do the color changes for you!
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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! In the San Francisco Bay Area? Lisa and Rod will see you at Stitches West in February!
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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 is working on the Bumble hat, a Tincanknits Design, out of Abstract Fiber Alto in the "Mousse" for #25000tuques #NewHomeNewHat

Gigi has been working on the  beaded mesh of the Viajante border #Behmalong.

Jasmin has been working on the Lina hat, Abstract Fiber “Plum” in Lily. The pattern is by Johanna of Joko knits. #25000tuques #NewHomeNewHat

Gigi is working on the 1000 Tulips shawl #behmalong

Jasmin is working on the  Churchmouse Spock cardigan for Rex.

Gigi has started a Vanilla Socks out of Opal Neon yarn.

For the #Elizalong Jasmin and Gigi have both wound a skein and now need to swatch.
Jasmin announced that a  Gleener will be a prize for the Elizalong

In Stitches:(11:54)

Gigi wore her Knitmore cowl, wristers, and socks.

Jasmin wore her Tess Ribbi, and is thinking that maybe she wants to redo the collar.

Genevieve wore the Elsa cardigan, the Elsa hat, Olivia hat, and Bumble hat, and the Kapuzin hoodie.


Rex wore the  wrap cardigan knit by Annelena, and the garter Stitch Baby Kimono by Joji Locatelli

Events:(17:36)

We will be attending Stitches West at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Emily from the Knitting Butterflies Podcast, and Boston Jen from the Down Cellar Studio podcast will also attend. Say hello! Purlescence will have a basket for collecting #25000 Tuques  and preemie hats. Also, if you care to listen to our Stitches West Tips. Retraction: this is a list you can print out. List of Stitches West Tips, and the Tracking Expenses Printout.

Contest:(21:41)

Back on: Operation Sockdrawer
#operationsockdrawer prize:  a skein of Rare Woman Claire, and a  sock knitter profile tote, donated by One Twisted Tree
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.
Also Voolenvine has a sock knitting contest. Check her out.
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Mother Knows Best:(24:08)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about Rick Mondragon's technique for using slip stitch crochet for joining seams on knits.
 

When Knitting Attacks:(30:38)

Jasmin was knitting the  Lina hat and managed to mangle the repeat, since she didn't want to use stitch markers to mark the count.


Review:(32:59)

This week we review

Fine Things for Plain Occasions by Hunter Hammersen

We also recommendThe Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet
The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet, Volume II
The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet Volume III
 and Curls

Also, the KnitGirllls have an excellent review of this book on this weeks episode.
Gigi mentions Hunter Hammersen's blog, Violently Domestic.

Straw Into Gold:(42:03)

Jasmin has been test driving Akerworks Matchless Woolee Winder bobbins on her Matchless. With Dawn’s Custom Carding Wool, color 64

She used a Mendenhall Fleece processed by Morro Fleece Works.
She also has been playing on the Acadia wheel and she used Abstract Fiber SW merino “Rockstar”

And Sew On:(48:55)

Gigi is trying to find cotton sew-in interfacing, to replace the Shapewell cotton woven sew-in bolt of interfacing that she bought ages ago and used up.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mousse-tasche - Episode 361 - The Knitmore Girls

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The perfect margarita screams fresh, crisp flavors barely tamed by triple sec and sugar. A margarita is ordered as a cocktail most often in hot locations close to large bodies of water while big umbrellas litter the sand. Ordered shaken with ice (on the rocks), blended with ice (frozen margarita), or without ice (straight up), it is served in any shape glass. Bar-Maids is now pouring the perfect margarita lip balm straight up in a slick white tube. No need to wait for warm locations either as Margarita Lip Balm is wonderful even in Siberia at -20 degrees. Serving up Margarita Lip Balm left us with just one question – to salt or not to salt. Since this is such a personal preference we are pouring it unsalted. But nothing says you can’t dip the rim if you like.  Ole’


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Bijou Basin Ranch is your source for high-quality yarns spun from Tibetan yak, Qiviut, cashmere and other luxury fibers. Our yarns are made in the USA as well as abroad, and many are hand-dyed by notable indie dyers such as Miss Babs, Lattes & Llamas, and Lost City Knits. Our no-rinse, no residue fiber wash called Allure was specially  developed to care for high quality fibers. This month, enjoy 15% off your yarn purchase when you enter KNITMORE at checkout at bijoubasinranch.com.
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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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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! In the San Francisco Bay Area? Lisa and Rod will see you at Stitches West in February!
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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.


On The Needles:(0:34)

Jasmin is knitting hats for the #25000 tuques  #NewHomeNewHat. She is now knitting a Bumble hat out of Abstract Fiber. She has a FO- the Damsel hat from Woolly Wormhead out of White Birch Yarn, in Nothing Says I Love You Like a Rainbow.

Gigi is plugging away on a pair of vanilla socks out of Patons Kroy. Jasmin has another FO, the Ribaroni hat, out of Tess Yarns

Gigi has been working on the beaded mesh of the Viajante border, and she is enjoying the rhythm.  And we love the beading directions.

Jasmin is working on the Churchmouse Spock cardigan for Rex.

We are starting the Eliz-along. Someone posted the errata for Elizabeth Doherty's Top Down
 book. We are knitting the Helvetica and Copperplate patterns. This goes along with #projectsweaterchest

In Stitches:(20:56)

Gigi has been wearing socks, wristers, her grey citron and a pre-ravelry v-neck pullover from Knitting Pure and Simple.  It needs a Gleener, as does Genevieve's Elsa cardigan,

Jasmin has been wearing her Cece cardigan, and the Tess silk/wool hat, )

Genevieve wore the Elsa cardigan, the Elsa hat, Olivia hat, and Bumble hat, and the Kapuzin hoodie, and the  caterpillar cardigan.

Rex wore the Purl Soho Baby cardi, and the wee envelope sweater,  and the Gramps cardigan
and Gigi's Martha .

Events:(28:38)

We are very excited about attending Stitches West

Contest:(30:57)

 We announced the winners of the  Do some good contest.  The prizes are:
A Lolo Bar- destined2knit
A very big Erin Lane Bag - creativevibe (happy birthday!)
Leslie wind cable needle ring - wittyknittingyarn
Surprise fourth prize: Jenn-i-fur

#grinchalong, prizes
 Lolo Foot Bar,- almariecraft
and Erin Lane Bag- mstoltz
and a Skein of Cephalopod Traveller- maniago
Leslie wind cable needle ring- LisaM87
Juliana's Fibres board shorts - knittingdaddy

And we are re-launching #operationsockdrawer

Also, we were wondering what prizes you think we should give for #25000 tuques/ #newhomenewhat

Mother Knows Best:(35:15)

This week we answer a question from the What do you want to hear about thread about having "The talk" about not getting into a parents knitting.
Jasmin recommends Jane Nelson's  Positive Discipline

When Knitting Attacks:(44:23)

Gigi was attacked by her 1000 Tulips Shawl.
Jasmin was attacked by her yarn.

Review:(48:12)

This week we review
Lost Coast by Ashley Hurst
Knittin Little, Fall 2015
Child For all Seasons M-Kal

Straw into Gold:(1:11:24)

Gigi had fun with an Akerworks spindle. Everyone else in the house also played with the spindles.

And Sew On:(1:19:17)

Gigi and a young friend were working on copying patterns out of Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time and cutting them out of muslin. Gigi talked about sewing darts and stay stitching. 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

More Whoosh - Episode 360 - The Knitmore Girls

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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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Bijou Basin Ranch is your source for high-quality yarns spun from Tibetan yak, Qiviut, cashmere and other luxury fibers. Our yarns are made in the USA as well as abroad, and many are hand-dyed by notable indie dyers such as Miss Babs, Lattes & Llamas, and Lost City Knits. Our no-rinse, no residue fiber wash called Allure was specially  developed to care for high quality fibers. This month, enjoy 15% off your yarn purchase when you enter KNITMORE at checkout at bijoubasinranch.com.
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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 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.
On The Needles:(0:35)

Jasmin  finished the  Bon Bon Toque, a tincanknits design, yarn: Mountain Meadows Wool “Powell” #25000tuques #NewHomeNewHat.

She mentions the Facebook page and ravelry group.

Gigi finished two preemie hats.

Jasmin has another Finished Object, the Turn a Square hat by Jared Flood, knitted out of Noro Kureyon.

Gigi finished her Shades of Grey socks.

Jasmin has another almost finished Object, the Damsel hat, designed by Wooly Wormhead
and she dug out yarn for the Rib-a-roni hat, which reminded her of the Käänteinen hat.

She also worked on the Coronation Cardigan, out of Berry Colorful Yarnings.
Gigi cast on a pair of Vanilla socks out of Patons Kroy in Brown Rose Marl.

In Stitches:(16:35)

Gigi wore the Serpentine cowl, socks, and wristers. And Jasmin's Mondo Cable cardi.

Jasmin wore her Mondo Cable cardi, and the Tess silk/wool hat.

Genevieve wore the   Elsa cardigan, the Elsa hat, Olivia hat, and Bumble hat, ola hat,  and the Kapuzin hoodie, caterpillar cardigan.

Jasmin talked about cleaning the Elsa cardigan that had gotten serious ick on it, with Beyond Clean,
Rex wore the Purl Soho Baby cardi, handspun hat by lala.

Andrew has been wearing his cashmere hat, and Sam wore the grey beanie.

Contest:(24:55)

Our annual Do Some Good Contest  :
Do some good on a local, national or global level, post it to the thread, maybe you'll win a prize! But you'll definitely do some good, and that's awesome. The contest will close around January 6th.

Winners will be chosen on the basis of originality and delightfulness. Also, your charity needs to benefit more than your immediate friends and family. 

Do Some Good prizes:
A Lolo Foot bar
a very big Erin Lane bag, 
and a Leslie Wind cable needle ring
Contest will wrap up next week.Winners will be announced in episode 361
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Grinchalong:
We announced winners today

Prizes!:

- A Lolo Foot Bar
- An Erin Lane bag
- A skein of CephalopodTraveller
- a Leslie Wind cable needle ring
- a skein of sock yarn in the "Board Shorts" colorway, by Julianna's Fibre.
-  Grinchy knitting bags sewn in the "Sweatshop Of Love"(Lovingly purloined from Sweatshop Of Love) by the Knitmore Girls out of Grinchy fabric.
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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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Mother Knows Best:(28:28)

This week we answer questions from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about yarn bombing and applying Lolo bars.
Gigi mentions Die Urbane Spinnstube.

When Knitting Attacks:(38:06)

Gigi's cowl out of mistery batt got bound off to tight, so she tinked and bound off again. She bound off looser, and won Yarn Chicken.

She dropped a stitch on her Shades of Grey sock and then had to go back and crochet up the dropped stitch.

She also frogged back quite a bit on the 1000 Tulips shawl, it was too short and needs another pattern repeat. 

Review:(42:28)

This week we review Mini Skein Knits
 

Straw Into Gold:(53:24)

Jasmin has been talking to Adan of Akerworks

She is talking about Whorlicity vs Point of Inertia, asking whether people would prefer scientific terms or fiber terms. Also, if you have a better sounding word or phrase, suggest it!  The term that everyone is searching for is a word that describes how long a spindle turns. 

And Sew On:(57:17)

Gigi basted a pair of jeans, for Sam in order to shorten them. Also, she wants to keep the original hem in place, since original hems on jeans have too many layers for a home sewing machine. She says she has seen this technique all over Pinterest.