Sunday, October 19, 2014

Director's Cut - Amy King - The Knitmore Girls

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Things mentioned:

Spunky Eclectic
Spin Control: Techniques for Spinning the Yarns You Want
Ashford traditional
Abby Franquemont
The Walking Dead
Kindle
Lantern Moon


You can find Amy on Ravelry here, on Twitter here, and you can find her teaching schedule here


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tentacles - Episode 303 - The Knitmore Girls

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When you own a business you find yourself up at ungodly hours formulating your next step, and juggling between adored and effective products, and creating new interest. So I found myself face-to-face with facts, the nitty-gritty numbers and the [dirty] details. Numbers don't lie - right?  As difficult as it is, we are discontinuing scents and products that just don't make cents. But we are absolutely thrilled and excited about offering new scents and products that you have been asking for. We are actively creating some major spark in our studio. (This calls for super strong shades!) Before these sparks start flying, check out the nitty-gritty and dirty details of our current scents at the new Bar-Maids Blog.
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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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On The Needles:(0:33)

Gigi finished the animal print tube socks. Jasmin has finished the Hocus Pocus socks by Mint Rain and Kaitie's Creations. We mention the Citric Acid soak. The Outlander colorway socks from Voolenvine came out of the wash without losing color.

Gigi has been knitting Halloween socks out of MarigoldJen yarn in the Purple Finch colorway. Gigi mentions Cat Bordhi's Houdini socks.  Jasmin mentions Sock Architecture.

 She also mentions the Knitmore Girls Instagram account and the Knitmore Girls Pinterest boards.
 
Gigi has swatched for her next cowl, the Wild Iris, from the Book of Cowls, by Sivia Harding, out of Himalayan Trails, by Bijou Basin Ranch.

Jasmin is working on the #countdowntooutlander, #Kiltmenow, she has started on socks out of Je Suis Prest, by Gingertwist Studio in Edinburgh , which she is carrying in her Caithness Craft Collective tartan bag.

Gigi was knitting the Mystik Spiral socks out of Opal Van Gogh, and she ripped back the striping part, because it didn't show.

Jasmin is working on Howloween socks SPELLING? BY Lollipop Yarn in the Beefcake base.
Also, she is working on an Olivia hat for Genevieve's Halloween costume.

Loose Ends:(16:54)

Jasmin has pushed live our interview with the amazing Judy Becker

We talk about how the issues with the fading of the yarns from Biscotte & Cie continued.
Jasmin found a source for Citric Acid.


 Events:(25:55)

- October 16-19 Pacific International Quilt Fest, at the Santa Clara Convention Center
- Purlescence Yarn Swap October 25
 - Pajamma Jammie Jam, date TBA.

Contest:(27:37)

Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

Participants: post a picture 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.

Prize for Operation Sockdrawer generously provided by

Next prize is a skein of  Mint Rain is Berry Sunday with matching  berry colored yarn for heels and toes, generously provided by Kaitie's Creations.

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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.

New Prizes!
From Gourmet Stash:  two braids of fiber and two skeins of yarn in the time traveler colorway, and in the waterweed colorway . 

Mother Knows Best:(30:40)

This week's advice is: Caveat Emptor- Buyer Beware!

We have always been satisfied with yarns we bought from Lisa Souza, Abstract Fiber, Tess Yarns, Fab Funky Fibres and Invictus Yarns. If you are not sure about the colorfastness of your yarn, do the citric acid treatment.

Jasmin mentions Rockin' Green detergent.

Purloined:(36:08)

This week we are purloining from Die Urbane Spinnstube, hosted by Diestelfliege, and the way they do yarn swaps.

Jasmin mentioned the White Lies bed jacket.

Review:(45:59)

This week we review
The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook, by Deb Robson and Carol Ekarius
Jasmin mentions the kindle edition version of this book, the The Knitter's Book of Wool, and the
The Spinner's Book of Fleece by Beth Smith

She calls these three books the Trifecta of spinning books that should be on the Christmas list of spinners.

Also, she mentions In Sheep's Clothing.


Straw Into Gold:(54:21)

Gigi got Rumpelstilzkined: she set up her wheel, but couldn't find her fiber anywhere.
Jasmin mentions Spinzilla, Leslie from Knit Girllls and Kate from Gourmet Stash.

And Sew On:(56:44)

Jasmin is sewing up a giant pile of Halloween project bags, with Gigi doing the cutting and pressing.
Jasmin is very satisfied with the Miracle Ironing Board Cover.
 
Gigi finally sewed the zipper into the Nemesis dress. The zipper did not go in without a fight, but Gigi won in round two, with help of her quilting Stiletto.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Director's Cut - Judy Becker - The Knitmore Girls

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Judy's Magic Cast on
Judy's book: Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures With Judy's Magic Cast-On
Wanda (crochet hook on one side, needle on the other)
Nostepinne
Koigu
Lorna's Laces
Cherry Tree Hill
StitchJones
Mac and Cheese recipe
Candied Sweet Potato recipe

You can find Judy on Ravelry here and on Twitter here.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Yarned and Delirious - Episode 302 - The Knitmore Girls

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When you own a business you find yourself up at ungodly hours formulating your next step, and juggling between adored and effective products, and creating new interest. So I found myself face-to-face with facts, the nitty-gritty numbers and the [dirty] details. Numbers don't lie - right?  As difficult as it is, we are discontinuing scents and products that just don't make cents. But we are absolutely thrilled and excited about offering new scents and products that you have been asking for. We are actively creating some major spark in our studio. (This calls for super strong shades!) Before these sparks start flying, check out the nitty-gritty and dirty details of our current scents at the new Bar-Maids Blog.
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If you haven't seen the new Megan Pouchlet by Namaste you'll want to!  This handy morsel of goodness is larger than a Jemma Pouch and smaller than a Devin Wristlet, so the size is really ideal.  It's got a wristlet strap and is perfect for storing keys, credit cards, notions, or other small items.  When you wanna grab and go, grab for your Megan Pouchlet.  Get yours at www.namasteinc.com. 
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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! 
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Operation Sock Drawer is proudly sponsored by Simply Socks Yarn Company.  Does your sock drawer need filling? Let us help!  With nine years experience helping sock knitters, we’ll help you find what you need.  This week we are featuring the new Opal Sweet and Spicy 2 collection, as well as restocks of all the colors of the Hundertwasser collection.  Come check us out at simplysockyarn.com . 

On The Needles:(0:35)

Jasmin finished a pair of socks in the Outlander colorway from Voolenvine, in the Lush base. Gigi has finished the sleeves for the the Water's Edge  #matchymatchyKAL. Genevieve's Mini Water's Edge. #matchymatchyKal, just needs a buttonloop.

Jasmin is working on the #countdowntooutlander, #Kiltmenow, she has started on socks out of Je Suis Prest, by Gingertwist Studio in Edinburgh , which she is carrying in her Caithness Craft Collective tartan bag.

Gigi is working on her Mystik Spiral socks. Jasmin is working on Hocus Pocus socks by Mint Rain
Gigi is knitting a pair of tube socks for Genevieve out of left over animal print yarn by Schöller Wolle.

Jasmin cast on a hat out of Cascade Longwood.

Loose Ends:(12:03)

We are still doing the Knitmore-A-long labels printed and provided by Sterling Name Tapes: Information for getting labels:

- Donate $1.50 for postage and envelope through Paypal button (in sidebar)
- PM Jasmin (cuteknitter) via Ravelry, and let her know how many sweater and shawl labels you want, and put "labels" in the subject line
- Include your Paypal email address in your PM
- International: PM Jasmin on Ravelry for cost of shipping

Put a picture of your sewn in labels in the "labels" thread
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Jasmin talks about a pair of Biscotte & Cie socks that bled and faded in the washing machine. (Picture above)

She was very pleased about the prompt response from Louise at Biscotte & Cie. Kate from Gourmet Stash came up with a DIY solution to fix dye on yarn. You can read about this on Jasmin's blog here.

 Events:(22:24)

- October 16-19 Pacific International Quilt Fest, at the Santa Clara Convention Center
 - Pajamma Jammie Jam, date TBA.

Contest:(23:57)

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.

New Prizes!
From Gourmet Stash: two braids of fiber and two skeins of yarn in the time traveler colorway.
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Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

Participants: post a picture 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.

Winner of a copy of Big Foot Knits (provided by Cooperative Press) is arthjarna!

Next prize is a skein of  Mint Rain is Berry Sunday with matching  berry colored yarn for heels and toes.

Mother Knows Best:(30:29)

This week Gigi talks some more about having an effective closet.

When Knitting Attacks:(32:06)

Gigi was attacked by her Linaria Bipartita out of Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet in more than one way, and will have to frog it. She will frog the Opal Van Gogh socks, it does not show the Mystik Spiral socks pattern. She also knitted the sleeve for the Water's Edge too long and had to rip it back.

Review:(35:19)

This week we review the The Spinner's Book of Fleece, by Beth Smith

We also mention our interview with Beth Smith that you should listen to here.

We think that this is a great start: "I began spinning because...."

We mention Sasha Torres of SheepSpot.

 And Sew On:(43:50)

Jasmin has been sewing project bags, inspired by the quality of the Erin Lane bags. We have been using this tutorial, with some small changes. It seems somebody small helped with the sewing machine settings.

Gigi has not worked on the Nemesis dress. She picked up a Buttonhole Foot for her Janome, so maybe Genevieve's summer dress will be finished soonest, winter is coming.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Director's Cut - Beth Smith - The Knitmore Girls

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Things mentioned:

The Spinning Loft
Spinning Wool Basics and Beyond by Anne Field
Fleece Selection episode on SpinDoctor
Unicorn Power Scour
Wensleydale wool, Cormo
Flick carder
30" Schacht Reeves
Majacraft Rose
Schacht matchless
Robin Russo
Amy King/Spunky Eclectic
Abby Franquemont
Glee, French Kiss
Sara Lamb

Beth's amazing new book: The Spinner's Book of Fleece

You can find Beth on Ravelry here, on Twitter here, and you can find her teaching schedule here

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Food Pyramid of Knitting - Episode 301 - The Knitmore Girls

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Sock on left, Happy Howloween (Lollipop Yarns), on right Hocus Pocus (Mint Rain)
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What makes Abstract Fiber's sock yarns stand out from the rest?  Our brilliant colors don't bleed. Our skeins rarely have knots. Our yarns are beautifully constructed to minimize splitting and show off stitch patterns. Our colors are designed to minimize pooling and striping. Check out Abstract Fiber's outstanding sock yarns at AbstractFiber.com
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Just outside the line of what we really want to talk about is that what you put on the inside is just as important as what goes on the outside.  A healthy diet, suitable exercise, proper posture, and plenty of rest effects the outside as much as the inside and demonstrates that we treat ourselves with care, love, and respect.
Now…in keeping with our topic, we may be crossing a line somewhere but we’re going to give it to you as straight up as we know.  Don’t Walk!  Run -  Fine Line Serum over your little wrinkly parts, you know those places: upper lip, eye and crows feet areas, forehead, neck.  Arguably, no cream or lotion can halt or reverse the passage of time, and this includes wrinkles and lines, BUT to some extent we   are able to control the visible signs of aging. Let’s face it, aging occurs (that’s a good thing considering the alternative), and the skin gradually loses its elasticity and natural moisture.  But certain areas can use a tad more moisture of skin loving oils like those found in Bar-Maids Fine Line Serum. Argan, Squalane, Vitamin E, and Grapeseed oils. Packaged in an roller ball applicator, a little goes a long way. Psst…it doesn’t even matter if it’s a straight wrinkly line or not.
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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:(0:37)

Gigi has finished the first sleeve of the Water's Edge and is working on the second one #matchymatchyKAL. There is discussion about buttons, and Genevieve's Mini Water's Edge.
We are doing #projectSweaterChest with Susan B. Anderson, and #FitFlatterFeelWonderfulKAL with Susan B. Anderson and the Knit Girllls.

Jasmin is working on the Hocus Pocus socks from Mint Rain for #operationsockdrawer. Also the Knit Girllls are having a Halloween Craft Along that you could double dip.

Gigi has bound off the Asterope, and she is planning to cast on a Sivia Harding design from Book of Cowls out of Bijou Basin, Himalayan Trail Yarn.

Gigi has finished the vanilla socks in the animal print pattern and has cast on tubesocks for Genevieve. She has also finished the Dianthus Superbus socks from The Knitters Curiosity Cabinet, Vol I, out of Wildfoote, and started the Linaria Bipartita, and she is knitting on Mystik Spiral socks, she has one pair out of Regia Mini Ringel, one out of Opal Van Gogh, Ocean Depth out of Mint Rain.

Jasmin is knitting on her #CountDownToOutlander, #KiltMeKnowKAL socks in the Outlander colorway from Voolenvine, in the Lush base

Gigi has balled up her "Je suis prest", from Gingertwist Studio in Edinburgh for a pair of socks, put it in her tartan bag from the Caithness Craft Collective, and is looking for a sock pattern to knit it out of.

Loose Ends:(13:27)

Jasmin talks about our Dreadfully Delayed Interview Series: Franklin Habit, Maggie Jackson, Jane Patrick and Barry Schacht, Jean Frost, Sandi Rosner. Ten more to come.

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We are still doing the Knitmore-A-long labels printed and provided by Sterling Name Tapes: Information for getting labels:

- Donate $1.50 for postage and envelope through Paypal button (in sidebar)
- PM Jasmin (cuteknitter) via Ravelry, and let her know how many sweater and shawl labels you want, and put "labels" in the subject line
- Include your Paypal email address in your PM
- International: PM Jasmin on Ravelry for cost of shipping

Put a picture of your sewn in labels in the "labels" thread.

Events:(16:54)

- October 16-19 Pacific International Quilt Fest, at the Santa Clara Convention Center

Contest:(19:57)

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.

We have Bijou Basin yarn for prizes. (Thanks, Bijou Basin!), a skein of sock yarn in the "Je suis prest" colorway, from Gingertwist Studio in Edinburgh.

Winners this week are:

Himalayan Trail by Bijou Basin is going to

Wilfulmina, Kristiesharp and AndeeKF.

A skein of sock yarn in the colorway "Je suis prest", from Gingertwist Studio in Edinburgh goes to KeeponKnitting
 
Gourmet Stash sent more prizes for the #CountDownToOutlander 
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Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

Participants: post a picture 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.

Winner of the Dizzy Blonde Studios yarn: VickiBrown

Mother Knows Best:(26:43)

This week Gigi talks about having an effective closet.

When Knitting Attacks:(30:01)

Gigi managed to knit her Dianthus superbus socks on different size needles. One sock is too tight to fit comfortably. And, she cast on for the Linaria Bipartita out of Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet, and turned he cuff inside out.

Review:(32:50)

This week we are reviewing Brioche Chic, by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

Straw Into Gold:(42:16)

Jasmin plied the last little bit of singles that were left from her SPAKAL project

Gigi did a bit of spinning but needs to see her wheel so she can remember to spin 15 minutes a day.

We mention how much we like the Knit Girllls'  Stash Dash.

Jasmin is tasting tribbles from Gourmet Stash.

And Sew On:(45:09)

Gigi has been sewing on the Nemesis dress for Melanie from the Savvy Girls.

Jasmin and Gigi have been sewing up a storm of project bags. You can find the tutorial here.

We mention bags by Erin Lane and the Fat Squirrel Speaks, Omnigrid rulers. Jasmin waxes rhapsodic about her Singer Featherweight sewing machine.