Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Cave with WiFi - Episode 412 - The Knitmore Girls

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Listen here:
This episode has been sponsored by
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Pits; everyone has them, and they can stink and make your clothes wet. But worse than the odor is the chemicals used on this delicate place. If you have been considering a natural deodorant, consider Bar-Maids Probiotic Deodorant. It is aluminum, paraben, and phthalate free and currently offered in 2 sizes and two scents. Give your pits a breather! You could come out smelling like a rose (geranium) – which, by the way, will be released in January.
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Erin.Lane Bags is teaming up with a new group of indie dyers to bring you the 2017 "Sew, You Knit?" club. Receive a brand new box six time throughout the year, stuffed full with a brand new knitting project, including an exclusive Erin.Lane project bag, an exclusive colorway, and a great pattern that is perfect for the Knit-a-longs that accompany every new box.
This year's dyers include: Destination Yarns, Twisted Owl Fiber Studio, Miss Babs, Safronie, and Gynx Yarns. You won't want to miss out on this colorful and exciting club collection. Visit erinlanebags.com today to sign up for your spot in the 2017 "Sew, You Knit?" club. 
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Let’s put our collective best foot forward!
Adapted from traditional Turkish sock techniques and worked in fifteen contrast colors on a neutral background, these whimsical toe-up socks feature increases across the hinge of the foot to add ease and ensure a comfortable fit.
Perfect for drafty houses, dorms, and anyone with perpetually chilly feet, this pattern yields thick and cozy socks with unique style.
$5 from the sale of every Love Still Wins kit will be donated to Lambda Legal Defense, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to achieve the full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people, and those living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

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Love trying new teas?  Treat yourself to a Plum Deluxe tea of the month subscription.  For only $10/month, you'll receive a hand blended, all-organic,loose leaf tea thoughtfully chosen for the season.  Tea club members also enjoy special benefits like discounts, free shipping on all purchases, and access to a very loving and supporting tea community.  A tea subscription also makes a fantastic gift. Visit plum deluxe dot com slash tea to learn more.

On the needles:(0:30)


Jasmin has been working on the Genevieve's Gone Astray cardigan. Jasmin loves the yarn from sincere Sheep, and she is planning on doing the Baa-ble hat. She so appreciates Boston Jen's support for her doing Goodreader and syncing phone and tablet for apps.

Jasmin laments that beading takes along time, even when she uses Oral-B superfloss. She's on the last chart row.

And Jasmin spoilered that Sivia Harding has a new cowl design coming up with Black Trillium Fibres.  She is planning to do the perfect buttonhole by Anna Zilboorg (CORRECTION: Book is called Splendid Apparel, not Embellished Knits). The buttonhole is also in Knitting for Anarchists.

Gigi is working on the Puerto Montt by Martina Behm. Out of Rohrspatz and Wollmeise. (Strick Mich! Club) Finished body and started side part1.


 Jasmin finished a Cat hat for Genevieve for the Women's March on Washington. out of White Birch Fiber Arts “Royal Cat” colorway. We contacted the organizers of the pink Cat Hat project** for family friendly hashtags, and we got: #craftivism, #CreativeResistance, #HatsForHerstory.

She is thinking of finishing her Viajante as a taking along project.

 Gigi is working on her own Kit Kat hat out of Quince and Company's Osprey. Gigi has been working on the Sidewalk sweater, from the Grown collection, by Kate Oates in Venezia Bulky. She started the sleeves, two at a time. She loves the way the fabric feels, but it is hard on her hands.


Jasmin swatched for the First Light cardigan in Lisa Souza BFL worsted. She has also pulled out yarn to swatch for a vneck boxy by Joji Locatelli. She loves the Ann Budd stitch gauge ruler.

Gigi has been knitting preemie hats, and is working on a Kit Kat hat.

Genevieve wants to start knitting.

XRX is going online and will not be publishing Knitter's Magazine anymore. Stitches events will continue. 
 
In Stitches:(24:05)


Gigi wore knitted socks, a hat, and the handspun cowl. The hand spun cowl is becoming a staple wardrobe piece. It has a number of bright colors with a black background, so it is very versatile. She also wore the Knitmore cowl, 2016 socks, and the Greyhaven hat Boston Jen knit for her.


Sam wore the shadow knitting Alien scarf. Out of Debbie Stoller's Stitch and Bitch


Jasmin wore her Greyhaven hat, Bifrost scarf, and Breezy Cardigan, and the Tempest cardigan.




Rex wore his Welcome to the Flock, and his Landon cardigan, and his Sherlock hat.


Events:(28:36)



We will be attending
 - TNNA 2017 at the San Jose Convention Center January 21-23
 - Stitches West 2017,  February 23-26, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. 

The Meet and Greet will be at noon on Saturday in the Erin Lane Booth.

We mention Specialties Sandwiches, which is our go to Stitches lunch choice.

 Jasmin mentions Door Dash as a food delivery option. She mentions the amazing restaurants in downtown Sunnyvale, Rok Bistro, Taverna Bistro, and Dishdash. Also Pho Minh. And we have tips for attending Stitches West (and an expense tracker!).

Contest: We didn't talk about the contests. Ooops ! (When podcasting attaaaaacks!)
#OperationSockDrawer and #ProjectSweaterChest are  put on hold for the time being
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The  Do Some Good contest  started Friday after Thanksgiving.
The object of Do Some Good is to do something positive on a local, national or global level. Something that benefits more than your immediate family and friends. This year we will try and focus on supporting social justice organizations.

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The Grinch-Along started December 1st, and this is an instagram and ravelry thread contest. For this contest, work on anything that brings you joy and is not 2016 holiday gift knitting. We have amazing prizes, and bags made by us from this pinterest tutorial.
 
Entries will be judged on originality and general delightfulness. And obviously, Grinchiness.

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Mother Knows Best:(35:27)
This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thead, about how to get YouTube podcasts to downcast. If you have a tip, let us know


When Knitting Attacks:(41:19)

Gigi was working on the Puerto Montt, and dropped a stitch where the sides meet, a decrease came undone. She had to tink back two rows and reknit. Also, she misread the instructions, she was supposed to have used up 60% of the yarn. She weighed the yarn she had left, and she had 60% left. Reading comprehension is crucial.

Review:(40:55)
This week we review Cute Critter Crochet, by Maki Oomaci

And Sew On:(50:06)

Gigi has been working on the Grinch bags. She also mended a pair of leggings, shorts and the Cinderella dress ( from Zulily) for Genevieve.



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cognates - Episode 411 - The Knitmore Girls

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Listen here:
This episode has been sponsored by:
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Pits; everyone has them, and they can stink and make your clothes wet. But worse than the odor is the chemicals used on this delicate place. If you have been considering a natural deodorant, consider Bar-Maids Probiotic Deodorant. It is aluminum, paraben, and phthalate free and currently offered in 2 sizes and two scents. Give your pits a breather! You could come out smelling like a rose (geranium) – which, by the way, will be released in January.
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Erin.Lane Bags is teaming up with a new group of indie dyers to bring you the 2017 "Sew, You Knit?" club. Receive a brand new box six time throughout the year, stuffed full with a brand new knitting project, including an exclusive Erin.Lane project bag, an exclusive colorway, and a great pattern that is perfect for the Knit-a-longs that accompany every new box.
This year's dyers include: Destination Yarns, Twisted Owl Fiber Studio, Miss Babs, Safronie, and Gynx Yarns. You won't want to miss out on this colorful and exciting club collection. Visit erinlanebags.com today to sign up for your spot in the 2017 "Sew, You Knit?" club. 
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Let’s put our collective best foot forward!
Adapted from traditional Turkish sock techniques and worked in fifteen contrast colors on a neutral background, these whimsical toe-up socks feature increases across the hinge of the foot to add ease and ensure a comfortable fit.
Perfect for drafty houses, dorms, and anyone with perpetually chilly feet, this pattern yields thick and cozy socks with unique style.
$5 from the sale of every Love Still Wins kit will be donated to Lambda Legal Defense, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to achieve the full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people, and those living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

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Love trying new teas?  Treat yourself to a Plum Deluxe tea of the month subscription.  For only $10/month, you'll receive a hand blended, all-organic,loose leaf tea thoughtfully chosen for the season.  Tea club members also enjoy special benefits like discounts, free shipping on all purchases, and access to a very loving and supporting tea community.  A tea subscription also makes a fantastic gift. Visit plum deluxe dot com slash tea to learn more.


On the Needles:(0:33)

Gigi finished Smooth  Operator Socks out of White Birch Fiberarts “Little Birdie colorway”.  $10 of the sale of each skein of this color will be donated to the ACLU, and $10 will go to Planned Parenthood. Also, the leftover yarn has been knit into preemie hats and the last bits have turned into pompoms.

Jasmin mentions Sock Architecture by Lara Neel for figuring out how to get just the right fit.
She also thanks Cat Bordhi for all her sock knowledge.

 Jasmin really likes Sarah and Duck.  And she mentions the Genevieve Tube Sock pattern. ]


Gigi is working on sidewalk sweater, Grown collection, by Kate Oates in Venezia Bulky.

 She is working on a Cat hat for Genevieve for the Women's March on Washington. out of White Birch Fiber Arts “royal cat” colorway. We contacted the organizers of the pink Cat Hat project** for family friendly hashtags, and we got: #craftivism, #CreativeResistance, #HatsForHerstory.

Also, Gigi finished another Quynn hat, and a all the leftover yarn from a pair of socks into preemie hats, and still had leftovers for pompoms, and made lots of itty bitty pompoms. Genevieve helped.We use the Clover Pompom Maker.

Jasmin got the charts, sheep and sheepdogs sorted to finish Genevieve's Gone Astray cardigan.

Jasmin swatched for the First Watch cardigan in Lisa Souza BFL worsted. She has also pulled out yarn to swatch for a vneck boxy by Joji Locatelli.

Jasmin has started crocheting the Elsa Amigarumi kit from Kristen's Kords. #letitCRO

Boston Jen is emotionally supporting this endeavor.


In Stitches:(27:32)

Gigi wore knitted socks, a hat, the handspun cowl, and the Knitmore cowl. Looked at closet to pick a sweater, they are bright.

Jasmin wore her Greyhaven hat, rainbow wristers, and Breezy Cardigan, and the Tempest cardigan. Genevieve wore her Elsa sweater,Worm hat, the Coronation cardigan, Kapuzin hoodie, Hamilknit hat.

Rex wore his Welcome to the Flock, and his Landon cardigan, his Sherlock hat, and the Dino hat.

Events:(29:25)


We will be attending TNNA 2017 at the San Jose Convention Center January 21-23, and Stitches West 2017,  February 23-26, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Contest:(31:04)
#OperationSockDrawer and #ProjectSweaterChest are  put on hold for the time being
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The  Do Some Good contest  started Friday after Thanksgiving.
The object of Do Some Good is to do something positive on a local, national or global level. Something that benefits more than your immediate family and friends. This year we will try and focus on supporting social justice organizations.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The Grinch-Along started December 1st, and this is an instagram and ravelry thread contest. For this contest, work on anything that brings you joy and is not 2016 holiday gift knitting. We have amazing prizes, and bags made by us from this pinterest tutorial.
 
Entries will be judged on originality and general delightfulness. And obviously, Grinchiness.

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Mother Knows Best:(34:26)

Stick with it and it'll click. (Learning to read your knitting - reading crochet stitches)

When Knitting Attacks:(41:19)

Gigi wanted to work on Sidewalk sweater. She needs to add stitches to accommodate back 40.  She will need to try it on and figure out where to start. She mentions Try it on Tubing.

Opus the octopus.  Gigi needs to attach eyelids before knitting more, so she can start stuffing the head.


Review:(45:28)

Straw into Gold:(55:49)
Device upgrade!

And Sew On:(58:06)

Gigi has been sewing some more seams on Grinch bags. 


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Varsity Sewing - Episode 410 - The Knitmore Girls

Untitled


Listen here:
This episode has been sponsored by:
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Pits; everyone has them, and they can stink and make your clothes wet. But worse than the odor is the chemicals used on this delicate place. If you have been considering a natural deodorant, consider Bar-Maids Probiotic Deodorant. It is aluminum, paraben, and phthalate free and currently offered in 2 sizes and two scents. Give your pits a breather! You could come out smelling like a rose (geranium) – which, by the way, will be released in January.


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Berry colorful yarnings bringing you unique self striping hand dyed yarns, tonal , overdyes, sock blanks, super fun kits and more... Berry Colorful Yarnings has your needs covered. From a Light fingering in a luxurious blend to a bulky 100% Superwash Merino and ALL the yarns in between, you will be able to find the perfect fit for your desired project.

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Erin.Lane Bags is teaming up with a new group of indie dyers to bring you the 2017 "Sew, You Knit?" club. Receive a brand new box six time throughout the year, stuffed full with a brand new knitting project, including an exclusive Erin.Lane project bag, an exclusive colorway, and a great pattern that is perfect for the Knit-a-longs that accompany every new box.
This year's dyers include: Destination Yarns, Twisted Owl Fiber Studio, Miss Babs, Safronie, and Gynx Yarns. You won't want to miss out on this colorful and exciting club collection. Visit erinlanebags.com today to sign up for your spot in the 2017 "Sew, You Knit?" club. 
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Let’s put our collective best foot forward!
Adapted from traditional Turkish sock techniques and worked in fifteen contrast colors on a neutral background, these whimsical toe-up socks feature increases across the hinge of the foot to add ease and ensure a comfortable fit.
Perfect for drafty houses, dorms, and anyone with perpetually chilly feet, this pattern yields thick and cozy socks with unique style.
$5 from the sale of every Love Still Wins kit will be donated to Lambda Legal Defense, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to achieve the full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people, and those living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.
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Nothing says I love you like yarn or fiber from Lisa Souza... or a gift certificate from Lisa Souza. Lisa is offering a 15% discount to your listeners, through January. Use the code KNITMORE in the comments box on the order page.

On the Needles:(0:35)

We gush about Plum Deluxe Tea. 

Jasmin has finished her Bifrost scarf. and we discuss blocking. She has picked up her Ashburn #BigBadBergalong, and is using BostonJen's GoodReader lesson, out of Lollipop yarn.


Jasmin is working on her #bigbadbergalong Ashburn (and using BostonJen’s GoodReader lessons).


Gigi is working on the Sidewalk sweater, from the Grown collection by Tincanknits, in Venezia Bulky.


 Jasmin mentions Sherlock Knits, by Joanna Johnson. She has finished a Sherlock hat out of Cascade 220. (She added modifications in her project notes.) She is working on a Cat hat for Genevieve for the Women's March on Washington.

Gigi is working on socks out of White Birch Fiberarts “Little Birdie colorway”.  $10 of the sale of each skein of this color will be donated to the ACLU, and $10 will go to Planned Parenthood.

Gigi is knitting the Smooth Operator Socks. First sock is done, second one is close to the toe. Also, she has started on the 2017 batch of preemie hatsShe has also swatched the Ornament colorway from Knitmona 



In Stitches:(13:39)


Gigi wore knitted socks, a hat, the handspun cowl, and the Knitmore cowl. Looked at closet to pick a sweater, they are bright. She thinks she should wear her Gran's Hug again.

Jasmin wore her Pussycat hat, Rainbow dots cowl, and Breezy Cardigan.  She also mentions the Austen Striped Cowl .Genevieve wore her Elsa sweater, Elsa hat, the baby mine cardigan, the Coronation cardigan, Kapuzin hoodie, hamilknit hat.

Jasmin is excited about having ordered the extra large salad spinner. [Turned out, not so large.]

Rex wore his Welcome to the Flock, and his Landon cardigan and Genevieve's Quynn hat, and bumble hat, and the Dino hat. Jasmin wants to take a Gleener to Rex's sweater. 


Events:(22:02)

We will be attending TNNA 2017 at the San Jose Convention Center January 21-23 and Stitches West,  February 23-26, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. We are planning a Meet and Greet on Saturday at noon in the Erin Lane Booth. We will be happy to collect preemie hats, and hats for KnitAid. Anne Vally will be collecting the hats and sending them on.

Contest:(22:38)

#OperationSockDrawer and #ProjectSweaterChest are  put on hold for the time being
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The  Do Some Good contest  started Friday after Thanksgiving.
The object of Do Some Good is to do something positive on a local, national or global level. Something that benefits more than your immediate family and friends. This year we will try and focus on supporting social justice organizations.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The Grinch-Along started December 1st, and this is an instagram and ravelry thread contest. For this contest, work on anything that brings you joy and is not 2016 holiday gift knitting. We have amazing prizes, and bags made by us from this pinterest tutorial.
 
Entries will be judged on originality and general delightfulness. And obviously, Grinchiness.

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Mother Knows Best:(28:10)
 

Jasmin 2017 is : Speak Up. Speak up for what you believe, speak up when you have a question. 

Review:(35:40)


This week we review
The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary, by Wendy Bernard

Jasmin mentions Barbara Walker,

and our interview with her, and the phenomenal Nicky Epstein stitch dictionaries, and the Norah Gaughan Cables Sourcebook 

And Sew On :(39:00)

Gigi mended some pants. She also did some autopilot sewing of project bags. Jasmin mentions Amy Beth, The Fat Squirrel Speaks and The Knit Girllls, and Voollenvine.