Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lombard Street- Episode 406 - The Knitmore Girls

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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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Brought to you by PLY Magazine and their annual spinning retreat, PLY Away, in Kansas City, MO. For 5 days in April, 15 of the best spinning spinning teachers in the world including Stephenie Gaustad, Maggie Casey, Galina Khmeleva, Natalie Redding, and  Abby Franquemont, will be teaching classes that range from 3 days to half days. if you spin yarn at all, don’t miss this chance to improve your skills, surround yourself with fiber, and enjoy the company of 350 other spinners from around the world for nightly spin ins, a great marketplace, and much more. Registration opens Oct 29th for PLY Away, visit PLYaway.com.

On the Needles:(0:33)


Jasmin has finished Genevieve's Hamilknit hat. She loves the design, out of Lisa Souza Dyeworks, she also has cast on one hat for herself. And she is adding a bit of design.  She used the Philosopher's Technique.

 Chris Jackson (Washington on Hamilton) did a duet with Elmo.

Gigi finished the Starry Night out of Opal Vanilla socks, and she is working on the heels of a pair of Vanilla socks. She is planning to participate in Voolenvine's Box o'sox KAL.

Jasmin is thrilled with the responses she got to her issue of knitting with black yarn. She also has made a little progress on the sleeves for the Anna cardigan. 

Rex is not particular about his knitwear at this time. Maybe she will knit him a Ribbi Cardi
She is very fond of the Design from Kate Oates, and the Diplodocus is on sale until sunday, And her Christmas sweaters are brilliant and you can make them longer, Boston Jen is churning out Christmas gifts by the bunch.

Gigi is working on the  Puerto Montt

Jasmin is working on the end of the Bifrost. Tincanknits has a Hackalong, where participants are encouraged to do changes on their patterns. Also, the Simple Collection by Tincanknits is available at no charge. Jasmin was enabled into yarn from StevenBe  in  Frozen colorways.  So Jasmin is planning to knit this yarn into a Wonderful Wallaby, or maybe a Flax Light with a pouch.

In Stitches:(19:38)

Gigi wore wool socks, and hat by Khalila at night and the Knitmore cowl, and a cowl out of her handspun out of some mystery batt. Jasmin mention Fiberconditioner from WHOM?

Jasmin wore her BostonJen Greyhaven hat & cowl, Eadon, Tangled Yoke sweater, and Breezy Cardigan and the Mondo Cable cardigan. Genevieve wore her Elsa sweater, Elso hat and gloves, the Squirrel sweater, Elmo scarf, and “Worm Hat”, Hamilknit hat, Duck sweater. Rex wore his Welcome to the Flock, and his Landon cardigan, and the Knit Baby shirt.DONT RECOGNIZE THIS  and the Sock Yarn sweater by Hannah Fettig, and the Feather and fan blanket.

Events:(27:32)


We will be attending TNNA  at the San Jose Convention Centerin January,  and Stitches West,  February 23-26)

Contest:(28:19)


#OperationSockDrawer and #Project SweaterChest will be put on hold for the time being.

 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.

Mother Knows Best:(35:00)

This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread on the Knitmore Girls forum about not twisting large number of stitches on the cast on
Jasmin mentions Project Peace.

When Knitting Attacks:(40:25)


Gigi had an issue with a decrease on her Puerto Montt, and was seriously bothered by it. She ripped out the mistake and now is much happier.

Jasmin made a mistake working on the Hamilknit star. She mentions Lombard Street.
Gigi misplaced one of her DPN's that she uses for knitting preemie hats, so she can't work on one.

Review:(47:01)


Vintage Design Workahop, by Geraldine Warner
Jasmin mentions some old vintage men's patterns that Andrew really liked. Jasmin is reminded of Custom Fit.

Holidays with the Knitmores:(55:05)


Jasmin baked butter cookies out of Baking Illustrated, and used the Ugly Sweater kit from Crafty Cooking kits. (Also, if you're local, Cakeworks.)
Jasmin mentions Dory Greenspan's blog. They visited Fantasy of Lights at Vasona Park. She talked about visiting the Grinch.

Gigi talks a bit about historical roots of spiced Christmas cookies.  Jasmin recommends spices from Penzey's

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pluviophile - Episode 405 - The Knitmore Girls

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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 Indie Yarn Carnival. 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 Indie Yarn Carnival. 
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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.
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Brought to you by PLY Magazine and their annual spinning retreat, PLY Away, in Kansas City, MO. For 5 days in April, 15 of the best spinning spinning teachers in the world including Stephenie Gaustad, Maggie Casey, Galina Khmeleva, Natalie Redding, and  Abby Franquemont, will be teaching classes that range from 3 days to half days. if you spin yarn at all, don’t miss this chance to improve your skills, surround yourself with fiber, and enjoy the company of 350 other spinners from around the world for nightly spin ins, a great marketplace, and much more. Registration opens Oct 29th for PLY Away, visit PLYaway.com.

On the Needles:(0:33)


Gigi was working on the January Skies,#BigBadBergalong, out of Black Trillium Fibres. and she was worried about  running out of yarn. It is now a finished object.

Jasmin has made  good progress on her Hamilknit hat. Jasmin has Startosis. She is so pleased with her Highlighter tape, and we mention the  GoodReader App.

Gigi has finished a pair of socks out of Berry Colorful Yarnings and she wants to participate in Voolenvine's Box o'Sox Knitalong.

Jasmin worked on the R&R Hoodie for Genevieve out of KnittedWit Love is Love. She also cast on the sleeves for the Anna cardigan.

Gigi worked some more on her #Behmalong Puerto Montt and has gotten to where she has to weigh her remaining yarn. Jasmin offers the use of her small scale.

Jasmin wants to finish Genevieve's Anna cardigan. and is working on the sleeves. She thinks she should get an Ott lite and Gigi suggests getting one with a magnifying glass.
Also Jasmin complains about the i-cord knitting gadget.


Gigi is working on a preemie hat out of Twelve Days of Christmas, from Berry Colorful Yarnings

In Stitches:(20:02)


Gigi is wearing wool socks, and hat at night and the Knitmore cowl, and a cowl out of handspun.
The Knitmore cowl is out of the Knitmore colorway from Abstract Fiber.  Gigi shares what she remembers from knitting the cowl.  Jasmin is planning to knit this cowl, and mom-proof it.

Jasmin wore her BostonJen (the Greyhaven Hat), hat the Eadon, and the Rainbow Dots cowl, Genevieve wore her  Elsa sweater, Squirrel sweater, Elmo scarf, and “Worm Hat”, duck sweater. Rex wore his Welcome to the Flock, and his Landon cardigan and Genevieve's Bumble Hat with the giant pompom. Andrew wore his cashmere hat.

Events:(27:46)


We will be attending TNNA in January and Stitches West, February 23-26. We mention the Yarninacs and Backstage Knitting.

Contests:(29:17)


#OperationSockDrawer and #Project SweaterChest will be put on hold for the time being.

The Grinch-Along has started December 1st, and this is an instagram #grinchalong
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.
 
This is the grinch fabric.


Entries will be judged on originality and general delightfulness. And obviously, Grinchiness.
Jasmin mentions the reading of  How the Grinch Stole Christmas that she and Genevieve did last year on the podcast.
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 The  Do Some Good contest has started on 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.
Amazing prizes TBA.

Mother Knows Best:(36:39)

This week we have a bit of advice: Read the manual. Try something new that scares you.
And Jasmin's theme for 2017 is "Speak Up!"

Review:(42:50)


This week we review Sherlock Knits, by Joanna Johnson.
Also by Joanna Johnson:
Green Gables Knits
Phoebe's  Sweater
Phoebe's Birthday

Freddie's Blanket 
Henry's Hat

Holidays with the Knitmores:(54:14)
 If you give a Mouse a Christmas cookie  (This is a Christmas cartoon that we really enjoyed .)

We also love all the other mouse books in the series. Jasmin and Genevieve worked on a felt advent calendar.

And  Sew On: (58:53)


We scored the last bit of the Grinch fabric at our local Joanne's ! (We are planning to sew it into this years Grinch-Along bags.)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

One Good Nap - Episode 404 - The Knitmore Girls

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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.
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Brought to you by PLY Magazine and their annual spinning retreat, PLY Away, in Kansas City, MO. For 5 days in April, 15 of the best spinning spinning teachers in the world including Stephenie Gaustad, Maggie Casey, Galina Khmeleva, Natalie Redding, and  Abby Franquemont, will be teaching classes that range from 3 days to half days. if you spin yarn at all, don’t miss this chance to improve your skills, surround yourself with fiber, and enjoy the company of 350 other spinners from around the world for nightly spin ins, a great marketplace, and much more. Registration opens Oct 29th for PLY Away, visit PLYaway.com.
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Have you ever come across a knitting pattern that seemed to whisper: Knit me! Knit me now!
You sure have – and it’s not entirely unlikely that it was a design by Martina Behm, creator of the Hitchhiker, Leftie and Brickless. Strick mich! is German and means “Knit me!”, and it’s the name of Martina Behm’s website – and her online store. Find Martina’s printed patterns, favorite yarns and knitting accessories on strickmich-shop.de. Shipping is worldwide and affordable! And if you are a yarn store owner, you can also order Martina’s printed patterns for re-sale– sign up for a merchant account on strickmich-shop.de and you are ready to go.

One Minute Health Update(0:27)

On the Needles:(3:09

Jasmin has made progress on her Ashburn in Lollipop Yarn Flibertigibbet Sock, for the #BigBadBergalong, and we have one kit to give as a prize. The deadline has been extented
Gigi working on the January Skies #BigBadBergalong, out of Black Trillium Fibres and is working on the fourth color of the garnet gradient.

Jasmin has made some progress on the Bifrost scarf.

 Gigi has finished the first of a pair of Regia Vanilla socks, and cast on the second one. She also finished the first of a pair of socks out of Berry Colorful Yarnings, and started the second one.

Jasmin has made a little progress on her Hamilknit hat. Jasmin has succumbed to Hamilton and is reading the book Hamilton by Lyn-Manuel Miranda, and Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Gigi has finished a preemie hat. Jasmin has started the R&R Hoodie for Genevieve out of Knitted Wit Love is Love.


Jasmin got an Opal Advent calendar for Gigi. Also, Jasmin ordered Frozen colored yarn from Mosaic Moon  and StevenBe

In Stitches(20:55)

Gigi is wearing wool socks, and hat at night and the Knitmore cowl

Jasmin wore her BostonJen hat (the Greyhaven Hat), the Breezy cardigan, and enthuses about the possibilities of the Purl Soho Sweater (Crossover Crewneck)

Genevieve wore her Elsa sweater, Squirrel sweater, Elmo scarf, and “Worm Hat”

And we gush about how much we like Plum Delux Tea, especially their Relax, Cuddle Time and Reading Nook blends. And the tea that tastes like roses (Evening in the Garden).

Events:(30:05)

We will be attending Stitches West,  February 23-26.

Contest:(31:21)

The "Do Some Good Contest" starts today, and the #grinchalong starts 12/1

#OperationSockDrawer and #Project SweaterChest will be put on hold for the time being.

 The  Do Some Good contest will start on 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 will start 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.
Jasmin mentions Llama Llama Holiday Drama.

Gigi reminisces about making Strohsterne when she was a kid living in Germany.
Jasmin likes the Carols for a Cure CDs , they like Elvis Christmas, Country Western Christmas, Vienna Boys Choir ,Transsiberian Railroad. There will be a thread in the forum for Grinch-Along entries. Also, Jasmin likes the Stitched by Jessalu Bags, they are very well made.

Mother Knows Best:(40:15)

This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread on the Knitmore Girls forum about doing the math for adjusting your numbers to match your gauge.

When Knitting Attacks:(45:30)

Jasmin kept missing spot on the Hamilknit chart, she mentions the giant ball of Aunt Lydia's cotton yarn.

Gigi is not enchanted by the backside of her nupps on the backside on the January Skies shawl

Review:(49:04)

This week we review
Filament No 1, by Kathleen Dames and Anne Podlesak

Jasmin also likes Anne Podlesak's Legendary Knits, and Free Spirit Knits

And Sew On:(55:00)

Genevieve leads this segment, and she and Jasmin talk about working on the no-sew Frozen fleece  blanket from F&W Media.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Existential Knitting Attack - Episode 403 - The Knitmore Girls

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This episode has been sponsored by
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Heads up! Tis the season is fast approaching, and Bar-Maids, makers of Lo-Lo products continues the tradition of giving back during the holidays.  Their killer specials start Black Friday – Cyber Monday (November 25 – 28).  Tip: Write www.bar-maids.com on your calendar as a reminder to order.
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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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New from Jan Hamby, Gradient Angles is an amazingly versatile shawl design. Fun and simple to knit, this design shows off unique yarn to its fullest!
Kits available in two versions and more than 20 one-of-a-kind colors.
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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.
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Brought to you by PLY Magazine and their annual spinning retreat, PLY Away, in Kansas City, MO. For 5 days in April, 15 of the best spinning spinning teachers in the world including Stephenie Gaustad, Maggie Casey, Galina Khmeleva, Natalie Redding, and  Abby Franquemont, will be teaching classes that range from 3 days to half days. if you spin yarn at all, don’t miss this chance to improve your skills, surround yourself with fiber, and enjoy the company of 350 other spinners from around the world for nightly spin ins, a great marketplace, and much more. Registration opens Oct 29th for PLY Away, visit PLYaway.com.
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Have you ever come across a knitting pattern that seemed to whisper: Knit me! Knit me now!
You sure have – and it’s not entirely unlikely that it was a design by Martina Behm, creator of the Hitchhiker, Leftie and Brickless. Strick mich! is German and means “Knit me!”, and it’s the name of Martina Behm’s website – and her online store. Find Martina’s printed patterns, favorite yarns and knitting accessories on strickmich-shop.de. Shipping is worldwide and affordable! And if you are a yarn store owner, you can also order Martina’s printed patterns for re-sale– sign up for a merchant account on strickmich-shop.de and you are ready to go.
 
On the Needles:(2:48)

Gigi is working on the January Skies,#BigBadBergalong, out of Black Trillium Fibres, and has finished the third gradient.
Jasmin has put one more row on her  Ashburn, in Lollipop Yarn Flibertigibbet Sock, for the #BigBadBergalong, and we have one kit to give as a prize. She has moved her shawl to ChiaoGoo Red Lace needles and these are not slick enough either.

Gigi cast on the Sidewalk sweater out of Venizia Bulky, and got two skeins knit up.

Jasmin has a plan for the Gone Astray cardigan for Genevieve, as to where the sheepdogs are going to be. Gigi suggests lifelines, and Jasmin is so glad she has a giant ball of Aunt Lydia's cotton yarn. We announce that the Grinch-along  will start on December 1st. We will have prizes. Also, Joanne's has "Grinchmas" fabric.

 Jasmin has also made progress on the Anna cardigan, Gigi worked some more on the Vanilla socks out of Regia. She has cast on a preemie hat and finished the Barley baby hat, by Tin Can Knits.

 Last night Jasmin worked on the Bifrost scarf. She loves to use bicycle clips  for holding the scarf neatly in place. She is very pleased with clasped weft joins.

Jasmin has also made a little progress on her Hamilknit hat.  Also there is a readalong for the book by Lin Manuel-Miranda.
Jasmin has started the R&R Hoodie for Genevieve out of Knitted Wit Love is Love.

In stitches(17:00)

Gigi is wearing wool socks, a hat at night, and the Knitmore cowl.

Jasmin wore her BostonJen hat (the Greyhaven Hat), Genevieve wore her Elsa sweater.

Events:(20:06)

We will be attending Stitches West,  February 23-26, 2017. We mention Backstage Knitting podcast.

Contest:(26:38)

The newest prize is a house special#2 kit from the bar maids. We have a winner! (Dorothy)

#OperationSockDrawer and #Project SweaterChest will be put on hold for the time being. Our Do Some Good contest will start on Thursday 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 will start 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.

Mother Knows Best:(27:31)

This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread on the Knitmore Girls forum, about making socks out of a long tube. Gigi mentions Jenny's amazingly stretchy bind-off. Jasmin is also fond of the sewn bind off.

When Knitting Attacks:(31:51)

When knitting on her January Skies, Gigi missed a bobble early on the row. That needed to be tinked back. Later, when  
snuggling with Genevieve, she leaned on the needle and had a bunch of stitches fall off the needle.

Doing the  
row after a row of bobbles, she noticed that there were too many stitches not picked up on bobble row
. Also, she couldn't find Kroy fall colors anywhere she looked, neither at Michael's, nor  Joanne's or Beverly's. She learned about this yarn from The Knit Girllls podcast.

Jasmin suffers from decision paralysis, and her Knitting Attack is more existential than concrete.

Review:(38:25)

This week we review Cutest Toddler Knits, by Val Pierce. Jasmin mentions the Playful Stripes cardigan
 

And Sew On:(46:35)

Gigi mended Sam's gi and did some decorative embroidery that she later hid. She mentions the decorative mending class that Sivia Harding teaches.

Jasmin also dug out a tardis purse that needs some love and some stitching.





Monday, November 14, 2016

Sweater Binge - Episode 402- The Knitmore Girls

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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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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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New from Jan Hamby, Gradient Angles is an amazingly versatile shawl design. Fun and simple to knit, this design shows off unique yarn to its fullest!
Kits available in two versions and more than 20 one-of-a-kind colors.

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Brought to you by PLY Magazine and their annual spinning retreat, PLY Away, in Kansas City, MO. For 5 days in April, 15 of the best spinning spinning teachers in the world including Stephenie Gaustad, Maggie Casey, Galina Khmeleva, Natalie Redding, and  Abby Franquemont, will be teaching classes that range from 3 days to half days. if you spin yarn at all, don’t miss this chance to improve your skills, surround yourself with fiber, and enjoy the company of 350 other spinners from around the world for nightly spin ins, a great marketplace, and much more. Registration opens Oct 29th for PLY Away, visit PLYaway.com.
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Strickmich! Club by Martina Behm that’s four times excitement when unwrapping your package,
four times pleasant surprises when you unpack an exclusive special skein of yarn,  followed by pure knitting bliss with a brand-new pattern by Martina Behm that is not available anywhere else. The Club is a subscription for four new designs by Martina Behm (creator of popular patterns like Hitchhiker and Leftie)  plus four skeins of especially chosen, handdyed yarns, carefully selected by Martina for her designs.  In 2017 the club will feature yarns by  Nature’s Luxury and Das Mondschaf from Germany,  a gradient by Bilum from Hungary and a new exclusive colorway by Miss Babs that you don’t want to miss! Sign-ups are only a few days away and start on November 12th
on www.strickmich.club. Find everything you want to know about Martina and her club on www.martinabehm.de

On the Needles:(0:35)


Gigi has been knitting Vanilla socks out of Regia,  also Vanilla socks out of Opal, in the Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night colorway. She started the second sock. She also is working on a pair of  socks out of Julianna’s Fibre.com, that she had started last year. It is a holiday self striping yarn, Under the Mistletoe, and quite festive. She put in waste yarn for the heel.

Jasmin has been been binging on children's sweaters. She has been working beading and colorwork on the Gone Astray cardigan for Genevieve, and has finished the first set of beaded sheep.

Gigi has strung the beads for the Bar Maids House Special, onto Oral B Superfloss, and is ready to get started on the Kismet socks.

Jasmin has made progress on her Ashburn, in Lollipop Yarn, in Flibertigibbet Sock, for the #BigBadBergalong, and we have one kit to give as a prize.

Gigi working on the January Skies, #BigBadBergalong, Black Trillium Fibres.
She  finished the second color of the gradient.

 Jasmin has also made progress on the Anna cardigan.

Gigi has a raging case of startosis, pulled yarn for. two sweaters, she swatched for ribbi cardi, and washed the swatch.  She also pulled yarn for a sweater out of Grown; Jasmin also says that Kate Oates has a knitalong for her Grown book .

Jasmin found the perfect pattern for her Love is Love yarn, from Knitted Wit ,
inspired by PaperDaisy1's beautiful cardigan. She needs to measure her swatch and redo the math.and she found the perfect pattern, The R & R hoodie, by Tanis Fiber Arts. (It reminds Jasmin of the Wonderful Wallaby)

Gigi is working on her weekly preemie hat, while recording.

 Jasmin started her Hamilknit hat. and she also worked on the Poly chevron cowl, from the Black Trillium Fibres "Frank it up" kit.
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In Stitches:(22:49)

Gigi is wearing wool socks,  hat at night and the Knitmore cowl

Jasmin wore her BostonJen hat, a bedtime hat, her striped Austin cowl, and an old comfy v-neck sweater. Rex wore the Puerpurium, the Baby Vertebrae,  and the Garter Wrap sweater, Genevieve wore her Squirrel sweater, and the  Elsa sweater.

Events:(26:58)

We will be attending Stitches West, sometime in February.

Contest:(26:38)

The newest prize is a house special#2 kit from the bar maids.
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.
#elizalong also applies to this contest, since Elizabeth Doherty's  sweaters are polished and functional, and excellent for everyday wear.

Mother Knows Best:(30:15)

This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread on the Knitmore Girls forum about zippers. We mention the Periscope we did on shortening zippers. Jasmin mentions Zipperstop.com She also mentions the Zipper Nipper.

When Knitting Attacks:(36:41)

Gigi  has been working on the January Skies #BigBadBergalong
On a bobble row, she missed a slip stitch, and ended up with two bobbles next to each other.
tink!

Jasmin missed a blue stitch on the Gone Astray.

Review:(39:53)

This week we review The Knitters Journal from Swatch to Stash

Gigi mentions Yarnbot

Straw into Gold:(51:29)
Spin all the things! Jasmin loves spinning on the Device.

And Sew On:(53:19)

Gigi had been working on giraffe hats from Fleece Hat Friends. She sewed spots on by machine. That turned out incredibly ugly, and she will have to fix that. 

Jasmin and Genevieve worked on a No-Sew Frozen Blanket from F&W media.



Thursday, November 3, 2016

Knitting with my Feet- Episode 401- The Knitmore Girls

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Brought to you by PLY Magazine and their annual spinning retreat, PLY Away, in Kansas City, MO. For 5 days in April, 15 of the best spinning spinning teachers in the world including Stephenie Gaustad, Maggie Casey, Galina Khmeleva, Natalie Redding, and  Abby Franquemont, will be teaching classes that range from 3 days to half days. if you spin yarn at all, don’t miss this chance to improve your skills, surround yourself with fiber, and enjoy the company of 350 other spinners from around the world for nightly spin ins, a great marketplace, and much more. Registration opens Oct 29th for PLY Away, visit PLYaway.com.
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Strickmich! Club by Martina Behm – that’s four times excitement when unwrapping your package,
four times pleasant surprises when you unpack an exclusive special skein of yarn, followed by pure knitting bliss with a brand-new pattern by Martina Behm that is not available anywhere else.
Strickmich! Club 2017 is a subscription for four new designs by Martina Behm (creator of popular patterns like Hitchhiker and Leftie) plus four skeins of especially chosen, handdyed yarns,
carefully selected by Martina for her designs. In 2017 the club will feature yarns by
Nature’s Luxury and Das Mondschaf from Germany, a gradient by Bilum from Hungary
and a new exclusive colorway by Miss Babs that you don’t want to miss! Sign-ups will start on November 12th on www.strickmich.club. Find everything you want to know about Strickmich! Club on www.strickmich.club

On the Needles:(0:38)

Gigi has a raging case of Startosis, she started a pair of Vanilla socks out of Regia. She is also knitting a pair of Vanilla socks out of Opal, from the Vincent Van Gogh line, in Starry Night. Furthermore, she dug out some socks out of Julianna’s fibre on Etsy, that she had started last year: Under the Mistletoe, which is a Holiday self-striping yarn.

Jasmin has made progress on her Ashburn, in Lollipop Yarn Flibertigibbet Sock, for the #BigBadBergalong, and we have one kit to give as a prize.

Gigi is making  progress on the the January Skies, #BigBadBergalong, out of Black Trillium Fibres.

Jasmin has been working on the Gone Astray cardigan for Genevieve, and has nearly finished the first set of beaded sheep.

 Three sizes of patterns:
Welcome to the Flock, baby size
Gone Astray, child size and
Shepherdess adult

Jasmin is using  the Philosopher's Wool technique  for her Gone Astray
(All of the modifications Jasmin mentions are on her project page.)

Gigi finished the knitting of the Selvedges cardigan by Amy Christoffers. Now it needs finishing

Jasmin swatched for her Hamilknit hat. 

 Jasmin has also made progress on the Anna cardigan.  Gigi has been working on the Puerto Montt, Martina Behm, out of Rohrspatz und Wollmeise, in the color Nautic Miles. This is intelligent garter stitch. Gigi pulled yarn for two sweaters to knit.

Swatched for the Helvetica cardigan, in Kestrel. Quince & co, out of 100% organic linen. Knit ribbon. Swatched and washed

Gigi knitted preemie hats and made tiny pompoms on the Clover pompon maker
and Jasmin mention the Geeky Girls podcast.

Jasmin talks about NCIS, last week: Abby knits for the new team members, Torres comes around at the end.

In Stitches:(26:45)

Gigi is wearing wool socks, Jasmin wore her BostonJen hat, her clear converse and clear rain boots. Genevieve wore her Elsa sweater. Rex wore his Play date cardigan.

Events:(31:28)

We will be attending Stitches West, sometime in February. Date TBA when we know it.

Contest:(31:53)

We have a winner! GirlinKnots won a skein of You really have to get Flounces!

The newest prize is a house special#2 kit from the bar maids.
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.
#elizalong also applies to this contest, since Elizabeth Doherty's  sweaters are polished and functional, and excellent for everyday wear.

Mother Knows Best:(35:00)

This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread on the Knitmore Girls forum about using leaders and spinning faster

When Knitting Attacks:(39:36)

Gigi's January Skies: she lost track of row count, ripped back, found that she hadn't knitted too much, re-knitted what she had ripped out. Also, she noted that on a bobble row, she was knitting on the back row, doing k5tog, she had dropped one loop, noticed it a few rows later, and secured it with a locking stitch marker.

Also, she misplaced her bag with the sock in progress.

Review:(42:32)

Yarnitecture, by Jillian Moreno


Straw into Gold:(59:11)

Device repair!




Thursday, October 27, 2016

Unsubstantiated - Episode 400 - The Knitmore Girls

 Untitled

Listen here:


This episode has been sponsored by


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Heads up! Tis the season is fast approaching, and Bar-Maids, makers of Lo-Lo products continues the tradition of giving back during the holidays.  Their killer specials start Black Friday – Cyber Monday (November 25 – 28).  Tip: Write www.bar-maids.com on your calendar as a reminder to order.
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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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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.
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Brought to you by PLY Magazine and their annual spinning retreat, PLY Away, in Kansas City, MO. For 5 days in April, 15 of the best spinning spinning teachers in the world including Stephenie Gaustad, Maggie Casey, Galina Khmeleva, Natalie Redding, and  Abby Franquemont, will be teaching classes that range from 3 days to half days. if you spin yarn at all, don’t miss this chance to improve your skills, surround yourself with fiber, and enjoy the company of 350 other spinners from around the world for nightly spin ins, a great marketplace, and much more. Registration opens Oct 29th but until Oct 19th, you can enter the raffle to win an all-expense paid trip to PLY Away, visit PLYaway.com.
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Have you ever come across a knitting pattern that seemed to whisper: Knit me! Knit me now!
You sure have – and it’s not entirely unlikely that it was a design by Martina Behm, creator of the Hitchhiker, Leftie and Brickless.
Strick mich! is German and means “Knit me!”, and it’s the name of Martina Behm’s website –
and also her knitting Club: Strickmich! Club 2017 is a subscription for four new knitting patterns
    by Martina Behm plus four skeins of especially chosen, handdyed yarns, carefully selected by Martina for her designs. And when you unwrap your Strickmich! Club package, see the beautiful yarn and a new exciting pattern, you will hear it whisper: Strick mich! Knit me!
Sign-ups will start on November 12th on www.strickmich.club.
Find everything you want to know about Strickmich! Club on www.strickmich.club

On the Needles:(0:37)


One minute health update.Thank you for all your well wishes, prayers and positive energy.


Admin: If you buy something from one of our advertisers (or anything you hear about on the podcast), please let the business know.

We have a bunch of great books that we are excited to review Annetarsia Knits, and Yarnitecture,
and Nicky Epstein's new patterns. 

Jasmin mentions the Click, Clack, Moo series of children's books. (Also, the rest of the farmyard books from the collection are wonderful and hysterical.)

Jasmin has made significant progress on her Ashburn , in Lollipop Yarn Flibertigibbet Sock, for the #BigBadBergalong, and we have one kit to give as a prize.

Gigi has finally started a pattern, the January Skies,#BigBadBergalong, out of Black Trillium Fibres

Jasmin got some golden yarn from Voolenvine out of the Blitz base in the Harpsichord colorway.
This will also be a #BigBadBergalong.

Jasmin has finished the sleeves on the Gone Astray sweater for Genevieve and joined them to the body.

Gigi has finished knitting her part of the Polygon blanket, by TinCanKnits out of Black Trillium Fibers. We love the clear, blanket size knitting bag.  Also, she has started the Pop blanket, and Gigi is not sure she likes the bind off row.

Jasmin is working on the Anna sweater.  She also bought an Anna tutu set to go with the Frozen cardigans that made Genevieve very happy.

Gigi finished Vanilla socks out of Berry Colorful Yarnings for Jasmin.
Gigi also finished yet another preemie hat. She is planning to make pom poms for the hats.

In Stitches:(23:18)


Jasmin is wearing knitted socks with her clear Converse
Gigi is wearing wool socks. Jasmin wore her Sothia shawl, Genevieve wore her Elsa sweater. Jasmin was also wearing her "knit for brains" shirt.

Events:(26:34)


We will be attending Stitches West, sometime in February.

Contest:(27:19)


The newest prize is a skein of Canon Hand Dyed yarn in the "You Really Must Get Some Flounces" colorway.  

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.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 #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.

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

Mother Knows Best:(29:58)


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

When Knitting Attacks:(35:58)


Gigi was challenged by the very long repeat on the self striping sock yarn.

Jasmin got confused about right and wrong side row on her Ashburn.

Review:(40:27)


Grown, by Kate Oates

We are delighted to be part of the Grown Tour.

We also reviewed her Knits for Boys some time ago and loved it.

We love that the e-book is linked to ravelry and other websites

Gigi reminisces about the Ribbi Cardi

Jasmin also thinks that some of these sweaters would look amazing made out of the gradient yarns from Knit Circus.

Straw into Gold:(1:01:21)


Jasmin spun a Coral Romney/tussah Abby Batt, and Lisa Souza super wash merino in “Wild Things” (on the Device).

There was a pop, smoke, power loss, and then some excellent (and prompt) help.

Gigi tried to finish her Tour de Fleece spinning, and her driveband popped.

She was trying to fill the bobbin of her Woolee Winder to the brim.