Thursday, May 19, 2016

The crushing weight of UFOs - Episode 378 - The Knitmore Girls

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately.  In a nutshell, Bar-Maids announced that only 150 boxes would be guaranteed available with 50 on a waiting list. Just over 300 people have signed up for the pre-sale notification. With the potential of 150 people being disappointed, Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make the 300 happen.  Three Hundred (300) boxes will be available - guaranteed! The Pre-sale has begun! Once 300 boxes have sold, there will be no more available. the contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00
Dragonfly fibres, Erin Lane Bags, Infinite Twist, and Purlescence Yarns
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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. You can also 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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 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 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.
 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:(0:33)

 Jasmin has been working on the Spock sweater, it will graduate to house knitting soon.
Gigi has finished the tubes of her Peppermint Mocha socks and stashed them for the Dash.
The Knit Girllls did their Stash Dash 2016 overview episode, and announced the dates- May 27 through August 21.

Downcast- Jasmin is thrilled to have found that you can download some podcasts and stream others.

She mentions the Geeky Girls Knit. The Splendid Table and America's Test Kitchen

There is some trash talking about the competition she has with Emily of Knitting Butterflies.
She is planning to stash the Welcome to the Flock  sweater for the dash. She mentioned Kino's  modification so the sheep face center. And she decided to have curlier sheep and so gave them nupps.

She thinks she may have purloined Ysolda Teague's "swatching in the middle of a project" technique. She is happy with her Hiya Hiya needles and her Chia Goo needles.

Gigi is working on yet another pair  of Opal Vanilla socks.
Jasmin is making progress on the Coronation cardigan, which also has a rhinestone zipper.

Gigi is slogging away at the Trouvaille.
Jasmin is also working on her Fancy Zebra cowl #zebralong, #LuxAdornaKnits. Gigi's is stashed already.
#stashdash2016#teamcuteknitter #emilyvsjasmin, #teambutterfly

Last year Gigi  misheard something on the Prairie Girls podcast, and thought their  prompt was to cast on something every day in May. So this year it is her personal challenge, and she is knitting one preemie hat every day in May. The challenging part seems to be taking pictures and posting them in a timely fashion on instagram.

Contest:(21:35)

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 #elizalong
post a picture to instagram of a sweater you are knitting for yourself
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Mother Knows Best:(23:17)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
Whether or not to pre-string beads. Jasmin mentions the bead reamer and Oral-B Superfloss. She mentions the Elsa cardigan
 

When Knitting Attacks:(31:37)

Jasmin has been working on the "Welcome to the Flock" cardigan, is doing three color fair isle. She talks about Ysolda Teague's article about color dominance in fair isle. She finds she has a hard time counting to four while juggling three colors.

Gigi has knitted a beautiful swatch for her Copperplate cardigan for the #elizalong. The gauge is off by half a stitch.

 She cast on for the Espresso Macchiato socks but the yarn she picked is not striping properly, it won't show of the pattern work properly, so it will be just plain vanilla socks.

Purloined:(39:53)

 This week we are purloining from Paula of the Knitting Pipeline and discuss what superpower we would like to have.

Review:(44:38)

This week we review: Refined Knits, by Jennifer Woods

Jasmin references Botanical Knits.

And Sew On:(56:48)

Gigi has been inspired by Kristin Voolenvine and the cute dresses she is sewing to start sewing again.

She talks about moulage, slopers, wearing ease and designer ease.

She and Kristen will be doing a sloper-along on instagram. #WhatsaSloper.
Gigi had gotten measured previously, she pressed her fabric, the gingham, laid out and pinned the bodice and sleeves, and cut.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Crazy and Competitive - Episode 377 - 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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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately.  In a nutshell, Bar-Maids announced that only 150 boxes would be guaranteed available with 50 on a waiting list. Just over 300 people have signed up for the pre-sale notification. With the potential of 150 people being disappointed, Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make the 300 happen.  Three Hundred (300) boxes will be available - guaranteed! The Pre-sale has begun! Once 300 boxes have sold, there will be no more available. Now to decide: -Perfect Mother's Day gift (it won’t arrive until October, but oh… the anticipation)-Birthday gift (better than another coffee card)-Enabler present (perfect timing)-Now at college and this is (almost) better than a homemade cookie collection from Mom/Dad-For “myself” because this is the best thing since sweet potato fries.The contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00, 
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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 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.
 We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!

On The Needles:(0:34)

We mention the Knit Girllls, because we are gearing up for Stash Dash. And Jasmin finds a strange need to coordinate her projects with her project bags. #stashdash2016 #teamcuteknitter

The Landon cardigan is almost ready for Stash Dash. 

Jasmin has made progress on the Spock sweater 

Gigi is knitting preemie hats for her personal Knit One a Day in May.

Jasmin has been working on the Welcome to the Flock cardigan for Rex (there are enabley details)- also, she has the sleeves started. Genevieve's sheep on her matchy-matchy  Welcome to the Flock cardigan may sport some beads.

Gigi is making slow and but steady progress on her Peppermint Mocha Socks
Jasmin is making progress on the Coronation cardigan - sleeves are joined

Jasmin is inching along on her Fancy zebra cowl #zebralong. She is also doing the Poly chevron cowl on tiny needles. She mentions the Three color Cashmere cowl by Joji Locatelli

Contest:(16:23)

#operationsockdrawer
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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#elizalong/ #OperationSweaterChest
The purpose of operation sweater chest is to help listeners to knit a sweater chests worth of sweaters.

Mother Knows Best:(18:19)

This week we answer questions from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
 about Jasmin's introduction to fiber arts when she was a child.

She did a piece on Cast On, by Brenda Dayne about how things started. Gigi gives a summary of her introduction to fiberarts.

The second part of the question deals with setting dyed hair so the color won't bleed.

When Knitting Attacks:(31:10)

Gigi lost a game of chicken with a preemie hats. Also, she had to tink back a few rows on her Fancy Zebra cowl.

She picked up her Selvedges  cardigan and needs to knit sleeves.  The cable needle was too long and twisty, and the sleeves are too long and need to be shorter, so she needs to pull back some.

Purloined:(33:35)

This week we purloin Down the Rabbit Hole from the Bede Sisters Podcast. Jasmin falls down the rabbit hole by following the queues of her friends.

Review:(37:51)

This week we review Three Skeins or Less, Modern Baby Knits, by Tanis Gray

Jasmin mentions Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns, and her Handy Book of Sweater Patterns
and the Wonderful Wallaby sweater

Jasmin mentions the amazing Unicorn Fibre Woolwash

And Sew On:(50:43)

Jasmin mentions going to Prairie Queens, our local quilt shop. She found a Pentel Frixion gel pen and also bought a mermaid doll panel to sew with Genevieve.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Crocuses in Yokuses - Episode 376 - The Knitmore Girls

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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.
Always open to custom requests, just email Michelle and together we make your color ideas come to life..Follow on Facebook, Instagram, Etsy or Ravelry to get the latest news on what Michelle is up to.
Berry Colorful Yarnings, where color plays.
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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 Maryland Sheep & Wool on May 7th and 8th in the Lower Corral, booth 17. We'll have an exclusive festival colorway called Salt Marsh, our new worsted weight Valkyrie and...a very limited quantity of sock blanks! You can also shop on our site 24/7 at www.dragonflyfibers.com. Discover why we say that Dragonfly Fibers is "The Colors of Happiness".
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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 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.
 We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!

On The Needles:(0:32)

Jasmin is gearing up for Stash Dash #emilyvsjasmin, #teamcuteknitter, #stashdash2016 (and not that you would need, it but also #teamknittingbutterflies).

Jasmin is working on the Spock sweater , getting it ready for The Knit Girllls Stash Dash. Gigi is talking about the Einstein sweater she wants to finish with button bands, buttons and shoulder pads.

Jasmin is knitting the Welcome to the Flock cardigan for Rex. (enabley details are on the project page). She is planning to knit the best buttonhole by Anna Zilborg, that are mentioned in Knitting for Anarchists and Splendid Apparel.  She mentions the electric bead reamer  to fix buttons. And she is gushing about the sheep stitch markers that she put on the Lacis stitch markers.

Gigi is planning to knit a preemie hat a day in May. Long and convoluted story how that happened.
 And she played an amazing round of chicken with one of them.

Jasmin is working on the Coronation cardigan for Genevieve. There will be crocuses on the yoke. She mentions MegKnitficent from the Mostly MagKnitficent podcast, who has done an amazing job on her charts for an Anna cardigan

 Gigi is plugging away on the Peppermint Mocha socks.

Jasmin has made progress on her Fancy zebra cowl #zebralong. She is also working on the polychevron cowl. The  LuxAdorna Knitalong is on their forum here.

Jasmin is really enjoying reading people's 5-5-5s.

Also, since we are not going to Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this year, so we are going to re-read the chapter about attending MDSW in Knitlandia, and follow it on social media.

Contest:(24:58)

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 is continuing.
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#Elizalong is also going on.

Mother Knows Best:(26:40)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about progress on the studio space.

 Our professional organizer friend provided amazing support.
Jasmin mentions the neighborhood Next Door app .

When Knitting Attacks:(33:22)

Gigi got kicked by the Fancy Zebra cowl, but is back on track. Also, she had trouble with her Trouvaille

Jasmin is gearing up for Stash Dash. The Landon cardigan, which is supposed to be part of it, had gone AWOL.


Review:(38:04)

This week we review One-Skein Wonders, edited by Judith Durant. We mention Brenda Patipa, whose designs we really like.

And Sew On:(52:34)

Jasmin measured Gigi so she could get started with her sloper pattern, and thinks Kristen Voolenvine's idea of doing a sloper-along is brilliant.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Earthquake preparedness - Episode 375 - The Knitmore Girls

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately.  In a nutshell, Bar-Maids announced that only 150 boxes would be guaranteed available with 50 on a waiting list. Just over 300 people have signed up for the pre-sale notification. With the potential of 150 people being disappointed, Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make the 300 happen.  Three Hundred (300) boxes will be available - guaranteed! The cut off date to receive prenotification for the House Special #2 Box is Friday, April 29th.  The Pre-sale will begin in May and those signed up will receive an email notice regarding the pre-sale. Once 300 boxes have sold, there will be no more available.  If you want notification when the presale begins delivered to your inbox, get your name on the list – NOW!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Knitmore2 . . Now to decide: -Perfect Mother's Day gift (it won’t arrive until October, but oh… the anticipation)-Birthday gift (better than another coffee card)-Enabler present (perfect timing)-Now at college and this is (almost) better than a homemade cookie collection from Mom/Dad-For “myself” because this is the best thing since sweet potato fries.The contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00
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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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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!
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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:(0:33)

Gigi is working on her Fancy Zebra Cowl #Zebralong, #LuxAdornaKnits. She is putting in lifelines for safety.

Jasmin is working on the Spock sweater, and is terribly pleased by the vertical stripes. Jasmin has planned to knit Turtlepurls Star Treck Trio into sweaters. She mentions the (NZAK Quick Knitter) sock knitting machine.

She is planning to win her personal competition with Emily for Stash Dash. Trash talking has commenced. #TeamCuteknitter. Stash Dash will commence May 28.

 Gigi is working on Opus the Octopus. This is a Knitty pattern in an Infinite Twist kit. Jasmin mentions the Tentacles exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

 Jasmin wants to knit some Rebecca Danger creatures, and has found a place to order eyes.
She has also made great progress on the Welcome to the Flock cardigan for Rex, and she is enthusing about the hand of the yarn.

Genevieve's Coronation cardigan has the needles for the Welcome to the Flock cardigan.
Gigi can't find any empty size 6 needles for the #Elizalong, and thinks maybe she should order a set of interchangeable Chia Goo needles.

Gigi is making slow progrees on her Peppermint Mocha socks. She  has started on the Trouvaille, which is an Infinite Twist kit.

She dropped a big bag of Preemie hats at the SCVMC NICU. They were very happy. They also need blankets the size of a receiving blanket.

"An ideal size for receiving blankets would be 34 to 36 inches square, which actually serves the dual purpose mentioned above. A standard size baby blanket measures 36 inches by 52 inches. It will cover a baby's crib properly."- Google

Jasmin mentions bullet journals.

In Stitches:(24:16)

Gigi wove in the ends of her Sothia shawl andworeit, she wore two pairs of socks from the Knitters Curiosity Cabinet, and she brought over a pair of the van Gogh socks for Jasmin.

Genevieve wore her Elsa cardigan and hat, Rex snuggled under his  Love blanket. He also wore he Baby Puerperium that Cchellez knit, that matches everything.
      

Contest:(28:04)

Operation Sock Drawer
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.
You could double dip with Voolenvine's Box O socks KAL.
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#Elizalong

Mother Knows Best:(30:26)

 This week we answer questions from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
 about buying yarn with a large stash, and about what to do with a sweater that doesn't fit.
Jasmin talks about the Persian Tiles blanket.


When Knitting Attacks:(41:54)

 Gigi got kicked by her  Fancy Zebra Cowl
Jasmin's Spock sweater was subject to tiny domestic terrorism.

Purloined:(43:30)

We were tagged by the Geeky Girls and are responding:

5 Podcasters to have dinner with :
Gigi's choices

Knit Girlls
The Twin Set
Voolenvine

Diestelfliege
Wil Wheaton

Jasmin's:
Leslie and Laura of the Knit Girlls
Michelle of Actually Knitting
Amy Beth, the Fat Quirrel
Danie and Susie, the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin
Isabelle of Fluffy Fibers

5 People:
Gigi
Anthony Bourdain
Tim Gunn
Michael Buble
The Muppets

Jasmin
Diana Gabaldon
Aaron Sorkin
Priscilla Gibson-Roberts
Meg Swansen
Amy Detjen

5 Fictional Characters:

 Gigi:
- Madame DeFarge
- Claire and Jaime Fraser
- Tyrion Lannister of Game of Thrones
- Spock
- Miles Vorkosigan

Jasmin:

Josh Lyman of  West Wing
Sidney Chambers from Grantchester
Spike from Buffy
Claire Fraser from Outlander
Abby from NCIS

Review:(51:38)

This week we review Stitches for Tailored Knits, by Jean Frost
Jasmin really likes her other Jacket books.
Custom Fit Jackets
Jackets

Jasmin also mentions Barbara Walker's Stitch pattern books

And Sew On:(59:45)

Gigi was inspired by Voolenvine's dresses. She wants a sloper and bought a Vogue sloper pattern and 1/4"cotton gingham . She mentions the McCalls sloper pattern.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Speaking of Steeking - Episode 374 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode is sponsored by:
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately.  In a nutshell, Bar-Maids announced that only 150 boxes would be guaranteed available with 50 on a waiting list. Just over 300 people have signed up for the pre-sale notification. With the potential of 150 people being disappointed, Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make the 300 happen.  Three Hundred (300) boxes will be available ladies - guaranteed!  SAVE THE DATE:  Sometime in May, the pre-sale will begin.  Once 300 boxes have sold, there will be no more available.  If you want notification when the presale begins delivered to your inbox, get your name on the list – NOW!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Knitmore2  Now to decide: -Perfect Mother's Day gift (it won’t arrive until October, but oh… the anticipation)-Birthday gift (better than another coffee card)-Enabler present (perfect timing)-Now at college and this is (almost) better than a homemade cookie collection from Mom/Dad-For “myself” because this is the best thing since sweet potato fries.The contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00
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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. You can also 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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 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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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:(0:34)

Gigi has knitted a bunch of preemie hats but has lost her count.

Jasmin is working on the  Spock sweater for Rex out of Fab Funky Fibres.

Gigi finished the Rib-a-roni hat for the #25000 tuques. Our thanks to Purlescence and Bar Maids for their support.

Jasmin is knitting the Welcome to the Flock  cardigan for Rex, and has also gotten a kit to make one for Genevieve.  Enably details are posted on the project pages.

Jasmin has been convinced to do swatches in the round.

We mention Jean Frost, whose work is amazing.

Jasmin mentions the Coronation cardigan. Also she is excited about Stash Dash, hosted by the Knit Girllls and is having a personal competition with Emily of Knitting Butterflies.
 
Jasmin had knitted the Landon cardigan for Rex, but she is going to add a steek to accommodate his head, and she has decided to knit a facing. Which will make it eligible for Stash Dash.

She thinks she may have read about it in Philosophers Wool. She also mentions Nancy Wiseman's Book of Finishing Techniques, where she discusses a knitted facing.

Gigi and Jasmin talk about putting zippers and facings into their Carli sweaters.
Gigi is making slow progress on the  Peppermint Mocha socks out of Coffee with C.C., and she mentions Teaching your Brain to Knit.

Gigi is also getting close to finishing her Viajante.

Gigi is working on her Fancy Zebra cowl #zebralong. She put in a lifeline just before she did an increase row.

Jasmin also reminds podcasters to link to their podcasts in the Podcast thread LINK

Contest:(28:09)

 We have a winner for #operationsockdrawer: harmonyt/harmonyTG


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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The winner for the #elizalong is TewshortforU


Mother Knows Best:(30:54)

This week we give you some common sense advice: Keep your receipts. Jasmin thought misplaced a skein of yarn that she didn't have.

Jasmin talks about the Kits from Sincere Sheep. And she enthuses about the Baa-ble hat

When Knitting Attacks:(37:44)

Gigi mixed up the row that she was working on the Viajante. So she had to tink back a gazillion stitches.

Review:(40:54)

This week we review Splendid Apparel, by Anna Zilboorg  
Also, you want to listen to our Directors Cut with Anna Zilboorg
Jasmin also likes her book, Knitting for Anarchists

And Sew On:(49:06)

Jasmin has been sewing a steek on the Landon cardigan that she just knitted for Rex. She enthuses about her Featherweight sewing machine. Also, she talks about the Walking Foot.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Podcast Traitor - Episode 373 - 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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Yesterday, April 13th was not just an ordinary “yesterday” at Bar-Maids!  Yesterday  we were full out celebrating the Knitmore Girls  8th Anniversary – cake and all! (fresh banana from the famous Vancouver, WA bakery, Larson’s). Wish you were here!  We thank the Knitmores for their honesty,  creativity ,and unique spin on life. And we thank you for inviting them into your life.  But because you couldn’t  be here to enjoy cake, we are handing out party favors. Between April 13th – April16th, you can receive 20% off Bar-Maids products when ordering online at www.bar-maids.com. At checkout enter coupon code: KnitMore8
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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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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 working on the Spock sweater for Rex out of Fab Funky Fibres. She really likes the new linking feature on Ravelry's project pages.

Gigi has been working on the Peppermint Mocha socks out of Coffee with C.C., and needs to pay attention.

Jasmin has been working on the poly Chevron cowl, out of Black Trillium Fibres.

Gigi had been working on her Fancy Zebra cowl #zebralong #LuxAdornaKnits. Her needles were dull and made the knitting challenging. She found a set of circular Pyrex needles from Sheila Ernst and her knitting is flying now. Jasmin also knitted her Three Color Cowl out of LuxAdornaKnits yarn.

Gigi finished three preemie hats out of leftover sock yarn/ swap yarn.
Jasmin has finished the Sunflower beret, from Ann Norling #30, for #25000tuques #newhomenewhat

Gigi is also working on the Rib-a-roni hat out of yarn from a Sheepspot tasting kit.

Jasmin is working on the Coronation cardigan. we discuss mattress stitching the underarm vs grafting it.

Happy Anniversary! Leave reviews for your favorite podcasts. Jasmin mentions Like Water for Chocolate. She adores Amy Beth, from The Fat Squirrel Speaks, the  Prairie Girls Knit and Spin, Knitting Butterflies , BostonJen of the Downcellar podcast, Dr Gemma, Teaching Your Brain to Knit, Voolenvine, Laura Gynx, the Knit Girllls .

We would love for other podcasters, and videocasters to introduce their shows on this thread.

In Stitches:(20:53)

Gigi wore the Grey Citron shawl. One day she wore a pair of Van Gogh socks that looked like she had gotten sick over her feet.

Jasmin loves her Austin cowl. 

Jasmin misattributed who made a gift hat for her, that Boston Jen had knitted for her.

Genevieve wore the  Elsa sweater and hat, Ophelia Addams hat and wristers,  Duck sweater, and the tulip stripes cardigan,
Rex  napped under the Love blanket, and snuggled under the Breezy cardigan, as did Gigi.

Contest:(27:07)

The latest prize is an Erin Lane project bag.
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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#Elizalong 
The prize is a set of Namaste Oh Snap! pouches #ProjectSweaterChest

Gigi mentions the contest that the Twin Set are  sponsoring for their UFO along. Retraction: it is an UNKAL. Click on the link to read dates and conditions for participation.

Jasmin tells us that Emily from Knitting Butterflies has challenged her to a race in Stash Dash, which is perpetuated by the Knit Girllls. Also, we have joined Tumblr as KnitmoreGirls.

Mother Knows Best:(31:45)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about pompoms, and securing them. Also, the differences between hanks, skeins, and balls.

Also, how to address repetitive motion injuries. She references Carson Demer, the knitting ergonomist.

When Knitting Attacks:(41:14)

Gigi was attacked by the numbers on the  Peppermint Mocha socks .
The Fancy Zebra cowl needed to be started  again, since she didn't need to double the cast on yarn. Also, counting to ten seems to be challenging and so she had to rip back a number of rows.

Purloined:(44:17)

This week Jasmin purloins this sentiment from One Bad Mother: "You're Doing a Great Job!" 

Review:(47:40)

This week we review Knit Superheroes by Rebecca Danger
We also love her other books: The Big Book of Knitted Monsters, 50 Yards of Fun, Knit a Monster Nursery

Friday, April 8, 2016

Darn Good Stuff - Episode 372 - The Knitmore Girls

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately.  In a nutshell, Bar-Maids announced that only 150 boxes would be guaranteed available with 50 on a waiting list. Just over 300 people have signed up for the pre-sale notification. With the potential of 150 people being disappointed, Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make the 300 happen.  Three Hundred (300) boxes will be available ladies - guaranteed!  SAVE THE DATE:  Sometime in May, the pre-sale will begin.  Once 300 boxes have sold, there will be no more available.  If you want notification when the presale begins delivered to your inbox, get your name on the list – NOW!  Now to decide: -Perfect Mother's Day gift (it won’t arrive until October, but oh… the anticipation)-Birthday gift (better than another coffee card)-Enabler present (perfect timing)-Now at college and this is (almost) better than a homemade cookie collection from Mom/Dad-For “myself” because this is the best thing since sweet potato fries.The contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00
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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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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:(0:34)

Jasmin is working on the  Spock sweater and is very pleased with the colors.

Gigi has finished two pairs of Opal socks.
Jasmin finished the Landon pullover and blocked it. She mentioned the sale at Lisa Souza.

Gigi is working on the Peppermint Mocha socks out of Coffee with C.C. and ruminating on which heel to use. Jasmin has made some progress on her  poly Chevron cowl, out of Black Trillium Fibres and is quite thrilled with it.

Gigi finished another preemie hat, and she finished the Buzzbee hat from Woolly Wormhead out of yarn from a taster kit from Sheepspot #25000tuques #NewHomeNewHat, and she won Yarn Chicken.

Jasmin knit the sunflower beret #25000tuques #NewHomeNewHat. She may knit more. She used Regia 6 in green, Opal 6 ply for the yellow and brown.

Thank you, again, to the Bar Maids for shipping the first 612 hats! #25000tuques #NewHomeNewHat

We are going to have a cowl Knitalong together with Lux Adorna Knits. This will be known as the #Zebralong (also tag with #LuxAdornaKAL for a chance to win prizes in their group and thread!)
 
Official cast on date is May 1st.  Ravelry threads can be found on the Knitmore forum, and in the Lux Adorna group

In Stitches:(19:42)

Gigi wore her Sothia shawl, which was blocked, but she had neglected to weave in ends. Also she wore socks and could feel the stitches on her feet. We mention Kroy sock yarn.

Genevieve wore the little Oak Cardigan, Ophelia Addams hat and wristers,  Duck sweater, and the tulip stripes cardigan,


Contest:(24:06)

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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Also, we have prizes for the Elizalong from:
- A Good Yarn, they sent  the now unavailable Oh- Snap pouches from Namaste
- a half off coupon for a sweater's worth of yarn from Quince and Co. (We are going to supplement the cost of the yarn to make a whole sweater.)
- Our regular day to give out a prize hopefully will be the 13th of each month.
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Gigi and Jasmin are both intrigued with linen and knitted linen ribbon. And Jasmin noticed that a t shirt she just got from Old Navy is actually half linen.

Mother Knows Best:(30:02):

This week we answer two questions from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum

One listener asked if we were project or process knitters.
She also liked the bucket book. LINK?

Also, we answered a question about kids learning to spin. Gigi mentions Respect The Spindle.

When Knitting Attacks:(45:31)

Gigi was working on the Peppermint Mocha socks and noticed that she had a hard time counting to four. She also managed to have different numbers of stitches on the top and bottom of her Vanilla socks, and had to rip back to the beginning of the toe.

She was working on hats and the tip of her brand new needle sheared off.

Jasmin was working on her poly Chevron cowl, out of Black Trillium Fibres. She messed up the pattern so thoroughly that Gigi ended up pulling back five rows.

Also, the Landon pullover is too tight to go over Rex's  head, so she will put in a zipper. She also mentions Shetland. And Grantchester, both tv shows. (There's a thread about Shetland in our Ravelry group here.)

Review:(54:45)

This week we review Betsy Beads, by Betsy Hershberg

And Sew On:(1:02:32)

Gigi shortened three pairs of jeans and patched another pair for GrandpaDahling.