Friday, August 26, 2016

Short on RAM- Episode 391 - The Knitmore Girls

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This episode has been sponsored by:


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Since 2012, Black Trillium Fibres has been formulating unique and original gradient yarns ranging from neutral to neon.  Of course, our exclusively milled yarn substrates aren’t just for gradient kits.  With over 300 hand-dyed repeatable colors, you can always find something different and fun at each of our amazing retailers.  It’s all at blacktrilliumfibres.com - in-stock yarns including gradients, exclusive patterns and a list of retailers.  Please remember to use the “Knitmore” discount code at checkout.
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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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Miss Babs dyes an incredible variety of colors. From subtle to vibrant, monochromatic to uniquely variegated, there’s sure to be a color for you. Miss Babs also offers gorgeous gradients and hand-picked color combinations for multicolored projects. Try their newest yarn, Caroline, a merino-cashmere-nylon blend, for soft and beautiful accessories, or try Hot Shot for your next pair of socks. Find a fantastic yarn for your next project from Miss Babs. Hand dyed yarns - inspired by nature.
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There comes a time in any story when the arc draws down to the ending. Thus it is with Purlescence Yarns and its story. We began in 2006 with the idea of creating community around beautiful crafting supplies and teaching new skills. We feel that we have achieved that goal. It is now time for us to retire and move on to our next adventure.
On August 28, 2016 we will have our final tea and crafting in the living room. Come and join us if you can, in saying farewell to a piece of our shared history and take a tea cup to remember us.
We have been proud to support the Knitmore Girls since the beginning. We've created community together and supported wonderful things like Halos of Hope and 25,000 Tuques. Keep the magic and keep on crafting. 
With love,
Kaye and Sandi Luck

On The Needles:(0:32)

Stash Dash news: Emily and Boston Jen totally won Stash Dash.
Jasmin made progress on her Bifrost Scarf from Infinite Twist, and she is very happy with the autopilot nature of this pattern. She is finding the bicycle clips very useful.

Gigi has attached the sleeves to her Selvedges cardigan.

Jasmin has made progress on the Live Long and Prosper socks. She tells the story of breaking a needle at a Firefly convention and found Unwind in Burbank (closed now, sadly).

Gigi made a swatch out of some beautiful White Birch Fiber Arts  yarn, to see if it would work with one of the patterns from Coffee with C.C.

And she made lots of itty bitty pompoms with the Clover Pompom Maker and sewed them onto preemie hats.

Jasmin is working on the i-cord edging for the Spock sweater and it seems interminable.

Gigi has picked up her Copperplate  #projectsweaterchest,  and needs about an hour of peace and quiet to get to the next step.

Congratulations to all participants in the Ravellenics! Also, we didn't know that trampoline is an Olympic competition.  Gigi mentions The Try Guys.

Contest:(13:54)

Operation Sockdrawer!
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.
FYI: The Buffalo Wool Company has their Fall Sweater Challenge from August 1st to October 1st

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

Mother Knows Best:(16:50)

 This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread on the Knitmore Girls forum, about knitting a go-to sweater.

Jasmin reminisces about knitting multiples of the The Incredible, Custom-Fit Neck Down Raglan.

We enthuse about the Ribby-Cardi and the Ribby-Pulli. Gigi remembers doing multiple incarnations of her million dollar dress.

Jasmin has made multiples of the Playful Stripes cardigan and will make one more for Genevieve, and probably one more Little Oak cardigan.

She  likes everything from Alana Dakos and Tin Can Knits. Jasmin is talking about reverse engineering the ribbi cardi to knit it top down. We talk about Cocoknits  and the Katarina cardigan that is has two variations and one is done in one piece. Amy Herzog also suggests knitting a baby sweater to practice technique.


When Knitting Attacks:(27:22)

Gigi has more Knitting Attacks than knitting. Her Selvedges  cardigan has more stitches on one front than the other.

  Jasmin's Spock cardigan wouldn't agree to her picking up all the stitches for the edging  at once.
Gigi's Scandinavian socks from The little Box of Socks has a number of issues, too many decreases after the heel, and she didn't keep track of which hand she held which yarn in and this affects color dominance about which Ysolda Teague wrote an article.

Purloined:(32:29)

This week we are purloining Genius and Fail, from the One Bad Mother podcast.
Jasmin mentions mitten clips. Let us know about your Genius moments on this weeks episode thread.

Review:(38:03)

This week we review Enchanted Knits for Dolls, by Nicky Epstein
We mention the Unicorn-Along that we heard about on Yarngasm.

Straw into Gold:(46:50)

Jasmin is still spinning for the Hiro cardigans and is thrilled with the yarn and colors on the Acadia spinning wheel. Jasmin likes the Hiro sweaters that Miliabella, Leslie from the Knit Girllls and Emily from Knitting Butterflies made.

Gigi has been using the Woolee Winder on double drive, and it seems to be challenging, they will put it on Scotch Tension . She is also planning to try out her new Akerworks bobbin.

And Sew On:(52:28)

Gigi and her young friend are making a basic muslin for dresses from Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time. Gigi talks about the swayback adjustment.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Student Driver - Episode 390 - The Knitmore Girls

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This episode has been sponsored by:
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately. The Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make an amazing, exclusive collection! There are only seven left, so don’t miss out. The contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00
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Since 2012, Black Trillium Fibres has been formulating unique and original gradient yarns ranging from neutral to neon.  Of course, our exclusively milled yarn substrates aren’t just for gradient kits.  With over 300 hand-dyed repeatable colors, you can always find something different and fun at each of our amazing retailers.  It’s all at blacktrilliumfibres.com - in-stock yarns including gradients, exclusive patterns and a list of retailers.  Please remember to use the “Knitmore” discount code at checkout.
 photo InfiniteTwistSoftGold_zps2937a47a.jpg
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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Miss Babs dyes an incredible variety of colors. From subtle to vibrant, monochromatic to uniquely variegated, there’s sure to be a color for you. Miss Babs also offers gorgeous gradients and hand-picked color combinations for multicolored projects. Try their newest yarn, Caroline, a merino-cashmere-nylon blend, for soft and beautiful accessories, or try Hot Shot for your next pair of socks. Find a fantastic yarn for your next project from Miss Babs. Hand dyed yarns - inspired by nature.
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There comes a time in any story when the arc draws down to the ending. Thus it is with Purlescence Yarns and its story. We began in 2006 with the idea of creating community around beautiful crafting supplies and teaching new skills. We feel that we have achieved that goal. It is now time for us to retire and move on to our next adventure.
On August 28, 2016 we will have our final tea and crafting in the living room. Come and join us if you can, in saying farewell to a piece of our shared history and take a tea cup to remember us.
We have been proud to support the Knitmore Girls since the beginning. We've created community together and supported wonderful things like Halos of Hope and 25,000 Tuques. Keep the magic and keep on crafting. 
With love,
Kaye and Sandi Luck

On The Needles:(0:35)

Jasmin briefly talks about stashdash.
She is working on the Gone Astray cardigan for Genevieve, and is working on the sleeves right now.
Gigi excavated her Selvedges cardigan our of her Area 51.

Jasmin is working on her Bifrost scarf, which is a kit from Infinite Twist, and she is thrilled by the
Clasped Weft Join, which is totally worth the $3 that it sells for.

Gigi is working on preemie hats out of Kroy yarn.

She also has balled up some White Birch Fiber Arts yarn, and wants to swatch before she picks a pattern for socks.

Jasmin is working on the Live Long and Prosper socks .
 She is talking about whether to make heels out of the yarn itself of using black yarn for heels and toes. And she is mulling over how to use the yarn for its best advantage for a cardigan for Rex.

She is also complaining on how long the i-cord facing is on the  Spock sweater she is knitting for Rex. We talk about picking up all the stitches on a circular needle, before of knitting the i-cord.
Jasmin has finished the dual facings on Carli cardigan. This technique is from the  Big Book of Knitting.

Jasmin gives her concession speech for #stashdash2016 #teamcuteknitter. Now what remains is #emilyversusbostonjen.

Contest:(17:27)

The point of #operationsockdrawer is to encourage you to start a drawer full of hand knitted socks for yourself.
We were inspired by Susan B. Anderson's Instagram pictures of her sock drawers. 

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 wear-everyday sweaters. LINK TO VIDEO.
We have lots of great prizes to give away. Feel free to double dip with any other KAL.
FYI: The Buffalo Wool Company has their Fall Sweater Challenge from August 1st to October 1st

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

Mother Knows Best:(23:41)

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

 She mentions blue automotive towels. 
Schacht services wheels. We think that cricket looms are excellent for using unevenly spun yarn.

When Knitting Attacks:(32:07)

 Jasmin has been working on interminable i-cord on the Spock  cardigan, and it is not smooth.

Review:(36:04)

This week we are reviewing  Crochet Therapy, by Betson Corkhill

Jasmin talks about crocheting Anna and Elsa dolls with Boston Jen that they bought at Stitches.
#letitcro

Since this book deals with therapy, we mention that Dr Gemma  does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Jasmin mentions the Yarn movie.

We mention Dots, by TinCanKnits. Correction: the blanket is called Pop Blanket.


Jasmin mentions Zen and the Art of Knitting. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Repair has no knitting.

Straw into Gold:(47:03)

 Gigi has been making slow progress on her Tour de Fleece spinning, and has eight nests out of 32 left.

We bought a fleece online. Gigi wanted to try spinning a Tunis sheep fleece. We sent it to Sherri at Morro Fleece Works. She called, because the fleece is tender and breaks. We won't be spinning it, we will contact Beth Smith for a good Tunis fleece.

And Sew On:(50:22)

Gigi did a bit of mending. Jasmin has been working on the mermaid doll from a panel
Gigi mentions the Little Red Riding hood panel.
Gigi worked some more on her #whatsasloper.

 Also, our #Grinchalong bag templates resurfaced.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Zipper Sandwich - Episode 389 - The Knitmore Girls

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Are you a spinner or felter?  Abstract Fiber has wool, silk, yak, camel, and cashmere fiber blends for all your spinning and felting needs. We have natural and dyed fibers of the softest and finest types. Start with our affordable grab bags or get the most spinable cashmere-silk available. Find it all at abstractfiber.com.  
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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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Miss Babs dyes an incredible variety of colors. From subtle to vibrant, monochromatic to uniquely variegated, there’s sure to be a color for you. Miss Babs also offers gorgeous gradients and hand-picked color combinations for multicolored projects. Try their newest yarn, Caroline, a merino-cashmere-nylon blend, for soft and beautiful accessories, or try Hot Shot for your next pair of socks. Find a fantastic yarn for your next project from Miss Babs. Hand dyed yarns - inspired by nature.
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There comes a time in any story when the arc draws down to the ending. Thus it is with Purlescence Yarns and its story. We began in 2006 with the idea of creating community around beautiful crafting supplies and teaching new skills. We feel that we have achieved that goal. It is now time for us to retire and move on to our next adventure.
On August 28, 2016 we will have our final tea and crafting in the living room. Come and join us if you can, in saying farewell to a piece of our shared history and take a tea cup to remember us.
We have been proud to support the Knitmore Girls since the beginning. We've created community together and supported wonderful things like Halos of Hope and 25,000 Tuques. Keep the magic and keep on crafting. 
With love,
Kaye and Sandi Luck

On The Needles:(0:31)

Jasmin has excavated her Bifrost scarf kit from Infinite Twist and is enjoying it tremendously. She mentions the Clasped Weft Join tutorial from BostonJen.

Gigi has finished the tubes on Sam's socks and is working on the heels.
She has been weaving ends on old projects.

Jasmin has picked up the Gone Astray and had to order beads online and is pleased as punch to finally have found the perfect beads for doing the sheep.

She is also spinning for the Hiro sweaters and is talking about swatching for color.

Gigi has finally gotten around to setting the colors on two pairs of Fluoromania socks using the Citric Acid setting technique

Jasmin is turning the facing on the Anna cardigan. Genevieve has been wearing the Elsa sweater all the time, and Jasmin is so pleased that she likes it so much. She mentions the flowers on Anne Podlesak's designs. She also mentions Eunny Jang's blog. She mentions Genevieve's grey Playful Stripes, and the Striped cowl.

Gigi has been knitting preemie hats and is trying to use little bits of leftover yarn with the Clover pom pom maker.

Jasmin has been working on Live Long and Prosper yarn in the Smooth Operator Socks . Using a matching custom Star Trek Erin Lane Bag.

She is working on the I-cord edging on the Spock sweater for Stashdash
She is also knitting dual facings on Carli for zipper facings. This technique is out of the Big Book of Knitting. #stashdash2016 #teamcuteknitter

We are not doing much for the Ravellenics!
Ravellenics! #TEFKAKO

Also, Jasmin is enjoying looking at the #whereIknit photos

Contest:(24:25)

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.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
#elizalong #projectsweater chest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer.

Mother Knows Best:(27:16)

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

We mention the Akerworks bobbins. Jasmin likes those bobbins also on her Hansen Mini Spinner.

Review:(35:58)

This week we are reviewing You Can Knit That, by Amy Herzog

She has also written Knit to Flatter, and Knit Wear Love, which we both think are amazing.
She also offers the Custom Fit service and she has three Craftsy classes!
Jasmin mentions Lily Chin.

Straw into Gold:(43:23)

Gigi is still plugging away at her two pounds of her Tour de Fleece Corriedale, but since she can only spin during naptime, progress is slow. There are little fingers that like to  explore things with wheels.

And Sew On:(51:12)

 Gigi finished the Advents Calendar stockings. She shortened straps on a dress for Genevieve, and she dug out a top so she can quilt it.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Not the Math Episode - Episode 388 - The Knitmore Girls

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Listen here:

This episode has been sponsored by:

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately. The Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make an amazing, exclusive collection! There are only seven left, so don’t miss out. The contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00
 photo btscalloppurple_zpseq4xplt7.jpg
Since 2012, Black Trillium Fibres has been formulating unique and original gradient yarns ranging from neutral to neon.  Of course, our exclusively milled yarn substrates aren’t just for gradient kits.  With over 300 hand-dyed repeatable colors, you can always find something different and fun at each of our amazing retailers.  It’s all at blacktrilliumfibres.com - in-stock yarns including gradients, exclusive patterns and a list of retailers.  Please remember to use the “Knitmore” discount code at checkout.
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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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Miss Babs dyes an incredible variety of colors. From subtle to vibrant, monochromatic to uniquely variegated, there’s sure to be a color for you. Miss Babs also offers gorgeous gradients and hand-picked color combinations for multicolored projects. Try their newest yarn, Caroline, a merino-cashmere-nylon blend, for soft and beautiful accessories, or try Hot Shot for your next pair of socks. Find a fantastic yarn for your next project from Miss Babs. Hand dyed yarns - inspired by nature.
 photo Page-01_zpsdwbinjs4.jpg
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 has been working on a pair of Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B. Anderson, and working on the afterthought heel, out of Turtlepurl Yarn out of Live Long and Prosper colorway, to knit socks for Andrew, while they were at the movies, watching Star Trek Beyond.

Gigi is knitting socks for Sam, and is trying to accommodate his high instep. And she has finished, finished yet another pair of socks out of Kroy yarn.

Jasmin made a bit of progress with the Anna cardigan. She needs to fiddle with one of the color charts.

Gigi has been weaving in ends on socks that she had knitted last year, and she is planning to weave in ends on old preemie hats.

Jasmin seams to be losing #stashdash2016 #teamcuteknitter to Emily.

The Event Formerly Known as Knitting Olympics (TEFKAKO) is coming up. Now called Ravellenic Games. Team Sasquatch covers all podcasters.

Jasmin hasn't set a goal yet, she is thinking of maybe finishing more UFO's, or knitting a child's sweater. Gigi's goal is to empty out her UFO bin.

Contest:(16:34)

 Operation Sockdrawer will be on hiatus until after the Ravellenics.
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.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
#elizalong #project sweater chest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer.

Mother Knows Best:(18:28)

 This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread on the Knitmore Girls forum, about a good chair to  knit in.

Jasmin mentions the Dutailier chair. She also likes a drum throne for spinning. Gigi likes to use an office chair for sewing.

Post photos about where you sit and knit.

When Knitting Attacks:(28:40)

Gigi had managed to put too many stitches on waste yarn for an afterthought heel and had a giant hole by the heel. So she grafted it.

Review:(30:45)

This week we are reviewing Viking Knits and Ancient Ornaments, by Elsebeth Lavold

Jasmin also likes Viking Patterns for Knitting by Elizabeth Lavold. Jasmin also suggests A Beautiful Wreck by Larissa Brown, and Jasmin mentions the Vikings on tv, and Gigi mentions The Vikings, with Tony Curtis and Kirk Douglas.

Jasmin mentions the Vikings (correction, called "Northmen") with  James Norton from Grantchester, but says it is a dud.

Jasmin mentions Alana Dakos's Baby Botanicals, and Anne Podlesak's Legendary Knits
 

Tour de Fleece wrap up:(45:20)

Gigi spun some yarn towards a sweaters worth of yarn for hopefully the Helvetica by Elizabeth Doherty.

Jasmin is spinning for a family's worth of sweaters, out of a grey Janet Heppler Merino/Corriedale for family Hiros. Contrasting colors with fiber from Lisa Souza and  Abstract Fiber.  She is spinning this on the Acadia Wheel.

And Sew On:(50:31)

Gigi sewed a muslin for a pair of parachute pants/shorts for Sam.
Genevieve would like to finish sewing the accessories for her mermaid doll.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Rain in Spain - Episode 387 - The Knitmore Girls

Untitled
Listen here:

This episode has been sponsored by:
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately. The Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make an amazing, exclusive collection! There are only seven left, so don’t miss out. The contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00
 photo btscalloppurple_zpseq4xplt7.jpg
Since 2012, Black Trillium Fibres has been formulating unique and original gradient yarns ranging from neutral to neon.  Of course, our exclusively milled yarn substrates aren’t just for gradient kits.  With over 300 hand-dyed repeatable colors, you can always find something different and fun at each of our amazing retailers.  It’s all at blacktrilliumfibres.com - in-stock yarns including gradients, exclusive patterns and a list of retailers.  Please remember to use the “Knitmore” discount code at checkout.
 photo InfiniteTwistSoftGold_zps2937a47a.jpg
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”!
 photo babslogo_zps0uglkca3.jpg
Miss Babs dyes an incredible variety of colors. From subtle to vibrant, monochromatic to uniquely variegated, there’s sure to be a color for you. Miss Babs also offers gorgeous gradients and hand-picked color combinations for multicolored projects. Try their newest yarn, Caroline, a merino-cashmere-nylon blend, for soft and beautiful accessories, or try Hot Shot for your next pair of socks. Find a fantastic yarn for your next project from Miss Babs. Hand dyed yarns - inspired by nature.
 photo Page-01_zpsdwbinjs4.jpg
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:(0:31)

Jasmin thinks that Emily will probably win Stash Dash.
The Spock sweater needs two seams and an I-cord away from being done, but the kids have other ideas. She has been working on her Gone Astray cardigan, and has ordered pearls from Shipwreck Beads. She mentions the new sweater bag from Erin Lane. #stashdash2016 #teamcuteknitter

Gigi laments not having enough diverse knitting. She has finished the knitting on a pair of Vanilla socks, another pair of Vanilla socks is at the toe decrease.  One sock for Sam now has a 60% afterthought heel.

Jasmin is singing the praises of Susan B. Anderson's newest sock the Smooth Operator Sock.

Jasmin swatched the Love is Love colorway for sweaters for the kids, and Jasmin's head exploded with all the amazing technique she got from Annetarsia and the Craftsy! class.

The dye bled on a swatch she knitted. She mentions the Knitted Wit , the customer service experience, and the importance of swatching and washing your swatch.

Gigi used the spin cycle on the washing machine on the freshly soaked Daybreak shawl that she was blocking for Jasmin.

Jasmin cast on the Anna cardigan, because she needed some easy knitting. This is a mash-up of several sweater patterns from The Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, out of Lisa Souza's  Supersport Merino.

Contest:(23:59)

Operation Sockdrawer will be on hiatus until after Tour de Fleece.
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.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
#elizalong #project sweater chest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer.

Mother Knows Best:(29:33)

This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread on the Knitmore Girls forum, about books by knitting addicts.

We mention a great number of knitters whose writing is also delightful.

Clara Parkes  (particularly Knitlandia), The Yarn Harlot, Franklin Habit's blog, Rachel Herron, (the Songbird Trilogy and the Cypress Hollow Trilogy), Correction: we said trilogy, but there are four books in the series. I think Jasmin also mentioned Firefighters.

We watched a Periscope by Laura from a the Knit Girllls, Gigi likes Hunter Hammersen's Violently Domestic blog, Susan B. Anderson's blog, the Knittyblog , Alana Dakos's blog.

Jasmin mentions A Beautiful Wreck, Gigi metnions the Lord John series, and Jasmin recommends all of Elizabeth Zimmerman's books.
 

Review:(39:21)

This week we are reviewing The Baby Botanicals Bundle, by Alana Dakos
Jasmin mentions the Little Oak cardigan, the Playful stripes, and Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf.

Tour de Fleece:(52:19)

Gigi has so far spun up 12 of 32 oz for her project.
She is expecting to need another month to reach her goal.

Jasmin plied up some Rockstar from Abstract Fiber, and she is excited about Tyvek tags from Amazon. Also, she is spinning up fiber she bought from Dawn's Custom Carding at Black Sheep Festival last year,

She is going to make a set of Hiro sweaters that she is spinning Merino Corriedale from Janet Heppler on the Acadia wheel

And Sew On:(59:17)

 Gigi is excited about a pattern for shorts she got for Sam on Etsy. Our young friend sewed all the darts on her muslin, and is ready to press them.

Genevieve sewed on her lacing cards.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Off-label usage - Episode 386- The Knitmore Girls

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There comes a time in any story when the arc draws down to the ending. Thus it is with Purlescence Yarns and its story. We began in 2006 with the idea of creating community around beautiful crafting supplies and teaching new skills. We feel that we have achieved that goal. It is now time for us to retire and move on to our next adventure.
On August 28, 2016 we will have our final tea and crafting in the living room. Come and join us if you can, in saying farewell to a piece of our shared history and take a tea cup to remember us.

We have been proud to support the Knitmore Girls since the beginning. We've created community together and supported wonderful things like Halos of Hope and 25,000 Tuques. Keep the magic and keep on crafting. 
With love,
Kaye and Sandi Luck


On The Needles:(0:35)
 

Gigi has been working on a pair of Vanilla socks out of Regia Silk color that need to have the toes grafted and the afterthought heels put in.

She also sewed in a label into the Coronation cardigan for Genevieve using a catch stitch that is called Hexenstich in German.  She needs to work on fine motor skills.

Jasmin has made a little progress on her Gone Astray cardigan for Genevieve. She also swatched for the Daniel Tiger cardigan, the Anna cardigan  
 
This week she swatched the Love is Love colorway, from Knitted Wit, for matchy matchy sweaters

She mentions the Spock sweater, and she wants to do Intarsia? Annetarsia! We need to watch her Craftsy! class.

We talked about teaching a class at Purlescence Yarns.

Gigi is trying to work though her Area 51 and she excavated her Petra, soaked and blocked it, as well as her cowl from the #zebralong.

Contest:(15:47)

 Operation Sockdrawer will be on hiatus until after Tour de Fleece.
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 #projectsweaterchest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer.

Mother Knows Best:(16:38)

This week we are answering a question about how many things to knit for a childs winter wardrobe.
Jasmin mentions Genevieve's Anna sweater.
Do you supplement your children's wardrobe with your knitting? Tell us in this episode's thread!
 

When Knitting Attacks:(24:13)

Gigi had issues with the ball winder and had to redo the ball she was winding.
We mention the Schacht swift, the Nancy's Knit Knacks ball winder.
Jasmin mentions the Strauch tutorial.
 

Purloined:(28:00) 

This week we purloin:

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Gigi managed to spill dark chocolate on a favorite dress that she has sewn. Jasmin came to the rescue with some of the amazing Beyond Clean.

 Jasmin really liked the knit size buckets

Review:(37:59)

This week we are reviewing
The Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques, by Nancy M. Wiseman

Straw into Gold #TourdeFleece:(45:40)

Jasmin is close to finishing spinning the fiber from Dawn's Custom Carding, and then she will spin the Rockstar from Abstract Fibers

Gigi is spinning Corriedale, and feels like her spinning is improving. She is complaining about her technique still needing improvement.

Jasmin spun on one of the Akerworks spindles from the treehouse.

We have wool wash from Unicorn Fibre as prizes for #TourDeFleece . Please mention in the Team Sasquatch group if you have reached your goal in the finish line thread.

And Sew On:(50:06)

Gigi mended one of Genevieve's dress up dresses. Gigi mentioned Sew many Dresses, Sew Little Time. She is sewing with a young friend. They are using the basic dress to make a sloper, so all the patterns can be fitted from that pattern.

 Gigi's sloper bodice is ready to be fitted. #whatsasloper.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Broccoli and Spinach - Episode 385 - The Knitmore Girls

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There comes a time in any story when the arc draws down to the ending. Thus it is with Purlescence Yarns and its story. We began in 2006 with the idea of creating community around beautiful crafting supplies and teaching new skills. We feel that we have achieved that goal. It is now time for us to retire and move on to our next adventure.
On August 28, 2016 we will have our final tea and crafting in the living room. Come and join us if you can, in saying farewell to a piece of our shared history and take a tea cup to remember us.

We have been proud to support the Knitmore Girls since the beginning. We've created community together and supported wonderful things like Halos of Hope and 25,000 Tuques. Keep the magic and keep on crafting. 
With love,
Kaye and Sandi Luck

We start with a one-minute health update

On The Needles:(0:34)

Gigi has been working on the Copperplate cardigan, out of Quince and Co Chickadee, and absolutely loves the hand of the yarn.

Jasmin has finished working on the Spock sweater, and set it with citric acid because when she tried to block it and it bled a bit. (Excellent, quick followup from FabFunkyFibres.)

It feels like Emily from Knitting Butterflies is trouncing Jasmin at Stashdash.
#stashdash2016 #teamcuteknitter

Gigi has been working on Sam's sock and he needs a very deep instep. She is considering making the next sock with more than 50% for the heel.

Jasmin finished putting the zipper in the Coronation cardigan. We did a Periscope on how to shorten a zipper.

She mentioned the other Periscopes we have done,,

Gigi excavated her Mishke cardigan that had been languishing in Area 51 for a year or so, and sewed in the shoulders. One of which needs to be done again.

Gigi wove in ends on four other pairs of socks that she had finished knitting earlier. #operationsockdrawer #boxosoxKAL . She also cast on a pair of socks out of Kroy. And she dug out some socks out of her UFO bin out of Regia silk color.

Jasmin has swatched for three projects: the Daniel Tiger cardigan. She got a trolley patch from the Fred Rogers Company. She also set the yarn with citric acid.

She also swatched for the Anna cardigan and did some pre-emptive citric acid soaking. She is copying the ideas from Megknitficent, from the Mostly MagKnitficent podcast .

Also, she is using some of Ann Podlesak's charts from Legendary Knits, Vol. 1.  Ann Podlesak has the Wooly Wonka Fibers podcast . Jasmin mentions the Actually Knitting podcast and her PALKAL.

Jasmin suggests our free Vanilla sock pattern and the pattern for Genevieve's tube socks, which is free if you write it down yourself or $1 if you want to get the official PDF.

Jasmin knit the Welcome to the Flock pattern for Rex and cast on the Gone Astray for Genevieve.
Also check her project pages for discounts.

#behmalong: Gigi blocked, wove in ends, and got photographs of herself in her Viajante, and  Thousand Tulips shawls.

Contest:(19:38)

 Operation Sockdrawer will be on hiatus until after Tour de Fleece.
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 #projecat sweater chest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer.

Jasmin contacted Unicorn Fibres, and ordered some Beyond Clean Fiberwash.
They decided to send some prizes for #projectsweaterchest and Tour de Fleece. Enter your spinning in the Finish Line thread in the Team Sasquatch Group.

Mother Knows Best:(24:25)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about how to knit, spin, sew around/with very small children. We mention Abby Franquemont's Respect the Spindle

Review:(31:09)

This week we review Spin Control by Amy King

Jasmin mentions our Director's Cut episode featuring Amy King

We are intrigued by the prospect of knitting with singles.
Amy King also has a Craftsy class! (Foundations of Spinning)

Jasmin mentions the books that we like in our spinning library in our Amazon Store.

Tour de Fleece:(38:32)

Gigi has been spinning. She is not terribly pleased with how irregular her yarn is turning out.
So far she has spun six nests of fiber out of 32.

 Jasmin is feeling amazing about spinning.  She mentions listening to the Knit Girlls while spinning. She is finishing things: singles out of Abstract Fiber Rock Star. She wants to use her Woolee Winder for plying. She is breaking in the Acadia wheel. She is also working with an Akerworks bobbin on her Matchless. 

She is using fiber she bought from Aunt Janet's Wool Mill (INCORRECT, THIS IS ACTUALLY FROM Dawn's Custom Carding.)  She is spinning grey fleece to make Hiro sweaters for the family.

And she got contrast colors from Lisa Souza 
She mentions the Legend Prairie Contest, that the Prairie Girls host, where you enter the most amazing thing that you knitted that year.