Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Flair - Episode 307 - The Knitmore Girls

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On The Needles:(0:35)

Gigi is knitting a pair of Halloween socks out of Gynx Yarn in the colorway Boo. Laura from Gynx yarn does the Dyer's Notebook Video cast.  

Jasmin is working on the Stingy Jack socks from Invictus Yarns.

Gigi finished a pair of Vincent van Gogh sock yarn by Opal and cast on another pair of Van Gogh socks in the Bedroom in Arles colorway, and she worked on Mystik Spiral Socks out of Mint Rain and out of Regia. These socks have the OMG heel.

Jasmin is working on socks out of Regia 6ply in the color 6366, and is enjoying the fall colors. She mentions the Regia on sale at Simply Socks. She is planning to do the Lara Neel afterthought heel with heelflap out of Sock Architecture.

Gigi finished Halloween socks out of  Poste Yarn in the Elm Street colorway . She is also working on the Wild Iris cowl from the Book of Cowls by Sivia Harding. She is knitting it out of Bijou Basin Ranch's Himalayan Trail in the "Sassenach" colorway #kiltmenowKAL. Jasmin suggested that she do the buttonhole out of Knitting for Anarchists.

Jasmin is working on a pair of socks out of Lollipop Yarns in the "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound" colorway.  Amy Beth, from the Fat Squirrel video cast is also knitting a pair in this colorway.
Gigi mentions Käsefüsse, which is German for stinky cheese feet.

Events:(13:07)

11/28: Pajama Jammie Jam at Purlescence
2/19-22/2015: Stitches West!
Contest:(15:07)

#operationsock drawer winner! KnitHappens won the skein of "Emerald" Invictus Yarns
Next prize! A skein from Lisa Souza in the "Deep Fall" colorway.

Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

Participants: post a picture to instagram with the #operationsockdrawer, have your ravelry name on your instagram profile. Feel free to double dip your projects.

Projects will be judged on originality and general delightfulness.

New contest:

The Grinch-along. We have extended to starting date to December 1st. Cease and desist all holiday gift knitting! #grinchalong. Knitting only for personal pleasure. Take pictures and post them in the ravelry group thread and/or on Instagram.

Prizes will be Grinchy knitting bags sewn in the "Sweatshop Of Love"(Lovingly purloined from Sweatshop Of Love) by the Knitmore Girls out of Grinchy fabric. Let us know what fun holiday things you are doing instead of gift knitting. Do multiple dipping with as many contests as you can.

We mention the Commuter Knitter and her lovely podcast.

The Do Some Good Contest is also coming up soon.

Mother Knows Best:(25:14)

This week we answer questions out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about
spinning fiber for socks. Jasmin mentions Judith MacKenzie McCuin.

Jasmin laments Crown Mountain Farms closing doors. She mentions Janel Laidman and Abby Franquemont.

When Knitting Attacks:(33:52)

Gigi bought Stretch Magic Bead and Jewelry Cord, hoping to use it for waste yarn for heels. Didn't work.

Jasmin is having days that are more pretty than smart. She read bits and pieces of Sock Architecture. But not enough. She mentions the Knitmore Vanilla sock.

Gigi used her vacuum cleaner like a bobbin winder. Accidentally.

Purloined:(40:42)

This week we purloin Playful Parenting from the A Playful Day podcast, hosted by GreenTriangleGirl. Jasmin talks about the "match game". She uses parenting strategies from Positive Discipline #operationsockdrawer.

Review:(45:02)

This week we review the Opus the Octopus Kit from Infinite Twist
We talk about the Octopus exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Jasmin wants to use technique out of Annetarsia Knits.

Jasmin also mentions:

Cowboy and Octopus
Gentle Giant Octopus
Octopus Soup

Boston Jen of Down Cellar Studio likes to knit toys.

Holidays With The Knitmores:(53:02)

We talk about our holiday board on Pinterest.
We talk about clubs as gifts, the Whiskey Advent Calendar, the Strickmich Club, the four themed subscription boxes from BarMaids whose themes include:

  • Outlander,
  • Knitmore Girls
  • Awesomeness
  • Pride and Prejudice
We also mention the Dr Who Companion Club and Namaste bags

Straw Into Gold:(1:00:19)

Jasmin did some spinning and is almost done with the Weathered Tartan mini bats from Gourmet Stash that she is auditioning for a sweater.

Gigi is getting more comfortable with her long draw. She is thinking of maybe spinning the rest of her spinning worsted.

And Sew On:(1:01:46)

The Nemesis dress (Vogue 8615) is finally finished! Gigi mentions Threads magazine


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Director's Cut - JC Briar - The Knitmore Girls

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Things mentioned:

Complete Guide to Needlework (Reader's Digest)
Janet Szabo
Needlecraft University
10" boye double point needles
Locking Stitch Markers
Barbara Walker Stitch Dictionaries
Knitting in the Old Way
Deborah Newton's Designing Knitwear

Since the interview, JC has written a book (Charts Made Simple) and and developed Stitch maps- which is a visual way of seeing how stitch patterns work.


You can find JC online here, on Ravelry here, and her teaching schedule here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Buffy's Contemporary - Episode 306 - The Knitmore Girls

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On The Needles:(0:33)

Jasmin has finished the Happy Howloween socks by Lollipop Yarn. Genevieve was Olivia, with a knitted Olivia hat. Gigi finished a pair of tube socks for Genevieve out of Neon Now.

Jasmin is working on Stingy Jack socks  (by Invictus Yarns) and she is going to make afterthought heels. She reminisces about the heels she loved throughout her knitting life: the flap heel from our Knitmore Vanilla sock pattern was the first heel she loved. Then she encountered Lucy Neatby's short row heel, then she got entangled with the stockinette short row heel, then went back to the flap heel.

She cast on a pair of Regia Vanilla socks (Regia 6, colorway #6366) and is planning on doing an afterthought flap heel with a gusset out of the brilliant Sock Architecture  book. Also, this yarn is dk weight and knits up in a flash. Simply Socks has this on sale.

Gigi is not in love with her Van Gogh socks, and they may go live in Jasmin's sock drawer. She is knitting a pair of Halloween socks out of Poste Yarn in the Elm Street colorway #operationsockdrawer.

Gigi is working on the Wild Iris cowl from the Book of Cowls by Sivia Harding. She is knitting it out of Bijou Basin Ranch's Himalayan Trail in the "Sassenach" colorway #kiltmenowKAL.
Correction for last weeks show notes: the Romi Hill boot toppers that we said didn't exist, have now been released!

NaKniSweMo has started, and if you can, run it into SPAKAL, FFFWKAL, or #projectsweaterchest.

We have started wearing knits: Jasmin wore her handspun Tangled Yoke, her handspun Seneca, her Breezy cardigan and Mondo Cable cardigan. Genevieve wore her matching Mini Mondo Cable cardi.  Gigi wore her Cassidy, and  Cat Bordhi's Coriolis socks . Gigi also wore her red mohair Oat Couture Spiral Petal Shawl.

Loose Ends:(15:34)

We were going to talk about the solution to the bleeding issues of the Regia Fluormania. Jasmin mentions the Addicted to Sockknitting Group, and refers to the Citric Acid fix.

We have contacted Westminster, the distributor, but they haven't responded yet. So you may want to call them directly and talk to their customer service folks at:
USA: (800) 445-9276
Canada: (800) 263-2354
Let them know about the problem, and ask what the next step is.

Events:(21:46)

11/28: Pajamma Jamie Jam at Purlescence
2/19-22/2015: Stitches West!

Contest:(23:12)

The winner for Operation SockDrawer for this episode is : FreckledCrafts, who wins a skein of Lollipop Yarn in the Kodachrome colorway.

Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

Participants: post a picture to instagram with the #operationsockdrawer, have your ravelry name on your instagram profile. Feel free to double dip your projects.

Projects will be judged on originality and general delightfulness.

Next week's prize is a skein of Invictus Yarns, in the Emerald colorway, on the BFL/Nylon base  
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New contest:

We announce the Grinch-along. Starting date is November 10th. Cease and desist all holiday gift knitting! #grinchalong. Knitting only for personal pleasure. Take pictures and post them in the ravelry group and/or on Instagram.

Prizes will be Grinchy knitting bags sewn in the Sweatshop Of Love by the Knitmore Girls out of
Grinchy fabric. Let us know what fun holiday things you are doing instead of gift knitting.

Mother Knows Best:(32:40)

Today we talk some more about an efficient closet. Today's focus is on shoe storage. We like things from the Container Store. Jasmin talks about the closet that Andrew built for her, and the accompanying blog post.

Jasmin talks about information gleaned from a class with Rick Mondragon. She mentions Abby from the Knit Knit Cafe, and Doc Martin boots, and her Namaste bag. We would love to hear your thoughts in the episode thread.

Purloined:(32:24)

This week we are purloining "Today's Sweater" from Brenda Dayne's podcast Cast-On.  We bid her a fond good bye and wish her success in all her future endeavors. She just announced that she cast off her last episode.

You may want to send her a personal message on her website.

Jasmin talks about her first sweater for herself, a Penny Straker design of Cascade 220.

Review:(45:58)

This week we review Charts Made Simple, by J.C. Briar.

Also keep your ears open for our upcoming interview with her. Jasmin mentions Stitch Maps: https://stitch-maps.com/

Straw Into Gold:(56:26)

Gigi has gotten into the routine of pulling out her spinning wheel and is getting more work done.
Jasmin is convinced that she needs a nutmeg colored sweater and she dug out a fleece that she had purchased from Janet Heppler of Nebo Ranch, and is swatching for spinning.

And Sew On:(57:52)

Jasmin is excited to sew project bags, inspired by the lovely Erin Lane bags.  We are using a bag tutorial that is also on Pinterest.  She loves her Featherweight.

Gigi was going to sew buttonholes on Genevieve's summer dress, and she had bought a Janome buttonhole foot, and was missing a manual. She also has misplaced the manual  for her fancy Singer, and so couldn't do buttonholes on that machine, either.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Knit Knitmore Cafe - Episode 305 - The Knitmore Girls

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When you own a business you find yourself up at ungodly hours formulating your next step, and juggling between adored and effective products, and creating new interest. So I found myself face-to-face with facts, the nitty-gritty numbers and the [dirty] details. Numbers don't lie - right?  As difficult as it is, we are discontinuing scents and products that just don't make cents. But we are absolutely thrilled and excited about offering new scents and products that you have been asking for. We are actively creating some major spark in our studio. (This calls for super strong shades!) Before these sparks start flying, check out the nitty-gritty and dirty details of our current scents at the new Bar-Maids Blog
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The newest innovation from the Namaste sisters is the Poppins bag.  This bag opens wide and is surprisingly spacious despite it's compact appearance.  Super cute design with magnetic top closures to allow you to knit out of your closed bag (and separate fibers if you wish) with no worries of snagging your precious fibers.  2 external zipper pockets and plenty more inside, including internal tool storage slots- this bag is awesome.  Get yours at www.namasteinc.com
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SSYC just received our largest Madelinetosh shipment ever. Tosh DK, Pashmina, Tosh sock and Merino Light. IF you want sweater quantities, now’s the time!


On The Needles:(0:35)

This week Abby, from the Knit Knit Cafe is our guest on the podcast!

Gigi has finished her Butternut Squash Halloween socks from Ladybug Fiber company.

Jasmin has finished Genevieve's Olivia hat out of Cascade Longwood.

Gigi cast on tube socks for Genevieve out of Neon Now. Jasmin is working on the Happy Howloween socks out of  Lollipop Yarn in their Beefcake base. Gigi is working on the Wild Iris cowl from the Book of Cowls by Sivia Harding. She is knitting it out of Bijou Basin Ranch's Himalayan Trail in the color Sassenach.#kiltmenowKAL.

Gigi  has also cast on a pair of Halloween socks out of Poste Yarns in the Elm Street Colorway.

Abbi is working on her Hitchhiker our of handspun yarn.

Jasmin is working on Halloween socks, in the Stingy Jack yarn by Invictus Yarns. and she is also working on a pair of socks from Cyborgs's Craftroom in the colorway Specter, with black Cascade Heritage 150, for heels and toes.

We mentions Romi Hill's design for boot toppers in her Oddments Knitdown. [As of this date, Romi Hills boot toppers haven't been published.]

Abbi is knitting a Lintilla out of Sheepspot Sustainable Merino Fingering Weight. Jasmin mentions Sasha Torres' posting cool articles on the Sheepspot Facebook page. We mentions Martina Behm's site.

Jasmin mentions  Twist and Knit by Miriam Felton

Abbi is knitting the Grace socks by Sivia Harding, out of Black Trillium in the Good Egg colorway. She is using the Knit Companion App. Jasmin declare that she will use the Knit Companion App to Knit her Celestarium shawl.

Loose Ends:(18:33)

We aired the Anna Zilborg interview, part of the Dreadfully Delayed Interview Series.
We don't endorse Biscotte & Cie's Knitmore colorway.  We are talking to Westminster Fibers (US distributors of Regia) about the bleeding issue of the Fluormania.

Events:(26:38)

We are planning to attend the Pajamma Jammie Jam at Purlescence Yarns,
and Stitches West in February!

Contest:(28:22)

Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

Participants: post a picture to instagram with the #operationsockdrawer, have your ravelry name on your instagram profile. Feel free to double dip your projects.

Projects will be judged on originality and general delightfulness.

Next week's prize is a skein of Lollipop Yarn in the Kodachrome colorway.

Mother Knows Best:(31:38)

Gigi has more suggestions for an effective closet. Jasmin and Abbi gush about the Container Store.
Jasmin mentions her closet blog post.

When Knitting Attacks:(38:42)

Gigi was knitting her Van Gogh socks and didn't enjoy it toe-up, and she frogged and started cuff down.

 Abbi had made a pair of Uptown Girl socks, and they have no nylon and they have grown holes in the heels. The new sock yarn from Dream in Color is called "Everlasting sock".

We would like about heels and durability.

We mention Wooly Nylon.

There is an article in Twist Collective about darning socks.

Gigi thought she could do a moebius cast on for a cowl on one long needle. She was wrong.

While sewing, she accidentally basted Sam Knitmore's jeans to Grandpa Knitmore's inseam lenght.

Review:(49:11)

This week we review Weave•Knit•Wear by Judith Shangold.

Jasmin mentions the Schacht Cricket, and the Flip Loom.
We have suggestions for the next book in this series, that we think Judith Shangold should write.

Straw Into Gold:(1:01:54)

Gigi has been spinning! She found that she needs to have a routine for spinning, and it seems to be working. She has been spinning her SPAKAL with a long draw, and has gotten enough practice so she is actually starting to like the result of her spinning.

Jasmin has been spinning tribbles from Gourmet Stash in the Weathered Tartan colorway( inspired by the Outlander colorway). She finds spinning very soothing.

Abbi has a spinning question. She enjoys spinning on her Turkish Spindle, but would like to spin for projects, and she is wondering how to make spindle spinning into real spinning for projects.

We mention the amazing Sultana, who spins four or five sweaters worth of yarn on spindles.
Jasmin mentions the Ol' Lars spindle (425-255-3073), that has great spin. It is not the Trindle. Jasmin mentions the curio table from IKEA [Jasmin's isn't available, but this one is close.]

Jasmin mentions Battlings from Hobbledehoy.

And Sew On:(1:10:04)

Gigi hemmed the Nemesis Dress for Melanie of the SavvyGirls Podcast. All that remains is the hook and Eye closure and some pressing.

Jasmin got the case for her Featherweight. Abby says dryer sheets help with musty smell.

Abby went to Portland Sewing and bought a hipcurve, a french curve and a notcher. She also bought a kosher Tailor's Ham.

We mention the The Knowledgeable Knitter. Jasmin mentions Citric Acid, and the four step press by the Pressinatrix. Abby mentions a trick to make seam allowance not show up on the garment. Jasmin notes that craft paper is available at a low price at U-Line.
Gigi mentions pressing over a Sleeve Board.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Director's Cut - Anna Zilboorg - The Knitmore Girls

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This director's cut episode is brought to you without commercial interruption by XRX books: Now your socks can be a magnificent as your mittens! In this expanded edition of the original “Magnificent Mittens” that includes Anna’s toe-up, free-sole sock designs.  With stranded patterning on the top of the foot and plain sole, it is elastic, easily reinforced, and easily repaired. No longer are color-patterned socks too much work for too little wear.



Magnificent Mittens & Socks
45 Fine & Fanciful Hats to Knit
Fancy Feet (reprint: Simply Socks)
Knitting for Anarchists
Barbara Walker
Betsy Harrell's book
Half-stranded socks (found in Sock Knitting Master Class)