Sunday, May 24, 2009

Shawls, Sweaters, and Socks! - Episode 54 - The Knitmore Girls


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Congrats on graduating, Tika!!!
On the Needles: (1:33)
Gigi has finished knitting Carli. She'll be photographing them with the pins from Romi.

Summer means lace knitting for Jasmin. She is working on her Wool Peddler's Shawl. Jasmin admits objecting to the seemingly exponential growth of triangular shawls.

Gigi's Marta is nearing completion, as are her Par 5 socks in Malabrigo Sock. Jasmin is still working on her Aran Pocket Shawl. Gigi is working on the Riverbed sock out of the Abstract Fiber SuperSock in "Macbeth". Jasmin is working on a sock out of the Abstract Fiber Supersock in "Newport".

Gigi is going on a blocking binge! She's blocking her Chic Pulli in Cascade Venezia. Jasmin is planning on pulling two UFO triangular lace shawls (the Icarus and the Adamas Shawls).

Jasmin and Gigi agree that the Waterfall shell (from the Spring issue of Verena Knitting) would be fantastic for the Tess Microfiber Ribbon. Jasmin also thinks the Aleita Shell (from Interweave Knits, Spring 2008) would be a great use of the Tess Ribbon. Jasmin is also excited about the Sandrine sweater.
Bring it On! (18:12)

Jasmin is on an organization binge. She is using the comforter bags (seen on the sockpr0n blog) to separate fleeces, and yarns by dyer.
Mother Knows Best: (23:05)

Gigi talks about blocking using cardboard cutting boards in conjunction with Knitter's Blocks.

Events: (27:17)

- Saturday, June 6th: Spinning at the Retzlaff winery. There's a $5 entry fee, and a potluck lunch.
- Saturday, June 13th: WorldWide Knit in Public day. Jasmin will be at Santana Row (between Cohiba and Sunglasses on the Row), Gigi will be in Los Angeles.
- August 6-9: Sock Summit in Portland, Oregon. We will be staying at the Mariott Courtyard in Portland. We'll be doing a meet-and-greet with goodie bags!

Straw into Gold: (31:03)

The last of Jasmin's fleeces from Booneville arrived, processed and beautiful from Shari at Morro Fleece Works. Jasmin talks about Duchess, a 1/2 blood, blue/gray fleece from Jean Near.

Jasmin plied the cashmere/silk from Abstract Fiber this week, and discovered some issues with her WooLee Winder. Jasmin needs help- she needs the directions on how to disassemble/reassemble hers.


  1. Thanks a million for the link to those bags. I just ordered 2 doz. and can't wait for them to arrive. Stackable -- yahoo!

  2. Awww, thanks for the shout-out! Party on Saturday? We owe Andrew dinner for looking after Los Dos Gatos!

  3. Just thought I'd encourage you to go for it on the Aleita Shell. I just finished mine not too long ago and it's one of the best things I've made. Very versatile. The yarn is Classic Yarns Luxury Cotton DK and though it's not ribbon, while using it, I thought it felt like the way you describe Tess' water falling into your invisible weight. So I think the ribbon will be perfect!

    I also want to agree with your review of Friday Night Knitting Club from last week. The tragic ending was not necessary for the book to be made into a serious effort at a novel...there's nothing wrong with a happy ending to a fun, light read!