Sunday, June 7, 2009

Mesmerized! - Episode 56 - The Knitmore Girls

Mesmer -CU

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Events: (00:27)

Saturday, June 13th- World Wide Knit in Public Day. Jasmin will be knitting at Santana Row with Miss Kalendar (from Brass Needles) and Tika (from Gives Good Knit).
Gigi will be knitting with the Fiber Collective in Los Angeles.
On the Needles: (02:06)

Gigi and Jasmin had a GREAT time at the Retzlaff Winery spinning event! (Jasmin talks about the Pygora/Wool lace yarn from Hollyhock Hollow farm.)

Jasmin has been on a finishing kick! She has finished her Houdini Socks. (You can find the cutting tutorial here.)

Gigi has finished her first sock out of the Abstract Fiber Supersock in Lady Macbeth. Gigi talks about a Lucy Neatby bind-off technique.

Jasmin has picked up her Mesmer socks again (you can find the Mesmer pattern here), and is in LOVE! She's knitting it in a burnt orange colorway of the Colinette Jitterbug.

Gigi finished her first Coriolis sock in a new pair. She has found herself immersed in using Cat Bordhi and Lucy Neatby techniques!

Jasmin is returning to her Monkey socks. Gigi and Jasmin discuss the 52 pair plunge. Jasmin recommends modifying these types of KALs with more reasonable expectations.

Jasmin tells a stash enhancement story, where she wheels and deals for some hot pink Koigu. She's looking for sweater suggestions for it.

Mother Knows Best: (21:25)

We discuss Netiquette and Ravelry.

When Knitting Attacks: (25:32)

Gigi is on her third try on her Coriolis. Jasmin has been Mesmerized, and has been having issues reading directions.

Gigi's Upstream socks are having issues, and she desperately needs a bout of startitis.

Jasmin talks about picking up a fleece for Meghan (from Stitch-it!), and misreading her text.

Straw into Gold: (33:26)

Jasmin bought a little Pygora (from Hollyhock Hollow Farms), and will talk about spinning it in a future podcast. Jasmin talks about overdyeing naturally colored fiber.

Jasmin talks about getting outstanding customer service from Schacht, and the "silencing a noisy bobbin" trick with White Lithium Grease.

Meghan, Erin, and Jasmin split two fleeces from Janet Heppler. Frank was a dark, 10 1/2 lb merino/corriedale mix. Luther is a white, 12 lb merino corriedale blend with super long staple length.

Meghan's grey cormo fleece came from Sue Reuser, as did a white cormo fleece that Erin and Jasmin are splitting.

Meghan has thrown down the gauntlet- if Jasmin hand-processes 4 lbs of fleece, Meghan will knit a lace shawl on smallish needles (US 5-6).

Jasmin mentions Aija's tutorials on processing fleeces in locks.


  1. Sweater Sugggestion. . .
    Abotanicity from Knitty (

    I did this for my daughter (I am PKJewelry on Ravelry), and I called it the Skinny-Girl Sweater - both because it was for a skinny girl,a dn because it was made with skinny yarn. Very pretty!

  2. Gigi mentions David Reidy's great voice, and it reminded me of the QN Podcast of May 6, Romantic Secrets, and I include the link in case anybody missed it! Romantic Secrets

  3. I've been listening to your podcast, catching up, over the last month or so, but I don't think I've ever commented before. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your podcast. I like the variety of segments and how you aren't afraid to admit when something doesn't go perfectly. When I'm frogging a mistake, it's nice to know that even experienced knitters hit a snag once in awhile.

  4. Sent an email to Interweave when I realized there must be a mistake in the pattern named Lindsay in the Sock Innovation book by Cookie A. The stitch count did not add up. Interweave responded saying they have not published this errata page yet but here is the change:

    Bottom of first column on page 120:

    Replace "Work Set-up chart for 1 round" with "NEXT RND: K2, p2, [work Pattern chart row 2] 5 times, p2."

    (The set-up rnd replaces row 1 of the chart for the first repeat only.)

    Hope this helps you as you progress thru the book. See you at SOS09 - Betty from Hawaii