Sunday, May 30, 2010

A taste for the sparkles- Episode 103 - The Knitmore Girls


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On the needles: (00:35)

Gigi and Jasmin work on their Brandywine shawls for the Brandywine KAL. Gigi's is knit in of Freckle Face Fibers "Kimono" in "Newt", Jasmin's is knit in Abstract Fiber "Hepburn" in "Mousse". We mention maniago's Brandywine, and the beaded Citron. Jasmin's Citron saves the day.

Events: (16:34)

- 6/5: Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery
- 6/12: WWKIP day . We'll be at Santana Row, in the center section across from Sunglasses on the Row and Cohiba.
- 6/18-20: Black Sheep Gathering. Eugene, OR.

Mother knows best: (18:34)

We discuss matching the materials to the recipient of knits.

When knitting attacks: (30:41)

Gigi declares redoing the first chart of the Brandywine to be a swatch. Gigi's Frost Flowers (take 3) has hit a snag. Jasmin goofs up the first chart of the Brandywine. We're stumped for our next garment KAL.

Tour de Fleece Training: (41:05)

Week 2: Processing. Wash your fleece (but only as much as you plan to spin, plus a buffer. If you're going to be dealing with processed stuff, weigh out your fiber.
Week 2: Gather your materials. (Gigi has decided to knit the Aeolian shawl out of a silver skein of Abstract Fiber Hepburn.)

Straw into gold: (49:14)

Jasmin is spinning her baby cormo on her Schacht-Reeves saxony wheel. It's fast! Jasmin can't get enough of spinning sparkly stuff, and she is completely enchanted with the Susan's Kitchen batts. Jasmin talks about different ways to spin batts.

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