Sunday, June 6, 2010

Wine and wool - Episode 104- The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode has been sponsored by:

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Join us in welcoming Sandi Rosner, Friday (July 2, 2010 7:00 - 8:00pm) one of the great minds behind Think Outside the Sox, as she shares the inspiration for the contest, the selection process of the winning socks, and more! Sandi will be available to sign books after the talk.

Think Outside the SOX , the latest from XRX Books, features over 60 winning designs from the Knitter’s Magazine contest. This ultimate sock book highlights many design processes, innovative constructions and updates on traditional techniques and just plain beautiful socks. Extensive charts and diagrams, illustrated explanations, and detailed photographs all round out this how-to for everything socks. There’s no better time to be a sock knitter! You can find us on the web at or call 800-232-5648.

On the needles: (00:38)

Gigi is working on her Frost Flowers Stole. Jasmin has worked a little on her Brandywine (knit out of Abstract Fiber Hepburn) a little bit, but mostly on her Citron (knit out of Abstract Fiber's Supersock in the Knitmore colorway). Gigi is knitting a plain cowl (inspired by the Stacked Eyelet Cowl) out of her Abstract Fiber Knitmore Supersock.

Gigi finished her Brandywine shawl and she *loved* the purled i-cord bind-off. Jasmin mentions Rosemary's e-book(7 Small Shawls to Knit), and the new design ("Merope".) Gigi has started a pair of Cozy Cables socks (from Sock Club) out of the Tanis Fiber Arts sock yarn. Jasmin mentions "Supernatural", and has cast on a pair of socks out of Damselfly Yarns' "Demon Cloud" sock yarn (inspired by the Supernatural), using the Knitmore Vanilla sock pattern with the Cynthia variations.

Gigi needs to buy beads to finish her Citron, Jasmin needs to have the sleeves put on her Tempest sweater. Jasmin mentions a few podcasts, including Knit Cents, Here's to Ewe, Belle of the Ball, and Cast On. (Welcome back, Brenda!)

We do the winery recap. Jasmin mentions Janet Heppler (of Nebo Rock Textiles). Gigi mentions Brenda Patipa, then we set up our Fantasy Knitting Project Runway designers. (The list is Brenda Patipa, Maggie Jackson, Fiona Ellis, Norah Gaughan, Jean Frost, and one more.)

Events: (27:58)

- 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.
- 7/3 : Start of the Tour de Fleece! We'll be doing a mass-start starting at 8:30 AM PST in the Team Sasquatch group chat.
- 9/6: Monterey Wool Auction

Contest! (29:49)

The Head to Toe design contest is launched. Details can be found in the contest thread. The contest ends 8/31/2010. Prizes include:
Mother knows best: (32:11)

We discuss yardage. Gigi mentions mini skeins from Wüllenstudio.

When Knitting Attacks! (39:25)

Gigi's Cozy Cables socks attack.

Review: (42:04)

We review the Summer 2010 issue of Verena Knitting. We enjoyed Galina's articles and shawl design, and not much else. Jasmin was caught by the Sybil top, and the Betty top. Jasmin mentions the interview we did with Galina.

Tour de Fleece Training: (47:03)

Week 3: Wind your yarn.

Traditional cyclists:
Week 3: If you're wheel-spinning, spin 1 oz to test your wheel and fiber. (If you're prepping fiber, keep prepping!)

Straw into Gold: (50:48)

Jasmin is spinning (It's so easy being) Green merino/silk from Abstract Fiber, and a Coopworth batt from Susan's Kitchen. Jasmin talks about Coopworth. Jasmin mentions In Sheep's Clothing and the Knitter's Book of Wool as great references.

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