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On the needles: (00:37)
Gigi is one seam away from completing her Frost Flowers Stole. Jasmin is working on the Cabled Raglan Tunic by Cheryl Oberle, with the shaping from the Twist cardigan (by Bonne Marie Burns) overlaid onto it. We talk about the Vanilla Sweater thread in our Ravelry group, and some of our favorite vanilla sweaters include the Incredible Custom-Fit, Neckdown Raglan. We discuss tunics and body shapes. Gigi's Aeolian has made some progress. We mention Rosemary Hill's bead tutorial.
Gigi is knitting a baby hat using the Gull Wing pattern from Chrissy Gardener's Toe-Up! book. Jasmin talks about the Great Sweater Swap of 2010. Jasmin is knitting the Twist Cardigan out of Cascade 220 in color 9411 for Meghan.
The Head to Toe design contest has been launched. Details can be found in the contest thread. The contest ends 8/31/2010. Prizes include:
- 1 Year Subscription to Knitter’s Magazine
- Think Outside the Sox
- A skein of Knitmore Sock yarn
- Little Box of Socks, with signed bookplate from Charlene Schurch.
- Toe Up! by Chrissy Gardener, with signed bookplate.
- 9/6: Monterey Wool Auction (Here's the link to the Director's Cut episode about selecting fleeces.)
- 9/24-26: Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival
Mother Knows Best: (24:06)
We discuss whipping cables into shape, and learning techniques. We suggest the Lucy Neatby Knitting Gems 3 DVD for cable-specific help.
When Knitting Attacks: (27:38)
Gigi's Frost Flowers Stole hit a snag. Jasmin goes on the hunt for her Leslie Wind cable needle, and it turns up with a project that she really should finish.
Tour de Fleece Update: (31:28)
Gigi has done 6 repeats of the first chart on her Aeolian shawl. Handcyclists, please post to the Team Sasquatch board. Jasmin has spun 10 of the 24 ounces so far, but has suffered some minor equipment failure. Jasmin replaces Miss Kalendar's driveband.
This week, we review Magnificent Mittens & Socks by Anna Zilboorg. We LOVE this book! (We also mention Knitting for Anarchists.)
Straw into Gold: (42:14)
Jasmin talks about spinning Lincoln. She doesn't like it.