Sunday, July 25, 2010

Triumph, Tragedy, and the Tour - Episode 111 - The Knitmore Girls

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Abstract Fiber is counting down to our new website. We’re expecting to be live at the beginning of August. A bright, new look, a new logo, a newsletter, and monthly specials. These specials will be very limited, so keep an eye out at the beginning of each month for knotty skeins, limited production fibers and yarns, and whatever other goodies we can find. We’ll have some new products too. Stay tuned to AbstractFiber.com

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Amy Singer of Knitty.com is coming to Purlescence the first week of November! Join our mailing list to get details on her visit, her Easy Non-Wool Socks class, and new products including a new release of our in-house hand-painted sock yarn: Purl Up & Dye.



Knitter’s Magazine brings you the very best in the Knitting Universe. Each issue offers something for every knitter—easy step-by-step instructions, how-to techniques, informative articles, and the best designs from the most talented designers. We’re Knitter’s, it shows. You can find us on the web at http://KnittingUniverse.com/Knitters/ or call 800-232-5648

On the needles (00:38):

Gigi is still working on her Tiger Striped socks. Jasmin and Gigi disagree about pooling, striping, and general tigery-ness. Gigi talks about afterthought heels versus pre-planned heels. Jasmin mentions Andrew noticing the "When Knitting Attacks" music on an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 2, "Bad Eggs").

Jasmin works on her Apricot Socks while attending Love's Labor's Lost at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Jasmin is still working on her Cabled Raglan Tunic. After recording episode 111, Jasmin plans to cast on her Garter Yoke cardigan.


Contest: (9:12)

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:
Events: (10:59)
- 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


Ask an Intern: (11:51)

This week, Katrina spun, blocked, and knit. She spun some merino/silk from Abstract fiber (color "Poppies"). She is still enjoying spinning the Shetland batts from Sporfarm. She mentions the Brandywine shawl, the Citron Shawl, and the Elliina shawl. She has some finished wristers! She is also knitting the Lacy Beanie hat (from 101 Designer One Skein Wonders) with her Tour de Fleece yarn.

Mother Knows Best: (23:07)

This week, we talk about plying the odds and ends.

When Knitting Attacks: (28:30)

Gigi trips over unsightly nupps in her Aeolian shawl.

Tour de Fleece wrap up: (32:41)

Jasmin triumphs, Gigi doesn't place, but perseveres.

Review: (41:00)

This week we review the Sock Knitting Kit from Krafti-Kit. Overall impressions: good value, good yarn, good pattern- but the production quality of the pattern should have been better.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

When in doubt, overdo - Episode 110- The Knitmore Girls

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Abstract Fiber is building a pretty new website! In preparation, we’ve been taking tons of new photographs of yarn and fiber. You can see the pictures by searching Flickr for Abstract Fiber, or by following the link from AbstractFiber.com. We’ll be adding more photos, and keeping them on Flickr so you can browse anytime. Most of our yarn colors are available on all yarn bases, so if you see a color you like, you can have it in the yarn you want. As always, shipping in the US is free for orders over $100 at AbstractFiber.com.

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Amy Singer of Knitty.com is coming to Purlescence the first week of November! Join our mailing list to get details on her visit, her Easy Non-Wool Socks class, and new products including a new release of our in-house hand-painted sock yarn: Purl Up & Dye.



Knitter’s Magazine brings you the very best in the Knitting Universe. Each issue offers something for every knitter—easy step-by-step instructions, how-to techniques, informative articles, and the best designs from the most talented designers. We’re Knitter’s, it shows. You can find us on the web at http://KnittingUniverse.com/Knitters/ or call 800-232-5648


On the needles: (00:31)

Gigi is working on a pair of tiger striped socks from "Campus Knits". Jasmin is working on the Twist Cardigan for Meghan (from the Stitch It! podcast) as part of Sweater Swap 2010. Jasmin is also working on the Cabled Raglan Tunic and learned to cable without a needle when she misplaced her Wanda tool. Jasmin talks about knitting with apricot colored Dream in Color Smooshy.

Contest: (4:07)

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:
Events: (5:38)
- 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


Ask an intern: (6:21)

Katrina has completed her Tour de Fleece spinning, which was blue cormo that she bought at the Retzlaff Winery spinning day. She spins on a Kromski Sonata and talks about "re-booting" her wheel. Katrina also worked on the Crown Mountain Farms Targhee, which she Navajo-plied. She also tried her hand at the Crown Mountain Farms Lincoln.

She started spinning the black and blue Shetland batts from Sporfarm. She has also learned both the provisional cast-on, and the modified continental bind-off from the Lucy Neatby DVDs. Katrina also learned to wet block the Brandywine and the Citron shawls.

Tour de Fleece update: (19:28)

Gigi has finished all of the repeats from the first chart. One of our listeners alerted her to dental floss ("with a fuzzy middle"), which seems to be the secret to speedy beaded knitting. Gigi found the information in the @Romi's Studio group; Jasmin found it on Rosemary's blog. (Hooray for Oral B Superfloss!) Jasmin declares ennui.

Review: (29:33)

This week we review Sock Club by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrot; we love it!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Where do the lonely mittens go? - Episode 109 - The Knitmore Girls

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Introducing Abstract Fiber Alto: 100% SuperWash Blue Faced Leicester in a 3-ply DK weight yarn. Shiny, very soft, just the right amount of twist. You should see how this yarn takes color! There is something magical about the way the colors smudge together and create new shades in between. Add the sheen, and it’s almost too pretty to sell. Perfect for sweaters, scarves, wrist warmers, just about anything. 4.5 ounces of Alto is nearly 400 yards and only $20. We think you’ll love Alto as much as we do. Find Alto online at AbstractFiber.com.

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Amy Singer of Knitty.com is coming to Purlescence the first week of November! Join our mailing list to get details on her visit, her Easy Non-Wool Socks class, and new products including a new release of our in-house hand-painted sock yarn: Purl Up & Dye.



Knitter’s Magazine brings you the very best in the Knitting Universe. Each issue offers something for every knitter—easy step-by-step instructions, how-to techniques, informative articles, and the best designs from the most talented designers. We’re Knitter’s, it shows.
You can find us on the web at http://KnittingUniverse.com/Knitters/ or call 800-232-5648

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.

Contest: (22:55)

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:
Events: (23:29)
- 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.

Review (34:46)

This week, we review Magnificent Mittens 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.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Beading heads against walls - Episode 108 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode has been sponsored by:


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Introducing Abstract Fiber Alto: 100% SuperWash Blue Faced Leicester in a 3-ply DK weight yarn. Shiny, very soft, just the right amount of twist. You should see how this yarn takes color! There is something magical about the way the colors smudge together and create new shades in between. Add the sheen, and it’s almost too pretty to sell. Perfect for sweaters, scarves, wrist warmers, just about anything. 4.5 ounces of Alto is nearly 400 yards and only $20. We think you’ll love Alto as much as we do. Find Alto online at AbstractFiber.com.

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Luscious laceweights are favorites for summertime knitting. At Purlescence Yarns we have a lovely array of laceweight yarns at 25% off July 7-12. From silk to merino to cashmere, we have what you need to make your lace knitting dreams come true. We're knitting Citron from Knitty.com in Madeline Tosh Prairie, Punta Mericash, & Claudia Silk. Call or email us with your order today!




Knitter’s Magazine brings you the very best in the Knitting Universe. Each issue offers something for every knitter—easy step-by-step instructions, how-to techniques, informative articles, and the best designs from the most talented designers. We’re Knitter’s, it shows.
You can find us on the web at http://KnittingUniverse.com/Knitters/ or call 800-232-5648



On the needles: (00:38 )

Gigi is making good progress on her Frost Flowers Stole. Jasmin has cast on a black cashmere Citron. Jasmin mentions her Knitmore Citron. Gigi has cast on the Aeolian Shawl out of Abstract Fiber MightySock (in Silver). Jasmin is knitting the Cabled Raglan Tunic by Cheryl Oberle out of Malabrigo in "Orchid". Thanks to Abby and Mr. Feibusch for the perfect zipper! Jasmin announces casting on her Somewhat Secret Project.

Contest: (10:41)

The Head to Toe design contest is launched. Details can be found in the contest thread. The contest ends 8/31/2010. Prizes include:
Events: (12:26)

- 9/6: Monterey Wool Auction
- 9/24-26: Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival

Ask our intern! (13:47)

Katrina, the intern does her introduction to the segment! Please post any questions you'd like her to answer in the Ravelry thread.

Mother knows Best: (17:22)

This week, we recommend scanning patterns into your computer as you buy them.

When Knitting Attacks: (20:05)

Gigi hits a snag with her Tour de Fleece project. We talk about watching "Moon" while we Tour!

Tour de Fleece: (22:38)

Day 2 of the Tour de Fleece, we talk about our progress (or lack thereof). Jasmin is spinning BFL in "Jeans" from Susan's Spinning bunny, and a similar colorway in Lorna's Laces wool. Miss Kalendar is spinning dyed cormo from Sue Reuser. Gigi is stuck on beads.

Review: (28:30)

This week we review "
Knit in Comfort" by Isabel Sharpe. We don't like it, give it a pass.

Straw into Gold: (36:17)

Jasmin talks about Targhee, courtesy of Crown Mountain Farms "Fiber of the Month" club.