Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Director's Cut - Nancy Bush

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Abstract Fiber presents Soprano, our newest DK weight yarn. 50% silk / 50% merino this yarn feels like heaven. Shiny, very smooth 4-ply, and of course, very, very soft. Soprano is perfect for anything right next to your skin. It is a great weight for sweaters, scarves, hats, and many more projects. A little luxury for a reasonable price: each 4.5 ounces skein has 284 yards and is only $30. You won’t be disappointed in Soprano.

We chat with Nancy Bush, knitter, author, and instructor extraordinaire. Special thanks to Chloe, Lisa, and Maribel who were invaluable help at the Sock Summit.

Things that are mentioned:
Knitting vintage socks
The Weldon's books
Folk Socks
Knitted Lace of Estonia
The Lily of the Valley Shawl (Jasmin's is shown above)
Knitting on the Road
Ethnic Socks and Stockings by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts
Fancy Feet by Anna Zilboorg
Knitter's Magazine
Boye stitch markers
Coiless pins
Piecework magazine

You can find Nancy's teaching/travel schedule here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Just Say "No" - Episode 128 - The Knitmore Girls

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Abstract fiber has new Limited Luxury fibers. Our website will soon have merino cashmere silk and merino yak silk blends that we will dye to order in any of our colors until we run out. The cashmere blend sold out at SOAR in 3 hours! Visit your lys or Abstractfiber.com to see what the commotion's about!

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The holidays are fast approaching, and the Purlescence Purl Girls are preparing holiday goodies for you all to enjoy. We are pleased to announce the arrival of three new fiber lines: Frabjous Fibers, Ashland Bay Fibers, and Crown Mountain Fibers. We're also stocking up on looms and spinning wheels for your holiday gift desires. Get your wish list in and order early to ensure delivery before mid-December! Happy autumn knitting!

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On the needles: (00:34)

Thanks for the birthday wishes! Gigi is making progress on her Cassidy cardigan. Jasmin is making some progress on her Cece cardigan, and found the perfect button for it! Jasmin is working on Meghan's Twist Cardigan. We mention Dr. Who, the Dr. Who scarf, and the Brass Needles podcast.

Other podcasts mentioned:

Yarngasm
Miss Elle Knits
Cast On
Sticks and String
Radio Free Burrito (language warning)

Jasmin has been working on her Snapdragon Afterthought Socks. We talk about the Pajama Jammie Jam. You can see our video here:



We mention Bill's (in Willow Glen).

Mother Knows Best: (10:51)

We suggest a "Just say 'no'... but I'll teach you" approach to holiday knitting. Jasmin mentions her Juno Regina stole.

When Knitting Attacks: (18:47)

Jasmin runs short. And forgetful.

Contest! (21:03)

Our annual Do Some Good contest has begun! Do some good, post it to the thread, maybe you'll win a prize! But you'll definitely do some good, and that's awesome. The contest will close 1/8/2011, and we'll announce the winners on 1/9/2011.

Review: (23:14)

This week we review One More Skein by Leigh Radford. We're not really impressed.

Holidays with the Knitmores: (29:43)

We talk about Advents Calendars, and specifically mention the DROPS Christmas calendar.

Straw into Gold: (33:46)

Jasmin is still spinning on her Barbie dream fleece from the 2009 Monterey Wool auction. It's a brown merino from Terry Mendenhall. We talk about multiple wheel homes, and how to select a spinning wheel.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Inspired - Episode 127 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode has been sponsored by:

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Abstract fiber has new Limited Luxury fibers. Our website will soon have merino cashmere silk and merino yak silk blends that we will dye to order in any of our colors until we run out. The cashmere blend sold out at SOAR in 3 hours! Visit your lys or Abstractfiber.com to see what the commotion's about!

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The holidays are fast approaching, and the Purlescence Purl Girls are preparing holiday goodies for you all to enjoy. We are pleased to announce the arrival of three new fiber lines: Frabjous Fibers, Ashland Bay Fibers, and Crown Mountain Fibers. We're also stocking up on looms and spinning wheels for your holiday gift desires. Get your wish list in and order early to ensure delivery before mid-December! And don't forget that the Pajama Jammie Jam is coming. We've got lots of great deals when we open at 6am on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Happy autumn knitting!

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Knitter’s Magazine is celebrating a milestone of 100 issues by going digital! Download a FREE copy of K100 -- with more than 50 beautiful patterns -- Go to KnittingUniverse.com/Zinio for your FREE digital copy of K100 AND for details on how you can receive future issues of Knitter’s in print or digital formats.




On the Needles: (00:29)

Jasmin is working on the sleeves for Meghan's Twist cardigan. Gigi is working on her Cassidy, and is underwhelmed by the quality of the Manos Rittenhouse. Gigi is working on her Maia shawl. Gigi mentions Jasmin's blog.

We have canceled our trip to Vogue Knitting Live due to the recent changes in TSA policy. Safety and civil rights come first. You can read any number of articles and anecdotes regarding this here.

We are inspired by a sweater at Lane Bryant with an inspired construction. Gigi is knitting another pair of vanilla socks out of Regia.

Mother Knows Best: (16:49)

We answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread. We discuss what to consider when buying buttons.

Review: (24:59)

This week we review Knitting it Old School by Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro Sheridan. We LIKE it!

Some favorites include:

The Ahoy Sailor sweater
St Moritz top
Rally Dress
Swing Time
Sock Hop
Go Go Granny
Not an Extra

Straw into Gold: (39:38)

Jasmin is still spinning on the Barbie dream fleece from the 2009 Monterey Wool Auction. Jasmin talks about how to pick a beginning spindle. Jasmin's pick is the Schacht student spindle.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Lofty goals - Episode 126 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode has been sponsored by:
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Abstract fiber has new Limited Luxury fibers. Our website will soon have merino cashmere silk and merino yak silk blends that we will dye to order in any of our colors until we run out. The cashmere blend sold out at SOAR in 3 hours! Visit your lys or Abstractfiber.com to see what the commotion's about!

purllogolarge
The holidays are fast approaching, and the Purlescence Purl Girls are preparing holiday goodies for you all to enjoy. We are pleased to announce the arrival of three new fiber lines: Frabjous Fibers, Ashland Bay Fibers, and Crown Mountain Fibers. We're also stocking up on looms and spinning wheels for your holiday gift desires. Get your wish list in and order early to ensure delivery before mid-December! And don't forget that the Pajama Jammie Jam is coming. We've got lots of great deals when we open at 6am on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Happy autumn knitting!



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 has been digging through her UFO pile. Jasmin has made some progress on Meghan's Twist Cardigan. Gigi has unearthed her Classic Slant Cardigan (by Deborah Newton, not Veronik Avery), and Jasmin has come to her rescue with the Interweave Knits on CD. Jasmin's Cece has gotten stalled. Gigi has made progress on her Cassidy.

Jasmin is working on Andrew's socks out of the Creatively Dyed Yarns J'ouvert base (color "Cake"). Jasmin is working on a pair of Snapdragon socks out of Abstract Fiber Temptation (color "Snapdragon"), which will have afterthought heels. Gigi has been working on her Heart to Heart scarf (by Sivia Harding).

Thanks to Sarah over at Stash Resolution. Go over and give it a listen!

We mention the 2011 thread. Post your 2011 goals!

Mother Knows Best: (27:03)

We talk about managing your Ravelry queue and picking projects that flatter. We mention the HOAX fashion formula book. We mention the Knitpicks brass stitch markers.

When Knitting Attacks: (36:13)

Gigi's Maia shawl has given her "three bears" moments. Jasmin goofs on Meghan's sleeves, yet again.

Review: (41:03)

This week, we review Lucy Neatby's Sock Techniques 1. It's a great value, as it's less expensive than a basic sock class at your LYS, and more comprehensive.

Straw into Gold: (46:59)

Jasmin has been spinning her Barbie dream fleece, and the Crown Mountain Farms Blue Faced Leicester from the Fiber of the Month Club (pictured above). Other vendors mentioned include Susan's Spinning Bunny and Abstract Fiber.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Twisted - Episode 125 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode has been sponsored by:
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Abstract fiber has new Limited Luxury fibers. Our website will soon have merino cashmere silk and merino yak silk blends that we will dye to order in any of our colors until we run out. The cashmere blend sold out at SOAR in 3 hours! Visit your lys or Abstractfiber.com to see what the commotion's about!

purllogolarge
The holidays are fast approaching, and the Purlescence Purl Girls are preparing holiday goodies for you all to enjoy. We are pleased to announce the arrival of three new fiber lines: Frabjous Fibers, Ashland Bay Fibers, and Crown Mountain Fibers. We're also stocking up on looms and spinning wheels for your holiday gift desires. Get your wish list in and order early to ensure delivery before mid-December! And don't forget that the Pajama Jammie Jam is coming. We've got lots of great deals when we open at 6am on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Happy autumn knitting!



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 has hit the mending basket. Gigi has been working on her Cassidy! Jasmin mentions a sweater she was knitting for Andrew- an Alice Starmore Gansey. Gigi is dissatisfied with the Manos Rittenhouse yarn. Jasmin has been working on her deeeelicious Cece. Jasmin mentions her Seneca sweater. We mention the Button Emporium and the Ernst's website for buttons.

Gigi is still working on the Heart to Heart scarf by Sivia Harding. Jasmin has made progress on the sleeves for Meghan's Twist cardigan. Gigi sets a goal to knit 52 socks in 2011. Jasmin has cast on a new pair of socks out of Abstract Fiber's Tempation (color: Snapdragon), and she is going to try an afterthought heel on them. Jasmin draws a comparison to Casbah. Jasmin has finished her pair of Supernatural Socks!

Mother Knows Best: (19:20)

We pull a question out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread - how and when do we wear handknit socks? We mention clear clogs, Regia boots, clear converse, and Dansko clogs.

When Knitting Attacks: (25:34)

Jasmin has three attacks in two hours while working on the sleeves of Meghan's Twist cardigan.

Review: (28:56)

This week we review "Comfort Knitting and Crochet Afghans" by Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter, and the Berroco Design Team. Gigi liked the variety, design, and contemporary nature of the patterns. Jasmin did not like the book, but she also admits that she doesn't knit blankets or afghans.


Straw into Gold: (37:20)

This week, Jasmin talks abut the Corriedale top from Crown Mountain Farms' Fiber of the Month club. (Pictured above.) Jasmin also mentions the Fiber Fiend Superwash Corriedale.