Monday, October 24, 2011

A beautiful day in the neighborhood - Episode 166 - The Knitmore Girls

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On the needles: ( 0:33)

We had lots of fun with Abby from the Knit Knit Cafe podcast. We went to Bobbin's Nest, Abby got a Schacht Sidekick,  and we caught a show at Rooster T. Feathers.  Gigi was smitten by Cascade Venizia Sport in Burnt Pumpkin and Espresso and is ready to start the Katriel by Robin Ulrich.

Gigi is working on the Celaeno shawl by Romi Hill, with matte beads. She has also started the Kleio, from The 7 Muses, by Romi Hill,  out of Jitterbug.  She picked some Cascade Eco for her Rocky Coast Cardigan from Coastal Knits.  Knit along!

Jasmin is working on the Daybreak out of Froebe Fiber in Midory Sour and Hurricane.  She finished her Rainbow  (Vanilla) socks.  She over-dyed some poison green Malabrigo and started her Rocky Coast cardigan

Mother Knows Best: (16:56)

We answered a question about overdyeing yarn and talked about dyeing safely and and overview of how to do it,  and how  she over dyed her Malabrigo, and she mentioned learning about art theory in Art Vista

When Knitting Attacks: (29:16)

Gigi is attacked by her Odelia.

Jasmin found herself attacked by lack of knitting while we were waiting at the comedy club.  She also was attacked by her Rocky Coast cardigan.

Review: (34:01)

Nicky Epstein's Signature Scarves, by Nicky Epstein.

Gigi is very excited about the exuberant scarves, which remind her of the fun clothing from the 70s and 80s. There are a lot of interesting techniques, some felting and lot of embellishing.  Funny, whimsical very artsy pieces.

Jasmin found the scarves to artsy, and suggested different techniques for a similar effect, and prefers more elegant scarves. Both of us like the scarf tying tutorials and the different fringe options. Thai Silk was mentioned for buying silk.

Straw into Gold: ( 44:08)

Gigi seems to have adopted a Louet Julia that needed a new home and is having a great time spinning on it.

Jasmin finished the last of her Crown Mountain Material Girl and finished her spinning for Andrew's sweater. We also worked on some Merino that was processed by Sherri from Morro Fleece Works.

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