Monday, December 26, 2011

Fashionable Forty - Episode 175 - The Knitmore Girls


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Abstract Fiber would like to invite you to join our first yarn club!  We are excited to offer a 6 issue yarn club we’re calling One Skein/Two Skein.  Every other month we’ll send you a new exclusive yarn color and pattern.  We’ll do some solid colors, some colorways and will introduce some new luxurious yarns too. Each pattern will have flexibility for expansion, for example companion pieces, or multiple size and style options.  You’ll have the option to buy extra skeins just when you want them.  Spinners, we’ll have a fiber option for you too!  We’re working with some of our favorite designers, starting out in February with a beautiful shawl by Sivia Harding.  Check out all the details at

Nobody has perfect feet. Nobody. We put so much pressure on them with all our walking, shopping, working out, etc., not to mention expecting them to wear horrible footwear that looks great but could be more, um, ergonomic? Sandals in the summer, wool socks in the winter – those dogs of ours are under assault all year, and we have to care for them. They are family, after all! Oh For Feet Sake by Bar Maids can turn your little piggies from a source of shame to a claim to fame in two weeks or less. Those tootsies deserve better. Let Bar Maids give them some love, boys and girls! Infused with Tea Tree oil and natural moisturizers, it’s healing and protection that your feet can feel. If your trotters are REALLY feeling the strain, go to for the simple Bar Maids Tootsie Rx recipe. Show those babies some love and attention, because, let’s be honest, you’re never gonna stop walking all over your feet.

Here at Lisa Souza,there is an exciting and arty new garment in our pattern line-up. She has been dreamed up by The Queenie Sisters and her name is Eternity. This is a fabulous kimono style jacket that is made with two colors of our Polwarth/silk and is challenging enough for what the girls call an Enthusiastic Intermediate Knitter. The best part about Eternity, other than the fact that she is so very artsy is that she fits a very wide range of body types and is great for the full figure gal. Our sample has been made with Violet and South Pacific but I would be ever so glad to help your color vision at 

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On the Needles:(00:37)

Gigi is finishing the Katriel. Jasmin started and finished the porcupine hat from Wee Wooly Toppers.  Gigi has finished the Pieman neckwarmer and a matching hat with a variation on the Kaanteinen  pattern, and a hat with the same pattern for Mr. Knitmore. Gigi is still working on the sleeves of her Odelia cardigan.  Jasmin is working on the Breezy Cardigan on her new Signature needles.  Jasmin reknitted the buttonband of her garter yoke baby cardigan.  Gigi is also knitting more preemie hats.

Keep tuned into the podcast feed and the ravelry board for updates during our hiatus.


02/23-26/2012: Stitches West 2012.
     -No official Meet-and-Greet, but do come and say hi!
     -We will have Preemie hat collection points (to be announced)
     -Still looking for a signal for shy listeners

We picked winners for out annual  Do Some Good Contest.

The prizes were:

- a set of three Lolo Bars: CC clove, Little Pumpkin, and Figgy
- a signed copy of Coastal Knits
- one year subscription to Knitter's Magazine
- a set of Knitter's Blocks
- as of this week: one copy of How to Knit a Heart Back Home, and Wishes and Stitches, and How to Knit a Love Song, and A Life in Stitches by Rachael Herron (signed!).
Mother Knows Best:(26:05)

We answer a question from a listener about the provisional cast on.  We referenced Lucy Neatby and her book Cool Socks Warm Feet. Also: Judy Becker's magic cast on.

When Knitting Attacks:(33:41)

Jasmin had a misplaced worm (quill?) on her porcupine hat.


We review Hattitude: Knits for Every Mood,  by Cathy Carron. Favorites include:

- Determined Hat
- Cautious Hood
- Aloof Beret

And Sew On:(44:25)

Gigi has pieced the backing for Sharkbean's quilt, using the golden rule for rectangles, and is thinking about doing some Trapunto for the Dr Seuss characters.

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