Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Shefood on the half shell - Episode 154- The Knitmore Girls

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We're seeing the occasional ray of sun at the Abstract Fiber studio in Portland  The weather is finally warming and lace knitting season has arrived!  We love using MightySock for lace. 50% Tencel makes it drape beautifully, and gives it sheen.  MightySock comes in any of our solids or colorways to suit your project. Give MightySock a try in your next lace project.  You're gonna love it!  Check AbstractFiber.com for a list of retailers or shop online anytime


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At Purlescence Yarns we're head over heels for weaving. From rigid heddle looms like Jasmin's favorite Schacht Cricket to table and floor looms for weaving beautiful textures, Purlescence Yarns is your resource for the best in weaving equipment and supplies. Call today to order your loom!





Discover jacket mastery: see how easy it is to get the fit, confirm it as you knit, and know that every jacket will fit on Opening Day with Jean Frost. Take classes from the most talented designers in the Knitting Universe. Shop-till-you-drop in the largest fiber market in the Midwest. See the hottest new knit designs at the Fashion Show or take to the runway yourself -- showing off your knits during the Student Banquet. If you love knitting, YOU CAN'T MISS THIS! Go to KnittingUniverse.com/Events for all the details. If it has to do with knitting, you will find it here. STITCHES Midwest is open to the general public August 25th-28th. For more information please join us online at http://KnittingUniverse.com/Events/ or call 1-800-237-7099.


On the Needles: (00:34)

Gigi has been working exclusively on her Taygete. Jasmin picked up the polo match cowl, out of the Punta Mericash. from the Cowl Girls book, and she is slowly working on her Garter Yoke Cardigan out of her handspun from Tour de Fleece 2011. Gigi is knitting her Daybreak out of Cascade Heritage 150 and a Conjoined Creations Flat Feet in Rainbow. Jasmin mentions Kristi's beautiful blanket with the mitered squares.

Events: (8:05)

June 4th: Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery
- June 11th: WWKIP Day. Location TBD.
- June 24-26: Black Sheep Gathering. We're staying at the Courtesy Inn in Eugene, OR.


Contest: (10:47)

We announce the Three Bites contest! Try something new, anything, and tell us about it! The contest closes Monday 6/27/2011. Gigi shares a three bites story about seafood.

Mother Knows Best: (16:09)

We take a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about hair in knitting. We mention Alison Hyde (author of Wrapped in Comfort) incorporating her husband's hair into a sweater for him, maybe.




When Knitting Attacks: (21:52)


Gigi goofs up garter stitch on her Taygete, Jasmin has misplaced the second Unloved Andrew sock.

Review: (25:10)

Terrific Toe-Up Socks by Janet Rehfeldt. We don't care for it, and would recommend Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy Johnson or Toe-Up! by Chrissy Gardiner as a better value.


Straw into Gold: (31:10)


Jasmin has finished spinning the singles for Andrew's 10 year sweater. She is now working on some Crown Mountain Superwash merino in "Cold As Ice" to recalibrate her mojo. Jasmin gets her white plastic storage bobbins at Purlescence and at Carolina Homespun. Jasmin mentions the Ba Ba Blacksheep podcast

Jasmin is selling the extra weight from the fleece from Duchess (which she spun into her Seneca sweater) for $40/lb, plus shipping. Jasmin answers a question about how to keep colors in handpainted fiber from getting muddy and dull.


Monday, May 23, 2011

Treat yourself - Episode 153 - The Knitmore Girls



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We're seeing the occasional ray of sun at the Abstract Fiber studio in Portland  The weather is finally warming and lace knitting season has arrived!  We love using MightySock for lace. 50% Tencel makes it drape beautifully, and gives it sheen.  MightySock comes in any of our solids or colorways to suit your project. Give MightySock a try in your next lace project.  You're gonna love it!  Check AbstractFiber.com for a list of retailers or shop online anytime


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At Purlescence Yarns we're head over heels for weaving. From rigid heddle looms like Jasmin's favorite Schacht Cricket to table and floor looms for weaving beautiful textures, Purlescence Yarns is your resource for the best in weaving equipment and supplies. Call today to order your loom!

Discover jacket mastery: see how easy it is to get the fit, confirm it as you knit, and know that every jacket will fit on Opening Day with Jean Frost. Take classes from the most talented designers in the Knitting Universe. Shop-till-you-drop in the largest fiber market in the Midwest. See the hottest new knit designs at the Fashion Show or take to the runway yourself -- showing off your knits during the Student Banquet. If you love knitting, YOU CAN'T MISS THIS! Go to KnittingUniverse.com/Events for all the details. If it has to do with knitting, you will find it here. STITCHES Midwest is open to the general public August 25th-28th. For more information please join us online at http://KnittingUniverse.com/Events/ or call 1-800-237-7099.





On the needles: (00:35)


Jasmin is working on the Unloved Andrew socks out of the Sanguine Gryphone Skinny Bugga. Jasmin has pulled her Garter Yoke Cardigan out of her UFO/PhD pile. Jasmin has also been working on her Aran Pocket Shawl. We make a family visit to Purlescence, and talk about attending the Maker Faire. We met Drew Emborsky, the Crochet Dude, and the nice folks from BurdaStyle. Jasmin asks if the listeners would be interested in a Sew-A-Long.


Events: (16:24)


June 4th: Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery
- June 11th: WWKIP Day. Location TBD.
- June 24-26: Black Sheep Gathering. We're staying at the Courtesy Inn in Eugene, OR.



Contest: (19:25)


We announce the Three Bites contest! Try something new, anything, and tell us about it! The contest closes Monday 6/27/2011. Jasmin tells a story about creme brûlée.


Mother Knows Best: (27:06)


We answer a question from our "What do you want to hear about?" thread regarding hot weather and socks. 


When Knitting Attacks: (31:02)


Gigi has been systematically attacked by all of her knitting. Gigi overthinks her Taygete, knits the foot of a pair of Hobbit Socks too long, her Katje pinches, and the buttonhole thread gets all ratsnesty. 


Review: (36:40)


This week we review Knitting Plus by Lisa Shroyer. We both like it, mostly, but think it's purchased best with Big Girl Knits. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Knitting Genealogy - Episode 152 - The Knitmore Girls

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We're seeing the occasional ray of sun at the Abstract Fiber studio in Portland The weather is finally warming and lace knitting season has arrived! We love using MightySock for lace. 50% Tencel makes it drape beautifully, and gives it sheen. MightySock comes in any of our solids or colorways to suit your project. Give MightySock a try in your next lace project. You're gonna love it! Check AbstractFiber.com for a list of retailers or shop online anytime


purllogolarge
At Purlescence Yarns we're head over heels for weaving. From rigid heddle looms like Jasmin's favorite Schacht Cricket to table and floor looms for weaving beautiful textures, Purlescence Yarns is your resource for the best in weaving equipment and supplies. Call today to order your loom!





Discover jacket mastery: see how easy it is to get the fit, confirm it as you knit, and know that every jacket will fit on Opening Day with Jean Frost. Take classes from the most talented designers in the Knitting Universe. Shop-till-you-drop in the largest fiber market in the Midwest. See the hottest new knit designs at the Fashion Show or take to the runway yourself -- showing off your knits during the Student Banquet. If you love knitting, YOU CAN'T MISS THIS! Go to KnittingUniverse.com/Events for all the details. If it has to do with knitting, you will find it here. STITCHES Midwest is open to the general public August 25th-28th. For more information please join us online at http://KnittingUniverse.com/Events/ or call 1-800-237-7099.


On the Needles: (:31)
Gigi has finished knitting the Elektra shawl. Greg has decided to frog the sleeves on his Changes in Latitude sweater. Jasmin is working on an old project, the Aran Pocket Shawl from Cheryl Oberle's Folk Shawls. Gigi is working on another pair of Hobbit Socks for Mr. Knitmore.

Greg is working on another pair of socks for the New York niece. Gigi is working on her Origami Sweater. Jasmin is working on the Unloved Andrew socks. Jasmin mentions the Harmony Sweepstakes festival. Gigi is working on the Katje sweater out of bulky Venezia. Jasmin is knitting the Polo Match cowl out of the Punta Mericash Solid. Greg talks about his travels abroad.

Events: (24:29)

- June 4th: Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery
- June 11th: WWKIP Day. Location TBD.
- June 24-26: Black Sheep Gathering. We're staying at the Courtesy Inn in Eugene, OR.


Mother Knows Best: (26:27)

This week, we talk about using stitch markers in lace knitting.

...And Sew On: (33:15)

We talk about the yarn crawl, and ending up at Hart's Fabric in Santa Cruz. We mention the Seabright Brewery. We mention needing a better word than "seamstress" or "sewer" and encouraging Jacquie to do a sewing podcast.

Review: (44:27)

This week, we review Sweet Baby Crochet by Sandy Scoville and Denise Black. It's ok, but if you want a book of really cute crocheted baby stuff, Jasmin recommends taking a look at Candy Tots by Candi Jensen.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Very hungry caterpillar- Episode 151- The Knitmore Girls

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We're seeing the occasional ray of sun at the Abstract Fiber studio in Portland The weather is finally warming and lace knitting season has arrived! We love using MightySock for lace. 50% Tencel makes it drape beautifully, and gives it sheen. MightySock comes in any of our solids or colorways to suit your project. Give MightySock a try in your next lace project. You're gonna love it! Check AbstractFiber.com for a list of retailers or shop online anytime


purllogolarge
At Purlescence Yarns we're head over heels for weaving. From rigid heddle looms like Jasmin's favorite Schacht Cricket to table and floor looms for weaving beautiful textures, Purlescence Yarns is your resource for the best in weaving equipment and supplies. Call today to order your loom!





Discover jacket mastery: see how easy it is to get the fit, confirm it as you knit, and know that every jacket will fit on Opening Day with Jean Frost. Take classes from the most talented designers in the Knitting Universe. Shop-till-you-drop in the largest fiber market in the Midwest. See the hottest new knit designs at the Fashion Show or take to the runway yourself -- showing off your knits during the Student Banquet. If you love knitting, YOU CAN'T MISS THIS! Go to KnittingUniverse.com/Events for all the details. If it has to do with knitting, you will find it here. STITCHES Midwest is open to the general public August 25th-28th. For more information please join us online at http://KnittingUniverse.com/Events/ or call 1-800-237-7099.

On the needles: (00:31)

Gigi does an impression of the Very Hungry Caterpillar. She's working on a pair of Hobbit Socks for Mr. Knitmore, and isn't thrilled with the yarn. Jasmin is working on the Unloved Andrew socks, and wants to knit the Earl Grey socks for him next. Gigi's Elektra shawl issues have been resolved.

Jasmin has made some progress on her Cassidy cardigan. Gigi is working on her Cece cardigan. Jasmin is diving into her UFO box for inspiration, and wants to finish the cashmere wrap she started a while ago. Jasmin states that she has really gotten her money's worth out of her copy of Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle. Gigi has started on a Katje and a Petra.

Jasmin mentions an art exhibition she attended, Pretty Little Masks, and WindSync.

Events: (15:35)

- June 4th: Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery
- June 11th: WWKIP Day. Location TBD.
- June 24-26: Black Sheep Gathering. We're staying at the Courtesy Inn in Eugene, OR.


Contest: (17:33)

We announce the Mom'N'Me contest winners. Gigi shares a story about Mother's Day. You can see the Then and Now photos here.

Mother Knows Best: (23:58)

We answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about" thread: how to place buttons on an attached buttonband. Jasmin suggests doing an Elizabeth Zimmermann afterthought buttonhole. Or place the top button where you want it (try it on with the try on cord), measure the distance between the top button and the apex of your bust, figure out rows per inch, place buttons on a measuring tape that is the total length of the sweater.

Gigi suggests folding a piece of paper instead of doing all of Jasmin's crazy math. Another idea: do the buttonband later.

Review: (32:08)

We review Little Crochet by Linda Permann. We suggest you give it a peek.

Straw into Gold: (41:41)

Jasmin quickly realizes that she is 7 months to finish spinning and knitting Andrew's 10 year sweater.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Pbbbbbbbt- Episode 150 - The Knitmore Girls

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Stash for a cause- Japan Earthquake Relief! Purchase any of the Abstract Fiber yarn or fiber in solid red at shows or at AbstractFiber.com through the month of April and we will donate 50% of the purchase price to the Red Cross for Japanese earthquake relief.

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At Purlescence Yarns we're head over heels for weaving. From rigid heddle looms like Jasmin's favorite Schacht Cricket to table and floor looms for weaving beautiful textures, Purlescence Yarns is your resource for the best in weaving equipment and supplies. Call today to order your loom!


Discover jacket mastery: see how easy it is to get the fit, confirm it as you knit, and know that every jacket will fit on Opening Day with Jean Frost. Take classes from the most talented designers in the Knitting Universe. Shop-till-you-drop in the largest fiber market in the Midwest. See the hottest new knit designs at the Fashion Show or take to the runway yourself -- showing off your knits during the Student Banquet. If you love knitting, YOU CAN'T MISS THIS! Go to KnittingUniverse.com/Events for all the details. If it has to do with knitting, you will find it here. STITCHES Midwest is open to the general public August 25th-28th. For more information please join us online at http://KnittingUniverse.com/Events/ or call 1-800-237-7099.

On the needles: (00:33)

Gigi has a bout of startitis. She has started a Katje out of the Venezia Bulky. Gigi is working on the Cozy Cable Socks in Tanis fiber arts sock yarn. We rename UFO's "PHD"s, for Projects Half Done. Jasmin has worked on one sock for Andrew.


Events: (9:58)

- June 4th: Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery- June 24-26: Black Sheep Gathering. We're staying at the Courtesy Inn in Eugene, OR.

Contest: (11:17)
The Mom 'N' Me contest! We want your stories about crafting with friends/family. Please have your entries in by 5/8/2011.
Gigi tells a sad and earless story.

Prizes include:

- A copy of Westknits Book One and Two (SIGNED!)
- A Schacht Hi-Lo drop spindle kit
- How to Knit a Heart Back Home by Rachael Herron (SIGNED!)
- A Leslie Wind cable needle necklace
- A kit from Bar Maids- Shower scrub and a Lo-Lo Bar in "Vanilla Cake" and a jar of Face Pudding

Mother Knows Best: (21:20)

We talk about substituting yarns in patterns.

When Knitting Attacks: (29:13)

Gigi's Elektra attacks her.

Review: (33:01)

This week we review Ami Ami Dogs by Mitsuki Hoshi. It's fun if you're a dog and crochet enthusiast. Give it a look through.