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On the needles: (00:30)
One minute update: SharkBean (Genevieve Danger) has been born. You can read her birth story here, you can see pictures of the love blanket here. You can follow Genevieve's adventures on twitter as @dahlingdaughter, her Flickr stream here, or on Jasmin's blog.
Gigi is working on hobbit socks for Mr. Knitmore. She made a foot form out of duct tape. Jasmin is working on a pair of socks for Andrew out of Skinny Bugga, and is considering doing a pair of Houdini socks for him. Jasmin is working on her Daybreak shawl out of Froebe Fibers yarn from Camp KIP.
Gigi is working on her Sothia shawl out of Abstract Fiber MightySock. Jasmin is working on her Breezy Cardigan (out of the baby cormo handspun). Gigi is knitting a Morehouse Merino Dragon scarf out of Malabrigo. We mention the Harry Potter house cup. Jasmin is working on the Garter Yoke Baby cardigan and the garter wrap cardigan (from Churchmouse Yarns).
Congratulations to Isabelle from the Fluffy Fibers podcast, who had her baby in February.
We talk about Stitches West, and some of our favorite vendors. This list includes:
- Little Red Bicycle
- KCL Wood
- Birch Street Clothing
- Stitch Sisterz (cashmere)
Gigi mentions Stitches ETC. Gigi took a lace repair class at the Lace Museum in Sunnyvale from Galina of Skaska.
OFFICIAL PODCAST STUFF: We'll be recording every other week until the end of June, then we'll be weekly again starting in July.
We announce the SPAKAL! In 2012 we're going to do a SPin-Along-Knit-A-Long. Six months to spin the sweater, three months to knit the sweater.
Step 1: Think about what you want to spin your sweater out of. Brooke from The Sincere Sheep (email: sinceresheepyarns AT gmail DOT com) is happy to help you procure a fleece. Shari from Morro Fleece Works can also help you select some pindrafted roving (from a fleece).
Mother Knows Best: (29:34)
We talk about how to select teachers at fiber events. Some of our favorite teachers include:
- Jean Frost
- Judith MacKenzie McCuin
- Galina Khmeleva
- Lucy Neatby
- Cat Bordhi
- Lily Chin
- Carson Demers
- Anne & Eugene Bourgeouis
- Franklin Habit
- Fiona Ellis
- Sivia Harding
We review the Knitter's Pride needles. While they are very pretty, we found them to be defective out of the package and the customer service to be poor.
Straw into Gold: (43:50)
Gigi's spinning is improving. Jasmin is doing a whole mess of swatching for plying.