Monday, September 24, 2012

Slimmer and Taller - Episode 197 - The Knitmore Girls

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The Sheep Shop is a welcoming yarn shop in the historic university town of Cambridge, England, only 50 miles from London.  You'll find fabulous touchy-feely yarns, including a fine selection of local and British yarns, cashmere, angora, llama, a variety of wools and other bundles of wonder alongside what you need to knit & crochet.  We think choosing what you’re going to make and feel between your fingers is one of life’s pleasures, and we want to make it a pleasure for you to find what you need.  Make yourself comfy on our sofa, there’s a Ravelry station and coffee on tap.  Making beautiful things brings enormous satisfaction – let us satisfy you!


On The Needles:(0:32)

Jasmin has finished the first (third?) sleeve on Andrew's Baseball Jersey, and has started the second (fourth?) sleeve. (You can find the blog post regarding Genevieve here.) Gigi has finished the knitting part of her Featherweight Cardigan.

Jasmin is making socks out of yarn from Little Red Bicycle, and Gigi is almost done with her Hobbit Socks. Gigi is enjoying knitting in bed, working on the Sister Joan Shawl and listening to the Knitting Pipeline podcast. 

Gigi has excavated her Brown Heathered Skirt from Veronique Avery's Knitting 24/7.  We mention Brenda Dayne and the Lanesplitter skirt which we mistakenly called Sidewinder Skirt. Gigi has cast on the Bundi Cardigan out of Louisa Harding's Cardigans.

Events:(11:57)

 We will be attending
- Pacific International Quilt Festival: Oct 11-14 2012
- Stitches West:  February 21-24 2013

Mother Knows Best:(15:40)

We answer a question from our "What do you want to hear about?" thread. We mention the Lady Eleanor Shawl , the Lily of the Valley Stole and the Frost Flowers Shawl. Niebling patterns and Eugen Beugler are referred to. We also mention the Looped Loop Cowl, and Voolenvine.

Purloined:(22:05)

This week we are purloining Book Talk, from the 2 Knit Lit Chicks podcast, hosted by Tracy and Barb. We both are reading Game of Thrones

Jasmin was listening to Bringing Up Bébé. Jasmin likes Whispersync, and she talks about Dracula, read by Tim Curry and Alan Cummings. Also mentioned: Frankenstein, and Hunger Games. Jasmin is reading "Deadlocked" from the Sookie Stackhouse series.


Review:(30:23)

 This week we review The Sock Knitter's Handbook, by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrot


And Sew On:(34:02)

Jasmin has finished a stack of baby night shirts McCalls 6103. She has cut the fabric for a nursing top: Jalie 2787. Threads magazine now lets subscribers download digital copies as well.


Straw Into Gold:(39:31)

Jasmin has been spinning on her sidekick before bed, and talking to Meghan of Stitch It. And she has been spinning on the Minispinner. Gigi fired herself for not having swatched for her SPAKAL.



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Aaargh! - Episode 196 - The Knitmore Girls

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What do Vikings and Hobbits have in common? Issue 6 of entangled magazine has the answer. Issue 6 of entangled magazine is out now and is available through zinio.com or itunes app. Entangled magazine for passionate fibrecrafters everywhere.
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Purlescence Yarns is thrilled to welcome Ava T. Coleman and Donna Druchunas for a very special event. Stories and Stitches will introduce a new line of historical lace designs, featuring the work of Anna Marie Jensen and Dorothy Reade, pioneers in the world of published lace patterns. Ava and Donna will present the work of these remarkable women and the stories that go with them, including 6 lace designs for a sampler.
Ava and Donna are frequent contributors to Piecework, Knitting Traditions, Crochet Traditions, Spin-Off, and other publications. They are leaders in the field of historical textile scholarship and preservation. Stories and Stitches will be at Purlescence Yarns on September 22, 2012 from 10am – 4:30pm, the cost is $120. Registration is limited; please call 408-735-9276  to reserve your place in the class.
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"The Sheep Shop is a welcoming yarn shop in the historic university town of Cambridge, England, only 50 miles from London.  You'll find fabulous touchy-feely yarns, including a fine selection of local and British yarns, cashmere, angora, llama, a variety of wools and other bundles of wonder alongside what you need to knit & crochet.  We think choosing what you’re going to make and feel between your fingers is one of life’s pleasures, and we want to make it a pleasure for you to find what you need.  Make yourself comfy on our sofa, there’s a Ravelry station and coffee on tap.  Making beautiful things brings enormous satisfaction – let us satisfy you!"

Hoisting the Main Sail (On the Needles):(0:55)

This week Gigi has finished the second (fourth) sleeve of her Featherweight Cardigan, and is working on the neckband.  Jasmin is getting close to finishing the third sleeve of Andrew's Baseball Jersey. Gigi has numbered her Sister Joan Shawl chart and is making amazing tracks.

Jasmin is making some progress on her Daybreak. We are wondering about pirate lessons from Knit Knickers Nick (the pirate), from the Knit Wits Podcast.  Gigi swatched for the Bundi Cardigan.  Jasmin needs to swatch for a sweater for Genevieve. We are sharing weird dreams and Jasmin mentions White Collar, and Gigi has a dream triggered by What you Missed in History Class.

Captain's Orders (Mother Knows Best):(7:32)

Gigi talks about stolen moments, and maximizing what  little time there is. We also offer the term "Whackamole" vs: "Full in full out". Please weigh in.

Walk the Plank (When Knitting Attacks):(11:33)

 Jasmin has been working on the shoulders of the Baseball Jersey and finds that she has more raglan shaping ahead of her.  Gigi has decided that to avert all kinds of mishaps, she needs to read the pattern every time before she starts knitting.

Pillage (Purloined):(13:57)

This week we are pillaging the "Mindless Knitting" segment from the Fiber and Fabric podcast, hosted by Glen. We talk about good stuff making you feel good. Jasmin anticipates wearing her SPAKAL sweater, and Gigi's Cassidy Sweater makes her happy.

Through the Spyglass (Review):(20:15)

We review The Coastal Kids collection (companion patterns to Coastal Knits), 60 More Quick Baby Knits, and Mom & Me Knits

At the Helm (Straw into Gold):(34:48)

Jasmin skeined and set the fiber she spun during the Tour de Fleece. She references Shanon Oakey's book Spin to Knit, and Tyvek wristbands. She is working on her Hansen Mini Spinner, and her Sidekick spinning wheel.

Patching the Sail (And sew on):(38:00)

Jasmin is serging nightshirts on her Baby Lock Evolution, and Gigi is happy with the results that spray starch give her hand sewing



Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Third Sleeve - Episode 195 - The Knitmore Girls

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Purlescence Yarns is thrilled to welcome Ava T. Coleman and Donna Druchunas for a very special event. Stories and Stitches will introduce a new line of historical lace designs, featuring the work of Anna Marie Jensen and Dorothy Reade, pioneers in the world of published lace patterns. Ava and Donna will present the work of these remarkable women and the stories that go with them, including 6 lace designs for a sampler.
Ava and Donna are frequent contributors to Piecework, Knitting Traditions, Crochet Traditions, Spin-Off, and other publications. They are leaders in the field of historical textile scholarship and preservation. Stories and Stitches will be at Purlescence Yarns on September 22, 2012 from 10am – 4:30pm, the cost is $120. Registration is limited; please call 408-735-9276  to reserve your place in the class.

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The Sheep Shop is a welcoming yarn shop in the historic university town of Cambridge, England, only 50 miles from London.  You'll find fabulous touchy-feely yarns, including a fine selection of local and British yarns, cashmere, angora, llama, a variety of wools and other bundles of wonder alongside what you need to knit & crochet.  We think choosing what you’re going to make and feel between your fingers is one of life’s pleasures, and we want to make it a pleasure for you to find what you need.  Make yourself comfy on our sofa, there’s a Ravelry station and coffee on tap.  Making beautiful things brings enormous satisfaction – let us satisfy you!


On The Needles:(0:34)

Gigi is working on the third sleeve of her Featherweight cardigan.  Jasmin is knitting the third sleeve for Andrews Baseball Jersey sweater. Gigi has knitted a bit more on the Sister Joan shawl.

Jasmin has picked the Daybreak for her car knitting. Gigi finished a preemie had with yarn from her goodie bag from the Cognitive Fiber Retreat. We mention Dream in Color in the colorway Purple Rain, and the Petra cardigan.

We are getting ready for the knitting part of our SPAKAL

Mother Knows Best:(7:30)

We share the "Three Before Me" concept.

When Knitting Attacks:(9:47)

Gigi's Featherweight cardigan repeatedly attacks her.

Purloined:(13:21)

We purloin the "Mandarin Minute" idea from Clothed In The Lamb podcast, hosted by Janeen Puckett. We mention German podcasts: Die Urbane Spinnstube, Handmade Fantasie, and Twinneedle. Gigi explains "Handarbeiten".

Review:(16:06)

 This week we review
Jasmin mentions Nancy Bush's Lily of the Valley stole from the book Lace Style.

Straw Into Gold:((25:17)

Gigi plies a sample for her SPAKAL.  She needs to watch The Gentle Art of Plying again.
Jasmin has plyed a good part of her SPAKAL yarn. She mentions a spinning conversation on Knit Knit Cafe.  Jasmin has also spun a good amount on the Hansen Mini Spinner


And Sew On:(32:56)

Jasmin is working on a mountain of sleeper gowns , assembly line style , and saving thurbligs. Her newish Babylock Evolution Serger is making things go much faster. She is really excited about doing the cover stitch.  

Jasmin is planning to sew  Colette nursing tops, and we reference Nancy Ziemans new
book, Pattern Fitting With Confidence.

Gigi hemmed a napkin using a pulled thread technique: "Hohlsaum" , with linen that Jasmin bought at Mood fabric in LA.



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Purl with an Accent - Episode 194 - The Knitmore Girls

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 So we’ve addressed the issue of dry, cracked, angry hands. The unparalleled Lo-Lo Bar by Bar Maids does a great job healing and protecting skin and making sure we feel pampered. But even the most amazing moisturizers need a helper sometimes. Cuticle Intensive by Bar Maids is like the jelly to Lo-Lo Bar’s peanut butter! The applicator is so easy to use that you can literally put it on while sitting at a traffic light. The tube last longer than it takes to make a brioche bedspread!  This incredibly effective cuticle cream takes your irritated cuticles, infuses them with sorely needed moisture, and solves the issue of peeling, sore fingers in a snap! Simple application, no rubbing necessary, no problem! Fingers rejoice! 
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Have you ever wondered how the fashion industry predicts trends? In Issue 6 of entangled magazine, Victoria Nicholls -whose job is all about predicting trends –gives us the inside tricks and tips of the trade!
entangled magazine – the magazine for all fibrecrafters - is available through zinio.com or itunes app store – check them out, you won’t be disappointed!
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Purlescence Yarns is thrilled to welcome Ava T. Coleman and Donna Druchunas for a very special event. Stories & Stitches will introduce a new line of historical lace designs, featuring the work of Anna Marie Jensen and Dorothy Reade, pioneers in the world of published lace patterns. Ava and Donna will present the work of these remarkable women and the stories that go with them, including 6 lace designs for a sampler.

Ava and Donna are frequent contributors to Piecework, Knitting Traditions, Crochet Traditions, Spin-Off, and other publications. They are leaders in the field of historical textile scholarship and preservation. Stories and Stitches will be at Purlescence Yarns on September 22, 2012 from 10am – 4:30pm, the cost is $120. Registration is limited; please call 408-735-9276  to reserve your place in the class.

On The Needles:(0:32)

Gigi has finished the knitting part of her Mishke. While Jasmin is working on sleeves for Andrew's baseball jersey, Gigi is working on the sleeves of her Featherweight. Jasmin finished Genevieve's  Mini Mondo Cable Cardi. She is thinking of getting special order zippers for both of their Mondo's from ZipperStop.com.

Gigi is halfway done with her Sister Joan shawl. Jasmin blocked the Debbie Bliss Ribbed Baby Jacket. Gigi did finishing work on a purse, using iron on interfacing. We mention Project Runway, and Tom and Lorenzo's blog comments.

Mother Knows Best:(16:21)

Our new mother gives some advice about attending spinning events.

Purloined:(19:04)

This week we purloin "The Anatomy of....", from The Anatomy of Knitting Videocast, hosted by Erin.

We talked about attending the wool auction at the Monterey County Fair.  We also looked at the Home Arts display at the fair. We think that knitters should be entering the judging.  Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Louis Obispo County residents are eligible to enter.
Also mentioned, Joan from Monarch Knitting and we reference the Band Candy episode from Buffy.

Review:(30:57)

 This week we review The Sock Report Volume One, edited by Janel Laidman.

And Sew On:(36:10)

We are itching to start serious sewing and we review Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing.

Straw Into Gold:(42:24)

 Gigi is spinning on Turkish drop spindles, just to keep practicing. Jasmin is swatching her yarn for the SPAKAL, and doing 3, 4 and 5 ply swatches. She is working on a  Merino Border Leicester cross fleece on her MiniSpinner.

We review "The Gentle Art of Plying" DVD, by Judith McKenzie McCuin. Jasmin mentions The Intentional Spinner, and Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning.