Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Shenanigans - Episode 202 - The Knitmore Girls

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While winter brings feeling of nesting or hunkering down, it also means a picking up a piece or two of handcrafts. The oven works overtime for those holiday family favorites, quilters stitch just a tad faster to complete works of art before gift giving officially opens, and knitters dash to their local yarn store to squeeze in one more scarf or pair of socks for that last minute gift. As you are crafting wonders, Bar-Maids continues to handcraft yummy goodness for your skin ... all to to help you....even if you continue to create into the wee morning hours. Bar-Maids handcrafts their products with natural skin loving oils and butters; everything your skin needs to keep it soft and moisturized and nothing it doesn't. Since you use our hands a tad more in this season, let Lo-Lo help keep them moisutrized. It's simple! Get your hands wet, shake the water off and get your Lo-Lo on before you pick-up needle, cookie cutter, or drop spindle.
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Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!
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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 and 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:(0:31)

Gigi is making slow progress on her No Tears Socks. Jasmin is enjoying knitting the hem of the Playful Stripes Cardigan, and her sharp ChiaoGoo Needles needles are making it easier.
Gigi is knitting socks for Genevieve out of yarn left over from the Hobbit Sock.
Gigi finished her second Shawl Collared Cowl. Also, she is knitting the Tiny Tealeaves Cardigan out of eggplant colored Madeline Tosh dk. Jasmin mentions GreenTriangleGirl, from the A playful day podcast.

We discuss the finale of Project Runway.

Events:(12:01)

We will be attending
- Stitches West: February 21-24, 2013



Mother Knows Best:(12:21)

We answer a listener question about etiquette on self promotion for pattern designers.

Purloined:(19:45)

This week we purloin the adventurous spirit and love of all things unusual from the electric sheep from the Hoxton Handmade Podcast. Gigi reminisses about Halloweens past.

Review:(26:17)

This week we review
Knitting Never Felt Better, by Nicky Epstein.

And Sew On:(31:59)

Jasmin is working on a mouse costume for Genevieve (Simplicity 2506). She is inordinately impressed with the paw applique that Gigi did for the soles of the booties. We were going to do reverse threaded darts, which is a really elegant technique.



Monday, October 22, 2012

Vroom! - Episode 201 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode has been sponsored by:

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While winter brings feeling of nesting or hunkering down, it also means a picking up a piece or two of handcrafts. The oven works overtime for those holiday family favorites, quilters stitch just a tad faster to complete works of art before gift giving officially opens, and knitters dash to their local yarn store to squeeze in one more scarf or pair of socks for that last minute gift. As you are crafting wonders, Bar-Maids continues to handcraft yummy goodness for your skin ... all to to help you....even if you continue to create into the wee morning hours. Bar-Maids handcrafts their products with natural skin loving oils and butters; everything your skin needs to keep it soft and moisturized and nothing it doesn't. Since you use our hands a tad more in this season, let Lo-Lo help keep them moisutrized. It's simple! Get your hands wet, shake the water off and get your Lo-Lo on before you pick-up needle, cookie cutter, or drop spindle.
purllogolarge
Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!
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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 has finished her Shawl Collared Cowl and started another one in black.  Jasmin is working on the Playful Stripes Cardigan, also by Alana Dakos. 

Gigi is swatching for a Lana Grossa Luxe shawl, but is practicing the pattern on sock yarn, since the yarn is delicate. 

Jasmin is working on a Houdini Sock for Andrew. Gigi has unearthed a UFO: a color work sock from The Little Box of Socks. Gigi has started the Tiny Tealeaves Cardigan out of Madeline Tosh DK. And she is plugging away on the No Tears Sock.

Jasmin mentions Meliabella from the His and Hers podcast, and Gigi talks about the Savvy Girls podcast.
 

Events:(10:26)

We will be attending
- Stitches West:  February 21-24, 2013



Mother Knows Best:(10:43)

 Gigi talks about sewing Halloween costumes for Jasmin and Sam. Jasmin references Debbie Bliss' Kid's Knits for Heads, Hands, and Toes


When Knitting Attacks:(15:56)

 Gigi has been attacked by the Tiny Tealeaves Cardigan. Jasmin was attacked by the picots of her Playful Stripes Cardigan.

Purloined:(20:11)

 This week we purloin sci fi from Brass Needles' Miss Kalendar, and talk about Rules of Acquisition: we acquired Cascade Greenland for baby sweaters

Review:(26:16)

 This week we review
Design It, Knit It by Debbie Bliss

Jasmin also referenced Sally Melville's The Knit Stitch
 
Straw Into Gold:(34:16)

Gigi finally knitted her swatch for the SPAKAL. Jasmin has been spinning  her Merino Border Leicester cross, she is thinking of doing a Hannah Fettig (Yoked Cardigan) sweater out of it.  And she murmured about a 2013 SPAKAL.


And Sew On:(37:30)

Gigi fixed an uneven edge on a onesie for Genevieve, and is happy with it now. Jasmin  has been working on Genevieve's Halloween  mouse costume (Simplicity 2506) . She is using The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook for reference.



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

All you need is love - Episode 200 - 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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Issue 7 of entangled magazine is out now! It's fresher than a spring lamb!
Issue 7 has articles on an inspiring Auckland weaver, a global business with heart, a knitter who nearly went mad knitting Doctor Who, and more! Much more!
Find out just how much more at www.entangledmagazine.com.
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Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way! 
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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:(0:31)

Gigi is working on her second No Tears Sock, and planning to change the heel. Jasmin is working on the Walk of Shame socks. We mentioned the Knitted Graft, and Judith Mackenzie McCuin's method of cutting yarn.

Gigi has gotten to the shoulders of her Odelia cardigan. Jasmin cast on the Playful Stripes Cardigan by Alana Dakos, who also has designed Coastal Knits cardigans. Gigi is knitting the fronts of the Bundi cardigan, and Abby From the Knit Knit Cafe had a very constructive suggestion. Jasmin is plugging away at the Breezy Cardigan.

Gigi finished her Sweet Tomato Heel Socks and started a preemie hat out of leftover yarn from her Ophidian Shawl.

We mentioned Randall Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon. November is the period of Purple Crying and Shaken Baby Syndrome, and if you want to knit a purple hat to donate to this cause at your local county hospital, they would appreciate it.

We  answered listener questions for  our 200th episode:

Jasmin mentions her Mariah cardigan as one of her favorite projects
We list out favorite yarns: Regia sock yarns, Tess Yarns sock yarn, Abstract Fiber Miro , Tess Microfiber Ribbon.
We mentioned the Knit Wits.We recall a memorable dinner at Sock Summit with Syne Mitchell, the Tsarina of Tsocks, Sandy Wiseheart, Jennifer Holiday.
We reminisce about a Black Sheep Trip, Oregon Flock and Fiber, Sock Summit, the Church of Elvis, the Button Emporium, Josephine's Dry Goods.
Brenda Dayne inspired Jasmin to start podcasting.

Events:(23:28)

We will be attending
- Stitches West:  February 21-24, 2013

Mother Knows Best:(23:46)

Reminiscing, Gigi mentions Burda Magazine, sewing classes at West Valley College.


When Knitting Attacks:(34:18)

Gigi was attacked by her Ophidian.


Review:(35:09)

This week we review Knit One Knit All by Elizabeth Zimmermann.

 Purloined:(42:25)

We are answering questions from our listeners. We saw Franklin Habit, and mentioned the Cognitive Fiber Retreat


And Sew On:(1:02:01)

Gigi does some finishing on baby blankets, Jasmin gets started on Genevieve's Halloween costume. We attended the Pacific International Quilt Festival.

Specialty's sandwiches are amazing for events at the Santa Clara Convention Center.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Expired - Episode 199 - The Knitmore Girls

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Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!
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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:(0:31)
Gigi has finished knitting the Sister Joan Shawl, and is looking for new bonbon knitting. Jasmin is working on her Breezy Cardigan again, and enjoying it a lot. Gigi has finished knitting the Hobbit socks. Jasmin finished Andrew's Latte Houdini socks, and has started a new pair of socks for him.
Gigi had finished the knitting part of the Featherweight Cardigan and excavated a UFO: the Odelia from Cocoknits out of Silk and Wool from Tess Yarns. Jasmin is working on sleeve number 4 of Andrew's Baseball Jersey, and is thinking of steeking it. Gigi was planning to knit another shawl, mentioned Romi Hill Designs, and has excavated a former UFO: the Shawl Collared Cowl.

Jasmin is knitting socks out of the "Walk of Shame" colorway from Little Red Bicycle. 
Gigi is working on her Bundi cardigan, and has decided not to do it as magic loop, but rather on two needles. Genevieve is outgrowing her little sweaters, and Jasmin is getting ready to swatch Playful Stripes for her.

Events:(11:08)
We will be attending
- Pacific International Quilt Festival: Oct 11-14, 2012
- Stitches West:  February 21-24, 2013

Mother Knows Best:(11:49)
We talk about expired clothing, dressing one's age and not dressing matronly. This discussion has been inspired by the book that Gigi is reading,40 Over 40: 40 Things Every Woman over 40 Needs to Know About Getting Dressed

Sew Painful:(16:36)
Gigi neglected to enter the date for her quilting class on her calendar, and subsequently missed the class.

Purloined:(17:51)
This week we are purloining the cake from the Knit.Spin.Cake podcast, hosted by Aimee. Gigi reminisces about Kaffee und Kuchen in Germany. Jasmin references The New York Times Dessert Cookbook.

Review:(22:10)
This week we review Knit, Swirl! by Sandra McIver

And Sew On:(31:21)
Gigi picked up a bolt of muslin to sew trial versions of sewn garments. We are thinking of sewing the vintage coat designed by Gretchen, Butterick Patterns B5824, from Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing. Gigi looked at the site for  Britex Fabrics.

For Halloween, Jasmin is planning to sew a mouse costume (Simplicity 2506) for Genevieve.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Confessions - Episode 198 - The Knitmore Girls

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So, we’ve talked about the amazing Lo-Lo Bar by Bar Maids before, and I’m sure you’ve all tried, and ADORE, it, but did you know that they also make an intensive moisturizer for your (FACE)? Face Pudding by Bar Maids is as deliciously decadent as its name suggests. There’s one for every skin type, and it’s such a simple way to give your skin the moisture it craves all year long. We all try to ensure that we’re as beautiful on the outside as we are on the inside, so why not use a natural, safe product that provides the kind of results you’d expect from the makers of the Lo-Lo Bar? Give it a try! Your beautiful face will thank you.  I mean, it’s like they say, the proof is in the pudding!
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Issue 7 of entangled magazine is out now! Just this week - it's fresher than a spring lamb!
Issue 7 has articles on an inspiring Auckland weaver, a global business with heart, a knitter who nearly went mad knitting Doctor Who, and more! Much more!
Find out just how much more at www.entangledmagazine.com. 
purllogolarge
Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!

On The Needles:(0:38)


Gigi has finished the front of her Bundi Cardigan, out of Jewel Hand Dyed. She is using one of the cocoknits tutorials for the shoulder shaping.Jasmin is working on the fourth sleeve of Andrew's Baseball Jersey.

Gigi is making progress on the Sister Joan Shawl. Jasmin finished the Houdini Socks for Andrew. She is thinking of using a new bind-off from The Sock Knitters Handbook that we reviewed last week.

Gigi has been excavating projects out of her UFO bin: A vanilla sock with a Channel Island cast on now has its mate finished. The No Tears Socks got frogged. And a pair of stripey socks that needed the second foot, is also finished.

Andrew has requested the Raglan-Sleeved Henley out of Knits Men Want.

Events:(17:50)

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

Mother Knows Best:(18:27)

We talked about holiday knitting, and handmade gifts, and knowing your recipient. We included a list of criteria, and a formula for determining the value of a gift.

When Knitting Attacks:(23:42)

Gigi got attacked by her vanilla preemie hat. She also has had problems counting to three. She used the Sweet Tomato Heel tutorial to solve her heel problems

Purloined:(25:55)

This week we are purloining the "Confessions" and "Open Letters" thread from the Savvy Girls Podcast forum on Ravelry.
Also, we mention the Band Candy episode from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Review:(30:31)

This week we review Custom Crocheted Sweaters  by Dora Ohrenstein

 Straw into Gold:(37:37) 

Jasmin is being challenged by her spinning. She is inspired by Abby Franquemont of Respect the Spindle and she is going to hang her spindles to decorate her house.

And Sew On:(39:33)

Gigi has registered for a quilting class at her local quilt store, and is thrilled. the plan is to sew a Cal King quilt for Jasmin and Andrew.

Jasmin has hopelessly fallen in love with a tiny vintage Singer sewing machine.
Also, she got a treasure trove of excellent fabric and a snap press from a friend.

Gigi is enchanted by hand sewing hems on linen napkins.