Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Great Minds Sew Alike - Episode 210 - The Knitmore Girls

Veiwz boots and Trekking socks. I am the happiest knitter in the world!

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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 moisturized. 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!

 On the Needles:(0:34)

Jasmin is making progress on the Playful Stripes cardigan for Genevieve. Gigi finished a preemie hat and cast on another one. Jasmin has added a few inches to her Breezy Cardigan.

Gigi is working on her Magic Carpet socks, with lots of modifications. Gigi has knit a bit on her Heathered Skirt out of Knitting 24/7. She is planning to enjoy the Christmas mood, and embellish felted ornaments. Gigi has gifted a dear friend with a shawl.

Jasmin is knitting another Kaanteinen hat for a very young friend, out of Claudia Handpainted Yarn in the Sharks colorway. Gigi reminisces about knitting things out of that colorway for Kid Brother Sam.

Jasmin talks about her theme for next year, and she has chosen "Fish or Cut Bait", for next years theme. Gigi has chosen "Exploring Area 51". We are enjoying reading the thread of listener themes on the ravelry board.


Events:(13:30)

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

Contest:(13:46)

We have started this years Do Some Good Contest.
Do some good on a local, statewide, nationwide or universal level.

Prizes so far are:
- A Green Mountain Knitting Bag
- Two Lolo Bar Trios from The Bar Maids- a Claudia Handpainted Yarns kit for a pair of colorwork mittens (from Purlescence Yarns)
- a copy of Magnificent Mittens and Socks, by Anna Zilborg (from XRX books)
- a Pagewood Farm Tinkerbell needle felting scarf kit in amazing shades of red (from Purlescence Yarns)
- and a drop spindle kit from Schacht
- Tess Microfiber ribbon
- A Gleam Fingering Yarn kit from The Sincere Sheep
- Knitting it Old School, by Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro Sheridan
-a mug from potterknitter.com
-a Creatively Dyed sock and soap kit

Closing date for entries is January 6th

Mother Knows Best:(17:43)

We answered a question from our "What do you want to hear about thread",  from destined2knit, about why we ball up our yarn one skein at a time vs. all at once.

When Knitting Attacks:(20:55)

Gigi has problems with the gauge for her Eadon for her SPAKAL. She was trying to knit the Uber Cowl for Jasmin out of Cascade Magnum, but the pattern had issues. Also, she downloaded too many videocasts, and that made her phone as slow as molasses in January.

Congratulations to Erin, of Anatomy of Knitting, on the birth of her twin sons.

Purloined:(25:07)

This week we are purloining the Enabler segment from the Knitting in Circles videocast, hosted by Amy and Darren.

Jasmin talks about CrankinSocks's Viewz boots by Skacel. She mentions a few other styles of clear shoes that were less than successful. She is happy about being able to show off her hand knit socks in them.

In Stitches :(30:25)

Jasmin has been wearing her trekking socks. Gigi, again, has been wearing handknit socks every day,  her Knitmore Girls cowl, and wristers every night. And her gray beaded Citron.

Jasmin wore her Tangled Yoke cardigan, and her Carli cardigan. Genevieve wore the baby mine cardigan that she was gifted by the Purlescence Girls.

Review:(33:53)

This week we review Knitting the Chill Away, published by Martingale. She prefers Coastal Knits for mother- daughter patterns

Holidays with the Knitmore Girls:(39:46)

Low prep- high fun.  We used the Crab Boil mix from Penzey's. Eggnog from The Joy of Cooking. Marcel's Chocolate Mousse from Top Chef The Cookbook. Creme Brulee French Toast.

And Sew On:(44:18)

We made sweater size project bags with custom printed fabric from Spoonflower.com. The tutorial from Sew Daily left something to be desired.

We talk about stitch markers from WeeOnes on etsy. Jasmin mentions T-fury.com




Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sticks Like Spaghetti - Episode 209 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode is 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 moisturized. 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!

On the Needles:(0:33)

Gigi has finished some preemie hats, and has been working on a sock from Krafti-Kit.
Jasmin is working on her Breezy Cardigan. Gigi had a hiccup trying to swatch for her SPAKAL sweater. Jasmin is working on the Playful Stripes Cardigan. Gigi just cast on for the Magnum Cowl.

Jasmin mentions the list of reviewed books etc. on on the review tab on our show notes page. She has also knit another inch on Andrew's Houdini socks. Jasmin is getting ready to knit the Brianne cowl with Lisa Souza Lhasa cashmere yarn.

We talk about Modern Family.

In Stitches:
Gigi is wearing  her Jaywalker socks, and other Vanilla socks. Jasmin is also wearing assorted Vanilla socks, mostly hand spun. Jasmin is wearing her Looped Loop Cowl. Genevieve has been wearing the Genevieve Sweater, and snuggling under the Love Blanket


Events:(22:38)
- 12/20, 8-10PM -Gigi will be attending the Sing-along at Purlescence
- February 21-24, 2013: Stitches West

Contest:(22:36)

We have started this years Do Some Good Contest.
Do some good on a local, statewide, nationwide or universal level.

Prizes so far are:
- A Green Mountain Knitting Bag
- Two Lolo Bar Trios from The Bar Maids- a Claudia Handpainted Yarns kit for a pair of colorwork mittens (from Purlescence Yarns)
- a copy of Magnificent Mittens and Socks, by Anna Zilborg (from XRX books)
- a Pagewood Farm Tinkerbell needle felting scarf kit in amazing shades of red (from Purlescence Yarns)
- and a drop spindle kit from Schacht
- Tess Microfiber ribbon
- A Gleam Fingering Yarn kit from The Sincere Sheep
- Knitting it Old School, by Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro Sheridan

Closing date for entries is January 6th


Mother Knows Best:(26:36)

 We talk about pressing. We reference the Twinneedle podcast, and the Pressinatrix blog, and her article in Threads magazine.


Review:(31:20)

We review Knitting Circles around Mittens and More, by Antje Gillingham

 Jasmin recommends Ann Budd's The Knitter's Handy Book Of Patterns

Holidays with the Knitmores:(35:16)

We talk about homemade eggnog. Jasmin mentions the eggnog recipe in This edition of the Joy of Cooking, and Strauss Creamery.

Straw Into Gold:(38:18)

Jasmin did some spinning on her mini spinner. We talked about the 2012 SPAKAL.
We will have a 2013 SPAKAL, and a mini SPAKAL.


And Sew On:(40:55)

We talk about cleaning your sewing machine. We found a tutorial for making gift/project bags.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sweater Hindsight - Episode 208 - 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 moisturized. 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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"Are you "THAT" person who is hard to buy for? Why not ask for classes this Holiday season?  DFW Fiber Fest has a wonderful line up of Nationally and Locally recognized teachers in knitting, spinning, crochet, and others.  Come take a class with Gwen Bortner, Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby of Shibaguyz Designz, Beth Smith from the Spinning Loft, or others.  Franklin Habit is giving our Friday night talk - tickets for that will go on sale in March.  DFW Fiber Fest is held April 5-7, 2013 in Grapevine, TX.  Sign up soon! Early Bird pricing expires January 1st
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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! 


On the Needles:(0:34)

 Gigi has finished a pair of wristers in the Dashing pattern for a Christmas gift. Jasmin put a few more rows on her Breezy Cardigan. She is complaining that she is running out of room to store her handknit sweaters.

She is planning to knit the Calligraphy cardigan next. Gigi also finished two preemie hats out of leftover sock yarn. We reference Partylite. Gigi is getting ready to embellish some felted ornaments.  Jasmin is almost done with the sleeves of the Playful Stripes Cardigan,

Events:(13:07)

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

Contest:(13:21)

We have started this years Do Some Good Contest.
Do some good on a local, statewide, nationwide or universal level.

Prizes so far are:
-A Green Mountain Knitting Bag
- Two Lolo Bar Trios from The Bar Maids- a Claudia Handpainted Yarns kit for a pair of colorwork mittens (from Purlescence Yarns)
- a copy of Magnificent Mittens and Socks, by Anna Zilborg (from XRX books)
- a Pagewood Farm Tinkerbell needle felting scarf kit in amazing shades of red (from Purlescence Yarns)
- and a drop spindle kit from Schacht

Closing date for entries is January 6th

In Stitches:(16:33)

We are wearing Vanilla socks every day. Gigi wears fingerless mitts every night. Jasmin wore her hat out of Tess Yarn. Also, she is wearing her Looped Loop cowl. Gigi likes to wear her Knitmore cowl, and she wore her gray Citron.

Genevieve wore her ravellenic Ribbed Baby Jacket and the Feather and Fan blanket. Also she was snuggling in the love blanket and wearing the Molly hat.

Mother Knows Best:(23:05)

We talk about saving the good stuff. Mom's advice: Enjoy the good stuff! We reference Galina.

Review:(25:12)

This week we review:
Knitted Farm Animals, by Sarah Keen and Knit a Monster Nursery, by Rebecca Danger

Holidays with the Knitmores:(36:26)

This week we give you our top gifts for knitters:
ChiaoGoo interchangeable knitting needles
Reference Books:
Stitchmarkers
10 highlighter set
Removable Highlighter Tape
Clover Row Counter
Lolo Bars, Oh for Feets Sake
magazine subscriptions ( Threads magazine, hard copy and digital copy)
Craftsy classes
Bluster Bay swift
The 15 inch Cricket Loom
Leslie Wind cable needle necklace
cashmere ( Tess Yarns, Lisa Souza, Jade Sapphire)
a good bedside lamp (Lamps Plus)

And Sew On:(47:35)

Gigi sewed a cover for Sam's backrest out of Spiderman fabric.
We talk about Project Runway and matching fabric to project.



Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Button, Button - Episode 207- The Knitmore Girls

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Abstract Fiber would like to invite you to join our 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! For 2013, some of the colors have been chosen and we have four fabulous designers (Donna Arney, Sivia Harding, Judy Becker, and Kristin  Spurkland) on board so far.  Check out all the details at AbstractFiber.com

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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 moisturized. 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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Issue 7 of entangled magazine is out now! 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. 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 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:(0:37)

 Gigi has finished some things: the Tiny Tealeaves Cardigan is done, and now needs buttons and grosgrain ribbon. We reminisced about this amazing dry goods vendor at Stitches West.

Jasmin waxed poetic about Ysolda Teague's cardigan that had lots of tiny buttons. She managed to knit on her Breezy Cardigan, while stuck under a sleeping baby.

Gigi is making good progress on the Victorian Girl's Coat. We were talking about buttons for that, too, and for two Shawl Collared Cowls. Jasmin also managed to knit three rows on her Daybreak Shawl.

Gigi is knitting a pair of Dashing Wristers for a young friend. Gigi also seamed the Ribbed Baby Cardigan that Jasmin had knit during the Ravellenic Games while watching Merlin on tv.

Events:(12:06)

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

Contest:(12:27)

We have started this years Do Some Good Contest.
Do some good on a local, statewide, nationwide or universal level.

First  two prizes are:
A Green Mountain Knitting Bag
Two Lolo Bar Trios from The Bar Maids

Closing date for the contest is January 6th.


Mother Knows Best:(16:16)

This week we answer a question from a listener about wearing/wearing out handknits.

When Knitting Attacks:(25:25)

Gigi didn't read directions, but had fun knitting until things went sideways

Review:(28:30)

This week we review
Mabel's Closet, by Hannah Fettig and Little Rascals, by Millamia

 Jasmin references the Lucy Neatby Intarsia Untangled DVD

Holidays with the Knitmores:(39:50)

Gigi reminisces about Christmas in Germany, and St. Nicholas Day. We talk about advent calendars from Cost Plus Imports, Trader Joe's or Starbucks. Jasmin hints about Lindt chocolate

Sew Painful:(44:19)

Gigi's beautiful, handsewn napkins got beat up in the washing machine. She thinks she should use Fray Check next time
 

Straw into Gold:(46:46)

Jasmin manages to spin on the minispinner, with the baby Genevieve on her back