Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Chocolate and cashmere in bed- Episode 243 - The Knitmore Girls

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On The Needles:(0:36)

Gigi stocked up on beads for the Summer of Lace and Beads, for the Leafwise shawl, the Dr Watson Sweater unfortunately has no beads, the Lorelei Cowl, and One of Susanna' Beaded Wristlets.

Jasmin is making good progress on her Ophidian, and loves the beads with the dichroic glass center.
Gigi swatched for the Dr Watson sweater, and is excited about knitting a big sweater.

Gigi is also working on a pair of Spice Man Socks out of Fortissima. Jasmin is still working on the Aran Pocket Shawl. Gigi has finished the first pattern repeat of the Asterope.

Jasmin has started socks out of 16 Color Rainbow out of Fab Funky Fibers. Gigi has finished the foot pattern part of the Narcisssus socks and will be starting the toe pattern next.

Events:(14:13)

We will be attending the Monterey Wool Auction on Monday, September 2nd
Directors cut for selecting fleeces

Contest:(14:49)

New contest: Famous Last Words Contest will wrap up at the end of September. (Probably.)

Mother Knows Best:(16:57)

This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread
about what to do with rustic, scratchy yarn.

We mention Soak wool wash, the Katarina Jacket, Philosophers designs, and Jean Frost's technique for lining.

When Knitting Attacks:(21:54)

Jasmin's references the composer Bela Bartok, Sivia Harding, and Oral B Superfloss.
Gigi is having problems with the numbers on her Asterope.

Jasmin mentions Monkey socks and the Hedera socks, and she frogged all the knitting she had done this morning. And the beads for her Ophidian disappeared.

Tickled Pink:(30:35)

Gigi is thrilled about using the stitch markers from Lacis on her Lorelei. Jasmin is tickled pink about Downcast, a new to us podcast aggregator app. She mentions The Fat Squirrel Speaks, and the Knit Girllls, and Yarngasm.

Review:(36:06)

This week we review Knits of Tomorrow, by Sue Culligan

We reference Rebecca Danger's Big Book of Knitted Monsters

Straw Into Gold:(44:42)

Gigi finished the last of her 50/50 merino/silk from RedFish Dyeworks. We have punis from Gourmet Stash that we still need to spin.

And Sew On:(45:32)

Gigi has finished cutting the fabric for Jasmin's quilt. She also cut grey and purple fabric for quilt for the dear niece.

She also enabled Jasmin's sister-in-law, she lent her Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, and suggested examination table paper for tracing patterns, we mention Thai Silks.

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