Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hecklesaurus - Episode 240 - The Knitmore Girls

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She travels….extensively. At times by wheels, sometimes by wing, other times by wave. She  travels while she sits and knits, creativity driving. Creativity inspired by mountain travel, memories, textures and color, small towns, 5th Avenues and spring flowers. She travels…..light. Light as the wind. With her backpack  she is prepared to hike mountain passes, climb the north face, and forge those rivers.  Next week, she will grab her Zucca on wheels and brave airport security flying to the next big city. One thing remains constant. She always travels with a Lo-Lo Body Bar. She knows while hiking, she won’t be bugged, and while in the city, dry skin doesn’t have a chance.  
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Are you always on the lookout for new fiber blends and interesting fiber preps? Well search no more! Gourmet Stash is an online fiber arts shop specializing in punis, puni-style rolags, kits, tutorials and mini batts! We have a love of color and luxury fibers that we blend to make each spinning experience truly decadent. Stop by our shop and see what new fiber delicacies are being created every week at www.gourmetstash.com. 
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The Nimblestix Mountain Retreat, sponsored by The Woolery, is nestled in the Shenendoah mountains at Graves Mountain Lodge on October 4th - 6th. This beautiful locale is the ideal setting for a fiber class or two, spinning, knitting, or crocheting in the sun, hearing live music, or making apple butter in the orchard. Lodging, food, classes and other activities are included. Registration is now open for this intimate retreat, perfect for meeting up with fiber friends and making new ones. Get more information at Nimblestix.com or email NXretreat@nimblestix.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! 

On The Needles:(0:37)

Gigi cast on yet another pair of Spice Man socks. Jasmin is casting off her Boneyard shawl.
Jasmin reminisces about the Ene's shawl by Nancy Bush, that she never finished casting on.

Gigi is working on the second Narcissus sock, from The Knitters Curiosity Cabinet, vol I. Her count is 11 done, 9 left, plus 2 bonus. Also, she bound off the socks she was knitting for GrandpaDahling.

Jasmin got sale yarn at Purlescence for the Dr. Watson sweater, that Gigi wants to knit out of Cascade Ecological Wool. Also, she picked up yarn for socks from The Knitters Curiosity Cabinet , vol II.

Then she picked up some Dream in Color Starry to make Little Knitbot sweaters for Genevieve.
We announced the winner of the Halos-of-Hopeathon. Also, if anyone wants to send hats to Halos of Hope they can be mailed directly to any of the designated locations, or to Purlescence Yarns.

Events:(14:19)

We will be attending the Monterey Wool Auction on Monday, September 2nd

You may want to listen to the Selecting a Fleece Directors Cut
Mother Knows Best:(16:59)

This week we are answering a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread.
Jasmin gets inspiration from ChrissytheGreat from the Snappy Stitches videocast, Voolenvine from the Yarngasm videocast, Martine from the iMake podcast, and SillyFru from Sassypants knitter videocast

We mention Romi Hill, Sivia Harding and the Book of Cowls, Martina Behm, Veera Valimaki, Bonne Marie Burns, the Celestarium shawl.

When Knitting Attacks:(23:26)

Gigi mangled the gusset of the Spice Man socks out of van Gogh yarn. Also, she was signed up for a class at Prairie Queens Quilts and showed up without her fabric.

Purloined:(26:30)

This week we are purloining "My Favorite Thing" from Megan on Stitch it!, and "High Note" from Knitting Pipeline. We mention Baby Brass Needles and the congratulations thread on her board.

Review:(29:29)

This week we review Stitching in the Stacks, by Sarah Barbour

 We talk about Charlaine Harris's books

Tour de Fleece:(39:14)

Gigi spun her 9 oz of Crown Mountain Fiber, and also spun up her Ashland Bay Fiber. She reached her goal. Jasmin met her original goal of one and a half pounds of fiber, but extended it to two pounds which she didn't quite make.

Gigi mentioned her glass orifice hook from the Ernsts, who are glass artists, and Jasmin mentioned her sterling silver orifice hook.

Please remember to post how you did with your spinning on the Team Sasquatch board and our Nimblestix Guild.

And Sew On:(43:34)

Gigi had promised to sew a Cal King quilt for Jasmin and Andrew, using the Batiks in Motion pattern. Gigi talks about using a very small rotary cutter for cutting curves.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

High Friction Coefficient - Episode 239 - The Knitmore Girls

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Lo-Lo Shares Making Cents with Retail Therapy in Two Easy Steps
1.  Do your homework and look for ways to maximize your hard earned dollars. Go the Bar-Maids site at www.bar-maids.com and make a list of the scents you love or are wanting to try. This will help curb any impulse buying and come in handy later. While online check out the Everything Please. It's a steal!  Do the math of what it would cost if you purchased all those items individually, the effective Body Bar, easy to stash To-Go B, Cuticle Intensive. and that luscious Lip Balm, transforming Face Pudding, an ohhhhh O’for Feet. And you can't forget that it comes in a Namaste Snap pouch.
2. Buy Local to save on shipping. he While on the bar-maids site, click on the Retailers tab to see if a store is located near you. Call the store to find out if they have those items on your list in stock.  If not, ask them to order it or... just order on-line. Did you know that Bar-Maids ships within 3 working days. In other words, you get it fast. After all this excitement, take a deep breath. Soon, very soon, all parts of your body will be moisturized with natural, effective, skin loving butters and oils – for a very long time. And that extra cash you now have on hand, Lo-Lo and I wish you all the fun in the world spending it in fiber land.
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Love self-striping yarns but not quite sure how to use them? Join the Knitcircus Yarns Gradient Yarn Club and let hand-dyer and designer Jaala Spiro guide you! Three packages of exclusive self-striping colorways with patterns written just for them, plus information and lists of favorite patterns for using gradient yarns. The cherry on top? Treats from other indy knitting businesses with every package. Check out the Knitcircus Yarns store for handpainted and kettle-dyed yarns, too!
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The Nimblestix Mountain Retreat, sponsored by The Woolery, is nestled in the Shenendoah mountains at Graves Mountain Lodge on October 4th - 6th. This beautiful locale is the ideal setting for a fiber class or two, spinning, knitting, or crocheting in the sun, hearing live music, or making apple butter in the orchard. Lodging, food, classes and other activities are included. Registration is now open for this intimate retreat, perfect for meeting up with fiber friends and making new ones. Get more information at Nimblestix.com or email NXretreat@nimblestix.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!

On The Needles:(0:31)

Gigi finished a Narcissus sock, and cast on the second one. Her count on The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet, Volume 1 is: nine done, eleven left, plus two bonus items.

Jasmin says she has lost her knitting mojo.  So she is planning more projects to knit for Andrew. She is ruminating about finishing the project she has on her Cricket loom. She is also working on her Boneyard shawl.

Gigi has finished a pair of Brainless socks, by Yarnissima. She is lamenting about the pile of socks that still need to have their ends woven in and their picture taken. The socks for GrandpaDahling are almost done, and the Spiceman socks are progressing nicely.

At the Halos-of-Hopeathon, Jasmin worked on her minispinner, and Gigi cast on a beanie. The turnout was spectacular, and the event was a big success. They collected 210 hats. We met Shannon Dunbabin from Cascade Yarns, and Pam Hashke from Halos of Hope

Gigi mentions the starfish tam by Sue Flanders in America Knits, that she knitted ages ago for Jasmin. [Sorry for the misattribution, in the episode, be a said it was by Melanie Falick]

Events:(11:41)

We will be attending the Monterey Wool Auction on Monday, September 2nd

We mention the Happy Girl Kitchen Company, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the outlets, Monarch Knitting and Quilts in Pacific Grove, and Carmel.

Mother Knows Best:(12:48)

This week we answer a question from the what do you want to hear about?" thread on the forum.
The question is: Does anyone use Space Bags for storing yarn?

We prefer comforter bags for storage.

Purloined:(19:50)

This week we are purloining the "I hate knitting" attitude from The Savvy Girls, hosted by Debrah and Melanie. We mention Knitting All The Day, Melanie's CD of World War II knitting songs.

We mention Ashland Bay, Abstract Fiber, and the Cogknitive Retreat. Jasmin seems to have been bitten by the quilting bug.

Review:(42:24)

This week we review Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog. We reference the Hoax Fashion Formula.
Jasmin mentions Little Red  in the City. We discuss the 365 project that was mentioned in the book.

Jasmin talks about the class she took with Rick Mondragon. We mention Nancy Zieman's sewing books. Jasmin mentions doing her next Eadon in pieces with seams.

Tour de Fleece:(42:54)

Gigi has finished the Crown Mountain Farms she had planned to spin for Tour de Fleece, and is working on other fiber now. Show your spinning in the Team Sasquatch group.

And Sew On: (41:25)

Inspired by Pinterest, Gigi has upcycled old highschool t shirts into night shirts for Genevieve. She was listening to old episodes of Knitajourney and Susan Dolph mentioned putting beads onto hems.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Graceful - Episode 238 - The Knitmore Girls

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She travels….extensively. At times by wheels, sometimes by wing, other times by wave. She  travels while she sits and knits, creativity driving. Creativity inspired by mountain travel, memories, textures and color, small towns, 5th Avenues and spring flowers. She travels…..light. Light as the wind. With her backpack  she is prepared to hike mountain passes, climb the north face, and forge those rivers.  Next week, she will grab her Zucca on wheels and brave airport security flying to the next big city. One thing remains constant. She always travels with a Lo-Lo Body Bar. She knows while hiking, she won’t be bugged, and while in the city, dry skin doesn’t have a chance.
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Are you always on the lookout for new fiber blends and interesting fiber preps? Well search no more! Gourmet Stash is an online fiber arts shop specializing in punis, puni-style rolags, kits, tutorials and mini batts! We have a love of color and luxury fibers that we blend to make each spinning experience truly decadent. Stop by our shop and see what new fiber delicacies are being created every week at www.gourmetstash.com.
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The Nimblestix Mountain Retreat, sponsored by The Woolery, is nestled in the Shenendoah mountains at Graves Mountain Lodge on October 4th - 6th. This beautiful locale is the ideal setting for a fiber class or two, spinning, knitting, or crocheting in the sun, hearing live music, or making apple butter in the orchard. Lodging, food, classes and other activities are included. Registration is now open for this intimate retreat, perfect for meeting up with fiber friends and making new ones. Get more information at Nimblestix.com or email NXretreat@nimblestix.com
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Knitmore listeners, grab your needles! Purlescence Yarns is hosting a fabulous mad-hatting event to support Halos of Hope and kids battling cancer. We need your help! Send in your hats knit or crocheted in a star theme (think Star Trek, Star Wars, constellations, magicians, and more!) for Camp Happy Times. Identify yourself as a Knitmore Girls listener and for each hat received by July 13, your name will be entered into a special prize package drawing (including yarn from Cascade Yarns, Fiesta Yarns, and more), exclusively for supporters of this podcast. The winner will be announced on the podcast following the Halos of Hope-athon.


On The Needles:(0:35)

Gigi finished the Narcissus Wristers out of the Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet vol 1. Her count is: 8 done/12 still left, plus 2 bonus items.

Jasmin mentioned the Down Cellar Studio podcast. She is on the last color of her Boneyard, talks about redoing the edging on her Pogona, and knitting on her Daybreak in the car.

Jasmin wants to finish the Boneyard before she starts her Ophidian.

Gigi is getting close to the toe of the Narcissus socks. She has also worked on the Opal van Gogh socks in the Spiceman pattern. Also, she is working on the leg of the Brainless socks.

Summer of Lace and Beads: Gigi started the swatch for her Lorelei cowl.

Events:(8:47)

We will pop in and out to participate in the Halos of Hope-athon. July 13-14, at Purlescence Yarns.


Mother Knows Best:(9:33)

Today we have a piece of advice: Assume the best.

When Knitting Attacks:(15:09)

Gigi was attacked by her spinning.

Purloined:(17:09)

This week we are purloining "Apologies" from the Knitwits.  Week before last, we had intended to purloin "What are you stalking? by the Yarniacs, and misnamed it "New In the Queue" by Just One More Row

Review:(20:57)

This week we review Little Red in the City, by Ysolda Teague. We want to knit most of the garments in the book.

Also, Gigi mumbles about knitting the Dr Watson sweater, and Jasmin is praising Amanda from Lorna's Laces.

Tour de Fleece:(39:17)

Gigi is lamenting the lack of progress, she feels the spinning is going too slow. Jasmin is going slow and steady, and getting quite a bit of fiber spun on her mini spinner.

And Sew On:(41:34)

Gigi cut up a ratty comforter, serged the edges and will donate it to the vet.


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hamster - Episode 237 - The Knitmore Girls

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Do you know about  Lo-Lo EO's?  EO's (essential oils) are natural compounds derived from plants, that have powerful biochemical compositions which often stimulate our brain, affecting mood and well being.  Like you and me,  Lo-Lo EO’s are a wondrous mixture of individual qualities, some very bold and assertive, others showing a softer, gentler face.  By applying specific EO’s or blends, you choose  the way want your mood affected.  When EO’s are combined with Bar-Maids soothing combination of  natural oils and butters, you have an amazing Lo-Lo experience. EO’s are powerful, and respecting them is appropriate. With that in  mind, do you want to relax, rejuvenate, or recharge? It's all up to you. Lo-Lo EO’s are available in the Body Bar, To-Go Bar, O’ for Feet Sake, Lip Balm, and Cuticle Intensive.
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Are you always on the lookout for new fiber blends and interesting fiber preps? Well search no more! Gourmet Stash is an online fiber arts shop specializing in punis, puni-style rolags, kits, tutorials and mini batts! We have a love of color and luxury fibers that we blend to make each spinning experience truly decadent. Stop by our shop and see what new fiber delicacies are being created every week at www.gourmetstash.com.
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Are you ready for the Tour de Fleece? Check out Nimblestix to be sure - now with even more features for spinners!  Stash any kind of fiber, in any preparation, and Nimblestix will bring you from fleece to finished object.  When you're done plying, just flip that spinning project to complete and it goes straight to your yarn stash.  Now you can print tags or labels for an easy reference - even if your skeins are different lengths!   Don't miss our Tour de Fleece guild with tons of fun and prizes!  Be sure to catch everything that's going on by using the TourdeFleece hashtag.  Be Nimbler.....  No workarounds......  no making do.........  Just spin!
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Knitmore listeners, grab your needles! Purlescence Yarns is hosting a fabulous mad-hatting event to support Halos of Hope and kids battling cancer. We need your help! Send in your hats knit or crocheted in a star theme (think Star Trek, Star Wars, constellations, magicians, and more!) for Camp Happy Times. Identify yourself as a Knitmore Girls listener and for each hat received by July 13, your name will be entered into a special prize package drawing (including yarn from Cascade Yarns, Fiesta Yarns, and more), exclusively for supporters of this podcast. The winner will be announced on the podcast following the Halos of Hope-athon.
On The Needles:(0:31)

Gigi has bound off a pair of Brainless socks. Jasmin mentions her fancy pool. She is on the fourth color of her Boneyard shawl.

Gigi is getting close to finishing her first Spiceman sock out of van Gogh, by Opal, but she missed the deadline for entering her socks in the Down Cellar Studio podcast KAL.

It looks like Gigi will be knitting a cabled fisherman's Dr Watson sweater. Jasmin is suggesting Cascade Eco wool, and entering it in the Sweater KAL on the Down Cellar Studio podcast.

Gigi is making progress on her Narcissus sock, but was bored and started the Narcissus wristers from the Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet.

Jasmin is working on her Calligraphy sweater and is thinking of moving her handknit sweaters into a cedar lined drawer.

Summer of Lace and Beads: Jasmin mentions that Baubles and Beads has a 4th of July sale. She also talks about Firemountain Beads and the Shipwreck shawl. Gigi perused the selection of beads at Beverly's .

We touch on the two hemispheres of the Celestarium. Jasmin is planning to cast on her Ophidian.

Events:(16:12)

We will pop in and out to participate in the Halos of Hope-athon. July 13-14, at Purlescence Yarns.
We mention the Fiber Hooligan podcast

Mother Knows Best:(17:42) 

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about thread?" about what to carry in your tool bag.

We mention: Clover Thread Cutter, Chibi,  Knitmore Girls tape measure, the Wanda
Leslie Wind: needle, ring needle and cable needle, Locking stitch markers, Gingher Embroidery Scissors, Hiya Hiya Puppy Snips.

Purloined:(23:55)

This week we are purloining the Sci-fi segment from Brass Needles, hosted by Miss Kalendar. Jasmin and Andrew talk about "Into Darkness", the new Star Trek movie.

Review(38:08)

This week we are reviewing Knit Simple Knitting Workshops
we mention Webs Interchangeable Needles, ChiaGoo Tiny Tool Cases, and Soaking Tubs.

Jasmin mentions Ginger Luter's Module Magic

Tour De Fleece:(48:17)

Gigi has been spinning Crown Mountain Farms in the colorway Hamburg.

Jamin is working on Merino Border Leicester Cross on her Mini Spinner, and making some progress, but has a hard time figuring out how to show it, since the bobbins are so large.

She is planning to knit the Retreating cardigan with this yarn.