Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Yarn Pantry - Episode 264 - The Knitmore Girls

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The Bar-Maids staff is asked one question more than any other, “What scent should I buy for my friend, mother, brother, {you fill in the blank}”. And the response they give is, “We don’t pick scents for people as scents trigger memories and we would only wish for good ones, not bad ones”.  Scents are powerful. Not only can they instantly bring back a flood of memories scent can also influence people’s mood, affect their work performance and even buying preferences.
Watching someone’s face and listening to their first comment when they choose a scent is a both a gift and a surprise claims the staff at Bar-Maids.  For instance, Patchouli brings so much joy to people  that loved the 60’s  though an equal amount of people share they have few memories of that period and don’t wish to relive them.  Honeysuckle and Honey-Do Almond seems to trigger a lot of grandmother memories, while Sweet Plumeria reminds people of vacation and Hawaii. 
Though Bar-Maids staff won’t pick scents for people they do share their top selling scents - which usually mean s that if you are buying a scent for someone you are pretty safe with:  Vanilla Moon, Red Clover Tea, Lavender Lil, Coco-Mango, Cucumber Melon, Pink Grapefruit, Lemongrass, and Bergamot.  
The most unique memory shared to date? The scent that reminded a customer of her little pony. The toy, not the animal.  Stop by the Bar-Maids and take a walk down memory lane. In January and February you can catch them at TNNA in San Diego, Vogue Knitting Live in New York, The Best Bead Show in Tucson, Arizona and Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA
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On The Needles:(0:35)

Gigi has finished her second Windschief hat for Halos of Hope. Jasmin mentions Fiber Hooligan, and Craftsy, Caro Sheridan (SplitYarn) co-authored Knitting it Old School with Stitchy McYarnpants. And she does camera straps for SLR cameras.

Gigi also signed up for her Pixel Quilts class. Jasmin mentions her Photography Primer class, which we will review later.

Team Sockoholics is gaining on us, and Jasmin reminds everyone that Cascade Yarns is covering the shipping to clinics for hats that #TeamKnitmore is collecting.

Prizes for the #PodcasterThrowdown:

A lovely skein of Lollipop Yarn in the colorway Sweet Child o' Mine.
A skein from Great Lakes Hand Dyed. #themapples
Sivia Harding's Sister Joan Shawl, knit by Gigi
From FabFunkyFibres: a skein of 15 color rainbow merino/cashmere/nylon
Jasmin's handspun:

  • In the Air Tonight, superwash, 328yds, Crown Mountain Farms
  • Violet Cherry, Pidgeonroof Studios, 402 Superwash BFL (187) 374 yds
  • Atlantis 402 Superwash Merino, Crown Mountain Farms, 500 yds
You can follow this on twitter and instagram using #podcasterthrowdown.
There will be a little something special for anyone who brings a hat for Halos to Stitches West, and bonus swag for preemie hats.

Gigi has also finished the Claudia hat, and is working on the Bend hat by Irina Dimitrieva, out of CashVero, currently on sale at Webs.

Jasmin is working on her Dark Side of the Moon socks by Fab Funky Fibres. And she is very excited about #operationsockdrawer on Everlapse. We mention Knit Knit Cafe.


Gigi is knitting on a preemie hat, the 'Tis sock from Invictus Yarn, and a Vanilla sock out of Steinbach Wolle.

She is also working on a preemie hat for the Head to Toe Project book out of Heritage Sock yarn in Quatro, and is surprised by how lovely it is. She also mentions the Knitters Curiosity Cabinet.
Jasmin mentions Jade from The Geek Girl Crafts podcast.

We are launching a new KAL:
The Mommy and Me Knitalong! (#mommyandmeKAL)

Jasmin is knitting matching Barberry cardigans for herself and Genevieve, out of 
Abstract Fiber Calder and Abstract Fiber Rothko, in the Saffron colorway. Gigi will be knitting matching Waters edge and Mini Waters Edge cardigans out of the same yarn in "Red".

We are also recommending:
- the Wildflower and Wee Wildflower by Alana Dakos, Gnarled Oak and Little Oak cardigan, Spring Garden Tees by Alana Dakos. Discount code "mommyandme".
- Knitbot and Knitbot Kids.
- Also anything by Tincanknits comes in a great size range and would work for this knitalong.
- Knit with Me by Gudrun Johnston, which works for moms and teenage to adult daughters (like KnittyBarb and Tracy from the 2KnitLitChicks podcast.)
- Moody and Cinnamon sweaters are edgy and cute in worsted weight yarn, with short sleeves.

#mommyandmeKAL. There will be a thread in the forum. There will be prizes for listeners who post pictures of both sweaters in the forum.


Events:(21:35)

2/20-23: Stitches West 2014.

We are planning a meet and greet, and will have something special for listeners who bring a Halo hat, and something different for listeners who bring a preemie hat.

Contest:(22:49)

We announce the winners of our Do Some More Good Contest:

Bluflame9940 won a Lolo Bar trio
Wurster-weight won Abstract Fiber Cosmopolitan Fiber
Kwilla won the Namaste Harlow Bag
iHeartcraft won the Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits, and the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits magazines
Knitftyknit75 (Fiber and Fabric podcast) won the Gourmet Stash punis 
Kristoemily won two coordinating skeins of Rothko from Abstract Fiber
Northmom won the Erin Lane Bucket bag

In Stitches:(26:42)

Gigi wore the previously loved cardigan from Laura, a v-neck cardigan and a side to side cardigan, Sweet Tomato Heel socks and socks from Charlene Church's Little Box of Socks.

Jasmin wore her Carli cardigan, Genevieve wore her Molly hat, Andrew wore a sideways knitted hat, and a woven scarf.

Great Grandpa wore the scarf that Gigi knitted for him when she was a teenager. We mentions Grandpa's scarf that Jasmin knit.

Mother Knows Best:(29:58)

This week we answer a question from the "What to you want to hear about?" thread about how to find discontinued  yarn.

We talk about keeping a well stocked yarn pantry.

Purloined:(32:43)

This week we are purloining the point system that Tini and Maria Denmark introduced on their Twin Needle podcast.

Review:(38:05)

This week we are reviewing The Velveteen Rabbit Kit, by Little Skein.

Ravellenic Training:(46:56)

Week three of Ravellenic Training. Wind your yarn.

Straw Into Gold:(47:54)

Gigi talks about the Bosworth Feather spindle that Santa brought her. Jasmin thanks Santa's helper
Leslie from the Knit Girllls podcast. There was also an awesome Loop batt.

And Sew On:(57:24)

Gigi is working on altering GrandpaDahling's suit pants.

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