Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ribbit ribbit - Episode 290 - The Knitmore Girls


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**Genevieve offered to do the shownotes while Mom and I have been sick. Either she (or Mom) will post the shownotes by 7/20.


On The Needles:(0:34)

Gigi has been working on the Water's Edge from Coastal Knits LINK out of Abstract Fiber's Rothko #matchymatchykal.  Jasmin has been working on Biscotte & Cie in the Gazania colorway.
Gigi has been working on vanilla socks out of Neon Now. We are stealing a good idea from Twin Set Design.

Jasmin mentions Amy Beth, from the Fat Squirrel Speaks, the Knit Girllls, A Playful Day, Subway   Knits, Yarngasm, DownCellar Studio, Commuter Knitter and the Geeky Girls Knit videocast.

Gigi is also working on the Dianthus Superbus socks from The Knitters Curiosity Cabinet LINK out of Wildfoote. Gigi waxes poetic about Hunter Hammersen's designs.
She is also working on the Indie Burghe socks.
She is working on a preemie hat for the Head to Toe project.
She also bound off the shoulders of the Dr Watson sweater.

Loose Ends:(16:33)

Jasmin mentions labels for Knitmore-Alongs from Sterling Name Tapes: Information for getting labels:

- Donate $1.50 for postage and envelope through Paypal button (in sidebar)
- PM Jasmin (cuteknitter) via Ravelry, and let her know how many sweater and shawl labels you want, and put "labels" in the subject line
- Include your Paypal email address in your PM
- International: PM Jasmin on Ravelry for cost of shipping

Put a picture of your sewn in labels in the "labels" thread.
The Summer of Lace and Beads is ongoing, check out the thread on the forum.


- July 5th-27th: Tour de Fleece
- September 1st, Monterey Wool Auction

Directors Cut on how to pick a fleece.

 -Pacific International Quilt Fest October 16-19


Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

Participants need to post a picture to instagram with the #operationsockdrawer
have their  ravelry name on your instagram profile.

Entries will be judged on originality and general delightfulness. Judging criteria purloined from Sasha Torres of Sheepspot.

The next prize is a skein of Poste Yarn from Simply Socks Co, in  the colorway Blue Nile.

Mother Knows Best:(25:59)

This week we answer questions out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about
using a Hanson e-spinner for a beginning spinner.

The second question we answer is about letting yarn rest on the bobbin. Jasmin mentions The Intentional Spinner and Learn Visually -Handspinning, by Judith MacKenzie McCuin. LINKs
Also: The Gentle Art of Plying.

Jasmin mentions the Matchless, and Carolina Homespun.

When Knitting Attacks:(37:15)

 Gigi has been attacked by her Odelia that she is planning to finish for the #stashdash2014.  She is knitting it out of Silk and Wool by Tess Yarns.
Also, she hid the yarn she bought to knit the Rainshadow from herself.


This week we purloin the literature bit from 2Knit Lit Chicks. We talk about the Outlander Series LINK.
We are excited about the contest sponsored by Bijou Basin Ranch.
We talk about the lovely Himalayan Trail yarn we are going to knit with. Jasmin has chosen to knit the Cointreau. Gigi will knit a cowl from Sivia Hardings Book of Cowls.
There is an Outlander thread in the forum.

#countdowntooutlander will be launched next week.


This week we review Big Foot Knits by Andi Smith LINK

Tour de Fleece:(52:05)

Gigi has been spinning long draw and she has weighed  her fiber into 25 g nests, and is trying to spin a nest a day. She is planning to knit the Harvest cardigan for her SPAKAL project.

Jasmin is spinning 25g a day with an attenuated woolen spun, on her Schacht Matchless, and storing them on 6inch Schacht bobbins. LINK She is spinning a Targhee cross that she purchased from Morro Fleece Works.
She is also working on Stash Dash and plied up a storm. 

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