Thursday, November 20, 2014

Certified Pre-owned - Episode 308 - The Knitmore Girls


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On the needles:

Jasmin has finished the sock part of the "Stingy Jack" socks from Invictus Yarns on the "Beyond" Merino/Cashmere/Nylon base. Jasmin mention's Emily Straw's white balance tutorial. Gigi has finished her "Boo" socks (from Gynx Yarns).  Jasmin is working on socks out of the "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound" colorway from Lollipop Yarns.

Jasmin mentions Susan B. Anderson's instagram feed, and beautiful shots of her photos; which is what Jasmin's Regia 6ply (6366) reminds her of. Gigi talks about the "Bedroom in Arles" yarn by Opal, Jasmin mentions Design Seeds and Art Vistas.

We talk about literal interpretation, and Jasmin mentions the Little Oak Cardigan by Alana Dakos. Gigi has made some progress on her Mystik Spiral socks (one pair in Regia, one pair in Mint Rain).

Gigi has started the Knit Your Love pattern (from the Strickmich club).

Jasmin has picked up her Barberry Cardigan (for Genevieve) out of Abstract Fiber Calder (in the "Saffron" colorway). #matchymatchyKAL #projectsweaterchest.  Jasmin mentions Twisted-Stitch Knitting from Schoolhouse Press

Jasmin has cast on a pair of Abstract Fiber "Bonfire" (dyed warp style) socks, which will grow up to be a Procrastinatrix from Sock Architecture. She also just got both Knitmore copies spiral bound at Kinko's.

In Stitches: (23:05)

Gigi bought Genevieve a Frozen sweater chest

This week, Genevieve has worn: her Yoked Cardigan ("Duck Sweater"), Little Oak Cardigan ("Squirrel sweater"), and her Playful Stripes cardigan ("Annie Sweater", from Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf). Also her Molly hat and a pair of wristers.

Gigi has been wearing the ChicKnits Katarina, the Serpentine cowl (based on the Serpentine mitts by Miriam Felton, out of Claudia's Handpainted Yarns in the Ruby Slippers colorway). And also socks.

Jasmin has been wearing her 2012 SPAKAL cardigan (the Eadon by Susanna IC), her Looped Loop cowl, the Tangled Yoke cardigan, and black wristers.  Also, the Breezy cardigan out of handspun.

Genevieve wore her Mollie hat, her Little Oak Cardigan and wristers.


11/28: Pajama Jammie Jam at Purlescence
2/19-22/2015: Stitches West!


#operationsockdrawer winner! AndiRN won a skein from Lisa Souza in the "Deep Fall" colorway.

Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

Participants: post a picture to instagram with the #operationsockdrawer, have your ravelry name on your instagram profile. Feel free to double dip your projects.

Projects will be judged on originality and general delightfulness.
Next week prize:
A skein of sock yarn from Fab Funky Fibres in the colorway I believe in the Impossible

New contest:

The Grinch-along. We have extended the starting date to December 1st. Cease and desist all holiday gift knitting! #grinchalong. Knitting only for pleasure. Take pictures and post them in the ravelry group thread and/or on Instagram.

Prizes will be Grinchy knitting bags sewn in the "Sweatshop Of Love"(Lovingly purloined from Sweatshop Of Love) by the Knitmore Girls out of Grinchy fabric. Let us know what fun holiday things you are doing instead of gift knitting. Do multiple dipping with as many contests as you can.
Pinterest link to the tutorial we used.

Other prizes for the #grinchalong:

 - Santa Claus, IN  (Poste Self-striping yarn base), provided by Simply Socks Yarn Co.
 - Jollyville, TX (Poste Self-striping yarn base), provided by Simply Socks Yarn
- Wicked, from Vollenvine, on the Lush base.
- Body scrub from the BarMaids

The Do Some Good Contest is also coming up soon.

Mother Knows Best:()

This week we answer questions out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about
how to give care instructions with gift.

Jasmin likes Dream in Color Classy. Jasmin mentions the Citric Acid Dye fix, and SOAK wool wash.

When Knitting Attacks:(46:00)

Gigi has managed to totally mangle the toe on the Boo socks she was knitting, and had a hard time seeing the stitches on the black toe. She also reversed increases and decreases on the Mystik Spiral socks.

Review: (47:31)

This week we review Gramma Nancy's Animal Hats

We mention Ann Norling's Fruit hats.

We think with some  they are also good candidates for Halo's of Hope hats and Preemie hats.

Holidays with the Knitmores: (54:31)

The girls are very fond of hot chocolate, with Penzeys Hot Chocolate mix and Salted Caramel sauce, Glühwein, Hot Spiced Cider, Eggnog from the Joy of Cooking (Jasmin has the edition linked).

Gigi would like to try hot buttered rum.

Straw Into Gold: (57:00)

Gigi needs to wind her spinning off onto plastic bobbins.

And Sew On: (57:44)

Gigi finally got the buttonhole foot to work. She managed them, but really needs to order a manual. She mentions Fray Check-ing the buttonholes.

You can see our progress on projects on our instagram feed.


  1. I was so hoping to find what salted caramel you are putting in your hot cocoa Jasmin. It sounded so yummy and I have been thinking about it all afternoon. :)

    1. Finally re-did the shownotes! The caramel sauce is linked.

    2. Thanks Jasmin. I'm having my husband pick that up ASAP. :)

  2. Sadly, show notes end about halfway through. Please update when you can.


    1. Finally re-did the shownotes! (I accidentally deleted them the first time.) Enjoy!

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