Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Knitting Elves - Episode 312 - The Knitmore Girls

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While winter brings feeling of nesting or hunkering down, it also means a picking up a piece or two of handcrafts. The oven works overtime for those holiday family favorites, quilters stitch just a tad faster to complete works of art before gift giving officially opens, and knitters dash to their local yarn store to squeeze in one more scarf or pair of socks for that last minute gift. As you are crafting wonders, Bar-Maids continues to handcraft yummy goodness for your skin ... all to to help you....even if you continue to create into the wee morning hours. Bar-Maids handcrafts their products with natural skin loving oils and butters; everything your skin needs to keep it soft and moisturized and nothing it doesn't. Since you use our hands a tad more in this season, let Lo-Lo help keep them moisturized. It's simple! Get your hands wet, shake the water off and get your Lo-Lo on before you pick-up needle, cookie cutter, or drop spindle.
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On The Needles:(0:39)

Working on #25daysofEnabling. We mention:
LoloBars and their Bar and Tray,
Cooperative Press, Sock Architecture,
Erin Lane Bags,
Gourmet Stash Bourbon Cake,
Poste Yarn in Santa Claus, IN,
Leslie Wind's Tewelery,
and Invictus Yarns.

Gigi has been knitting on the Knit your Love Shawl from Martina Behm. We are excited about visiting with Maria from Subway Knits, and wants so have everything finished for Stitches, and is talking about the Matchy Matchy Kal, in the Barberry Twist  out of Abstract Fiber in Calder.

Gigi has been knitting socks out of Santa's Workshop. Yesterday she finished a pair of socks, but she can't talk about them. We talk about what we can't talk about. Jasmin is working on socks in Vintage from Coloring Book Yarns, and is raving about the Fork in the Road sock.

She mentions Voolenvine's Lush base.

Gigi mentions Hunter Hammersen's books.

In Stitches:(18:16)

Gigi has been wearing some old sweater that is totally covered in pills, and the Mondo Cable Pullover. Jasmin talks about her Mondo Cable Cardi, in Miro. Gigi laments the socks that felted.
Jasmin has been wearing her Seneca, Gigi's Rocky Coast cardigan out of Cascade Ecological Wool, and she mentions the Breezy cardigan .

Genevieve has been wearing the Squirrel cardigan, the Mollie hat, and the Playful Stripes cardigan. Jasmin recommends the Alana-Along that the 2KnitLit Chicks have going

Events:(26:40)

12/18/2014: 7:30-9:00PM, Purlescence Sing-Along
2/19-2/22/2015: Stitches West! We will be collecting preemie hats there.

Contest:(28:35)

Our annual Do Some Good contest has begun! Do some good on a local, national or global level, post it to the thread, maybe you'll win a prize! But you'll definitely do some good, and that's awesome. The contest will close1/21/2015.

Winners will be chosen on the basis of originality and delightfulness. Also, your charity needs to benefit others than your immediate friends and family.

For the first hundred entries, the prizes are:

-The Dishcloth Diva package:
     -Prize includes: Big Fat Soap (by the Bar Maids), a copy of Dishcloth Diva and Dishcloth Diva Knits On!and dishcloths knit by Deb Buckingham herself.

 - An Erin Lane Bag
 - And something else, pending Jasmin going out to the arctic garage

For each additional 50 entries, we will add another prize.
Also, #operationsockdrawer will resume in a few weeks, keep the pictures coming. #Grinchalong prizes will be mailed out shortly.

Mother Knows Best:(31:21)

We talk about taking good picture to make your work look good. We recommend that you listen to Down Cellar Studio and Knitting Butterflies for photography advice.

Jasmin likes the Knit Girllls and The Fat Squirrel Speaks to keep her company while she is working.
Jasmin is very pleased with what we learned in Franklin Habit's photography class.
Jasmin mentions the Olloclip lenses. We talk about putting your best foot forward.

When Knitting Attacks:(39:39)

Jasmin was attacked by the toe of the sock she was working on, so she tinked it back.

Review:(41:39)

This week we review: New American Knits, by Amy Christoffers.

Holidays With the Knitmores:(49:10)

We talk about what we do when things we ordered for gifts do not arrive in time.

Straw Into Gold:(55:12)

Jasmin's drive band  popped and she will have to install a new one. Her old drive band has been on the wheel since 2008. She uses Japanese cooking twine for her drive band. She is looking for written instructions, and mentions that Judith MacKenzie McCuin recommended Japanese cooking twine.

And Sew On:(54:31)

Jasmin and Gigi have been sewing piles and piles of project bags, because Jasmin's ideas have a tendency to grow like magic beanstalks. We used a Pinterest tutorial to aid in sewing a gazillon bags.

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