Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Tribbles vs Gremlins - Episode 315 - The Knitmore Girls


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On The Needles:(0:34)

Gigi finished the December Socks. All the #25 Days of Enabling can be found on Pinterest and in the Knitmore Girls forum.

Jasmin worked on the Winter Wonderland socks, in the Gynx variation. She is doing the Fork in the Road pattern by Lara Neel.

Gigi has finished two preemie hats out of some leftover bit of abandoned knitting. Jasmin has finished a pair of tube socks for Genevieve out of Frozen Throne, and has started a pair for herself.

The "Genevieve's tube socks" pattern has been published, and is available for $1. Gigi started two more preemie hats out of leftover yarn, and will do some crocheted finishing.

Jasmin is reviving all of our KALs, the #MatchyMatchyKAL , #ProjectSweaterChest, (#FFFWKAL) Fit, Flatter, Feel Wonderful Kal , #OperationSockdrawer, and the SPAKAL. Double dipping is encouraged.

 Gigi  is working on the beaded edging of the Wild Iris and is enjoying it a lot. #KiltMeNowKAL. She is also working on the Mystik Spiral socks. Again.

In Stitches:(14:29)

Gigi has been wearing her Katarina jacket

Jasmin has been wearing her handspun Ribbi-Cardi, her handspun Seneca, the bulky Dreadz cowl,
Genevieve has been wearing her Annie Sweater, her Mini Mondo cardi, and the cover hat from Knit Hats! by Gwen Steege (completely misattributed in the episode, sorry.)

 Jasmin mentioned her Philosopher's Wool sweater. (Their website has a date of 2014. They had health issues, I do not know if they are still operating their business).
We mention Commuter Knitter and Boston Jen from Down Cellar Studio.


2/19-2/22/2015: Stitches West!
          - Meet and Greet from 11:30-1pm. We will be collecting preemie hats.


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's prize is a skein of Lollipop Yarns in the colorway: Breakers

We are co-hosting the Countdown to Outlander Knitalong on instagram,  #countdowntooutlander, #kiltmenowKAL. This has to be creatively related to the Outlander series.  Getting help from pocket Jamie is encouraged.

This is an instagram contest, so please make sure to use the appropriate hashtags.

This is being co-hosted by Maria from Subway Knits, CC from Geeky Girls Knit, and Kristin from YarnGasm.

Prizes for this contest are two braids of fiber and two skeins of yarn from Gourmet Stash in the colorways "Time Traveler" and "Waterweed".


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.

Mother Knows Best:(27:30)

This week we answer questions out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about
how to deal with extremely long rows of knitting.

Jasmin enthuses about Hoxton's review of Merlin.

When Knitting Attacks:(33:14)

Gigi has ripped out her knitting on the Grinchy/Broken Ornaments socks, because the pattern she was knitting just wasn't talking to her.

Jasmin mentions C.C. from the Geeky Girls Videocast.


This week we purloin ideas from other podcaster's end of year summaries.

The Geeky Girls are doing 52 in 2015, knitting 52 preemie hats in 2015. Gigi has finished two hats already.

She also was listening to Die Urbane Spinnstube, hosted by Distelfliege, who has decided to spin at least 15 minutes a day. So Gigi decided to copy this idea, and has been spinning on her Jenkins drop spindle every night.

Commuter  Jen is very organized and had this amazing idea of how to organize your ravelry queue to be able to search for the years finished projects instantaneously. Gigi put a divider in the back of her shownotes binder to write down projects as they get finished. Low tech.

What are your fiber goals this year? Inquiring minds want to know.


 This week we review Road Trip, by Alexa Ludeman and Emily Wessel

These are the ladies from Tincanknits, and we really like their designs.

Jasmin enthuses about  Yokes, by Kate Davies. which we reviewed last week. She also mentions yarns by Lisa Souza, and Bijou Basin Ranch.

Straw Into Gold:(51:57)

 Gigi has been spinning on her Jenkins Turkish Delight drop spindle

And Sew On:(53:18)

Gigi managed to score some Frozen flannel and is sewing a night gown for Genevieve out of Butterick Patterns B4910
Jasmin is doing the #IronSwatchChallenge LINK and has been steeking sock swatches on her Featherweight.

Jasmin looked on Kate Davies blog for a tutorial on machine sewn (was actually from, again, misattributed) and Crocheted steeks.

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