Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Fox in Socks - Episode 326 - The Knitmore Girls

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On The Needles:(0:34)

Jasmin has finished the knitting on the Baby Vertebrae (it also comes in an adult size ).  Jasmin bought the rainbow and sky colored yarn  in the colorway "Nothing says Screw You like Rainbows in a Cloudy Sky". Jasmin calls it "Nothing says 'I love you' like a rainbow", from White Birch Fiber Arts.

Since she had empty needles, Jasmin cast on Envelope pullover out of yarn from Berry Colorful Yarnings, and the reason why envelope necklines are so awesome.

Gigi has gotten to a transition point in her Viajante, in Kilimanjaro yarn from Miss Babs, in the Drift in a Dream colorway. Also, she has finished knitting 6 preemie hats.

Jasmin enthuses about Leslie Wind needles. She has also made some progress on Genevieve's Kapuzin hoodie, in Lisa Sousa's Hardtwist, in the St Louis Blues colorway.

Gigi is working on a pair of Trekking vanilla socks in a brindled brown. She doesn't wear brown, and Jasmin claimed them. Gigi is excited about knitting preemie hats (with bear ears!) out of the leftovers.

Jasmin is still setting in sleeves into the Barberry cardigan.

In Stitches:(17:57)

Gigi is tickled pink with the effect of wearing her Frost Flower Shawl. She fondly mentions Galina of the Orenburg shawls.

We mention the Ophidian and the Shipwreck shawl.

Genevieve wore her Duck sweater, the Squirrel sweater and the Annie sweater.

Events:(22:13)

Fleeces, Food and Fun at the Retzlaff Winery, June 6th

Jasmin mentions Sherri from Morro Fleece Works.

Contest:(24:10)

 Jasmin mentions Kristen from the YarnGasm podcast who thinks a more achievable goal is a  #BoxofSocks.
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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.

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New prize: A skein of yarn from Katie's Creations (Mint Rain), Scottish Highland colorway in the Tough Sock base, in a very springy Highland green color.

Also, another skein of the"Je suis prest" colorway, from Gingertwist Studio in Edinburgh, and the new shawl book by Claire Devine "Head to Toe"
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Mother Knows Best:(23:29)

This week we answer questions out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about
 the history of spinning and knitting.
We mentions a shelf full of books dealing with the subject.

A History of Hand Knitting

No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting
 
Alden Amos Big Book Of Handspinning by Alden, Amos (2001)

Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts Knitting in the Old Way

Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts Spinning in the Old Way

Gigi mentions podcasts that mention the history of spinning.

Jasmin mentions the History of Lace class we took with Franklin Habit.

When Knitting Attacks:(35:39)

 Gigi picked up the Lorelei and cant figure out where she is in the pattern.

She was going to start the stockinette sections of the Viajante, and the second needle that she had stuck in the pattern envelope, has escaped.

Review:(37:50)

 This week we review Knit Wear Love, by Amy Herzog .

We think this is a great companion book: Knit to Flatter, by Amy Herzog. We also mention her Craftsy class, which we need to watch so that we can review it.

Straw Into Gold:(51:32)

Gigi has been spinning some mystery fiber on her Jenkins Turkish Delight drop Spindle

And Sew On:(52:47)

Gigi has been working on Genevieve's monkey pants. Also, she misplaced her Radiant Landscapes
 quilting book.

1 comment:

  1. I can totally relate to your excitement for Amy Herzogs book. At least at first I was, now that I have read it some more and tried to use it I'm not so sure any more. I tried to figure out how to knit a cardigan with a yarn I have in stash, every pattern is written in three gauges but they aren't always the same three yarn weights. I had a hard time to find the schematics for the patterns with the dimensions and then noticed that there are some inconsistencies in the figures, like an inch is not always the same cm. Probably I just need to get started and it will turn out fine, but it's confusing #metricrevolution

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