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On The Needles:(0:36)
Gigi has found the rhythm of her Viajante, in Kilimanjaro yarn from Miss Babs . Jasmin is making amazing progress on her Rainbow Dots cowl out of Canon Hand Dyes mini skeins .
Jasmin mentions watching the Lucy Neatby DVDs in preparation of the Infinite Twist Octopus kit that we want to knit. She recommends the jogless join on the Techknitter blog. She mentions her Jane Austen cowl.
Gigi is working on a pair of socks out of Two Sisters Yarn, in the Outlander colorway. She is using the tubular cast on out of Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks, Warm Feet. (This technique is also available on her app.)
Gigi finished a pair of tube socks out of Opal van Gogh for Genevieve.
Jasmin is also working on another cowl, the Three Color Cashmere cowl by Joji Locatelli out of Pepperberry Knits cashmere.
Gigi is working on the Fractal Danger shawl by Martina Behm, #behmalong out of Abstract Fiber Supersock + in the Danger colorway, which was part of the House Special by the Barmaids.
She is also knitting another pair of Gansey socks, out of Invictus Yarns, in the Beyond Grey Flannel Colorway on size 1 Karbonz needles. We are currently working with these needles for a future review.
We mourn the passing of Lisa Grossman, the Tsock Tsarina. The knitting community has suffered a great loss.
We attended the yarn swap at Purlescence, and Gigi came home with lots of sock yarn bits for preeemie hats. And Jasmin is thrilled with the effects of the Gleener.
- 06/19-21/2015: Black Sheep Gathering 2015, in Eugene, Oregon [You can find the recap episode with all of the restaurants listed here]
We mention meet-ups organized by Sasha Torres from Sheepspot, and Shilo of Spincontrol, for aficionados of Jenkins drop spindles. We were listening to Fluffy Fibers podcast and theYarns from the Yinhoo podcast during KIP day.
- May 22 to August 14: Stash Dash invented by the Knit Girllls
- July 4-26: Tour de Fleece
- July 21 to Sept 21: Summer of Lace and Beads
This weeks prize is a skein of Invictus Yarns in the Unafraid colorway, in the Torrent base. 75% superwash merino, 20% nylon and 5% stellina.
Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:
Participants: post a picture to the ravelry forum, or 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 delightfullness.
Mother Knows Best:(34:13)
This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about pattern ideas for gradient yarn.
Miss Babs's kits are amazing, as are Martina Behm's kits. Also, a lot of Stephen West's patterns will work spectacularly for gradient yarns. Moebius cowl, and Jasmin mentions Amy Detjen's sweater out of Knitcircus, and the Hiro cardigan.
We are wondering if there is a filter for gradients in ravelry.
The Philosopher's Fair Isle is an option for gradients, as is using Kauni, like Stephanie Pearl McPhee's project. Or the Lane Splitter skirt.
The other question we try to answer is what to do if you get gauge but hate the fabric.
Custom Fit software by Amy Herzog. We don't know if you can import patterns into this software.
Jasmin's Cocoknits Katarina is mentioned.
Natalie, of Mastering the Knits is mentioned
When Knitting Attacks:(43:36)
Gigi was attacked by a variation of the provisional crocheted cast-on. She got the wrong amount of stitches on the Fractal Danger Shawl.
This week we review Vivacious Kids by Fyberspates Yarn
Straw Into Gold:(53:49)
Week 3 and Week 4 of Tour de Fleece training.
Jasmin is trying Corriedale from a new to her breeder. She mentions Amy King's article about how to reduce pilling.
She will take her Hansen Mini-Spinner with her and is excited about the RAVPower® Xtreme Battery