Friday, November 6, 2015

Escaping a Straightjacket - Episode 350 - The Knitmore Girls

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On The Needles:(0:34)

Jasmin is making slow progress on the Bifrost Scarf . Jamin mentions #ExpertEnablers. We mention Voolenvine and Amy Beth. Jasmin enthuses about the Clasped Weft Join. 

Gigi suggests  Cottage Mills Quilt Clips and Pant Leg Cuff Clips Bike Bicycle. She  has knit a pumpkin preemie hat, needs to crochet flowers onto two more, and worked on a few more.

Jasmin is making Gingersnap Christmas Cardis for both kids. These are going to be a #Grinchbomb projects. She mentions The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd and The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. (Here's the link to our "Well-curated bookshelf" Pinterest board)

Jasmin worked on the Elsa sweater and talks about steeking. She mentions Franklin Habit and his classes on Steeking and sewing in Zippers. We mentioned the interviews with Franklin Habit in episode12, and our 2014 Director's Cut.

Lucy Neatby has a steeking section in her Knitting Essentials 2.

In Stitches:(13:28)

Gigi wore her Icarus shawl, Grey Citron shawl, Flamingo Feathers shawl, and Vanilla Socks. She would like to reknit a Bettjacke she knit out of a Brigitte magazine before 1977. Also, we touched on the dinosaur sweaters which are Nicky Epstein Designs, and not currently available and not on Raverly either. (But they will be.)

Jasmin suggests a Slanket. She mentions the fleece footies that  Gigi sewed some 15 years ago.

Genevieve has worn her Kapuzin Hoodie, the Yoked cardigan, and the Blue Playful Stripes.

Jasmin mentions the Genevieve the Octopus story. Also she is thrilled with the Sterling Name Tapes labels .

Rex wore his   Wee Envelope, and the Little Baby cardigan

Jasmin wore her Breezy cardigan and tucked in the kids.


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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 delightfulness.
New contest: #GrinchBomb
Mastering The Knits, a podcast hosted by Alicia, and Natalie of the former Bark'n Knit podcast are hosting a #ElvesWorkshopAlong. We are hosting another Grinch-Along this year. 

Post your holiday gift knitting to instagram with both the #elvesworkshopalong AND the #grinchbomb hashtag (and add a grinch somewhere in the photo, if you can, like this:


The four prizes for the #grinchbomb contest are (so far) three Grinch project bags (sewn by us, never for sale) paired with some lovely Coloring Book Yarn, and a Bifrost kit (from Infinite Twist) with a bigger project bag.


Also, the Grinchalong will start December 1st and runs until DATE, and the Do Some Good Contest will start the Day after Thanksgiving and it ends DATE

Mother Knows Best:(26:51)

We discuss responses  to the etiquette question about thank you notes. We mention the Awesome Etiquette podcast  that we love listening to.

January One Knitting themed cards

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about knits surviving baby wearing.

Jasmin uses  a ring sling, a wrap and a soft baby carrier. 

She mentions Sivia Harding's class on Sweater Repair Gigi mentions the make do and mend movement and the Japanese of gilding repairs on china

What are your experiences with baby wearing? Leave a response in this weeks episode thread on the Knitmore Girls forum.

How do you wear your babies? How do you wear your knits with your babies? What do you do when the knits get damaged?

When Knitting Attacks:(37:01)

Gigi pulled back a lot on the Braidsmaid that she knit out of laceweight yarn. Her Skew socks attacked her. She needs a general map for planned color placement on her sock yarn blanket.
Jasmin mentions the new pattern by Martina Behm.


This week we review Cast Iron, Cast On: by Becky Herrick and Calley Hasting

And Sew On:(55:36)

Gigi fought with the Bacon neck on one of her t shirts and now has a t shirt with bacon piping.

Jasmin is installing the zipper on the Elsa sweater. She likes the Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen, Blue. She used the zipper instalation tutorial from Threads Magazine.

She ordered a Zipper Nipper from Home Sew and zipper stops from

1 comment:

  1. Gigi, you should check out to see the wonderful creative things Lier sews for her three young daughters. In her huge archive, especially check out the mermaid skirt(s) posts. ;>))