Friday, December 11, 2015

Deck the Halls with Handknit Socks - Episode 355 - The Knitmore Girls

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On The Needles:(0:35)

Gigi has finished two pairs of socks. The Meilenweit Vanilla socks and a pair of sock out of Invictus Yarns
Jasmin has been working on the  Coronation Cardigan, out of Berry Colorful Yarnings. She loves doing the color work, and is really enjoying the process.

Her Kobayashi Maru needs ribbons and buttons, and the Gramps Cardigan by Kate Oates, needs finishing.

Jasmin mentions carrying Rex in the Ergobaby carrier, and sewing in address labels and ShuShu Styles  size labels.

Gigi is working on the Selvedges cardigan and is at the armhole divide.

Jasmin is enjoying the a Bifrost kit (from Infinite Twist), and there are 35 colors in this rainbow. She thinks she needs Quilt Clips to contain it, and prevent it from flopping around.

Gigi laments that she has not done any knitting on her Viajante. She has started another preemie hat.

Jasmin is working on the Elsa gloves for Genevieve, which she is knitting from the center out.

In Stitches:(13:13)

This week Gigi wore wristers, the Knitmore Girls cowl, AND TWO PRE-RAVELRY v-neck cardigans that are terribly pilly. She took a Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover to them and was amazed at the improvement. She also wore socks.

Jasmin mentions the Cassidy, by Bonne Marie Burns.

Jasmin wore her Twist cardigan.

Genevieve wore her Elsa cardigan, and her Elsa hat with the Olivia hat.

Rex wore his Striped Baby Cardigan,  by Purl Soho, and he fits into the Baby Puerperium that Cchellez knit for him.


Operation Sockdrawer is on hold until after the holidays, but keep your entries coming!
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.

And the Grinch-along started December first
There are only two rules:

1. Cease and desist all 2015 holiday gift knitting! #grinchalong.
2. What you *do* knit, must bring you joy.

Take pictures and post them in the ravelry group thread and/or on Instagram.

Prizes will be Grinchy knitting bags sewn in the "Sweatshop Of Love"(Lovingly purloined from Sweatshop Of Love) by the Knitmore Girls out of Grinchy fabric. Let us know what fun holiday things you are doing instead of gift knitting. Do multiple dipping with as many contests as you can.
Pinterest link to the bag tutorial we used.

Prizes for this contest are also:
- A Lolo Foot Bar,
- An Erin Lane Bag,
- A Skein of Cephalopod Traveller
- A Leslie Wind Cable Needle ring
  Our annual Do Some Good Contest started.  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 close around January 6th.

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

- A Lolo Bar
- A very big Erin Lane Bag
- A Leslie Wind Cable Needle Ring

#projectsweaterchest is ongoing.


Mother Knows Best:(20:44)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about using grosgrain ribbon and snaps.

We talk about handsewn button holes.  Gigi mentions Susan Khalje's amazing handsewing on It's Sew Easy and that she is a contributor to Threads magazine. Also, there is a tutorial from Susan Khalje on attaching hooks, eyes and snaps. We talk about Dritz Heavy Duty Snap Fastener Plier Kit.

Gigi mentions snap on tape.


This week we purloin "Teechen" from the Urbane Spinnstube podcast and the "Whats in my glass segment that Voolenvine (YarnGasm), and Isabelle (Fluffy Fibers Podcast) all have in their podcasts.

When Knitting Attacks:(30:59)

Gigi needs to work on her reading skills. She missed an increase.  So she had to frog back all of the increases after the increase she had missed .
Also, she lost a stitch on her Meilenweit socks.


This week we review
Painted Woolly Toppers, by Woolly Wormhead

We also look at Wee Woolly Toppers by Woolly Wormhead
Bambeanies, by Woolly Wormhead
Twisted Woolly Toppers Woolly Wormhead

Also, we listened to the review of this book by The Knit Girllls, episode 278, and Gigi tried to crib notes off their excellent review. And we think they said that there were discounts for select Woolly Wormhead patterns to be had from #hatvent.

Holidays with the Knitmores:(45:06)

We think that you may want to own a Selfie Stick.  And George Michael's, Feeling Good (covered by Michael Bublé) is excellent for taking pictures to.

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