Thursday, December 17, 2015

Nerd-tastic - Episode 356 - The Knitmore Girls

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On The Needles:(0:34)

Jasmin is making progress on the Coronation Cardigan, out of Berry Colorful Yarnings.
Gigi is knitting socks, out of Trekking yarn she bought at the Pajama Jammie Jam and she thought would stripe, and she is pleased as punch with the look.

Jasmin finished knitting the Gramps Cardigan by Kate Oates ( not to be confused with Gramps, by Tincanknits)

Gigi suggests Tandy leather for leather scraps, or alternatively Michaels.

Gigi has worked on preemie hats.

Jasmin is finishing  Kobayashi Maru cardigan, from the Playdate  cardigan by Tincanknit, out of Fibernymph "Star Trekkies".

Jasmin is planning to wash Genevieve's Elsa Sweater once a week  in Unicorn Fibers Beyond Clean Woolwash.

She is also working on the Bifrost Scarf,which she is enjoying tremendously.

Also, she found a cashmere worsted weight hat that she started for Andrew ages ago, and is planning to finish it.

 In Stitches:(13:51)

Jasmin: wore her Mondo Cable cardi

Genevieve wore her Elsa cardigan, the Elsa hat, Olivia hat, Gigi's Grey Citron 

Rex: wore the  Bumble hat from C.C. from the Geeky Girls Knit podcast , Baby Puerperium that Cchellez knit for him, and LaraNeel's Keys to the Castle

Gigi wore her  Carli, Peacock Plumes, the old v-neck cardigans, Knitmore cowl, and the
Mojo socks. The mojo socks turned out rather long and think in her shoes. The directions say to stretch when measuring length. They need to be stretched quite a bit.

 Gigi mentioned that Threads has an article about handsewn buttonhole.

Contest:(19:35)

Our annual Do Some Good Contest :
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. 

Do Some Good prizes:
Lolo Foot bar
a very big Erin Lane bag, 
and a Leslie Wind cable needle ring 
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The Grinch-along. Starting date December 1st.

There are only two rules:

1. Cease and desist all 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!:

- A Lolo Foot Bar
- An Erin Lane bag
- A skein of CephalopodTraveller
- a Leslie Wind cable needle ring
- a skein of sock yarn in the "Board Shorts" colorway, by Julianna's Fibre.
-  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.

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.
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Mother Knows Best:(22:23)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum about putting zippers into cardigans

When Knitting Attacks:(27:12)

Gigi was attacked by her math, and managed to cast on not the correct amount of stitches, which interfered with decreases.
Jasmin had a hiccup with a button. She mentions Cleaners Supplies as a source for buttons.
 

Review:(30:45)

This week we review The Knitter's Book of Knowledge, by Debbie Bliss
Jasmin mentions Debbie Bliss baby books, and her How to Knit book.

Holidays with the Knitmores:(39:00)

If it makes you scream, don't do it!
Jasmin also mentions the Positive Discipline philosophy (very tangentially).

Jamin mentions Muppet Christmas Carol

Sam was blasting the Pandora Elvis Holiday station. (It's REALLY good.)

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