Thursday, April 30, 2015

Repeated Zipper Offenses - Episode 331 - The Knitmore Girls

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On The Needles:(0:33)

Gigi has finished a pair of socks of Neon Now socks for Jasmin.

Jasmin finished both sleeves on the Kapuzin hoodie, in Lisa Sousa's Hardtwist, in the St Louis Blues colorway, and she has added and extra inch to the sleeves.

Gigi has finished some preemie hats and cast on a new one.

Jasmin sewed in the set in sleeves on the   Barberry Cardigan (for Genevieve) out of Abstract Fiber Calder (in the "Saffron" colorway). #matchymatchyKAL #projectsweaterchest. She used the instructions for the collar on the Gramps cardigan. She used different techniques for inserting zippers.

She used a Dritz Knit Picker and the tutorial from Eunny Jang.  She also used a Hemstitch Needle to punch holes into the zipper tape. And she used a Brass Stiletto for punching holes into the zipper tape. Caro Sheridan wrote about it on her blog.  This is the method with blocking wires.

Also Threads magazine has an article about sewing zippers into knit fabric.

Jasmin cast on the Baby Wrap Cardigan by Churchmouse designs, for Beanzilla, out of Manos Del Uruguay Alegria and Cascade Heritage.

Gigi dug up and old sweater that didn't get finished, because the pattern had mistakes, and is wondering if she can finish it using instructions from Knit Wear Love.


Jasmin is working on her shawl out of the kit from Canon Hand Dyes. Jasmin is thinking of knitting it also in a long, self striping yarn. She is going to use Dungeons and Dragons Dice
 to determine stripe sequence, with Neon Now Yarn.

Also, Forest on First has closed.

Events:(25:58)

6/6/2015: Fleeces, Food and Fun at the Retzlaff Winery

6/19-21/2015: Black Sheep Gathering 2015, in Eugene, Oregon
 
Contest:(27:46)

This weeks winner is MISLISSA .

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.
Newest prizes: Fox In Socks bag, by Little Skein in the Big Wool.
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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.

This is being co-hosted by Maria from Subway Knits, CC from Geeky Girls Knit, and Kristin from YarnGasm.

Prizes for this contest are:
two braids of fiber and two skeins of yarn from Gourmet Stash in the colorways "Time Traveler" and "Waterweed".

 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.

A skein of the"Je suis prest" colorway, from Gingertwist Studio in Edinburgh, and the new shawl book by Claire Devine "Head to Toe"

A Highland Thisle bag, by Little Skein in the Big Wool.

Newest Prize: a project bag from the Caithness Craft Collective out of an authentic weathered Fraser tartan.
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Mother Knows Best:(33:09)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about weaving in ends in socks.


When Knitting Attacks:(37:28)

Gigi had issues at the post office. Initially, she didn't pick up enough stitches for the heel of the Neon Now socks and had to pull back the heel and and pick up enough stitches.

Jasmin has zipper drama.

Also, she was going to work on the Viajante #behmalong at Jasmin's house, and came without a pattern. It hadn't occurred to her to look on her iPad.

Review:(41:30)

This week we review Home and Away by Hannah Fettig.

Gigi mentions Coastal Knits:


And Sew On:(50:07)

Gigi fixed the covers on her Shmop.

Gigi sewed satin ribbon onto the seersucker dress she is sewing for Genevieve, and then pressed it and the seersucker pattern came through onto the ribbon, and was utterly unattractive. So she ripped it out again.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ba-da-bing, Ba-da-boom - Episode 330 - The Knitmore Girls

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You probably won't catch us bungee jumping off the Stratosphere or diving with the sharks off the sandy shores of Hawaii (actually you might), but the adventure of submerging ourselves into an unknown city is priceless. We feel that we can build a deeper connection and understanding of our customers (advocates, peeps, close-knit tribe) as we get lost within their hometowns. This is exactly why we are taking two new cities for a spin this April, Pasadena and Nashville. Meet up with us April 17-19 in Pasadena at Vogue Knitting Live or meet up with us April 24-26 in Nashville at Stitches South. Seriously, stop by and let us know your favorite place to grab dinner, a drink, socialize, or even relax. We can't wait to see you there!
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Infinite Twist produces unique and luxurious hand-spun yarns that are crafted in a socially responsible way. Spun from hand-painted roving and hand-blended batts, our hand-spun yarns are a tactile delight for knitters. We also offer project kits that take the guess-work out of yarn and color selection, and hand-dyed mill-spun yarns in striking semi-solid colors. Find out more by visiting infinitetwist.com, or find us on Ravelry and Instagram as infinite twist. Sign up for our newsletter for a free knitting pattern every month, and don’t forget to use offer code “knitmore”!
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Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!

On The Needles:(0:32)

One minute health update.

Gigi has finished three pairs of socks: a pair of Regia Südsee vanilla socks, a pair of Van Gogh socks, and the Mystik Spiral socks, by Mint Rain in Ocean Depth.

Jasmin has been working on the  Kapuzin hoodie, in Lisa Sousa's Hardtwist, in the St Louis Blues colorway, and is waxing poetic about how lovely the color is. She says the photos don't do the color justice.  She likes the tips for photography from Boston Jen and Knitting Butterflies, and the white balance on the Camera + app.

Gigi has knit a few preemie hats and she has washed and blocked a swatch for the 1000 Tulips shawl by Martina Behm #Behmalong, out of Rohrspatz und Wollmeise yarn.

Jasmin has found some finishing mojo and is trashtalking NDJen04 from the Commuter Knitter podcast.  She wants to finish every UFO ever started. Leslie from the KnitGirllls is mentioned, as are the Savvy Girls.

Gigi is working on the Boneyard Shawl in the Urban Sunrise colorway by Abstract Fiber.

Jasmin has sewn in a sleeve on the Barberry Cardigan (for Genevieve) out of Abstract Fiber Calder (in the "Saffron" colorway). #matchymatchyKAL #projectsweaterchest, and mentions a recipe for Barberry Rice. And she used the Tincanknits pattern for the Gramps shawl collar on this pattern.

Gigi put one row on her Viajante.

Jasmin is working on the Austen Cowl from Canon Hand Dyes.

Events:(28:20)

6/6/2015: Fleeces, Food and Fun at the Retzlaff Winery

6/19-21/2015: Black Sheep Gathering 2015, in Eugene, Oregon

Contest:(29:53)

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.
Newest prize: Fox In Socks bag, by Little Skein in the Big Wool.
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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.

This is being co-hosted by Maria from Subway Knits, CC from Geeky Girls Knit, and Kristin from YarnGasm.

Prizes for this contest are:
two braids of fiber and two skeins of yarn from Gourmet Stash in the colorways "Time Traveler" and "Waterweed".

 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.

A skein of the"Je suis prest" colorway, from Gingertwist Studio in Edinburgh, and the new shawl book by Claire Devine "Head to Toe"

A Highland Thisle bag, by Little Skein in the Big Wool.

Newest Prize: a project bag from the Caithness Craft Collective in an authentic weathered Fraser tartan.
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 Outlander Season 1, Volume 1 is now available on Amazon

Mother Knows Best:(33:55)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
 about what we do with fabric scraps. We like to hear what you do with your scraps, so please tell us in the episode thread. 

When Knitting Attacks:(42:16)

Gigi was attacked repeatedly by the Boneyard shawl, and she attacked her Lorelei.

 Jasmin enthuses about Forest on First. (Closed now, very sad.)
 Jasmin mentions the Head to Toe Project

Purloined:(45:58)

We thought we had purloined a great idea from the Prairie Girls. We thought their plan was to cast on a new project a day.  Their idea did not have this crazy scope, they suggested casting on something new for Mothers' Day.

Gigi mentions Stash Dash. And she is wondering about rules for the Stash Dash.

Review:(49:08)

This week we review: Brooklyn Tweed Mens II Collection

And Sew On:(1:00:49)

Gigi is working on a dress for Genevieve McCall's M5791  out of Tuttifrutti, available at Jo-Anne's and Hancock's.

Jasmin has sewing envy from listening to the Fluffy Fibers podcast.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Director's Cut - Joan Schrouder - The Knitmore Girls

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Elizabeth Zimmermann's [Now Meg Swansen's] knitting camp
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You can find Joan on Ravelry here.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Zip , Zilch, Nada! - Episode 329 - The Knitmore Girls

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You probably won't catch us bungee jumping off the Stratosphere or diving with the sharks off the sandy shores of Hawaii (actually you might), but the adventure of submerging ourselves into an unknown city is priceless. We feel that we can build a deeper connection and understanding of our customers (advocates, peeps, close-knit tribe) as we get lost within their hometowns. This is exactly why we are taking two new cities for a spin this April, Pasadena and Nashville. Meet up with us April 17-19 in Pasadena at Vogue Knitting Live or meet up with us April 24-26 in Nashville at Stitches South. Seriously, stop by and let us know your favorite place to grab dinner, a drink, socialize, or even relax. We can't wait to see you there!
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Every hobby needs organization, every project needs a place.  Erin.Lane bags helps you turn your fiber pasttime into neat and organized endeavor.  Our project bags, totes, and needle and notions organizers are everything you need to keep your fiber arts from fraying. 
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Infinite Twist produces unique and luxurious hand-spun yarns that are crafted in a socially responsible way. Spun from hand-painted roving and hand-blended batts, our hand-spun yarns are a tactile delight for knitters. We also offer project kits that take the guess-work out of yarn and color selection, and hand-dyed mill-spun yarns in striking semi-solid colors. Find out more by visiting infinitetwist.com, or find us on Ravelry and Instagram as infinite twist. Sign up for our newsletter for a free knitting pattern every month, and don’t forget to use offer code “knitmore”!
purllogolarge
Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!

On The Needles:(0:34)

Gigi has finished her Van Gogh socks out of Opal, made some more progress on her Mystik Spiral socks, the Neon Now socks are progressing.

Jasmin is working on the Kapuzin hoodie, in Lisa Sousa's Hardtwist, in the St Louis Blues colorway.

Gigi has also worked on the Plymouth Neon Now for Jasmin, with some black stripes, which makes the Neon even louder. Colors need to be set with the citric acid treatment.
Also, she is very taken with the tubular cast on the green Regia socks, from Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks Warm Feet,  or the Knitting Sock Techniques 2 DVD.

And, she is working on 1000 Tulips shawl by Martina Behm #Behmalong, out of Rohrspatz und Wollmeise yarn.

Also, she started a Boneyard Shawl in the Urban Sunrise colorway by Abstract Fiber.

Jasmin is working on a kit from Canon Hand Dyes, the Striped Cowl by Matilde Skår

Jasmin mentions Paula Emmons Fussle of Knitting Pipeline, Malia (from the Yarnraising videocast) and Susan B. Anderson. And Birdman.

She carries all of this in her Two-Fer bag by Erin Lane.

In Stitches:(21:13)

Gigi wore her grey Citron. 

Genevieve wore just about all of her cardigans.

Events:(22:35)

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

We mention Carolina Homespun, Morro Fleece Works, Janet Heppler from Nebo Rock Ranch and Textiles.

We are planning to attend the Black Sheep Gathering 2015,  definitely Friday and Saturday, June 19-20, and Mark Eidman is scheduled to do the fleece judging. Poor man has to FILL Judith Mackenzie's shoes.

We mention Off the Waffle, Marché, Pok Pok, Dar es Salam in Wilsonville, Marché.

Contest:(30:00)

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 prize: Fox In Socks bag, by Little Skein in the Big Wool.
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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.

This is being co-hosted by Maria from Subway Knits, CC from Geeky Girls Knit, and Kristin from YarnGasm.

Prizes for this contest are two braids of fiber and two skeins of yarn from Gourmet Stash in the colorways "Time Traveler" and "Waterweed".

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"

New prize: Highland Thisle bag, by Little Skein in the Big Wool.
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 Outlander Season 1, Volume 1 is now available on Amazon 

Mother Knows Best:(35:29)

This week we answer a question from the"What do you want to hear about?" thread about blocking lace.

Jasmin likes her Handworks blocking wires. They mentions Galina of Orenburg Lace LINK
Jasmin mentions the Swallowtail shawl and the Lily of the Valley Shawl.

When Knitting Attacks:(42:36)

Gigi was attacked by her 1000 Tulips shawl and needs to use lifelines.
Jasmin was attacked by her yarn, before it even had a chance to be knitting.

Purloined:(46:30)

This time we purloin an excellent idea by the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin: Cast on a new project every day in May.

Jasmin is sneakily planning for Stash Dash.

Review:(49:39)

This week we review Aurora Borealis Mittens by Shannon Okey.

And Sew On:(58:07)

Gigi is working on a dress for Genevieve that she cut out last summer. She likes the technique she picked up from Its Sew Easy, for gathering fabric.