Thursday, January 28, 2016

Throwback - Episode 362 - The Knitmore Girls

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On The Needles:(0:36)

Jasmin is working on the Bumble hat, a Tincanknits Design, out of Abstract Fiber Alto in the "Mousse" for #25000tuques #NewHomeNewHat

Gigi has been working on the  beaded mesh of the Viajante border #Behmalong.

Jasmin has been working on the Lina hat, Abstract Fiber “Plum” in Lily. The pattern is by Johanna of Joko knits. #25000tuques #NewHomeNewHat

Gigi is working on the 1000 Tulips shawl #behmalong

Jasmin is working on the  Churchmouse Spock cardigan for Rex.

Gigi has started a Vanilla Socks out of Opal Neon yarn.

For the #Elizalong Jasmin and Gigi have both wound a skein and now need to swatch.
Jasmin announced that a  Gleener will be a prize for the Elizalong

In Stitches:(11:54)

Gigi wore her Knitmore cowl, wristers, and socks.

Jasmin wore her Tess Ribbi, and is thinking that maybe she wants to redo the collar.

Genevieve wore the Elsa cardigan, the Elsa hat, Olivia hat, and Bumble hat, and the Kapuzin hoodie.

Rex wore the  wrap cardigan knit by Annelena, and the garter Stitch Baby Kimono by Joji Locatelli


We will be attending Stitches West at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Emily from the Knitting Butterflies Podcast, and Boston Jen from the Down Cellar Studio podcast will also attend. Say hello! Purlescence will have a basket for collecting #25000 Tuques  and preemie hats. Also, if you care to listen to our Stitches West Tips. Retraction: this is a list you can print out. List of Stitches West Tips, and the Tracking Expenses Printout.


Back on: Operation Sockdrawer
#operationsockdrawer prize:  a skein of Rare Woman Claire, and a  sock knitter profile tote, donated by One Twisted Tree
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.
Also Voolenvine has a sock knitting contest. Check her out.

Mother Knows Best:(24:08)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about Rick Mondragon's technique for using slip stitch crochet for joining seams on knits.

When Knitting Attacks:(30:38)

Jasmin was knitting the  Lina hat and managed to mangle the repeat, since she didn't want to use stitch markers to mark the count.


This week we review

Fine Things for Plain Occasions by Hunter Hammersen

We also recommendThe Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet
The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet, Volume II
The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet Volume III
 and Curls

Also, the KnitGirllls have an excellent review of this book on this weeks episode.
Gigi mentions Hunter Hammersen's blog, Violently Domestic.

Straw Into Gold:(42:03)

Jasmin has been test driving Akerworks Matchless Woolee Winder bobbins on her Matchless. With Dawn’s Custom Carding Wool, color 64

She used a Mendenhall Fleece processed by Morro Fleece Works.
She also has been playing on the Acadia wheel and she used Abstract Fiber SW merino “Rockstar”

And Sew On:(48:55)

Gigi is trying to find cotton sew-in interfacing, to replace the Shapewell cotton woven sew-in bolt of interfacing that she bought ages ago and used up.

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