Thursday, May 12, 2016

Crazy and Competitive - Episode 377 - The Knitmore Girls


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On The Needles:(0:34)

We mention the Knit Girllls, because we are gearing up for Stash Dash. And Jasmin finds a strange need to coordinate her projects with her project bags. #stashdash2016 #teamcuteknitter

The Landon cardigan is almost ready for Stash Dash. 

Jasmin has made progress on the Spock sweater 

Gigi is knitting preemie hats for her personal Knit One a Day in May.

Jasmin has been working on the Welcome to the Flock cardigan for Rex (there are enabley details)- also, she has the sleeves started. Genevieve's sheep on her matchy-matchy  Welcome to the Flock cardigan may sport some beads.

Gigi is making slow and but steady progress on her Peppermint Mocha Socks
Jasmin is making progress on the Coronation cardigan - sleeves are joined

Jasmin is inching along on her Fancy zebra cowl #zebralong. She is also doing the Poly chevron cowl on tiny needles. She mentions the Three color Cashmere cowl by Joji Locatelli


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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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The purpose of operation sweater chest is to help listeners to knit a sweater chests worth of sweaters.

Mother Knows Best:(18:19)

This week we answer questions from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
 about Jasmin's introduction to fiber arts when she was a child.

She did a piece on Cast On, by Brenda Dayne about how things started. Gigi gives a summary of her introduction to fiberarts.

The second part of the question deals with setting dyed hair so the color won't bleed.

When Knitting Attacks:(31:10)

Gigi lost a game of chicken with a preemie hats. Also, she had to tink back a few rows on her Fancy Zebra cowl.

She picked up her Selvedges  cardigan and needs to knit sleeves.  The cable needle was too long and twisty, and the sleeves are too long and need to be shorter, so she needs to pull back some.


This week we purloin Down the Rabbit Hole from the Bede Sisters Podcast. Jasmin falls down the rabbit hole by following the queues of her friends.


This week we review Three Skeins or Less, Modern Baby Knits, by Tanis Gray

Jasmin mentions Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns, and her Handy Book of Sweater Patterns
and the Wonderful Wallaby sweater

Jasmin mentions the amazing Unicorn Fibre Woolwash

And Sew On:(50:43)

Jasmin mentions going to Prairie Queens, our local quilt shop. She found a Pentel Frixion gel pen and also bought a mermaid doll panel to sew with Genevieve.

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