Thursday, June 30, 2016

Welcome to the Family - Episode 384 - The Knitmore Girls

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On The Needles:(0:36)

Jasmin has finished the Coronation cardigan. Jasmin mentions the three books that she uses regularly by Ann Budd:  The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, and The Knitter's Book of Top Down Sweaters. Jasmin talks about Colleen's Coronation Charts. She is searching for a box to keep leftover bits of yarn and buttons from sweaters she has finished. Jasmin and Genevieve are both very charmed by the Elsa crown that they take turns wearing.

Gigi has been working on the Copperplate and is reading the book Top Down: Reimagining Set-In Sleeve Design


Along with her knitting, and she is thrilled with the design and construction. The yarn she uses is Quince and Co Chickadee, that we first learned about from Paula from the Knitting Pipeline.

Jasmin is getting close to the end of the Spock sweater. Genevieve's Churchmouse sweater still sort of fits. She talks about needing to swatch Genevieve's Welcome to the Flock cardigan and for the Anna Sweater (inspired by Megknitficent's).

She wants to do Christmas sweaters for the kids (like this one), the Kate Oates way, so the sweaters can grow with the kids.

Gigi has finished the tubes for a pair of socks out of Opal, and they just need the afterthought heels.

Jasmin loves working with her hand spun, and she picked up the 2014 SPAKAL cardigan, and she is making progress. She is very excited about working with it.

Gigi has also been working on a pair of socks for Sam, which has been adventurous. It looks like this new incarnation of the sock should fit.

Also, she is working on the fifth preemie hat for this month.

Contest:(22:13)

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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#elizalong #projectsweaterchest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer.


Mother Knows Best:(24:53)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about machine phobia and the slow sewing movement.

Jasmin mentions the magnetic light for the sewing machine. We mention Abby from Knit Knit Cafe.
Gigi thinks she wants an Ott Lite so she can see what she is sewing.

Review:(35:49)

This week we review Sew Sweet Creatures :Make Adorable Plush Animals and Their Accessories

We mention Susan B. Anderson and Rebecca Danger

Tour de Fleece Training:(42:48)

This week we are doing the training for weeks five and six. Clean your wheel and find your support network. We like Murphy's Oil soap and Wood Beams (call Morgaine at Carolina Homespun).

 Jasmin likes the support that one can get from Team Sasquatch

Jasmin is swatching a Janet Heppler  Merino/Corriedale fleece for family Hiro's on the Acadia spinning wheel

Gigi thinks she would like to spin for Elizabeth Doherty's Helvetica for Tour de Fleece 2016.

And Sew On:(55:29)

Gigi did some boring mending. She is excited about the progress she has made on her fitting shell. #whatsasloper. Jasmin and Genevieve have been working on sewing a mermaid toy.

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