Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bigger Than your Head - Episode 396 - The Knitmore Girls


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On the Needles:(0:34)

Jasmin has finished the chart for the bottom of the Anna cardigan, and now it is at the autopilot place.

She used the numbers from Handy Book of Sweater Patterns.
Gigi sewed buttons on the top of the zipper to secure the top.

 Gigi has made great progress on the  Polygon blanket, by TincanKnits out of Black Trillium Fibres, Sublime DK superwash merino Gradient kits in  Coral, Tidewater and Ursa. Jasmin wants to work on it, too.

We have been rinsing yarn, to prevent bleeding after things have been knitted. Jasmin is singing the praises of Aunt Lydia's Crochet Cotton.

Gigi started the Puerto Montt Shawl by Martina Behm out of Rohrspatz and Wollmeise. #behmalong

Also, we are participating in the #BigBadBergalong, with Michelle from Actually Knitting, Down Cellar Studio, Knitting Butterflies, Prairie Girls, Kristi from In a Sknit, Commuter Jen from Commuter Knitter Podcast.

We are so lucky to have the designer Melanie Berg offering our listeners a 10% discount on her patterns (self-published) starting September 15th, 2016 and ending November 2, 2016. Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout. 

 Jasmin wants to knit Moonraker, Gigi hasn't made up her mind yet. Lollipop Yarns is sending a kit to give away.

(On September 11 at 7pm Eastern there will be an update featuring Duet and Trio kits especially for Ashbury or Quicksilver patterns. She will be offering Free Shipping if you use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout.)

Jasmin made up an Instagram contest: #BondKnitmoreBond: Sing a snippet of a Bond song, post a spy-related picture. Make it interesting, make it fun, and remember to hashtag it!

Gigi has started the Pop blanket #blanketstatement.

Jasmin has made some progress on the Gone Astray cardigan, and is working on the sleeves.

Gigi has been working on the Skandinavian sock from Little Box of Socks, has finished the first one and started the second one.

Jasmin has been working on her Creepy Crawley socks out of some yarn from from Knitmona  that is a lovely Halloween self striping yarn. They are her purse project now.

Gigi is still knitting preemie hats. She has  ends woven in, and pictures taken.

Jasmin got a Black Trillium “frank it up” kit to knit a Poly Chevron cowl.


We will be attending Pacific International Quilt Fest, at the Santa Clara Convention Center,
October 13-16 2016.


New prize for Operation Sock Drawer:
A skein of very Halloween-y yarn from Berry Colorful Yarnings in  Hallow Eve 
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.


#projectsweaterchest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer. We want to encourage you to knit yourself a chest full of sweaters. This contest also has been inspired by Susan B. Anderson and her fast forward video of her top 10 sweaters.

We have lots of great prizes to give away. Feel free to double dip with any other KAL.

FYI: The Buffalo Wool Company has their Fall Sweater Challenge from August 1st to October 1st

#elizalong also applies to this contest, since Elizabeth Doherty's sweaters are polished and functional, and excellent for everyday wear.

Mother Knows Best:(32:47)

Wash it first. (wash your yarn the way you're going to wash the finished garment). Jasmin is in love with Beyond Clean. She is test knitting the Hamil-hat.

When Knitting Attacks:(40:26)

Gigi managed to skip one stitch, which messed up the whole row of Fair Isle, so she had to carefully tink back.


This week we are purloining " What I learned" from Teaching your Brain to Knit", hosted by Catherine and Margaret. Gigi learned to do the pinhole cast on.


This week we review Painted Wooly Toppers for Kids, by Woolly Wormhead. These hats are also wonderful for Halos of Hope or #25000Tuques

Straw into Gold:(54:36)

Spinzilla is coming! #spinzilla and we're spinning on team Team Purlescence Textile Witches.

And Sew On:(55:03)

Gigi is sewing fleece hats in lots of different sizes. from Fleece Hat Friends.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Gigi, Hi Jasmin,

    did you upload an older episode by mistake?

    Many greetings from Germany