Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tacti-Cool - Episode 392 - The Knitmore Girls

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On The Needles:(0:32)

Gigi has exhumed the Scandinavian Socks from the Little Box of Socks by Charlene Schurch. And since she hadn't worked on it in years she was a bit lost as to where she was in the pattern. Jasmin suggested transcribing project notes onto her ravelry project page.  Which Jasmin has done, which will come in very handy when she has to knit a larger size of the Elsa sweater.

Jasmin has picked up  the Anna sweater again. She has been making tracks on the Bifrost scarf
and she is excited about sweater weather coming up, so she can wear it.  Also, she loves how the quilt clips/ bicycle clips hold the scarf neatly together while she is working on it.  

Jasmin wants to get projects to the grab and run out the door screaming stage. So she has picked up the Anna cardigan, which  is based on Megknitficent's project out of Ann Budd's Handy Book of Sweater PatternsThe chart is from Anne Podlesak's Legendary Knits book, and it is knitted out of Lisa Souza Supersport. 

Gigi has been sewing in ends on preemie hats, making pompoms and attaching them.
Jasmin suggests Operant Conditioning/Positive Reinforcement for weaving in ends.

Contest:(14:06)

 Operation Sockdrawer has resumed.
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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  #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:(15:35)

This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about? 'thread about etiquette regarding pattern writing and test knitters.

Jasmin likes how thorough the  instructions for the Smooth Operator Socks are, and that there is also a short, printer friendly pattern.

Jasmin mentions Bonne Marie's amazing patterns.

When Knitting Attacks:(26:20)

Gigi kept dropping stitches on her preemie hat.

She also was working on the Copperplate cardigan. She had neglected to take good notes on where she stopped but had different counts on both sides of the front. Fudging it occurred to her, but she dismissed it, because it would be high on her chest, and highly noticeable.

Boston Jen blew both Jasmin and Emily out of the water at Stash Dash. And she sent Jasmin a cowl!

Review:(33:01)

This week we are reviewing Urban Knit Collection, by Kyle Kunnecke

He also did a collection for Halo's of Hope (which we can't find now).

Straw into Gold:(45:16)

Gigi has been fiddling with the brake mechanism on her spinning wheel to get proper uptake using a Woolee Winder.

Jasmin has been making progress on spinning on the Acadia Wheel for her family set of Hiro sweaters.

 Jasmin is ecstatic about using the Device! (#006DeviceTour, #MissionQuestionable). Spunky Eclectic may take orders. Jasmin is planning to do a Periscope.  Don't miss it! (If you DID miss it, here it is.)
 

And Sew On:(54:31)

Jasmin wanted to work on Grinchalong back on her green Singer 185. but there were technical problems.

 Gigi has been sewing a bit on Halloween project bags.

Also, she has been working with a young friend on a dress out of Sew Many Dresses.

 The plan is to sew the lining first to make sure the pattern fits before cutting into the linen for the dress.





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