Thursday, October 13, 2016

Silver Linings - Episode 398 - The Knitmore Girls

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On the Needles:(0:37)

Gigi is still working on  Polygon blanket, by TincanKnits out of Black Trillium Fibres, Sublime DK superwash merino Gradient kits: Coral, Tidewater, Ursa. So potato chippy, but lost little bit of steam.
Jasmin has been been working on the Bifrost scarf from Infinite Twist.

Gigi finished the  Skandinavian sock from Little Box of Socks,.
Jasmin has made progress on the Poly Chevron Cowl with the Black Trillium “Frank it up” kit. She has been lusting after some black light reactive yarn she saw at White Birch Fiber Arts

Gigi took her Puerto Montt by Martina Behm out of Rohrspatz and Wollmeise. #behmalong , to Spinzilla

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.

Jasmin cast on her Ashburn, in Lollipop Yarns Flibertigibbet Single Sock Kit, for the #BigBadBergalong, and we have one kit to give as a prize. Jasmin talks about the circular glass needles from Sheila Ernst that she is using.

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.

Gigi has finally picked a pattern, the January Skies, and the yarn, a gradient kit from Black Trillium Fibres, has been rinsed and balled and assembled into a kit.

She is also working on the Squircle sock, pattern by General Hogbuffer. She has been working on cuff but may make it into a vanilla sock, because there are so many stripes, the cuff is going to be longer than one repeat. She also has knitted another preemie hat.

The Knitmore Girls House Special #2  from the Bar Maids, and we are thrilled.

We collaborated with Erin Lane Bags, Voollenvine Yarns and gynx Yarn. Sivia Harding, and (of course!) the Bar Maids.

In Stitches:(20:17)


Gigi wore a hat at night a gift from Kelly of the Knit Surfers. Jasmin wore her Rainbow Dots Cowl, Genevieve wore her Elsa sweater, Rex wore his Welcome to the Flock. Genevieve would like to have some more gloves.

Events:(24:14)


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

Jasmin mentions the One Bad Mother podcast.

We will also be attending Stitches West, sometime in February.

Contest:(26:38)


The newest prize is a Gleener, for removing pills from knit wear.
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.

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

Mother Knows Best:(29:22)


This week we talk about our favorite knitting bags and favorite project bags. Jasmin is fond of her project bags from The Fat Squirrel, and she also likes bags by Little Yarn in the Big Wool [CORRECTION: It's Little SKEIN in the Big Wool].

We use this Pinterest link to the tutorial we used. that we like very much, that is reminiscent of the Erin Lane Bags. We also like these bags from U-Line.

Let us know what you like in a project bag.

When Knitting Attacks:(41:01)


Gigi was working on the Scandinavian Socks. She did half a row in the wrong pattern, went back and carefully replaced the wrong stitches.

She was also working on the Polygon blanket.The count was off on one unit, she tried to fix it, and when that didn’t work, she ripped it out

Review:(42:51)


Knitted Cables, A Sourcebook by Nora Gaughan

We are introduced to the Stockinette Stitch Equivalent System.

Jasmin also likes Knitting Nature , by Norah Gaughan

Straw into Gold:(54:41


Jasmin participated in Spinzilla ! She was part of #TeamTextileWitches

The fiber she used was: Lisa Souza Emerald City Australian Superfine merino (spun on the Acadia), Lisa Souza Superwash Merino “Wild Things” (on The Device), and a Coral Romney/tussah Abby Batt (on the Device).

Gigi finished a nest of fiber from the project she started for Tour de Fleece, then started a new one. So little left to finish this project.

And Sew On:(1:00:53)


Gigi sewed ribbon onto some project bags.

She also worked on the Giraffe hats.She finds hand sewing spots challenging, not the peaceful experience she had imagined. The needle sticks in the fabric and has to be muscled through. She found that doing applique on fleece works better with less than 6 strands of floss.

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