Friday, May 27, 2016

Wells Fargo Wagon - Episode 379 - Knitmore Girls

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately. The Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make 300 boxes happen.  Three Hundred (300) boxes will be available - guaranteed! The Pre-sale has begun! Once 300 boxes have sold, there will be no more available. the contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00
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 You've been requesting it for a long time now, and Erin.Lane Bags is finally going to make all your dreams come true.
Erin.Lane Bags has just opened up its Custom Shop, a place where you can order your favorite project bags and totes in fabrics that you pick out and send in to be made into the perfect bags.
It's easy to get started on your Custom Shop order. Just visit erinlanebags.com and click on "Custom Shop" in the Menu. Following the instructions, fill out the Order Form, and send in your fabrics.
Start picking those fabrics now, and get your order in today to be the first in your knitting group with a custom Erin.Lane bag. 
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Infinite Twist produces unique and luxurious hand-spun yarns that are crafted in a socially responsible way. Spun from hand-painted roving and hand-blended batts, our hand-spun yarns are a tactile delight for knitters. We also offer project kits that take the guess-work out of yarn and color selection, and hand-dyed mill-spun yarns in striking semi-solid colors. Find out more by visiting infinitetwist.com, or find us on Ravelry and Instagram as infinitetwist. Sign up for our newsletter for a free knitting pattern every month, and don’t forget to use offer code “knitmore”!
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Purlescence Yarns is Silicon Valley's destination fiber arts shop.  Our yarns are selected for both their beauty and sustainability.  Choose the perfect yarn and our Custom Fit service to help you make the perfect sweater.
Create your own perfect yarns and fabrics with our extensive selection of spinning and weaving equipment, classes, and full service maintenance.
 We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!

On The Needles:(0:36)

 Jasmin is discussing her bet to beat Emily from Knitting Butterflies at #stashdash2016, #teamcuteknitter, #emilyvsjasmin. She  is making slow progress on the Spock sweater. She is planning to block the Welcome to the Flock cardigan. And she is working on the Coronation sweater and is contemplating how to install the zipper. She is ruminating on turning a facing on the steek and considering Ysolda Teague's One Row Buttonhole.

 Gigi has finished the tubes on a pair of Opal Vanilla Ribbed socks, and stashed them for #stashdash2016 . She immediately cast on a new pair of Opal Vanilla sock. We mention BostonJen from the Down Cellar Studio podcast

Jasmin has also made excellent progress on her Fancy Zebra cowl #Zebralong, #LuxAdonaKnits.
Lux Adorna Knitalong thread.

Gigi is very close to finishing the Trouvaille shawl.
And she is plugging away at preemie hats and and knitting up a sample of Thoroughly Thwacked yarn in a beautiful colorway.

Contest:(13:35)

We will announce the next prize next week.
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.
Feel free to double dip with Voolenvine's Box o'Sox KAL
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#elizalong #projectsweaterchest
We are knitting sweaters out of Elizabeth Doherty's book Top Down: Reimagining Set-In Sleeve Design

We will have Gleeners as prizes!

Events:(18:40)

Gigi is planning to attend Spinning at the Winery at Retzlaff with Dr. Gemma. June 4th, 2016
Also, Gigi is bursting with pride, and announces that KidBrotherSam, also known as Sam Knitmore graduated from Law School.

Mother Knows Best:(21:05)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about knitting Magazines. we mention Interweave Knits , Knitters Magazine, Knit Scene. Jasmin laments that we have been spoiled by Cooperative Press.

Jasmin mentions her imaginary friend Verne.

Gigi subscribes to Quilting Arts magazine and Threads magazine
Jasmin mentions the Wonderful Wallaby

When Knitting Attacks:(30:04)

Gigi has been trying to get gauge for her #elizalong cardigan, with varying degrees of sucess.
One of her vanilla socks turned up with one stitch too many. It wasn't an extra stitch, but a yarn over.
She also sent a very carefully crafted letter in German to people who speak excellent English.
 

Purloined:(33:41)

 We are purloining again from Kino Knits, for a KAL with the oldest yarn in one's stash.

Review:(38:42)

This week we review Customize Your Knitting, by Margaret Hubert

Jasmin mentions Nicky Epstein's series of books on edgings:

- Knitting on the Edge,
- Knitting Beyond the Edge,
- Knitting over the Edge.
She also mentions Amy Herzog.

Straw Into Gold:(45:32)

Jasmin did some spinning with some pretty fiber, because that is also eligible for Stash Dash.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The crushing weight of UFOs - Episode 378 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode is sponsored by:
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately.  In a nutshell, Bar-Maids announced that only 150 boxes would be guaranteed available with 50 on a waiting list. Just over 300 people have signed up for the pre-sale notification. With the potential of 150 people being disappointed, Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make the 300 happen.  Three Hundred (300) boxes will be available - guaranteed! The Pre-sale has begun! Once 300 boxes have sold, there will be no more available. the contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00
Dragonfly fibres, Erin Lane Bags, Infinite Twist, and Purlescence Yarns
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Rich saturated color. Bold interesting combinations; dare we say shocking hues? Dragonfly Fibers is your source for beautiful quality yarns and fibers. Dragonfly Fibers creates hand-dyed, artisan yarns and fibers in vivid and sophisticated colorways. We can be found in select local yarn shops around the world and at fiber festivals such as Rhinebeck, Maryland Sheep and Wool, Vogue Knitting Live, STITCHES and SAFF. You can also shop on our site 24/7 at www.dragonflyfibers.com. Be sure to check out the link for our 2016 Club Dragonfly. Great designers, exclusive colorways and a bonus swag option! Discover why we say that Dragonfly Fibers is "The Colors of Happiness".  
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 You've been requesting it for a long time now, and Erin.Lane Bags is finally going to make all your dreams come true.
Erin.Lane Bags has just opened up its Custom Shop, a place where you can order your favorite project bags and totes in fabrics that you pick out and send in to be made into the perfect bags.
It's easy to get started on your Custom Shop order. Just visit erinlanebags.com and click on "Custom Shop" in the Menu. Following the instructions, fill out the Order Form, and send in your fabrics.
Start picking those fabrics now, and get your order in today to be the first in your knitting group with a custom Erin.Lane bag. 
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Infinite Twist produces unique and luxurious hand-spun yarns that are crafted in a socially responsible way. Spun from hand-painted roving and hand-blended batts, our hand-spun yarns are a tactile delight for knitters. We also offer project kits that take the guess-work out of yarn and color selection, and hand-dyed mill-spun yarns in striking semi-solid colors. Find out more by visiting infinitetwist.com, or find us on Ravelry and Instagram as infinitetwist. Sign up for our newsletter for a free knitting pattern every month, and don’t forget to use offer code “knitmore”!
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Purlescence Yarns is Silicon Valley's destination fiber arts shop.  Our yarns are selected for both their beauty and sustainability.  Choose the perfect yarn and our Custom Fit service to help you make the perfect sweater.
Create your own perfect yarns and fabrics with our extensive selection of spinning and weaving equipment, classes, and full service maintenance.
 We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!

On The Needles:(0:33)

 Jasmin has been working on the Spock sweater, it will graduate to house knitting soon.
Gigi has finished the tubes of her Peppermint Mocha socks and stashed them for the Dash.
The Knit Girllls did their Stash Dash 2016 overview episode, and announced the dates- May 27 through August 21.

Downcast- Jasmin is thrilled to have found that you can download some podcasts and stream others.

She mentions the Geeky Girls Knit. The Splendid Table and America's Test Kitchen

There is some trash talking about the competition she has with Emily of Knitting Butterflies.
She is planning to stash the Welcome to the Flock  sweater for the dash. She mentioned Kino's  modification so the sheep face center. And she decided to have curlier sheep and so gave them nupps.

She thinks she may have purloined Ysolda Teague's "swatching in the middle of a project" technique. She is happy with her Hiya Hiya needles and her Chia Goo needles.

Gigi is working on yet another pair  of Opal Vanilla socks.
Jasmin is making progress on the Coronation cardigan, which also has a rhinestone zipper.

Gigi is slogging away at the Trouvaille.
Jasmin is also working on her Fancy Zebra cowl #zebralong, #LuxAdornaKnits. Gigi's is stashed already.
#stashdash2016#teamcuteknitter #emilyvsjasmin, #teambutterfly

Last year Gigi  misheard something on the Prairie Girls podcast, and thought their  prompt was to cast on something every day in May. So this year it is her personal challenge, and she is knitting one preemie hat every day in May. The challenging part seems to be taking pictures and posting them in a timely fashion on instagram.

Contest:(21:35)

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 #elizalong
post a picture to instagram of a sweater you are knitting for yourself
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Mother Knows Best:(23:17)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
Whether or not to pre-string beads. Jasmin mentions the bead reamer and Oral-B Superfloss. She mentions the Elsa cardigan
 

When Knitting Attacks:(31:37)

Jasmin has been working on the "Welcome to the Flock" cardigan, is doing three color fair isle. She talks about Ysolda Teague's article about color dominance in fair isle. She finds she has a hard time counting to four while juggling three colors.

Gigi has knitted a beautiful swatch for her Copperplate cardigan for the #elizalong. The gauge is off by half a stitch.

 She cast on for the Espresso Macchiato socks but the yarn she picked is not striping properly, it won't show of the pattern work properly, so it will be just plain vanilla socks.

Purloined:(39:53)

 This week we are purloining from Paula of the Knitting Pipeline and discuss what superpower we would like to have.

Review:(44:38)

This week we review: Refined Knits, by Jennifer Woods

Jasmin references Botanical Knits.

And Sew On:(56:48)

Gigi has been inspired by Kristin Voolenvine and the cute dresses she is sewing to start sewing again.

She talks about moulage, slopers, wearing ease and designer ease.

She and Kristen will be doing a sloper-along on instagram. #WhatsaSloper.
Gigi had gotten measured previously, she pressed her fabric, the gingham, laid out and pinned the bodice and sleeves, and cut.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Crazy and Competitive - Episode 377 - The Knitmore Girls

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We'd like you to meet two very special yarns, Lily and Lotus!  Both yarns are a luscious blend of yak, merino, and silk. They are naturally a light grey color, quite lovely as they are, but we just can't stop ourselves from putting lots of bright color on top. Overdyeing the grey mutes our brights just a little, making them richer and oh, so wearable. Lily is a worsted weight 4-ply with a very round structure that makes cables and textures pop. Lily's little sister Lotus is fingering weight with a tight twist. Perfect for socks, scarves, sweaters, or anything. Get Lily and Lotus at AbstractFiber.com
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately.  In a nutshell, Bar-Maids announced that only 150 boxes would be guaranteed available with 50 on a waiting list. Just over 300 people have signed up for the pre-sale notification. With the potential of 150 people being disappointed, Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make the 300 happen.  Three Hundred (300) boxes will be available - guaranteed! The Pre-sale has begun! Once 300 boxes have sold, there will be no more available. Now to decide: -Perfect Mother's Day gift (it won’t arrive until October, but oh… the anticipation)-Birthday gift (better than another coffee card)-Enabler present (perfect timing)-Now at college and this is (almost) better than a homemade cookie collection from Mom/Dad-For “myself” because this is the best thing since sweet potato fries.The contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00, 
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 You've been requesting it for a long time now, and Erin.Lane Bags is finally going to make all your dreams come true.
Erin.Lane Bags has just opened up its Custom Shop, a place where you can order your favorite project bags and totes in fabrics that you pick out and send in to be made into the perfect bags.
It's easy to get started on your Custom Shop order. Just visit erinlanebags.com and click on "Custom Shop" in the Menu. Following the instructions, fill out the Order Form, and send in your fabrics.
Start picking those fabrics now, and get your order in today to be the first in your knitting group with a custom Erin.Lane bag.  
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Infinite Twist produces unique and luxurious hand-spun yarns that are crafted in a socially responsible way. Spun from hand-painted roving and hand-blended batts, our hand-spun yarns are a tactile delight for knitters. We also offer project kits that take the guess-work out of yarn and color selection, and hand-dyed mill-spun yarns in striking semi-solid colors. Find out more by visiting infinitetwist.com, or find us on Ravelry and Instagram as infinitetwist. Sign up for our newsletter for a free knitting pattern every month, and don’t forget to use offer code “knitmore”!
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Purlescence Yarns is Silicon Valley's destination fiber arts shop.  Our yarns are selected for both their beauty and sustainability.  Choose the perfect yarn and our Custom Fit service to help you make the perfect sweater.
Create your own perfect yarns and fabrics with our extensive selection of spinning and weaving equipment, classes, and full service maintenance.
 We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!

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

Contest:(16:23)

#operationsockdrawer
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/ #OperationSweaterChest
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.

Purloined:(33:35)

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.

Review:(37:51)

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.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Crocuses in Yokuses - Episode 376 - The Knitmore Girls

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Berry colorful yarnings bringing you unique self striping hand dyed yarns, tonal , overdyes, sock blanks, super fun kits and more... Berry Colorful Yarnings has your needs covered. From a Light fingering in a luxurious blend to a bulky 100% Superwash Merino and ALL the yarns in between, you will be able to find the perfect fit for your desired project.
Always open to custom requests, just email Michelle and together we make your color ideas come to life..Follow on Facebook, Instagram, Etsy or Ravelry to get the latest news on what Michelle is up to.
Berry Colorful Yarnings, where color plays.
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Rich saturated color. Bold interesting combinations; dare we say shocking hues? Dragonfly Fibers is your source for beautiful quality yarns and fibers. Dragonfly Fibers creates hand-dyed, artisan yarns and fibers in vivid and sophisticated colorways. We can be found in select local yarn shops around the world and at fiber festivals such as Rhinebeck, Maryland Sheep and Wool, Vogue Knitting Live, STITCHES and SAFF. Come see us at Maryland Sheep & Wool on May 7th and 8th in the Lower Corral, booth 17. We'll have an exclusive festival colorway called Salt Marsh, our new worsted weight Valkyrie and...a very limited quantity of sock blanks! You can also shop on our site 24/7 at www.dragonflyfibers.com. Discover why we say that Dragonfly Fibers is "The Colors of Happiness".
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 You've been requesting it for a long time now, and Erin.Lane Bags is finally going to make all your dreams come true.
Erin.Lane Bags has just opened up its Custom Shop, a place where you can order your favorite project bags and totes in fabrics that you pick out and send in to be made into the perfect bags.
It's easy to get started on your Custom Shop order. Just visit erinlanebags.com and click on "Custom Shop" in the Menu. Following the instructions, fill out the Order Form, and send in your fabrics.
Start picking those fabrics now, and get your order in today to be the first in your knitting group with a custom Erin.Lane bag.
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Infinite Twist produces unique and luxurious hand-spun yarns that are crafted in a socially responsible way. Spun from hand-painted roving and hand-blended batts, our hand-spun yarns are a tactile delight for knitters. We also offer project kits that take the guess-work out of yarn and color selection, and hand-dyed mill-spun yarns in striking semi-solid colors. Find out more by visiting infinitetwist.com, or find us on Ravelry and Instagram as infinitetwist. Sign up for our newsletter for a free knitting pattern every month, and don’t forget to use offer code “knitmore”!
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Purlescence Yarns is Silicon Valley's destination fiber arts shop.  Our yarns are selected for both their beauty and sustainability.  Choose the perfect yarn and our Custom Fit service to help you make the perfect sweater.
Create your own perfect yarns and fabrics with our extensive selection of spinning and weaving equipment, classes, and full service maintenance.
 We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!

On The Needles:(0:32)

Jasmin is gearing up for Stash Dash #emilyvsjasmin, #teamcuteknitter, #stashdash2016 (and not that you would need, it but also #teamknittingbutterflies).

Jasmin is working on the Spock sweater , getting it ready for The Knit Girllls Stash Dash. Gigi is talking about the Einstein sweater she wants to finish with button bands, buttons and shoulder pads.

Jasmin is knitting the Welcome to the Flock cardigan for Rex. (enabley details are on the project page). She is planning to knit the best buttonhole by Anna Zilborg, that are mentioned in Knitting for Anarchists and Splendid Apparel.  She mentions the electric bead reamer  to fix buttons. And she is gushing about the sheep stitch markers that she put on the Lacis stitch markers.

Gigi is planning to knit a preemie hat a day in May. Long and convoluted story how that happened.
 And she played an amazing round of chicken with one of them.

Jasmin is working on the Coronation cardigan for Genevieve. There will be crocuses on the yoke. She mentions MegKnitficent from the Mostly MagKnitficent podcast, who has done an amazing job on her charts for an Anna cardigan

 Gigi is plugging away on the Peppermint Mocha socks.

Jasmin has made progress on her Fancy zebra cowl #zebralong. She is also working on the polychevron cowl. The  LuxAdorna Knitalong is on their forum here.

Jasmin is really enjoying reading people's 5-5-5s.

Also, since we are not going to Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this year, so we are going to re-read the chapter about attending MDSW in Knitlandia, and follow it on social media.

Contest:(24:58)

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 is continuing.
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#Elizalong is also going on.

Mother Knows Best:(26:40)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about progress on the studio space.

 Our professional organizer friend provided amazing support.
Jasmin mentions the neighborhood Next Door app .

When Knitting Attacks:(33:22)

Gigi got kicked by the Fancy Zebra cowl, but is back on track. Also, she had trouble with her Trouvaille

Jasmin is gearing up for Stash Dash. The Landon cardigan, which is supposed to be part of it, had gone AWOL.


Review:(38:04)

This week we review One-Skein Wonders, edited by Judith Durant. We mention Brenda Patipa, whose designs we really like.

And Sew On:(52:34)

Jasmin measured Gigi so she could get started with her sloper pattern, and thinks Kristen Voolenvine's idea of doing a sloper-along is brilliant.