Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Steeking Podcast - Episode 413 - The Knitmore Girls

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On the Needles:(0:30)

Gigi turned 60 on Saturday the 21st, and we attended the Women's March in San Jose. We saw a lot of pink hats. Gigi has been knitting preemie hats.

Jasmin is nearly finished with Genevieve's Gone Astray cardigan, and she has cast on the Baa-ble hat. She gushes about Sincere Sheep yarn. She has also knitted in sheep dogs. Gigi mentions Dr Gemma. Jasmin is hoping to sew the steek today.

Gigi is working on the Puerto Montt by Martina Behm, out of Rohrspatz and Wollmeise. (StrickMich! Club)

Gigi has been working on the Sidewalk sweater, from the Grown collection, by Kate Oates in Venezia Bulky. She has been working on the sleeves, and is ready to start sleeve decreases. Also, she wanted to check the fit, so she put the sweater on Try it on Tubing, and put it on.

Jasmin finished a Kitkat hat for herself for the Women's March on Washington. out of White Birch Fiber Arts “Goth Cat” colorway. (We contacted the organizers of the pink Cat Hat project** for family friendly hashtags, and we got: #craftivism, #CreativeResistance, #HatsForHerstory.)

Jasmin has picked up her #BigBadBergalong  Ashburn shawl, and she is thinking of finishing her Viajante as a takealong project.

In Stitches:(17:11)

Gigi wore knitted socks the Quynn hat , and the handspun cowl. The hand spun cowl is becoming a staple wardrobe piece. It has a number of bright colors with a black background, so it is very versatile. She thinks she should spin some more fiber for cowls. She also wore the Knitmore cowl, 2016 socks, and Jasmin's Bifrost. Jasmin mentions Ply magazine and the article on singles yarn.

Sam wore the shadow knitting Alien scarf out of Debbie Stoller's Stitch and Bitch

Jasmin wore her 3 color cashmere cowl, cat hat, Bifrost scarf

Genevieve wore her cat hat, Hamilknit hat. Rex wore the Quynn hat


We will be attending
- Stitches West 2017,  February 23-26, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
We talk about the #knitmorebuymore form for #StitchesWest: if you're a vendor and want to participate, click the link and fill out the form!

The Meet and Greet will be at noon on Saturday in the Erin Lane Booth.

We attended TNNA, a craft show for vendors, and it was marvelous, educational, and exciting.


The Do Some Good Contest, and the Grinchalong are closed for this year,
#OperationSockDrawer and #ProjectSweaterChest are back!
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.

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

Mother Knows Best:(36:02)

This week we answer a question about steeking and converting a cardigan to a one piece construction.

When Knitting Attacks:(47:57)

Gigi ripped back the bind off and wing that she had knitted to make the Puerto Montt larger.
Also, she split a a stitch a few rows down. She had to drop it down a number of rows and ladder up


This week we review
The Joy of Color by Janine Bajus
Jasmin mentions Carson Demers of Ergo I Knit, who is an ergonomics expert. IS THIS CORRECT?

And Sew On:(1:07:03)

Gigi has been working on the Grinch bags.

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