Thursday, January 5, 2017

Varsity Sewing - Episode 410 - The Knitmore Girls


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On the Needles:(0:35)

We gush about Plum Deluxe Tea. 

Jasmin has finished her Bifrost scarf. and we discuss blocking. She has picked up her Ashburn #BigBadBergalong, and is using BostonJen's GoodReader lesson, out of Lollipop yarn.

Jasmin is working on her #bigbadbergalong Ashburn (and using BostonJen’s GoodReader lessons).

Gigi is working on the Sidewalk sweater, from the Grown collection by Tincanknits, in Venezia Bulky.

 Jasmin mentions Sherlock Knits, by Joanna Johnson. She has finished a Sherlock hat out of Cascade 220. (She added modifications in her project notes.) She is working on a Cat hat for Genevieve for the Women's March on Washington.

Gigi is working on socks out of White Birch Fiberarts “Little Birdie colorway”.  $10 of the sale of each skein of this color will be donated to the ACLU, and $10 will go to Planned Parenthood.

Gigi is knitting the Smooth Operator Socks. First sock is done, second one is close to the toe. Also, she has started on the 2017 batch of preemie hatsShe has also swatched the Ornament colorway from Knitmona 

In Stitches:(13:39)

Gigi wore knitted socks, a hat, the handspun cowl, and the Knitmore cowl. Looked at closet to pick a sweater, they are bright. She thinks she should wear her Gran's Hug again.

Jasmin wore her Pussycat hat, Rainbow dots cowl, and Breezy Cardigan.  She also mentions the Austen Striped Cowl .Genevieve wore her Elsa sweater, Elsa hat, the baby mine cardigan, the Coronation cardigan, Kapuzin hoodie, hamilknit hat.

Jasmin is excited about having ordered the extra large salad spinner. [Turned out, not so large.]

Rex wore his Welcome to the Flock, and his Landon cardigan and Genevieve's Quynn hat, and bumble hat, and the Dino hat. Jasmin wants to take a Gleener to Rex's sweater. 


We will be attending TNNA 2017 at the San Jose Convention Center January 21-23 and Stitches West,  February 23-26, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. We are planning a Meet and Greet on Saturday at noon in the Erin Lane Booth. We will be happy to collect preemie hats, and hats for KnitAid. Anne Vally will be collecting the hats and sending them on.


#OperationSockDrawer and #ProjectSweaterChest are  put on hold for the time being


The  Do Some Good contest  started Friday after Thanksgiving.
The object of Do Some Good is to do something positive on a local, national or global level. Something that benefits more than your immediate family and friends. This year we will try and focus on supporting social justice organizations.


The Grinch-Along started December 1st, and this is an instagram and ravelry thread contest. For this contest, work on anything that brings you joy and is not 2016 holiday gift knitting. We have amazing prizes, and bags made by us from this pinterest tutorial.
Entries will be judged on originality and general delightfulness. And obviously, Grinchiness.



Mother Knows Best:(28:10)
Jasmin 2017 is : Speak Up. Speak up for what you believe, speak up when you have a question. 


This week we review
The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary, by Wendy Bernard

Jasmin mentions Barbara Walker,

and our interview with her, and the phenomenal Nicky Epstein stitch dictionaries, and the Norah Gaughan Cables Sourcebook 

And Sew On :(39:00)

Gigi mended some pants. She also did some autopilot sewing of project bags. Jasmin mentions Amy Beth, The Fat Squirrel Speaks and The Knit Girllls, and Voollenvine.

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