Thursday, March 16, 2017

Snail with the Mail - Episode 420 - The Knitmore Girls


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On the Needles:(0:33).

One Minute Health Update

Jasmin has finished the Anna cardigan! It is glorious. However, the gold beads lost color in water.
Gigi is working on the Bias Loop from Churchmouse out of KnitMona in Silver and Gold. She mentions Oink Pigments.

Jasmin has made some progress on “Lionheart” out of Abstract Fiber’s “Diversity “ colorway.
She mentions the Kapuzin hoodie and the Landon sweater.

Gigi is knitting Gansey socks, did heel on one sock, started picking up heel on second sock.

Jasmin is working on the button bands on the Gone Astray cardigan for Genevieve. Julia Farwell-Clay has a special discount for this pattern for Knitmore listeners (on the project page) . She is using the buttonhole pattern from Splendid Apparel. She is enthusing about the flash drive chip cards from XRX (which aren't on their website yet).

Gigi finished knitting a preemie hat, and cast on a new one/

Jasmin has swatched for three sweaters for the kids, the Little Pole cardigan, with yarn from the Neighborhood Fiber Company. There is also yarn from Dragonfly Fibers, for a Sideways Dude and Flirty Berberis.

In Stitches:(26:33)

Gigi wore the Quynn hat . Jasmin and Genevieve wore their Kit Kat hats.

There was supposed to be a big reveal for the Anna cardigan and the boots and the Tutu.
She also sewed in labels from Sterling Name Tapes


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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.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------#projectsweaterchest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer. We want to encourage you to knit yourself a chest full of sweaters.
Projects will be judged on originality and general delightfulness.

This week’s prize is a skein of Fab Funky Fibres “The Big One”, and the winner is FCOfone
Next weeks prize is an Erin Lane Bag!

Mother Knows Best:(40:56)

This week we answer a question from the What do you want to hear about?
regarding Kitchener stitch and blocking. If you have tips, please put them in the episode thread.

Jasmin mentions the Mannings, and the Knitter's Companion

When Knitting Attacks:(39:11)

Gigi had a knitting needle separate from the cable mid heel.
Her count on the cowl is off. She may have missed increases .


This week we review Interpretations volume 4, by Joji Locatelli and Veera Välimäki

Gigi mentions Sivia Harding's sock pattern

And Sew On:(1:09:07)

Jasmin was using black thread to sew a black zipper onto a black binding.
She used Tide free and gentle, a black light, and a black zipper to do sciency sewing.

Gigi has been sewing ribbons and Knitmore labels onto 3 Grinch along bags.

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