Friday, July 21, 2017

Carrier Pigeons - Episode 438 - The Knitmore Girls

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So, now we’re ready to talk about Akerworks swatch gauges, which are designed to take a bit of the stress out of your knitting projects. This product is kind of the punchline to the joke that starts with, “a knitter, an engineer, and an architect walk into a…. well, workshop, I guess!” The swatch gauge they designed makes swatching fun and accurate. Akerworks: We like making things.


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Remember the books you discovered in school, which grabbed your heart and wouldn’t let go? This summer, join Little Skein for our second annual Sock School. It’s a sentimental summer knitalong: knit your favorite socks and read your favorite book. School supplies are in the Little Skein shop through Labor Day, and links to the knitalong are in the shownotes.

On the Needles:(0:34)
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Gigi is working on another Bias Loop Cowl out of oink lace from Oink PIgments in Wine Knot Cabernet Sauvigyarn.

Jasmin finished her resistance hat. The charts are available on her project page.

Gigi blocked her first Bias Loop Cowl and my Three Color Cowl by Joji Locatelli out of yarn from the Neighborhood Fiber Company. Also, a Hitchhiker shawl by Martina Behm, and a Fractal Danger, and the January Skies

Gigi is working on more preemie hats that look like a litter of brindled preemie cats. Jasmin mentions that Audry Nicklin has designed a giraffe hat. Gigi heard about the Itty Bitty Bear Hats pattern from Paula of the Knitting Pipeline podcast,

Jasmin started a second Hamilknit hat. She also mentions the Marriage Equality gradient kit from the neighborhood Fiber Company.

Gigi blocked the  January Skies
Gigi excavated her Mishke from Area 51 and it hasn't gotten any further.

We are starting a new Knitalong August 1st. This is a design from Romi Hill with yarn from Lorna's Laces. It is the #3PartHarmonyKal! You can find details in our ravelry thread.

She talks about washing yarn, and mentions Aunt Lydia's Crochet Cotton. She mentions the Geeky Girls.

Jasmin started a pair of socks out of Asphaltsflickan "Plastic Pony" on etsy. She is thinking of doing the Thumb joint hat top heel (on the Fork in the Road socks) by Lara Neel who wrote the FANTASTIC Sock Architecture.

Stash Dash has started! (May 26 until end of August) This is hosted by the Knit Girllls

Tour De Fleece :7/1 through 7/23/2017.

Join Team Sasquatch. Or Team Yeti
Stitches West class offerings just were posted!

We packed up all outstanding #operationsockdrawer and #projectsweaterchest prizes to ship this week.
We will finally announce Do Some Good and Grinchalong winners next week and ship the following week.

Mother Knows Best:(31:06)
This week we talk about knitting with more experienced knitters.

When Knitting Attacks:(37:42)
Jasmin's provisional cast on didn't age well. Also, her circular needles did not play well with each other.

Gigi was blocking the January Skies shawl. Soaked it, and walked away. While she wasn't looking, things happened.

This week we review
Cable Left Cable Right, by Judith Durant
We mention Lily Chin's book on reversible cables, which it seems, we may have just made up.

Tour de Fleece:(51:51)
Gigi finished spinning a braid of fiber on the Jenkins Turkish Delight spindle. Also, she has a storage bobbin of wheel spun singles of that fiber. She is plying a 3 ply, two cops of drop spindled singles and one bobbin of wheel spun yarn. She needs a lazy Kate to ply, and wants to use the Akerworks lazy kate.

Jasmin is using contrast colors from Lisa Souza on the Acadia Wheel.


  1. What is the expression you use for mindless knitting? I'm doing a garter stitch shrug and just can't think of the words. Thanks.