Sunday, April 5, 2009

Color is our friend! - Episode 47 - The Knitmore Girls


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Admin: (00:36)
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On the needles: (2:42)

Gigi talks about Carli - her sweater for the Knit(more)-A-Long. Jasmin talks about her new closet from the Container Store (the Elfa storage stuff). Jasmin talks about not planning out her knitting sufficiently, and the construction of the Cocoknits hoodie (Katje).

Jasmin talks about some of the issues regarding Katarina. She used Steamy to block the sweater.

Gigi has worked a little bit on her "On the Vine" scarf. Jasmin talks about knitting her CoachellaTess Ribbon top out of.

Contest: (19:28)

We announce the winners for the "What do YOU want to hear?" contest. The "name the listener segment" contest will close at the end of April.
Mother Knows Best: (25:20)

Gigi and Jasmin discuss color theory. Jasmin likes to buy her blouses at New York and Company. Jasmin suggests using Crayola Crayons for color reference. Gigi's sewing teacher used magenta and orange fabric as coloring calibrators.

Gigi discusses blue undertones vs. yellow undertones. Quilters use a color wheel for selecting complimentary colors. Gigi picked up paint chips at a decorating store to use as complimentary color ideas, and then bought yarn in those colors.

Jasmin theorizes that we are drawn to colors that look good on us. Jasmin advises against painting your skin. Color wheels are available at art stores, quilting stores, and your LYS.

When Knitting Attacks: (37:04)

Gigi didn't notice that her Malabrigo (out of Jasmin's stash) was from different dye lots, so she had to frog a ball's worth of knitting, which was especially hard, since she had done a marvelous job splicing both ends of that ball. Also, she sometimes can't count up to four and ended up with two stitches too many in her cardigan.

Jasmin's managed to misread and miscound on her Coachella top. On the third try, she finally manages to get it right. She is enjoying the bust shortrowing.
Straw into Gold: (45:24)

Jasmin has bought more plastic bobbins. The "romney thing" is made up of one ply of each of the following: burgundy romney (from Morro Fleece Works), light silver Lincoln/Corriedale, gunmetal grey Lincoln/Corriedale, and a strand of natural black romney that Gigi is coveting.

Jasmin is planning to full this four colored yarn to make it bloom. There is a video of her doing it on YouTube. She is planning to spin this more lofty so it will be softer with a soft haze.

Jasmin misspoke. Worsted spun yarn is durable and long wearing, not woolen. She is spinning Tallulah (a merino fleece) worsted so that it can be knitted into the Mariah cardigan. Also, she is spinning Suzie Q from Crown Mountain Farms.

Jasmin's fleeces from Boonville and the Monterey Fleece Auction are arriving. Shearing season is rapidly approaching, and Jasmin will be talking about how to pick a good fleece in future episodes.

Also, next week, listen for a special "Easter Egg" for our listeners: an interview with Galina Khmeleva, author of Gossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls.


  1. Interesting fact: only men can be colorblind, because it's a Y chromosome-linked condition. (This is just one of the many useless bits of information stuck in my head.) It's my experience, though, that even men who have no problem distinguishing colors aren't very good with them. ;-)

  2. Got to LOVE the container store!!

    Another great episode!! Can't wait to hear about how to pick a fleece and how to clean a wheel! ;)

  3. Please, please, please! tell me where I can get the plastic bobbins. I have a Schacht wheel and I cannot afford to buy a lot of those expensive bobbins. Thanks!