Sunday, August 23, 2009

A solid foundation - Episode 67 - The Knitmore Girls

skinny bugga

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This week: The holidays are right around the corner. Here at Purlescence Yarns we're thinking ahead and planning our gift giving now. This week we're pleased to host a trunk show of knitted Fair Isle Christmas stockings from Judy's Colors. Judy's designs range from traditional Nordic motifs to modern plays on color and geometrics. Each kit features Rauma Finull Strikkegarn from Norway and color charts. We have several kits in stock and we'll happily special order any of them. Betcha can't knit just one!

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On the needles: (00:31)

Gigi finished a sock out of the Periwinkle Sheep's Watercolors II in "Steph's Crapshoot". Both Gigi and Jasmin worked on socks made out of the Sanguine Gryphon's "Skinny Bugga" in a deep teal (photo above). Jasmin has cast on a Tangled Yoke Cardigan, out of her Tallulah handspun.

Gigi is working on her Origami Pullover (out of a Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light). Jasmin is working on a Cellach Dyes Superboo sock. Jasmin cast on a sock out of her Albatross handspun (for Andrew), which looks like the Zauberwolle. Jasmin mentions that the Black and Tan sock yarn is still available at Webs.

Jasmin's friend Joey got married this week! During the 1000 miles of driving that she did this week, she listened to podcasts! Some new and notable podcasts:

Here's to Ewe
Electric Sheep
KIPing it Real
Brass Needles

Mother Knows Best: (15:03)

Project Runway
is BACK! If Jasmin ran runway shows, foundation garments would be required. We also discuss sketching and measuring. (Jasmin wrote about Project Runway for work, and also had an essay in Cast On!)

When Knitting Attacks! (23:05)

Gigi's Houndstooth bag goes awry. Jasmin's ballwinder has betrayed her. Jasmin makes a miscalculation before plying Tallulah. Jasmin snaps, and buys the Interweave CDs.

Gigi enjoys her Scandanavian sock (from the Little Box of Socks) entirely too much.

Reviews: (31:12)

This week, we review the Sanguine Gryphon's Skinny Bugga as well as "A Midsummer Night's Dream", as performed by Shakespeare Santa Cruz.

Straw into Gold: (43:06)

We talk about the Monterey wool auction. Jasmin talks about the importance of breeder credibility, and will describe the fleeces once they're back from Morro Fleece Works.

Jasmin is spinning the most beautiful fleece (Duchess) from Jean Near.


  1. Thank you for the podcast links, I am going to check them out.
    Always fun to listen to you girls.

  2. Thanks for recommending Shakespeare Santa Cruz! I was able to tell my parents about it since they're visiting SC right now, and they really enjoyed it--they said Puck was very athletic!

  3. Thank you for all the links.

    I hope the yarn I sent to both of you via Purlescence has reached you in the meantime. :)

  4. I just finished listening to this episode on my commute to work this morning. I have heard you talk about the Origami Sweater from Frog Tree Alpacas before and also about the handknits in the Cider House Rules movie and wanted to let you know that all of these items were designed by my closest friend - Linda Daniels of Northampton Wools. She would be a great interview for one of your shows! She also knit a sweater for Halle Berry which she wore in the movie Perfect Stranger. And you should hear the story about Julie Roberts! I enjoy all of your podcasts and look forward to going back to work each week to catch up on on your show.