Sunday, January 31, 2010

Block, blocking, blocked! - Episode 86 - The Knitmore Girls


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This week's episode has been sponsored by:
This week: It show time! The Abstract Fiber team is very pleased to be a vendor at the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat in Tacoma. You’ll see new yarns, patterns, knitting bags, and spinning wheels. Then, we’re off to Stitches West. We’ll be in booth 642. It looks like we’ll have tables and chairs right next to our booth, so come rest your feet and knit and spin with us! If you can’t make it to those shows, come see us online where shipping is always free for orders over $100.

It's happening again! The Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat will be held from February 11th - 14th in Tacoma, WA. Come and visit us there - it is open to the public even if you haven't registered for classes. The Crown Mountain Farms "Fiber Of The Month" club has a few spots still available for April and May, and the game is still on to register for the Mystery Fiber. The Sock Hop Yarn Club will be closing the March shipment in the next few days. Come and join the "Knit For Fun" club - great yarns and colorways are awaiting you as well as outstanding patterns by Lisa Ellis and shipping is free.

This week: Are you ready for Stitches West? Here at Purlescence Yarns we're busily knitting new designs and planning our booth. Come in or call today for 10% off supplies for your Stitches classes. Proof of registration is required. We'll be announcing special Stitches events on the Knitmore Girls podcast in the coming weeks.

On the Needles: (00:34)
Gigi has fallen in love with her newest project. She is knitting the Classic Slant Cardigan by Deborah Newton out of Cascade Venezia. Jasmin is sticking to Jasmin 2010 by finishing the knitting on her Looped Loop cowl. Jasmin has finished the Knitmore Vanilla Sock pattern. We attended the Purlescence Stash Swap. Jasmin came home with some Moda Dea ribbon.

Events: (16:36)

We will be attending Stitches West. Come say hi! Meet'n'greet(s) TBD.

Mother Knows Best: (18:20)

This week, at your request, we discuss blocking. You can find the infomercial steamer here. You can find the Handworks Blocking wires here.

When Knitting Attacks: (31:36)

Jasmin is a knitter without a toolbag.

Ravelympics Training: (33:46)

This week: Read directions, highlight your size, and make sure you're on the Team Roster.

Join us for a live chat during the cast on! (Details coming.)

We also recommend prepping your knitting entertainment. Podcasts we recommend:

The Manic Purl
Electric Sheep
KIPing it Real
Stitch It!
Sticks & String
Let's Knit 2gether
Round the Twist
Fiber Beat
Knit Naturally
Knitting Rose
SassyPants Knitter
Savvy Girls Podcast
Stuff You Missed in History Class

Straw into Gold: (43:50)

Safety first! Stretch, hydrate, and move around. Jasmin really likes the Palm Tree Pose. (Video here.)


  1. The Scunci steamer is awesome! I have had mine for several years (no informercial required). Besides blocking, it is also great for cleaning, especially scummy stuff in the bathroom. It can get into crevices where not even a toothbrush can clean.

  2. Hi Jasmin & Gigi!

    I must say, I absolutely love your podcast! I've recently started working full-time again, and it really helps the time go by much faster.

    I'm more a wannabe knitter - I'm not that good, yet. I've only knit some hats so far, but I'm working on a simple non-lace shawl (the "Dishcloth Shawl" out of bulky yarn, and a twirly skirt for my 2nd daughter's 6th birthday next month. They are both OK, I think I messed up a color join in the skirt though. Might have to frog back to the join & start that color over.

    I just wanted to say thanks for a great podcast!