Sunday, February 7, 2010

Knitting buffet - Episode 87 - 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.

If you are a spinner you might know that we carry a big assortment on outstanding natural fibers and blends next to our line of hand dyed fibers. We are aware that not everyone is a spinner - so we went the extra mile and can offer some of our exotic fibers and blends as yarn, either hand spun or locally spun here in the US by a small mill in an affordable price range. Also available are many lines of hand dyed sock yarns. See us in person during February 11th-14th at the Madrona Fiber Arts
Winter Retreat in Tacoma, WA - booth 4+5.

We're knitting green at Purlescence! This week we're hailing the arrival of spring yarns with Rowan's newest yarn, Revive. Recycled cotton, silk, and viscose are carded and then spun into a beautifully tweedy DK weight summer yarn. The resulting fabric is soft and drapey, perfect for summer tops and sweaters. There's a whole book of pattern support, too!

On the Needles: (00:34)

Gigi is still working on the Classic Slant Cardigan out of Cascade Venezia. Jasmin has finished her Looped Loop cowl! You can find the reverse kitchener stitch tutorial here. Jasmin has finished and blocked her Mondo Cable Cardi (knit out of the Abstract Fiber Miro in "Twilight"). We are starting the Mondo Cable KAL on 3/1.

While watching Leverage, Jasmin worked on her Carli's sleeves. Jasmin cast on the Shorty Tam by Lisa Ellis (from the Crown Mountain "Knit for Fun Club") out of her "We are the champions" handspun.

We chatted with Susan from the KnitaJourney Podcast! Jasmin has cast on Rosemary Hill's Brandywine shawl
($5 from each pattern goes to Haiti aid) out of Abstract Fiber Hepburn "Mousse".

Events: ( 18:59)

- Ravelympics 2010 begin Friday, February 12th at 6PM PST.
- Madrona Fiber Festival, February 11-14.
- Stitches West, February 25-28th. We will be doing a meet and greet on Friday in the Abstract Fiber booth from 12-1, and on Saturday in the Purlescence booth from 12-1.

Mother Knows Best: (21:05)

Please leave your favorite podcasters nice iTunes reviews for Valentines Day!

Stitches tip 2010: Go with a friend. (Also, you can find our episodes with Stitches tips here.)

Contest! (25:31)

Winner of the Most Welcomed Knit Gift contest is announced!

February's contest is an UFO Finish-a-long! Post your finished UFOs in the Ravelry thread (and the stories behind them). Get your submissions in by 3/6!

Ravelympics Training: (28:01)

Week 6: Find your knitting support system.

ChrissytheGreat at the Manic Purl podcast and Sherrill (Belle of the Ball) talk about the particulars of setting up project pages for the Ravelympics, rules, etc.

You can find the Ravelympics FAQ here, and Jasmin will be available for tech support in the Knitmore Girls chat and Sasquatch chat.

Jasmin emphasizes safety first, and knitting podcasts that are roughly 30 mins each:

Belle of the Ball
Brass Needles
Here's to Ewe
It's a Purl, Man

Straw into Gold: (35:52)

Jasmin plies the singles for her Seneca Sweater. She uses Zorbees/ShamWOW!s [CAUTION: both sites are noisy.] to accelerate the drying process.
Jasmin loves the unscented SOAK.


  1. You should graft (whatever that is!) on the toilet! Nobody will bother you then!

  2. Do y'all have a podcast feed that DOESN'T go through iTunes?