Sunday, July 25, 2010

Triumph, Tragedy, and the Tour - Episode 111 - The Knitmore Girls


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This week's episode has been sponsored by:

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On the needles (00:38):

Gigi is still working on her Tiger Striped socks. Jasmin and Gigi disagree about pooling, striping, and general tigery-ness. Gigi talks about afterthought heels versus pre-planned heels. Jasmin mentions Andrew noticing the "When Knitting Attacks" music on an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 2, "Bad Eggs").

Jasmin works on her Apricot Socks while attending Love's Labor's Lost at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Jasmin is still working on her Cabled Raglan Tunic. After recording episode 111, Jasmin plans to cast on her Garter Yoke cardigan.

Contest: (9:12)

The Head to Toe design contest has been launched. Details can be found in the contest thread. The contest ends 8/31/2010. Prizes include:
Events: (10:59)
- 9/6: Monterey Wool Auction (Here's the link to the Director's Cut episode about selecting fleeces.)
- 9/24-26: Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival

Ask an Intern: (11:51)

This week, Katrina spun, blocked, and knit. She spun some merino/silk from Abstract fiber (color "Poppies"). She is still enjoying spinning the Shetland batts from Sporfarm. She mentions the Brandywine shawl, the Citron Shawl, and the Elliina shawl. She has some finished wristers! She is also knitting the Lacy Beanie hat (from 101 Designer One Skein Wonders) with her Tour de Fleece yarn.

Mother Knows Best: (23:07)

This week, we talk about plying the odds and ends.

When Knitting Attacks: (28:30)

Gigi trips over unsightly nupps in her Aeolian shawl.

Tour de Fleece wrap up: (32:41)

Jasmin triumphs, Gigi doesn't place, but perseveres.

Review: (41:00)

This week we review the Sock Knitting Kit from Krafti-Kit. Overall impressions: good value, good yarn, good pattern- but the production quality of the pattern should have been better.

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