Sunday, July 18, 2010

When in doubt, overdo - Episode 110- The Knitmore Girls

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On the needles: (00:31)

Gigi is working on a pair of tiger striped socks from "Campus Knits". Jasmin is working on the Twist Cardigan for Meghan (from the Stitch It! podcast) as part of Sweater Swap 2010. Jasmin is also working on the Cabled Raglan Tunic and learned to cable without a needle when she misplaced her Wanda tool. Jasmin talks about knitting with apricot colored Dream in Color Smooshy.

Contest: (4:07)

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: (5:38)
- 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: (6:21)

Katrina has completed her Tour de Fleece spinning, which was blue cormo that she bought at the Retzlaff Winery spinning day. She spins on a Kromski Sonata and talks about "re-booting" her wheel. Katrina also worked on the Crown Mountain Farms Targhee, which she Navajo-plied. She also tried her hand at the Crown Mountain Farms Lincoln.

She started spinning the black and blue Shetland batts from Sporfarm. She has also learned both the provisional cast-on, and the modified continental bind-off from the Lucy Neatby DVDs. Katrina also learned to wet block the Brandywine and the Citron shawls.

Tour de Fleece update: (19:28)

Gigi has finished all of the repeats from the first chart. One of our listeners alerted her to dental floss ("with a fuzzy middle"), which seems to be the secret to speedy beaded knitting. Gigi found the information in the @Romi's Studio group; Jasmin found it on Rosemary's blog. (Hooray for Oral B Superfloss!) Jasmin declares ennui.

Review: (29:33)

This week we review Sock Club by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrot; we love it!

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