Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Gregarious Sheep - Episode 137 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode has been sponsored by:
Abstract Fiber's crew just got a chance to try Schacht’s new travel wheel, the Sidekick. What a fabulous wheel!! We were impressed enough to become dealers. The Sidekick will start shipping in May and you'll get four bumps of our FABULOUS fiber free when you order your Sidekick from us. Reserve yours now at AbstractFiber.com .

Come and join us in a magnificent fiber and yarn club experience. Registration is open for the following clubs: The Sock Hop Yarn Club offers hand dyed and hand spun superwash merino yarn with patterns from Lisa Ellis Designs.
Then there is the Fiber Of The Month Club with many fibers grown and processed here in the US, the Mystery Fiber Club which we also call the GAME - if you find it on our club webpages you will know why - and the Exotic Fiber Club Part 2. Start the club journey by visiting this link: http://crownmountainfarms.com/clubs/


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Spin! Spin! Spin! The Purlescence Purl Girls are pleased to announce presales on Schacht's newest wheel, the Sidekick, the first folding travel spinning wheel from Schacht. We're expecting our first shipment of Sidekicks in early May. Call us today to reserve one for your very own with a modest deposit. We're also thrilled to announce that beautiful wheels are on their way from Kromski. We expect our first shipment from them in the next couple of weeks. As always, we have loads of wheels and looms in stock!

On the needles: (00:39)

Gigi is in love with tweed! Gigi scored some Jo Sharp felted tweed DK at the yarn swap. We talk about the yarn swap, and Gigi's failed Swan Purse. Gigi has cast on the Odelia sweater (by CocoKnits). Jasmin has been working on her Mariah cardigan. Gigi is working on the Ophidian shawlette by Sivia Harding, out of Temptation.

Call and leave us a message on our Google voice number! (Please don't post the number outside of Ravelry.) We LOVE the Chiao-goo lace needles (which you can get from Bobbin's Nest Studio). Jasmin has cast on a Baby Surprise Jacket, and mentions being on the latest episode of Brass Needles (where we discuss Mega Piranha). Jasmin has finished "Knitting Without Tears".

Gigi has been reading "How to Knit a Heart Back Home", and they both re-read "How to Knit a Love Song."

Events: (23:39)
- February 17-20: Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA.
- Meet and greets:
- Friday, 12-1 pm: Purlescence Yarns booth (Booths 740, 742, 839, 841)
- Saturday, 12-1 pm: Abstract Fiber booth (Booth 939)
Bring a preemie cap to donate, get something special. (Thanks for the logo, Rosemary!)
- April 6-9: Camp KIP! (Check the site for the updates.)

Mother Knows Best: (26:16)

We talk about knitting a miniature version first.

When Knitting Attacks: (30:40)

Gigi's slipped first stitch attacks her Odelia. Jasmin has decided to undo her Elemental Pullover. Gigi is attacked by yarn that is too busy for the Cookie A BFF socks. Jasmin tries to outsmart Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket.

Holidays with the Knitmores: (35:47)

Gifts that show a knitter that you care. The list:

- Umbrella swift, ball winder, Elizabeth Zimmerman or Lucy Neatby DVDs
- Bobbins for spinning wheel, or electric bobbin winder and plastic storage bobbins
- A Cricket loom
- Stash storage, a gift certificate for winding yarn
- 150 issues of Threads magazines on DVD
- A Namaste knitting bag

Review: (40:33)

This week, we review The Big Book of Knitted Monsters by Rebecca Danger. WE LOVE IT!!!

Straw into Gold: (46:02)

This week, Jasmin reviews the Hansen MiniSpinner. It's versatile, small, and light. It can spin *literally* anything. It's not a silent wheel, but it's not loud either. Jasmin really liked it, and will buy one if she decides to spin more bulky or novelty yarns. Jasmin mentions Jacey Boggs' Sit and Spin DVD.

Jasmin has started spinning for Andrew's 10-year sweater. The pattern is the Baseball Jersey from "Knits Men Want". Jasmin is spinning the body of the sweater out of a Romney/Rambouillet cross (from Harold Goodnow, which she bought at Rhinebeck 2009), and it is amazing to spin.


  1. Loved the show. Mariah was my first knitty pattern and Jodi was awesome with my questions.I met Sivia at a lace retreat when she launched the Ophidian. It is as lovely as she is. Your podcast is as informative as it is fun.

  2. Another great podcast! But you must stop giving such great book reviews, as I keep buying all of the books! This monster book by Rebecca Danger is so adorable and the monsters appear to be so doable! The book arrived on Tuesday and I took it to share with my knitting group on Wednesday - now everyone is buying her own copy! Too bad you don't get a commission!