Monday, June 20, 2011

A foot long - Episode 157 - The Knitmore Girls


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On the needles: (00:35)

Gigi has nearly completed the Hobbit Socks for Mr. Knitmore. Jasmin continues to work on the Unloved Andrew socks. Jasmin is stalled on Hugo for no good reason. Gigi is working on vanilla socks and preemie hats. Jasmin mentions an episode of In Plain Sight ("Something Amish") and asks why did/do you join a knitting group?

Gigi does some mending, and works on a "glued" quilt with Janice. We do a short recap of the Retzlaff winery event.

We will be going on hiatus, starting after our 6/27 episode and we'll be back on 9/5.

Events: (23:25)

- June 24-26: Black Sheep Gathering. We're staying at the Courtesy Inn in Eugene, OR.
     Meet and Greets:
          - Friday, June 24, 12-1 Abstract Fiber booth (just us)
          - Friday, June 24, 3-4, Bar Maids booth (podcaster meetup EXTRAVAGANZA!)

Contest: (25:36)

The Three Bites contest continues! Try something new, anything, and tell us about it! The contest closes Monday 6/27/2011. Fabulous prizes include:

- A 1-year subscription to Knitter's Magazine
- A drop spindle kit from Schacht Spindle Co.
- A Pagewood Farm Tinkerbell Needle Felted Silk Scarf Kit

Mother Knows Best: (30:14)

This week, we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about organizing patterns from magazines.

When Knitting Attacks: (37:48)

Gigi's Petra attacks.

Review: (39:50)

This week we review "Seamless (or Nearly Seamless) Knits" by Andra Knight-Bowman. It has a good range of sizes. Unfortunately, most of the garments are drop shoulders, which is not a flattering style on most people. Photos are blurry, and garments are styled in a strange way. We suggest giving this book a "pass".

Tour de Fleece Training: (48:41)

Week 5: Clean your wheel. 

Details on how Jasmin washes her Matchless:

- Use a soft side of a kitchen sponge, using a solution of water and Murphy's Oil Soap
- Dry
- Apply Wood Beams, allow to sit for an hour or so
- Buff off Wood Beams. Enjoy!

Straw into Gold: (50:22)

Jasmin plied the Cold As Ice. Jasmin has pulled out a gunmetal grey Shetland fleece (named "Moses") for her Tour de Fleece project, which is spinning enough for a long-sleeved Goodale cardigan using an attenuated long draw. Three alpaca fleeces have also found there way to Jasmin.


  1. Ooo, I like that Goodale! It's adorable. What is the picture at the very beginning of hte post? It looks like a CMF handspun, but I'm not sure. Enjoy your hiatus, ladies! Missed you during Retzlaff; they re-scheduled it for the day of our Big Bout so I couldn't come for the first time in years! But we won, so that's happy. :D

  2. I joined a knitting group because I was a displaced mom. I went from working as an allied health educator to moving the entire family from OH to PA for my DH's job, which he took to locate services for our autistic son. I felt out of place and all alone. So, I joined a knitting group to gain adult interaction, actually get some knitting done, and so that for 2 hours I didn't have to think about all of the challenges that come with a special needs child. I got to shut out all of my titles: mom, wife, domestic goddess.. and just be a knitter.

    Unfortunately, my DS is having some challenges and DH is working long hours, so I've bee MIA from group for a yr. :(

    I want more than anything to get back into group. Until I can, I listen to podcasts, socialize on Rav and Twitter, and knit my bit at home. :)

  3. I have belonged to knitting groups, spinning groups and quilting groups. All for the same reasons: to interact with creative interesting people who like many of the same things that I like. I never could manage the mom/toddler groups when the kids were little, I just didn't have enough in common with most of the adults there!

    We have a spinning/knitting/crafting group going in our little corner of Maine and I look forward to it ever so much. Great talk, lots of laughter, good food, good beverage, and I can always learn something from everyone else.

  4. OMG!!! I love In Plain Sight, but that episode had me yelling at the TV!

    I joined a knitting group to make friends. Most of my friends were either still in their "club-in" lifestyle or had moved away. I found a group and over the years it has grown. I truly cherish those ladies. They keep me sane.