Monday, September 19, 2011

See one, do one, teach one - Episode 161- The Knitmore Girls

Sharks hat for Logan

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On the Needles:(00:31)

Jasmin is working on the KAANTINEN Reverible Rib Cap, re-engineered to fit a baby. 
She finished the interminable ruffle on her Sothia. Jasmin has finished the knitting the Baby Blueberry Cardigan out of Claudia Handpaint and Cascade 220 sport. Only the handsewing remains. The Oat Couture Prairie Blanket is coming along nicely.  The Garter Yoke cardigan out of Jasmin's hand spun ( Susan's Spinning Bunny is BFL color blue jeans, and Lorna's laces, Merino, color jeans) is progressing nicely.

Gigi has finished Romi Hill's Taygete. The knitting is finished but it hasn't been documented.  We learned a new acronym: POIDH  Picture or it didn't happen.
She is also working on her second Ophidian by Sivia Harding and complaining because the needles she is using aren't as sharp as the Chia-goo needles she used on her last project.  She is also working on the Sothia, out of Abstract Fiber in Mighty Sock. And a non-descript vanilla sock.

Mother Knows Best: (17:41)

The question we answered from the thread is :How to improve and add to skills as a knitter.   Pick whatever skill interests you most and go for it.  The See One, Do One, Teach One technique was discussed and recommended.  We mentioned the Market Squares Bag from Knitter's Magazine.

And Sew On: (25:52)

Gigi is sewing a quilt our of Dr Seuss fabric from Beverly's with the Contra Dance pattern from Quilt Designs.  She is using a seasonal table cloth with a flannel lining as a design wall.

Review:  ( 33:53)

Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting by Rosemary Drysdale.  We liked the swatches and the photography.  We would have liked more photos of the garments.  (We really like the Lady Eleanor, and Entrelac Baby Blanket from Knitter's magazine better.) Jasmin liked the poncho and Gigi liked the wrap with angora.  We liked the swatches, the garments not so much.

Straw into Gold:(46:44)

Jasmin has been plying her singles for the Ten Year Sweater. She uses her Woolly Winder exclusively for plying because it packs the yarn tightly.  She also uses the Fricky Skein winder, because it measures yardage.  When she is done skeining her yarn, she ordered cards from Vista Print to label her handspun.


  1. I am totally loving the variety of stuff you are talking about right now, it all works together very well. Some great tips this week too. :)

  2. Hi! Loved this episode and apropos to your discussion about how to improve and add skills as a knitter, you answered my question about the Persian (afterthought) heel. (Thank you!) I am about to cast on a new pair of vanilla socks and had already decided I would try Jenny's Super Stretchy Cast On and the afterthought heel.

    Focusing on one new skill at a time pushes me to learn. Besides that, I have a knitting bucket list of techniques I'd like to try. It all helps to keep knitting exciting.

  3. I loved the hideous poncho my Grandmother sewed for me in Grade 3. I made them for my children to snuggle in during long car trips. And I think they are good pregnancy clothing.

  4. Thank you so much for talking about your efforts to ready your pets for their new family member. So many pets are relinquished to shelters when a new baby is on the way due to widespread myths and failure to prepare.

    The American Humane Association produced a book with great information about how to get your pets ready for a new baby. It is available as a free download on their website at

  5. Hi! Käänteinen - Reversible Rib Cap is a Finnish pattern - just thought you might want to know:)

    Thanks for the great podcast, and congratulations on the new Knitmore girl!