Monday, November 7, 2011

Brain trust - Episode 168 - The Knitmore Girls


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On the Needles:(0:45)

Gigi has started on the sleeves of her Odelia cardigan.  She is working on the braid of the Kleio by Romi Hill, which is reminiscent of the technique that the Philosopher's Wool people taught us.

Also working on the Sothia shawl, which has slowed down.  Her swatch for her Rocky Coast Cardigan has benefited from a soak and dry and tumble in the dryer. Also swatched for: The Shawl Collared Cowl, and a shawl out of Lana Grossa Luxe

Jasmin has been working on the Garter Stitch Baby Kimono.  She is working on socks in Little Red Bicycle's Walk of Shame.

We went to the Interweave Knitting Lab in San Mateo, and talked to Annelena who sent a cardigan for Sharkbean, Galina and George from, Carrie from Alpenglow Yarn, and Carrie from Irishgirlie Knits, and the amazing Lily Chin.  Jasmin fell in love with the Jaimie Cross Cable Shawl out of quiviut.


We are planning to attend Stitches West 2/23-2/26.  Premie hat donation stations will be at the booths of some of our friends. Locations to be announced.


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Mother Knows Best:(25:32)

It never hurts to ask. Hansen Crafts does not have minispinners for rent. 

When Knitting Attacks:(28:48)

Knitting garter stitch is too hard for Gigi, she made mistakes on her Katriel.

Jasmin had issues finishing the Baby Logan sweater, while watching the grosgrain ribbon tutorial. She is not satisfied with the result she got.


This week, we review Vogue Knitting Stitchionary 6.

And Sew On: (37:16)

Gigi has finished joining the quilt top for Sharkbean.  It still needs borders. Jasmin has a play date to go and sew pj pants. 

Straw Into Gold:(39:54)

Gigi loves spinning on the Julia wheel. Her merino yarn is spinning up smoothly. Jasmin is almost done with spinning the yarn for Andrew's sweater, and is planning to get it knit in the 54 days left in this year.  She is borrowing a minispinner from one of our listeners. Jasmin got a new pillow to sit on while she spins.

1 comment:

  1. Jasmin, you are so wise for your young (-er than me!) years... always a good idea to ask!