Monday, April 16, 2012

Anything brûlée - Episode 179 - The Knitmore Girls


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On the Needles:(0:33)

This week Gigi is working on the Kleio shawl by Rosemary Hill.  We mention taking knitting classes from Ann and Eugene Bourgois, of Philosopher's Wool,  and learning two handed knitting and doing knitted braids.

Gigi got pointers from Abby (from the Knit Knit Cafe Podcast).  Jasmin finished the Mini Garter Yoke Cardigan for Genevieve, which she had knit from her handspun. Gigi is working on a number of socks and has finished her first pair of Sweet Tomato Heel socks.  Jasmin is working on her second Houdini Sock.   She is also working on the Garter Wrap Cardigan for Genevieve and is almost done.

Gigi has blocked the Taygete, the Katriel, and her second Daybreak.  Gigi is planning to knit a Niebling pattern, the Goldmohn table cloth. Tour de Fleece: Training will start May 15th. Join Team Sasquatch!

Events: (21:31)

May 18-20: CNCH in Oakland, CA, at the convention center
June 2nd: Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery, in Livermore, CA
June 9: World Wide Knit In Public Day, we will be in front of the Ainsley House in Campbell, CA
June 22-24: Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR. Maybe.

Contest: (22:52)

Spring Cleaning Contest, ends July 2nd. Read the thread on the board and get ideas and contribute your own!

Mother Knows Best:(26:25)

Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Especially when one is finishing hand knits.

When Knitting Attacks:(31:12)

Gigi's Odelia sweater out of 50/50 silk and merino from Tess Yarns attacked her again.

Purloined: (33:16)

This week we purloin the "Something I Really Like"  segment from the CogKNITive podcast hosted by Dr Gemma.

We talked about the brûlée technique, Creme brûlée french toast (found on Pinterest through SomebunnysLove). We also liked the Cafe Brûlée at Barefoot Coffee. Jasmin brûlée-d Peeps with a small blowtorch. We mentioned donuts from Psycho Donuts in Campbell, CA, and Voodoo Donuts in Portland, OR

Review: (38:37)

This week we review: Knitbot Essentials by Hannah Fettig. We love it!

Straw into Gold: (46:13)

Gigi's spinning for the Eadon is progressing slowly, but she is enjoying the Merino/Corriedale. She bought some Ashland Bay roving (in "Mojave"), and some Crown Mountain superwash merino roving in the colorway "Homburg" from Purlescence.  She is thinking of spinning it on her Golding spindle.

Jasmin is plying an oatmeal CVM.  She finished plying Crown Mountain cormo that has a beautiful luster.  She has started the wheel spinning for her SPAKAL sweater.  The fiber is a rambouillet cross from Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.


  1. I am so glad you are back! YAYYYYY!!! I have missed you both/all very much!
    I've been watching your button tutorial, as I am about to make my first buttonholes, and (duhhhh) realized I'd never sewn a button on a knitted garment (successfully). Thanks for both great tutes!


  2. What's a storage spindle?

    Thanks so much for your podcast. I listen to you almost every day I'm in the car.

  3. Jasmine and Gigi

    I found you ladies after listening to Cast On with Brenda Dayne.

    May I give you each a hug?? You seem like a fab mother-daughter duo, it makes me wish that my mom lived physically close enough to me that we could podcast and knit together.

    Also: so, so, so, so, SO amazing to hear tiny baby noises in the background. Congrats on the newest knitmore girl. I gave birth to a daughter of my own almost 2 years ago. I miss the little infant gurgles and coos.

    How you have the energy and mental capacity to put together a podcast with a tiny one in the house is beyond me -- I wasn't able to pick up my knitting needles until months after delivering because I was so busy figuring out how to care for the wee one. Hats off to you!

    A final nugget: my mother deemed herself "Gigi" after her granddaughter was born. Am wondering what tiny knitmore will call you, GiGi, once she is old enough to talk.

    Must laptop typing and start listening to more back episodes.


  4. Jasmin and GiGi,
    I made the Overnight Creme Brûlée French Toast last Friday night and it was fabulous! Our daughter, son-in-law, and 18-month old grandson were here for the weekend, and we enjoyed it on Saturday morning. They have two dogs and we have two dogs, so we like to take them to walk on the golf course next to our house early in the morning. That gave the French Toast plenty of time to warm up and begin baking while we were out with the dogs. Fabulous!!! We enjoyed the leftovers Monday morning for breakfast.
    Thanks so much for posting the recipe. Thanks also for all of the wonderful knitting inspiration you continue to give me!