Thursday, February 21, 2013

First Ounce is Free - Episode 218 - The Knitmore Girls


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On The Needles:(0:35)

Gigi finished her Monkey Socks. Jasmin has been working on the Yoked Cardigan by Hannah Fettig for Genevieve. Gigi has a severe case of startosis and has cast on a number of socks from The Knitters Curiosity Cabinet. And a pair of Vanilla Socks.

She is knitting the Pinus Silvestris out of Koigu. She has also cast on the Crocus vernus, the Chrysanthemum frutensces, the Rubus subesrectus, the Rosa rubiginosa, and alsot he Polypodium vulgare.

Jasmin is busy blocking the Playful Stripes Cardigan and the Cascade Cardigan. Also, she is excited about starting knitting the SPAKAL sweater.

In Stitches:(12:21)

Gigi has been wearing her Cassidy. She had pulled her Citron to wear to a memorial service. Jasmin wore her Loop Looped Cowl.


We will be attending:
- February 21-24, 2013: Stitches West
Say hello if you see us!
Check our tips for attending Stitches

 Mother Knows Best:(16:29)

This week we answer a  question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread:
How do you determine whether to pre-string beads, or to use a crochet hook to pick up beads?
We mention Oral B Superfloss

When Knitting Attacks:(24:09)

Gigi was working on the Celaeno for Dr. Gemma, and came up with an uneven count. And she started the Chrysanthemum socks and messed up the provisional cast on. Twice.


We are purloining actual podcasters. We are hoping to host some awesome podcasters: Sasha Torres, of the Spin Doctor Podcast, Abby from the Knit Knit Cafe, Dr Gemma from Cogknitive, and Melanie of the Savvy Girls. We also hope to spend time with the Knit Lit Chicks!


This week we are reviewing Textured Stitches, by Connie Chang Chinchio

Straw Into Gold:(44:09)

Jasmin is working on a lovely espresso colored fleece by Elizabeth Hubbard on the Hansen minispinner

1 comment:

  1. Hi, thanks for the Textured Sts Review. Sorry your mom didn't like it too much, but appreciate the comments nonetheless :) For what it's worth, I haven't heard complaints about the fit. I find the fit on set in sleeve sweaters the most comfortable and natural on the body which is why I tend to design more set-in sleeves than anything else.

    Also, with the 3-needle BO for shoulders, I find that grafting doesn't give enough structure to the shoulders and my sweaters tend to sag. But you can certainly substitute grafting for 3-needle BOs if you prefer.

    Hope you get to try some of the sweaters and that you like them.