Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Soooooo Smart - Episode 283 - The Knitmore Girls


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On The Needles:(0:36)

Gigi is knitting two pairs of Regia Fluormania socks in different colorways.  Jasmin is working on the Blueflame socks. #operationsockdrawer

Gigi has finished the knitting of the Dr Watson sweater out of Cascade Ecological Wool.  Jasmin is working on the Velvet hoodie, out of Abstract Fiber Calder in the "orchid" colorway.

We mention greentriangle girl from The A Playful Day podcast.
Gigi finished tubesocks for Genevieve. Jasmin is working on the  Matchmaker #behmalong.

Gigi is knitting on the body of the Water's Edge for the #matchymatchyKAL out of Abstract Fiber's Rothko. She really likes Try-it-on Tubing.

Jasmin is working on the Chocolate Rainbow socks by FabFunkyFibres. We mention Sivia Harding.

Gigi is working on the Loasa Lateritia socks from the Knitters Curiosity Cabinet.

We talk about Stash Dash, which is a finish-along hosted by the Knit Girllls.

Loose Ends:(13:47)

We are still doing the Knitmore-Along labels printed and provided by Sterling Name Tapes: Information for getting labels:

- Donate $1.50 for postage and envelope through Paypal button (in sidebar)
- PM Jasmin (cuteknitter) via Ravelry, and let her know how many sweater and shawl labels you want, and put "labels" in the subject line
- Include your Paypal email address in your PM
- International: PM Jasmin on Ravelry for cost of shipping

Put a picture of your sewn in labels in the "labels" thread.

We like to congratulate Shilo from the Spin Control podcast on getting her Master's Degree and being back to podcasting.


-June 7th, Fleeces, Food and Fun, at the Retzlaff Winery.
-June 14th- June 22nd: International Knit In Public Day Week
-July 5th-27th: Tour de Fleece
- September 1st, Monterey Wool Auction 

We mention Morro Fleece Works. We promised a Summer of Lace and Beads thread in the Knitmore Girls forum.


#OperationSockdrawer Contest.

Simply Socks Yarn has graciously donated a prize.
Make sure to hashtag your photos as #operationsockdrawer on instagram, make sure your ravelry name is on your instagram profile.

Mother Knows Best:(25:38)

This week we answer questions out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about  perhaps spinning singles or a two ply for the SPAKAL.
We also answer a second question about what to do with bits of fiber that haven't gotten spun into the yarn.

When Knitting Attacks:(35:42)

Gigi tried knitting a knot into her sock, and it came undone. Jasmin started a project for which she didn't have enough yarn.

Gigi couldn't find a pattern at home, because she hadn't bought it yet.

Jasmin decided to improve on the designer's technique for the Velvet hoodie, and hates her improvements.

Gigi couldn't find the rest of the yarn for the Threads and Loops socks, because she had knitted it up already.


This week we are purloining the Slick Trick segment from The Twin Set Design podcast, hosted by Jan and Ellen.

We talk about proportions and mention Rick Mondragon.

Jasmin likes Old Navy clothing. We mention Damaris from the Geeky Girls Knit podcast.

We have boot envy, inspired by Rachael Herron and Romi Hill. Gigi mentions the Hoax Fashion Formula.


This week we review Knitting Reimagined by Nicky Epstein.

Gigi really likes the buttons Nicky Epstein has designed for JHB buttons.

Tour de Fleece Training:(1:03:45)

Week 3 of  Tour de Fleece training: take 25g and spin a sample to test both your fiber, and your wheel.

Check into the Team Sasquatch Group

And Sew On:(1:05:54)

Gigi did some 1/8" topstitching on the summer dress that Jasmin is sewing for Genevieve. Jasmin is
hand hemming the dress.

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