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On The Needles:(0:36)
Gigi finished two Fluoromania socks in different colorways. Jasmin mentions Wonderpus, the star of the octopus exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Jasmin is working on the Blueflame socks. #operationsockdrawer
Gigi is working on the Loasa Lateritia from the Knitters Curiosity Cabinet.
Jasmin talks about Martina Behm patterns, progress she has made on the Matchmaker #behmalong. She is knitting it out of Mighty Sock from Abstract Fiber, and Ellen's Half Pint Farm merino tencel. She mentions Martina's new pattern, Endless Rainbow.
Gigi is working on the sleeves of the Dr Watson sweater out of Cascade Ecological Wool.
Gigi is back to working on the Water's Edge for the #matchymatchyKAL out of Abstract Fiber's Rothko.
Jasmin blocked the Ophidian shawl, which she knitted last year out of Abstract Fiber, in the Temptation base.
She likes the photography segment from Boston Jen's Down Cellar Studio's podcast, episode 45. She mentions the Tangaroo hoodie, The Knit Girllls, and their Stash Dash come up in conversation.
Jasmin asks, "How many -Alongs are too many?"
We mention our SPAKAL 2014, the Never Ending Behmalong, the Matchy-matchy KAL, and we are planning to have a Summer of Lace and Beads-Along.
The Outlander read-along is ongoing, Jasmin mentions C.C., from the Geeky Girls Knit vidcast.
Jasmin mentions labels for Knitmore-Alongs from 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.
-June 7th, Fleeces, Food and Fun, at the Retzlaff Winery.
-June 14th- June 22nd: International Knit In Public
-July 5- July 27 Tour de Fleece
- September 1st, Monterey Wool Auction
#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:(24:49)
This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about blocking and lining an afghan.
Jasmin references Mary Scott Huff's The New Stranded Colorwork and Philosophers Wool fair isle technique (Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified). Gigi references Jean Frost's Couture technique, and Galina Khmeleva.
We like the dressing wires by Handworks for blocking.
When Knitting Attacks:(35:42)
The sleeves of the Dr Watson Sweater ganged up on Gigi.
This week we are purloining the Out and About segment from the Down Cellar Studio podcast hosted by the charming Boston Jen.
The two of us, accompanied by the Joy of Cooking Fairy, had a lovely visit with the amazing Sivia Harding. We enjoyed the culinary stylings of The Actual Cafe, James and the Giant Cupcake.
We learned a lot at the tour of the Indigo pot at A Verb For Keeping Warm, heard about the dying installation at the Museum.
And we convinced Sivia Harding to participate in The Summer of Lace and Beads, we admired her newest design, the Rainshadow, and she gifted Gigi her Galathea.
This week we are reviewing Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters[AMAZON][Interweave eBook] by Ann Budd.
Jasmin also recommendsThe Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, and mentions Sock Knitting Master Class, whish we haven't reviewed yet, all by Ann Budd.
Jasmin also mentions Knits Men Want which the guys reviewed in Episode 106, The Boys are Back!
Tour de Fleece Training:(54:50)
Gigi is going to spin a fleece she bought last year at the Monterey Wool Auction, which was processed at Morro Fleece Works.
Jasmin is using fiber from the Ashland Bay Company that she purchased from Carolina Homespun.
Week 2 of Tour de Fleece training: Weigh out your fiber into 25 g nests.
If you are preparing your own fiber: wash your fleece and start processing.