Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Vanilla Schmanilla - Episode 289 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode is sponsored by:

Abstract Fiber's got a new luxe club! May through August, we'll send you one or two skeins of luxury yarns. Sock to lace weights, some in new colors, and some new yarns. Don't you deserve a special treat every month?
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On The Needles:(0:36)

Gigi has finished the  Loasa Lateritia from The Knitters Curiosity Cabinet Volume I, Gigi and Jasmin enthuse about the Stash Dash, hosted by the Knit Girllls.

Also, Jasmin is very happy with Downcast.  She mentions competing with Maria from Subway Knits and MrsShoo from the In A Sknit podcast.

Gigi blocked the  Dr Watson sweater. the Leftie and the Gingko Crescent and the nieces Gingko Shoulderette. There is conversation about where to find a good place to leave the blocking to set. Jasmin mentions Cocoknits blocking boards. Gigi mentions the Quilters Design Wall.

Jasmin has made progress on her Vincent and the Doctor from Quere Fibers. Jasmin mentions Isabelle from the Fluffy Fibers Podcast. She is knitting socks out of Biscotte & Cie in the Gazania colorway. Also a pair of socks Poste self-striping yarn in Ibiza.

Gigi has put a few stitches on her Mostly Warmness Wristers #behmalong, and  also a few rows onto the Water's Edge #matchymatchykal.

Loose Ends:(12:05)

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.

Our intern, Rina Rose has published a pattern.


- July 5th-27th: Tour de Fleece
- September 1st, Monterey Wool Auction

Jasmin mentions our Directors Cut on how to pick a fleece.


 Winners for #operationsockdrawer this week are

Craftymumma for the whosiest sock
and cado2309 for loneliest sock

Prizes generously donated by C.C. Almon

Upcoming prize: Simply Socks Yarn Company Poste Yarn in the Blue Nile colorway.

Jasmin explains parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

Participants need to post a picture to instagram with the #operationsockdrawer
have their  ravelry name on your instagram profile.

Mother Knows Best:(17:33)

This week we answer questions out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about
how to support your LYS while on a yarn diet.

When Knitting Attacks:(26:39)

Gigi was attacked twice by the Loasa Lateritia from The Knitters Curiosity Cabinet Volume I.
Also, the Dianthus Superbus socks attacked her. She was attacked by a lack of Vanilla socks to take with her. She was working on the Indie Burgh socks, and redid the cuff.


This week we are purloining judging criteria from Sasha Torres of the former Spin Doctor podcast, now of Sheepspot, who has a contest for naming the sheep in her logo.


This week we are reviewing BT Kids, from

Tour de Fleece:(42:09)

Tour de Fleece has started!
Jasmin has been spinning up a storm, she plied up her silk and merino from Abstract Fiber, She finished plying Corriedale from Louet, she finished plying the  Merino Borderleicester cross from Elizabeth Hubbard.

She is spinning a Targhee cross that she purchased from Morro Fleece Works, and is planning to knit the Harvest cardigan for #spakal2014.

And Sew On:(45:40)

Gigi wished she had Beeswax or Thread Heaven handy for hemming. Jasmin suggests using a Lolo bar. We will let you know how that works.

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