Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Whip it good - Episode 288 - The Knitmore Girls

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On The Needles:(0:36)

Jasmin mentions Jen from the Commuter Knitter podcast, MrsShoo from the In A Sknit podcast, Meghan from the Stitch It! podcast and the Halos of Hope Podcaster Throwdown. She thinks finishing her Breezy cardigan will help her win the Stash Dash.

Gigi has blocked the Dr Watson sweater. She also excavated the Odelia cardigan, out of Tess Silk and Merino, from Area 51, and is working on it.

Gigi also wants to put beads and fringe on the Lady Eleanor shawl that she was gifted, and there is a discussion whether that should count toward the Stash Dash.

Jasmin wonders whether blocking lace counts toward the Stash Dash and thinks it should. Gigi agrees and thinks she should block her large Aeolian, which is languishing, a block away from being finished.

Jasmin is working on the Vincent and the Doctor from Quere Fibers., the Biscotte & Cie in the Gazania colorway. Also a pair of socks Poste self-striping yarn in Ibiza.

Gigi is working on the Loasa Lateritia from The Knitters Curiosity Cabinet Volume II, and she finished the Toe up Tulip Socks .Jasmin mentions Franklin Habit.

Gigi set up to knit a preemie had from the notorious Head to Toe Project. Jasmin mentions people who helped/ offered to help: the Knitmoreintern, Laura, the Joy of Cooking Fairy, Jade from Geek Girls Craftpodcast, and Cascade Yarns, who generously donated yarn.


We attended the Halos of Hope-Athon at Purlescence. Jasmin mentions Rachael Herron and the romance novels set in the lovely fictional town of Cypress Hollow.  We visited with Pam Hashke. Halos of Hope does not accept preemie hats, however we love to collect them. Jasmin mentions Melanie of the Savvy Girls podcast.

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


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.

 Winners for #operationsockdrawer this week are

Joseybug for most athletic picture, and
FreckledCrafter, for sheepiest sock.

Prizes generously donated by C.C. Almon

Loose Ends:(23:55)

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.

The Summer of Lace and Beads thread has been started last week, and Sivia Harding has a sale on her patterns. Jasmin knitted her Ophidian shawl, Gigi knit two Ophidians, and her Heart to Heart shawl, the prize for the Halos of Hope shawl, and she has picked up yarn to knit the Rainshadow, which Gigi mistakenly called Sunshadow.

Mother Knows Best:(26:42)

This week we answer questions out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about
choosing colors that work together. Gigi suggests a Color Wheel, Jasmin mentions Design-Seeds, Crayola Crayons, and Miss Babs kits.

The second question is about backing buttons, and Jasmin mentions the box of backing buttons from the Cleaner supplies, Jasmin also mentions her Namaste Harlow bag. Jasmin suggest looking through the Buttonband Thread in the Forum.

We mention the Button Emporium. We talk about the Acorn cardigan. THIS IS THE LITTLE OAK CARDIGAN!

When Knitting Attacks:(35:28)

Jasmin was working on her Biscotte & Cie socks that she kept in her Erin Lane bag. Genevieve managed to sabotage the knitting by knocking over a chair, and managing to bend the needles in the process.

Gigi was working on her Loasa lateritia sock from the Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet, volume I and managed to knit the heel flap too wide, frog and do over.

Gigi had finished the second repeat of chart B of the Asterope and found herself 5 stitches short. She read the instructions ahead, for a change, and found a solution for her dilemma.  She found she had to frog anyway, and she loves her life lines.

She had finished the leg of the Indie Burgh socks out of  Fluormania and found they are too wide for her leg. Frogged.


 This week we are purloining "Guess Who is Crazy?" from the Knit Girllls.


This week we review Knitting with Wire, by Nancie M. Wiseman.

We mention our Professional Organizer.

Straw Into Gold:(1:02:10)

Jasmin wonders what projects for the Summer of Lace and Beads need to have. They need to have either beads or lace. Bonus if they have both.

In order to win Stash Dash, Jasmin is plying as many singles as she can. So we rinsed and hanged some plied yarn. Jasmin is plying more singles out of Abstract Fiber out of green Merino/ Silk. Gigi plied the singles she had spun out of Gourmet Stash, with an Andean ply.

Jasmin mentions Judith MacKenzie McCuin, Tour de Fleece and the SPAKAL start this week. Tour de Fleece live chat will happen Saturday, July 5th in the Team Sasquatch group.

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