Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Crazy is a Good Color on Us - Episode 298 - The Knitmore Girls


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On The Needles:(0:33)

We remind our listeners of the three interviews that we just put up recently: Franklin Habit, Maggie Jackson, and Jane Patrick and Barry Schacht. More interviews will be pushed live on sundays.

Jasmin has a lot of socks on the needles, she is thrilled with the Hannukah Stripes by Quere Fiber.
Correction: We mispronounced the name of the lovely Fiber Dyer Mint Rain, who sent us lovely yarn for #operationsockdrawer.

Jasmin is knitting socks in the colorway Hocus Pocus, by Mint Rain, and Gigi has cast on socks in Ocean Depths, also by Mint Rain. We wound them up into Wickelknäuel, which look like everlasting Gobstoppers, to make their good looks shine even more. Directions for this technique can be found on Susan B. Anderson's website.

Jasmin worked on her  socks from Cephalopod yarns out of the Barberpole Hopper colorway  
and she is knitting "Frozen" socks for Genevieve (Claire Devine's Planum pattern out of Biscotte &Cie).

Gigi has finished a pair of tube socks for Genevieve out of Fluormania #operationsockdrawer, #matchynatchyKAL. She also purloined the Blueberry Waffle pattern (free on Ravelry), from Dr Gemma, and is knitting the socks out of Austermann Step.

Jasmin is working on her Harvest cardigan, the SPAKAL sweater.

We are talking about Susan B. Anderson's idea of #projectsweaterchest. Jasmin has gone around the bend.  We are going to launch a long term knit-along project, to knit ten or twelve sweaters. Jasmin has been talking to Leslie of the Knit Girllls, planning this project. More details on this craziness next week.We will launch this September 21.

Jasmin talks about Sock Architecture by Lara Neel, which we reviewed last week, and she wants to knit her way through the book, using Regia.

Gigi has finished knitting the lace of the Asterope, and only needs to do the crochet bind-off. She also has cast on a pair of tube socks for Genevieve. Cuffs out of Heritage 150, body out of Witchy Woman by Lollipop Yarn.


- September 20 from 2pm-6pm: We are hosting a Swift tasting at Purlescence

- October 16-19 Pacific International Quilt Fest, at the Santa Clara Convention Center

Also we talked about Homecrafts at the Monterey County Fair.

We were very happy to see Carolina Homespun's booth at the Monterey Wool Auction.
Jasmin mentions observing Judith MacKenzie McCuin judging fleece, and Anatomical Erin entering knitting at a show.


Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

Participants: post a picture to instagram with the #operationsockdrawer, have your ravelry name on your instagram profile. Feel free to double dip your projects.

Projects will be judged on originality and general delightfulness.

Next weeks prize is a copy of Sock Architecture


We are co-hosting the Countdown to Outlander Knitalong on instagram,  #countdowntooutlander, #kiltmenowKAL. This has to be creatively related to the Outlander series.  Getting help from pocket Jamie is encouraged.

This is an instagram contest, so please make sure to use the appropriate hashtags.

This is being co-hosted by Maria from Subway Knits, CC from Geeky Girls Knit, and Kristin from YarnGasm.

We have Bijou Basin yarn for prizes. (Thanks, Bijou Basin!)... AND, a new prize has come in this week:

A skein of sock yarn in the colorway "Je suis prest", from Gingertwist Studio in Edinburgh

Mother Knows Best:(33:53)

We are talking about making mistakes being opportunities for learning.

When Knitting Attacks:(35:05)

Jasmin's Harvest Cardigan is suffering form armhole pooch.

Gigi's messed up the toe of her Schnozberry socks, out of Neon Now. She managed to knit too many stitches on waste yarn for the afterthought heel for the Gooseberry Waffle socks. We mention the TwinSet Designs podcast.

Jasmin worked on a pair of socks from Cephalopod yarns out of the Barberpole Hopper colorway (#operationsockdrawer), but forgot to take her waste yarn with her and had to improvise.

Gigi had blocked the Rocky Coast cardigan, and discovered that a straight up and down sweater doesn't really fit her. Next time she will build in increases, to accommodate her shape.

She was working on the Witchy Woman tube socks and managed to create some more ends to weave in, needlessly.

Also, she cast on the Ocean Depths colorway from Mint Rain Yarns, with a Sock Architecture pattern. The stripey yarn wanted an plain pattern.


This week we are purloining Chai from the Knit Knit Cafe podcast, hosted by the lovely Abby.

Clothes on Shows:(53:03)

We talk about Outlander. We love watching it, and then re-watching it with the commentary by Ronald Moore.  There is a scene of wool waulking.

Gigi mentions Sam Heughan and the Heughligans, and Terry Dresbach (the costume designer) and proposes "Dresbachanalian" as a term for her fans.


This week we review Beastly Crochet by Brenda K.B. Anderson

We mention Halos of Hope

And Sew On:(1:05:18)

Gigi is still working on the dress for Genevieve, (Simplicity 2265) and finds the hand sewing soothing.

She ran into a snag when it came to sewing in button holes. September is National Sewing Month.


  1. Oh my goodness I loved the story time at the end!!! Too sweet.

  2. Genevieve made my day! Sam I am!