Wednesday, September 24, 2014

For Better or for Wool - Episode 300 - The Knitmore Girls


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This week's episode is sponsored by:

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Operation Sock Drawer is proudly sponsored by Simply Socks Yarn Company.  Does your sock drawer need filling? Let us help!  With nine years experience helping sock knitters, we’ll help you find what you need.  This week we are featuring the new Opal Sweet and Spicy 2 collection, as well as restocks of all the colors of the Hundertwasser collection.  Come check us out at .

On The Needles:(0:40)

Jasmin is working on #projectsweaterchest #SPAKAL2014, the Harvest sweater. Jasmin managed to conquer the armhole pooch. She is using a load of Clover Locking Ring Markers
 and from toplittlerock and christianery on ebay. She mentions Chic patterns. Gigi mentions Frankin Habit.

Gigi is starting loads of Mystik Spiral socks, she has one pair out of Regia Mini Ringel, one out of Opal Van Gogh, Ocean Depth out of Mint Rain.

Jasmin mentions her Hocus Pocus socks from Mint Rain, her Outlander socks, Happy Howloween socks in the Beefcake base from Lollipop Yarns, for #operationsockdrawer.
She asks how our listeners want to see pictures of the prizes.

Gigi is loving her animal print socks.

Jasmin talks about the Fit, Flatter, Feel Good KAL [#FFFWKAL] in conjunction with #operationsweaterchest.

She is gushing about her Breezy Cardigan, and mentions Marly Bird's Curvy Knits  Craftsy Class. Jasmin also recommends Elizabeth Doherty's very polished patterns #FFFWKAL.

Loose Ends:(19:50)

Jasmin talks about our Dreadfully Dealayed Interview Series: Franklin Habit, Maggie Jackson, Jane Patrick and Barry Schacht, Jean Frost, Sandi Rosner. Ten more to come.

We mention the interview with Galina.


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.


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

We talk about our Swift and Ballwinder tasting at Purlescence.

The top swifts that were tasted were:
the Mama Bear table top swift, 
the Ultra Umbrella Swift with counter by Schacht,

Jasmin also mentions her beautiful Bluster Bay swift.

And the top ball winders were:
Nancy's Knit Knacks


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 prize is a  skein of sockyarn by Dizzy Blonde Studios.


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!), a skein of sock yarn in the "Je suis prest" colorway, from Gingertwist Studio in Edinburgh, and yarn and fiber from Gourmet Stash.

Mother Knows Best:(44:54)

This week we answer questions out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about
starting a podcast.

Jasmin recommends Geeky Girls Knit Podcast, and 2Knit Lit Chicks

When Knitting Attacks:(1:02:49)

Gigi bemoans the fact that she has mangled a pair of Sock Rockets.

This week we are purloining "Road Trip" by the Commuter Knitter

We went to Stitch Sewing Lab in Berkeley.

We met Jacquie Grant from New Zealand of the New Zealand Auto Knitter Sock Knitting Machines. Here are her fantastic Vimeo tutorials.


This week we review The Fall 2014 Brooklyn Tweed Collectio

(Some of these would be amazing for the #kiltmeknowKAL

Straw Into Gold:(1:23:32)

While Gigi set up the Victoria to spin, her Julia got repaired. She managed to get attacked by her spinning before she found her stride again.

And Sew On:(1:27:10)

Gigi is still working on the dress for Genevieve Simplicity 2265, but thinks that the Nemesis dress for Melanie from the Savvy Girls should get finished soonest.

Thank You:(1:29:34)

Thank you all! Also, if you purchase things from our sponsors, please let them know that you heard from them on our podcast.

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