Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Yarned and Delirious - Episode 302 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode is sponsored by:
When you own a business you find yourself up at ungodly hours formulating your next step, and juggling between adored and effective products, and creating new interest. So I found myself face-to-face with facts, the nitty-gritty numbers and the [dirty] details. Numbers don't lie - right?  As difficult as it is, we are discontinuing scents and products that just don't make cents. But we are absolutely thrilled and excited about offering new scents and products that you have been asking for. We are actively creating some major spark in our studio. (This calls for super strong shades!) Before these sparks start flying, check out the nitty-gritty and dirty details of our current scents at the new Bar-Maids Blog.
If you haven't seen the new Megan Pouchlet by Namaste you'll want to!  This handy morsel of goodness is larger than a Jemma Pouch and smaller than a Devin Wristlet, so the size is really ideal.  It's got a wristlet strap and is perfect for storing keys, credit cards, notions, or other small items.  When you wanna grab and go, grab for your Megan Pouchlet.  Get yours at 
Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way! 
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:(0:35)

Jasmin finished a pair of socks in the Outlander colorway from Voolenvine, in the Lush base. Gigi has finished the sleeves for the the Water's Edge  #matchymatchyKAL. Genevieve's Mini Water's Edge. #matchymatchyKal, just needs a buttonloop.

Jasmin is working on the #countdowntooutlander, #Kiltmenow, she has started on socks out of Je Suis Prest, by Gingertwist Studio in Edinburgh , which she is carrying in her Caithness Craft Collective tartan bag.

Gigi is working on her Mystik Spiral socks. Jasmin is working on Hocus Pocus socks by Mint Rain
Gigi is knitting a pair of tube socks for Genevieve out of left over animal print yarn by Schöller Wolle.

Jasmin cast on a hat out of Cascade Longwood.

Loose Ends:(12:03)

We are still doing the Knitmore-A-long 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

Jasmin talks about a pair of Biscotte & Cie socks that bled and faded in the washing machine. (Picture above)

She was very pleased about the prompt response from Louise at Biscotte & Cie. Kate from Gourmet Stash came up with a DIY solution to fix dye on yarn. You can read about this on Jasmin's blog here.


- October 16-19 Pacific International Quilt Fest, at the Santa Clara Convention Center
 - Pajamma Jammie Jam, date TBA.


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.

New Prizes!
From Gourmet Stash: two braids of fiber and two skeins of yarn in the time traveler colorway.

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.

Winner of a copy of Big Foot Knits (provided by Cooperative Press) is arthjarna!

Next prize is a skein of  Mint Rain is Berry Sunday with matching  berry colored yarn for heels and toes.

Mother Knows Best:(30:29)

This week Gigi talks some more about having an effective closet.

When Knitting Attacks:(32:06)

Gigi was attacked by her Linaria Bipartita out of Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet in more than one way, and will have to frog it. She will frog the Opal Van Gogh socks, it does not show the Mystik Spiral socks pattern. She also knitted the sleeve for the Water's Edge too long and had to rip it back.


This week we review the The Spinner's Book of Fleece, by Beth Smith

We also mention our interview with Beth Smith that you should listen to here.

We think that this is a great start: "I began spinning because...."

We mention Sasha Torres of SheepSpot.

 And Sew On:(43:50)

Jasmin has been sewing project bags, inspired by the quality of the Erin Lane bags. We have been using this tutorial, with some small changes. It seems somebody small helped with the sewing machine settings.

Gigi has not worked on the Nemesis dress. She picked up a Buttonhole Foot for her Janome, so maybe Genevieve's summer dress will be finished soonest, winter is coming.


  1. Hi everyone ! I am glad to say to those who took advantage of our free skein offer that we have prepared a special self-striping colourway for this event and the yarn has been shipped earlier today.

    Thank you for being so many to answer and show your interest in our hand-dyed yarns.

    Feel free to contact me anytime if you have any question or comments.

    Best regards,

    Louise Robert

  2. To the attention of Jasmin, betterthanyarns blog readers and Knitmore Girl Podcast listeners :

    We were very disappointed to read the outcome of recent events about our new yarn colourway. Our intention was never to create a affiliation with Knitmore Girl, however, we thought Jasmine and her fans would be pleased with this colour.

    We are a small family company : I am the mother of three children aged 10, 12 and 14 years and we are working hard to manage our local yarn shop and make known our hand-dyed yarns to the web community.

    That's why we had the idea of creating a color to honor the Jasmin’s Podcast and we sent over than fifty skeins, free of charge and shipping, to Masmin readers and listeners.

    We apologize publicly for this confusion : the goal has never been to affiliate our yarns to Knitmore Girl podcast. All photos of the pink and gray self-strping yarn will be removed by the end of the day.

    Louise Robert

  3. I use the cold water setting on my washing machine. I rely on the detergent to dissolve body oils. That is one of the purposes of detergent.