Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Dancing with Wheels - Episode 313 - The Knitmore Girls

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On The Needles:(0:35)

Gigi has been knitting on the Knit your Love Shawl from Martina Behm. Jasmin finished the Vintage Holiday Socks out of Coloring Book Yarn,  with the free pattern from Lara Neel, that is a taste of Sock Architecture. She is weaving in ends with the new sock sized needle from Leslie Wind. A lot of the deals for 25 Days of Enabling  are continuing until the end of December. Check on the Ravelry board thread, or Pinterest, to see what sales are still going on.

Gigi has finished a cowl out of Abstract Fiber "Dreadz" in the Madrigal colorway.

Jasmin is working on the Winter Wonderland Socks from Gynx Yarn. Genevieve is also quite taken with the Frozen Throne colorway by Gourmet Stash.

Gigi has finished the Grinch vs. Santa Socks, and Jasmin is knitting a watch cap out of cashmere for Andrew. Gigi is almost done with the Santa's Workshop socks.

Jasmin is a bit intimidated by the sock machine, but sticking with it. She is excited about buying Lava soap. Gigi has almost finished the Bourbon Barrel Cake socks.

In Stitches:(15:27)

Gigi wore an old sweater out of Malabrigo.
Genevieve has been wearing her Annie sweater and her Squirrel sweater and the Kangaroo sweater.
Jasmin wore her SPAKAL sweater.


2/19-2/22/2015: Stitches West! We will be collecting preemie hats there.


Grinch-along prizes have been shipped. Feel free to post pictures, if it brings you joy.
#OperationSockdrawer will be back in full swing in January.
#KiltmenowKAL will be revived soon.

Our annual Do Some Good contest will run until January 20th.  Do some good on a local, national or global level, post it to the thread, maybe you'll win a prize! But you'll definitely do some good, and that's awesome. The contest will close1/21/2015.

Winners will be chosen on the basis of originality and delightfulness. Also, your charity needs to benefit others than your immediate friends and family.

For the first hundred entries, the prizes are:

-The Dishcloth Diva package:
     -Prize includes: Big Fat Soap (by the Bar Maids), a copy of Dishcloth Diva and Dishcloth Diva Knits On!and dishcloths knit by Deb Buckingham herself.

 - An Erin Lane Bag
 - And something else, pending Jasmin going out to the arctic garage

For each additional 50 entries, we will add another prize.

Mother Knows Best:(22:47)

This week we answer a question about why Gigi chose a Schacht Cherry Matchless. Jasmin's first wheel was an Ashford Traveler. We mention Carolina Homespun. I also spun on a Louet Julia for some time. Jasmin is still very happy with her Sidekick, and decided to sell her Victoria.

When Knitting Attacks:(31:24)

Gigi was repeatedly attacked by her Grinch vs Santa socks.

Holidays With The Knitmores:(33:36)

A lot of our holiday traditions center around food.

Jasmin is thrilled with her holiday crab feed, followed by a walk around the neighborhood to admire the neighbors' decorations. Also, she mentions her Creme brûlée French toast.


This week we review Fun and Fantastical Slippers to Knit, by Mary Scott Huff

Jasmin mentions Cat Bordhi's The Art of Felfs

And Sew On:(47:16)

Gigi repaired a jacket using a jump ring and grosgrain ribbon, and shortened a bunch of jeans.

**BONUS AUDIO: A bedtime reading of "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas", and a fairly typical, post-story, pre-bed discussion. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I love this popcast, I will be honest I just strated listening and now I can't get enough. I look foreward to your podcasts.