Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Life of Crime - Episode 316 - The Knitmore Girls Podcast


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While winter brings feeling of nesting or hunkering down, it also means a picking up a piece or two of handcrafts. The oven works overtime for those holiday family favorites, quilters stitch just a tad faster to complete works of art before gift giving officially opens, and knitters dash to their local yarn store to squeeze in one more scarf or pair of socks for that last minute gift. As you are crafting wonders, Bar-Maids continues to handcraft yummy goodness for your skin ... all to to help you....even if you continue to create into the wee morning hours. Bar-Maids handcrafts their products with natural skin loving oils and butters; everything your skin needs to keep it soft and moisturized and nothing it doesn't. Since you use our hands a tad more in this season, let Lo-Lo help keep them moisturized. It's simple! Get your hands wet, shake the water off and get your Lo-Lo on before you pick-up needle, cookie cutter, or drop spindle.
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On The Needles:(0:34)

Jasmin has unearthed Genevieve's Barberry Cardigan out of Abstract Fiber Calder (in the "Saffron" colorway). #matchymatchyKAL #projectsweaterchest.

Gigi is also working on the #matchymatchyKAL, in the form of the Waters Edge in Abstract Fiber Rothko.

Jasmin cast on a pair of Vanilla socks out of Frozen Throne, with a thumb joint hat top heel by Lara Neel, from the Fork in the Road pattern, a freebie taste of Sock Architecture.

Gigi  is knitting a  Mystik Spiral socks. out of Mint Rain yarn in Ocean Depth.

Jasmin is working on a hat for Andrew out of Jade Sapphire Cashmere, and making slow progress.

Gigi is also working on the "Je suis prest"colorway Vanilla socks, from Gingertwist Studio in Edinburgh which lives in her tartan bag from the Caithness Craft Collective.

 Gigi has finished knitting the Wild Iris cowl from the Book of Cowls by Sivia Harding. She is knitting it out of Bijou Basin Ranch's Himalayan Trail in the "Sassenach" colorway #kiltmenowKAL.

Jasmin talks about the Leslie Wind shawl latch.

Gigi is planning to knit 52 preemie hats in 2015 and is doing a crochet edge on one of them.
And she has started the Cletus out of Beastly Crochet in Manos.

 In Stitches:(20:33)

Gigi is loving her Katarina jacket, and reminiscing about the Einstein jacket out of the The Knit Stitch, by Sally Melville, that she used to wear all the time.

Jasmin has been wearing her Looped Loop cowl, and her Citrus Mondo Cable cardi, and she enthuses about her Mondo Cable cardi, out of Abstract Fiber Miro.

Genevieve has been wearing her  Playful Stripes cardigan ("Annie Sweater", from Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf), and her Molly hat.


 2/19-2/22/2015: Stitches West!
          - Meet and Greet from 11:30-1pm in the Purlescence Yarns booth. We will be collecting preemie hats.


Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

Participants: post a picture to the ravelry forum, or 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 week's prize is a skein of Lollipop Yarns in the colorway: Breakers

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.

Prizes for this contest are two braids of fiber and two skeins of yarn from Gourmet Stash in the colorways "Time Traveler" and "Waterweed".


Our annual Do Some Good contest has begun! 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:(30:48)

This week we answer questions out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about
sewing project bags. We have a tutorial with out modifications on Pinterest.

When Knitting Attacks:(37:11)

Surprise! Nothing went wrong this week. We will try to have content for this segment next week.


This week we are purloining "Ask Us Anything" from Maria of Subway Knits.
Jasmin refers to Judith Mackenzie's Gentle Art of Plying


This week we are reviewing Vintage Design Workshop:by Geraldine Warner

We think if you liked the vintage fashions by Gretchen Hirsch this book is a phenomenal tool for adapting your knits. 

Also, this would be a great resource for the Fit, Flatter, Feel Wonderful KAL (#FFFWKAL).
The author mentions pattern paper, and Gigi says that Swedish TracingPaper is quite similar.

Straw Into Gold:(55:29)

Gigi is planning to do #15in2015, spinning at least 15 minutes every night. She is enjoying spinning on her Jenkins Turkish Delight. She spun a bit on her Bosworth Spindle and found it challenging. She is also trying to spin on her Jenkins Lark Turkish spindle, but is being challenged by the fiber.

Jasmin sewed Gigi's drive band on her matchless. She thinks there may be directions on how to do this in the The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning

Jasmin is spinning her nutmeg colored fleece for her Pumpkin Ale sweater by Isolda Teague. This was inspired by the sweater that Leslie from the Knit Girllls knitted.  Also, our fleeces from the Monterey Wool Auction came back from being processed. Shari from Morro Fleece Works had offered a deal for #25 Days of Enabling, and the offer extends until February 1st.

And Sew On:(1:00:41)

Gigi has finished the "Frozen" nightgown for Genevieve , Butterick Patterns B4910


  1. Gigi, I too learned the double sewn gathering method. I gave up on this with all of the poly thread that is out there now. My current method for gathering is to zigzag over crochet cotton, I much prefer this as I never break a thread.

  2. Gigi, You mentioned that you block a mobius cowl with an ironing board. Could you give more detail how this is done?

  3. I think you have the wrong link for the Leslie Wind shawl latch. I believe the correct link is