Friday, January 30, 2015

UFOs to the Rescue - Episode 318 - The Knitmore Girls

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On the Needles:(0:34)

Jasmin is working on the  Frozen Throne colorway socks by Gourmet Stash, and we mention the awesome Twinset Design ladies.

Gigi has been working on her Mystik Spiral socks out of Mint Rain in the Ocean Depth colorway.
Jasmin is working on the sleeves of the Barberry Cardigan out of Abstract Fiber Calder (in the "Saffron" colorway). #matchymatchyKAL #projectsweaterchest. Jasmin is contemplating whether
she should work on her #matchymatchyKAL or start knitting on her latest #SPAKAL. Jasmin mentions Jen of Commuter Knitter Podcast.

Gigi finished the "Je suis prest"colorway Vanilla socks, from Gingertwist Studio in Edinburgh which lives in her tartan bag from the Caithness Craft Collective #kiltmenowKAL.

Gigi is working on crocheting Cletus out of Beastly Crochet in Manos. Also, thrilling Melanie of the Savvy Girls podcast with my crochet.

Gigi is knitting preemie hats out of swap yarn.

Gigi  is working on the sewing in the grosgrain buttonband of the  Girl'sVictorian Coat .
She mentions the buttonband tutorial by Eunny Jang (which we can't find, now)

In Stitches:(17:01)

Jasmin has worn her handspun Seneca her Looped Loop cowl, and a furry bulky scarf from high school.

We talk about Niebling shawls and mentions Galina's advice.

Genevieve has been wearing her Playful Stripes cardigan, and we gush about the Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf Book. Also, she has been wearing her flower wristers.


2/19-2/22/2015: Stitches West! We will be collecting preemie hats there.
     - Meet and greet! Saturday 2/21 from 11:30-1 (or until we're done) in the Purlescence Yarns booth


Our annual Do Some Good contest has closed!

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
 - A Namaste snap bag trio

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

We will be announcing winners next week.
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.

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".


Mother Knows Best:(31:22)

This week we answer questions out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about
what we do with knitwear that Genevieve has outgrown. Let us know what you do with your outgrown knitwear.

Jasmin mentions the love blanket.

When Knitting Attacks:(42:46)

Jasmin is worried about having enough yarn for the Barberry sweater. Matter of fact, she is sure she doesn't have enough. So she ordered some more yarn from Abstract Fiber.

Gigi has been test knitting a striped preemie hat pattern, and the stripes didn't show up in her knitting.
Gigi has a hard time untangling the hexagons from a knitted piece that she is using to knit preemie hats.


This week we review Classic Elite Shawls, Wraps & Scarves

We reference Romi Hill's beautiful designs.

Straw Into Gold:(57:39)

Gigi has been trying to spin at least 15 minutes every night this year. We blame this new, bizzare behavior on listening to Diestel from the Urbane Spinnstube.

Her Matchless lives at Jasmin's house, and at her own house, she uses spindles, the Jenkins Turkish Drop Spindle. and the Bosworth Spindle.  This week she has been working on breaking in her matchless, and oiling it a lot.  Also, Genevieve has been helping, by sitting on her lap and holding the fiber.

And Sew On:(1:00:19)

Gigi has finished Frozen Nightgown II. Butterick Patterns B4910
She accidentally picked up some Olaf flannel at the store, for yet another nightgown.  She is wishing for a rolled hem/hemmer foot for 5/8' hem. The Olaf buttons she saw seem to be better for scrap booking than garments.


  1. You mentioned not having sewing machine manuals for Janome and Singer. Both websites have them as free PDFs - for many machines at least. I even found one for my grandmother's vintage Singer!

  2. GIgi (I think) said separating zippers can not be shortened. I use separating zippers in cardigans and have shortened zippers for many projects, because they're never exactly the length I want. A video I have watched is