Saturday, May 30, 2015

Swiss Cheese - Episode 335 - The Knitmore Girls


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On The Needles:(0:35)

Gigi has knitted a preemie hat a day for #oneadayinmay.

Jasmin has talked to Laura, the Empress of Stash Dash, who ruled that sewing grosgrain ribbon and buttons does not count for Stash Dash. So she finished knitting the Kapuzin hoodie, in Lisa Sousa's Hardtwist, in the St Louis Blues colorway, for Genevieve. Also, she mentions totally beating Commuter Jen at Stash Dash.

Jasmin expounds on the virtues of blocking and how much better knits look afterwards. She mentions Martina Behm and Amy Herzog and their method of blocking.

And she praises America's Test Kitchen's method of side by side comparisons. And Gigi likes Shout Color Catchers for doing laundry.

Jasmin mentions Soak for blocking the  Envelope pullover out of yarn from Berry Colorful Yarnings, by Ysolda Teague, and the Baby Vertebrae (it also comes in an adult size )

Gigi also finished her Braidsmaid, out of some ancient mohair/silk Artfibers Kyoto. She is thinking maybe she will knit another one. #stashdash2015!

Jasmin is tremendously enjoying her Rainbow Dots cowl out of Canon Hand Dyes mini skeins,l , and saying it it the best thing she knit so far. She is talking about finding her Kelim Sweater.LINK

Gigi finished her   Boneyard Shawl in the Urban Sunrise colorway by Abstract Fiber. #stashdash.
She also finished her  Braidsmaid #Behmalong, #stashdash.

Jasmin is making progress on her Viajante, and the beads came in! (from Fire Mountain)

Gigi finished the Vanilla tube socks out of My First Regia, for Genevieve.

We measured one of our friends for a custom fit sweater from Amy Herzog

Jasmin listened to a new podcast Actually Knitting, and she mentions asking the  Knit Girllls about counting sweater surgery for Stash Dash. She is lengthening sleeves on the Caterpillar cardigan.
She is talking about the Playful Stripes cardi.

Gigi loves working on the  Gansey socks, and cast on vanilla socks out of Opal van Gogh yarn.


6/6/2015: Fleeces, Food and Fun at the Retzlaff Winery, and we list the things to bring, and mention Morro Fleece Works.

Bring a hat, get a mug!

6/19-21/2015: Black Sheep Gathering 2015, in Eugene, Oregon June 19-21.

Stash Dash Runs from May 22 to August 14.

Tour de Fleece rides from July 4th - 26th

Summer of Lace and Beads


PSA: Rhubarb season has started, and we got a skein of Abstract Fiber yarn in their Rhubarb colorway,  in their supersock plus base.

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".

 A skein of yarn from Katie's Creations (Mint Rain), Scottish Highland colorway in the Tough Sock base, in a very springy Highland green color.

A skein of the"Je suis prest" colorway, from Gingertwist Studio in Edinburgh, and the new shawl book by Claire Devine "Head to Toe"

A Highland Thistle bag, by Little Skein in the Big Wool.

Newest Prize: a project bag from the Caithness Craft Collective out of an authentic weathered Fraser tartan.
 Outlander Season 1, Volume 1 is now available on Amazon

We talk about the podcast by Ron Moore about Outlander, and Terry Dresbach's podcast about costuming on Outlander. 

Mother Knows Best:(30:44)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about how to figure out who to buy from on Etsy. Jasmin mentions the #IronSwatchChallenge

 And: how we take notes for the podcast.

When Knitting Attacks:(41:53)

Gigi managed to put too many stitches for the heel of one of the Gansey socks onto waste yarn.
Jasmin mentions our interview with Anna Zilboorg and the buttonhole in Knitting for Anarchists and the Lucy Neatbe Magic buttonhole. Also: Ysolda Teague's buttonhole.

Also, Jasmin glued shanks onto polymer hats and managed to drown five buttons in Superglue.


We mention Die Urbane Spinnstube and Creative Mother Thinking and talk about clothes  matching, and capsule wardrobes. Jasmin mentions hearing about this on Actually Knitting, or maybe Yarns from the Yin Hoo. She also mentions Hannah Fettigs interview on the A Playful Day podcast. Let us know what you think.


This week we review Vintage Knits for Babies, by Rita Taylor

 Jasmin mentions the Wee Liesl by Ysolda Teague

Straw Into Gold:(57:40)

Tour de Fleece training, week 1: Pick your Project. Empty out your bobbins. Spun and plied yardage applies to Stash Dash.

Join Team Sasquatch!

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