Thursday, October 29, 2015

Do Not Agitate - Episode 349 - The Knitmore Girls

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You probably attend an event at least once a year.  Whether you stay pretty close to home or travel across the country, come rain or shine we love to connect with you!
Sometimes events are all about shopping, but more often than not, events are a combination of shopping and education. When attending a show that combines classes and market place, shopping literally becomes dashes between classes. Time is short so my dash plan includes the necessary pit stop and (keeping my fingers crossed for short lines) visits to my favorite or new vendor spot.

As a vendor, we do our best to bring the right amount of scents and products. We are thrilled when we have the product or scent you are looking for, but sometimes the unexpected happens, like there is a sudden run on "fill in your favorite scent or product here" and the person in front of you just bought the last one. Being left wanting after waiting just sucks!
It's awesome when a product or scent become wildly popular but we are crushed when we have to serve disappointment because there is no more. 

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We'll even text you a reminder during the event!
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Featuring the indie dyed yarns of Buffalo Wool Company, Lydia Yarns, Knit Circus, Must Stash, Miss Babs and Miss Crosby, the Indie Yarn Carnival is a must have collection of special kits that you won’t find anywhere else. And each kit comes with a custom matched Erin.Lane Project Bag.

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On The Needles:(0:33)

Gigi has been working on her Braidsmaid by Martina Behm, out of Abstract Fiber in Lima in the Hibiscus colorway, and is worried about running out of yarn.

Jasmin mentions that Knitty had a lovely Brioche cowl  and she has it queued. She mentioned New Lace Knitting, by Romi Hill that we reviewed last week. Also, Miss Babs just came out with a Polydactyl (not Pterodactyl) kit.  She also mentions the gradient kits she bought from Black Trillium Fiber.

Gigi has her next Braidsmaid lined up, with yarn from Sarah of the former Cephalopod Yarns.
Jasmin is working on installing the zipper on her Elsa Sweater and is using finishing  books for  reference. She is looking at Big Book of Knitting, Nancy Wiseman's The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques, and Lucy Neatby's Cool Knitters Finish in Style.

Gigi  is churning out preemie hats assembly line style.
Jasmin is making progress on her Bifrost Scarf and she mentions two cowls she knit out of Canon Hand Dyes, the Striped Cowl and the Rainbow Dots Cowl.

We talk about the meditative aspect of knitting. Jasmin thinks we should ask Dr Gemma of the Cognitive Podcast about knitting as meditation.

Jasmin loves cutting her knitting for steeking. Gigi is working on a sock yarn blanket out of leftover sock yarn.

Jasmin has started a new cardigan for Genevieve, the Gingersnap cardigan. Gigi is going to knit an Olivia cardigan out of this pattern for Genevieve.

In Stitches:(26:33)

Gigi has worn her Flamingo Feathers, and her Swallowtail. And sparkly socks.
Genevieve wore her Duck Sweater, Jasmin found more duck buttons at Affordable Treasures, and she found an afterthought buttonhole in one of Elizabeth Zimmerman's books (Knitting Without Tears). (Jasmin did, not Genevieve). She wore the Quin hat and the Molly hat that KnittyBarb made for her.

Rex wore his Little Baby Sweater, and a Pumpkin hat that one of the knitting aunties made.
We have an etiquette question, whether an internet picture with a note is acceptable instead of a handwritten thank you note.


We have a winner for the beautiful skein of FabFunkyFibres in the colorway The Big One is

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.

New contest: #GrinchBomb
Mastering The Knits, a podcast hosted by Alicia, and Natalie of the former Bark'n Knit podcast are hosting a #ElvesWorkshopAlong. We are hosting another Grinch-Along this year. 

Post your holiday gift knitting to instagram with both the #elvesworkshopalong AND the #grinchbomb hashtag (and add a grinch somewhere in the photo, if you can, like this:


The four prizes for the #grinchbomb contest are (so far) three Grinch project bags (sewn by us, never for sale) paired with some lovely Coloring Book Yarn, and a Bifrost kit (from Infinite Twist) with a bigger project bag.


The Grinch-along. Starting date December 1st.

There are only two rule:

1. Cease and desist all holiday gift knitting! #grinchalong.
2. What you *do* knit, must bring you joy.

Take pictures and post them in the ravelry group thread and/or on Instagram.

Prizes will be Grinchy knitting bags sewn in the "Sweatshop Of Love"(Lovingly purloined from Sweatshop Of Love) by the Knitmore Girls out of Grinchy fabric. Let us know what fun holiday things you are doing instead of gift knitting. Do multiple dipping with as many contests as you can.
Pinterest link to the tutorial we used.  
Mother Knows Best:(36:18) 

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about what to do with leftover yarn.Gigi mentions the leftover sock yarn pattern.
Also, she mentions NICUs looking for preemie blankets the size of an 8.5x11 size of paper. Let us  know what you do with left over yarn.

When Knitting Attacks:(41:00)

Gigi knitted with some leftover swap yarn that squeaked at her.

Jasmin was working on the Elsa cardigan and didn't like her hand sewing.


This week we review the 2015 Fall Brooklyn Tweed Collection

Jasmin mentions her Einstein coat.
We reference Lilly Chin's book Reversible Cables by Lily Chin

And Sew On:(1:00:57)

Genevieve finally got the summer dress Gigi made for her, just in time for fall. Jasmin wants to recreate the idea of a nursing shirt that has a matching undershirt for more modesty, by Milkstars nursing shirts. She is using her Evolution serger
Also, we are very fond of Thimble-It Finger Pads.


  1. Another great episode! The latest Awesome Etiquette answers the thank you note & picture 😉
    question. It is a great podcast! Off to knit.... & shop for reference books!!!

  2. To answer your etiquette question, I just knit an adorable Corduroy Bear themed cardigan for a friend's brand new kiddo (Thank you for your advice on the buttons, by the way!) and she posted a picture of him wearing it and I thought my heart was going to burst with joy. He looks so cute, handsome and charming in it that I immediately started knitting him another! Far better than any thank you note. :)