Thursday, November 26, 2015

Chopped Liver - Episode 353 - The Knitmore Girls

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On The Needles:(0:33)

Gigi has finished two preemie hats with a leaf at the end of the I-cord at the top of the hat.
Jasmin has a FO, she finished  Molly Hat by Alana Dakos, in  Lisa Souza Supersport, and she added a beaded snowflake. Jasmin's modifications are in her project page.

Gigi has bound off the Braidsmaid that she has knitted out of laceweight.

Jasmin is working on the Coronation Cardigan, out of Berry Colorful Yarnings. She mentions doing a provisional crocheted cast on that we learned from Lucy Neatby, and she had learned the hook-less version from Tikabelle of the former Gives Good Knit podcast.

Jasmin is enjoying the rhythm of the color chart. She mentions the Philosophers Wool technique she uses.

Gigi cast on a vanilla sock out of Meilenweit and is autopiloting. Jasmin thinks Ann Budd's collection should be on everyones shelves: The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters, and Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters.

Gigi excavated the Selvedges Cardigan by Amy Christophers (from her UFO bin) that she is knitting out of Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky. Jasmin blocked the Star Trekkies cardigan  for Rex.

Gigi also dug out her Viajante, and only has the beaded lace edge left for it to be finished as well.
She also found a Skein of Invictus Yarns that she had purchased at the Interweave Knitting Lab in San Mateo. She says Jasmin's sock boredom has rubbed off on her, and she is bored now with the contents of her sock drawer as well. Which means, she needs to knit new socks for herself.

Unicorn Fibers sent us woolwash and fiberwash. Jasmin contacted them and sent a follow up email about the mishap with her Playful Stripes cardigan. She used Unicorn Fibre Beyond Clean Wash to get salad dressing and tomato stains out of white yoke of the beloved, brand new Elsa sweater.  She put it to dry on the OXO Good Grips Folding Sweater Dryer

In Stitches:(25:40)

Gigi wore her Katarina and loves it as much as ever. She regularly wears her Knitmore cowl, out of Abstract Fiber in the Knitmore colorway. Also, she wore two v-neck sweaters that Jasmin thinks may have been an Ann Norling pattern. She also wore her Mondo Cable Pulli, and mentions the the Mondo Cable Cardi, and the second Mondo Cable Cardi, that Jasmin knitted.

Jasmin wore her Carli cardigan by Cocoknits, and her garter yoke cardigan. And she announces that she really needs to knit herself a Mama Vertebrae.

Genevieve wore the Elsa cardigan, the Elsa hat, her Very Hungry Caterpillar sweater, and Bumble hat from C.C. from the Geeky Girls Knit podcast knit for her.

 Genevieve also wore her Wonderful Wallaby sweater.

Rex wore the Little Baby Sweater  from Purl Soho.


We are planning to attend the Pajamma Jammie Jam at Purlescence Yarns on Black Friday at 6am.
Some of our other sponsors are also having special sales this weekend, and we will pass on any information that comes our way.


We will pick a new winner 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.
#grinchbomb is wrapping up this week.
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.


Also, the Grinchalong will start December 1st and runs until TBD. Our annual Do Some Good Contest starts Friday.  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 close around January 6th.

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

And the Grinch-along starts December first

The Grinch-along. Starting date December 1st.

There are only two rules:

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
#projectsweaterchest is ongoing.

 Mother Knows Best:(33:25)

We have a followup of last weeks ironing discussion. Paula, of the Knitting Pipeline podcast talked at length about irons in episode 229.

And today's Mother Knows Best is: It's the thought that counts.
Gigi mentions Star Wars snowflakes.

When Knitting Attacks:(35:55)

Gigi thought it would have been more helpful if she had used locking stitch markers while she was knitting, instead of figuring out afterwards where decreases were missing. The "at the same time" also got her.

She picked up some deep stash yarn and started socks. Turns out, there was damage and the yarn keeped tearing.


This week we are purloining "What a Crock!" from the Actually Knitting podcast, hosted by Michelle.

Jasmin is also very fond of her Electric Pressure Cooker, the America's Test Kitchen Pressure Cooker Perfection cookbook, and her KitchenAid Food Processor.


This week we review Modern Lopi, by Lars Rains

And Sew On:(58:56)

Gigi mended Sam's jeans using the intermittent zig zag stitch on her sewing machine.

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