Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Why bother being mediocre - Episode 365 - The Knitmore Girls


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On The Needles:(0:37)

Jasmin is working on the Queenie hat, Woolywormhead design, out of White Birch Fiber Arts, in the Travel Agent for Guilt Trips colorway. #25000tuques #NewHomeNewHat. Our thanks to Rosemary Hill for the beautiful logo she designed.

She is worrying about the #Elizalong, and knitting something that won't fit her shoulders.

Gigi is doing default knitting, she is working on a number of vanilla socks. The Kroy socks just need the heels put in.
Jasmin is working on the Coronation sweater and about 2cm from the start of the sleeves, as is the   Landon sweater that she is knitting for Rex.

Jasmin has a FO: the Elsa gloves. The pattern came from the The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns
She also loves the The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns and Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters

These are on the Well Curated Bookshelf page. Also, Jasmin got Mitten Clips for the Elsa gloves. Also, she got a bigger Frozen Sweater Chest.

Gigi is knitting some more vanilla socks, one pair out of neon Opal and another pair out of blue and white Opal.
Jasmin has also been working on the Spock sweater for Rex. And there is some secret knitting.
Gigi is still working on the Tulip shawl. #Behmalong

In Stitches:(16:18)

 Gigi wore her Grey Citron, wool socks and a pair of socks out of the The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet

Genevieve wore the  Elsa cardigan, the Elsa hat,  the Elsa gloves, the Kapuzin hoodie,  and theDebbie bliss open front cardigan


We will be attending Stitches West, February 18-21, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Emily from the Knitting Butterflies Podcast, and Boston Jen from the Down Cellar Studio podcast will also attend, as well as Joanna Johnson, who writes lovely childrens' books with adorable critters in knitwear.

Purlescence will have a basket for collecting #25000Tuques, Halos of Hope hats,  and preemie hats.
Saturday afternoon, there will be a podcaster meet up at the hotel bar, which we are planning to attend.

Here are the List of Stitches West Tips, and the Tracking Expenses Printout


We have a winner!

#operationsockdrawer prize: The new prize is a skein  of Rare Woman Claire, and a  sock knitter profile tote, donated by One Twisted Tree
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.

Mother Knows Best:(23:34)

This weeks motto: Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.
We mention David Reidy of the Sticks and String podcast

Don't half-ass two things whole-ass one thing - Ron Swanson


When Knitting Attacks:(28:29)

Gigi was attacked by her Tulips shawl. Seems like there are 5000 of them now, messing with her.


This week we review Knitlandia, by Clara Parkes

And Sew On:(35:36)

Gigi has been working on Advent Calendar Christmas Stockings, and she describes what she has done so far.

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