Thursday, May 19, 2016

The crushing weight of UFOs - Episode 378 - The Knitmore Girls

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On The Needles:(0:33)

 Jasmin has been working on the Spock sweater, it will graduate to house knitting soon.
Gigi has finished the tubes of her Peppermint Mocha socks and stashed them for the Dash.
The Knit Girllls did their Stash Dash 2016 overview episode, and announced the dates- May 27 through August 21.

Downcast- Jasmin is thrilled to have found that you can download some podcasts and stream others.

She mentions the Geeky Girls Knit. The Splendid Table and America's Test Kitchen

There is some trash talking about the competition she has with Emily of Knitting Butterflies.
She is planning to stash the Welcome to the Flock  sweater for the dash. She mentioned Kino's  modification so the sheep face center. And she decided to have curlier sheep and so gave them nupps.

She thinks she may have purloined Ysolda Teague's "swatching in the middle of a project" technique. She is happy with her Hiya Hiya needles and her Chia Goo needles.

Gigi is working on yet another pair  of Opal Vanilla socks.
Jasmin is making progress on the Coronation cardigan, which also has a rhinestone zipper.

Gigi is slogging away at the Trouvaille.
Jasmin is also working on her Fancy Zebra cowl #zebralong, #LuxAdornaKnits. Gigi's is stashed already.
#stashdash2016#teamcuteknitter #emilyvsjasmin, #teambutterfly

Last year Gigi  misheard something on the Prairie Girls podcast, and thought their  prompt was to cast on something every day in May. So this year it is her personal challenge, and she is knitting one preemie hat every day in May. The challenging part seems to be taking pictures and posting them in a timely fashion on instagram.


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.
#projectsweaterchest #elizalong
post a picture to instagram of a sweater you are knitting for yourself

Mother Knows Best:(23:17)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
Whether or not to pre-string beads. Jasmin mentions the bead reamer and Oral-B Superfloss. She mentions the Elsa cardigan

When Knitting Attacks:(31:37)

Jasmin has been working on the "Welcome to the Flock" cardigan, is doing three color fair isle. She talks about Ysolda Teague's article about color dominance in fair isle. She finds she has a hard time counting to four while juggling three colors.

Gigi has knitted a beautiful swatch for her Copperplate cardigan for the #elizalong. The gauge is off by half a stitch.

 She cast on for the Espresso Macchiato socks but the yarn she picked is not striping properly, it won't show of the pattern work properly, so it will be just plain vanilla socks.


 This week we are purloining from Paula of the Knitting Pipeline and discuss what superpower we would like to have.


This week we review: Refined Knits, by Jennifer Woods

Jasmin references Botanical Knits.

And Sew On:(56:48)

Gigi has been inspired by Kristin Voolenvine and the cute dresses she is sewing to start sewing again.

She talks about moulage, slopers, wearing ease and designer ease.

She and Kristen will be doing a sloper-along on instagram. #WhatsaSloper.
Gigi had gotten measured previously, she pressed her fabric, the gingham, laid out and pinned the bodice and sleeves, and cut.

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