Thursday, July 14, 2016

Broccoli and Spinach - Episode 385 - The Knitmore Girls


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We start with a one-minute health update

On The Needles:(0:34)

Gigi has been working on the Copperplate cardigan, out of Quince and Co Chickadee, and absolutely loves the hand of the yarn.

Jasmin has finished working on the Spock sweater, and set it with citric acid because when she tried to block it and it bled a bit. (Excellent, quick followup from FabFunkyFibres.)

It feels like Emily from Knitting Butterflies is trouncing Jasmin at Stashdash.
#stashdash2016 #teamcuteknitter

Gigi has been working on Sam's sock and he needs a very deep instep. She is considering making the next sock with more than 50% for the heel.

Jasmin finished putting the zipper in the Coronation cardigan. We did a Periscope on how to shorten a zipper.

She mentioned the other Periscopes we have done,,

Gigi excavated her Mishke cardigan that had been languishing in Area 51 for a year or so, and sewed in the shoulders. One of which needs to be done again.

Gigi wove in ends on four other pairs of socks that she had finished knitting earlier. #operationsockdrawer #boxosoxKAL . She also cast on a pair of socks out of Kroy. And she dug out some socks out of her UFO bin out of Regia silk color.

Jasmin has swatched for three projects: the Daniel Tiger cardigan. She got a trolley patch from the Fred Rogers Company. She also set the yarn with citric acid.

She also swatched for the Anna cardigan and did some pre-emptive citric acid soaking. She is copying the ideas from Megknitficent, from the Mostly MagKnitficent podcast .

Also, she is using some of Ann Podlesak's charts from Legendary Knits, Vol. 1.  Ann Podlesak has the Wooly Wonka Fibers podcast . Jasmin mentions the Actually Knitting podcast and her PALKAL.

Jasmin suggests our free Vanilla sock pattern and the pattern for Genevieve's tube socks, which is free if you write it down yourself or $1 if you want to get the official PDF.

Jasmin knit the Welcome to the Flock pattern for Rex and cast on the Gone Astray for Genevieve.
Also check her project pages for discounts.

#behmalong: Gigi blocked, wove in ends, and got photographs of herself in her Viajante, and  Thousand Tulips shawls.


 Operation Sockdrawer will be on hiatus until after Tour de Fleece.
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.
#elizalong #projecat sweater chest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer.

Jasmin contacted Unicorn Fibres, and ordered some Beyond Clean Fiberwash.
They decided to send some prizes for #projectsweaterchest and Tour de Fleece. Enter your spinning in the Finish Line thread in the Team Sasquatch Group.

Mother Knows Best:(24:25)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum
about how to knit, spin, sew around/with very small children. We mention Abby Franquemont's Respect the Spindle


This week we review Spin Control by Amy King

Jasmin mentions our Director's Cut episode featuring Amy King

We are intrigued by the prospect of knitting with singles.
Amy King also has a Craftsy class! (Foundations of Spinning)

Jasmin mentions the books that we like in our spinning library in our Amazon Store.

Tour de Fleece:(38:32)

Gigi has been spinning. She is not terribly pleased with how irregular her yarn is turning out.
So far she has spun six nests of fiber out of 32.

 Jasmin is feeling amazing about spinning.  She mentions listening to the Knit Girlls while spinning. She is finishing things: singles out of Abstract Fiber Rock Star. She wants to use her Woolee Winder for plying. She is breaking in the Acadia wheel. She is also working with an Akerworks bobbin on her Matchless. 

She is using fiber she bought from Aunt Janet's Wool Mill (INCORRECT, THIS IS ACTUALLY FROM Dawn's Custom Carding.)  She is spinning grey fleece to make Hiro sweaters for the family.

And she got contrast colors from Lisa Souza 
She mentions the Legend Prairie Contest, that the Prairie Girls host, where you enter the most amazing thing that you knitted that year.

1 comment:

  1. I believe that Kayta Frankel's Chip pattern has a zipper up front but does not have a hood but I do not think that would stop you from figuring out how to add one. I knit up this sweater for my grandson and he loves it!