Friday, August 26, 2016

Short on RAM- Episode 391 - The Knitmore Girls


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On The Needles:(0:32)

Stash Dash news: Emily and Boston Jen totally won Stash Dash.
Jasmin made progress on her Bifrost Scarf from Infinite Twist, and she is very happy with the autopilot nature of this pattern. She is finding the bicycle clips very useful.

Gigi has attached the sleeves to her Selvedges cardigan.

Jasmin has made progress on the Live Long and Prosper socks. She tells the story of breaking a needle at a Firefly convention and found Unwind in Burbank (closed now, sadly).

Gigi made a swatch out of some beautiful White Birch Fiber Arts  yarn, to see if it would work with one of the patterns from Coffee with C.C.

And she made lots of itty bitty pompoms with the Clover Pompom Maker and sewed them onto preemie hats.

Jasmin is working on the i-cord edging for the Spock sweater and it seems interminable.

Gigi has picked up her Copperplate  #projectsweaterchest,  and needs about an hour of peace and quiet to get to the next step.

Congratulations to all participants in the Ravellenics! Also, we didn't know that trampoline is an Olympic competition.  Gigi mentions The Try Guys.


Operation Sockdrawer!
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. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer. We want to encourage you to knit yourself a chest full of sweaters. This contest also has been inspired by Susan B. Anderson and her fast forward video of her top 10 sweaters.

We have lots of great prizes to give away. Feel free to double dip with any other KAL.
FYI: The Buffalo Wool Company has their Fall Sweater Challenge from August 1st to October 1st

#elizalong also applies to this contest, since Elizabeth Doherty's  sweaters are polished and functional, and excellent for everyday wear.

Mother Knows Best:(16:50)

 This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread on the Knitmore Girls forum, about knitting a go-to sweater.

Jasmin reminisces about knitting multiples of the The Incredible, Custom-Fit Neck Down Raglan.

We enthuse about the Ribby-Cardi and the Ribby-Pulli. Gigi remembers doing multiple incarnations of her million dollar dress.

Jasmin has made multiples of the Playful Stripes cardigan and will make one more for Genevieve, and probably one more Little Oak cardigan.

She  likes everything from Alana Dakos and Tin Can Knits. Jasmin is talking about reverse engineering the ribbi cardi to knit it top down. We talk about Cocoknits  and the Katarina cardigan that is has two variations and one is done in one piece. Amy Herzog also suggests knitting a baby sweater to practice technique.

When Knitting Attacks:(27:22)

Gigi has more Knitting Attacks than knitting. Her Selvedges  cardigan has more stitches on one front than the other.

  Jasmin's Spock cardigan wouldn't agree to her picking up all the stitches for the edging  at once.
Gigi's Scandinavian socks from The little Box of Socks has a number of issues, too many decreases after the heel, and she didn't keep track of which hand she held which yarn in and this affects color dominance about which Ysolda Teague wrote an article.


This week we are purloining Genius and Fail, from the One Bad Mother podcast.
Jasmin mentions mitten clips. Let us know about your Genius moments on this weeks episode thread.


This week we review Enchanted Knits for Dolls, by Nicky Epstein
We mention the Unicorn-Along that we heard about on Yarngasm.

Straw into Gold:(46:50)

Jasmin is still spinning for the Hiro cardigans and is thrilled with the yarn and colors on the Acadia spinning wheel. Jasmin likes the Hiro sweaters that Miliabella, Leslie from the Knit Girllls and Emily from Knitting Butterflies made.

Gigi has been using the Woolee Winder on double drive, and it seems to be challenging, they will put it on Scotch Tension . She is also planning to try out her new Akerworks bobbin.

And Sew On:(52:28)

Gigi and her young friend are making a basic muslin for dresses from Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time. Gigi talks about the swayback adjustment.


  1. I was supprized to hear how fast you got your woolee winder. I lost a part and called, emailed several times with no response. Lucky for me I found the part in the back of my car.

  2. Re: the cord for gloves, we grew up using those as kids, but we called them "idiot strings", which sounds pretty unkind looking back, but we didn't think anything of it at the time :P