Friday, August 19, 2016

Student Driver - Episode 390 - The Knitmore Girls

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This episode has been sponsored by:
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  We have been talking about the Bar-Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2 lately. The Bar-Maids, the Knitmore Girls, and some amazing indies have collaborated to make an amazing, exclusive collection! There are only seven left, so don’t miss out. The contents are priceless; the cost less than $99.00
Since 2012, Black Trillium Fibres has been formulating unique and original gradient yarns ranging from neutral to neon.  Of course, our exclusively milled yarn substrates aren’t just for gradient kits.  With over 300 hand-dyed repeatable colors, you can always find something different and fun at each of our amazing retailers.  It’s all at - in-stock yarns including gradients, exclusive patterns and a list of retailers.  Please remember to use the “Knitmore” discount code at checkout.
Infinite Twist produces unique and luxurious hand-spun yarns that are crafted in a socially responsible way. Spun from hand-painted roving and hand-blended batts, our hand-spun yarns are a tactile delight for knitters. We also offer project kits that take the guess-work out of yarn and color selection, and hand-dyed mill-spun yarns in striking semi-solid colors. Find out more by visiting, or find us on Ravelry and Instagram as infinitetwist. Sign up for our newsletter for a free knitting pattern every month, and don’t forget to use offer code “knitmore”!

Miss Babs dyes an incredible variety of colors. From subtle to vibrant, monochromatic to uniquely variegated, there’s sure to be a color for you. Miss Babs also offers gorgeous gradients and hand-picked color combinations for multicolored projects. Try their newest yarn, Caroline, a merino-cashmere-nylon blend, for soft and beautiful accessories, or try Hot Shot for your next pair of socks. Find a fantastic yarn for your next project from Miss Babs. Hand dyed yarns - inspired by nature.
There comes a time in any story when the arc draws down to the ending. Thus it is with Purlescence Yarns and its story. We began in 2006 with the idea of creating community around beautiful crafting supplies and teaching new skills. We feel that we have achieved that goal. It is now time for us to retire and move on to our next adventure.
On August 28, 2016 we will have our final tea and crafting in the living room. Come and join us if you can, in saying farewell to a piece of our shared history and take a tea cup to remember us.
We have been proud to support the Knitmore Girls since the beginning. We've created community together and supported wonderful things like Halos of Hope and 25,000 Tuques. Keep the magic and keep on crafting. 
With love,
Kaye and Sandi Luck

On The Needles:(0:35)

Jasmin briefly talks about stashdash.
She is working on the Gone Astray cardigan for Genevieve, and is working on the sleeves right now.
Gigi excavated her Selvedges cardigan our of her Area 51.

Jasmin is working on her Bifrost scarf, which is a kit from Infinite Twist, and she is thrilled by the
Clasped Weft Join, which is totally worth the $3 that it sells for.

Gigi is working on preemie hats out of Kroy yarn.

She also has balled up some White Birch Fiber Arts yarn, and wants to swatch before she picks a pattern for socks.

Jasmin is working on the Live Long and Prosper socks .
 She is talking about whether to make heels out of the yarn itself of using black yarn for heels and toes. And she is mulling over how to use the yarn for its best advantage for a cardigan for Rex.

She is also complaining on how long the i-cord facing is on the  Spock sweater she is knitting for Rex. We talk about picking up all the stitches on a circular needle, before of knitting the i-cord.
Jasmin has finished the dual facings on Carli cardigan. This technique is from the  Big Book of Knitting.

Jasmin gives her concession speech for #stashdash2016 #teamcuteknitter. Now what remains is #emilyversusbostonjen.


The point of #operationsockdrawer is to encourage you to start a drawer full of hand knitted socks for yourself.
We were inspired by Susan B. Anderson's Instagram pictures of her sock drawers. 

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 wear-everyday sweaters. LINK TO VIDEO.
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:(23:41)

 This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread on the Knitmore Girls forum, about buying used spinning wheels.

 She mentions blue automotive towels. 
Schacht services wheels. We think that cricket looms are excellent for using unevenly spun yarn.

When Knitting Attacks:(32:07)

 Jasmin has been working on interminable i-cord on the Spock  cardigan, and it is not smooth.


This week we are reviewing  Crochet Therapy, by Betson Corkhill

Jasmin talks about crocheting Anna and Elsa dolls with Boston Jen that they bought at Stitches.

Since this book deals with therapy, we mention that Dr Gemma  does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Jasmin mentions the Yarn movie.

We mention Dots, by TinCanKnits. Correction: the blanket is called Pop Blanket.

Jasmin mentions Zen and the Art of Knitting. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Repair has no knitting.

Straw into Gold:(47:03)

 Gigi has been making slow progress on her Tour de Fleece spinning, and has eight nests out of 32 left.

We bought a fleece online. Gigi wanted to try spinning a Tunis sheep fleece. We sent it to Sherri at Morro Fleece Works. She called, because the fleece is tender and breaks. We won't be spinning it, we will contact Beth Smith for a good Tunis fleece.

And Sew On:(50:22)

Gigi did a bit of mending. Jasmin has been working on the mermaid doll from a panel
Gigi mentions the Little Red Riding hood panel.
Gigi worked some more on her #whatsasloper.

 Also, our #Grinchalong bag templates resurfaced.

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