Knitmoregirls's Podcast
A Mother-Daughter Knitting Podcast.

This week's episode is sponsored by:

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While winter brings feeling of nesting or hunkering down, it also means a picking up a piece or two of handcrafts. The oven works overtime for those holiday family favorites, quilters stitch just a tad faster to complete works of art before gift giving officially opens, and knitters dash to their local yarn store to squeeze in one more scarf or pair of socks for that last minute gift. As you are crafting wonders, Bar-Maids continues to handcraft yummy goodness for your skin ... all to to help you....even if you continue to create into the wee morning hours. Bar-Maids handcrafts their products with natural skin loving oils and butters; everything your skin needs to keep it soft and moisturized and nothing it doesn't. Since you use our hands a tad more in this season, let Lo-Lo help keep them moisturized. It's simple! Get your hands wet, shake the water off and get your Lo-Lo on before you pick-up needle, cookie cutter, or drop spindle.

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If you haven't seen the new Megan Pouchlet by Namaste you'll want to!  This handy morsel of goodness is larger than a Jemma Pouch and smaller than a Devin Wristlet, so the size is really ideal.  It's got a wristlet strap and is perfect for storing keys, credit cards, notions, or other small items.  When you wanna grab and go, grab for your Megan Pouchlet.  Get yours at www.namasteinc.com.  

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Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!  

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Operation Sock Drawer is proudly sponsored by Simply Socks Yarn Company.  Does your sock drawer need filling? Let us help!  With nine years experience helping sock knitters, we’ll help you find what you need. Regia has released a new 8 ply collection for keeping your feet toasty this winter. Also check out the new Active line, which features Outlast fiber- developed for NASA to help with temperature and moisture control.  Come check us out at simplysockyarn.com . 

 

On The Needles:(0:39)

 

Working on #25daysofEnabling. We mention:

LoloBars and their Bar and Tray,

Cooperative Press, Sock Architecture,

Erin Lane Bags,

Gourmet Stash Bourbon Cake,

Poste Yarn in Santa Claus, IN,

Leslie Wind's Tewelery,

and Invictus Yarns.

 

Gigi has been knitting on the Knit your Love Shawl from Martina Behm. We are excited about visiting with Maria from Subway Knits, and wants so have everything finished for Stitches, and is talking about the Matchy Matchy Kal, in the Barberry Twist  out of Abstract Fiber in Calder.

 

Gigi has been knitting socks out of Santa's Workshop. Yesterday she finished a pair of socks, but she can't talk about them. We talk about what we can't talk about. Jasmin is working on socks in Vintage from Coloring Book Yarns, and is raving about the Fork in the Road sock.

 

She mentions Voolenvine's Lush base.

 

Gigi mentions Hunter Hammersen's books.

 

In Stitches:(18:16)

 

Gigi has been wearing some old sweater that is totally covered in pills, and the Mondo Cable Pullover. Jasmin talks about her Mondo Cable Cardi, in Miro. Gigi laments the socks that felted.

Jasmin has been wearing her Seneca, Gigi's Rocky Coast cardigan out of Cascade Ecological Wool, and she mentions the Breezy cardigan .

 

Genevieve has been wearing the Squirrel cardigan, the Mollie hat, and the Playful Stripes cardigan. Jasmin recommends the Alana-Along that the 2KnitLit Chicks have going

 

Events:(26:40)

 

12/18/2014: 7:30-9:00PM, Purlescence Sing-Along

2/19-2/22/2015: Stitches West! We will be collecting preemie hats there.

 

Contest:(28:35)


Our annual Do Some Good contest has begun! Do some good on a local, national or global level, post it to the thread, maybe you'll win a prize! But you'll definitely do some good, and that's awesome. The contest will close1/21/2015.


Winners will be chosen on the basis of originality and delightfulness. Also, your charity needs to benefit others than your immediate friends and family.


For the first hundred entries, the prizes are:


-The Dishcloth Diva package:
     -Prize includes: Big Fat Soap (by the Bar Maids), a copy of Dishcloth Diva and Dishcloth Diva Knits On!and dishcloths knit by Deb Buckingham herself.

 - An Erin Lane Bag

 - And something else, pending Jasmin going out to the arctic garage

 

For each additional 50 entries, we will add another prize.

Also, #operationsockdrawer will resume in a few weeks, keep the pictures coming. #Grinchalong prizes will be mailed out shortly.

 

Mother Knows Best:(31:21)

 

We talk about taking good picture to make your work look good. We recommend that you listen to Down Cellar Studio and Knitting Butterflies for photography advice.

 

Jasmin likes the Knit Girllls and The Fat Squirrel Speaks to keep her company while she is working.

Jasmin is very pleased with what we learned in Franklin Habit's photography class.

Jasmin mentions the Olloclip lenses. We talk about putting your best foot forward.

 

When Knitting Attacks:(39:39)

 

Jasmin was attacked by the toe of the sock she was working on, so she tinked it back.

 

Review:(41:39)

 

This week we review: New American Knits, by Amy Christoffers.


Holidays With the Knitmores:(49:10)

 

We talk about what we do when things we ordered for gifts do not arrive in time.


Straw Into Gold:(55:12)

 

Jasmin's drive band  popped and she will have to install a new one. Her old drive band has been on the wheel since 2008. She uses Japanese cooking twine for her drive band. She is looking for written instructions, and mentions that Judith MacKenzie McCuin recommended Japanese cooking twine.


And Sew On:(54:31)

 

Jasmin and Gigi have been sewing piles and piles of project bags, because Jasmin's ideas have a tendency to grow like magic beanstalks. We used a Pinterest tutorial to aid in sewing a gazillon bags.

 

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This week's episode is sponsored by:

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What makes Abstract Fiber's sock yarns stand out from the rest?  Our brilliant colors don't bleed. Our skeins rarely have knots. Our yarns are beautifully constructed to minimize splitting and show off stitch patterns. Our colors are designed to minimize pooling and striping. Check out Abstract Fiber's outstanding sock yarns at AbstractFiber.com

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While winter brings feeling of nesting or hunkering down, it also means a picking up a piece or two of handcrafts. The oven works overtime for those holiday family favorites, quilters stitch just a tad faster to complete works of art before gift giving officially opens, and knitters dash to their local yarn store to squeeze in one more scarf or pair of socks for that last minute gift. As you are crafting wonders, Bar-Maids continues to handcraft yummy goodness for your skin ... all to to help you....even if you continue to create into the wee morning hours. Bar-Maids handcrafts their products with natural skin loving oils and butters; everything your skin needs to keep it soft and moisturized and nothing it doesn't. Since you use our hands a tad more in this season, let Lo-Lo help keep them moisturized. It's simple! Get your hands wet, shake the water off and get your Lo-Lo on before you pick-up needle, cookie cutter, or drop spindle.

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The newest innovation from the Namaste sisters is the Poppins bag.  This bag opens wide and is surprisingly spacious despite it's compact appearance.  Super cute design with magnetic top closures to allow you to knit out of your closed bag (and separate fibers if you wish) with no worries of snagging your precious fibers.  2 external zipper pockets and plenty more inside, including internal tool storage slots- this bag is awesome.  Get yours at www.namasteinc.com

purllogolarge

Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way! 

 

On The Needles:(0:37)

 

This week the girls have been going crazy knitting socks for #25daysofenabling.  Keep  your eyes peeled for new colorways on Instagram, Facebook, and Ravelry. Jasmin also started on socks from Simply Socks Yarn Co. in Poste Yarn in the Jollyville, Tx colorway.

 

Gigi cast on socks in Gynx Yarns in the Santa's Workshop colorway, and she also got started on a pair in Grinchy, and added Broken Ornament stripes from Gourmet Stash

 

Jasmin started a sock from Coloring Book Yarns  in Vintage holiday, and featured today is Voolenvine Yarns' Holly Jolly colorway, and the first color we featured was her Deck the Halls colorway.

Jasmin mentions Voolenvine Yarns' Vampire Yarn club.

 

Gigi has been working on the Knit your Love Shawl from Martina Behm and has so far knitted 19 out of 20 hearts.

 

 Jasmin likes the Gynx socks pattern that Gigi has been using. On every color change she does a row of k1p1, as soon as the color changes, usually mid row.

 

Also, Jasmin would like some feedback on the #25daysofenabling.

 

In Stitches:(16:40)

 

Gigi has been wearing her standard cowl, wristers and socks.  She neglected to wear knit socks yesterday, and was cold and grouchy.

 

Jasmin has been layering her knits. She has worn her wool socks and Genevieve has been wearing her Squirrel sweater and the Kangaroo hoodie. Jasmin wore her Mariah, her ikat scarf by Lucy Neatby, and her Fancy Image hat. Andrew wore a hat out of Noro.

 

Jasmin is thrilled at Genevieve putting her sweaters into her Frozen sweater chest.

 

Events:(21:26)

 

2/19-2/22/2015: Stitches West! We will be collecting preemie hats there.

 

Contest:(22:11)

 

We announced out Grinch-along contest winners.

 

Prizes for the #grinchalong:

 

 - Santa Claus, IN  (Poste Self-striping yarn base), provided by Simply Socks Yarn Co.

 - Jollyville, TX (Poste Self-striping yarn base), provided by Simply Socks Yarn Co.

- Wicked, from Voolenvine, on the Lush base.

- Body scrub from the BarMaids

-Glitter and Stripes, by TurtlepurlYarns

-Moss, by Gynx Yarns

-HoHoHo, from Fab Funky Fibres

-December, from Berry Colorful Yarnings

-Broken Ornaments, from Gourmet Stash,

-Wicked, from Voolenvine Yarns

-Yak, Raywa Fibers, Harmony in the Juniper colorway

 

Also, delightful lotion bars and salt scrub from the BarMaids.

 

Mother Knows Best: (26:12)

 

This week we answer questions out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about

how long it takes to spin for a sweater, and how many plies are optimal.

 

Jasmin thinks somebody needs to develop the pedometer equivalent for knitting. She mentions her Ribby Cardi, her Tangled Yoke and the Harvest cardigan. Jasmin mentions Judith MacKenzie McCuin.

 

When Knitting Attacks:(32:46)

 

Gigi was attacked by the Knit your Love Shawl.#Behmalong

Jasmin is suggesting Quilter's Tape for keeping her spot.

 

Review:(34:56)

 

Jasmin announces prizes and the start of the Do Some Good Contest.

Prizes are LoloBars and Soaps, and a copy of Dishcloth Diva and Dishcloth Diva Knits On!

 

Jasmin also is fond of Wolfe Farms Soap, and she loves Lolo Salt Scrub. She mentions Barbara Warker's Learn-To-Knit-Afghan Book

book. We also talk about the Bergamot soap by Lolo Bars.

 

This week we review Dishcloth Diva Knits On! by Deb Buckingham.

 

Holidays with the Knitmores:(48:45)

 

We talk about music and movies for the holidays.

Jasmin enthuses about Broadway's Carols for a Cure, Vol. 15, "Get Your Holiday On" station on Pandora. She likes Brian Setzer Christmas Rocks: The Best of Collection, The Transiberian Orchestra, Michael Bublé Christmas, and Elvis' The Classic Christmas Album

 

The The Muppet Christmas Carol is our favorite movie to watch as a family.  Andrew and Jasmin like to watch Love Actually, and Gigi, Sam and Grandpa Knitmore are fond of the Die Hard

Christmas movies. Also, Gigi loves Claymation, in particular the California Raisins Claymation Christmas

 

Straw Into Gold:(53:31)

 

Jasmin has finished plying her Weathered Tartan from Gourmet Stash, so she can get back to spinning her nutmeg colored merino fleece from Nebo Rock Ranch/ Janet Heppler for the Pumpkin Ale sweater.

 

Gigi still needs to break in her new Schacht Matchless.

 

And Sew On:(54:31)

 

Jasmin seems to have purloined the "Sweatshop of Love" for our project bag prizes. We are using this tutorial. Our changes are posted on our Pinterest board.

Direct download: Episode_311.mp3
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This week's episode is sponsored by:

 

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While winter brings feeling of nesting or hunkering down, it also means a picking up a piece or two of handcrafts. The oven works overtime for those holiday family favorites, quilters stitch just a tad faster to complete works of art before gift giving officially opens, and knitters dash to their local yarn store to squeeze in one more scarf or pair of socks for that last minute gift. As you are crafting wonders, Bar-Maids continues to handcraft yummy goodness for your skin ... all to to help you....even if you continue to create into the wee morning hours. Bar-Maids handcrafts their products with natural skin loving oils and butters; everything your skin needs to keep it soft and moisturized and nothing it doesn't. Since you use our hands a tad more in this season, let Lo-Lo help keep them moisturized. It's simple! Get your hands wet, shake the water off and get your Lo-Lo on before you pick-up needle, cookie cutter, or drop spindle.

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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 infinitetwist.com, or find us on Ravelry and Instagram as infinite twist. Sign up for our newsletter for a free knitting pattern every month, and don’t forget to use offer code “knitmore”!

purllogolarge

Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way! 

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Operation Sock Drawer is proudly sponsored by Simply Socks Yarn Company.  Does your sock drawer need filling? Let us help!  With nine years experience helping sock knitters, we’ll help you find what you need. Regia has released a new 8 ply collection for keeping your feet toasty this winter. Also check out the new Active line, which features Outlast fiber- developed for NASA to help with temperature and moisture control.  Come check us out at simplysockyarn.com .

 

On The Needles:(0:36)

 

Gigi has finished her Mystik Spiral Socks. Jasmin is finishing the heels on the Stingy Jack socks by Invictus Yarns. She is thrilled that Heather Ordover's CrafLit was mentioned on NPR.

 

Gigi has finished the Van Gogh socks in the "Bedroom in Arles" yarn by Opal. Jasmin is knitting a cashmere hat for Andrew out of a kit from Jade Sapphire, that she bought from Purlescence.

She is thinking about also knitting the Sockhead hat for him out of the older cashmere.

 

Gigi has been working on her Grinchy socks. Jasmin talks about 25 Days of Enabling. On Pinterest, Facebook, our Ravelry board and Instagram. So far we have featured: Deck the Halls, by Voolenvine, Grinchy socks, Grinch vs Santa by Gynx Yarns, and Glitter and Stripes by TurtlepurlYarns. (Discount codes can be found on all social media blasts.)

 

Gigi has started on the Grinch vs Santa socks, and is enjoying it a lot. Jasmin is working on her second Regia 6366 (fall colored socks) out of Regia 6ply.

 

Gigi has been working on the Knit your Love Shawl from Martina Behm and has so far knitted 16 out of 20 hearts. Jasmin mentions her Leftie, and her Hitchhiker Cowl.

 

In Stitches:(12:51)

 

Jasmin and Genevieve have been wearing lots of knits. Genevieve likes wearing her Little Oak Cardigan ("Squirrel sweater") and Playful Stripes cardigan ("Annie Sweater", from Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf). Jasmin has been wearing her Looped Loop cowl and her black wristers.

 

Genevieve loves her Mollie hat that Knitty Barb knit for her. She has also been wearing Clare Devine's Planum sock that C.C. and Demaris of the Geeky Girls Vidcast knit for her.

Genevieve is very good about getting sweaters out of her sweater chest that we talked about last episode.

 

Gigi has worn a cowl and fingerless mitts and thinks that maybe she should knit herself a hat and mittens to wear at night. Jasmin has been wearing her Breezy cardigan, and finds it very versatile.

 

Loose Ends:(19:13)

 

Prizes will be shipped about once a month. Marly Bird from the Yarnthing interviewed us this past week.

 

Events:(20:11)

 

 We went to the Pajama Jammie Jam.  It was a lot of fun.

 

2/19-22/2015: Stitches West! We will be collecting preemie hats there.

 

Contest:(22:51)

 

Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

 

Participants: post a picture 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.

This weeks winner is Turtlegirl76, she won a skein of sock yarn from Fab Funky Fibres in the colorway "I believe in the Impossible"

 

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The Grinch-along. We have extended the starting date to December 1st.

 

There are only two rule:

 

1. Cease and desist all holiday gift knitting! #grinchalong.

2. What you *do* knit, must bring you joy.

 

Take pictures and post them in the ravelry group thread and/or on Instagram.

 

Prizes will be Grinchy knitting bags sewn in the "Sweatshop Of Love"(Lovingly purloined from Sweatshop Of Love) by the Knitmore Girls out of Grinchy fabric. Let us know what fun holiday things you are doing instead of gift knitting. Do multiple dipping with as many contests as you can.

Pinterest link to the tutorial we used.

 

Other prizes for the #grinchalong:

 

 - Santa Claus, IN  (Poste Self-striping yarn base), provided by Simply Socks Yarn Co.

 - Jollyville, TX (Poste Self-striping yarn base), provided by Simply Socks Yarn Co.

- Wicked, from Voolenvine, on the Lush base.

- Body scrub from the BarMaids

-Glitter and Stripes, by TurtlepurlYarns

-Moss, by Gynx Yarns

-HoHoHo, from Fab Funky Fibres

-December, from Berry Colorful Yarnings

-Broken Ornaments, from Gourmet Stash,

-Wicked, from Voolenvine Yarns

-Yak, Raywa Fibers, Harmony in the Juniper colorway

 

Post your entries on the Ravelry thread, instagram, twitter and Facebook with the #grinchalong.

 

The Do Some Good Contest is also coming up soon.

 

Mother Knows Best:(29:23)

 

This week we answer questions out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about counting spun yardage, and about needles for knitting hats.

 

Jasmin mentions her Strauch skein winder, the Fricke winder with a counter, and the Schacht Ultra Umbrella Swift with Counter, and the McMorran Yarn Balance, and the Mama Bear Swift.

 

We enumerate Chiagoo needles needles, HiyaHiya Sharps and addi lace needles.

 

When Knitting Attacks:(38:21)

 

Gigi was attacked by the Knit your Love Shawl. And she managed to lose her pattern for the Mystik Spiral Socks that she was going to knit out of Mint Rain in the colorway Ocean Depth.

 

Review:(40:14)

 

This week we review Curls by Hunter Hammersen

 

Holidays with the Knitmores:(46:15)

 

We talk about eggnog and ask about what spirit/s our listeners use.

 

And Sew On:(48:38)

 

Gigi showed off the Nemesis dress to the knitting group and was thinking of sewing bra strap minders onto the shoulders.

Direct download: Episode_310.mp3
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 This episode is sponsored by:

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What makes Abstract Fiber's sock yarns stand out from the rest?  Our brilliant colors don't bleed. Our skeins rarely have knots. Our yarns are beautifully constructed to minimize splitting and show off stitch patterns. Our colors are designed to minimize pooling and striping. Check out Abstract Fiber's outstanding sock yarns at AbstractFiber.com

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That weekend with the funny names is quickly approaching. You know Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday. Yeah, that one!.  Bar-Maids has always had ‘KILLER’ Cyber Monday specials and this year is no different except this year, their special begins on Black Friday. How special? A buy 1, get 1 free type of special. If you were to break it down, you could give 8 different people gifts and that is a whole lot of happy, soft, and smelling good. Bar-Maids ordered a good sum for this year but the quantities are limited. The games begin the day after Thanksgiving, as does the unveiling of the Buy 1, Get 1, and may the odds be ever in your favor.  Or in Bar-Maids case, may the odds be ever in your flavor.

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The newest innovation from the Namaste sisters is the Poppins bag.  This bag opens wide and is surprisingly spacious despite it's compact appearance.  Super cute design with magnetic top closures to allow you to knit out of your closed bag (and separate fibers if you wish) with no worries of snagging your precious fibers.  2 external zipper pockets and plenty more inside, including internal tool storage slots- this bag is awesome.  Get yours at www.namasteinc.com

purllogolarge

Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!

 

 

On The Needles(0:39)

 

 Gigi has been working on the Wild Iris cowl from the Book of Cowls by Sivia Harding. She is knitting it out of Bijou Basin Ranch's Himalayan Trail in the "Sassenach" colorway #kiltmenowKAL.

 

 Jasmin had suggested using the buttonhole from Anna Zilborg Knitting for Anarchists Gigi is thrilled with the construction of this bound buttonhole. Jasmin mentions Lucy Neatby's buttonhole.

 

Jasmin is working on a sock out of of Abstract Fiber "Bonfire" (dyed warp style) socks, which will grow up to be a Procrastinatrix from Sock Architecture. And she is excited about her provisional cast on.

 

In Stitches:(17:38)

 

Gigi  is also working on the Knit your Love (from the Strickmich club). Gigi worked a bit on the Van Gogh, "Bedroom in Arles" yarn by Opal.

 

 Jasmin is working on socks out of the "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound" colorway from Lollipop Yarns. It passed the swatch test with flying colors. Jasmin mentions the flickr album for swatches. She talks about the Happy Howloween socks.

 

Jasmin is doing Kate Davies's crocheted steek and is excited about it. She mentions the Mother Knows Best Board on Pinterest. And she likes the Dale of Norway sweaters.

 

Gigi has made some progress on her Mystik Spiral socks (one pair in Regia, one pair in Mint Rain,).

Jasmin has another pair of fall colored socks out of Regia 6ply.

 

In Stitches:(17:38)

 

Gigi has been wearing a cowl and wristers that Jasmin made, socks, the Cookie Monster Sweater that was a gift, and Gran's Hug. Grandpa Knitmore has been wearing hats to bed.

 

Genevieve has been wearing her Mollie hat, her Olivia hat, wristers

 

Jasmin has been wearing her Seneca, the Ophidian shawl, the Mariah cardigan, she mentions the Breezy cardigan, And the Tempest.

 

Events:(25:35)

 

11/28: Pajama Jammie Jam at Purlescence

2/19-22/2015: Stitches West!

Live Episode with Marly Bird, on the air now!

 

 

Contest:(27:26)

 

Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

 

Participants: post a picture 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.

Upcoming prize:

A skein of sock yarn from Fab Funky Fibres in the colorway "I believe in the Impossible"

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

The Grinch-along. We have extended the starting date to December 1st. Cease and desist all holiday gift knitting! #grinchalong. Knitting only for pleasure. Take pictures and post them in the ravelry group thread and/or on Instagram.

 

Prizes will be Grinchy knitting bags sewn in the "Sweatshop Of Love"(Lovingly purloined from Sweatshop Of Love) by the Knitmore Girls out of Grinchy fabric. Let us know what fun holiday things you are doing instead of gift knitting. Do multiple dipping with as many contests as you can.

Pinterest link to the tutorial we used.

 

Other prizes for the #grinchalong:

 

 - Santa Claus, IN  (Poste Self-striping yarn base), provided by Simply Socks Yarn Co.

 - Jollyville, TX (Poste Self-striping yarn base), provided by Simply Socks Yarn Co.

- Wicked, from Vollenvine, on the Lush base.

- Body scrub from the BarMaids

 

The Do Some Good Contest is also coming up soon.

 

Mother Knows Best:(33:33)

 

This week we answer questions out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about

how to deal with pet hair on knits.

 

Jasmin talks about the Mars King Comb, she is very happy with her Dyson Animal We prefer red velvet lint brush to the sticky rollers.

 

When Knitting Attacks:(41:21)

 

Jasmin managed to erase all of the show notes that Gigi had just painstakingly finished. Gigi has a hard time following the directions for the beaded edging and beading on the Wild Iris cowl.

 

Jasmin managed to cut a piece of waste yarn from the end of the ball that she was working on.

Gigi broke a sock needle in a project bag. Gigi found huge spots from a fabric marker on the slip of Genevieve's dress.

 

Review:(47:21)

 

This week we review  the Namaste Poppins bag, and the Meghan pouchlet.

 

Jasmin mentions her hot pink Malibu bag. She also loves the Harlow bag. Her Zuma bag looked lke a frog and she loved it, and Gigi likes using her mini messenger bag, and she also enjoys the mesh Oh Snap bags, and she wears the hip holster every time there is an event to go to.

 

Holidays With The Knitmores:(57:38)

 

This week we talk about gifts of time.


Straw Into Gold:(1:05:43)

 

Jasmin is still swatching for her Nutmeg colored Pumpkin Ale from the Rhinebeck Sweater Book. the fleece is from Nebo Rock Ranch.

 

Gigi empties her bobbins onto 6" plastic Schacht bobbins and counted 750 g of singles. Also, she got an early Christmas gift, a beautiful Schacht cherry matchless!

 

And Sew On:(1:09:46)

 

Jasmin and Gigi have been sewing piles of grinch bags for the Grinch-along.

Gigi has been putting on the finishing touches on Genevieve's summer dress. Simplicity 2265

Direct download: Episode_309.mp3
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Direct download: Episode_308.mp3
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This week's episode is sponsored by:

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What makes Abstract Fiber's sock yarns stand out from the rest?  Our brilliant colors don't bleed. Our skeins rarely have knots. Our yarns are beautifully constructed to minimize splitting and show off stitch patterns. Our colors are designed to minimize pooling and striping. Check out Abstract Fiber's outstanding sock yarns at AbstractFiber.com

 photo EcolusciousSkinCare_zps0936c17e.jpg

That weekend with the funny names is quickly approaching. You know Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday. Yeah, that one!.  Bar-Maids has always had ‘KILLER’ Cyber Monday specials and this year is no different except this year, their special begins on Black Friday. How special? A buy 1, get 1 free type of special. If you were to break it down, you could give 8 different people gifts and that is a whole lot of happy, soft, and smelling good. Bar-Maids ordered a good sum for this year but the quantities are limited. The games begin the day after Thanksgiving, as does the unveiling of the Buy 1, Get 1, and may the odds be ever in your favor.  Or in Bar-Maids case, may the odds be ever in your flavor.  

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If you haven't seen the new Megan Pouchlet by Namaste you'll want to!  This handy morsel of goodness is larger than a Jemma Pouch and smaller than a Devin Wristlet, so the size is really ideal.  It's got a wristlet strap and is perfect for storing keys, credit cards, notions, or other small items.  When you wanna grab and go, grab for your Megan Pouchlet.  Get yours at www.namasteinc.com.

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On The Needles:(0:35)

 

Gigi is knitting a pair of Halloween socks out of Gynx Yarn in the colorway Boo. Laura from Gynx yarn does the Dyer's Notebook Video cast.  

 

Jasmin is working on the Stingy Jack socks from Invictus Yarns.

 

Gigi finished a pair of Vincent van Gogh sock yarn by Opal and cast on another pair of Van Gogh socks in the Bedroom in Arles colorway, and she worked on Mystik Spiral Socks out of Mint Rain and out of Regia. These socks have the OMG heel.

 

Jasmin is working on socks out of Regia 6ply in the color 6366, and is enjoying the fall colors. She mentions the Regia on sale at Simply Socks. She is planning to do the Lara Neel afterthought heel with heelflap out of Sock Architecture.

 

Gigi finished Halloween socks out of  Poste Yarn in the Elm Street colorway . She is also working on the Wild Iris cowl from the Book of Cowls by Sivia Harding. She is knitting it out of Bijou Basin Ranch's Himalayan Trail in the "Sassenach" colorway #kiltmenowKAL. Jasmin suggested that she do the buttonhole out of Knitting for Anarchists.

 

Jasmin is working on a pair of socks out of Lollipop Yarns in the "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound" colorway.  Amy Beth, from the Fat Squirrel video cast is also knitting a pair in this colorway.

Gigi mentions Käsefüsse, which is German for stinky cheese feet.

 

Events:(13:07)

 

11/28: Pajama Jammie Jam at Purlescence
2/19-22/2015: Stitches West!

 

Contest:(15:07)

 

#operationsock drawer winner! KnitHappens won the skein of "Emerald" Invictus Yarns

Next prize! A skein from Lisa Souza in the "Deep Fall" colorway.

 

Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

 

Participants: post a picture 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.

 

New contest:

 

The Grinch-along. We have extended to starting date to December 1st. Cease and desist all holiday gift knitting! #grinchalong. Knitting only for personal pleasure. Take pictures and post them in the ravelry group thread and/or on Instagram.

 

Prizes will be Grinchy knitting bags sewn in the "Sweatshop Of Love"(Lovingly purloined from Sweatshop Of Love) by the Knitmore Girls out of Grinchy fabric. Let us know what fun holiday things you are doing instead of gift knitting. Do multiple dipping with as many contests as you can.

 

We mention the Commuter Knitter and her lovely podcast.

 

The Do Some Good Contest is also coming up soon.

 

Mother Knows Best:(25:14)

 

This week we answer questions out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about

spinning fiber for socks. Jasmin mentions Judith MacKenzie McCuin.

 

Jasmin laments Crown Mountain Farms closing doors. She mentions Janel Laidman and Abby Franquemont.

 

When Knitting Attacks:(33:52)

 

Gigi bought Stretch Magic Bead and Jewelry Cord, hoping to use it for waste yarn for heels. Didn't work.

 

Jasmin is having days that are more pretty than smart. She read bits and pieces of Sock Architecture. But not enough. She mentions the Knitmore Vanilla sock.

 

Gigi used her vacuum cleaner like a bobbin winder. Accidentally.

 

Purloined:(40:42)

 

This week we purloin Playful Parenting from the A Playful Day podcast, hosted by GreenTriangleGirl. Jasmin talks about the "match game". She uses parenting strategies from Positive Discipline #operationsockdrawer.

 

Review:(45:02)

 

This week we review the Opus the Octopus Kit from Infinite Twist 

We talk about the Octopus exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Jasmin wants to use technique out of Annetarsia Knits.

 

Jasmin also mentions:

 

Cowboy and Octopus

Gentle Giant Octopus

Octopus Soup

 

Boston Jen of Down Cellar Studio likes to knit toys.

 

Holidays With The Knitmores:(53:02)

 

We talk about our holiday board on Pinterest.

We talk about clubs as gifts, the Whiskey Advent Calendar, the Strickmich Club, the four themed subscription boxes from BarMaids whose themes include:

 

  • Outlander,
  • Knitmore Girls
  • Awesomeness
  • Pride and Prejudice

We also mention the Dr Who Companion Club and Namaste bags

 

Straw Into Gold:(1:00:19)

 

Jasmin did some spinning and is almost done with the Weathered Tartan mini bats from Gourmet Stash that she is auditioning for a sweater.

 

Gigi is getting more comfortable with her long draw. She is thinking of maybe spinning the rest of her spinning worsted.

 

And Sew On:(1:01:46)

 

The Nemesis dress (Vogue 8615) is finally finished! Gigi mentions Threads magazine

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Things mentioned:

 

Complete Guide to Needlework (Reader's Digest)

Janet Szabo

Needlecraft University

10" boye double point needles

Locking Stitch Markers

Barbara Walker Stitch Dictionaries

Knitting in the Old Way

Deborah Newton's Designing Knitwear

 

Since the interview, JC has written a book (Charts Made Simple) and and developed Stitch maps- which is a visual way of seeing how stitch patterns work.

 

 

You can find JC online here, on Ravelry here, and her teaching schedule here.

 

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On The Needles:(0:33)

 

Jasmin has finished the Happy Howloween socks by Lollipop Yarn. Genevieve was Olivia, with a knitted Olivia hat. Gigi finished a pair of tube socks for Genevieve out of Neon Now.

 

Jasmin is working on Stingy Jack socks  (by Invictus Yarns) and she is going to make afterthought heels. She reminisces about the heels she loved throughout her knitting life: the flap heel from our Knitmore Vanilla sock pattern was the first heel she loved. Then she encountered Lucy Neatby's short row heel, then she got entangled with the stockinette short row heel, then went back to the flap heel.

 

She cast on a pair of Regia Vanilla socks (Regia 6, colorway #6366) and is planning on doing an afterthought flap heel with a gusset out of the brilliant Sock Architecture  book. Also, this yarn is dk weight and knits up in a flash. Simply Socks has this on sale.

 

Gigi is not in love with her Van Gogh socks, and they may go live in Jasmin's sock drawer. She is knitting a pair of Halloween socks out of Poste Yarn in the Elm Street colorway #operationsockdrawer.

 

Gigi is working on the Wild Iris cowl from the Book of Cowls by Sivia Harding. She is knitting it out of Bijou Basin Ranch's Himalayan Trail in the "Sassenach" colorway #kiltmenowKAL.

Correction for last weeks show notes: the Romi Hill boot toppers that we said didn't exist, have now been released!

 

NaKniSweMo has started, and if you can, run it into SPAKAL, FFFWKAL, or #projectsweaterchest.

 

We have started wearing knits: Jasmin wore her handspun Tangled Yoke, her handspun Seneca, her Breezy cardigan and Mondo Cable cardigan. Genevieve wore her matching Mini Mondo Cable cardi.  Gigi wore her Cassidy, and  Cat Bordhi's Coriolis socks . Gigi also wore her red mohair Oat Couture Spiral Petal Shawl.


Loose Ends:(15:34)

 

We were going to talk about the solution to the bleeding issues of the Regia Fluormania. Jasmin mentions the Addicted to Sockknitting Group, and refers to the Citric Acid fix. 

 

We have contacted Westminster, the distributor, but they haven't responded yet. So you may want to call them directly and talk to their customer service folks at:

USA: (800) 445-9276

Canada: (800) 263-2354

Let them know about the problem, and ask what the next step is.

 

Events:(21:46)

 

11/28: Pajamma Jamie Jam at Purlescence

2/19-22/2015: Stitches West!

 

Contest:(23:12)

 

The winner for Operation SockDrawer for this episode is : FreckledCrafts, who wins a skein of Lollipop Yarn in the Kodachrome colorway.

 

Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

 

Participants: post a picture 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.

 

Next week's prize is a skein of Invictus Yarns, in the Emerald colorway, on the BFL/Nylon base  

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New contest:

 

We announce the Grinch-along. Starting date is November 10th. Cease and desist all holiday gift knitting! #grinchalong. Knitting only for personal pleasure. Take pictures and post them in the ravelry group and/or on Instagram.

 

Prizes will be Grinchy knitting bags sewn in the Sweatshop Of Love by the Knitmore Girls out of

Grinchy fabric. Let us know what fun holiday things you are doing instead of gift knitting.

 

Mother Knows Best:(32:40)

 

Today we talk some more about an efficient closet. Today's focus is on shoe storage. We like things from the Container Store. Jasmin talks about the closet that Andrew built for her, and the accompanying blog post.

 

Jasmin talks about information gleaned from a class with Rick Mondragon. She mentions Abby from the Knit Knit Cafe, and Doc Martin boots, and her Namaste bag. We would love to hear your thoughts in the episode thread.


Purloined:(32:24)

 

This week we are purloining "Today's Sweater" from Brenda Dayne's podcast Cast-On.  We bid her a fond good bye and wish her success in all her future endeavors. She just announced that she cast off her last episode.

 

You may want to send her a personal message on her website.

 

Jasmin talks about her first sweater for herself, a Penny Straker design of Cascade 220.

 

Review:(45:58)

 

This week we review Charts Made Simple, by J.C. Briar.

 

Also keep your ears open for our upcoming interview with her. Jasmin mentions Stitch Maps: https://stitch-maps.com/

 

Straw Into Gold:(56:26)

 

Gigi has gotten into the routine of pulling out her spinning wheel and is getting more work done.

Jasmin is convinced that she needs a nutmeg colored sweater and she dug out a fleece that she had purchased from Janet Heppler of Nebo Ranch, and is swatching for spinning.

 

And Sew On:(57:52)

 

Jasmin is excited to sew project bags, inspired by the lovely Erin Lane bags.  We are using a bag tutorial that is also on Pinterest.  She loves her Featherweight.

 

Gigi was going to sew buttonholes on Genevieve's summer dress, and she had bought a Janome buttonhole foot, and was missing a manual. She also has misplaced the manual  for her fancy Singer, and so couldn't do buttonholes on that machine, either.

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On The Needles:(0:35)

 

This week Abby, from the Knit Knit Cafe is our guest on the podcast!

 

Gigi has finished her Butternut Squash Halloween socks from Ladybug Fiber company.

 

Jasmin has finished Genevieve's Olivia hat out of Cascade Longwood, so she won the Mom contest.

 

Gigi cast on tube socks for Genevieve out of Neon Now. Jasmin is working on the Happy Howloween socks out of  Lollipop Yarn in their Beefcake base. Gigi is working on the Wild Iris cowl from the Book of Cowls by Sivia Harding. She is knitting it out of Bijou Basin Ranch's Himalayan Trail in the color Sassenach.#kiltmenowKAL.

 

Gigi  has also cast on a pair of Halloween socks out of Poste Yarns in the Elm Street Colorway.

 

Abbi is working on her Hitchhiker our of handspun yarn.

 

Jasmin is working on Halloween socks, in the Stingy Jack yarn by Invictus Yarns. and she is also working on a pair of socks from Cyborgs's Craftroom in the colorway Specter, with black Cascade Heritage 150, for heels and toes.

 

We mentions Romi Hill's design for boot toppers in her Oddments Knitdown. [As of this date, Romi Hills boot toppers haven't been published.]

 

Abbi is knitting a Lintilla out of Sheepspot Sustainable Merino Fingering Weight. Jasmin mentions Sasha Torres' posting cool articles on the Sheepspot Facebook page. We mentions Martina Behm's site.

 

Jasmin mentions Twist and Knit by Miriam Felton

 

Abbi is knitting the Grace socks by Sivia Harding, out of Black Trillium in the Good Egg colorway. She is using the Knit Companion App. Jasmin declare that she will use the Knit Companion App to Knit her Celestarium shawl.

 

Loose Ends:(18:33)

 

We aired the Anna Zilborg interview, part of the Dreadfully Delayed Interview Series.

We don't endorse Biscotte &amp; Cie's Knitmore colorway.  We talkig to Westminster Fibers (US distributors of Regia) about the bleeding issue of the Fluormania.

 

Events:(26:38)

 

We are planning to attend the Pajamma Jammie Jam at Purlescence Yarns,

and Stitches West in February!

 

Contest:(28:22)

 

Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

 

Participants: post a picture 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.

 

Next week's prize is a skein of Lollipop Yarn in the Kodachrome colorway.


Mother Knows Best:(31:38)

 

Gigi has more suggestions for an effective closet. Jasmin and Abbi gush about the Container Store.

Jasmin mentions her closet blog post.

 

When Knitting Attacks:(38:42)

 

Gigi was knitting her Van Gogh socks and didn't enjoy it toe-up, and she frogged and started cuff down.

 

 Abbi had made a pair of Uptown Girl socks, and they have no nylon and they have grown holes in the heels. The new sock yarn from Dream in Color is called "Everlasting sock".

 

We would like about heels and durability.

 

We mention Wooly Nylon.

 

There is an article in Twist Collective about darning socks.

 

Gigi thought she could do a moebius cast on for a cowl on one long needle. She was wrong.

 

While sewing, she accidentally basted Sam Knitmore's jeans to Grandpa Knitmore's inseam lenght.

 

Review:(49:11)

 

This week we review Weave•Knit•Wear by Judith Shangold.

 

Jasmin mentions the Schacht Cricket, and the Flip Loom.

We have suggestions for the next book in this series, that we think Judith Shangold should write.

 

Straw Into Gold:(1:01:54)

 

Gigi has been spinning! She found that she needs to have a routine for spinning, and it seems to be working. She has been spinning her SPAKAL with a long draw, and has gotten enough practice so she is actually starting to like the result of her spinning.

 

Jasmin has been spinning tribbles from Gourmet Stash in the Weathered Tartan colorway( inspired by the Outlander colorway). She finds spinning very soothing.

 

Abbi has a spinning question. She enjoys spinning on her Turkish Spindle, but would like to spin for projects, and she is wondering how to make spindle spinning into real spinning for projects.

 

We mention the amazing Sultana, who spins four or five sweaters worth of yarn on spindles.

Jasmin mentions the Ol' Lars spindle (425-255-3073), that has great spin. It is not the Trindle. Jasmin mentions the curio table from IKEA [Jasmin's isn't available, but this one is close.]

 

Jasmin mentions Battlings from Hobbledehoy.

 

And Sew On:(1:10:04)

 

Gigi hemmed the Nemesis Dress for Melanie of the SavvyGirls Podcast. All that remains is the hook and Eye closure and some pressing.

 

Jasmin got the case for her Featherweight. Abby says dryer sheets help with musty smell.

 

Abby went to Portland Sewing and bought a hipcurve, a french curve and a notcher. She also bought a kosher Tailor's Ham.

 

We mention the The Knowledgeable Knitter. Jasmin mentions Citric Acid, and the four step press by the Pressinatrix. Abby mentions a trick to make seam allowance not show up on the garment. Jasmin notes that craft paper is available at a low price at U-Line.

Gigi mentions pressing over a Sleeve Board.

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