Knitmoregirls's Podcast
A Mother-Daughter Knitting Podcast.
Now with more historical trivia! - Episode 68 - The Knitmore Girls























This week's episode has been sponsored by:

abstract fiber
This week: Abstract Fiber is pleased to announce Macho Socks! Now available on our website AbstractFiber.com , customers can order any color sock yarn they like in a 150g skein. 50% more yarn means Macho Socks provide enough yarn for most men’s socks, and costs less than buying a whole extra skein. Sasquatch may still need two... We’ve also added an option to order triple skeins for those larger shawl or sweater projects. No knots mean fewer ends to work in and more continuous knitting pleasure. As always, free shipping on orders over $100 in the US and Canada at AbstractFiber.com

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This week: This week we've been inspired by Fair Isle at Purlescence Yarns. Nathania cast on her Vancouver 2010 Olympic sweater, designed by Dale of Norway. The fall books from Dale feature beautifully simple, classic Scandinavian designs for the whole family. Sandi cast on the Kindle scarf from Fiona Ellis' Inspired Fair Isle book in Frog Tree Alpaca Sport. Fair Isle's everywhere this fall. How will it inspire you?

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This week: Verenaknitting.com has had a makeover--come see our chic new look, take our navigation out for a spin or page through our gorgeous Summer issue. We hope you'll introduce yourself in our forums and find out more about what's going on at Verena by reading our blog, Knittitude. We still have those hard to find European yarns in our yarn shop and new, every day we offer a pattern from our collection for free download! As a special offer to celebrate our new site all new subscribers get a bonus issue, that's 5 issues for the price of 4. Plus subscribers get 10 bonus patterns per issue and access to exclusive features. Come see for yourself at www.verenaknitting.com.
Use subscription code: KNITMG


Events: (00:34)

- Gigi will NOT be attending PIQF.
- We will be attending The NYS Sheep and Wool Festival (Rhinebeck) on Octover 17-18. We will be joined by Meghan, from the Stitch-It! Podcast.

On the Needles: (6:39)

Gigi is working on a sock out of the Ceallach Dyes Superboo. We discuss the 52-pair plunge and Nakniswemodo. Jasmin has been hit by inspiration freight train, and has been PLOWING through her tangled yoke cardigan. Jasmin has also cast on a "Rick" sock from  Sock Innovations
out of the A Verb For Keeping Warm 70% Superwash Merino/30% silk in "Indigo Blue Sky". Jasmin has cast on 48 sts on size 2 needles.

Jasmin finds inspiration on the Ravelry Radar. She is in love with reanbean's "Drops yoke sweater". Gigi is in love with the Dayflower sweater from Knotions. Jasmin and Gigi want to knit the Sunrise Circle cardigan- both out of Jasmin's handspun. (Jasmin's is Crosspatch Creations "Rhiannon's Fire", Gigi's is out of the
Three Bags Full "Crimson Shadows". )

Our map got wiped! Would you be kind enough to re-add yourself?

Mother Knows Best: (24:02)

We talk about finding time to knit. Jasmin recommends always have knitting in your bag, in the event of needing Tech Support, a horrific traffic backup, or the random surprise spare time. Gigi wants a foot-driven mouse so she can surf Ravelry and knit simultaneously.

Gigi spreads the gospel of having routines. Jasmin talks about her "do it now" principle.

Contest! (37:14)

We're doing a contest, to find contests! Join in our Ravelry group thread and make your suggestions!

When Knitting Attacks: (38:37)

Gigi does battle with her sewing machine and angles. Jasmin makes an increasing error on her Tangled Yoke Cardigan.

Review: (43:26)

This week we review the Ceallach Dyes Superboo (65% Superwash Merino/ 35% Bamboo). We talk about our bias against bamboo. Jasmin compares it to the Pagewood Farms Yukon. We like the colors, we like the quality, we like the yardage. What we don't like is the bamboo. (If you like knitting with bamboo, you'll like this yarn.)

Direct download: Episode_68.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:44pm PST

A solid foundation - Episode 67 - The Knitmore Girls



















This week's episode has been sponsored by:

abstract fiber
This week: New colors! Joseph’s Coat is named for a rose that has a whole bouquet of colors on one plant, Bonfire fiber glows so brightly, we sold right out of the first batch (don’t worry, we have more!). Pheasant’s warm brown sprinkled with colors is proving rather irresistible. If you’re looking for Abstract Fiber at a yarn shop near you, AbstractFiber.com also lists all the stores carrying our products. Online shoppers at AbstractFiber.com receive free shipping for orders over $100 in the US and Canada.

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This week: The holidays are right around the corner. Here at Purlescence Yarns we're thinking ahead and planning our gift giving now. This week we're pleased to host a trunk show of knitted Fair Isle Christmas stockings from Judy's Colors. Judy's designs range from traditional Nordic motifs to modern plays on color and geometrics. Each kit features Rauma Finull Strikkegarn from Norway and color charts. We have several kits in stock and we'll happily special order any of them. Betcha can't knit just one!

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This week: Verenaknitting.com has had a makeover--come see our chic new look, take our navigation out for a spin or page through our gorgeous Summer issue. We hope you'll introduce yourself in our forums and find out more about what's going on at Verena by reading our blog, Knittitude. We still have those hard to find European yarns in our yarn shop and new, every day we offer a pattern from our collection for free download! As a special offer to celebrate our new site all new subscribers get a bonus issue, that's 5 issues for the price of 4. Plus subscribers get 10 bonus patterns per issue and access to exclusive features. Come see for yourself at www.verenaknitting.com.
Use subscription code: KNITMG



On the needles: (00:31)

Gigi finished a sock out of the Periwinkle Sheep's Watercolors II in "Steph's Crapshoot". Both Gigi and Jasmin worked on socks made out of the Sanguine Gryphon's "Skinny Bugga" in a deep teal (photo above). Jasmin has cast on a Tangled Yoke Cardigan, out of her Tallulah handspun.

Gigi is working on her Origami Pullover (out of a Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light). Jasmin is working on a Cellach Dyes Superboo sock. Jasmin cast on a sock out of her Albatross handspun (for Andrew), which looks like the Zauberwolle. Jasmin mentions that the Black and Tan sock yarn is still available at Webs.

Jasmin's friend Joey got married this week! During the 1000 miles of driving that she did this week, she listened to podcasts! Some new and notable podcasts:

Here's to Ewe
Electric Sheep
KIPing it Real
Brass Needles

Mother Knows Best: (15:03)

Project Runway
is BACK! If Jasmin ran runway shows, foundation garments would be required. We also discuss sketching and measuring. (Jasmin wrote about Project Runway for work, and also had an essay in Cast On!)

When Knitting Attacks! (23:05)

Gigi's Houndstooth bag goes awry. Jasmin's ballwinder has betrayed her. Jasmin makes a miscalculation before plying Tallulah. Jasmin snaps, and buys the Interweave CDs.

Gigi enjoys her Scandanavian sock (from the Little Box of Socks) entirely too much.

Reviews: (31:12)

This week, we review the Sanguine Gryphon's Skinny Bugga as well as "A Midsummer Night's Dream", as performed by Shakespeare Santa Cruz.

Straw into Gold: (43:06)

We talk about the Monterey wool auction. Jasmin talks about the importance of breeder credibility, and will describe the fleeces once they're back from Morro Fleece Works.

Jasmin is spinning the most beautiful fleece (Duchess) from Jean Near.

Direct download: Episode_67.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:10am PST

Sock Summit Recap - Episode 66 - The Knitmore Girls























This week's episode has been sponsored by:

abstract fiber
This week: Come on over to AbstractFiber.com and check out all the new colors! Manzanita evokes the foggy Oregon Coast, while Laurelhurst reminds us of tree-lined streets and parks. Portland is such a favorite, it’s named after our home town! If you’re looking for Abstract Fiber at a yarn shop near you, AbstractFiber.com also lists all the stores carrying our products. Online shoppers at AbstractFiber.com receive free shipping for orders over $100 in the US and Canada.

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This week: The Dale of Norway line, featuring gorgeous fair isle sweaters for the whole family. Nathania's especially enamored of the 2010 Winter Olympics Sweater, from the Dale design team. If you like colorwork, you'll love Laura Farson's new book, Twined Knitting. This Swedish technique produces a warm and cushy texture, perfect for winter wear. We were so pleased to meet Laura at Sock Summit and she signed all the books for us! Call today to order your autographed copy. As always, check the blog for updates as things arrive and follow us on Twitter: @purlescence.

verena logo
This week: Verenaknitting.com has had a makeover--come see our chic new look, take our navigation out for a spin or page through our gorgeous Summer issue. We hope you'll introduce yourself in our forums and find out more about what's going on at Verena by reading our blog, Knittitude. We still have those hard to find European yarns in our yarn shop and new, every day we offer a pattern from our collection for free download! As a special offer to celebrate our new site all new subscribers get a bonus issue, that's 5 issues for the price of 4. Plus subscribers get 10 bonus patterns per issue and access to exclusive features. Come see for yourself at www.verenaknitting.com.
Use subscription code: KNITMG



On the Needles: (00:29)

Thanks again to Andrew and Gregory for guest-hosting for us in Episode 65!

(Scroll down on the show notes to see the Daily Sock Summit Field Updates.) Gigi and Jasmin talk about their favorite points of Portland and the Sock Summit. When we went to scope out the convention center on Wednesday, we got to meet Judy Becker! Friday, we did five interviews, then had dinner with a bunch of knitting (and weaving!) notables.

Saturday's meet-and-greet was super fun! (You can find Jasmin's Flickr stream here.) Afterwards, they had dinner with Gail and Susan from Abstract Fiber, and Abby and Ben!

Jasmin spreads rumors about future Sock Summits. (All unsubstantiated information, please take it with a grain of salt.)

People we met:

Sherrill, from the Belle of the Ball podcast
Deb Accuardi, from the At the Kitchen Table podcast
Lise, from the Knitting Rose podcast
Heather, from CraftLit

Jasmin talks about the kindness of knitters. (Especially in the Sanguine Gryphon booth.) Jasmin mentions being surprised at how popular their Bugga sock yarn is.

We express our love for Charlene Schurch and Sivia Harding, both of whom Jasmin wanted to put in her pocket and bring home with her. We gush about the Luminary Panel.

There was some knitting. Gigi worked on a vanilla sock out of Meilenweit Jacquard. Jasmin finished the second Black and Tan sock for Andrew.

Mother Knows Best: (26:17)

We encourage you to introduce yourself to everyone at these types of events.

When Knitting Attacks: (31:34)

We discuss Great Moments in Knitmore Social Gaffe history.

Review: (35:42)

This week, we review the Watercolors II sock yarn (color, "Steph's 'crapshoot'") from the Periwinkle Sheep. We both liked the grippiness of the yarn, the colors, and the nice hand the yarn has.

Direct download: Episode_66.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:37pm PST

Bring on the Men - Episode 65 - The Knitmore Girls


























This week's episode has been sponsored by:

abstract fiber
This week: Drop by Abstract Fiber, booth #909, to see all of our luscious colors in person. We have tons of samples so you can feel the spring in SuperSock and see the wide range of garments you can make with MightySock. Once you’re back home, check out AbstractFiber.com. Our website lists all the shops that carry our yarns, or you can purchase from our online store. Thank you to everyone who visited the Abstract Fiber booth at Sock Summit!


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This week: The Purl Girls are in Booth 818 with lots of glorious yarns to show you. There's Purl Up & Dye, of course, our own handpainted sock yarn. In addition to the three Dye For Glory colorways, we have tons of one of a kind color for you to choose from. We're also neck deep in Flat Feet from Conjoined Creations. Check out our beautiful rainbows! We have wheels on hand, too: Louet Victoria's and Ashford Joys, perfect for spinning your own sock yarn while you're on the go. Stop on by for special Sock Summit swag and meet the Knitmore Girls Saturday at noon!

verena logo
This week: Verenaknitting.com has had a makeover--come see our chic new look, take our navigation out for a spin or page through our gorgeous Summer issue. We hope you'll introduce yourself in our forums and find out more about what's going on at Verena by reading our blog, Knittitude. We still have those hard to find European yarns in our yarn shop and new, every day we offer a pattern from our collection for free download! As a special offer to celebrate our new site all new subscribers get a bonus issue, that's 5 issues for the price of 4. Plus subscribers get 10 bonus patterns per issue and access to exclusive features. Come see for yourself at www.verenaknitting.com.
Use subscription code: KNITMG



This week's episode has been posted a little early, and guest hosted by Andrew and Gregory.

On the needles: (00:43)

The guys talk about knitting times and places, including the Rose Garden. Greg has finished the white baby blanket from episode 33. He is now working in Nimbus merino. Greg has a cardigan/pullover issue.

Andrew declares that he is a monogamous knitter. He is working on the "Not your standard issue sweatshirt" from the Yarn Girls' Guide to Simple Knits, out of olive green Manos.

Husband Knows Best: (7:57)

The guys discuss what is important to consider when knitting for a guy. They discuss style, climate, and personal constitutions. Greg talks about Elsebeth Lavold's "Viking Patterns for Knitting" book.

When Knitting Attacks: (14:08)

Andrew discusses "When Knitting Karma Attacks". Greg accidentally left his knitting up in Santa Rosa. They discuss the "Boyfriend Sweater" knitting urban legend.

Reviews: (25:16)

The guys give honest and candid reviews of patterns in men's books.

Books they liked:
For Men, from the Let's Knit Series (this is a Japanese book). Norah Gaughan's new Men's book. Rowan's Knitting For Him. Elsebeth Lavold's Viking Patterns for Knitting.

Books they didn't care for so much:
Knitting with Balls. Simply Beautiful Sweaters for MenMen in Knits.

Direct download: Episode_65.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00am PST

Prepping and packing for Portland! - Episode 64 - The Knitmore Girls
























This week's episode has been sponsored by:


abstract fiber
This week: New colors! Look for Bonfire, Portland, Cordelia, and more. Our yarn will also be featured at Knit Purl’s booth in a limited edition color, Rose City, available only for Sock Summit. You can pre-order Rose City now at Knit-Purl.com. Come visit us at the Summit, we’ll be in booth 909. We’re also available online every day at AbstractFiber.com.


purl logo
This week: The Purl Girls are in Booth 818 with lots of glorious yarns to show you. There's Purl Up & Dye, of course, our own handpainted sock yarn. In addition to the three Dye For Glory colorways, we have tons of one of a kind color for you to choose from. We're also neck deep in Flat Feet from Conjoined Creations. Check out our beautiful rainbows! We have wheels on hand, too: Louet Victoria's and Ashford Joys, perfect for spinning your own sock yarn while you're on the go. Stop on by for special Sock Summit swag and meet the Knitmore Girls Saturday at noon!


Events: (00:30)
- Sock Summit: Aug. 6-9. Portland, OR. Come to our meet and greet- Saturday August 8th. 12- 1 we'll be in the Purlescence Yarns booth, 1-2 we'll be in the Abstract Fiber booth. Follow us on our blog, and on the Knotions blog! (See our tape measure picture here.) Follow us on twitter during the show!
-Monterey Wool Auction: [Click on "Sunday"] August 16th, 12:30 PM.
-PIQF: October 15-18. Santa Clara convention center.

The More You Know: (7:11)

You can find the link to the listener map here. Come make your mark! Thank you for all of your reviews on iTunes. ALSO! If you leave your email address in the show notes (in the appropriate section), we'll be able to respond to your comments!

On the Needles: (10:10)

Gigi continues to work on the dishcloth baby blanket. Gigi is also working on the Sidestream socks (by Cat Bordhi). Jasmin has been inspired this week! She has cast on the Picovoli shell, and she is using the Purespun Silk (by Pigeonroof Studios) in "Fatale".

Gigi is working on her Scandinavian socks (from the Little Box of Socks) during her lunch break. Jasmin finished the first Black and Tan Sock.

Inspiration has struck Jasmin like a Mac Truck, and it's called the Carnaby Street Pullover. Jasmin is planning to spin the yarn for this sweater, from a sheep named "Duchess" from Jean Near.

Gigi has cast on a pair of toe-up socks from Socks from the Toe Up in Mystery Yarn. Jasmin is nearly complete with the Adamas shawl. She learned a technique at Bobaknitting from Julia, and using a dental appliance threader, she's got a new way of adding beads to knitting. (Short tutorial will be posted.)

The pictures of Jasmin and Gigi's knitalong sweaters have been posted in their respective threads.

Mother Knows Best: (31:54)

Gigi and Jasmin discuss "Jenny Check"-ing - over packing knitting and yarn for travel. We recommend packing one main project, and one backup project for short trips, and the same thing PLUS your interchangeable needle kit if you're going to a knitting event.

In the event of enthusiastic shopping, Jasmin also recommends shipping your laundry home, and bring your haul back in your suitcases.

When Knitting Attacks: (37:51)

Gigi is nearly complete with her On the Vine scarf- which has dyed her hands blue. Gigi underestimated the necessary amount for the border on her dishcloth baby blanket. In her haste to finish a sock (to cast on it's mate), Jasmin makes herself carsick.

Gigi decided to cast on the Sidestream Sock. The Bosnian toe foiled her.

Jasmin talks about donating blood, and how it's impossible to knit while giving blood. Jasmin, Gigi, Erin have a chance encounter with Garnstudio/Drops' dad.

Review: (51:18)

Jasmin reviews Shipwrecked! (at Shakespeare Santa Cruz), and they talk about the need for arts/theater. Jasmin recommends calling your local box office for bargain tickets.



Direct download: Episode_64.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:57pm PST