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Fashionable Forty - Episode 175- The Knitmore Girls

This episode has been sponsored by:

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Abstract Fiber would like to invite you to join our first yarn club!  We are excited to offer a 6 issue yarn club we’re calling One Skein/Two Skein.  Every other month we’ll send you a new exclusive yarn color and pattern.  We’ll do some solid colors, some colorways and will introduce some new luxurious yarns too. Each pattern will have flexibility for expansion, for example companion pieces, or multiple size and style options.  You’ll have the option to buy extra skeins just when you want them.  Spinners, we’ll have a fiber option for you too!  We’re working with some of our favorite designers, starting out in February with a beautiful shawl by Sivia Harding.  Check out all the details at AbstractFiber.com

bar maids

Nobody has perfect feet. Nobody. We put so much pressure on them with all our walking, shopping, working out, etc., not to mention expecting them to wear horrible footwear that looks great but could be more, um, ergonomic? Sandals in the summer, wool socks in the winter – those dogs of ours are under assault all year, and we have to care for them. They are family, after all! Oh For Feet Sake by Bar Maids can turn your little piggies from a source of shame to a claim to fame in two weeks or less. Those tootsies deserve better. Let Bar Maids give them some love, boys and girls! Infused with Tea Tree oil and natural moisturizers, it’s healing and protection that your feet can feel. If your trotters are REALLY feeling the strain, go to www.Bar-Maids.com for the simple Bar Maids Tootsie Rx recipe. Show those babies some love and attention, because, let’s be honest, you’re never gonna stop walking all over your feet.

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Here at Lisa Souza,there is an exciting and arty new garment in our pattern line-up. She has been dreamed up by The Queenie Sisters and her name is Eternity. This is a fabulous kimono style jacket that is made with two colors of our Polwarth/silk and is challenging enough for what the girls call an Enthusiastic Intermediate Knitter. The best part about Eternity, other than the fact that she is so very artsy is that she fits a very wide range of body types and is great for the full figure gal. Our sample has been made with Violet and South Pacific but I would be ever so glad to help your color vision at www.lisaknit.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:(00:37)

Gigi is finishing the Katriel. Jasmin started and finished the porcupine hat from Wee Wooly Toppers.  Gigi has finished the Pieman neckwarmer and a matching hat with a variation on the Kaanteinen  pattern, and a hat with the same pattern for Mr. Knitmore. Gigi is still working on the sleeves of her Odelia cardigan.  Jasmin is working on the Breezy Cardigan on her new Signature needles.  Jasmin reknitted the buttonband of her garter yoke baby cardigan.  Gigi is also knitting more preemie hats.

Keep tuned into the podcast feed and the ravelry board for updates during our hiatus.

Events:(21:10)

02/23-26/2012: Stitches West 2012.

     -No official Meet-and-Greet, but do come and say hi!

     -We will have Preemie hat collection points (to be announced)

     -Still looking for a signal for shy listeners

 

Contest:(22:31)

We picked winners for out annual  Do Some Good Contest.

The prizes were:

- a set of three Lolo Bars: CC clove, Little Pumpkin, and Figgy

- a signed copy of Coastal Knits

- one year subscription to Knitter's Magazine

- a set of Knitter's Blocks

- as of this week: one copy of How to Knit a Heart Back Home, and Wishes and Stitches, and How to Knit a Love Song, and A Life in Stitches by Rachael Herron (signed!).

 

Mother Knows Best:(26:05)

We answer a question from a listener about the provisional cast on.  We referenced Lucy Neatby and her book Cool Socks Warm Feet. Also: Judy Becker's magic cast on.

When Knitting Attacks:(33:41)

Jasmin had a misplaced worm (quill?) on her porcupine hat.

Review:(35:13)

We review Hattitude: Knits for Every Mood,  by Cathy Carron. Favorites include:

- Determined Hat

- Cautious Hood

- Aloof Beret

And Sew On:(44:25)

Gigi has pieced the backing for Sharkbean's quilt, using the golden rule for rectangles, and is thinking about doing some Trapunto for the Dr Seuss characters.

Direct download: Episode_175.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30pm PST

Knit or cut bait - Episode 174 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode has been sponsored by:

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Abstract Fiber would like to invite you to join our first yarn club!  We are excited to offer a 6 issue yarn club we’re calling One Skein/Two Skein.  Every other month we’ll send you a new exclusive yarn color and pattern.  We’ll do some solid colors, some colorways and will introduce some new luxurious yarns too. Each pattern will have flexibility for expansion, for example companion pieces, or multiple size and style options.  You’ll have the option to buy extra skeins just when you want them.  Spinners, we’ll have a fiber option for you too!  We’re working with some of our favorite designers, starting out in February with a beautiful shawl by Sivia Harding.  Check out all the details at AbstractFiber.com

bar maids

Breaking news! You can be even more kissable than you are right now… Lo-Lo Lips by Bar Maids, the makers of the exquisite Lo-Lo Bar, is one of the best lip balms available. Some lip balms can cause your skin to dry out if you stop using them, or if you lose them (and let’s face it, we ALL lose them), and you can end up chapped and raw. This product doesn’t force you to reapply in order to maintain the healthy balanced level of moisture ideal for your beautiful lips. 8 tasty flavors, no parabens, no fillers, no dyes – just a natural lip moisturizer that has everything your lips want and nothing they don’t.  You don’t have to use a product that your lips get hooked on. There is another option. The truth is, your LIPS may not get addicted, but I dare anyone to try it and not feel like an addict! Kiss me, Lo-Lo, I’m in LOVE!

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Have you picked up your copy of Lisa Souza and Vicki Stiefel's book, "10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters"? It is a great read with stories, profiles of interesting fiber folk that you may or may not already know as well as 28 great patterns of all shapes and sizes for both knitting and crochet. If you're a seasoned spinner or a newbie, there is a chapter on this fiber art that includes patterns to show off your own handspun yarn. The book is available at all of the usual sources but if you purchase one through Lisa Souza's website, she will sign and personalize it just for you OR for the people on your holiday gift list. Find it a www.lisaknit.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:(00:39)

Gigi has put a few more rows on her Origami sweater.  Jasmin worked on her Breezy Cardigan. Gigi finished a Rocky Coast sleeve. Andrews sweater is not growing much. Jasmin tried the Yarn Harlot's Irish Cottage style knitting on the Snug cardigan.  Gigi also worked on the sleeves of the Odelia cardigan.  Jasmin has been weaving a scarf out of Jade Sapphire 2 ply cashmere on her Cricket Loom.  Gigi is going to bind off the Pieman neck warmer. She also finished hemming all of the receiving blankets for Sharkbean, but she couldn't use a hemming foot for that.


Events:(15:22)

02/23-26/2012: Stitches West 2012.

     -No official Meet-and-Greet, but do come and say hi!

     -We will have Preemie hat collection points (to be announced)

     -Still looking for a signal for shy listeners

We mentioned Alison Hyde, author of Wrapped in Comfort.

Contest:(16:56)

Do some good.  Get your entries in by December 25th.  

We have launched our annual Do Some Good Contest, and we picked some amazing prizes:

- a set of three Lolo Bars: CC clove, Little Pumpkin, and Figgy

- a signed copy of Coastal Knits

- one year subscription to Knitter's Magazine

- a set of Knitter's Blocks

- as of this week: one copy of How to Knit a Heart Back Home, and Wishes and Stitches, and How to Knit a Love Song, and A Life in Stitches by Rachael Herron (signed!).

Mother Knows Best:(21:26)

We discussed repairing handknit socks. Jasmin mentioned the eggepinne she purchased for darning socks.

When Knitting Attacks:(30:03)

Jasmin was attacked by the yarn for her Snug sweater.

Holidays with the Knitmores:(34:07)

We had some good ideas for spreading the holiday spirit. Say something nice, recognize good customer service, and stretch your vocabulary when you're telling people to have a nice day.

Review:(39:51)

We review 60 More Quick Knits; 20 Hats, 20 Scarves, 20 Mittens in Cascade 220 Sport. We also mention 60 Quick Knits, and 60 Quick Baby Knits.

Straw Into Gold:(48:22)

Jasmin hasn't figured out how work the miniSpinner around her belly.

Jasmin got a box full of clean fleece from Sherri from Morro Fleece Works, which includes some alpaca.

Direct download: Episode_174.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

Gemütlich - Episode 173 - The Knitmore Girls

This episode has been sponsored by:

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Abstract Fiber would like to invite you to join our first yarn club!  We are excited to offer a 6 issue yarn club we’re calling One Skein/Two Skein.  Every other month we’ll send you a new exclusive yarn color and pattern.  We’ll do some solid colors, some colorways and will introduce some new luxurious yarns too. Each pattern will have flexibility for expansion, for example companion pieces, or multiple size and style options.  You’ll have the option to buy extra skeins just when you want them.  Spinners, we’ll have a fiber option for you too!  We’re working with some of our favorite designers, starting out in February with a beautiful shawl by Sivia Harding.  Check out all the details at AbstractFiber.com

bar maids

So, we’ve talked about the amazing Lo-Lo Bar by Bar Maids before, and I’m sure you’ve all tried, and ADORE, it, but did you know that they also make an intensive moisturizer for your (FACE)? Face Pudding by Bar Maids is as deliciously decadent as its name suggests. There’s one for every skin type, and it’s such a simple way to give your skin the moisture it craves all year long. We all try to ensure that we’re as beautiful on the outside as we are on the inside, so why not use a natural, safe product that provides the kind of results you’d expect from the makers of the Lo-Lo Bar? Give it a try! Your beautiful face will thank you.  I mean, it’s like they say, the proof is in the pudding!

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Lisa Souza has a brand new lace yarn for your pleasure. Grace is a beautiful combination of 80% merino with 20% silk for just the right amount of sheen and handle. We have been putting the yarn through its paces and love the results, as will you. Grace is put up in 4 ounce/744 yard skeins and comes in at $24, which is a great price point, making for some serious stash enhancement for you or the other lace lovers in your circle. Now, which color to choose? Come by the website at www.lisaknit.com and just try to decide.

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:(00:40)

Gigi is working on the Sothia.  Jasmin is knitting on Andrew's sweater.  Gigi is also working on the Katriel.  Jasmin is also working on the Breezy cardigan out of her handspun.  Gigi has also dug up her Origami sweater.

Events:(13:28)

02/23-26/2012: Stitches West 2012.

     -No official Meet-and-Greet, but do come and say hi!

     -We will have Preemie hat collection points (to be announced)

     -Still looking for a signal for shy listeners

Contest:(14:34)

Do some good.  Get your entries in by December 25th.  

We have launched our annual Do Some Good Contest, and we picked some amazing prizes:

- a set of three Lolo Bars: CC clove, Little Pumpkin, and Figgy

- a signed copy of Coastal Knits

- one year subscription to Knitter's Magazine

- a set of Knitter's Blocks

- as of this week: one copy of How to Knit a Heart Back Home, and Wishes and Stitches, and How to Knit a Love Song, and A Life in Stitches by Rachael Herron (signed!).

When Knitting Attacks:(20:25)

Gigi is attacked by her Sothia, while watching Lucy Neatby Intarsia 1 DVD

Review:(23:53) 

We review My Grandmother's Knitting, by Larissa Brown

Totally Warped:(31:11)

Jasmin is working on her Cricket loom.  She just got a Flip loom and wants to do a double weave on it.  Gigi reminisces about her Kinderwebstuhl from Germany.


Holidays With the Knitmores:(36:49)

 

Turn off the tv, check out Pandora for interesting music, check out some CDs from the library.  Gigi explains "Gemütlich".  Also, the singing gerbils are mentioned.

Straw Into Gold:(39:51)

Gigi spun three bobbins of  Blue Faced Leicester.

And Sew On:(44:48)

Gigi finished a receiving blanket out of Dr Seuss fabric, and talked about stay stitching.  Jasmin's quillow is mentioned

Direct download: Episode_173.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Lady Hulk - Episode 172- The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode has been sponsored by:

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Here at Abstract Fiber we've got some fabulous new colors including Summit, Lagoon, SOAR, The Gorge.  The next best thing to being at SOAR is our SOAR colorway, the color of Autumn leaves. Available now at abstractfiber.com .

bar maids

Meet Lo-Lo by Bar-Maids, "The Hottest Natural Moisturizers in the Fiber World". Bar-Maids handcrafts head-to-toe moisturizers for people who wish to proactively protect, defend, and restore their skin to baby bottom soft. Bar-Maids uses only the finest local ingredients available creating non-greasy, non-sticky, non-flaky combinations that penetrate multiple layers of the skin working to soften and nourish.  Once applied, the moisturizer remains where you put it and is not washed down the drain.  With over 38 scents (that smell wonderful), and 8 lip balm flavors that taste yummy, it's hard to choose just one.  Find out how you can keep your hands moisturized and beautiful while knitting up a storm at www.bar-maids.com  Fair shipping practices, cruelty free, and fast turn around times are just icing on the cake.

lsbadge

Here at Lisa Souza,there is an exciting and arty new garment in our pattern line-up. She has been dreamed up by The Queenie Sisters and her name is Eternity. This is a fabulous kimono style jacket that is made with two colors of our Polwarth/silk and is challenging enough for what the girls call an Enthusiastic Intermediate Knitter. The best part about Eternity, other than the fact that she is so very artsy is that she fits a very wide range of body types and is great for the full figure gal. Our sample has been made with Violet and South Pacific but I would be ever so glad to help your color vision at www.lisaknit.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:(00:35)

Gigi finished projects for a friend. Jasmin is bored with knitting sleeves.  She is working on the Breezy cardigan by Hannah Fettig. We mention Project Accessory; Gigi prefers Project Runway.

Jasmin mentions handles from a Noni bag and having a pile of sweaters that are waiting to be finished:  the Blue Streak cardigan, and the baby version of the blue streak cardigan, the garter stitch wrap sweater, and garter stitch baby kimono that Isabelle from the Fluffy Fiber podcast is also knitting, and the mini Mondo Cable cardi.

Jasmin mentions a couple of useful Interweave apps that will give you yardage estimates for garments in different sizes and yarn thicknesses (Knit Handy and Crochet Handy).

Events: (16:30)

02/23-26/2012: Stitches West 2012.

     -No official Meet-and-Greet, but do come and say hi!

     -We will have Preemie hat collection points (to be announced)

     -Still looking for a signal for shy listeners

Contest:(17:43)

Do some good.  Get your entries in by December 25th.  

We have launched our annual Do Some Good Contest, and we picked some amazing prizes:

- a set of three Lolo Bars: CC clove, Little Pumpkin, and Figgy

- a signed copy of Coastal Knits

- one year subscription to Knitter's Magazine

- a set of Knitter's Blocks

- as of this week: one copy of How to Knit a Heart Back Home, and Wishes and Stitches, and How to Knit a Love Song, and A Life in Stitches by Rachael Herron.

When Knitting Attacks:(20:46)

Gigi has problems with her Sothia and her Katriel.  Also, the sleeves on her Rocky Coast cardigan. Jasmin was working on her Breezy Cardigan, and managed to have two Knit Picks cables come apart on her.

Review:(27:19)

We review Playful Little Knits by Rachel Manring, and we are utterly charmed.

Holidays with the Knitmores:(34:47)

Remember the spirit of the holiday season. Stop. Breathe. Enjoy.  Simplify. What do you do to simplify the holiday season?

Direct download: Episode_172.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Flaunt it - Episode 171 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode has been sponsored by:

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Here at Abstract Fiber we've got some fabulous new colors including Summit, Lagoon, SOAR, The Gorge.  The next best thing to being at SOAR is our SOAR colorway, the color of Autumn leaves. Available now at abstractfiber.com .

bar maids

Meet Lo-Lo by Bar-Maids, "The Hottest Natural Moisturizers in the Fiber World". Bar-Maids handcrafts head-to-toe moisturizers for people who wish to proactively protect, defend, and restore their skin to baby bottom soft. Bar-Maids uses only the finest local ingredients available creating non-greasy, non-sticky, non-flaky combinations that penetrate multiple layers of the skin working to soften and nourish.  Once applied, the moisturizer remains where you put it and is not washed down the drain.  With over 38 scents (that smell wonderful), and 8 lip balm flavors that taste yummy, it's hard to choose just one.  Find out how you can keep your hands moisturized and beautiful while knitting up a storm at www.bar-maids.com  Fair shipping practices, cruelty free, and fast turn around times are just icing on the cake.

lsbadge

Have you picked up your copy of Lisa Souza and Vicki Stiefel's book, "10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters"? It is a great read with stories, profiles of interesting fiber folk that you may or may not already know as well as 28 great patterns of all shapes and sizes for both knitting and crochet. If you're a seasoned spinner or a newbie, there is a chapter on this fiber art that includes patterns to show off your own handspun yarn. The book is available at all of the usual sources but if you purchase one through Lisa Souza's website, she will sign and personalize it just for you OR for the people on your holiday gift list. Find it a www.lisaknit.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: (00:37)

Jasmin is now working on the sleeves of the Andrew Sweater from Knits Men Want. She has now buttons for the Garter Stitch Baby Kimono.  She has also just cast on the Breezy Cardigan by Hannah Fettig that she is knitting out of her hand spun. 

Gigi is also working on sleeves, these belonging to the Rocky Coast Cardigan.  She is also knitting on the Sothia shawl.

We celebrated Thanksgiving at The Plumed Horse in Saratoga. We went to the Pajama Jammie Jam at Purlescence on Black Friday. Congratulations to Gregory, who just got married! Jasmin mentions Juanita, who sang some amazing jazz.

Events:(12:01)

02/23-26/2012: Stitches West 2012.

     -No official Meet-and-Greet, but do come and say hi!

     -We will have Preemie hat collection points (to be announced)

     -Still looking for a signal for shy listeners

Contest:(13:31)

Do some good.  Get your entries in by December 25th.  

We have launched our annual Do Some Good Contest, and we picked some amazing prizes:

- a set of three Lolo Bars: CC clove, Little Pumpkin, and Figgy

- a signed copy of Coastal Knits

- one year subscription to Knitter's Magazine

- a set of Knitter's Blocks

- as of this week: one copy of How to Knit a Heart Back Home, and Wishes and Stitches, and How to Knit a Love Song by Rachael Herron.

Mother Knows Best:(16:18)

We answered a question about storing and organizing yarn, fiber and WIPs.

We mention Dry Cleaner Bags, canvas bags from ecobags, rice baskets from Lantern Moon and baskets from Cost Plus Imports.

When Knitting Attacks:(23:15)

Gigi is having issues with her Katriel.  Jasmin bought yarn, but doesn't know for which Hannah Fettig patterns.

Review:(26:10)

We review Knit Noro: Accessories: 30 Colorful Little Knits.

Straw Into Gold:(29:51)

Jasmin dug in her fiber closet and found some oatmeal CVM, that she bought from Patti Sexton. She is enjoying the fiber tremendously and  is spinning it on the miniSpinner.  Gigi picked up some bobbins for her Julia , but didn't do any spinning.

And Sew On:(32:20)

Gigi sewed two nightgowns for herself, and from the fabric that was left over, she sewed a large baby sack gown and a onesie for SharkBean, and a sack gown in a preemie size.

Direct download: Episode_171.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:30pm PST

Cold for California- Episode 170 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode has been sponsored by:

Photobucket

Here at Abstract Fiber we've got some fabulous new colors including Summit, Lagoon, SOAR, The Gorge.  The next best thing to being at SOAR is our SOAR colorway, the color of Autumn leaves. Available now at abstractfiber.com .

bar maids

Meet Lo-Lo by Bar-Maids, "The Hottest Natural Moisturizers in the Fiber World". Bar-Maids handcrafts head-to-toe moisturizers for people who wish to proactively protect, defend, and restore their skin to baby bottom soft. Bar-Maids uses only the finest local ingredients available creating non-greasy, non-sticky, non-flaky combinations that penetrate multiple layers of the skin working to soften and nourish.  Once applied, the moisturizer remains where you put it and is not washed down the drain.  With over 38 scents (that smell wonderful), and 8 lip balm flavors that taste yummy, it's hard to choose just one.  Find out how you can keep your hands moisturized and beautiful while knitting up a storm at www.bar-maids.com  Fair shipping practices, cruelty free, and fast turn around times are just icing on the cake.

lsbadge

Have you picked up your copy of Lisa Souza and Vicki Stiefel's book, "10 Secrets of the LaidBack Knitters"? It is a great read with stories, profiles of interesting fiber folk that you may or may not already know as well as 28 great patterns of all shapes and sizes for both knitting and crochet. If you're a seasoned spinner or a newbie, there is a chapter on this fiber art that includes patterns to show off your own handspun yarn. The book is available at all of the usual sources but if you purchase one through Lisa Souza's website, she will sign and personalize it just for you OR for the people on your holiday gift list. Find it a www.lisaknit.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:(00:37)

Jasmin's Mondo Cable Cardi and Ribbi Cardi are getting a lot of wear, now that it is getting cooler. Jasmin is making great progress on the Andrew Sweater.  She has gotten to the heel flaps of the socks from Little Red Bicycle.  She is also knitting on socks for Andrew out of Sanguine Gryphon's Skinny Bugga in Owl Moth.

Gigi is finding the rhythm of her Rocky Coast Cardigan. The Pieman neckwarmer is at the point of bind off.  The Purple Poppies Cardigan will need a refresher on technique, so we will watch Lucy Neatby's Intarsia Untangled 1. Which will also come in handy for knitting the Porcupine Blanket.

Events:(19:50)

11/25/2011: Pajama Jammie Jam at Purlesence on Black Friday.

02/23-26/2012: Stitches West 2012.

     -No official Meet-and-Greet, but do come and say hi!

     -We will have Preemie hat collection points (to be announced)

     -Still looking for a signal for shy listeners

Contest:(22:38)

Do some good.  Get your entries in by December 25th.  

We have launched our annual Do Some Good Contest, and we picked some amazing prizes:

- a set of three Lolo Bars: CC clove, Little Pumpkin, and Figgy

- a signed copy of Coastal Knits

- one year subscription to Knitter's Magazine

- a set of Knitter's Blocks

- as of this week: one copy of How to Knit a Heart Back Home, and Wishes and Stitches

Mother Knows Best:(27:02)

We answered a question about lining hats. Cashmere, silk, possum yarn and Lion Brand Microspun were mentioned.


When Knitting Attacks:(35:05)

Gigi is working on the Katriel, and it attacked her.  Again.

Review:(37:28)

This week we review Knitted Dinosaurs, by Tina Barret.  Best use of Fun Fur. We also mentioned Rebecca Danger's book of Big Book of Knitted Monsters.


And Sew On:(44:07)

Gigi has blocked out time to sew, and sewn up a number of baby sack gowns. (Sorry, no link for the pattern, it is 30 years old).  At the quilt store we were waylaid by some Dr Seuss fabric.

Direct download: Episode_170.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

Knitting up a tsunami - Episode 169 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode has been sponsored by:

Photobucket

Here at Abstract Fiber we've got some fabulous new colors including Summit, Lagoon, SOAR, The Gorge.  The next best thing to being at SOAR is our SOAR colorway, the color of Autumn leaves. Available now at abstractfiber.com .

bar maids

Meet Lo-Lo by Bar-Maids, "The Hottest Natural Moisturizers in the Fiber World". Bar-Maids handcrafts head-to-toe moisturizers for people who wish to proactively protect, defend, and restore their skin to baby bottom soft. Bar-Maids uses only the finest local ingredients available creating non-greasy, non-sticky, non-flaky combinations that penetrate multiple layers of the skin working to soften and nourish.  Once applied, the moisturizer remains where you put it and is not washed down the drain.  With over 38 scents (that smell wonderful), and 8 lip balm flavors that taste yummy, it's hard to choose just one.  Find out how you can keep your hands moisturized and beautiful while knitting up a storm at www.bar-maids.com  Fair shipping practices, cruelty free, and fast turn around times are just icing on the cake.

lsbadge

Lisa Souza has a brand new lace yarn for your pleasure. Grace is a beautiful combination of 80% merino with 20% silk for just the right amount of sheen and handle. We have been putting the yarn through its paces and love the results, as will you. Grace is put up in 4 ounce/744 yard skeins and comes in at $24, which is a great price point, making for some serious stash enhancement for you or the other lace lovers in your circle. Now, which color to choose? Come by the website at www.lisaknit.com and just try to decide.

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:(00:37)

Gigi is working on a neck warmer using the Pieman pattern out of Cascade 220 Superwash.  She is working on the Katriel and making very slow progress.  Also: Vanilla socks out of Meilenweit Fantasy.

Jasmin finished Logan's Sweater using the grosgrain ribbon tutorial.  She is making good progress on Andrew's sweater.  She has borrowed a minispinner, and also got some Try on Tubing that she likes a lot.  Alana Dakos  of Never Not Knitting, who co-authored Coastal Knits, gave birth to a baby boy.  You can congratulate her here.

Events:(14:13)

We are planning to attend Stitches West 2/23-26 in February.

-No official Meet-and-Greet, but do come and say hi!

-We will have Preemie hat collection points (to be announced)

-Still looking for a signal for shy listeners

Contest:(16:07) 

We have launched our annual Do Some Good Contest, and we picked some amazing prizes:

- a set of three Lolo Bars: CC clove, Little Pumpkin, and Figgy

- a signed copy of Coastal Knits

- one year subscription to Knitter's Magazine

- a set of Knitter's Blocks

- as of this week: one copy of How to Knit a Heart Back Home, and Wishes and Stitches

Mother Knows Best:( 22:09)

We answered the question:  How do you change patterns from a flat knitted piece to something that can be knitted in the round?  We mentioned knitter's graph paper.


When Knitting Attacks:(26:30)

Gigi couldn't get the right gauge to knit the Kaanteinen, and is worried about getting math-sprain.

Review:(29:10)

This week we review 60 Quick Baby Knits.  The porcupine blanket triggered a reference to Jasmin's Blog, where she wrote about the Opossum that came into the house a while ago.


And Sew On:(35:43)

Gigi was having a hard time starting to sew.  She finally  got started and sewed a Onesie, that still needs to have snaps attached.  We mentioned a grommet attaching device.

Straw Into Gold:(39:45)

Jasmin has spun some extra yarn for Andrew's sweater and is thinking to make a smaller version for Sharkbean using the Elizabeth Zimmerman percentage method.

Gigi is spinning merino processed by Morro Fleece Works, and getting good pointers from Jasmin.  Jasmin mentioned Judith MacKenzie's comprehensive spinning class. 

Jasmin answered a listener question about how deal with joining plies when spinning.

Direct download: Episode_169.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Brain trust - Episode 168 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode has been sponsored by:

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Here at Abstract Fiber we've got some fabulous new colors including Summit, Lagoon, SOAR, The Gorge.  The next best thing to being at SOAR is our SOAR colorway, the color of Autumn leaves. Available now at abstractfiber.com .

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Meet Lo-Lo by Bar-Maids, "The Hottest Natural Moisturizers in the Fiber World". Bar-Maids handcrafts head-to-toe moisturizers for people who wish to proactively protect, defend, and restore their skin to baby bottom soft. Bar-Maids uses only the finest local ingredients available creating non-greasy, non-sticky, non-flaky combinations that penetrate multiple layers of the skin working to soften and nourish.  Once applied, the moisturizer remains where you put it and is not washed down the drain.  With over 38 scents (that smell wonderful), and 8 lip balm flavors that taste yummy, it's hard to choose just one.  Find out how you can keep your hands moisturized and beautiful while knitting up a storm at www.bar-maids.com  Fair shipping practices, cruelty free, and fast turn around times are just icing on the cake.

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Here at Lisa Souza,there is an exciting and arty new garment in our pattern line-up. She has been dreamed up by The Queenie Sisters and her name is Eternity. This is a fabulous kimono style jacket that is made with two colors of our Polwarth/silk and is challenging enough for what the girls call an Enthusiastic Intermediate Knitter. The best part about Eternity, other than the fact that she is so very artsy is that she fits a very wide range of body types and is great for the full figure gal. Our sample has been made with Violet and South Pacific but I would be ever so glad to help your color vision at www.lisaknit.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! 

On the Needles:(0:45)

Gigi has started on the sleeves of her Odelia cardigan.  She is working on the braid of the Kleio by Romi Hill, which is reminiscent of the technique that the Philosopher's Wool people taught us.

 

Also working on the Sothia shawl, which has slowed down.  Her swatch for her Rocky Coast Cardigan has benefited from a soak and dry and tumble in the dryer. Also swatched for: The Shawl Collared Cowl, and a shawl out of Lana Grossa Luxe

Jasmin has been working on the Garter Stitch Baby Kimono.  She is working on socks in Little Red Bicycle's Walk of Shame.

We went to the Interweave Knitting Lab in San Mateo, and talked to Annelena who sent a cardigan for Sharkbean, Galina and George from Skaska.com, Carrie from Alpenglow Yarn, and Carrie from Irishgirlie Knits, and the amazing Lily Chin.  Jasmin fell in love with the Jaimie Cross Cable Shawl out of quiviut.

Events:(19:48) 

 

We are planning to attend Stitches West 2/23-2/26.  Premie hat donation stations will be at the booths of some of our friends. Locations to be announced.

Contest:(22:04)

 

Do Some Good contest.  Do something good, in your immediate community, or go global, and anything in between. Post entries in our ravelry group "Do Some Good" tread.

Mother Knows Best:(25:32)

 

It never hurts to ask. Hansen Crafts does not have minispinners for rent. 


When Knitting Attacks:(28:48)

 

Knitting garter stitch is too hard for Gigi, she made mistakes on her Katriel.

Jasmin had issues finishing the Baby Logan sweater, while watching the grosgrain ribbon tutorial. She is not satisfied with the result she got.


Review:(33:05)

 

This week, we review Vogue Knitting Stitchionary 6 : Edgings.


And Sew On: (37:16)

 

Gigi has finished joining the quilt top for Sharkbean.  It still needs borders. Jasmin has a play date to go and sew pj pants. 

Straw Into Gold:(39:54)

Gigi loves spinning on the Julia wheel. Her merino yarn is spinning up smoothly. Jasmin is almost done with spinning the yarn for Andrew's sweater, and is planning to get it knit in the 54 days left in this year.  She is borrowing a minispinner from one of our listeners. Jasmin got a new pillow to sit on while she spins.

Direct download: Episode_168.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:30pm PST

Running downhill - Episode 167 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode has been sponsored by:

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Here at Abstract Fiber we've got some fabulous new colors including Summit, Lagoon, SOAR, The Gorge.  The next best thing to being at SOAR is our SOAR colorway, the color of Autumn leaves. Available now at abstractfiber.com .

bar maids

Meet Lo-Lo by Bar-Maids, "The Hottest Natural Moisturizers in the Fiber World". Bar-Maids handcrafts head-to-toe moisturizers for people who wish to proactively protect, defend, and restore their skin to baby bottom soft. Bar-Maids uses only the finest local ingredients available creating non-greasy, non-sticky, non-flaky combinations that penetrate multiple layers of the skin working to soften and nourish.  Once applied, the moisturizer remains where you put it and is not washed down the drain.  With over 38 scents (that smell wonderful), and 8 lip balm flavors that taste yummy, it's hard to choose just one.  Find out how you can keep your hands moisturized and beautiful while knitting up a storm at www.bar-maids.com  Fair shipping practices, cruelty free, and fast turn around times are just icing on the cake.

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Lisa Souza has a brand new lace yarn for your pleasure. Grace is a beautiful combination of 80% merino with 20% silk for just the right amount of sheen and handle. We have been putting the yarn through its paces and love the results, as will you. Grace is put up in 4 ounce/744 yard skeins and comes in at $24, which is a great price point, making for some serious stash enhancement for you or the other lace lovers in your circle. Now, which color to choose? Come by the website at www.lisaknit.com and just try to decide.

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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!


On the Needles:( 0:32)

We will be taking an indefinite break starting on January 1st.  We will leave you with a list of podcasts to listen to.

Gigi is working on the Katriel in Cascade Venezia Sport, by Robin Ulrich, the designer of the Sothia. She has also started the Kleio, by Romi Hill.  Her Rocky Coast Cardigan has been swatched out of Cascade Ecological Wool.  She is also working on the Katje, a hooded, top down cardigan, by Coco Knits and is worried about running out of the Venezia Bulky.  The Odelia, by Cocoknits, out of Silk and Wool, by Tess Yarns,  is coming along nicely,

Jasmin is working on her Daybreak. She is also working on her Rocky Coast Cardigan.

She asked for creative input from voolenvine who suggested a garter stitch baby kimono, in a lovely red Skinny Bugga from The Sanguine Gryphon. Her mini blue streak cardigan is almost done.

Mother Knows Best: ( 25:31)

We answered a questions about:

- Blocking or weaving ends first, where to switch from one balls of yarn

- We NEVER use glue for knitting or sewing.

- Fraycheck for microfiber ribbon is a good idea though. 

-How to sew in ends.  Joining pieces. 

We referenced Lucy Neatby, Kaffe Fassett, and mentioned Paula from the Knitting Pipeline Podcast.

When Knitting Attacks: (36:56)

Gigi needs to make notes of what project she is ordering yarn for, especially when it is a whole bag of Chunky Baby Alpaca.  Jasmin's stash is refusing to give up its secrets. She is sure she has a bag of navy blue Malabrigo, as well as some gray  Ceallach yarn which is also evading capture in her stash.

Review: (44:16)

 

This week we review Knit Local by Tanis Gray

Straw Into Gold:( 51:57)

Jasmin thinks that having a minispinner would be handy.  She is spinning up the last bit of the fiber for the 10 year sweater.   She mentions a conflict over knitted items on True Blood.  She needs to take more breaks while she is spinning.

 

She answered a question about spinning airy worsted weight yarn, and discussed Cascade 220 vs the heavier Miro by Abstract fiber. She mentioned the Butter by Nadia dresses, which are heavy and feel expensive.  We also mention Haagen Dazs Ice cream.  Which relates to swatching and drape of knitted fabric.

 

We mention Jasmin's Fulling Yak video.

Direct download: Episode_167.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:30pm PST

A beautiful day in the neighborhood - Episode 166 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode has been sponsored by:

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Here at Abstract Fiber we've got some fabulous new colors including Summit, Lagoon, SOAR, The Gorge.  The next best thing to being at SOAR is our SOAR colorway, the color of Autumn leaves. Available now at abstractfiber.com .

bar maids

Meet Lo-Lo by Bar-Maids, "The Hottest Natural Moisturizers in the Fiber World". Bar-Maids handcrafts head-to-toe moisturizers for people who wish to proactively protect, defend, and restore their skin to baby bottom soft. Bar-Maids uses only the finest local ingredients available creating non-greasy, non-sticky, non-flaky combinations that penetrate multiple layers of the skin working to soften and nourish.  Once applied, the moisturizer remains where you put it and is not washed down the drain.  With over 38 scents (that smell wonderful), and 8 lip balm flavors that taste yummy, it's hard to choose just one.  Find out how you can keep your hands moisturized and beautiful while knitting up a storm at www.bar-maids.com  Fair shipping practices, cruelty free, and fast turn around times are just icing on the cake.

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Have you picked up your copy of Lisa Souza and Vicki Stiefel's book, "10 Secrets of the Laidback Knitters"? It is a great read with stories, profiles of interesting fiber folk that you may or may not already know as well as 28 great patterns of all shapes and sizes for both knitting and crochet. If you're a seasoned spinner or a newbie, there is a chapter on this fiber art that includes patterns to show off your own handspun yarn. The book is available at all of the usual sources but if you purchase one through Lisa Souza's website, she will sign and personalize it just for you OR for the people on your holiday gift list. Find it a www.lisaknit.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: ( 0:33)

We had lots of fun with Abby from the Knit Knit Cafe podcast. We went to Bobbin's Nest, Abby got a Schacht Sidekick,  and we caught a show at Rooster T. Feathers.  Gigi was smitten by Cascade Venizia Sport in Burnt Pumpkin and Espresso and is ready to start the Katriel by Robin Ulrich.

Gigi is working on the Celaeno shawl by Romi Hill, with matte beads. She has also started the Kleio, from The 7 Muses, by Romi Hill,  out of Jitterbug.  She picked some Cascade Eco for her Rocky Coast Cardigan from Coastal Knits.  Knit along!

Jasmin is working on the Daybreak out of Froebe Fiber in Midory Sour and Hurricane.  She finished her Rainbow  (Vanilla) socks.  She over-dyed some poison green Malabrigo and started her Rocky Coast cardigan

Mother Knows Best: (16:56)

We answered a question about overdyeing yarn and talked about dyeing safely and and overview of how to do it,  and how  she over dyed her Malabrigo, and she mentioned learning about art theory in Art Vista

When Knitting Attacks: (29:16)

Gigi is attacked by her Odelia.

Jasmin found herself attacked by lack of knitting while we were waiting at the comedy club.  She also was attacked by her Rocky Coast cardigan.

Review: (34:01)

Signature Scarves, Dazzling Designs to Knit, by Nicky Epstein.

Gigi is very excited about the exuberant scarves, which remind her of the fun clothing from the 70s and 80s. There are a lot of interesting techniques, some felting and lot of embellishing.  Funny, whimsical very artsy pieces.

 

Jasmin found the scarves to artsy, and suggested different techniques for a similar effect, and prefers more elegant scarves. Both of us like the scarf tying tutorials and the different fringe options. Thai Silk was mentioned for buying silk.

Straw into Gold: ( 44:08)

Gigi seems to have adopted a Louet Julia that needed a new home and is having a great time spinning on it. 

 

Jasmin finished the last of her Crown Mountain Material Girl and finished her spinning for Andrew's sweater. We also worked on some Merino that was processed by Sherri from Morro Fleece Works.

Direct download: Episode_166.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00pm PST