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Great Minds Sew Alike - Episode 210 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

bar maids

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.

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:(0:34)

Jasmin is making progress on the Playful Stripes cardigan for Genevieve. Gigi finished a preemie hat and cast on another one. Jasmin has added a few inches to her Breezy Cardigan.

Gigi is working on her Magic Carpet socks, with lots of modifications. Gigi has knit a bit on her Heathered Skirt out of Knitting 24/7. She is planning to enjoy the Christmas mood, and embellish felted ornaments. Gigi has gifted a dear friend with a shawl.

Jasmin is knitting another Kaanteinen hat for a very young friend, out of Claudia Handpainted Yarn in the Sharks colorway. Gigi reminisces about knitting things out of that colorway for Kid Brother Sam.

Jasmin talks about her theme for next year, and she has chosen "Fish or Cut Bait", for next years theme. Gigi has chosen "Exploring Area 51". We are enjoying reading the thread of listener themes on the ravelry board.

Events:(13:30)

 We will be attending

- February 21-24, 2013: Stitches West

Contest:(13:46)

We have started this years Do Some Good Contest.

Do some good on a local, statewide, nationwide or universal level.

Prizes so far are:

- A Green Mountain Knitting Bag

- Two Lolo Bar Trios from The Bar Maids- a Claudia Handpainted Yarns kit for a pair of colorwork mittens (from Purlescence Yarns)

- a copy of Magnificent Mittens and Socks, by Anna Zilborg (from XRX books)

- a Pagewood Farm Tinkerbell needle felting scarf kit in amazing shades of red (from Purlescence Yarns)

- and a drop spindle kit from Schacht

- Tess Microfiber ribbon

- A Gleam Fingering Yarn kit from The Sincere Sheep

- Knitting it Old School, by Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro Sheridan

-a mug from potterknitter.com

-a Creatively Dyed sock and soap kit

Closing date for entries is January 6th

Mother Knows Best:(17:43)

We answered a question from our "What do you want to hear about tread",  from destined2knit, about why we ball up our yarn one skein at a time vs. all at once.


When Knitting Attacks:(20:55)

Gigi has problems with the gauge for her Eadon for her SPAKAL. She was trying to knit the Uber Cowl for Jasmin out of Cascade Magnum, but the pattern had issues. Also, she downloaded too many videocasts, and that made her phone as slow as molasses in January.

Congratulations to Erin, of Anatomy of Knitting, on the birth of her twin sons.

Purloined:(25:07)

This week we are purloining the Enabler segment from the Knitting in Circles videocast, hosted by Amy and Darren.

Jasmin talks about CrankinSocks's Viewz boots by Skacel. She mentions a few other styles of clear shoes that were less than successful. She is happy about being able to show off her hand knit socks in them.


In Stitches :(30:25)

Jasmin has been wearing her trekking socks. Gigi, again, has been wearing handknit socks every day,  her Knitmore Girls cowl, and wristers every night. And her gray beaded Citron.

Jasmin wore her Tangled Yoke cardigan, and her Carli cardigan. Genevieve wore the baby mine cardigan that she was gifted by the Purlescence Girls.

Review:(33:53)

This week we review Knitting the Chill Away, published by Martingale. She prefers Coastal Knits for mother- daughter patterns

Holidays with the Knitmore Girls:(39:46)

Low prep- high fun.  We used the Crab Boil mix from Penzey's. Eggnog from The Joy of Cooking. Marcel's Chocolate Mousse from Top Chef The Cookbook. Creme Brulee French Toast.

And Sew On:(44:18)

We made sweater size project bags with custom printed fabric from Spoonflower.com. The tutorial from Sew Daily left something to be desired.

 

We talk about stitch markers from WeeOnes on etsy. Jasmin mentions T-fury.com

Direct download: Episode_210.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm PST

Sticks Like Spaghetti - Episode 209 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

bar maids

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.

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)

Gigi has finished some preemie hats, and has been working on a sock from Krafti-Kit.

Jasmin is working on her Breezy Cardigan. Gigi had a hiccup trying to swatch for her SPAKAL sweater. Jasmin is working on the Playful Stripes Cardigan. Gigi just cast on for the Magnum Cowl.

Jasmin mentions the list of reviewed books etc. on on the review tab on our show notes page. She has also knit another inch on Andrew's Houdini socks. Jasmin is getting ready to knit the Brianne cowl with Lisa Souza Lhasa cashmere yarn.

We talk about Modern Family.


In Stitches:

Gigi is wearing  her Jaywalker socks, and other Vanilla socks. Jasmin is also wearing assorted Vanilla socks, mostly hand spun. Jasmin is wearing her Looped Loop Cowl. Genevieve has been wearing the Genevieve Sweater, and snuggling under the Love Blanket


Events:(22:38)

- 12/20, 8-10PM -Gigi will be attending the Sing-along at Purlescence

- February 21-24, 2013: Stitches West


Contest:(22:36)

We have started this years Do Some Good Contest.

Do some good on a local, statewide, nationwide or universal level.

Prizes so far are:

- A Green Mountain Knitting Bag

- Two Lolo Bar Trios from The Bar Maids- a Claudia Handpainted Yarns kit for a pair of colorwork mittens (from Purlescence Yarns)

- a copy of Magnificent Mittens and Socks, by Anna Zilborg (from XRX books)

- a Pagewood Farm Tinkerbell needle felting scarf kit in amazing shades of red (from Purlescence Yarns)

- and a drop spindle kit from Schacht

- Tess Microfiber ribbon

- A Gleam Fingering Yarn kit from The Sincere Sheep

- Knitting it Old School, by Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro Sheridan

Closing date for entries is January 6th

Mother Knows Best:(26:36)

 We talk about pressing. We reference the Twinneedle podcast, and the Pressinatrix blog, and her article in Threads magazine.

Review:(31:20)

We review Knitting Circles around Mittens and More, by Antje Gillingham

 Jasmin recommends Ann Budd's The Knitter's Handy Book Of Patterns

Holidays with the Knitmores:(35:16)

We talk about homemade eggnog. Jasmin mentions the eggnog recipe in This edition of the Joy of Cooking, and Strauss Creamery.

Straw Into Gold:(38:18)

Jasmin did some spinning on her mini spinner. We talked about the 2012 SPAKAL.

We will have a 2013 SPAKAL, and a mini SPAKAL.


And Sew On:(40:55)

We talk about cleaning your sewing machine. We found a tutorial for making gift/project bags.

Direct download: Episode_209.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Sweater Hindsight - Episode 208 - The Knitmore Girls

This episode is sponsored by:

bar maids

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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"Are you "THAT" person who is hard to buy for? Why not ask for classes this Holiday season?  DFW Fiber Fest has a wonderful line up of Nationally and Locally recognized teachers in knitting, spinning, crochet, and others.  Come take a class with Gwen Bortner, Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby of Shibaguyz Designz, Beth Smith from the Spinning Loft, or others.  Franklin Habit is giving our Friday night talk - tickets for that will go on sale in March.  DFW Fiber Fest is held April 5-7, 2013 in Grapevine, TX.  Sign up soon! Early Bird pricing expires January 1st

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:(0:34)

 Gigi has finished a pair of wristers in the Dashing pattern for a Christmas gift. Jasmin put a few more rows on her Breezy Cardigan. She is complaining that she is running out of room to store her handknit sweaters.

She is planning to knit the Calligraphy cardigan next. Gigi also finished two preemie hats out of leftover sock yarn. We reference Partylite. Gigi is getting ready to embellish some felted ornaments.  Jasmin is almost done with the sleeves of the Playful Stripes Cardigan,

Events:(13:07)

We will be attending

 Stitches West: February 21-24, 2013

Contest:(13:21)

We have started this years Do Some Good Contest.

Do some good on a local, statewide, nationwide or universal level.

Prizes so far are:

-A Green Mountain Knitting Bag

- Two Lolo Bar Trios from The Bar Maids- a Claudia Handpainted Yarns kit for a pair of colorwork mittens (from Purlescence Yarns)

- a copy of Magnificent Mittens and Socks, by Anna Zilborg (from XRX books)

- a Pagewood Farm Tinkerbell needle felting scarf kit in amazing shades of red (from Purlescence Yarns)

- and a drop spindle kit from Schacht

Closing date for entries is January 6th

In Stitches:(16:33)

We are wearing Vanilla socks every day. Gigi wears fingerless mitts every night. Jasmin wore her hat out of Tess Yarn. Also, she is wearing her Looped Loop cowl. Gigi likes to wear her Knitmore cowl, and she wore her gray Citron.

Genevieve wore her ravellenic Ribbed Baby Jacket and the Feather and Fan blanket. Also she was snuggling in the love blanket and wearing the Molly hat.

Mother Knows Best:(23:05)

We talk about saving the good stuff. Mom's advice: Enjoy the good stuff! We reference Galina.

Review:(25:12)

This week we review:

Knitted Farm Animals, by Sarah Keen and Knit a Monster Nursery, by Rebecca Danger

Holidays with the Knitmores:(36:26)

This week we give you our top gifts for knitters:

ChiaoGoo interchangeable knitting needles

Reference Books:

Stitchmarkers

10 highlighter set

Removable Highlighter Tape

Clover Row Counter

Lolo Bars, Oh for Feets Sake

magazine subscriptions ( Threads magazine, hard copy and digital copy)

Craftsy classes

Bluster Bay swift

The 15 inch Cricket Loom

Leslie Wind cable needle necklace

cashmere ( Tess Yarns, Lisa Souza, Jade Sapphire)

a good bedside lamp (Lamps Plus)


And Sew On:(47:35)

Gigi sewed a cover for Sam's backrest out of Spiderman fabric.

We talk about Project Runway and matching fabric to project.

Direct download: Episode_208L.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

This week's episode is sponsored by:

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Abstract Fiber would like to invite you to join our 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! For 2013, some of the colors have been chosen and we have four fabulous designers (Donna Arney, Sivia Harding, Judy Becker, and Kristin  Spurkland) on board so far.  Check out all the details at AbstractFiber.com

bar maids

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.

Photobucket

Issue 7 of entangled magazine is out now! Issue 7 has articles on an inspiring Auckland weaver, a global business with heart, a knitter who nearly went mad knitting Doctor Who, and more! Much more!

Find out just how much more at www.entangledmagazine.com. entangled magazine – the magazine for all fibrecrafters - is available through zinio.com or itunes app store – check them out, you won’t be disappointed!

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)

 Gigi has finished some things: the Tiny Tealeaves Cardigan is done, and now needs buttons and grosgrain ribbon. We reminisced about this amazing dry goods vendor at Stitches West.

Jasmin waxed poetic about Ysolda Teague's cardigan that had lots of tiny buttons. She managed to knit on her Breezy Cardigan, while stuck under a sleeping baby.

Gigi is making good progress on the Victorian Girl's Coat. We were talking about buttons for that, too, and for two Shawl Collared Cowls. Jasmin also managed to knit three rows on her Daybreak Shawl.

Gigi is knitting a pair of Dashing Wristers for a young friend. Gigi also seamed the Ribbed Baby Cardigan that Jasmin had knit during the Ravellenic Games while watching Merlin on tv.

Events:(12:06)

We will be attending

 Stitches West: February 21-24, 2013

Contest:(12:27)

We have started this years Do Some Good Contest.

Do some good on a local, statewide, nationwide or universal level.

First  two prizes are:

A Green Mountain Knitting Bag

Two Lolo Bar Trios from The Bar Maids

Closing date for the contest is January 6th.

Mother Knows Best:(16:16)

 

This week we answer a question from a listener about wearing/wearing out handknits.

When Knitting Attacks:(25:25)

Gigi didn't read directions, but had fun knitting until things went sideways

Review:(28:30)

This week we review

Mabel's Closet, by Hannah Fettig and Little Rascals, by Millamia

 Jasmin references the Lucy Neatby Intarsia Untangled DVD

Holidays with the Knitmores:(39:50)

Gigi reminisces about Christmas in Germany, and St. Nicholas Day. We talk about advent calendars from Cost Plus Imports, Trader Joe's or Starbucks. Jasmin hints about Lindt chocolate

Sew Painful:(44:19)

Gigi's beautiful, handsewn napkins got beat up in the washing machine. She thinks she should use Fray Check next time

 

Straw into Gold:(46:46)

Jasmin manages to spin on the minispinner, with the baby Genevieve on her back

Direct download: Episode_207.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Fish or Cut Bait - Episode 206 - The Knitmore Girls

This episode has been sponsored by:

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!  

bar maids

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.

 On the Needles:(0:29)

All Gigi has to show for is that she finished the first sleeve on the Victorian Girl's Coat.  Now she is searching for buttons. Jasmin has picked up her Breezy Cardigan again.

We have been looking at pictures of finished SPAKAL Sweaters on the Knitmore Girls forum.  Jasmin suggested Gigi knit the Tilted Duster, since her hand spun turned out too bulky for the Eadon.  We talk about attending the Pajama Jammie Jam at Purlescence, and Gigi bought some Venezia in worsted weight to knit her Eadon.

Jasmin also worked on her Daybreak.

Events:(14:03)

We will be attending

 Stitches West: February 21-24, 2013

 Contest:(15:05)

We have started this years Do Some Good Contest.

Do some good on a local, statewide, nationwide or universal level.

First  two prizes are:

A Green Mountain Knitting Bag

Two Lolo Bar Trios from The Bar Maids

Closing date for the contest is January 6th.

Mother Knows Best:(17:03)

We talk about themes for new years resolution.  Jasmin has picked her theme for 2013.

We reference Tim Gunn's A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style.

Acts of Knitting:(21:54)

We are still searching for ideas for the shawlette Gigi wants to knit out of yarn from Lisa Souza for Dr. Gemma, from the Cogknitive podcast. Gigi has already knit an Aeolian and two Ophidian's. 

Review:(25:47)

This week we review Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf, by Alana Dakos

and Phoebe's Birthday, by Joanna and Eric Johnson

Jasmin mentions the Playful Stripes Cardigan, the Wee Wildflower Cardigan, and the Birds Headband, and Woolbur.

And Sew On:(48:14)

Gigi hemmed  some pants,  and devised a strategy for dealing with her mending pile. She laid out her blocks for the log cabin quilt.

Direct download: Episode_206.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:30pm PST

Skawlf - Episode 205 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode has been sponsored by:

bar maids

Do you know people who wake up at 3:00 AM the day after Thanksgiving for those killer Black Friday deals? How do they do it! I'm recovering from all the cleaning and cooking and cleaning (again) from the day before. Heck, my stomach is still digesting pumpkin pie at 3:00 in the morning! Hats off to those Black Friday die hards. Like last year, I'm stayin in my pj's and grabbing those killer Cyber Monday deals. This year, I got my gift giving budget's back and trust me, I will squeeze it to the max. Rumor has it that Bar-Maids has another to-die for Cyber Monday special. Did you know that when you purchase a Sampler Pak from Bar-Maids you get a 15% off coupon? The samplers alone make perfect stocking stuffers, but the extra 15% means I am prepared. Don't wait! After purchasing the Sampler Pack, with coupon code in hand, my Bar-Maids cyber monday deal is a steal.

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Issue 7 of entangled magazine is out now! Issue 7 has articles on an inspiring Auckland weaver, a global business with heart, a knitter who nearly went mad knitting Doctor Who, and more! Much more! Find out just how much more at www.entangledmagazine.com. entangled magazine – the magazine for all fibrecrafters - is available through zinio.com or itunes app store – check them out, you won’t be disappointed!

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:(0:35)

Gigi seems to be exclusively knitting on the Victorian Girl's Coat out of Venezia.  Jasmin has knit zilch.  Gigi has also knit a bit on her Brown Heather Skirt from Knitting 24/7 by Veronique Avery.

Events:(6:40)

- The Pajama Jammie Jam at Purlescence: November 23rd 

- Stitches West: February 21-24, 2013

Contest:(7:29)

We have started this years Do Some Good Contest.

Do some good on a local, statewide, nationwide or universal level.

First  two prizes are:

A Green Mountain Knitting Bag

A Lolo Bar Trio from The Bar Maids

Closing date for the contest is January 6th.

Purloined:(11:41)

 This week we are purloining Alltagsfreuden (everyday joys)  from Handmade Fantasy by the Fibre Piratess

Mother Knows Best:(14:41)

Today's tip is:Keep it together.  Gigi mentions the Odelia Cardigan, Tess Yarns Silk and Wool.  Jasmin talks about Ecobags.com.

Acts of Knitting:(21:07)

Gigi wants to knit an elegant, beaded shawlette for Dr. Gemma out of Lisa Sousa Yarn in the squashblossom colorway, and needs pattern suggestions.

 

Review:(23:52)

This week we are reviewing The Knitter's Book of Socks, by Clara Parkes.

Jasmin also recommends The Knitter's Book of Wool, and The Knitter's Book of Yarn


Straw Into Gold:(32:35)

 Jasmin has set up her Hansen's Mini Spinner out of the baby's reach in the living room and is making progress on her Merino Border Leicester fleece and wants to knit Hannah Fettig's Yoked Cardigan for herself. She mentions Shari from Morro Fleece Works

 

 And Sew On:(34:25)

 Gigi has finished sewing the blocks on her first log cabin quilt. The next step is to sew the blocks into a quilt top.  Sew painful:  Gigi was sewing away happily when she noticed that her last six blocks had been sewn without any thread in the bobbin.

Pin yourself onto the map on our ravelry board.

Direct download: Episode_205.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30am PST

Predrafted - Episode 204 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

bar maids

Do you know people who wake up at 3:00 AM the day after Thanksgiving for those killer Black Friday deals? How do they do it! I'm recovering from all the cleaning and cooking and cleaning (again) from the day before. Heck, my stomach is still digesting pumpkin pie at 3:00 in the morning! Hats off to those Black Friday die hards. Like last year, I'm stayin in my pj's and grabbing those killer Cyber Monday deals. This year, I got my gift giving budget's back and trust me, I will squeeze it to the max. Rumor has it that Bar-Maids has another to-die for Cyber Monday special. Did you know that when you purchase a Sampler Pak from Bar-Maids you get a 15% off coupon? The samplers alone make perfect stocking stuffers, but the extra 15% means I am prepared. Don't wait! After purchasing the Sampler Pack, with coupon code in hand, my Bar-Maids cyber monday deal is a steal. 

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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The Sheep Shop is a welcoming yarn shop in the historic university town of Cambridge, England, only 50 miles from London.  You'll find fabulous touchy-feely yarns, including a fine selection of local and British yarns, cashmere, angora, llama, a variety of wools and other bundles of wonder alongside what you need to knit & crochet.  We think choosing what you’re going to make and feel between your fingers is one of life’s pleasures, and we want to make it a pleasure for you to find what you need.  Make yourself comfy on our sofa, there’s a Ravelry station and coffee on tap.  Making beautiful things brings enormous satisfaction – let us satisfy you!

On the Needles(0:30)

VenusFueri from Subway Knits has started a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief.

Also, Judith Mackenzie McCuin has lost her studio in a fire and there is an effort to help her rebuild her collection of teaching supplies.

 We have our own domain now and can be reached at jasmin AT knitmoregirlspodcast DOT com and gigi AT knitmoregirlspodcast DOT com. Thanks to Kristine from the Yarnings Podcast for tech support

Gigi has been working on the Bundi cardigan, and Jasmin is working on the sleeves of the Playful Stripes Cardigan and enjoying the progress.

Gigi finished the No Tears Socks and did the finishing using the Judith McKenzie technique and the knitted graft from Knitting Daily.

Gigi has started the Girls Victorian Coat, out of Venezia for Genevieve. She has started another preemie hat, using a cast-on from The Sock Knitter's Handbook.


Events:(12:40)

We will be attending

- The Pajama Jammie Jam at Purlescence: November 23rd 

- Stitches West: February 21-24, 2013


Contest:(14:32)

We have started this years Do Some Good Contest.

Do some good on a local, statewide, nationwide or universal level.

Prizes to be announced, closing date is January 6th.

Purloined:(16:41)

This week we are purloining the ZoraLoraDingDong from The Spindoctor Podcast, hosted by Sasha Torres.

Review:(21:34)

 This week we are reviewing 

Addi Click Lace Short Tips Interchangeable Needles, Addi Click Bamboo Interchangeable Needles, ChiaGoo Spin Interchangeable Needles (Bamboo), ChiaGoo Twist Interchangeable Needles (Metal)

Straw Into Gold:(38:01)

Jasmin has been spinning her merino/ border Leicester X on the Hansen Mini Spinner, and Gigi did a quick demo on her Jenkin's Turkish Drop Spindle

And Sew On:(40:13)

Gigi has started working on a log cabin quilt, it is a kit: Christmas in Kyoto 

Direct download: Episode_204.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Pin Point - Episode 203 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

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Abstract Fiber would like to invite you to join our 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! For 2013, some of the colors have been chosen and we have four fabulous designers (Donna Arney, Sivia Harding, Judy Becker, and Kristin  Spurkland) on board so far.  Check out all the details at AbstractFiber.com

bar maids

Do you know people who wake up at 3:00 AM the day after Thanksgiving for those killer Black Friday deals? How do they do it! I'm recovering from all the cleaning and cooking and cleaning (again) from the day before. Heck, my stomach is still digesting pumpkin pie at 3:00 in the morning! Hats off to those Black Friday die hards. Like last year, I'm stayin in my pj's and grabbing those killer Cyber Monday deals. This year, I got my gift giving budget's back and trust me, I will squeeze it to the max. Rumor has it that Bar-Maids has another to-die for Cyber Monday special. Did you know that when you purchase a Sampler Pak from Bar-Maids you get a 15% off coupon? The samplers alone make perfect stocking stuffers, but the extra 15% means I am prepared. Don't wait! After purchasing the Sampler Pack, with coupon code in hand, my Bar-Maids cyber monday deal is a steal.  

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Issue 7 of entangled magazine is out now!  Issue 7 has articles on an inspiring Auckland weaver, a global business with heart, a knitter who nearly went mad knitting Doctor Who, and more! Much more! Find out just how much more at www.entangledmagazine.com. 

entangled magazine – the magazine for all fibrecrafters - is available through zinio.com or itunes app store – check them out, you won’t be disappointed!

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!

Announcements/Housekeeping:

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On The Needles:(0:32)

We did our duty as responsible citizens and went out to vote as a family.

 Gigi has made progress on the Tiny Tealeaves Cardigan.  Jasmin reminisses about finding stuff while cleaning her room. Jasmin knitted half a row on her Daybreak

 Gigi cast on another preemie hat and is using The Sock Knitter's Handbook for learning different cast-ons. 

Jasmin mentions we are signed up for Lily Chin's short-rowing class at Stitches West. Also, we mention Galina's spinning class that Jasmin is signed up for. (Her classes still have space!)

 Jasmin has made progress on the sleeves of the Playful Stripes Cardigan. Gigi is knitting socks for Genevieve, and she has found UFO socks that she is going to finish.

Events:(14:21)

We will be attending

- Stitches West: February 21-24, 2013


Mother Knows Best:(14:44)

Gigi shares a trick for making sewing pins slick.   Iris Silk Pins are the only pins Gigi will use.

We mention Pinterest.

When Knitting Attacks:(19:22)

Gigi was attacked by the UFO socks, she had managed to knit the foot too long. 

The I-cord that she was knitting into her preemie hat did not make her heart sing, in fact, she thought it was ugly.  

Purloined:(23:58)

This week we purloin "Something Local, Something Green", from the Fluffy Fibers Podcast, hosted by Isabelle.

Review:(27:42)

 This week we review The Sewing Workshop by Linda Lee, and Custom Couture, by Helene le Berre

 Gigi mentions Kenneth D. King and the Jacket with lots of buttons

And Sew On:(37:24)

Jasmin didn't finish the mouse costume for Halloween, and was disappointed. Gigi saved the day!

Gigi did some of the sewing and was very happy.  We did a modification and added snaps at the inseams, for easy diaper changes.

Direct download: Episode_203.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00pm PST

Shenanigans - Episode 202 - The Knitmore Girls

This episode has been sponsored by:

bar maids

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 moisutrized. 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.

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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The Sheep Shop is a welcoming yarn shop in the historic university town of Cambridge, England, only 50 miles from London.  You'll find fabulous touchy-feely yarns, including a fine selection of local and British yarns, cashmere, angora, llama, a variety of wools and other bundles of wonder alongside what you need to knit & crochet.  We think choosing what you’re going to make and feel between your fingers is one of life’s pleasures, and we want to make it a pleasure for you to find what you need.  Make yourself comfy on our sofa, there’s a Ravelry station and coffee on tap.  Making beautiful things brings enormous satisfaction – let us satisfy you!


On The Needles:(0:31)

 Gigi is making slow progress on her No Tears Socks. Jasmin is enjoying knitting the hem of the Playful Stripes Cardigan, and her sharp ChiaoGoo Needles needles are making it easier.

Gigi is knitting socks for Genevieve out of yarn left over from the Hobbit Sock.

 

Gigi finished her second Shawl Collared Cowl. Also, she is knitting the Tiny Tealeaves Cardigan out of eggplant colored  Madeline Tosh dk. Jasmin mentions GreenTriangleGirl, from the A playful day podcast.

 We discuss the finale of Project Runway.

Events:(12:01)

We will be attending

- Stitches West:  February 21-24, 2013


Mother Knows Best:(12:21)

We answer a listener question about etiquette on self promotion for pattern designers.

Purloined:(19:45)

 This week we purloin the adventurous spirit and love of all things unusual from the electric sheep from the Hoxton Handmade Podcast. Gigi reminisses about Halloweens past.

Review:(26:17)

 This week we review

Knitting Never Felt Better, by Nicky Epstein.

And Sew On:(31:59)

Jasmin is working on a mouse costume for Genevieve (Simplicity 2506). She is inordinately impressed with the paw applique that Gigi did for the soles of the booties. We were going to do reverse threaded darts, which is a really elegant technique.

Direct download: Episode_202.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30pm PST

This week's episode has been sponsored by:

bar maids

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 moisutrized. 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.

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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The Sheep Shop is a welcoming yarn shop in the historic university town of Cambridge, England, only 50 miles from London.  You'll find fabulous touchy-feely yarns, including a fine selection of local and British yarns, cashmere, angora, llama, a variety of wools and other bundles of wonder alongside what you need to knit & crochet.  We think choosing what you’re going to make and feel between your fingers is one of life’s pleasures, and we want to make it a pleasure for you to find what you need.  Make yourself comfy on our sofa, there’s a Ravelry station and coffee on tap.  Making beautiful things brings enormous satisfaction – let us satisfy you!

On The Needles:(0:34)

Gigi has finished her Shawl Collared Cowl and started another one in black.  Jasmin is working on the Playful Stripes Cardigan, also by Alana Dakos. 

Gigi is swatching for a Lana Grossa Luxe shawl, but is practicing the pattern on sock yarn, since the yarn is delicate. 

Jasmin is working on a Houdini Sock for Andrew. Gigi has unearthed a UFO: a color work sock from The Little Box of Socks. Gigi has started the Tiny Tealeaves Cardigan out of Madeline Tosh DK. And she is plugging away on the No Tears Sock.

Jasmin mentions Meliabella from the His and Hers podcast, and Gigi talks about the Savvy Girls podcast.

 

Events:(10:26)

We will be attending

- Stitches West:  February 21-24, 2013



Mother Knows Best:(10:43)

 Gigi talks about sewing Halloween costumes for Jasmin and Sam. Jasmin references Debbie Bliss' Kid's Knits for Heads, Hands, and Toes

When Knitting Attacks:(15:56)

 Gigi has been attacked by the Tiny Tealeaves Cardigan. Jasmin was attacked by the picots of her Playful Stripes Cardigan.

Purloined:(20:11)

 This week we purloin sci fi from Brass Needles' Miss Kalendar, and talk about Rules of Acquisition: we acquired Cascade Greenland for baby sweaters

Review:(26:16)

 This week we review

Design It, Knit It by Debbie Bliss

Jasmin also referenced Sally Melville's The Knit Stitch

 

Straw Into Gold:(34:16)

Gigi finally knitted her swatch for the SPAKAL. Jasmin has been spinning  her Merino Border Leicester cross, she is thinking of doing a Hannah Fettig (Yoked Cardigan) sweater out of it.  And she murmured about a 2013 SPAKAL.

And Sew On:(37:30)

Gigi fixed an uneven edge on a onesie for Genevieve, and is happy with it now. Jasmin  has been working on Genevieve's Halloween  mouse costume (Simplicity 2506) . She is using The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook for reference.

Direct download: Episode_201.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30pm PST

All you need is love - Episode 200 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

bar maids

 So we’ve addressed the issue of dry, cracked, angry hands. The unparalleled Lo-Lo Bar by Bar Maids does a great job healing and protecting skin and making sure we feel pampered. But even the most amazing moisturizers need a helper sometimes. Cuticle Intensive by Bar Maids is like the jelly to Lo-Lo Bar’s peanut butter! The applicator is so easy to use that you can literally put it on while sitting at a traffic light. The tube last longer than it takes to make a brioche bedspread!  This incredibly effective cuticle cream takes your irritated cuticles, infuses them with sorely needed moisture, and solves the issue of peeling, sore fingers in a snap! Simple application, no rubbing necessary, no problem! Fingers rejoice!

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Issue 7 of entangled magazine is out now! It's fresher than a spring lamb!

Issue 7 has articles on an inspiring Auckland weaver, a global business with heart, a knitter who nearly went mad knitting Doctor Who, and more! Much more!

Find out just how much more at www.entangledmagazine.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! 

Photobucket

The Sheep Shop is a welcoming yarn shop in the historic university town of Cambridge, England, only 50 miles from London.  You'll find fabulous touchy-feely yarns, including a fine selection of local and British yarns, cashmere, angora, llama, a variety of wools and other bundles of wonder alongside what you need to knit & crochet.  We think choosing what you’re going to make and feel between your fingers is one of life’s pleasures, and we want to make it a pleasure for you to find what you need.  Make yourself comfy on our sofa, there’s a Ravelry station and coffee on tap.  Making beautiful things brings enormous satisfaction – let us satisfy you!

On The Needles:(0:31)

Gigi is working on her second No Tears Sock, and planning to change the heel. Jasmin is working on the Walk of Shame socks. We mentioned the Knitted Graft, and Judith Mackenzie McCuin's method of cutting yarn.

Gigi has gotten to the shoulders of her Odelia cardigan. Jasmin cast on the Playful Stripes Cardigan by Alana Dakos, who also has designed Coastal Knits cardigans. Gigi is knitting the fronts of the Bundi cardigan, and Abby From the Knit Knit Cafe had a very constructive suggestion. Jasmin is plugging away at the Breezy Cardigan.

Gigi finished her Sweet Tomato Heel Socks and started a preemie hat out of leftover yarn from her Ophidian Shawl.

We mentioned Randall Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon. November is the period of Purple Crying and Shaken Baby Syndrome, and if you want to knit a purple hat to donate to this cause at your local county hospital, they would appreciate it.

We  answered listener questions for  our 200th episode:

Jasmin mentions her Mariah cardigan as one of her favorite projects

We list out favorite yarns: Regia sock yarns, Tess Yarns sock yarn, Abstract Fiber Miro , Tess Microfiber Ribbon.

We mentioned the Knit Wits.We recall a memorable dinner at Sock Summit with Syne Mitchell, the Tsarina of Tsocks, Sandy Wiseheart, Jennifer Holiday.

We reminisce about a Black Sheep Trip, Oregon Flock and Fiber, Sock Summit, the Church of Elvis, the Button Emporium, Josephine's Dry Goods.

Brenda Dayne inspired Jasmin to start podcasting.


Events:(23:28)

We will be attending

- Stitches West:  February 21-24, 2013


Mother Knows Best:(23:46)

Reminiscing, Gigi mentions Burda Magazine, sewing classes at West Valley College.


When Knitting Attacks:(34:18)

Gigi was attacked by her Ophidian.

Review:(35:09)

This week we review Knit One Knit All by Elizabeth Zimmermann.


 Purloined:(42:25)

We are answering questions from our listeners. We saw Franklin Habit, and mentioned the Cognitive Fiber Retreat

And Sew On:(1:02:01)

Gigi does some finishing on baby blankets, Jasmin gets started on Genevieve's Halloween costume. We attended the Pacific International Quilt Festival.

Specialty's sandwiches are amazing for events at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Direct download: Episode_200.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Expired - Episode 199 - The Knitmore Girls

This episode is sponsored by:

bar maids

i.C/E Serum is the perfect daily/nightly eye treatment.  With nourishing and protective antioxidants, this lightweight formula absorbs easily into the skin to deliver stunning results. i.C/E Serum is a  powerful combination of natural ingredients which encourages skin regeneration, leads to tightened and toned skin due to its astringent qualities, and contains potent antioxidants which help to slow down the visible signs of aging.

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!

Photobucket

The Sheep Shop is a welcoming yarn shop in the historic university town of Cambridge, England, only 50 miles from London.  You'll find fabulous touchy-feely yarns, including a fine selection of local and British yarns, cashmere, angora, llama, a variety of wools and other bundles of wonder alongside what you need to knit & crochet.  We think choosing what you’re going to make and feel between your fingers is one of life’s pleasures, and we want to make it a pleasure for you to find what you need.  Make yourself comfy on our sofa, there’s a Ravelry station and coffee on tap.  Making beautiful things brings enormous satisfaction – let us satisfy you!


On The Needles:(0:31) 

Gigi has finished knitting the Sister Joan Shawl, and is looking for new bonbon knitting. Jasmin is working on her Breezy Cardigan again, and enjoying it a lot. Gigi has finished knitting the Hobbit socks. Jasmin finished Andrew's Latte Houdini socks, and has started a new pair of socks for him.

 

Gigi had finished the knitting part of the Featherweight Cardigan and excavated a UFO: the Odelia from Cocoknits out of Silk and Wool from Tess Yarns. Jasmin is working on sleeve number 4 of Andrew's Baseball Jersey, and is thinking of steeking it. Gigi was planning to knit another shawl, mentioned Romi Hill Designs, and has excavated a former UFO: the Shawl Collared Cowl.

Jasmin is knitting socks out of the "Walk of Shame" colorway from Little Red Bicycle. 

Gigi is working on her Bundi cardigan, and has decided not to do it as magic loop, but rather on two needles. Genevieve is outgrowing her little sweaters, and Jasmin is getting ready to swatch Playful Stripes for her.

Events:(11:08)

We will be attending

- Pacific International Quilt Festival: Oct 11-14, 2012

- Stitches West:  February 21-24, 2013


Mother Knows Best:(11:49)

We talk about expired clothing, dressing one's age and not dressing matronly. This discussion has been inspired by the book that Gigi is reading,


Sew Painful:(16:36)

Gigi neglected to enter the date for her quilting class on her calendar, and subsequently missed the class.


Purloined:(17:51)

This week we are purloining the cake from the Knit.Spin.Cake podcast, hosted by Aimee. Gigi reminisces about Kaffee und Kuchen in Germany. Jasmin references The New York Times Dessert Cookbook.


Review:(22:10)

This week we review Knit, Swirl! by Sandra McIver


And Sew On:(31:21)

Gigi picked up a bolt of muslin to sew trial versions of sewn garments. We are thinking of sewing the vintage coat designed by Gretchen, Butterick Patterns B5824, from Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing. Gigi looked at the site for  Britex Fabrics.

 

For Halloween, Jasmin is planning to sew a mouse costume (Simplicity 2506) for Genevieve.

Direct download: Episode_199.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

Confessions - Episode 198 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

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Abstract Fiber would like to invite you to join our 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! For 2013, some of the colors have been chosen and we have four fabulous designers (Donna Arney, Sivia Harding, Judy Becker, and Kristin  Spurkland) on board so far.  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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Issue 7 of entangled magazine is out now! Just this week - it's fresher than a spring lamb!

Issue 7 has articles on an inspiring Auckland weaver, a global business with heart, a knitter who nearly went mad knitting Doctor Who, and more! Much more!

Find out just how much more at www.entangledmagazine.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:(0:38)

Gigi has finished the front of her Bundi Cardigan, out of Jewel Hand Dyed. She is using one of the cocoknits tutorials for the shoulder shaping.Jasmin is working on the fourth sleeve of Andrew's Baseball Jersey.

Gigi is making progress on the Sister Joan Shawl. Jasmin finished the Houdini Socks for Andrew. She is thinking of using a new bind-off from The Sock Knitters Handbook that we reviewed last week.

Gigi has been excavating projects out of her UFO bin: A vanilla sock with a Channel Island cast on now has its mate finished. The No Tears Socks got frogged. And a pair of stripey socks that needed the second foot, is also finished.

Andrew has requested the Raglan-Sleeved Henley out of Knits Men Want.


Events:(17:50)

 We will be attending

- Pacific International Quilt Festival: Oct 11-14 2012

- Stitches West:  February 21-24 2013


Mother Knows Best:(18:27)

We talked about holiday knitting, and handmade gifts, and knowing your recipient. We included a list of criteria, and a formula for determining the value of a gift.


When Knitting Attacks:(23:42)

Gigi got attacked by her vanilla preemie hat. She also has had problems counting to three. She used the Sweet Tomato Heel tutorial to solve her heel problems


Purloined:(25:55)

This week we are purloining the "Confessions" and "Open Letters" thread from the Savvy Girls Podcast forum on Ravelry.

Also, we mention the Band Candy episode from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Review:(30:31)

This week we review Custom Crocheted Sweaters  by Dora Ohrenstein


 Straw into Gold:(37:37) 

Jasmin is being challenged by her spinning. She is inspired by Abby Franquemont of Respect the Spindle and she is going to hang her spindles to decorate her house.

And Sew On:(39:33)

Gigi has registered for a quilting class at her local quilt store, and is thrilled. the plan is to sew a Cal King quilt for Jasmin and Andrew.

Jasmin has hopelessly fallen in love with a tiny vintage Singer sewing machine.

Also, she got a treasure trove of excellent fabric and a snap press from a friend.

Gigi is enchanted by hand sewing hems on linen napkins.

Direct download: Episode_198.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30pm PST

Slimmer and Taller - Episode 197 - The Knitmore Girls

This episode has been sponsored by:

 bar maids

So we’ve addressed the issue of dry, cracked, angry hands. The unparalleled Lo-Lo Bar by Bar Maids does a great job healing and protecting skin and making sure we feel pampered. But even the most amazing moisturizers need a helper sometimes. Cuticle Intensive by Bar Maids is like the jelly to Lo-Lo Bar’s peanut butter! The applicator is so easy to use that you can literally put it on while sitting at a traffic light. The tube last longer than it takes to make a brioche bedspread!  This incredibly effective cuticle cream takes your irritated cuticles, infuses them with sorely needed moisture, and solves the issue of peeling, sore fingers in a snap! Simple application, no rubbing necessary, no problem! Fingers rejoice! 

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! 

Photobucket

The Sheep Shop is a welcoming yarn shop in the historic university town of Cambridge, England, only 50 miles from London.  You'll find fabulous touchy-feely yarns, including a fine selection of local and British yarns, cashmere, angora, llama, a variety of wools and other bundles of wonder alongside what you need to knit & crochet.  We think choosing what you’re going to make and feel between your fingers is one of life’s pleasures, and we want to make it a pleasure for you to find what you need.  Make yourself comfy on our sofa, there’s a Ravelry station and coffee on tap.  Making beautiful things brings enormous satisfaction – let us satisfy you!

On The Needles:(0:32)

Jasmin has finished the first (third?) sleeve on Andrew's Baseball Jersey, and has started the second (forth?) sleeve. Gigi has finished the knitting part of her Featherweight Cardigan.

Jasmin is making socks out of yarn from Little Red Bicycle, and Gigi is almost done with her Hobbit Socks. Gigi is enjoying knitting in bed, working on the Sister Joan Shawl and listening to the Knitting Pipeline podcast. 

Gigi has excavated her Brown Heathered Skirt from Veronique Avery's Knitting 24/7.  We mention Brenda Dayne and the Lanesplitter skirt which we mistakenly called Sidewinder Skirt. Gigi has cast on the Bundi Cardigan out of Louisa Harding's Cardigans.

Events:(11:57)

 We will be attending

- Pacific International Quilt Festival: Oct 11-14 2012

- Stitches West:  February 21-24 2013

Mother Knows Best:(15:40)

We answer a question from our "What do you want to hear about?" thread. We mention the Lady Eleanor Shawl , the Lily of the Valley Stole and the Frost Flowers Shawl. Niebling patterns and Eugen Beugler are referred to. We also mention the Looped Loop Cowl, and Voolenvine.

Purloined:(22:05)

This week we are purloining Book Talk, from the 2 Knit Lit Chicks podcast, hosted by Tracy and Barb. We both are reading Game of Thrones

Jasmin was listening to Bringing Up Bébé. Jasmin likes Whispersync, and she talks about Dracula, read by Tim Curry and Alan Cummings. Also mentioned: Frankenstein, and Hunger Games. Jasmin is reading "Deadlocked" from the Sookie Stackhouse series.

Review:(30:23)

 This week we review The Sock Knitter's Handbook, by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrot

And Sew On:(34:02)

Jasmin has finished a stack of baby night shirts McCalls 6103. She has cut the fabric for a nursing top: Jalie 2787. Threads magazine now lets subscribers download digital copies as well.

Straw Into Gold:(39:31)

Jasmin has been spinning on her sidekick before bed, and talking to Meghan of Stitch It. And she has been spinning on the Minispinner. Gigi fired herself for not having swatched for her SPAKAL.

Direct download: Episode_197.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

Aaargh! - Episode 196 - The Knitmore Girls

This episode has been sponsored by:

bar maids

i.C/E Serum is the perfect daily/nightly eye treatment.  With nourishing and protective antioxidants, this lightweight formula absorbs easily into the skin to deliver stunning results. i.C/E Serum is a  powerful combination of natural ingredients which encourages skin regeneration, leads to tightened and toned skin due to its astringent qualities, and contains potent antioxidants which help to slow down the visible signs of aging. 

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What do Vikings and Hobbits have in common? Issue 6 of entangled magazine has the answer. Issue 6 of entangled magazine is out now and is available through zinio.com or itunes app. Entangled magazine for passionate fibrecrafters everywhere.

entangled magazine – the magazine for all fibrecrafters - is available through zinio.com or itunes app store – check them out, you won’t be disappointed!

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Purlescence Yarns is thrilled to welcome Ava T. Coleman and Donna Druchunas for a very special event. Stories and Stitches will introduce a new line of historical lace designs, featuring the work of Anna Marie Jensen and Dorothy Reade, pioneers in the world of published lace patterns. Ava and Donna will present the work of these remarkable women and the stories that go with them, including 6 lace designs for a sampler.

Ava and Donna are frequent contributors to Piecework, Knitting Traditions, Crochet Traditions, Spin-Off, and other publications. They are leaders in the field of historical textile scholarship and preservation. Stories and Stitches will be at Purlescence Yarns on September 22, 2012 from 10am – 4:30pm, the cost is $120. Registration is limited; please call 408-735-9276  to reserve your place in the class.

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"The Sheep Shop is a welcoming yarn shop in the historic university town of Cambridge, England, only 50 miles from London.  You'll find fabulous touchy-feely yarns, including a fine selection of local and British yarns, cashmere, angora, llama, a variety of wools and other bundles of wonder alongside what you need to knit & crochet.  We think choosing what you’re going to make and feel between your fingers is one of life’s pleasures, and we want to make it a pleasure for you to find what you need.  Make yourself comfy on our sofa, there’s a Ravelry station and coffee on tap.  Making beautiful things brings enormous satisfaction – let us satisfy you!"


Hoisting the Main Sail (On the Needles):(0:55)

This week Gigi has finished the second (fourth) sleeve of her Featherweight Cardigan, and is working on the neckband.  Jasmin is getting close to finishing the third sleeve of Andrew's Baseball Jersey. Gigi has numbered her Sister Joan Shawl chart and is making amazing tracks.

Jasmin is making some progress on her Daybreak. We are wondering about pirate lessons from Knit Knickers Nick (the pirate), from the Knit Wits Podcast.  Gigi swatched for the Bundi Cardigan.  Jasmin needs to swatch for a sweater for Genevieve. We are sharing weird dreams and Jasmin mentions White Collar, and Gigi has a dream triggered by What you Missed in History Class.

Captain's Orders (Mother Knows Best):(7:32)

Gigi talks about stolen moments, and maximizing what  little time there is. We also offer the term "Whackamole" vs: "Full in full out". Please weigh in.

Walk the Plank (When Knitting Attacks):(11:33)

 Jasmin has been working on the shoulders of the Baseball Jersey and finds that she has more raglan shaping ahead of her.  Gigi has decided that to avert all kinds of mishaps, she needs to read the pattern every time before she starts knitting.

Pillage (Purloined):(13:57)

This week we are pillaging the "Mindless Knitting" segment from the Fiber and Fabric podcast, hosted by Glen. We talk about good stuff making you feel good. Jasmin anticipates wearing her SPAKAL sweater, and Gigi's Cassidy Sweater makes her happy.

Through the Spyglass (Review):(20:15)

We review The Coastal Kids collection (companion patterns to Coastal Knits), 60 More Quick Baby Knits, and Mom & Me Knits

At the Helm (Straw into Gold):(34:48)

Jasmin skeined and set the fiber she spun during the Tour de Fleece. She references Shanon Oakey's book Spin to Knit, and Tyvek wristbands. She is working on her Hansen Mini Spinner, and her Sidekick spinning wheel.

Patching the Sail (And sew on):(38:00)

Jasmin is serging nightshirts on her Baby Lock Evolution, and Gigi is happy with the results that spray starch give her hand sewing

Direct download: Episode_196.mp3
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Third Sleeve - Episode 195 - The Knitmore Girls

This episode has been sponsored by:

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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.

purllogolarge

Purlescence Yarns is thrilled to welcome Ava T. Coleman and Donna Druchunas for a very special event. Stories and Stitches will introduce a new line of historical lace designs, featuring the work of Anna Marie Jensen and Dorothy Reade, pioneers in the world of published lace patterns. Ava and Donna will present the work of these remarkable women and the stories that go with them, including 6 lace designs for a sampler.

Ava and Donna are frequent contributors to Piecework, Knitting Traditions, Crochet Traditions, Spin-Off, and other publications. They are leaders in the field of historical textile scholarship and preservation. Stories and Stitches will be at Purlescence Yarns on September 22, 2012 from 10am – 4:30pm, the cost is $120. Registration is limited; please call 408-735-9276  to reserve your place in the class.

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The Sheep Shop is a welcoming yarn shop in the historic university town of Cambridge, England, only 50 miles from London.  You'll find fabulous touchy-feely yarns, including a fine selection of local and British yarns, cashmere, angora, llama, a variety of wools and other bundles of wonder alongside what you need to knit & crochet.  We think choosing what you’re going to make and feel between your fingers is one of life’s pleasures, and we want to make it a pleasure for you to find what you need.  Make yourself comfy on our sofa, there’s a Ravelry station and coffee on tap.  Making beautiful things brings enormous satisfaction – let us satisfy you!

On The Needles:(0:34)

Gigi is working on the third sleeve of her Featherweight cardigan.  Jasmin is knitting the third sleeve for Andrews Baseball Jersey sweater. Gigi has knitted a bit more on the Sister Joan shawl.

Jasmin has picked the Daybreak for her car knitting. Gigi finished a preemie had with yarn from her goodie bag from the Cognitive Fiber Retreat. We mention Dream in Color in the colorway Purple Rain, and the Petra cardigan.

We are getting ready for the knitting part of our SPAKAL

Mother Knows Best:(7:30)

We share the "Three Before Me" concept.

When Knitting Attacks:(9:47)

Gigi's Featherweight cardigan repeatedly attacks her.

Purloined:(13:21)

We purloin the "Mandarin Minute" idea from Clothed In The Lamb podcast, hosted by Janeen Puckett. We mention German podcasts: Die Urbane Spinnstube, Handmade Fantasie, and Twinneedle. Gigi explains "Handarbeiten".

Review:(16:06)

 This week we review

Jasmin mentions Nancy Bush's Lily of the Valley stole from the book Lace Style.


Straw Into Gold:((25:17)

Gigi plies a sample for her SPAKAL.  She needs to watch The Gentle Art of Plying again.

Jasmin has plyed a good part of her SPAKAL yarn. She mentions a spinning conversation on Knit Knit Cafe.  Jasmin has also spun a good amount on the Hansen Mini Spinner

And Sew On:(32:56)

Jasmin is working on a mountain of sleeper gowns , assembly line style , and saving thurbligs. Her newish Babylock Evolution Serger is making things go much faster. She is really excited about doing the cover stitch.  

Jasmin is planning to sew  Colette nursing tops, and we reference Nancy Ziemans new

book, Pattern Fitting With Confidence.

Gigi hemmed a napkin using a pulled thread technique: "Hohlsaum" , with linen that Jasmin bought at Mood fabric in LA.

Direct download: Episode_195.mp3
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Purl with an Accent - Episode 194 - The Knitmore Girls

This episode is brought to you 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! For 2013, some of the colors have been chosen and we have four fabulous designers (Donna Arney, Sivia Harding, Judy Becker, and Kristin  Spurkland) on board so far.  Check out all the details at AbstractFiber.com

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Have you ever wondered how the fashion industry predicts trends? In Issue 6 of entangled magazine, Victoria Nicholls -whose job is all about predicting trends –gives us the inside tricks and tips of the trade!

entangled magazine – the magazine for all fibrecrafters - is available through zinio.com or itunes app store – check them out, you won’t be disappointed!

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Purlescence Yarns is thrilled to welcome Ava T. Coleman and Donna Druchunas for a very special event. Stories & Stitches will introduce a new line of historical lace designs, featuring the work of Anna Marie Jensen and Dorothy Reade, pioneers in the world of published lace patterns. Ava and Donna will present the work of these remarkable women and the stories that go with them, including 6 lace designs for a sampler.

Ava and Donna are frequent contributors to Piecework, Knitting Traditions, Crochet Traditions, Spin-Off, and other publications. They are leaders in the field of historical textile scholarship and preservation. Stories and Stitches will be at Purlescence Yarns on September 22, 2012 from 10am – 4:30pm, the cost is $120. Registration is limited; please call 408-735-9276  to reserve your place in the class.

On The Needles:(0:32)

Gigi has finished the knitting part of her Mishke. While Jasmin is working on sleeves for Andrew's baseball jersey, Gigi is working on the sleeves of her Featherweight. Jasmin finished Genevieve's  Mini Mondo Cable Cardi. She is thinking of getting special order zippers for both of their Mondo's from ZipperStop.com.

Gigi is halfway done with her Sister Joan shawl. Jasmin blocked the Debbie Bliss Ribbed Baby Jacket. Gigi did finishing work on a purse, using iron on interfacing. We mention Project Runway, and Tom and Lorenzo's blog comments.


Mother Knows Best:(16:21)

Our new mother gives some advice about attending spinning events.


Purloined:(19:04)

This week we purloin "The Anatomy of....", from The Anatomy of Knitting Videocast, hosted by Erin.

We talked about attending the wool auction at the Monterey County Fair.  We also looked at the Home Arts display at the fair. We think that knitters should be entering the judging.  Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Louis Obispo County residents are eligible to enter.

Also mentioned, Joan from Monarch Knitting and we reference the Band Candy episode from Buffy.

Review:(30:57)

 This week we review The Sock Report Volume One, edited by Janel Laidman.

And Sew On:(36:10)

We are itching to start serious sewing and we review Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing.

Straw Into Gold:(42:24)

 Gigi is spinning on Turkish drop spindles, just to keep practicing. Jasmin is swatching her yarn for the SPAKAL, and doing 3, 4 and 5 ply swatches. She is working on a  Merino Border Leicester cross fleece on her MiniSpinner.

We review "The Gentle Art of Plying" DVD, by Judith McKenzie McCuin. Jasmin mentions The Intentional Spinner, and Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning.

Direct download: Episode194.mp3
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Deep Sea Fish - Episode 193 - The Knitmore Girls

This episode has been sponsored by:

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Purlescence Yarns is thrilled to welcome Ava T. Coleman and Donna Druchunas for a very special event. Stories & Stitches will introduce a new line of historical lace designs, featuring the work of Anna Marie Jensen and Dorothy Reade, pioneers in the world of published lace patterns. Ava and Donna will present the work of these remarkable women and the stories that go with them, including 6 lace designs for a sampler. Ava & Donna are frequent contributors to Piecework, Knitting Traditions, Crochet Traditions, Spin-Off, and other publications. They are leaders in the field of historical textile scholarship & preservation. Stories & Stitches will be at Purlescence Yarns on September 22, 2012 from 10am – 4:30pm, the cost is $120. Registration is limited; please call 408-735-9276  to reserve your place in the class.

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"The Sheep Shop is a welcoming yarn shop in the historic university town of Cambridge, England, only 50 miles from London.  You'll find fabulous touchy-feely yarns, including a fine selection of local and British yarns, cashmere, angora, llama, a variety of wools and other bundles of wonder alongside what you need to knit & crochet.  We think choosing what you’re going to make and feel between your fingers is one of life’s pleasures, and we want to make it a pleasure for you to find what you need.  Make yourself comfy on our sofa, there’s a Ravelry station and coffee on tap.  Making beautiful things brings enormous satisfaction – let us satisfy you!"

On The Needles:(0:35)

Gigi is working on the Mishke.  A lot.  Jasmin is working on the sleeve of Andrew's Baseball Jersey. Gigi has started on the sleeves of the Featherweight. Jasmin is working on  her Breezy cardigan.  She is also working on her DaybreakBiobands allow her to knit in the car.  Gigi is also working on the Sister Joan shawl.

Episode 194 will be a day late, since we are attending the Monterey Wool Auction on Monday.

Our tentative start date for the SPAKAL sweater knitting is the beginning of September.

We talk about the latest episode of Project Runway, and mention What Not To Wear.

Events:(20:42)

September 3rd, we are planning to attend the Monterey Wool Auction, at the Monterey County Fairground

Mother Knows Best:(22:02)

We answer a question about how to wind yarn by hand. We mention using a nostepinne.

When Knitting Attacks:(26:50)

Gigi is repeatedly attacked by her Mishke.

Purloined:(29:47)

This week we purloin Aquisitions, from Knitting MinKnits, hosted by Mindy Vasil.

Gigi buys raw silk at Thai Silk in Los Altos, and uses Color Catchers

Review:(34:25)

This week we review French Girl Knits Accessories, by Kristin Griffin-Grimes. Jasmin mentions French Girl Knits

And Sew On:(39:06)

 

Jasmin is sewing baby blankets and baby night gowns. Tutorial will be released some time in the future. Jasmin mentions Isabel from the Fluffy Fibers podcast, and the nursing tops she plans to sew: (Jalie 2787 Criss Cross Nursing Top, Perfect Nursing Top by Megan Nielsen)

Straw Into Gold:(43:07)

Gigi has found her Jenkins Turkish drop spindle  Jasmin skeined up the yarn she spun for her Goodale. She used Soak to soak the yarn. She is also  doing a lot of plying for the sweater for Genevieve (BFL in Enchanted & Midnight Moon from Freckle Face Fiber at the Cognitive Fiber Retreat, and the Maleficent colorway from Abstract Fiber.)

Direct download: Episode_193.mp3
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Area 51 - Episode 192 - The Knitmore Girls

This episode is sponsored by:

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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Have you ever wondered how the fashion industry predicts trends? In Issue 6 of entangled magazine, Victoria Nicholls -whose job is all about predicting trends –gives us the inside tricks and tips of the trade!

entangled magazine – the magazine for all fibrecrafters - is available through zinio.com or itunes app store – check them out, you won’t be disappointed!

purllogolarge

Purlescence Yarns is thrilled to welcome Ava T. Coleman and Donna Druchunas for a very special event. Stories & Stitches will introduce a new line of historical lace designs, featuring the work of Anna Marie Jensen and Dorothy Reade, pioneers in the world of published lace patterns. Ava and Donna will present the work of these remarkable women and the stories that go with them, including 6 lace designs for a sampler.

Ava & Donna are frequent contributors to Piecework, Knitting Traditions, Crochet Traditions, Spin-Off, and other publications. They are leaders in the field of historical textile scholarship & preservation. Stories & Stitches will be at Purlescence Yarns on September 22, 2012 from 10am – 4:30pm, the cost is $120. Registration is limited; please call 408-735-9276  to reserve your place in the class.

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"The Sheep Shop is a welcoming yarn shop in the historic university town of Cambridge, England, only 50 miles from London.  You'll find fabulous touchy-feely yarns, including a fine selection of local and British yarns, cashmere, angora, llama, a variety of wools and other bundles of wonder alongside what you need to knit & crochet.  We think choosing what you’re going to make and feel between your fingers is one of life’s pleasures, and we want to make it a pleasure for you to find what you need.  Make yourself comfy on our sofa, there’s a Ravelry station and coffee on tap.  Making beautiful things brings enormous satisfaction – let us satisfy you!"

On The Needles:(0:32)

Gigi has joined the sleeves to her Mishke. Jasmin is working on one of the sleeves of the Baseball Jersey. Gigi has gotten to the bottom ribbing of the Featherweight cardigan.  Jasmin is also working on the Breezy cardigan.  We talk about the SPAKAL.  She mentions the Sunrise cardigan.

Gigi is also working on the Sister Joan shawl. Gigi did embroidery with silk ribbon.


Events:(12:21)

 September 3rd, we are planning to attend the Monterey Wool Auction, at the Monterey County Fairground

 We mention our Directors Cut about how to pick a good fleece. And there are tips on how to navigate a wool auction.


Mother Knows Best:(13:45)

We talk about preventing mishaps by keeping blood sugar levels up. Jasmin mentions the Baby lock Evolution Serger.

Purloined:(16:15)

This week we purloin the segment: Whatcha Got Cooking, from The Foodie Knitter podcast, hosted by Lynn Munson.

We also mention Rachel Ray's Comfort Food cookbook .  Gigi is making yogurt in the sun tea maker.


Review:(23:44)

This week we review Shape+Form, by Cookie A.

And Sew On:(30:21)

Jasmin has been sewing lots of baby blankets. Also, sleep gowns from McCall's pattern 8574

Direct download: Episode_192.mp3
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Abducted - Episode 191 - The Knitmore Girls

This episode is sponsored by:

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Purlescence Yarns is thrilled to welcome Ava T. Coleman and Donna Druchunas for a very special event. Stories and Stitches will introduce a new line of historical lace designs, featuring the work of Anna Marie Jensen and Dorothy Reade, pioneers in the world of published lace patterns. Ava and Donna will present the work of these remarkable women and the stories that go with them, including 6 lace designs for a sampler.

Coleman and Druchunas are frequent contributors to Piecework, Knitting Traditions, Crochet Traditions, Spin-Off, and other publications. They are leaders in the field of historical textile scholarship & preservation. Stories and Stitches with Ava T. Coleman and Donna Druchunas will be at Purlescence Yarns on September 22, 2012 from 10am – 4:30pm, the cost is $120. Registration is limited; please call 408-735-9276  to reserve your place in the class.

On The Needles:(0:35)

One Minute Baby update: Genevieve is on the move!

Gigi is working on the sleeves of the Mishke by Cocoknits. Jasmin is working on the sleeves of the Baseball Jersey from Knits Men Want.  Gigi is making good progress on the Featherweight cardigan by Hannah Fettig.

Jasmin is working on a pair of Houdini socks for Andrew.  Jasmin finished the Ribbed Baby Jacket for the Ravellenic Games.  She needs to block the Mini Mondo Baby Cardigan.  She bought a number of patterns for shawls and shared Stephen West's discount code "mysteryrevealed"

Events:(10:39)

 September 3rd, we are planning to attend the Monterey Wool Auction, at the Monterey County Fairground

Mother Knows Best:(10:55)

This week we answer the question: How do you pick what to knit? Gigi goes with whatever "flavor" of knitting grabs her first; Jasmin mentions the Riverside Shawl, Kristin (aka Voolenvine) from the Yarngasm podcast, and Dr Gemma from the Cogknitive podcast. Jasmin also mentions the Color Affection shawl.

When Knitting Attacks:(19:32)

 Gigi is attacked by poor planning. She mentions the Bundi cardigan from Cardigans, by Louisa Harding

Purloined:(22:35)

This week we purloin the "Guernsey" segment from the  iMake podcast, hosted by Martine . We talk about the Rosicrutian Museum in San Jose. We also mention the Rose Garden, and Stitches West.

Review:(27:30)

 One minute health update by Gigi. This week we review Knit Red, by Laura Zander.

We mention the Knitmore Girls colorway by Abstract Fiber, $2 of each skein are donated to the American Heart Association.

And Sew On:(35:22)

Jasmin finished the table cloth, and prepped some linen napkins. Now we are working on baby blankets and sack gowns. We are planning to do a tutorial. Jasmin mentions her Evolution serger.

Straw Into Gold:(39:23)

Jasmin finished plying for her Goodale sweater. She started spinning the Out of Time colorway by Crown Mountain Farms. We mention the SPAKAL sweater.

Direct download: Episode_191.mp3
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Zen - Episode 190 - 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

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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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entangled magazine – the magazine for all fibrecrafters - is available through zinio.com or itunes app store – check them out, you won’t be disappointed!

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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:(0:39)

Jasmin has finished knitting the Ribbed Baby Cardy, by Debbie Bliss, out of Malabrigo Rios

Gigi is working on the body of the Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig. Jasmin has picked up the Ten Year Sweater  again. Gigi is knitting on the sleeves of her Mishke. Jasmin is also working on Houdini Socks for Andrew.  We mention the CogKNITive podcast.

Events:(11:53)

September 3rd, we are planning to attend the Monterey Wool Auction, at the Monterey County Fairground

Mother Knows Best:(12:26)

This week we answer a question from the "What Do You Want to Hear About" thread, "What kind of sweater would make a good beginner's first sweater?"

When Knitting Attacks:(17:41)

Jasmin is attacked by the Ten Year Sweater, Gigi has issues with a cardigan she is knitting for Genevieve.

Purloined:(24:06)

This week we purloin "Urbane Selbstversorgung" from "Die Urbane Spinstube" podcast hosted by Diestel

Review:(30:447)

This week we are reviewing Knitting in Circles by Nicky Epstein

And Sew On:(36:56)

We talk about setting up a cutting station, storing a cutting board and scheduling time for sewing.

 

We mentioned Piecework magazine, Interweave Knits, and Threads magazine on CD.

Straw Into Gold:(44:10)

Jasmin is plying a mountain of singles. Gigi has finished her spinning for the Eadon, and it is spinning a bit on her Turkish drop spindle.

Direct download: Episode_190.mp3
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High Tech-Low Tech - Episode 189 - The Knitmore Girls

On The Needles:( 0:30)

Jasmin has finished knitting on the Mini Mondo Cable Cardi. For the Ravellenic games she started the Debbie Bliss Ribbed Baby Jacket out of Malabrigo Rios. Gigi is knitting Hannah Fettig's Featherweight cardigan in Vail, by Classic Elite.

Gigi is working on the Sister Joan Shawl.  Also, Jasmin has an "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" brain and wants to knit a matching sweaters in the Arwen pattern out of Madeline Tosh DK that she had purchased at A Verb For Keeping Warm, and a matching Lamb's Pride, that was originally intended to be a Tilted Duster.  Gigi is also working on the Mishke.


Events:(16:57)

September 3rd, we are planning to attend the Monterey Wool Auction, at the Monterey County Fairground

Mother Knows Best:(17:21)

This week we answer a question from the "What Do You Want to Hear About" thread, and talk about high tech and low tech methods of keeping track of multiple cables and increases/decreases in a pattern.  We mention Clover locking stitch markers, and Excel spread sheets

Purloined:(24:09)

This week we are purloining "This Week in TV", from the TV Knitting podcast, hosted by StitchMistress.  We talk about Season 10 of Project Runway, and the amazing blouse by Ven.

Review:(31:15)

This week we review Toe-Up Socks in a Box, by Wendy D. Johnson, and Toe-Up Socks for Every Body, by Wendy D. Johnson. We also mention (and recommend) Socks from the Toe Up.


Straw Into Gold:(41:20)

Gigi has one ounce left of her SPAKAL spinning, and has done a bit of spinning on her Turkish drop spindle.

 

Jasmin is plying her shetland singles for the Goodale sweater, and she has been enabling her friends into buying Woolee Winders.  She is also coveting a MiniSpinner.

Direct download: Episode_189.mp3
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Wasting diamonds- Episode 188 - The Knitmore Girls

This episode has been sponsored by:

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Whether you buy entangled magazine for the articles, or just the pictures, you won’t be disappointed! entangled is a bi-monthly digital only magazine designed to satisfy fibre crafters with lush imagery and in-depth articles. Entangled and their writers are passionate about all fibrecraft and sharing their passion with you.

entangled is available through zinio.com or itunes app store – check them out, you won’t be disappointed!

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)

Jasmin is working on her Mini Mondo Cable cardigan.  Gigi is still working on her Mishke.

Jasmin is planning a sweater for Genevieve out of Cascade 220 superwash to go with her Carter's onesies. She is thinking of maybe knitting an Alana Dakos design (this one).  Gigi is also planning to knit a sweater out of Cascade 220 for Genevieve out of 60 Quick Baby Knits. We mentioned the

Intarsia 1 and Intarsia 2  DVDs by Lucy Neatby.

We mention the Daybreak shawl. Gigi is happy with her progress on her Sister Joan Shawl.

Jasmin put another row on her Houdini sock, and Gigi is working on a sock for Genevieve out of Regia.

Jasmin mentioned the baby Arwen sweater for the Ravellenic games. We mention a trip to Hicklebee's bookstore for the Mac Barnett signing. We attended a Cascade Yarns tasting; some Cascade Heritage Silk, and Jewel Handpaint yarn. Cascade Magnum is mentioned, and The Great American Kid's Afghan.. We are working with Addi Click needles so we can review them.

Events:(17:40)

September 3rd, we are planning to attend the Monterey Wool Auction, at the Monterey County Fairground

Mother Knows Best:(18:29)

We talk about color memory.

Purloined:(23:12)

This week we purloined the "Geek Squee"  segment from the Knit 1, Geek 2 podcast . We talk about The Walking Dead TV series. Jasmin mentions The Walking Dead graphic novels. We also mention World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.

Review:(28:55)

This week we reviewed

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen.

Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski, illustrated by Lee Harper

The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater...That Grandma Knit, by Debbie Macomber and Mary Lou Carney, illustrated by Vincent Nguyen

And Sew On:(45:30)

Gigi mentions spray on fabric adhesiveProject Runway Season 10 has started.

Straw Into Gold:(49:39)

Jasmin completed her Tour de Fleece goal of finishing spinning the singles for her SPAKAL sweater, and also finished the singles out of the BFL from FreckleFace Fiber and Abstract Fiber. She is using Enchanted, Midnight Moon and Maleficent. She is also plying for her Goodale sweater.

Gigi also not only managed her Tour de Fleece goal, but also made huge progress on her SPAKAL sweater.

Direct download: Episode_188.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:30pm PST

Full in, full out - Episode 187 - The Knitmore Girls

This episode has been sponsored by:

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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When you read fibrecraft magazines do you want to know the whole story? Do you want to have great in-depth articles on more than just one craft? Do you want beautiful inspiring images to accompany the inspirational stories? Then you’ll love entangled magazine!

entangled magazine is a digital only fibrecraft magazine and they deliver in-depth articles accompanied by rich lush images to inspire, inform and involve you with the fibrecraft world.

entangled magazine is available through zinio.com or itunes app store – check them out, you won’t be disappointed!

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:(0:35)

Gigi is working on her Mishke, and making progress. Jasmin is working on the Breezy cardigan.

Gigi is working on the Sister Joan Shawl.  We mentioned The Sopranos. Jasmin is trying to finish the Mini Mondo cable cardigan out of Abstract Fiber's Miro. Jasmin is working on finishing Houdini socks for Andrew.  Gigi finished a pair of vanilla socks, and vanilla socks for Genevieve, and is working on some hobbit size socks.  We also were praising the Bar Maids O' For Feet's Sake, and the body bar.

Events:(12:02)

September 3rd, we are planning to attend the Monterey Wool Auction, at the Monterey County Fairground

Mother Knows Best:(12:35)

Full in, full out. Also: Do it now! Principle

Purloined:(14:30)

This week we are stealing "Caffeinated", from the Knit Knit Cafe podcast, hosted by Abby and Ben. We also mention the Burda Style blog, and the Burda Style Handbook


Review:(17:55)

This week we review Cardigans by Louisa Harding, and we mentions her books with projects for kids.

 And Sew On:(22:53)

We are getting ready to sew a table cloth out of linen that we bought at Mood in LA. We mention a technique for mitered corners from Piecework magazine

Straw Into Gold:(25:32)

Gigi is not sure about her drop spindle technique, working on her Turkish drop spindle. Jasmin is spinning out of fiber from FreckleFace Fiber from the Cognitive Fiber Retreat.  Jasmin needs to ply her fiber for her Goodale.  Gigi is making good progress on her SPAKAL sweater. 

Direct download: Episode_187.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00pm PST

Make Lemonade - Episode 186 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

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!

 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:

Gigi is working on the Mishka cardigan by Cocoknits out of Donegal Tweed. Jasmin is still working on her Breezy cardigan. Gigi finally finished knitting the Kleio, but hasn't taken pictures yet.  Jasmin has not worked on her Daybreak shawl lately.

Gigi has picked up the Sister Joan shawl by Sivia Harding again and loves the beading. They have subscribed to Seven Small Shawls, Year 3, by Romi Hill. Jasmin is working on the Mini Mondo cable cardigan for Genevieve.

Jasmin mentions Voolenvine from the Yarngasm podcast and Natalie from BarkNKnit.  Talking about up or down sizing sweaters, and we mention Coastal Kids patterns by Hannah Fettig and Alana Dakos.  Gigi is still working on a pair of vanilla socks with a Channel Island cast on, socks for Mr. Knitmore, and for  Genevieve. Jasmin wanted to knit something out of Tess Yarns microfiber ribbon, but finds herself short on time.

Events:(12:42)

September 3rd, we are planning to attend the Monterey Wool Auction, at the Monterey County Fairground

Mother Knows Best:(13:15)

We are talking about good equipment this week.  Gigi mentions Fiskar scissors, and Gingher scissors.

Jasmin enabled yet another friend into buying a matchless spinning wheel.  Also she mentions her Bernina sewing machine.  We mention the Jenkins Turkish drop spindle.


When Knitting Attacks:(18:32)

Gigi had problems with keeping track of her row count and thinks that the Clover Row Counter can help her prevent this problem in the future. We also mention the knit picks chart minder.

Purloined:(20:54)

This week we steal "All Spun Up", from the Spin Control podcast hosted by Shilo. We mention The Perfect Scoop Ice Cream cookbook, Pinterest, the KitchenAid juicer attachment that made this happen.  We also mentioned a food mill, and shanties made with homemade lemonade and Foster's beer.

Review:(24:39)

This week we review Knitting with The Color Guys by Kaffee Fasset and Brandon Mably. Jasmin mentions the Philosopher's Wool. We also recommend Intarsia Untangled by Lucy Neatby. Jasmin mentions Maggie's Ireland, by Maggie Jackson.

And Sew On:(32:58)

Jasmin has sewed a half dozen night gowns for Genevieve out of knit fabric. She is thrilled with her Evolution serger, and has been pinning dresses on Pinterest. We also mentioned the Burda Style book.


Straw Into Gold:(39:10)

Gigi is spinning for her Tour de Fleece.  She mentions Crown Mountain Farms Superwash merino.  She finds her progress on the SPAKAL satisfactory.  Jasmin thinks she will reach her Tour de Fleece goal. And she would like to ply and get her Eadon started.

Direct download: Episode_186.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

What's in a name? - Episode 185 - 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.

Photobucket

Whether you buy entangled magazine for the articles, or just the pictures, you won’t be disappointed! entangled is a bi-monthly digital only magazine designed to satisfy fibre crafters with lush imagery and in-depth articles. Entangled and their writers are passionate about all fibrecraft and sharing their passion with you. entangled is available through zinio.com or itunes app store – check them out, you won’t be disappointed!

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:(0:32)

This week  Gigi has knit another preemie hat.  Jasmin is working on her Breezy Cardigan out of her handspun. Gigi used Lucy Neatby's Book Cool Socks Warm Feet to refresh her skills on doing a Channel Island cast on.

Jasmin is working on the Mini Mondo Cable Cardigan out of  Miro by Abstract Yarn. Gigi is working on the border of her Kleio by Rosemary Hill, and Jasmin mentioned that Romi has announced the next series of shawls.

We are thinking of what to knit for the Ravellenic Games, Jasmin is thinking of knitting a tiny Arwen Sweater for Genevieve with yarn she bought from A Verb for Keeping Warm, and Gigi is thinking of using her phone app- (raglanify) to knit a raglan.

Events:(10:08)

September 3rd, we are planning to attend the Monterey Wool Auction, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.

Contest:(10:39)

We announced the winners of the Spring Cleaning Contest!

Mother Knows Best:(15:03)

Today we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about thread" and "What to do with scratchy yarn, and which one is the perfect sweater/cardigan?"

We mentioned Soak Wool Wash. We mentioned Jean Frost's class on lining knits. Also: the Cassidy cardigan, and the Basic Chic Pulli

Purloined(21:39)

This week we purloin : On a Happy Note from Down Cellar Studio. Jasmin mentions Live365, and the new cast of Evita with Ricky Martin. Gigi's happy note is home made Aztec Chocolate ice cream made from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz and the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker


Review:(26:21)

This week we review The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, by Nora Abousteit with Alison Kelly.

Straw Into Gold:(39:44)

Gigi is working with her Jenkins Lark Turkish drop spindle and we mention the Turkish delight, and spinning fiber from Crown Mountain Farms.  Her SPAKAL spinning is coming along nicely. Jasmin is making tracks on her spinning with the Rambouillet cross. She mentions Down Cellar Studio's photography tips.

Direct download: Episode_185.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Kerfuffle - Episode 184 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode has been sponsored by:

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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Entangled Magazine focuses on any craft that starts with fiber: spinning, weaving, sewing, dyeing, knitting, crochet, fibery animals, etcetera. We’ve been getting rave reviews and recent subscribers are seeking out the back issues to complete their collection. If it starts as fiber you’ll read about it in Entangled! All the details on the magazine, and a free preview issue for you to download, can be found at Entangledmagazine.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:(00:33)

Gigi is making progress on the border of her Kleio. Jasmin is working on her Breezy cardigan. Gigi finished one of the Hobbit socks for Mr. Knitmore and started the second one. Jasmin has gotten to the border  of her Daybreak.  Gigi has also finished two preemie hats.

We discuss the United States Olympic Committee issuing a cease and desist order prohibiting the use of the term "Ravelympics". We also mentioned the "Woolsack Project", the iMake podcast, and the Yarn Harlot's blog response.

Events:(19:39)

September 3rd, we are planning to attend the Monterey Wool Auction, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.

Contest:(20:57)

 Spring Cleaning Contest, ends July 2nd. Read the thread on the board and get ideas and contribute your own! Jasmin is upping the ante- for each extra 50 entries we are adding a new prize.

For the first 200 entries, we have THREE prize packs from the Bar Maids that each include:

- A Lo-lo to go bar

- A Lo-lo body bar

- A cuticle intensive stick

- An O' For Feets Sake

And our fourth prize is a subscription to Entangled Magazine

For our fifth prize we added an XRX book duo including: Swing, Swagger, Drape by Janet Slicer-Smith, and Magnificent Mittens and Socks, by Anna Zilboorg

For our sixth prize we added a Pagewood Farms Tinkerbell Needle Felted Silk Scarf Kit, donated by Purlescense Yarns.

For our seventh prize we added two pairs of sock blockers by ChappysMom, one set has cats on them, and the other set has skull and crossbones.

Jasmin is challenging listeners to add more entries and offering another prize:  a hank of Tess Yarns microfiber ribbon, and a hank of Tess Yarn "Whiskers"

Jasmin also mentions tidying while talking to Abby of Knit Knit Cafe podcast


Mother Knows Best:(26:29)

Today we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about thread": Repair a sock or not?

We mentioned Dream in Color Smooshy Yarn


Review:(33:17)

This week we review Spin to Knit, The Knitters Guide to Making Yarn by Shannon Okey, published by  Interweave Press.

We mention roving from Shari of Morro Fleece Works, and Dr Gemma's Cogknitive Retreat, and Judith McCuin McKenzie. Also: Abby Franquemont's Respect the Spindle; Spindolyn and Bosworth Spindles. We also mention The Intentional Spinner.


And Sew On:(45:21)

Jasmin is learning to sew curved edges on her Evolution serger. Nascar and Mario Cars come up in the conversation. A new sewing machine needle is needed for each new project, and ball point needles for knits.

Straw Into Gold:(49:38)

Jasmin has been working on her SPAKAL sweater, and is spinning on a drop spindle.

Tour de Fleece is coming up, watch Team Sasquatch!

Direct download: Episode_184.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

Tastes like pink - Episode 183 - 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

I can never decide what I want. Maybe it’s because I deserve it all. And I think we ALL deserve a little taste of everything. Bar Maids, the makers of the fantastically moisturizing, all-natural Lo-Lo Bar, understand this. They have an AMAZING offer, and the answer to your dilemma.

The Everything Please! Allows you to try all of their most popular products, in any of the scrumptious scents of your choice, all at once! It comes with a Lo-Lo Bar, Lo-Lo To Go bar (perfectly portable for your purse, knitting box, car, diaper bag, wherever!), Lo-Lo Lips, cuticle intensive, Oh For Feet Sake foot moisturizer and your choice of original, +20 or +50 face pudding. That’s a lot of beauty in one little bag. If you can’t decide, now you don’t have to. Be as indecisive as you want, but just be sure to decide that you’re worth pampering, and let Bar Maids do all the heavy lifting! Buuuut, you still have to choose your scent… But don’t worry, you probably will definitely not most likely choose the right or wrong one.  Good luck!

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Entangled Magazine focuses on any craft that starts with fiber: spinning, weaving, sewing, dyeing, knitting, crochet, fibery animals, etcetera. We’ve been getting rave reviews and recent subscribers are seeking out the back issues to complete their collection. If it starts as fiber you’ll read about it in Entangled! All the details on the magazine, and a free preview issue for you to download, can be found at Entangledmagazine.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 working on her Breezy Cardigan by Hannah Fettig out of her hand spun. Gigi has done a few teeth onto her Kleio. Jasmin is working on her Mini Mondo Cabled Cardi, out of Abstract Fiber Miro.  Gigi  is thinking of doing a Baby Rocky Coast Cardigan for Genevieve.  She also has finished a pair of stipey socks out of Regia and cast on socks for Genevieve.  Jasmin has put a few more rows onto her Daybreak Shawl.  Gigi has finished another sock and hasn't cast on the second one, because she needs to look up directions for the Channel Island cast on. Jasmin mentions Handbreak to convert DVDs to MP4s.

We talked about our outing to the Retzlaff Winery,  and buying Jensen Turkish spindles from Carolina Homespun.  Jasmin also bought some Wood beams wood conditioner there. She also bought two pounds of cormo top from Sue Reuser to make sweaters for Genevieve. She also bought some excellent blush wine from the Retzlaff Winery. We also mentioned the port wine from the Savannah Chanel Winery. We chatted with Tracy and Barb, from the Two Knit Lit Chicks podcast, and Manda from Knitting Psychos.

We also talked about our visit to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, which is our local County Hospital. This is the place to which we take the preemie hats that out listeners have donated. Jasmin mentioned the Remembering Remy project.

We spent WWKIP day at the Ainsley House in Campbell; we mention the Bar Maids promotion on Facebook.

Events:(25:11)

September 3rd, we are planning to attend the Monterey Wool Auction, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.

Contest:(26:17)

 Spring Cleaning Contest, ends July 2nd. Read the thread on the board and get ideas and contribute your own! Jasmin is upping the ante- for each extra 50 entries we are adding a new prize.

For the first 200 entries, we have THREE prize packs from the Bar Maids that each include:

- A Lo-lo to go bar

- A Lo-lo body bar

- A cuticle intensive stick

- An O' For Feets Sake

And our fourth prize is a subscription to Entangled Magazine

For our fifth prize we added an XRX book duo including: Swing, Swagger, Drape by Janet Slicer-Smith, and Magnificent Mittens and Socks, by Anna Zilboorg

Mother Knows Best:(30:48)

This week we answer a question about how we get so much knitting and sewing done. We mention the Breezy cardigan, Flylady.net, and Carson Demer's ergonomic advice

Purloined:(39:36)

This week we purloined Nature Notes from the Knitting Pipeline podcast. Jasmin mentions The Perfect Scoop, by David Lebovitz

Review:(45:03)

This week we are reviewing Namaste bags: the Boardwalk bag, the mini messenger bag, the Laguna bag, and the Mommy on the Move changing pad/wipe case combo.

Straw into Gold:(57:13)

Jasmin has been working on spinning some Rambouillet while wearing Genevieve in the Ergo carrier. Thank  you's to the other podcasters who are team leaders for Team Sasquatch for the Tour de Fleece.

 

BONUS! After the "outro" music, some audio from DangerMouse!

Direct download: Episode_183.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Stash grooming - Episode 182 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

bar maids

 So we’ve addressed the issue of dry, cracked, angry hands. The unparalleled Lo-Lo Bar by Bar Maids does a great job healing and protecting skin and making sure we feel pampered. But even the most amazing moisturizers need a helper sometimes. Cuticle Intensive by Bar Maids is like the jelly to Lo-Lo Bar’s peanut butter! The applicator is so easy to use that you can literally put it on while sitting at a traffic light. The tube last longer than it takes to make a brioche bedspread!  This incredibly effective cuticle cream takes your irritated cuticles, infuses them with sorely needed moisture, and solves the issue of peeling, sore fingers in a snap! Simple application, no rubbing necessary, no problem! Fingers rejoice!  

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Entangled Magazine is a magazine for all fibrecrafters and brings you inspirational stories from around the world. If you enjoy the in-depth thoughtful discussions the Knitmore girls have about fibre, you will enjoy the articles in entangled. Entangled is independently published and you can help make their story a success. This week is the final week of their indiegogo campaign, where they are offering amazing rewards in return for your donations. Check out the indiegogo page to find links to free articles and our free preview issue!

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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Stash is the Willamette Valley's newest boutique yarn shop, located in

beautiful downtown Corvallis, Oregon. We feature high quality yarn and fiber from

the Pacific Northwest, as well as a variety of knitting and spinning

classes. This June, Stash is pleased to welcome the one and only Brenda Dayne of

Cast-On to our shop.  Brenda will be teaching her amazing toe-up sock

recipe, which features the best-looking, absolutely easiest, short-row

method for toes and heels ever invented. (Brenda would know; she’s tried

them all.)  Join us afterward for a book signing event from 5-7pm.

Last but not least, come sample our local wares at Black Sheep Gathering in building 2, booth #12.

On The Needles:(0:37)

Gigi hast cast on the Sister Joan Lace Shawl by Sivia Harding, from the Abstract Fiber One Skein/Two Skein club. Jasmin has finished the garter wrap baby kimono out of Skinny Bugga. Gigi cast on the Maria sweater by Cocoknits out of Shibui Silk Cloud. Jasmin is also working on the cabled raglan baby sweater, an Interweave Knits freebee from Knitting Daily, out of Abstract Fiber Miro. Gigi has started the cuff on her second Houdini sock, and is knitting tube socks for Genevieve. Jasmin is also working on her Daybreak.

Events:(10:26)

- June 2nd: Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery, in Livermore, CA

     - Bring a chair, sun screen, cash, checkbook, spinning, something for the potluck, and a hat

     - Shari from Morro Fleece Works will be there

- June 9: World Wide Knit In Public Day, we will be in front of the Ainsley House in Campbell, CA

     - Bring a chair, hat, sunscreen, snack and/or cash


Contest:(12:52)

Spring Cleaning Contest, ends July 2nd. Read the thread on the board and get ideas and contribute your own! Jasmin is upping the ante- for each extra 50 entries we are adding a new prize.

For the first 200 entries, we have THREE prize packs from the Bar Maids that each include:

- A Lo-lo to go bar

- A Lo-lo body bar

- A cuticle intensive stick

- An O' For Feets Sake

And our fourth prize is a subscription to Entangled Magazine


Mother Knows Best:(17:08)

Advice for this week:  Read the Manual!

When Knitting Attacks:(21:01)

Gigi was attacked by the decreases on her Mishke sweater.

Purloined:(25:06)

This week we are stealing : Stashbust Army  from the Yarngasm podcast, hosted by Voolenvine. We are talking about stash grooming instead of stash busting. We mention A Verb for Keeping Warm.

Review:(31:59)

This week we review two books:

Cool Knitters Finish in Style, by Lucy Neatby. We also mention Lucy's instructional DVDs.

And

Finishing School: A Master Class for Knitters by Deborah Newton

And Sew On:(47:28)

Jasmin has sewn a sack gown for Genevieve on her new Baby Lock Evolution serger!

Direct download: Episode_182.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Sisyphus - Episode 181 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is 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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Entangled Magazine focuses on any craft that starts with fiber: spinning, weaving, sewing, dyeing, knitting, crochet, fibery animals, etcetera. We’ve been getting rave reviews and recent subscribers are seeking out the back issues to complete their collection. If it starts as fiber you’ll read about it in Entangled! If you’re new to Entangled, your timing is perfect! During the month of May, Entangled is gearing up for its audacious growth plan. You can buy a single issue or subscription, and choose a free gift for yourself! All the details on the magazine, the fundraiser, and a free preview issue for you to download, can be found at Entangledmagazine.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:(00:30)

Gigi is knitting socks for Genevieve out of leftovers from her latest projects. Jasmin is still working on Andrew's second Houdini sock.  Also she has almost finished the garter wrap baby kimono. The body is done, and the finishing details are left. Gigi has finished a pair of socks for Genevieve. Jasmin is still working on her Daybreak.  Gigi finished knitting the Morehouse Dragon. Gigi is also working on the Mishke sweater from Cocoknits Studio, and plugging away on the fringe of the Kleio shawl by Romi Hill. We have been listening to podcasts, some new including:

Down Cellar Studio

Commuter Knitter Podcast

CogKNITive

Savvy Girls

Electric Sheep

Two Knit Lit Chicks

The Knit Girllls

Sassypants Knitter

His and Hers Knitting podcast

Die Urbane Spinstube

Susanne macht Sachen

Madi's Blog

Twinneedle

Essen, Stricken, Lesen

Fiber and Fabric Podcast

Happy fourth podcast-iversary to us!

We are listening to vintage knitting music recorded by Melanie Gall (Knitting All the Day). We like it a lot.


Events:(17:55)

- June 2nd: Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery, in Livermore, CA

     - Bring a chair, sun screen, cash, checkbook, spinning, something for the potluck, and a hat

- June 9: World Wide Knit In Public Day, we will be in front of the Ainsley House in Campbell, CA

     - Bring a chair, hat, sunscreen, snack and/or cash


Contest:(19:30)

Spring Cleaning Contest, ends July 2nd. Read the thread on the board and get ideas and contribute your own! Jasmin is upping the ante- for each extra 50 entries we are adding a new prize.

For the first 200 entries, we have THREE prize packs from the Bar Maids that each include:

- A Lo-lo to go bar

- A Lo-lo body bar

- A cuticle intensive stick

- An O' For Feets Sake

Look on Pinterest for good organizing ideas.


Mother Knows Best:(27:33)

Learn something new! Check out a tutorial in a magazine, blog, video

Jasmin learned how to do mitered corners on blankets from the tutorial in the July/August 2003 issue of Piecework magazine. And she sewed piping on a blanket using the instructions in Fantastic Finishes from Rodale's Successful Quilting Library. Gigi learned how to do the knitted graft from the Knitting Daily.

The Knitmore Girls have posted a tutorial on how to sew on buttons and how to attach grosgrain ribbon to the button band of a cardigan. (Links in sidebar.)

Purloined:(31:57)

This week we are stealing "Today's Sweater" from Cast On hosted by Brenda Dayne.


Review:(36:51)

This week we are reviewing Weaving Made Easy, by Liz Gipson. Published by Interweave Press

Jasmin also mentions the The Handweaver's Pattern Directory

And Sew On:(49:36)

Jasmin is sewing blankets for Genevieve, using different edge treatments. And sewing piping, rick rack, and mitered corners is not hard.

Straw Into Gold:(53:48)

Jasmin has been spinning for her SPAKAL.  Her totals are 5 oz on the wheel and 5oz on spindles.  She has switched from spinning on the KCL woods spindle to the more economical Ol'Lars spindle (425-255-3073). We also heard that Abby from the Knit Knit Cafe podcast has finished her SPAKAL spinning.

  

Join Team Sasquatch for the Tour de Fleece!

Direct download: Episode_181.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30pm PST

Westward, ho! - Episode 180 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

bar maids

We’re excited to be introducing to you, our discerning  listeners, the newest Bar-Maids collection, the Almost Everything.  This uber-moisturizing whole body kit includes a luxurious Lo-Lo Body Bar, a deliciously tingly O’For Feet Sake foot moisturizer, a handy Cuticle Intensive stick, and a silky smooth Lo- Lo Lips Lip Balm.  It’s the perfect way to ensure that your whole body is soft, sensual, and ready for spring.  It’s almost everything Bar-Maids has to offer at a great price.  This is a great gift for the mom who never stops, your fellow friends in fiber that make your hobby a lifestyle, or for anyone in your life who deserves a little pampering. I think my mom definitely deserves some Lo-Lo love this Mothers Day – doesn’t yours?

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)

Gigi has finally started the Mishke, by Cocoknits out of Donegal Tweed. Jasmin finished her sideways Baby Wrap Sweater out of Froebe Fiber yarn. She is almost finished with the garter wrap kimono cardigan for Genevieve out of Skinny Bugga.

Gigi has been blocking away! She blocked her Pogona shawl and her second Citron shawl (knit out of sparkly yarn from Huckleberry's). Jasmin is redoing the edge on her Pogona shawl (knit out of A Verb for Keeping Warm Metamorphosis). We talk about going to A Verb for Keeping Warm to meet Stephen West.

Events:(24:32)

May 18-20: CNCH in Oakland, CA, at the convention center

June 2nd: Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery, in Livermore, CA

June 9: World Wide Knit In Public Day, we will be in front of the Ainsley House in Campbell, CA

June 22-24: Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR. Not attending this year.

Contest:

 

Spring Cleaning Contest, ends July 2nd. Read the thread on the board and get ideas and contribute your own!

Mother Knows Best: (27:12)

We discuss how to determine how much yarn to buy for sweater knitting.

Purloined: (31:35)

 

This week we steal "Worth it!" from the KnitCents podcast. This week, experiences trump stuff.

Review: (32:59)


Westknits Book 3. We love it!

And Sew On: (39:46)

 

Jasmin starts sewing! She worked on two-sided baby blankets this week.


Straw Into Gold: (46:54)

SPAKAL spinning continues.

Direct download: Episode_180.mp3
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Anything brûlée - Episode 179 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode has been sponsored by:

bar maids

We’re excited to be introducing to you, our discerning  listeners, the newest Bar-Maids collection, the Almost Everything.  This uber-moisturizing whole body kit includes a luxurious Lo-Lo Body Bar, a deliciously tingly O’For Feet Sake foot moisturizer, a handy Cuticle Intensive stick, and a silky smooth Lo- Lo Lips Lip Balm.  It’s the perfect way to ensure that your whole body is soft, sensual, and ready for spring.  It’s almost everything Bar-Maids has to offer at a great price.  This is a great gift for the mom who never stops, your fellow friends in fiber that make your hobby a lifestyle, or for anyone in your life who deserves a little pampering. I think my mom definitely deserves some Lo-Lo love this Mothers Day – doesn’t yours?

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)

This week Gigi is working on the Kleio shawl by Rosemary Hill.  We mention taking knitting classes from Ann and Eugene Bourgois, of Philosopher's Wool,  and learning two handed knitting and doing knitted braids.  

 

Gigi got pointers from Abby (from the Knit Knit Cafe Podcast).  Jasmin finished the Mini Garter Yoke Cardigan for Genevieve, which she had knit from her handspun. Gigi is working on a number of socks and has finished her first pair of Sweet Tomato Heel socks.  Jasmin is working on her second Houdini Sock.   She is also working on the Garter Wrap Cardigan for Genevieve and is almost done.  

 

Gigi has blocked the Taygete, the Katriel, and her second Daybreak.  Gigi is planning to knit a Niebling pattern, the Goldmohn table cloth. Tour de Fleece: Training will start May 15th. Join Team Sasquatch!


Events: (21:31)

 

May 18-20: CNCH in Oakland, CA, at the convention center
June 2nd: Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery, in Livermore, CA
June 9: World Wide Knit In Public Day, we will be in front of the Ainsley House in Campbell, CA
June 22-24: Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR. Maybe.


Contest: (22:52)

Spring Cleaning Contest, ends July 2nd. Read the thread on the board and get ideas and contribute your own!


Mother Knows Best:(26:25)

Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Especially when one is finishing hand knits.


When Knitting Attacks:(31:12)

Gigi's Odelia sweater out of 50/50 silk and merino from Tess Yarns attacked her again.

 

Purloined: (33:16)

This week we purloin the "Something I Really Like"  segment from the CogKNITive podcast hosted by Dr Gemma.

 

We talked about the brûlée technique, Creme brûlée french toast (found on Pinterest through SomebunnysLove). We also liked the Cafe Brûlée at Barefoot Coffee. Jasmin brûlée-d Peeps with a small blowtorch. We mentioned donuts from Psycho Donuts in Campbell, CA, and Voodoo Donuts in Portland, OR


Review: (38:37)

This week we review: Knitbot Essentials by Hannah Fettig. We love it!

Straw into Gold: (46:13)

Gigi's spinning for the Eadon is progressing slowly, but she is enjoying the Merino/Corriedale. She bought some Ashland Bay roving (in "Mojave"), and some Crown Mountain superwash merino roving in the colorway "Homburg" from Purlescence.  She is thinking of spinning it on her Golding spindle.  

 

Jasmin is plying an oatmeal CVM.  She finished plying Crown Mountain cormo that has a beautiful luster.  She has started the wheel spinning for her SPAKAL sweater.  The fiber is a rambouillet cross from Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

Direct download: Episode_179.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30pm PST

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

We’re excited to be introducing to you, our discerning  listeners, the newest Bar-Maids collection, the Almost Everything.  This uber-moisturizing whole body kit includes a luxurious Lo-Lo Body Bar, a deliciously tingly O’For Feet Sake foot moisturizer, a handy Cuticle Intensive stick, and a silky smooth Lo- Lo Lips Lip Balm.  It’s the perfect way to ensure that your whole body is soft, sensual, and ready for spring.  It’s almost everything Bar-Maids has to offer at a great price.  This is a great gift for the mom who never stops, your fellow friends in fiber that make your hobby a lifestyle, or for anyone in your life who deserves a little pampering. I think my mom definitely deserves some Lo-Lo love this Mothers Day – doesn’t yours?

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: (:34)

Gigi is making progress on her Odelia sweater. Jasmin has made some excellent progress on the Houdini socks for Andrew. We mention Laura, the Joy of Cooking Fairy. Gigi is knitting a bumper crop of sweet tomato heeled socks. Gigi is also knitting a pair of Houdini socks.

Jasmin is also working on wedges, hers are in the shape of the Roxbury Pond Shawl by Christine Burchard, out of Handmaiden Casbah.  Gigi is working on the Kleio by Rosemary Hill.

Jasmin is excited about sewing, we talk about the clothing in "Mad Men", and we would love to sew clothes from that era. Also, Gigi has blocked two Ophidian shawls by Sivia Harding, and a Heart to Heart Scarf (also by Sivia Harding).

Events: (17:05)

May 18-20: CNCH in Oakland, CA, at the convention center

June 2nd: Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery, in Livermore, CA

June 9: World Wide Knit In Public Day, we will be in front of the Ainsley House in Campbell, CA

June 22-24: Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR. Maybe.  Registration for classes has started.


Contest: (19:32)

Spring Cleaning Contest!

Clean, organize, streamline something.  Jasmin has sold two fleeces that she has spun sweaters from already. Gigi has repurposed an old filing cabinet and used it for very organized sewing pattern storage. Share your ideas and projects in this thread!


Mother Knows Best:(24:37)

Work with the best you can afford.  When you can't afford to spend money, make due with what you have, and MacGuyver something until you can afford the tool you want to have.

Sew Painful:(28:07)

Gigi was attacked by her mending.


Purloined:(31:54)

We are purloining the "Munch, Burp, Slurp" segment from A Playful Day podcast by greentrianglegirl.  Jasmin talks about making Chewy Oatmeal cookies with browned butter. Recipe from The Smitten Kitchen blog. Also, follow Somebunnyslove's food board on Pinterest, she has some very interesting food pinned.


Review:(36:36)

This week, we are reviewing Noni Flowers by Nora Bellows. We also mentioned Nicky Epstein's Knitted Flowers.

Straw into Gold:(43:08)

Gigi isn't spinning as fast as she thought she would.  Jasmin is plying like it's going out of style; Jasmin has been plying the Crown Mountain Farms Material Girl singles and the oatmeal-colored CVM for a Hannah Fettig sweater.

Jasmin has been making some progress on her Spindle SPAKAL Targhee X. She has chosen a black Rambouillet X (from Iris Eppley) which she split with Meghan (formerly of the Stitch It! Podcast) for her wheelspun SPAKAL sweater.

Direct download: Episode_178.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

Small bites - Episode 177 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode has been brought to you by:

bar maids

We’re excited to be introducing to you, our discerning  listeners, the newest Bar-Maids collection, the Almost Everything.  This uber-moisturizing whole body kit includes a luxurious Lo-Lo Body Bar, a deliciously tingly O’For Feet Sake foot moisturizer, a handy Cuticle Intensive stick, and a silky smooth Lo- Lo Lips Lip Balm.  It’s the perfect way to ensure that your whole body is soft, sensual, and ready for spring.  It’s almost everything Bar-Maids has to offer at a great price.  This is a great gift for the mom who never stops, your fellow friends in fiber that make your hobby a lifestyle, or for anyone in your life who deserves a little pampering. I think my mom definitely deserves some Lo-Lo love this Mothers Day – doesn’t yours?

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: (00:32)

Jasmin is inspired to knit a Houdini sock for Andrew, with some improvements. We mention the New Pathways class by Cat Bordhi. Gigi is working on a sock with a Sweet Tomato heel. We also mention Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks for Warm Feet and Nancy Bush's Folk Socks. We mention Miss Kalendar (of the Brass Needles podcast) and her love of turning short-rowed heels.

Jasmin is still working on her CampKIP KAL Daybreak Shawl. Gigi has finished her Sharks Daybreak scarf for Sam.

We officially announce the pattern for the SPAKAL: The Eadon cardigan by Susanna IC.

Mother Knows Best: (14:08)

We talk about knitting in bed. We recommend getting a backrest (Jasmin has this one, Gigi has this one), and making sure you have a good mattress.

When Knitting Attacks: (18:55)

Savvy Girl Melanie (from the Savvy Girls Podcast) comes to visit and (unintentionally) wreaks havoc on Gigi's Morehouse Merino dragon scarf. Gigi flips the colors on her Kleio shawl (by Rosemary Hill). Gigi also downloads her first (solo) pattern- the Mishke by CocoKnits, and realizes that she's short on yardage.

Purloined: (28:05)

This week, we steal the "Guess who's crazy?" segment from the (former) KIPing it Real podcast (now the Positively Over Committed podcast). Jasmin has decided to do one SPAKAL sweater on a drop spindle, and one on the wheel. Challenge ACCEPTED!

 

Review: (31:31)

We mention the Jimmy Beans Wool needle return/exchange policy (which is made clearer here, post-recording)

For our actual review, we review Juju's Loops. Gigi gives it an "eh", Jasmin really likes it.

Straw into Gold: (42:15)

Jasmin dusts off her Schacht-Reeves saxony wheel and spins some of the Crown Mountain Farms cormo.

Gigi picks her fleece for the SPAKAL- a medium grey merino/corriedale fleece (from Janet Heppler) from a sheep named "Banditta". We talk about measuring out (CLEAN) weight for spinning a sweater. Gigi has measured out her SPAKAL fiber into 1 oz bumps, and is trying to spin 1 oz per sitting.

Trusted and recommended sources for wool: Shari at Morro Fleece Works, Brooke from Sincere Sheep, Crown Mountain Farms, Purlescence Yarns (for Ashland Bay roving). Jasmin also mentions the 6" plastic Schacht weaving bobbins.

Jasmin is spinning her drop spindle SPAKAL sweater on a modular KCL drop spindle. You can find the thread for the SPAKAL here.

Direct download: Episode_177.mp3
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Multigenerational - Episode 176 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is 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

We’re excited to be introducing to you, our discerning  listeners, the newest Bar-Maids collection, the Almost Everything.  This uber-moisturizing whole body kit includes a luxurious Lo-Lo Body Bar, a deliciously tingly O’For Feet Sake foot moisturizer, a handy Cuticle Intensive stick, and a silky smooth Lo- Lo Lips Lip Balm.  It’s the perfect way to ensure that your whole body is soft, sensual, and ready for spring.  It’s almost everything Bar-Maids has to offer at a great price.  This is a great gift for the mom who never stops, your fellow friends in fiber that make your hobby a lifestyle, or for anyone in your life who deserves a little pampering. I think my mom definitely deserves some Lo-Lo love this Mothers Day – doesn’t yours?

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: (00:30)

One minute update: SharkBean (Genevieve Danger) has been born. You can read her birth story here, you can see pictures of the love blanket here. You can follow Genevieve's adventures on twitter as @dahlingdaughter, her Flickr stream here, or on Jasmin's blog.

Gigi is working on hobbit socks for Mr. Knitmore. She made a foot form out of duct tape. Jasmin is working on a pair of socks for Andrew out of Skinny Bugga, and is considering doing a pair of Houdini socks for him. Jasmin is working on her Daybreak shawl out of Froebe Fibers yarn from Camp KIP.

Gigi is working on her Sothia shawl out of Abstract Fiber MightySock. Jasmin is working on her Breezy Cardigan (out of the baby cormo handspun). Gigi is knitting a Morehouse Merino Dragon scarf out of Malabrigo. We mention the Harry Potter house cup. Jasmin is working on the Garter Yoke Baby cardigan and the garter wrap cardigan (from Churchmouse Yarns).

Congratulations to Isabelle from the Fluffy Fibers podcast, who had her baby in February.

We talk about Stitches West, and some of our favorite vendors. This list includes:

- Little Red Bicycle

- KCL Wood

- Birch Street Clothing

- Stitch Sisterz (cashmere)

Gigi mentions Stitches ETC. Gigi took a lace repair class at the Lace Museum in Sunnyvale from Galina of Skaska.

OFFICIAL PODCAST STUFF:  We'll be recording every other week until the end of June, then we'll be weekly again starting in July.

We announce the SPAKAL! In 2012 we're going to do a SPin-Along-Knit-A-Long. Six months to spin the sweater, three months to knit the sweater.

Step 1: Think about what you want to spin your sweater out of. Brooke from The Sincere Sheep (email: sinceresheepyarns AT gmail DOT com) is happy to help you procure a fleece. Shari from Morro Fleece Works can also help you select some pindrafted roving (from a fleece).

Mother Knows Best: (29:34)

We talk about how to select teachers at fiber events. Some of our favorite teachers include:

- Jean Frost

- Judith MacKenzie McCuin

- Galina Khmeleva

- Lucy Neatby

- Cat Bordhi

- Lily Chin

- Carson Demers

- Anne & Eugene Bourgeouis

- Franklin Habit

- Fiona Ellis

- Sivia Harding

 

Review: (36:27)

We review the Knitter's Pride needles. While they are very pretty, we found them to be defective out of the package and the customer service to be poor.

Straw into Gold: (43:50)

Gigi's spinning is improving. Jasmin is doing a whole mess of swatching for plying.

Direct download: Episode_176.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00am PST

Director's Cut - Fiona Ellis

This Director's Cut episode has been sponsored by:

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You can find Fiona's website here, her teaching schedule here, and she is on Ravelry as fionaellis.

Things we mention in this episode:

 

Inspired Cable Knits

Inspired Fair Isle Knits

Twist Collective

Fiona's patterns in Twist collective

Bonnie

Coronation Street

Vogue Knitting cardigan with short-rows and lace 

Jellied eel (yes, it's a thing)

Tree pose

Sting

Direct download: Directors_Cut_-_Fiona_Ellis.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:11pm PST