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A Mother-Daughter Knitting Podcast.

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On The Needles:(0:31)

 

Jasmin thinks that Emily will probably win Stash Dash.

The Spock sweater needs two seams and an I-cord away from being done, but the kids have other ideas. She has been working on her Gone Astray cardigan, and has ordered pearls from Shipwreck Beads. She mentions the new sweater bag from Erin Lane. #stashdash2016 #teamcuteknitter

 

Gigi laments not having enough diverse knitting. She has finished the knitting on a pair of Vanilla socks, another pair of Vanilla socks is at the toe decrease.  One sock for Sam now has a 60% afterthought heel.

 

Jasmin is singing the praises of Susan B. Anderson's newest sock the Smooth Operator Sock.

 

Jasmin swatched the Love is Love colorway for sweaters for the kids, and Jasmin's head exploded with all the amazing technique she got from Annetarsia and the Craftsy! class.

 

The dye bled on a swatch she knitted. She mentions the Knitted Wit , the customer service experience, and the importance of swatching and washing your swatch.

 

Gigi used the spin cycle on the washing machine on the freshly soaked Daybreak shawl that she was blocking for Jasmin.

 

Jasmin cast on the Anna cardigan, because she needed some easy knitting. This is a mash-up of several sweater patterns from The Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, out of Lisa Souza's  Supersport Merino.


Contest:(23:59)

 

Operation Sockdrawer will be on hiatus until after Tour de Fleece.

Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

 

Participants: post a picture to the ravelry forum, or to instagram with the #operationsockdrawer, have your ravelry name on your instagram profile. Feel free to double dip your projects.

 

Projects will be judged on originality and general delightfulness.

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#elizalong #project sweater chest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer.


Mother Knows Best:(29:33)

 

This week we answer a question out of the "What do you want to hear about?" thread on the Knitmore Girls forum, about books by knitting addicts.

 

We mention a great number of knitters whose writing is also delightful.

 

Clara Parkes  (particularly Knitlandia), The Yarn Harlot, Franklin Habit's blog, Rachel Herron, (the Songbird Trilogy and the Cypress Hollow Trilogy), Correction: we said trilogy, but there are four books in the series. I think Jasmin also mentioned Firefighters.

 

We watched a Periscope by Laura from a the Knit Girllls, Gigi likes Hunter Hammersen's Violently Domestic blog, Susan B. Anderson's blog, the Knittyblog , Alana Dakos's blog.

 

Jasmin mentions A Beautiful Wreck, Gigi metnions the Lord John series, and Jasmin recommends all of Elizabeth Zimmerman's books.

 

Review:(39:21)

 

This week we are reviewingNOT SURE ABOUT THE BUNDLE

The Baby Botanicals Bundle, by Alana Dakos

Jasmin mentions the Little Oak cardigan, the Playful stripes, and Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf.


Tour de Fleece:(52:19)

 

Gigi has so far spun up 12 of 32 oz for her project.

She is expecting to need another month to reach her goal.

 

Jasmin plied up some Rockstar from Abstract Fiber, and she is excited about Tyvek tags from Amazon. Also, she is spinning up fiber she bought from Dawn's Custom Carding at Black Sheep Festival last year,

 

She is going to make a set of Hiro sweaters that she is spinning Merino Corriedale from Janet Heppler on the Acadia wheel


And Sew On:(59:17)

 

 Gigi is excited about a pattern for shorts she got for Sam on Etsy. Our young friend sewed all the darts on her muslin, and is ready to press them.

 

Genevieve sewed on her lacing cards.

 

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Miss Babs dyes an incredible variety of colors. From subtle to vibrant, monochromatic to uniquely variegated, there’s sure to be a color for you. Miss Babs also offers gorgeous gradients and hand-picked color combinations for multicolored projects. Try their newest yarn, Caroline, a merino-cashmere-nylon blend, for soft and beautiful accessories, or try Hot Shot for your next pair of socks. Find a fantastic yarn for your next project from Miss Babs. Hand dyed yarns - inspired by nature.

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There comes a time in any story when the arc draws down to the ending. Thus it is with Purlescence Yarns and its story. We began in 2006 with the idea of creating community around beautiful crafting supplies and teaching new skills. We feel that we have achieved that goal. It is now time for us to retire and move on to our next adventure.

On August 28, 2016 we will have our final tea and crafting in the living room. Come and join us if you can, in saying farewell to a piece of our shared history and take a tea cup to remember us.

 

We have been proud to support the Knitmore Girls since the beginning. We've created community together and supported wonderful things like Halos of Hope and 25,000 Tuques. Keep the magic and keep on crafting. 

With love,

Kaye and Sandi Luck

 


On The Needles:(0:35)

 

 

Gigi has been working on a pair of Vanilla socks out of Regia Silk color that need to have the toes grafted and the afterthought heels put in.

 

She also sewed in a label into the Coronation cardigan for Genevieve using a catch stitch that is called Hexenstich in German.  She needs to work on fine motor skills.

 

Jasmin has made a little progress on her Gone Astray cardigan for Genevieve. She also swatched for the Daniel Tiger cardigan, the Anna cardigan  

 

This week she swatched the Love is Love colorway, from Knitted Wit, for matchy matchy sweaters 

 

She mentions the Spock sweater, and she wants to do Intarsia? Annetarsia! We need to watch her Craftsy! class.

 

We talked about teaching a class at Purlescence Yarns.

 

Gigi is trying to work though her Area 51 and she excavated her Petra, soaked and blocked it, as well as her cowl from the #zebralong.

 

Contest:(15:47)

 

 Operation Sockdrawer will be on hiatus until after Tour de Fleece.

Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

 

Participants: post a picture to the ravelry forum, or to instagram with the #operationsockdrawer, have your ravelry name on your instagram profile. Feel free to double dip your projects.

 

Projects will be judged on originality and general delightfulness.

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#elizalong #projectsweaterchest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer.

 

Mother Knows Best:(16:38)

 

This week we are answering a question about how many things to knit for a childs winter wardrobe.

Jasmin mentions Genevieve's Anna sweater.

Do you supplement your children's wardrobe with your knitting? Tell us in this episode's thread!

 

When Knitting Attacks:(24:13)

 

Gigi had issues with the ball winder and had to redo the ball she was winding.

We mention the Schacht swift, the Nancy's Knit Knacks ball winder.

Jasmin mentions the Strauch tutorial.

 

Purloined:(28:00) 

 

This week we purloin:

 

Shameless Self Promotion from The Fat Squirrel Speaks hosted by Amy Beth

 

Gigi managed to spill dark chocolate on a favorite dress that she has sewn. Jasmin came to the rescue with some of the amazing Beyond Clean.

 

 Jasmin really liked the knit size buckets


Review:(37:59)

 

This week we are reviewing

The Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques, by Nancy M. Wiseman

 

Straw into Gold #TourdeFleece:(45:40)

 

Jasmin is close to finishing spinning the fiber from Dawn's Custom Carding, and then she will spin the Rockstar from Abstract Fibers

 

Gigi is spinning Corriedale, and feels like her spinning is improving. She is complaining about her technique still needing improvement.

 

Jasmin spun on one of the Akerworks spindles from the treehouse.

 

We have wool wash from Unicorn Fibre as prizes for #TourDeFleece . Please mention in the Team Sasquatch group if you have reached your goal in the finish line thread.


And Sew On:(50:06)

 

Gigi mended one of Genevieve's dress up dresses. Gigi mentioned Sew many Dresses, Sew Little Time. She is sewing with a young friend. They are using the basic dress to make a sloper, so all the patterns can be fitted from that pattern.

 

 Gigi's sloper bodice is ready to be fitted. #whatsasloper.

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It's easy to get started on your Custom Shop order. Just visit erinlanebags.com and click on "Custom Shop" in the Menu. Following the instructions, fill out the Order Form, and send in your fabrics.

Start picking those fabrics now, and get your order in today to be the first in your knitting group with a custom Erin.Lane bag. 

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Infinite Twist produces unique and luxurious hand-spun yarns that are crafted in a socially responsible way. Spun from hand-painted roving and hand-blended batts, our hand-spun yarns are a tactile delight for knitters. We also offer project kits that take the guess-work out of yarn and color selection, and hand-dyed mill-spun yarns in striking semi-solid colors. Find out more by visiting infinitetwist.com, or find us on Ravelry and Instagram as infinitetwist. Sign up for our newsletter for a free knitting pattern every month, and don’t forget to use offer code “knitmore”!

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Miss Babs dyes an incredible variety of colors. From subtle to vibrant, monochromatic to uniquely variegated, there’s sure to be a color for you. Miss Babs also offers gorgeous gradients and hand-picked color combinations for multicolored projects. Try their newest yarn, Caroline, a merino-cashmere-nylon blend, for soft and beautiful accessories, or try Hot Shot for your next pair of socks. Find a fantastic yarn for your next project from Miss Babs. Hand dyed yarns - inspired by nature.

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There comes a time in any story when the arc draws down to the ending. Thus it is with Purlescence Yarns and its story. We began in 2006 with the idea of creating community around beautiful crafting supplies and teaching new skills. We feel that we have achieved that goal. It is now time for us to retire and move on to our next adventure.

On August 28, 2016 we will have our final tea and crafting in the living room. Come and join us if you can, in saying farewell to a piece of our shared history and take a tea cup to remember us.

 

We have been proud to support the Knitmore Girls since the beginning. We've created community together and supported wonderful things like Halos of Hope and 25,000 Tuques. Keep the magic and keep on crafting. 

With love,

Kaye and Sandi Luck

 

We start with a one-minute health update

 

On The Needles:(0:34)

 

Gigi has been working on the Copperplate cardigan, out of Quince and Co Chickadee, and absolutely loves the hand of the yarn.

 

Jasmin has finished working on the Spock sweater, and set it with citric acid because when she tried to block it and it bled a bit. (Excellent, quick followup from FabFunkyFibres.)

 

It feels like Emily from Knitting Butterflies is trouncing Jasmin at Stashdash.

#stashdash2016 #teamcuteknitter


Gigi has been working on Sam's sock and he needs a very deep instep. She is considering making the next sock with more than 50% for the heel.

 

Jasmin finished putting the zipper in the Coronation cardigan. We did a Periscope on how to shorten a zipper.

 

She mentioned the other Periscopes we have done,,

 

Gigi excavated her Mishke cardigan that had been languishing in Area 51 for a year or so, and sewed in the shoulders. One of which needs to be done again.

 

Gigi wove in ends on four other pairs of socks that she had finished knitting earlier. #operationsockdrawer #boxosoxKAL . She also cast on a pair of socks out of Kroy. And she dug out some socks out of her UFO bin out of Regia silk color.

 

Jasmin has swatched for three projects: the Daniel Tiger cardigan. She got a trolley patch from the Fred Rogers Company. She also set the yarn with citric acid.

 

She also swatched for the Anna cardigan and did some pre-emptive citric acid soaking. She is copying the ideas from Megknitficent, from the Mostly MagKnitficent podcast .

 

Also, she is using some of Ann Podlesak's charts from Legendary Knits, Vol. 1.  Ann Podlesak has the Wooly Wonka Fibers podcast . Jasmin mentions the Actually Knitting podcast and her PALKAL.

 

Jasmin suggests our free Vanilla sock pattern and the pattern for Genevieve's tube socks, which is free if you write it down yourself or $1 if you want to get the official PDF.

 

Jasmin knit the Welcome to the Flock pattern for Rex and cast on the Gone Astray for Genevieve.

Also check her project pages for discounts.

 

#behmalong: Gigi blocked, wove in ends, and got photographs of herself in her Viajante, and  Thousand Tulips shawls.


Contest:(19:38)

 

 Operation Sockdrawer will be on hiatus until after Tour de Fleece.

Parameters for participating in the #operationsockdrawer contest:

 

Participants: post a picture to the ravelry forum, or to instagram with the #operationsockdrawer, have your ravelry name on your instagram profile. Feel free to double dip your projects.

 

Projects will be judged on originality and general delightfulness.

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#elizalong #projecat sweater chest. This is the sweater equivalent of #operationsockdrawer.

 

Jasmin contacted Unicorn Fibres, and ordered some Beyond Clean Fiberwash.

They decided to send some prizes for #projectsweaterchest and Tour de Fleece. Enter your spinning in the Finish Line thread in the Team Sasquatch Group.


Mother Knows Best:(24:25)

 

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread in the forum

about how to knit, spin, sew around/with very small children. We mention Abby Franquemont's Respect the Spindle


Review:(31:09)

 

This week we review Spin Control by Amy King

 

Jasmin mentions our Director's Cut episode featuring Amy King

 

We are intrigued by the prospect of knitting with singles.

Amy King also has a Craftsy class! (Foundations of Spinning)

 

Jasmin mentions the books that we like in our spinning library in our Amazon Store.


Tour de Fleece:(38:32)

 

Gigi has been spinning. She is not terribly pleased with how irregular her yarn is turning out.

So far she has spun six nests of fiber out of 32.

 

 Jasmin is feeling amazing about spinning.  She mentions listening to the Knit Girlls while spinning. She is finishing things: singles out of Abstract Fiber Rock Star. She wants to use her Woolee Winder for plying. She is breaking in the Acadia wheel. She is also working with an Akerworks bobbin on her Matchless. 

 

She is using fiber she bought from Aunt Janet's Wool Mill (INCORRECT, THIS IS ACTUALLY FROM Dawn's Custom Carding.)  She is spinning grey fleece to make Hiro sweaters for the family.

 

And she got contrast colors from Lisa Souza 

She mentions the Legend Prairie Contest, that the Prairie Girls host, where you enter the most amazing thing that you knitted that year.

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