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The Toesiest of Toes - Episode 262 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

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Want a great deal on a great yarn?  Check out our Calder special!  We got a deal on giant, 10 ounce skeins of this wonderful sportweight SuperWash merino, and we are passing that deal on to you. Just one skein will make a child size sweater or baby blanket. Two to three for an adult. This special us only available until these skeins are gone, so hop on over to Abstractfiber.com and grab some up for yourself!   

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Lo-Lo Baby, available in Soft Vanilla, Lavender Dreams, and Plain and Simple has been a big hit among OBGYN staff, new moms, daycare personnel, and men over 60. A swipe on the diaper area, a bit for massage, or something to help with cradle cap we understand but why are men buying this?  So we asked…we had to. And they told us. They are buying Lo-Lo Baby and using it for itch, heat, and chafing in their southern hemisphere. We pressed on with our somewhat awkward questions and we found out that while they loved Lo-Lo Baby, they wanted two things to be different, the label and a cooling element. Along came Southern Comfort.  Don’t let the moustache on the label lead you think it’s only for men.  Women are buying it as well.  And yes, we asked.  And we were told they're using it for the same reasons, through they used different words like, friction and rash. Southern Comfort is ideal for those that bike (pedal or motor), those that wear skirts and no pantyhose, and those that could just use some comfort in their Southern Hemisphere. Southern Comfort is for external use only. To buy local, visit www.bar-maids.com or purchase on-line.

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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Known for its sophisticated yet easy-to-use interfaces, Squarespace’s do-it-yourself tools allow creative professionals, businesses, bloggers, and web developers to quickly and easily create and maintain professional looking, high-quality websites. When you decide to sign up for Squarespace, make sure to use the offer code KNITMORE to get 10% off your first purchase and show your support for our podcast!


On The Needles:(0:38)

Jasmin has made progress on her  We Need a Little Christmas sock from Lollipop Yarn for #operationsockdrawer. Gigi is knitting her 'Tis socks by Invictus Yarns toe up.

Jasmin is knitting on the Pinky Promise by Lollipop Yarn socks, and on the Dark Side of the Moon socks, out of FabFunkyFibres.

She also decided to try and finish Andrew's Baseball Jersey from Knits Men Want, and is doing undercover Christmas knitting on it.

#podcasterthrowdown: Jasmin talked to Cascade Yarns, and they offered to cover shipping for the hats from the Santa Clara Convention Center to various cancer centers.

Jasmin has cast on the "Measure of Love" hat for the throwdown, in Cascade Yarns Cash Vero.

Also, Cascade Yarns is supporting our Head to Toe Project, where we knit preemie hats out of sock yarn for our local Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

We are working on putting a book together with patterns that our listeners contributed for a preemie hat contest a while ago.

Prizes for the #PodcasterThrowdown:

A lovely skein of Lollipop Yarn in the colorway Sweet Child o' Mine.

A skein from Great Lakes Hand Dyed. #themapples

Sivia Harding's Sister Joan Shawl, knit by Gigi

From FabFunkyFibres: a skein of 15 color rainbow merino/cashmere/nylon

Jasmin's handspun:

  • In the Air Tonight, superwash, 328yds, Crown Mountain Farms
  • Violet Cherry, Pidgeonroof Studios, 402 Superwash BFL (187) 374 yds
  • Atlantis 402 Superwash Merino, Crown Mountain Farms, 500 yds

You can follow this on twitter and instagram using #podcasterthrowdown.

There will be a little something special for anyone who brings a hat for Halos to Stitches West, and bonus swag for preemie hats.

Gigi is working on her "Mostly Warmness" mitts. #Behm-along. German word for the day: Krippenspiel.

Events:(15:13)

2/20-23: Stitches West 2014.

We also mention the annual Purlescence Singalong.

Contest:(16:22)

We talk about our Annual Do Some More Good Contest, which launched on Thanksgiving.

Do some GREATER good on a local, national or global level!

We mention some of our favorite Do Some More Good Entries.

Jasmin announces prizes:

Lolobar trio

Erin Lane Bucket bag

Namaste Harlow Bag

In Stitches:(20:02)

Gigi has been wearing socks and the Knitmore Cowl, and the Serpentine cowl, based on the Serpentine mitts by Miriam Felton.

Jasmin has been wearing her Seneca, her Looped Loop cowl. Genevieve has been wearing her Gramps cardigan, her Love blanket (photo linked above), her Molly hat, a woven gingham scarf and the Abby cowl.

Mother Knows Best:(24:28)

We answer a question about backing buttons, and one about blocking swatches.


When Knitting Attacks:(31:05)

Gigi frogged most of the Lorelei, and is now knitting happily on it. Jasmin's pattern for the Baseball Jersey sweater went missing, with the notes she had taken on it. Gigi ran out of yarn on the bind-off row of her Hitchhiker.

Jasmin forgot how to knit toes on socks. Gigi couldn't figure out what she had done wrong on her ninth repeat of the pattern of the Leafwise. So she frogged it. 

Purloined:(38:51)

This week we are purloining the 2013 recap of the Commuter Knitter's projects. We like the idea so much that we are going to keep tallies throughout the year. Or look it up in Ravelry.

Review:(40:35)

This week we are reviewing Op-Art Socks, by Stephanie van der Linden

Ravellenic Training:(48:27)

Pick the pattern/project you want to knit/crochet/spin.

Join Team Sasquatch.

Holidays with the Knitmores:(49:46)

Jasmin mentions her favorite places to find recipes:

America's Test Kitchen, and The Smitten Kitchen Website, and has wishlistedThe Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Jasmin's tip for the holidays: take your list, cut it in half, then cut it in half again. Then find something tasty to drink.

 

Fröhliche Weihnachten!

Direct download: Episode_262.mp3
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Stacking Ants - Episode 261 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

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Abstract Fiber's new club offerings are ready to go!  We've changed our clubs so they are all new for 2014!  The first offerings are in budget-friendly 4 month bundles promising new yarns new colors and never before offered fiber blends.  Join us as we explore new fibers in the new year!  Sign up now at Abstractfiber.com. 

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Do you have a favorite fall scent? We know that Bar-Maids customers do. Nine years as a top seller, Betty Boo, is a mix of bitter orange and orchid. Sounds a bit floral – right? But Betty is NOT floral…she’s actually quite spicy.  Little Pumpkin has very devoted fans with its fresh from the oven top notes of buttery pumpkin not to be outdone by those middle notes of clove and allspice.  Hot Toddy, introduced last year, was such a hit that he’s back. Hot buttered rum – oh yum!  Queen’s Bun’s, a custom scent made exclusively for Jimmy Bean’s Wools last year can only be described as  cinnamon buns fresh from the oven and delicious enough for royalty.  If your local store doesn’t have these in stock, ask them to special order them for you. Otherwise, order on line at www.bar-maids.com  

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Love self-striping yarns but not quite sure how to use them? Join the Knitcircus Yarns Gradient Yarn Club and let hand-dyer and designer Jaala Spiro guide you! Three packages of exclusive self-striping colorways with patterns written just for them, plus information and lists of favorite patterns for using gradient yarns. The cherry on top? Treats from other indy knitting businesses with every package. Check out the Knitcircus Yarns store for handpainted and kettle-dyed yarns, too!

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)

Jasmin finished the Little Oak cardigan for Genevieve is done, and now she has sewn on squirrel and acorn buttons. Gigi swatched for a Bulky Turtleneck sweater from Knitting Pure and Simple out of Venezia Bulky.

Jasmin finished her 'Tis socks out of Invictus Yarn. Gigi finished tubesocks out of leftover Meilenweit. Jasmin is knitting on her We Need a Little Christmas sock from Lollipop Yarn for #operationsockdrawer

Gigi finished the knitting on the Victorian Girls Coat out of Venezia Sport. Jasmin is working on Pinky Promise socks from Lollipop Yarn. Gigi is working on the Mostly Warmness wristers by Martina Behm for the #behmalong.

Jasmin is working on the Reversible Rib hat for Andrew. Hardcopies of the patterns are not available yet. Out of StitchSisterz 4-ply cashmere. Gigi is working on her Hitchhiker. She likes the trick that Photoknitgal alerted us to.

#podcasterthrowdown: cash donation for shipping hats will be accepted, a $5 donation will count as one hat.

Prizes for the #PodcasterThrowdown:

A lovely skein of Lollipop Yarn in the colorway Sweet Child o' Mine.

A skein from Great Lakes Hand Dyed. #themapples

Sivia Harding's Sister Joan Shawl, knit by Gigi

From FabFunkyFibres: a skein of 15 color rainbow merino/cashmere/nylon

Jasmin's handspun:

  • In the Air Tonight, superwash, 328yds, Crown Mountain Farms
  • Violet Cherry, Pidgeonroof Studios, 402 Superwash BFL (187) 374 yds
  • Atlantis 402 Superwash Merino, Crown Mountain Farms, 500 yds

You can follow this on twitter and instagram using #podcasterthrowdown.

There will be a little something special for anyone who brings a hat for Halos to Stitches West, and bonus swag for preemie hats.

#Behmalong German word: Lametta.

 

Events:(16:07)

2/20-23: Stitches West 2014.

Contest:(16:57)

We talk about our Annual Do Some Good Contest, which launched on Thanksgiving.

Do some GREATER good on a local, national or global level!

Jasmin announces prizes:

Lolobar trio

Erin Lane Bucket bag

Pumpkin colored Harlow bag from Namaste. Jasmin mentions her camera padding insert from DarbyMack on etsy.

In Stitches:(19:54)

Gigi has been wearing her socks and the Swallowtail shawl, and her Knitmore cowl.

Genevieve wore a pretty baby hat from one of her knitting aunties, her Little Oak cardigan, and her Mini Mondo Cable cardigan.

Jasmin wore her Twist cardigan, her Seneca and her Mondo Cable cardi. She mentions A Verb for Keeping Warm, and the Actual Cafe.

Genevieve picked some Quince and Co Puffin yarn for her Phoebe sweater.

Mother Knows Best:(26:06)

We are answering a question from the  "What do you want to hear about?" thread on the forum 

about German candy. Gigi's favorite is Marzipan Kartoffeln ( Marzipan Potatoes ).  Jasmin talks about Team Sasquatch for the 2014 Ravellenic Games.

Podcasters who would like to join Team Sasquatch, should ping Jasmin. We mention Team Yeti, the German podcast team.

When Knitting Attacks:(31:51)

Gigi had a very pretty day and managed to drop off her Halo hats without having taken pictures.

Review:(33:16)

This week we are reviewing 50 Yards of Fun: Knitting Toys from Scrap Yarn, by Rebecca Danger.

We mention Big Book of Knitted Monsters and  Knit a Monster Nursery, by Rebecca Danger.

We mention our reviews page.


Holidays With The Knitmores:(39:54)

Jasmin takes about Our favorite holiday music, and mentions Pandora radio and the Rocking around the Christmas Tree and  Get Your Holiday On Station

We mention the Purlescence Singalong.

Direct download: Episode_261.mp3
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Delicate Blossoms - Episode 260 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

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Lo-Lo Baby, available in Soft Vanilla, Lavender Dreams, and Plain and Simple has been a big hit among OBGYN staff, new moms, daycare personnel, and men over 60. A swipe on the diaper area, a bit for massage, or something to help with cradle cap we understand but why are men buying this?  So we asked…we had to. And they told us. They are buying Lo-Lo Baby and using it for itch, heat, and chafing in their southern hemisphere. We pressed on with our somewhat awkward questions and we found out that while they loved Lo-Lo Baby, they wanted two things to be different, the label and a cooling element. Along came Southern Comfort.  Don’t let the moustache on the label lead you think it’s only for men.  Women are buying it as well.  And yes, we asked.  And we were told they're using it for the same reasons, through they used different words like, friction and rash. Southern Comfort is ideal for those that bike (pedal or motor), those that wear skirts and no pantyhose, and those that could just use some comfort in their Southern Hemisphere. Southern Comfort is for external use only. To buy local, visit www.bar-maids.com or purchase on-line.

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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Known for its sophisticated yet easy-to-use interfaces, Squarespace’s do-it-yourself tools allow creative professionals, businesses, bloggers, and web developers to quickly and easily create and maintain professional looking, high-quality websites. When you decide to sign up for Squarespace, make sure to use the offer code KNITMORE to get 10% off your first purchase and show your support for our podcast!

On The Needles:(0:36)

Gigi has finished the We Need a Little Christmas tube socks for Genevieve. Jasmin finished the Sgt Pepper socks from Fab Funky Fibers.

Gigi has finished the Crocus Vernus sock from the Knitters Curiosity Cabinet. Jasmin's Little Oak cardigan for Genevieve is almost done, and now she is busy sewing on squirrel and acorn buttons, and is tickled pink about the finishing.

#operationsockdrawer: Gigi has finished the Witchy Woman socks out of Lollipop Yarn. Jasmin's 'Tis socks by Invictus Yarns are almost done. She plans to pre-rinse them with color catchers.

Gigi is almost done with a pair of Meilenweit tube socks.

Jasmin cast on her We Need a Little Christmas socks, by Lollipop Yarn. Gigi cast on her second Hitchhiker out of Fiesta Yarn, Baby-Boom, in the colorway Burnished Red. Jasmin has cast on a pair of socks out of Pinky Promise by Lollipop Yarn. She mentions Toadyjoe and Meghan and talks about Robeez and Stride Rite Shoes.

We mention the Podcaster Throwdown, and are so pleased that the Commuter Knitter podcast group has joined out team.

#podcasterthrowdown. Team Sockoholic is gaining on us with a total of 90 hats to our 119.

Prizes for the #PodcasterThrowdown:

A lovely skein of Lollipop Yarn in the colorway Sweet Child o' Mine.

A skein from Great Lakes Hand Dyed. #themapples

Sivia Harding's Sister Joan Shawl, knit by Gigi

From FabFunkyFibres: a skein of 15 color rainbow merino/cashmere/nylon

Jasmin's handspun:

  • In the Air Tonight, superwash, 328yds, Crown Mountain Farms
  • Violet Cherry, Pidgeonroof Studios, 402 Superwash BFL (187) 374 yds
  • Atlantis 402 Superwash Merino, Crown Mountain Farms, 500 yds

You can follow this on twitter and instagram using #podcasterthrowdown.

There will be a little something special for anyone who brings a hat for Halos to Stitches West, and bonus swag for preemie hats.

Gigi has started her Hitchhiker mitts out of her leftover Schoppelwolle.

Today's #Behmalong German word is Glühwein. Jasmin mentions Dittmers and Cost Plus Imports.

Events:(18:54)

2/20-23: Stitches West 2014.

Contest:(19:39)

We talk about our Annual Do Some Good Contest, which launched on Thanksgiving.

Do some GREATER good on a local, national or global level!

In Stitches:(22:36)

Everybody is wearing hand knit socks. Gigi wore her Mondo Cable Pulli from our knit-along, her Icarus shawl and her Knitmore Girls cowl.

Jasmin endorses cashmere, Genevieve wore her duck sweater, and the hat from Auntie Collee.

Andrew wore a hat out of Noro. Jasmin mentions the Cashmere America Hat, her Ribby Cardi, her Fancy Image Yarn hat from the Cashmere America pattern, her Looped Loop cowl and the wristers from Sally Melville's The Purl Stitch out of Tess Yarns sock yarn. Jasmin is thinking about re-doing zipper in her Mariah.

We want to see the handknits that you are wearing. Put a picture in the In Stitches thread in the forum.

Mother Knows Best:(29:27)

We are answereing a question from the  "What do you want to hear about?" thread on the forum 

about where we find etsy shops for buying yarn. Jasmin mentions Fab Funky Fibres, Lollipop Yarn, and Gynx Yarn, Instagram and the Etsy app.

When Knitting Attacks:(32:40)

Gigi is attacked by shortcomings of the yarn of the Victorian Girls Coat. She used Jasmin's recommendation Tin Can Knits buttonhole to finally finish the buttonholes, for the amazing buttons we got from Mood.

Jasmin dropped a stitch at the movies on her Pinky Promise socks, by Lollipop yarns. Gigi did something wrong on the cuff of her newest sock from The Knitters Curiosity Cabinet.


Clothes On Shows:(40:42)

We talk about the knitwear on Catching Fire, from The Hunger Games Series.  (Costume designer was Trish Summerville.)

We mention Dr Gemma and Paula from the Knitting Pipeline.

Purloined:(47:53)

We talk about Marly Bird's interview with Diana Gabaldon, author of The Outlander Series of novels.

Review:(51:05)

This week we review 60 Quick Knits from America's Yarn Shops.

Holidays With The Knitmores:(56:00)

We talk about about our gift- wrapping tradition.


Straw Into Gold:(58:04)

Gigi has finished spinning her Gourmet Stash punis.

Direct download: Episode_260.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

'Tis the Season of Enabling - Episode 259 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

bar maids

Do you have a favorite fall scent? We know that Bar-Maids customers do. Nine years as a top seller, Betty Boo, is a mix of bitter orange and orchid. Sounds a bit floral – right? But Betty is NOT floral…she’s actually quite spicy.  Little Pumpkin has very devoted fans with its fresh from the oven top notes of buttery pumpkin not to be outdone by those middle notes of clove and allspice.  Hot Toddy, introduced last year, was such a hit that he’s back. Hot buttered rum – oh yum!  Queen’s Bun’s, a custom scent made exclusively for Jimmy Bean’s Wools last year can only be described as  cinnamon buns fresh from the oven and delicious enough for royalty.  If your local store doesn’t have these in stock, ask them to special order them for you. Otherwise, order on line at www.bar-maids.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:(0:30)

Gigi has finished a pair of tube socks for Genevieve out of We Need a Little Christmas, by Lollipop Yarn. Jasmin is knitting her Christmas socks out of "Tis" by Invictus Yarns, Master of My Feet, Vanilla Socks, Cynthia variation. #operationsockdrawer

Gigi has finished the body of her Witchy Woman socks, by Lollipop Yarn and has just the afterthought heels left to do. She is almost done with the Crocus Vernus sock, from the Knitters Curiosity Cabinet.

Jasmin is done with the knitting of the Little Oak cardigan by Alana Dakos, and only has to sew on the ribbon from the Trimgoddess, and buttons from Justfingerprint.  She is thrilled with the Tin Can Knits buttonhole.

Gigi finished her second Halos hat out of Bentley, by Cascade Yarns.

#podcasterthrowdown. Team Sockoholic is gaining on us with a total of 90 hats to our 119.

Prizes for the #PodcasterThrowdown:

A lovely skein of Lollipop Yarn in the colorway Sweet Child o' Mine.

A skein from Great Lakes Hand Dyed. #themapples

Sivia Harding's Sister Joan Shawl, knit by Gigi

From FabFunkyFibres: a skein of 15 color rainbow merino/cashmere/nylon

Jasmin's handspun:

  • In the Air Tonight, superwash, 328yds, Crown Mountain Farms
  • Violet Cherry, Pidgeonroof Studios, 402 Superwash BFL (187) 374 yds
  • Atlantis 402 Superwash Merino, Crown Mountain Farms, 500 yds

You can follow this on twitter and instagram using #podcasterthrowdown.

There will be a little something special for anyone who brings a hat for Halos to Stitches West, and bonus swag for preemie hats.

#Behmalong German for the day: two variations of Stollen, Flüsterstollen and Schreistollen.

We share a letter from a listener.

Events:(17:50)

We talk about our outing to the  Pajama Jammie Jam at Purlescence: Jasmin bought Manos Rittenhouse for a sweater for Genevieve. Gigi brought home some Cash Vero.

2/13-16: We will NOT be going to Madrona,

2/20-23: Stitches West 2014.

Contest:(21:40)

The Famous last Words Contest had 827 entries!

The winners:

Wordpurler won the LoLo Bar Trio,  and the The Ashford book of spinning.

Woolpiggy won Tess Yarns Kitten, and The Intentional Spinner.

Holity won the Erin Lane small drawstring bag, and a copy of Weaving Made Easy.

We also announce our Annual Do Some Good Contest, which launched on Thanksgiving.

Do some GREATER good on a local, national or global level!

In Stitches: (27:44)

We wore handknit socks, and GrandpaDahling wore a hat that Jasmin had knitted for him. Genevieve wore her Antler cardigan, out of Cascade Greenland.

Mother Knows Best: (30:29)

This week we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread on the forum about how to deal with really old yarn.

Review: (35:05)

This week we are reviewing Mollie Makes Woodland Friends, by the Editors of Mollie Makes

Holidays with the Knitmores:(39:53)

We talk about Kindness Elves from The Imagination Tree blog


Straw Into Gold: (42:13)

We talk about Gourmet Stash punis

Jasmin mentions Tribbles and the custom Gourmet Stash scented Lolo bar

Direct download: Episode_259.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30am PST

Looks like a Sweater - Episode 258 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

bar maids

Lo-Lo Baby, available in Soft Vanilla, Lavender Dreams, and Plain and Simple has been a big hit among OBGYN staff, new moms, daycare personnel, and men over 60. A swipe on the diaper area, a bit for massage, or something to help with cradle cap we understand but why are men buying this?  So we asked…we had to. And they told us. They are buying Lo-Lo Baby and using it for itch, heat, and chafing in their southern hemisphere. We pressed on with our somewhat awkward questions and we found out that while they loved Lo-Lo Baby, they wanted two things to be different, the label and a cooling element. Along came Southern Comfort.  Don’t let the moustache on the label lead you think it’s only for men.  Women are buying it as well.  And yes, we asked.  And we were told they're using it for the same reasons, through they used different words like, friction and rash. Southern Comfort is ideal for those that bike (pedal or motor), those that wear skirts and no pantyhose, and those that could just use some comfort in their Southern Hemisphere. Southern Comfort is for external use only. To buy local, visit www.bar-maids.com or purchase on-line.

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! 

 photo squarespace-logo-horizontal-white_zps098ad227.jpg

Known for its sophisticated yet easy-to-use interfaces, Squarespace’s do-it-yourself tools allow creative professionals, businesses, bloggers, and web developers to quickly and easily create and maintain professional looking, high-quality websites. When you decide to sign up for Squarespace, make sure to use the offer code KNITMORE to get 10% off your first purchase and show your support for our podcast!


On The Needles:(0:34)

Gigi finished her We Need a Little Christmas, by Lollipop Yarn. She has decided she wants at least one pair of themed socks for every month of the year.

Jasmin is working on the Little Oak cardigan for Genevieve, out of Cephalopod Bugga in Nebraska Conehead green.

Gigi finished another pair of leftover tube socks and gives the recipe for Genevieve's socks. Jasmin is working on her Sgt Pepper Houdini socks, out of 15 Color Rainbow  yarn #operationsockdrawer. She  is enjoying working on the  Paton's Kroy socks in Grey Brown Marled.

Jasmin is working on her Hitchhiker Abstract Fiber colorway Be Mine. She mentions Martina Behm's new patterns and the Be My Angel shawl. #Behmalong

German word of the week: Pfeffernüsse

Jasmin mentions the The Complete America's Test Kitchen Cookbook.

Gigi is working on her second Witchy Woman sock and also on the foot of the Crocus Vernus sock from The Knitters Curiosity Cabinet. LINK She is knitting Halo hats out of Bentley, by Cascade Yarns.

#podcasterthrowdown Jasmin mentions the Knitters Brewing Company, Team Sockoholic

Prizes for the #PodcasterThrowdown:

A lovely skein of Lollipop Yarn in the colorway Sweet Child o' Mine.

And a skein from Great Lakes Hand Dyed. #themapples

Sivia Harding's Sister Joan Shawl, knit by Gigi

Jasmin's handspun:

  • In the Air Tonight, superwash, 328yds, Crown Mountain Farms
  • Violet Cherry, Pidgeonroof Studios, 402 Superwash BFL (187) 374 yds
  • Atlantis 402 Superwash Merino, Crown Mountain Farms, 500 yds

From FabFunkyFibres: a skein of 15 color rainbow merino/cashmere/nylon

You can follow this on twitter and instagram using #podcasterthrowdown.

There will be a little something special for anyone who brings a hat for Halos to Stitches West, and bonus swag for preemie hats.

Events:(18:43)

11/29: Pajama Jammie Jam at Purlescence.

2/13-16: We are thinking of attending Madrona,

2/20-23: Stitches West 2014.

Contest:(20:32)

The  Famous Last Words Contest will wrap up by Thanksgiving, and prizes are:

LoLo Bar Trio

Erin Lane small drawstring bag

Tess Yarns Kitten

We also announce our Annual Do Some Good Contest, which will launch on Thanksgiving.

Do some GREATER good on a local, national or global level!

In Stitches:(26:05)

Gigi is wearing wool socks every day. She also wore her Katarina cardigan, Jasmin mentions the titanium shawl pin by Jaime's Metalworks. Gigi is very pleased with her Citron out of Huckleberry Knits  and her Icarus. Jasmin wore her Brickless, and among others, her Kroy socks. Genevieve wore her mouse hood, and socks from Gramzie.

Mother Knows Best:(29:23)

This week we answer a question about weaving with a small child.

We have a number of suggestions, we mention finger knitting, weaving on straw looms, cardboard looms, plastic Ball Winder, the 15 inch Cricket loom. You Can Weave!: Projects for Young Weavers, by Kathleen Monaghan.

When Knitting Attacks:(37:08)

Jasmin is working on the Little Oak Cardigan, which cruelly attacked her.

Purloined:(40:10)

This week we are purloining Playful Parenting from greentrianglegirl from the A Playful Day podcast.

Jasmin mentions Positive Discipline: The First Three Years by Jane Nelson, and

Nurturing Good Children Now, by Ron Taffel and Melinda Blau.

She mentions Woolbur and Extra Yarn.

Review:(44:26)

This week we review Green Gables Knits.

We mention the Anne of Green Gables complete collection.

Jasmin mentions Phoebe's Sweater, Phoebe's Birthday, and Freddie's Blanket.

Straw Into Gold:(52:09)

Gigi has been spinning Gourmet Stash punis on her Russian supported spindle.

Direct download: Episode_258.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am PST

Hammertime! - Episode 257 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

bar maids

Do you have a favorite fall scent? We know that Bar-Maids customers do. Nine years as a top seller, Betty Boo, is a mix of bitter orange and orchid. Sounds a bit floral – right? But Betty is NOT floral…she’s actually quite spicy.  Little Pumpkin has very devoted fans with its fresh from the oven top notes of buttery pumpkin not to be outdone by those middle notes of clove and allspice.  Hot Toddy, introduced last year, was such a hit that he’s back. Hot buttered rum – oh yum!  Queen’s Bun’s, a custom scent made exclusively for Jimmy Bean’s Wools last year can only be described as  cinnamon buns fresh from the oven and delicious enough for royalty.  If your local store doesn’t have these in stock, ask them to special order them for you. Otherwise, order on line at www.bar-maids.com   

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Love self-striping yarns but not quite sure how to use them? Join the Knitcircus Yarns Gradient Yarn Club and let hand-dyer and designer Jaala Spiro guide you! Three packages of exclusive self-striping colorways with patterns written just for them, plus information and lists of favorite patterns for using gradient yarns. The cherry on top? Treats from other indy knitting businesses with every package. Check out the Knitcircus Yarns store for handpainted and kettle-dyed yarns, too!

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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When you decide to sign up for Squarespace, make sure to use the offer code KNITMORE to get 10% off (your first purchase).

On The Needles:(0:34)

Jasmin has been making progress on her #Behmalong Hitchhiker out of Abstract Fiber Supersock in the colorway Be Mine. We mention Martina Behm's new pattern.

Gigi mentions her Leftie, and is planning to knit the Hitchhiker wristers, and another Hitchhiker.

The German word for today is Strohsterne.

Gigi is working on her Christmas sock We Need a Little Christmas, by Lollipop Yarn.

Jasmin is working on her Sgt Pepper Houdini socks, and she started another pair of Paton's Kroy socks in Grey Brown Marled #operationsockdrawer. She mentions The Fat Squirrel.

Gigi has almost finished her first Witchy Woman sock. Jasmin is almost done with the sleeves for the Little Oak cardigan for Genevieve, out of Cephalopod Bugga in Nebraska Conehead green, on addi Turbo Lace needles AMAZON? with a pink cable. She wants to try the addi Turbo Sock Rockets.

Gigi cast on a Halo hat out of Bentley, by Cascade Yarns. Jasmin mentions the Fiber Hooligan podcast.

Prizes for the #PodcasterThrowdown:

A lovely skein of Lollipop Yarn in the colorway Sweet Child o' Mine.

And a skein from Great Lakes Hand Dyed. #themapples

Sivia Harding's Sister Joan Shawl, knit by Gigi

Jasmin's handspun:

  • In the Air Tonight, superwash, 328yds, Crown Mountain Farms
  • Violet Cherry, Pidgeonroof Studios, 402 Superwash BFL (187) 374 yds
  • Atlantis 402 Superwash Merino, Crown Mountain Farms, 500 yds

From FabFunkyFibres: a skein of 15 color rainbow merino/cashmere/nylon

You can follow this on twitter and instagram using #podcasterthrowdown.

There will be a little something special for anyone who brings a hat for Halos to Stitches West, and bonus swag for preemie hats.

Events:(20:04)

On Black Friday we are planning to attend the Pajama Jammie Jam at Purlescence.

We are thinking of attending Madrona, and we will attend Stitches West 2014.

Contest:(22:01)

The  Famous Last Words Contest will wrap up by Thanksgiving, and prizes are:

LoLo Bar Trio

Erin Lane small drawstring bag

Tess Yarns Kitten

Mother Knows Best:(23:09)

We are answering a question from the ""What do you want to hear about?" thread on the forum, about projects for teenagers who are starting to knit.

When Knitting Attacks:(28:04)

Gigi had a hard time swatching for her Angel sweater out of Venizia Worsted. Jasmin mentions Ysolda Teague and Little Red in the City, and the Dr. Watson Sweater out of Cascade Eco, and Damaris of the Geeky Girls Knit videocast.

Purloined:(34:14)

This week we are purloining the "In my Ears" segment from the Shorty's Sutures podcast. We mention the podcasts we have been listening to:


CogKnitive

Fiber Hooligan 

Freakonomics Radio

Creative Mother Thinking

hr2 Der Tag

Knit Knit Cafe

The Knotty Girls Knitcast

The Nerdist

Spin Control

Stuff You Missed in History Class

Yarngasm

Anatomy of Knitting

A Playful Day

Brass Needles

Craft Lit

IMake

The Fat Squirrel Speaks

Twin Set Design

Commuter Knitter

Down Cellar Studio

Geeky Girls Knit

The Giving Flower Podcast

Savvy Girls

The Knit Girls

Wolf Farms

Wait Wait Don't Tell Me

We also mention the Virtual Thanksgiving Challenge on Dr Gemma's forum

And we mention Shilo's Master Thesis questionaire.

Review:(43:11)

This week we are reviewing

The Rhinebeck Sweater, by Ysolda Teague and Friends

We mention our Ysolda Teague interview.

Straw Into Gold:(58:08)

Jasmin is spinning yarn for her Retreating cardigan from a Merino Borderleister cross from Elizabeth Hubbard on her minispinner.

Gigi is spinning Gourmet Stash punis on her Russian supported spindle. Genevieve has been playing with wooden tops and wrapping Terry Mendenhall roving around a big Brittany Knitting Needle, as a spinning readiness activity.

Direct download: Episode_257.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Truffles by the Handful - Episode 256 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

bar maids

Lo-Lo Baby, available in Soft Vanilla, Lavender Dreams, and Plain and Simple has been a big hit among OBGYN staff, new moms, daycare personnel, and men over 60. A swipe on the diaper area, a bit for massage, or something to help with cradle cap we understand but why are men buying this?  So we asked…we had to. And they told us. They are buying Lo-Lo Baby and using it for itch, heat, and chafing in their southern hemisphere. We pressed on with our somewhat awkward questions and we found out that while they loved Lo-Lo Baby, they wanted two things to be different, the label and a cooling element. Along came Southern Comfort.  Don’t let the moustache on the label lead you think it’s only for men.  Women are buying it as well.  And yes, we asked.  And we were told they're using it for the same reasons, through they used different words like, friction and rash. Southern Comfort is ideal for those that bike (pedal or motor), those that wear skirts and no pantyhose, and those that could just use some comfort in their Southern Hemisphere. Southern Comfort is for external use only. To buy local, visit www.bar-maids.com or purchase on-line.

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 has some finished objects: She is a block away from having a FO: the Mojo socks out of Fortissima, and a pair of Spice Man socks out of Lionbrand SockEase, and she cast on a pair of tube socks for Genevieve, out of leftover SockEase.

Jasmin is working on the Little Oak cardigan out of Bugga by Cephalopod Yarns, and she mentions #operationsockdrawer, and the #Behmalong. For the buttons she got some squirrel buttons from Justfingerprint on Etsy.

Gigi turned the heel on her second  Crocus Vernus sock, from the Knitters Curiosity Cabinet.

Jasmin is working on her Hitchhiker for the #Behm-along. She is very happy about the Everlapse app.

Gigi has started her Christmas socks. She mentions the brilliant Natalie from the former BarknKnit podcast. We gush over We Need a Little Christmas, by Lollipop Yarn.

Gigi performed a fin-ectomy on her Frankenfisk and reknit the fin in the correct color.

We have two new prizes for the #PodcasterThrowdown:

A lovely skein of Lollipop Yarn in the colorway Sweet Child o' Mine.

And a skein from Great Lakes Hand Dyed. #themapples

Our  other prizes for the  Throwdown are:

Sivia Harding's Sister Joan Shawl, knit by Gigi

Jasmin's handspun:

  • In the Air Tonight, superwash, 328yds, Crown Mountain Farms
  • Violet Cherry, Pidgeonroof Studios, 402 Superwash BFL (187) 374 yds
  • Atlantis 402 Superwash Merino, Crown Mountain Farms, 500 yds

From FabFunkyFibres: a skein of 15 color rainbow merino/cashmere/nylon

You can follow this on twitter and instagram using #podcasterthrowdown.

We mention Shilo from the Spin Control podcast and her survey.

Our German words for the Behm-along are Kummerspeck, Käsefüsse, Wurstfinger and Dreckspatz.

We mention that SerenityNow suggested Strickvergnügen instead of selfish knitting.

Events:(25:15)

On Black Friday we are planning to attend the Pajama Jammie Jam at Purlescence.

We are thinking of attending Madrona, and we will attend Stitches West 2014.

Contest:(26:12)

The  Famous Last Words Contest will wrap up by Thanksgiving, and prizes are:

LoLo Bar Trio

Erin Lane small drawstring bag

Tess Yarns Kitten

In Stitches:(26:58)

Gigi has been wearing handknit socks.

Jasmin wore her Tempest cardigan out of handspun Cormo.

Genevieve's Very Hungry Caterpillar cardigan will have a button re-glued to the shank and the Playful Stripes cardigan will get its buttons sealed.


Mother Knows Best:(29:38)

We answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread , about knitting in the dark.

Jasmin mentions the Biobands. We mention Annie Modesitt's website, and the Kindle app (Android, iOS, PC, Mac).


When Knitting Attacks:(34:59)

Gigi's  Leftie attacked her, and the brilliant idea she had for knitting tube socks for Genevieve, turned out to be more trouble that brilliant.

Purloined:(37:38)

This week we are purloining the idea of #Thankvember from YarnMonkeh. Jasmin mentions Erica64.

Join us in posting what you are thankful for here.

Review:(39:07)

This week we review Cora's Heart, by Rachel Herron.

We mention her other romance novels

How to Knit a Love Song

How to Knit a Heart Back Home

Wishes and Stitches

Honeymooning

We mention  Morehouse Merino Critter Collection.

The interview with Rachel Herron can be found here.


Straw Into Gold:(48:02)

Gigi has been spinning  hand carded punis from Gourmet Stash, on a Russian supported spindle.

Jasmin mentions Deerfield Creations supported spindles, and Judith MacKenzie McCuin.

Direct download: Episode_256.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

German Compound Nouns - Episode 255 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

 bar maids

Do you have a favorite fall scent? We know that Bar-Maids customers do. Nine years as a top seller, Betty Boo, is a mix of bitter orange and orchid. Sounds a bit floral – right? But Betty is NOT floral…she’s actually quite spicy.  Little Pumpkin has very devoted fans with its fresh from the oven top notes of buttery pumpkin not to be outdone by those middle notes of clove and allspice.  Hot Toddy, introduced last year, was such a hit that he’s back. Hot buttered rum – oh yum!  Queen’s Bun’s, a custom scent made exclusively for Jimmy Bean’s Wools last year can only be described as  cinnamon buns fresh from the oven and delicious enough for royalty.  If your local store doesn’t have these in stock, ask them to special order them for you. Otherwise, order on line at www.bar-maids.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:(0:31)

The Halos of Hope-athon #podcasterthrowdown continues!

#PodcasterThrowdown: Hats for Halos of HopeHalos of Hope Guidelines.

We got supplemental guidelines from a former Chemo patient:

- Yarn should not be scratchy, check for softness against your wrist or your neck

- Hat should be long enough to cover the ears, go over the forehead, and the back of the head.

- Lighter weight hats are more useful and comfortable than bulky ones.

- Slouchy hats need to have enough of a band to keep the hat from slipping of the head.

Our prizes for the  Throwdown are:

Sivia Harding's Sister Joan Shawl, knit by Gigi

Jasmin's handspun:

  • In the Air Tonight, superwash, 328yds, Crown Mountain Farms
  • Violet Cherry, Pidgeonroof Studios, 402 Superwash BFL (187) 374 yds
  • Atlantis 402 Superwash Merino, Crown Mountain Farms, 500 yds

From FabFunkyFibres: a skein of 15 color rainbow merino/cashmere/nylon

You can follow this on twitter and instagram using #podcasterthrowdown.

We asked what our listeners think would be a good bonus if we win, and you can add your suggestion here.

We talk about the Podcaster Throwdown:  Knotty Girls Knitcast, KnitKnit Cafe, Craft Lit, Yarn on Tap. The Savvy Girls did not join the throwdown, as Gigi had claimed. Jasmin had a stroke of Genius.

Gigi finished the  Mojo socks she was knitting out of Patons Kroy Also, she knit a set of tube socks for Genevieve out of Jasmin's leftover Kroy. Gigi figured out a way to determine how much yarn she needs for knitting a toe.

We mention the TwinSet Design Podcast. #Operationsockdrawer continues. Gigi is working on her second pair of mojo socks. Jasmin is working on her Sgt Pepper socks.

 

Gigi is making slow progress on the Crocus Vernus sock, from the Knitters Curiosity Cabinet, and the Spice Man socks.

 Jasmin has finished the Antler cardigan. Gigi and Jasmin are both working on their Leftie shawls for the #Behmalong. Jasmin is also working on the Hitchhiker. Martina Behm has extented her discount to 10% off for everyone who puts 3 patterns or more into their cart.

Our German words this week are: rechts, links, glatt rechts, stricken, Fingerspitzentanz.

Jasmin put a few stitches on her Calligraphy cardigan.

We attended Interweave Knitting Lab. We met up with the ladies from Abstract Fiber, and George of Skaska Designs, significant other to the amazing Galina.

We are sad about Jane and Jen Knit Funny having podcasted their farewell episode.

Contest:(26:36)

The  Famous Last Words Contest will wrap up by Thanksgiving, and prizes are:

LoLo Bar Trio

Erin Lane small drawstring bag

Tess Yarns Kitten

In Stitches:(27:58)

Gigi is wearing handknit socks every day.

Jasmin wore her Seneca, her ravelympics project, the yarn for which she spun during the Tour de Fleece. She also wore her CeCe out of Alto by Abstract Fiber, and a foofy scarf out of some eyelash and other strange things.

Genevieve has worn her Duck cardigan, and the Gramps cardigan, and a handwoven scarf.

Mother Knows Best:(31:06)

Gigi talks about selfish knitting. We are looking for a positive term to replace that expression.

Purloined:(36:09)

This week we are Purloining from The Knit Knit Cafe, hosted by Abby. The question that we purloined is: What new thing would you do if you had an extra hour each day?

Review:(39:07)

This week we review The Art of Felfs, by Cat Bordhi.

We mention the Twin Set Design podcast, and the Outlier podcast, hosted by Toadyjoe.

Straw Into Gold:(47:59)

Gigi finished her 4oz bump of 50/50 merino/ silk by Red Fish Dyeworks, with the help of her Wollee Winder.

And Sew On:(48:23)

We finished the mouse hood with ears for Genevieve's Halloween costume.

Direct download: Episode_255.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:30pm PST

Eccentric and Charming - Episode 254 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

bar maids

Do you have a favorite fall scent? We know that Bar-Maids customers do. Nine years as a top seller, Betty Boo, is a mix of bitter orange and orchid. Sounds a bit floral – right? But Betty is NOT floral…she’s actually quite spicy.  Little Pumpkin has very devoted fans with its fresh from the oven top notes of buttery pumpkin not to be outdone by those middle notes of clove and allspice.  Hot Toddy, introduced last year, was such a hit that he’s back. Hot buttered rum – oh yum!  Queen’s Bun’s, a custom scent made exclusively for Jimmy Bean’s Wools last year can only be described as  cinnamon buns fresh from the oven and delicious enough for royalty.  If your local store doesn’t have these in stock, ask them to special order them for you. Otherwise, order on line at www.bar-maids.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:(0:32)

Gigi finished her Jack o'Lantern sock from Marigoldjen.etsy.com in the Jack colorway, and she cast on her Witchy Woman socks from Lollipop Yarns. Jasmin has knitted another feather for the  Leftie in the #Behmalong. Gigi is lamenting that it takes her much longer now to knit a feather on her Leftie.

Jasmin is trying to finish the Very Hungry Caterpillar sweater she has knitted for Genevieve. She mentions our couture button tutorial. She mentions Lori, from Deerfield Creations, who made lovely caterpillar buttons just for her.

 Jasmin talks about the labels she is sewing into the garments. She knitted the Cascade cardigan out of Cascade Greenland.

Gigi has been knitting two pairs of mojo socks, one out of Patons Kroy and one out of Fortissima. Jasmin has cast on the Little Oak cardigan, from Coastal Kids by Alana Dakos, out of Bugga from Cephalopod yarns, in the Nebraska Conehead colorway. Jasmin wants to knit the Gnarled Oak cardigan for herself. We mention the Button Emporium.

Gigi has been making Something Fishy socks, and created a Frankenfisk sock. Jasmin raves about the movie Frankenfish.

Gigi also worked on her Crocus Vernus sock, from the Knitters Curiosity Cabinet. Jasmin mentions Judith  MacKenzie McCuin.

Our word for the Behmalong is Wichteln. Weihnachten = Christmas. Check out and add pictures to the #Behmalong, #operationsockdrawer and on Everlapse.  We are embedding them on the show notes every week.

Also Halos of Hope-athon #podcasterthrowdown.

#PodcasterThrowdown: Hats for Halos of HopeHalos of Hope Guidelines.

We got supplemental guidelines from a former Chemo patient:

- Yarn should not be scratchy, check for softness against your wrist or your neck

- Hat should be long enough to cover the ears, go over the forehead, and the back of the head.

- Lighter weight hats are more useful and comfortable than bulky ones.

- Slouchy hats need to have enough of a band to keep the hat from slipping of the head.

Our prizes for the  Throwdown are:

Sivia Harding's Sister Joan Shawl, knit by Gigi

Jasmin's handspun:

  • In the Air Tonight, superwash, 328yds, Crown Mountain Farms
  • Violet Cherry, Pidgeonroof Studios, 402 Superwash BFL (187) 374 yds
  • Atlantis 402 Superwash Merino, Crown Mountain Farms, 500 yds

From FabFunkyFibres: a skein of 15 color rainbow merino/cashmere/nylon

You can follow this on twitter and instagram using #podcasterthrowdown

We asked what our listeners think would be a good bonus if we win, and you can add your suggestion here.

Contest:(23:10)

The  Famous Last Words Contest will wrap up by Thanksgiving, and we announce prizes:

LoLo Bar Trio

Erin Lane small drawstring bag

Tess Yarns Kitten

In Stitches:(23:58)

Gigi has been wearing wool socks, and bed socks out of Fancy Image Yarn.

Jasmin also has been wearing clear Converse  from Journeys with her 15 color rainbow socks by FabFunkyFibres, and rainbow-ish socks out of Trekking.

We mention Commuter Knitter and Down Cellar Studio.

Jasmin wore her Tangled Yoke cardigan, out of Interweave Magazine, out of hand spun yarn. She mentioned Meghan from the Stitch It podcast. Also, she wore her Juno Regina Shawl out of Handmaiden Seasilk, a Miriam Felton Knitty.com design.

 Genevieve wore her Yoked cardigan, a Hannah Fettig design, out of Cascade Greenland, and her Very Hungry Caterpillar cardigan.

Purloined:(29:11)

This week we purloin from Benjamin Levisay from the Fiber Hooligan podcast.

We mention Grimm, Rizzoli and Isles, Borgias, Once Upon A Time, Game of Thrones, North and South(British), Buffy, Mad Men, and Hairspray.

Review:(34:40)

This week we are reviewing the Morehouse Merino Critter Collection, Volumes I-IV. [Kindle versionavailable here. You can print off of it, sort of.]

Morehouse Merino homepage . We mention Lisa Souza and Abstract Fiber.

Straw Into Gold:(48:38)

Gigi has been spinning much better now with the new Woolee Winder, and she is loving the 50/50 silk merino from Red Fish Dyeworks, that she is spinning on her Julia wheel.

And Sew On:(50:10)

We have been working on Genevieve's Halloween costume.

Jasmin mentions the Geeky Girls knit Videocast, hosted by CC and Damaris.

Direct download: Episode_254.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

Don't Know Much About Botany - Episode 253 - The Knitmore Girls

This week's episode is sponsored by:

bar maids

Lo-Lo Baby, available in Soft Vanilla, Lavender Dreams, and Plain and Simple has been a big hit among OBGYN staff, new moms, daycare personnel, and men over 60. A swipe on the diaper area, a bit for massage, or something to help with cradle cap we understand but why are men buying this?  So we asked…we had to. And they told us. They are buying Lo-Lo Baby and using it for itch, heat, and chafing in their southern hemisphere. We pressed on with our somewhat awkward questions and we found out that while they loved Lo-Lo Baby, they wanted two things to be different, the label and a cooling element. Along came Southern Comfort.  Don’t let the moustache on the label lead you think it’s only for men.  Women are buying it as well.  And yes, we asked.  And we were told they're using it for the same reasons, through they used different words like, friction and rash. Southern Comfort is ideal for those that bike (pedal or motor), those that wear skirts and no pantyhose, and those that could just use some comfort in their Southern Hemisphere. Southern Comfort is for external use only. To buy local, visit www.bar-maids.com or purchase on-line.

 photo knitmoregirlsrectangle_zps8d4a5246.jpg

Love self-striping yarns but not quite sure how to use them? Join the Knitcircus Yarns Gradient Yarn Club and let hand-dyer and designer Jaala Spiro guide you! Three packages of exclusive self-striping colorways with patterns written just for them, plus information and lists of favorite patterns for using gradient yarns. The cherry on top? Treats from other indy knitting businesses with every package. Check out the Knitcircus Yarns store for handpainted and kettle-dyed yarns, too!

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:(0:31)

Gigi finished a Spice Man sock out of Lion Brand Sock-Ease, and cast on the second one. Jasmin is pleased with her progress on the Hitchhiker that she is knitting out of  from Abstract Fiber Supersock in the colorway Be Mine for the #behmalong

Gigi is ready to bind off the Brickless. Jasmin is knitting her  Leftie from a Miss Babs kit. She also is thinking of doing the Miss Winkle, and Gigi wants to knit the Hitchhiker Gauntlets.

Gigi's Lutefisk socks have fins, and the Something Fishy socks have both one fin each. Jasmin is having fun knitting the Spectre-Self Striping from The Cyborg's Craft Room on etsy, #etsyincident2013, in a Houdini pattern #operationsockdrawer.

Gigi started her second Jack o'Lantern sock from Marigoldjen.etsy.com in the Jack colorway

For the Podcaster Throwdown, we mention Abby, of the KnitKnit Cafe, the Knotty Girls, and Ready Set Knit.

#PodcasterThrowdown: Hats for Halos of HopeHalos of Hope Guidelines.

We got supplemental guidelines from a former Chemo patient:

- Yarn should not be scratchy, check for softness against your wrist or your neck

- Hat should be long enough to cover the ears, go over the forehead, and the back of the head.

- Lighter weight hats are more useful and comfortable than bulky ones.

- Slouchy hats need to have enough of a band to keep the hat from slipping of the head.

Our prizes for the  Throwdown are:

Sivia Harding's Sister Joan Shawl, knit by Gigi

Jasmin's handspun:

  • In the Air Tonight, superwash, 328yds, Crown Mountain Farms
  • Violet Cherry, Pidgeonroof Studios, 402 Superwash BFL (187) 374 yds
  • Atlantis 402 Superwash Merino, Crown Mountain Farms, 500 yds

From FabFunkyFibres: a skein of 15 color rainbow merino/cashmere/nylon

You can follow this on twitter and instagram using #podcasterthrowdown

We asked what our listeners think would be good prizes if we win, and we added a thread in the Knitmore Girls Forum.

You can read Jen's story here. [CAUTION: NOISY SITE.]

We attended the Pacific International Quilt Fest at the Santa Clara Convention Center, and talk about some highlights.

Contest:(26:45)

Gigi is happy about her new Woolee Winder.

The  Famous Last Words Contest will wrap up by Thanksgiving, and we announce prizes:

LoLo Bar Trio

Erin Lane small drawstring bag

Tess Yarns Kitten

Mother Knows Best:(29:59)

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine. We talk about preventing injury by being aware of ergonomics.

When Knitting Attacks:(35:07)

Gigi was attacked by the Crocus Vernus socks from The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet.

Purloined:(36:19)

This week we purloin "Endorsements" from the Savvy Girls, Melanie and  Deborah

We endorse Rhubarb, Fennel, America's Test Kitchen CookBook, rocking on the front porch, port with chocolate, and seasonal socks.

German word of the week: Kunstbanausen (but we are not endorsing them)

Review:(44:17)

This week we are reviewing

 The The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits, and The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits

Jasmin mentions Coggie from the High Fiber Diet, and Galina Khmeleva, who wrote the Orenburg Shawl series.

Straw Into Gold:(54:59)

Jasmin is spinning punis from Gourmet Stash.

Direct download: Episode_253.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am PST