October is the first month where all of our hosting fees have been covered by listener donations. Thanks! Also, thanks to Maltesemama for the hot pink Malibu Namaste knitting bag.
In addition to knitting jokes, we'd like to give Cat Bordhi some knitting limericks. The contest deadline is extended to Friday, November 7th.
We will also be launching a contest for three signed copies of the Yarn Harlot's newest book "Free Range Knitter". Stay tuned!
On the Needles:
Gigi is working on an Upstream sock (in Trekking), and a Coriolis.
Jasmin is working on a pair of Houdini socks.
Jasmin is working on an Upstream sock out of Ellen's Half-Pint Farm sock yarn in crayon colors.
What do we get the most wear out of? Our handknit socks.
When Jasmin and Andrew got married, they had their own version of Thermostat Wars (not as hard-core as the Yarn Harlot's).
Jasmin is spinning some of the Royal Hare superwash merino in "Calistoga Calypso". Someday, they will be toe-up socks.
Mother Knows Best:
1. Keep it local.
Yarn stores are important to keeping the art alive, and while we're all for saving money, Jasmin has an idea for knitters in a troubled economy. Take the same money you'd spend online, spend it locally. It will buy you less stuff, but it will keep your money in your community. The media is sensationalizing, and they're scaring people into spending zero money locally. That extra dollar or two can make all the difference.
2. Don't buy NOTHING, just buy less.
Drastic drops in purchases (because you've been told by the media to stuff your money in mattresses) can be devastating to any local business. Buy value yarns, recognize the value in saving, but nothing? Too drastic.
3. Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Go get your mammograms done! Remind the women in your life to go and get mammograms. Guys, do a pectoral exam.
4. Get registered and VOTE!
It DOES matter who you vote for. Read up on the measures/propositions, be informed on the issues, and learn about the candidates. If you can vote, you should. It's a civic duty.
When Knitting Attacks:
Gigi is working on the Neckdown Wrap Cardigan from Knitting Pure and Simple out of Cascade Venezia. There's no shaping, and it sags and droops. She's going to rip it back and use the numbers for the Basic Chic Pulli for the shaping.
Jasmin went to the Color Fiber Festival, and came out with just one skein of sock yarn. Tika bought a great, big bag of fabulous stuff, but followed the terms of the Social Pressure Experiment. Jasmin took the stuff that she spun and knit to show to Girl on the Rocks and Pigeonroof Studios so they could see their roving all grown up. Jasmin resisted stuff from Tactile and Cellach Dyes.
Jasmin got rid of 25 lbs of yarn at the Purlescence Yarn Swap and brought back NOTHING! She was also mocked for the skein of hideous muppet pelt she brought in.
Gigi went to Pacific International Quilt Festival and bought Project Runway fabric to make sock bags out of. (Our local quilt shop is Quilter's Nest.) Gigi was not on her game in class.