Sunday, November 9, 2008

Do some good, change the world - Episode 26 - The Knitmore Girls

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On the Needles:

Gigi has finished her Zig Zag Slip Stitch Socks!

Jasmin finished her Mushroom Caps socks, and promptly cast on an Andrew-Style vanilla sock (ribbing all the way down the cuff, and the top of the foot) in a vintage Lisa Souza sock yarn in "The Sea".

Also, Jasmin had an essay in Episode 70 of Cast-on! (Go listen!)

Jasmin is still working on her Sandi sweater in the Manos silk and wool (olive green). Despite how lovely the yarn is, the knots are vexing.

Gigi is working on an Upstream sock, and a Foxglove Sock. The Upstream sock is being knit in a fall-ish colorway of Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn (missing the label, of course), and the Foxglove sock is in Blue Moon Socks that Rock in "Tiger's Eye".

Jasmin loves wristers. Colleen made her a pair of Fetchings, and later, she knit a pair of the elbow-length wristers from Sally Melville's The Purl Stitch.

Jasmin bought a little yarn. She got some Woobu in "In the Navy" and a sweater's worth of Heavyweight STR in "Pride". She also got a FABULOUS cardigan pattern (The Vermont Fiber Designs "Simple Cardigan").

Also, if you're knitting socks as gifts, shoot us an e-mail and we'll be happy to send you the label template, free!

We got a cafepress order! Gigi got her 1000 Knitters shirt, and we both got Dolores 2008 and "I'm kind of a knitting superhero" mugs to inspire us.


We have winners! (Names are not posted on show notes, but are in the podcast. Winners have been e-mailed.)

The "Do some good" contest!

We have 3 signed copies of "Free Range Knitter" by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Stephanie has done loads of fundraising for Doctors Without Borders. So, we're asking you to donate to Doctors Without Borders (please CC us on the e-mail you send to Stephanie), knit for charity, give canned food to your local food donation location. (We give to Second Harvest Food Bank.)

This is on your honor, so e-mail us once you've done your donating.

When Knitting Attacks:

Gigi has been flattened by her knitting. Her Knitting Pure and Simple Wrap Cardigan (out of Cascade Venezia) with shaping turned out ... wrong for her. But SO right for Jasmin!

Jasmin's yarn refuses to cooperate, despite having been perfectly well-behaved while it was being wound.

Mother Knows Best:

Gigi found a gem on the German knitting board on Ravelry - putting the information of the socks that you're working on an index card, and wrap a yard of leftover yarn around it for any future darning. Jasmin has firm plastic holders from the Japanese Stationary store that help maintain the integrity of the index card. (You can get these at Maido or Kinokuniya.)

Book Review:

The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood. Four Knitmore thumbs down. 


Gigi has a new niece! Desiree had her baby!

Team in Training:

Our friend Mari talks about her work with Team in Training. You can read about it on her blog, or contact her on Ravelry to give.

If you're not on Ravelry, you can contact Mari for details on how to donate at shewalks2008[AT]gmail[DOT]com .


  1. bummer, it's not letting me download to listen..le sigh!

  2. Ok, it was a problem with our host. It should be resolved now. Download away!

  3. Boy, I guess I have an accent after all.

    I listened while walking today and the sound quality is most excellent!
    Given we were smooshed together not too shabby!

  4. hi Jasmin & Gigi,

    I enjoyed your podcast today as always, but I just wanted to let you know my thoughts on your book review. I'm a novelist, and I can tell you that if that were my book you were reviewing, I would be *devastated.* I totally understand why you didn't care for it, but I couldn't help wondering: what if the author or one of her friends were listening to your podcast?

    Thanks for letting me put in my 2¢.

  5. I still can't download on iTunes. That being said, if there is a book (or a yarn or a pattern) that you didn't like, and you gave a favorable review, your listeners would be disappointed. Sometimes the truth hurts.

  6. I just found your podcast and I LOVE IT!

  7. I love your podcast, but I didn't agree with your review of The Knitting Circle, by Ann Hood. I loved that book. As a knitter and a mom who has lost a child I thought that Ann Hood did a great job -- she certainly spoke to me!