Sunday, May 17, 2009

Reflections and recessions - Episode 53 - The Knitmore Girls


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Events: (00:35)
6/6/2009 - Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery
6/13/2009- WorldWide Knit in Public Day
(Jasmin will be at Santana Row, look for the pink hair. Gigi will be knitting in Los Angeles, details will be posted later.)
On the Needles: (5:47)

Gigi is working on her Carli again! Jasmin's Katarina is languishing a bit. Jasmin is on a shawl kick. She is working on her Aran Pocket Shawl as well as the Wool Peddler's Shawl.

Gigi is blocking her way through a mountain of UFOs. Carli got blocked, Marta got blocked, Katarina has been blocked.

Gigi has turned the heel on her Par 5 socks.
Mother Knows Best: (15:33)

Gigi and Jasmin discuss the virtues of stashing, and how a healthy stash can make your knitting recession-proof.

When Knitting Attacks: (22:17)

Jasmin is having trust issues with the chart on the Wool Peddler's shawl. Gigi sews her sweater together more creatively than normal.

Review: (25:42)

This week, Gigi and Jasmin review "The Friday Night Knitting Club" by Kate Jacobs. They liked it fine, but have some small criticisms.

Bring it On! (33:27)

Podcasts we like!

BarkNKnit - knitting and dog training.
CogKNITive - knitting, spinning, and Cognitive Behavioral strategies!
Stitch-It! - spinning, knitting, "My faaaaaaavorite thing".
Knaked Knits
Knitting Rose
Cast-On - Brenda is a real mensch. She's thoughtful, articulate, supportive, and has a voice like butter!
CraftLit- classic novels and lit chat.
Gives Good Knit - books, knitting, spinning, and Tika.
Brass Needles - knitting, fashion, and science fiction.
High Fiber Diet
Sticks and String - nice voice, great essays.
Fadenfreude - a German knitting podcast.
Changeling's Knit and Stitch
Faery Knitting
Knitlark Lane
The Manic Purl
Sweaters for Dragons

Spinning (51:02)

Jasmin has been spinning some mango-colored 80 Merino/20 silk from Redfish Dyeworks.


  1. I agree with you about the ending of Friday Night Knitting Club. I read novels to be entertained, not depressed by the loss of a child's mother. I would not recommend it to others as a good read, to depressing.

  2. The link you gave for Fadenfreude didn't work, but I did find the podcast site on It will be fun to check out the podcasts on your list.

  3. Thanks for the podcast reviews. I really enjoy yours and I'm looking forward to trying some of the others. The discussion about stashing was really interesting. I like your perspective on the issue.

  4. I really liked Friday Night Knitting Club. I also heard there was a movie coming... Not sure if that is just a rumor or not.

    Thanks for the list of great podcasts! I have just updated my list of subscriptions!

  5. Every so often, I am so disgusted with a book, I want to throw it across the room, and this is one. I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. It's such an unrealistic fantasy. An unwed mother is knitting in the park, and happens to encounter a wealthy patron to help her start her business. Please! How could anyone realistically knit fast enough to make sweaters for a living and pay NYC rent? I doubt this book would ever have been published, if not for the knitting craze. I think it was the dialog of the knitting group that finally sent the book flying, though.

  6. Hi Jamine and Gigi,
    Thanks very much for the free plug. I managed to get another one up the other day. I enjoy your show very much, as you know, and admire your tenacity and drive in getting them up regularly. You are my companions on my long trips to Sydney most weeks.