Friday, August 7, 2009

Bring on the Men - Episode 65 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode has been posted a little early, and guest hosted by Andrew and Gregory.
On the needles: (00:43)

The guys talk about knitting times and places, including the Rose Garden. Greg has finished the white baby blanket from episode 33. He is now working in Nimbus merino. Greg has a cardigan/pullover issue.

Andrew declares that he is a monogamous knitter. He is working on the "Not your standard issue sweatshirt" from the Yarn Girls' Guide to Simple Knits, out of olive green Manos.
Husband Knows Best: (7:57)

The guys discuss what is important to consider when knitting for a guy. They discuss style, climate, and personal constitutions. Greg talks about Elsebeth Lavold's "Viking Patterns for Knitting" book.
When Knitting Attacks: (14:08)

Andrew discusses "When Knitting Karma Attacks". Greg accidentally left his knitting up in Santa Rosa. They discuss the "Boyfriend Sweater" knitting urban legend.
Reviews: (25:16)

The guys give honest and candid reviews of patterns in men's books.

Books they liked:
For Men, from the Let's Knit Series (this is a Japanese book). Norah Gaughan's new Men's book. Rowan's Knitting For Him. Elsebeth Lavold's Viking Patterns for Knitting.

Books they didn't care for so much:
Knitting with Balls. Simply Beautiful Sweaters for Men. Men in Knits.


  1. LOL...I had to listen twice to the flippin' funny.

    Love it!

  2. You guys did a great job, and yeah, it definitely hit my funny bone to hear you doing the show with the standard format! --with straight faces, too.

    I enjoyed the show. Thanks.

  3. The Guys did a great job. I really enjoyed the podcast.

  4. Such a fun and original idea. You go Knitmore Guys!

  5. Thank you both for an excellent episode! :) A perfect mixture of houmour set alongside the shows usual format. Great job Knitmore Guys!

  6. This was great!! The guys were funny. I totally was not expecting this!!

  7. Although I missed the girls, I loved the men's episode. I though the guys were funny and informative and they did extremely well for a first episode. I hope the men will contribute an episode regularly (who wouldn't love an extra dose of Knitmoregirls via the boys? Well done gentlemen and thanks for all the hard work.

  8. This was such a surprise to hear! I really enjoyed listening to the boys. I think they need their own podcast. :)

  9. It was really great to listen to a guy's perspective on knitting. I found both Andrew and Gregory really informative and would love to hear them again when you girls cannot do the normal podcast.

  10. I really liked listening to the guys. I also liked that Andrew picked up on the knitting thing as a relationship barometer; it's true for in my relationship too.

    A quick thing: My husband really liked "Knitting with Balls" as a how to knitting guide, but he hasn't done any of the major projects in it; so I'm guessing he's not in love with any of the sweaters.

  11. Great episode - had been working through the back issues - but at Electric Sheep's recommendation had to jump to this episode :)

  12. Another thought that may work for a men's sweater:
    Pick a basic sweater shape, add in cables or other interesting textures to make the knitting fun, and select a super-dark yarn to make the stitch work less prominent. A dark yarn will hide a lot of texture details--not typically something I'd advocate as it would be a "waste" of that hard work--making the sweater less "loud" but maintaining fun in the process