Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Kindness of Knitters - Episode 140 - The Knitmore Girls


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On the Needles: (00:36)

Gigi is knitting Cookie A's BFF socks for the Spin Control KAL. Jasmin is working on her Elemental Pullover (from Knitting 24/7). Gigi has finished her Cassidy! Jasmin's Cece is finished! Jasmin is making some great progress on her Mariah cardigan. Jasmin has finished one sock for Andrew out of the Creatively Dyed J'ouvert ("Cake").

Andrew socks: 

Cast on 64 sts, knit in 2x2 rib for 6", work heel sts in st st, continue ribbing instep sts for 1". Work a heel flap for 2 1/2". Do standard instep decreases until you have decreased down to 64 sts. Work the foot until it measures 2" short of the foot. Work toe decreases every other round until there are 32 total sts. Work toe decreases every round until there are 8 total sts. Graft.

Jasmin learns the knitted graft from Knitting Daily. Jasmin mentions Horst Schultz.

Stitches West recap: (15:02)

We do a quick recap of the adventures from the weekend. Things we mention:

KCL Woods
Pho Minh
Sweet Pea's

Events: (27:42)

- April 6-9: Camp KIP! (Check the site for the updates.)

Mother Knows Best: (28:36)

Two tips this week:

1) Be wary of limited time offers.

2) Always choose fun. Resting is overrated.

Review: (34:32)

This week, we review Rachael Herron's "How to Knit a Heart Back Home". We really enjoyed it, despite parts that Jasmin found a little hard to read. Give it a try!

Straw into Gold: (42:58)

This week, we talk about spinning silk.


  1. Sounds like Stitches was a lot of fun. Thanks for the update & glad you had fun. :)

  2. Enjoyed the podcast as always. I am happy to hear about the "weaving" podcast!!! How exciting. I just started weaving myself...I have a "Cricket", "25" Flip", and waiting for my "Baby Wolf" to arrive!!

  3. Great podcast you guys! I especially enjoyed your segment on the silk worms. I dye silk on a daily basis, and am now thinking that it might be fun to actually have some silk worms in my dye studio! I will have to look into this.
    I was in a panic this morning, as I had been checking daily for your podcast and it wasn't there...until this morning, thank heavens! I needed to go to the gym, but couldn't imagine my workout without both of you!
    Glad you had fun at was interesting to hear about, and I totally agree that it is better to be having fun than getting rest! Rest is for later!


  4. Good podcast. Had to laugh as you discussed what appeared to be the misnamed Cake colourway. Actually, the gray yarn is perfectly named. In this case, Cake refers not to a dessert but rather to the buildup of creosote in chimneys and stoves. Some historians have theorized that when Marie Antoinette allegedly said, Let them eat cake," she was saying that in the absence of flour to make bread, the poor could eat the creosote "cake" so readily available in all the homes instead. Regardless, I had a good chuckle while commuting to work. Keep up the good work.