Monday, April 18, 2011

Recovered treasures- Episode 148 - The Knitmore Girls


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This week's episode has been sponsored by:
Stash for a cause- Japan Earthquake Relief! Purchase any of the Abstract Fiber yarn or fiber in solid red at shows or at through the month of April and we will donate 50% of the purchase price to the Red Cross for Japanese earthquake relief.

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On the needles: (00:36)

Jasmin mentions knitting in an unusual place. We mention the Knitting on the Fly videocast. We mention the Daybreak KAL; Gigi needs to find a contrasting yarn, Jasmin is knitting hers out of Froebe Fibers Midori and Hurricane. Gigi is working on the second Hobbit sock for Mr. Knitmore. Jasmin is making stellar progress on her Cassidy cardigan, with some minor modifications. Jasmin mentions needing to finish installing the zipper on her Mariah hoodie.

Events: (22:03)

Mad props to Jennifer at Cedar Creek.
- June 4th: Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery- June 24-26: Black Sheep Gathering. We're staying at the Courtesy Inn in Eugene, OR.

Contest: (29:41)

The Mom 'N' Me contest! We want your stories about crafting with friends/family. Please have your entries in by 5/8/2011. Gigi shares a story about counted cross stitching with an aunt.

Prizes include:

- A copy of Westknits Book One and Two (SIGNED!)
- A Schacht Hi-Lo drop spindle kit
- How to Knit a Heart Back Home by Rachael Herron (SIGNED!)
- A Leslie Wind cable needle necklace
- A kit from Bar Maids- Shower scrub and a Lo-Lo Bar in "Vanilla Cake" and a jar of Face Pudding

Mother knows best: (39:47)

We talk about switching out your winter and summer wardrobes.

When Knitting Attacks: (39:47)

Gigi is attacked by a sewing machine. Jasmin is attacked by new recording equipment and her Daybreak.

Review: (42:28)

This week, we review a selection of the Namaste bags. Bags reviewed:

- Monroe: A big, professional-looking bag. We've seen it 20+ lbs full of stuff, and it wears well.
- Hermosa: A Big Bag. Jasmin used it for work for 2 years.
- Zuma: The bowling bag! Stylish and deceptively roomy.
- Malibu: Not available anymore. A fantastic big bag that has worn well over three years of use.
- Bitty Bag: Conservative on the outside, fun lining on the inside! A small purse, perfect for those who don't travel with their whole lives in their bags.
- Hip Holster: fantasic for carrying the essentials, but no knitting.
- Urban Messenger bag: Not the best design for a laptop and knitting bag, in our opinion. Magnetic closure doesn't keep it closed, padded laptop sleeve doesn't come out. Not a good purchase, in our opinion, for the price.


  1. Can't remember which show it was but it was the one about the stripped swift. (Only a knitter would know what that means.) Anyway, I had that problem almost immediately with mine and solved it by sticking a piece of wool fleece in the hole. This keeps the peg in place nicely! Enjoy the podcast and agree with you about videocasts. I always knit when I listen to podcasts. It's like another layer of knitting fun!

  2. Audio audio audio!!! Who has time to sit and watch?

    I really am impressed with Jasmin's on-the-fly Excel spreadsheet development.

    I have the Zuma and the hip holster on my wish list.