Monday, June 13, 2011

Rumors - Episode 156 - The Knitmore Girls


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This week's episode has been sponsored by:

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Discover jacket mastery: see how easy it is to get the fit, confirm it as you knit, and know that every jacket will fit on Opening Day with Jean Frost. Take classes from the most talented designers in the Knitting Universe. Shop-till-you-drop in the largest fiber market in the Midwest. See the hottest new knit designs at the Fashion Show or take to the runway yourself -- showing off your knits during the Student Banquet. If you love knitting, YOU CAN'T MISS THIS! Go to for all the details. If it has to do with knitting, you will find it here. STITCHES Midwest is open to the general public August 25th-28th. For more information please join us online at or call 1-800-237-7099.

On the needles: (00:35)

Gigi celebrates Sewing Machine Day, and does so by mending. Jasmin has been slowly making progress on Hugo the Couch Potato Monster. Jasmin is making slow progress on the Unloved Andrew socks. Jasmin mentions that Rosemary Hill will be doing another subscriber-based eBook. We mention the Brandywine Shawl.

We will be going on hiatus, starting after our 6/27 episode and we'll be back on 9/5.

Other podcasts that we listen to and recommend:

- CogKnitive
- Craftlit
- Creativemother (in German)
- Fiber Beat
- iMake
- Knit Knit Cafe
- Knit Sibs
- Knitabulls
- KnitCents
- Knitting Pipeline
- Sticks and String
- Well Knitted Life
- Brass Needles
- Anatomy of Knitting
- APlayfulDay
- At the Kitchen Table
- Ba Ba Blacksheep
- BarkNKnit
- Belle of the Ball
- Cast On
- Craft Patience
- Electric Sheep
- KIPing it Real
- The Knit Wits
- KnitaJourney
- Knit Knacks

Events: (15:53)

June 18th: Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery
- June 24-26: Black Sheep Gathering. We're staying at the Courtesy Inn in Eugene, OR.
     Meet and Greets:
          - Friday, June 24, 12-1 Abstract Fiber booth (just us)
          - Friday, June 24, 3-4, Bar Maids booth (podcaster meetup EXTRAVAGANZA!)

Contest: (19:56)

We announce the Three Bites contest! Try something new, anything, and tell us about it! The contest closes Monday 6/27/2011. Fabulous prizes include:

- A 1-year subscription to Knitter's Magazine
- A drop spindle kit from Schacht Spindle Co.
- A Pagewood Farm Tinkerbell Needle Felted Silk Scarf Kit

Mother Knows Best: (25:02)

This week, we answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about how to select classes to take at a knitting event.

When Knitting Attacks: (34:12)

Gigi solos this segment, with her recalcitrant Daybreak. Gigi can't see the lace on her Taygete. Gigi's Katje is too small and gets ripped back to the yoke.

Review: (40:22)

This week, we review Vintage Modern Knits by Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn. It is a book full of lovely, classic garments, and a good range of different techniques. Give it a flip through, we declare it "not exciting, but not terrible".

Tour de Fleece training: (46:54)

Week 4: Check your equipment. Bobbins, driveband, oil, and a timer.

Straw into Gold: (49:32)

Jasmin is finishing some Crown Mountain Superwash merino in "Cold As Ice" to be a 3-ply sock yarn. Jasmin answers a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread about letting singles and plied yarn rest for 24 hours.


  1. Oooh thank you so much for giving my podcast a mention ladies. Great episode :-)

    Martine (aka iMake)

  2. thank you to Gigi for mentioning the CreativeMother podcast in German. As a former 'fluent' German speaker who was becoming intimately acquainted with 'use it or lose it', this podcast is a wonderful way to immerse again in German on a topic near to my heart.
    It's easier to infer the words I can't remember when the topic is something I'm familiar with.
    Enjoy your break! you deserve it!

  3. I was also completely thrilled to hear CreativeMother mentioned as well. As far as I know, it's the only German language podcast around anymore about knitting. So sad! Don't forget she's also got a long episode out in English as well and intends to do one every 10 shows.

  4. Wow! I can't believe that you listen to so many shows! What an extensive list of podcasts.

  5. Enjoy your hiatus!

    The link to CraftLit is outdated. This is the new one.