Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sticks Like Spaghetti - Episode 209 - The Knitmore Girls


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This week's episode is sponsored by:
While winter brings feeling of nesting or hunkering down, it also means a picking up a piece or two of handcrafts. The oven works overtime for those holiday family favorites, quilters stitch just a tad faster to complete works of art before gift giving officially opens, and knitters dash to their local yarn store to squeeze in one more scarf or pair of socks for that last minute gift. As you are crafting wonders, Bar-Maids continues to handcraft yummy goodness for your skin ... all to to help you....even if you continue to create into the wee morning hours. Bar-Maids handcrafts their products with natural skin loving oils and butters; everything your skin needs to keep it soft and moisturized and nothing it doesn't. Since you use our hands a tad more in this season, let Lo-Lo help keep them moisturized. It's simple! Get your hands wet, shake the water off and get your Lo-Lo on before you pick-up needle, cookie cutter, or drop spindle.
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On the Needles:(0:33)

Gigi has finished some preemie hats, and has been working on a sock from Krafti-Kit.
Jasmin is working on her Breezy Cardigan. Gigi had a hiccup trying to swatch for her SPAKAL sweater. Jasmin is working on the Playful Stripes Cardigan. Gigi just cast on for the Magnum Cowl.

Jasmin mentions the list of reviewed books etc. on on the review tab on our show notes page. She has also knit another inch on Andrew's Houdini socks. Jasmin is getting ready to knit the Brianne cowl with Lisa Souza Lhasa cashmere yarn.

We talk about Modern Family.

In Stitches:
Gigi is wearing  her Jaywalker socks, and other Vanilla socks. Jasmin is also wearing assorted Vanilla socks, mostly hand spun. Jasmin is wearing her Looped Loop Cowl. Genevieve has been wearing the Genevieve Sweater, and snuggling under the Love Blanket

- 12/20, 8-10PM -Gigi will be attending the Sing-along at Purlescence
- February 21-24, 2013: Stitches West


We have started this years Do Some Good Contest.
Do some good on a local, statewide, nationwide or universal level.

Prizes so far are:
- A Green Mountain Knitting Bag
- Two Lolo Bar Trios from The Bar Maids- a Claudia Handpainted Yarns kit for a pair of colorwork mittens (from Purlescence Yarns)
- a copy of Magnificent Mittens and Socks, by Anna Zilborg (from XRX books)
- a Pagewood Farm Tinkerbell needle felting scarf kit in amazing shades of red (from Purlescence Yarns)
- and a drop spindle kit from Schacht
- Tess Microfiber ribbon
- A Gleam Fingering Yarn kit from The Sincere Sheep
- Knitting it Old School, by Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro Sheridan

Closing date for entries is January 6th

Mother Knows Best:(26:36)

 We talk about pressing. We reference the Twinneedle podcast, and the Pressinatrix blog, and her article in Threads magazine.


We review Knitting Circles around Mittens and More, by Antje Gillingham

 Jasmin recommends Ann Budd's The Knitter's Handy Book Of Patterns

Holidays with the Knitmores:(35:16)

We talk about homemade eggnog. Jasmin mentions the eggnog recipe in This edition of the Joy of Cooking, and Strauss Creamery.

Straw Into Gold:(38:18)

Jasmin did some spinning on her mini spinner. We talked about the 2012 SPAKAL.
We will have a 2013 SPAKAL, and a mini SPAKAL.

And Sew On:(40:55)

We talk about cleaning your sewing machine. We found a tutorial for making gift/project bags.


  1. oh my gosh! i cannot believe that piccie of genevieve!!!! SOOOO CUTE! and such a big girl!!!! and look at that cute monster bottom!

  2. I've been listening to your podcast for years, and while I haven't been knitting in the last few (I've been bitten majorly by the quilting bug...try it Jasmin, you know you want to!). Anyways, I wanted to say something about your cleaning the sewing machine tips. It's actually not recommended to use compressed air to clean out your sewing machine because it can blow the dust and lint further into the machine rather than cleaning it out. I bought a mini vacuum attachment which I use for cleaning out my machine on the regular basis, as well as q-tips for the spots that the attachment can't reach.

    And seriously, what an adorable photo of Genevieve. So so cute!