Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Looks like a Sweater - Episode 258 - The Knitmore Girls

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Lo-Lo Baby, available in Soft Vanilla, Lavender Dreams, and Plain and Simple has been a big hit among OBGYN staff, new moms, daycare personnel, and men over 60. A swipe on the diaper area, a bit for massage, or something to help with cradle cap we understand but why are men buying this?  So we asked…we had to. And they told us. They are buying Lo-Lo Baby and using it for itch, heat, and chafing in their southern hemisphere. We pressed on with our somewhat awkward questions and we found out that while they loved Lo-Lo Baby, they wanted two things to be different, the label and a cooling element. Along came Southern Comfort.  Don’t let the moustache on the label lead you think it’s only for men.  Women are buying it as well.  And yes, we asked.  And we were told they're using it for the same reasons, through they used different words like, friction and rash. Southern Comfort is ideal for those that bike (pedal or motor), those that wear skirts and no pantyhose, and those that could just use some comfort in their Southern Hemisphere. Southern Comfort is for external use only. To buy local, visit www.bar-maids.com or purchase on-line.
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On The Needles:(0:34)

Gigi finished her We Need a Little Christmas, by Lollipop Yarn. She has decided she wants at least one pair of themed socks for every month of the year.

Jasmin is working on the Little Oak cardigan for Genevieve, out of Cephalopod Bugga in Nebraska Conehead green.

Gigi finished another pair of leftover tube socks and gives the recipe for Genevieve's socks. Jasmin is working on her Sgt Pepper Houdini socks, out of 15 Color Rainbow  yarn #operationsockdrawer. She  is enjoying working on the  Paton's Kroy socks in Grey Brown Marled.


Jasmin is working on her Hitchhiker Abstract Fiber colorway Be Mine. She mentions Martina Behm's new patterns and the Be My Angel shawl. #Behmalong


German word of the week: Pfeffernüsse

Jasmin mentions the The Complete America's Test Kitchen Cookbook.

Gigi is working on her second Witchy Woman sock and also on the foot of the Crocus Vernus sock from The Knitters Curiosity Cabinet. She is knitting Halo hats out of Bentley, by Cascade Yarns.

#podcasterthrowdown Jasmin mentions the Knitters Brewing Company, Team Sockoholic

Prizes for the #PodcasterThrowdown:

A lovely skein of Lollipop Yarn in the colorway Sweet Child o' Mine.
And a skein from Great Lakes Hand Dyed. #themapples
Sivia Harding's Sister Joan Shawl, knit by Gigi

Jasmin's handspun:
  • In the Air Tonight, superwash, 328yds, Crown Mountain Farms
  • Violet Cherry, Pidgeonroof Studios, 402 Superwash BFL (187) 374 yds
  • Atlantis 402 Superwash Merino, Crown Mountain Farms, 500 yds
From FabFunkyFibres: a skein of 15 color rainbow merino/cashmere/nylon

You can follow this on twitter and instagram using #podcasterthrowdown.
There will be a little something special for anyone who brings a hat for Halos to Stitches West, and bonus swag for preemie hats.

Events:(18:43)

11/29: Pajama Jammie Jam at Purlescence.
2/13-16: We are thinking of attending Madrona,
2/20-23: Stitches West 2014.

Contest:(20:32)

The  Famous Last Words Contest will wrap up by Thanksgiving, and prizes are:

LoLo Bar Trio
Erin Lane small drawstring bag
Tess Yarns Kitten

We also announce our Annual Do Some Good Contest, which will launch on Thanksgiving.
Do some GREATER good on a local, national or global level!

In Stitches:(26:05)

Gigi is wearing wool socks every day. She also wore her Katarina cardigan, Jasmin mentions the titanium shawl pin by Jaime's Metalworks. Gigi is very pleased with her Citron out of Huckleberry Knits  and her Icarus. Jasmin wore her Brickless, and among others, her Kroy socks. Genevieve wore her mouse hood, and socks from Gramzie.

Mother Knows Best:(29:23)

This week we answer a question about weaving with a small child.

We have a number of suggestions, we mention finger knitting, weaving on straw looms, cardboard looms, plastic Ball Winder, the 15 inch Cricket loom. You Can Weave!: Projects for Young Weavers, by Kathleen Monaghan.

When Knitting Attacks:(37:08)

Jasmin is working on the Little Oak Cardigan, which cruelly attacked her.

Purloined:(40:10)

This week we are purloining Playful Parenting from greentrianglegirl from the A Playful Day podcast.

Jasmin mentions Positive Discipline: The First Three Years by Jane Nelson, and
Nurturing Good Children Now, by Ron Taffel and Melinda Blau.
She mentions Woolbur and Extra Yarn.

Review:(44:26)

This week we review Green Gables Knits by Joanna Johnson.

We mention the Anne of Green Gables complete collection.
Jasmin mentions Phoebe's Sweater, Phoebe's Birthday, and Freddie's Blanket.

Straw Into Gold:(52:09)

Gigi has been spinning Gourmet Stash punis on her Russian supported spindle.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hammertime! - Episode 257 - The Knitmore Girls

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Do you have a favorite fall scent? We know that Bar-Maids customers do. Nine years as a top seller, Betty Boo, is a mix of bitter orange and orchid. Sounds a bit floral – right? But Betty is NOT floral…she’s actually quite spicy.  Little Pumpkin has very devoted fans with its fresh from the oven top notes of buttery pumpkin not to be outdone by those middle notes of clove and allspice.  Hot Toddy, introduced last year, was such a hit that he’s back. Hot buttered rum – oh yum!  Queen’s Bun’s, a custom scent made exclusively for Jimmy Bean’s Wools last year can only be described as  cinnamon buns fresh from the oven and delicious enough for royalty.  If your local store doesn’t have these in stock, ask them to special order them for you. Otherwise, order on line at www.bar-maids.com   
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Love self-striping yarns but not quite sure how to use them? Join the Knitcircus Yarns Gradient Yarn Club and let hand-dyer and designer Jaala Spiro guide you! Three packages of exclusive self-striping colorways with patterns written just for them, plus information and lists of favorite patterns for using gradient yarns. The cherry on top? Treats from other indy knitting businesses with every package. Check out the Knitcircus Yarns store for handpainted and kettle-dyed yarns, too!
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Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way! 
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On The Needles:(0:34)

Jasmin has been making progress on her #Behmalong Hitchhiker out of Abstract Fiber Supersock in the colorway Be Mine. We mention Martina Behm's new pattern.

Gigi mentions her Leftie, and is planning to knit the Hitchhiker wristers, and another Hitchhiker.
The German word for today is Strohsterne.



Gigi is working on her Christmas sock We Need a Little Christmas, by Lollipop Yarn.
Jasmin is working on her Sgt Pepper Houdini socks, and she started another pair of Paton's Kroy socks in Grey Brown Marled #operationsockdrawer. She mentions The Fat Squirrel.

Gigi has almost finished her first Witchy Woman sock. Jasmin is almost done with the sleeves for the Little Oak cardigan for Genevieve, out of Cephalopod Bugga in Nebraska Conehead green, on addi Turbo Lace needles with a pink cable. She wants to try the addi Turbo Sock Rockets.


Gigi cast on a Halo hat out of Bentley, by Cascade Yarns. Jasmin mentions the Fiber Hooligan podcast.

Prizes for the #PodcasterThrowdown:

A lovely skein of Lollipop Yarn in the colorway Sweet Child o' Mine.
And a skein from Great Lakes Hand Dyed. #themapples
Sivia Harding's Sister Joan Shawl, knit by Gigi

Jasmin's handspun:

  • In the Air Tonight, superwash, 328yds, Crown Mountain Farms
  • Violet Cherry, Pidgeonroof Studios, 402 Superwash BFL (187) 374 yds
  • Atlantis 402 Superwash Merino, Crown Mountain Farms, 500 yds
From FabFunkyFibres: a skein of 15 color rainbow merino/cashmere/nylon

You can follow this on twitter and instagram using #podcasterthrowdown.
There will be a little something special for anyone who brings a hat for Halos to Stitches West, and bonus swag for preemie hats.

Events:(20:04)

On Black Friday we are planning to attend the Pajama Jammie Jam at Purlescence.
We are thinking of attending Madrona, and we will attend Stitches West 2014.

Contest:(22:01)

The  Famous Last Words Contest will wrap up by Thanksgiving, and prizes are:

LoLo Bar Trio
Erin Lane small drawstring bag
Tess Yarns Kitten

Mother Knows Best:(23:09)

We are answering a question from the ""What do you want to hear about?" thread on the forum, about projects for teenagers who are starting to knit.

When Knitting Attacks:(28:04)

Gigi had a hard time swatching for her Angel sweater out of Venizia Worsted. Jasmin mentions Ysolda Teague and Little Red in the City, and the Dr. Watson Sweater out of Cascade Eco, and Damaris of the Geeky Girls Knit videocast.

Purloined:(34:14)

This week we are purloining the "In my Ears" segment from the Shorty's Sutures podcast. We mention the podcasts we have been listening to:

CogKnitive
Fiber Hooligan 
Freakonomics Radio
Creative Mother Thinking
hr2 Der Tag
Knit Knit Cafe
The Knotty Girls Knitcast
The Nerdist
Spin Control
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Yarngasm
Anatomy of Knitting
A Playful Day
Brass Needles
Craft Lit
IMake
The Fat Squirrel Speaks
Twin Set Design
Commuter Knitter
Down Cellar Studio
Geeky Girls Knit
The Giving Flower Podcast
Savvy Girls
The Knit Girls
Wolf Farms
Wait Wait Don't Tell Me
We also mention the Virtual Thanksgiving Challenge on Dr Gemma's forum
And we mention Shilo's Master Thesis questionaire.

Review:(43:11)

This week we are reviewing
The Rhinebeck Sweater, by Ysolda Teague and Friends
We mention our Ysolda Teague interview.

Straw Into Gold:(58:08)

Jasmin is spinning yarn for her Retreating cardigan from a Merino Borderleister cross from Elizabeth Hubbard on her minispinner.

Gigi is spinning Gourmet Stash punis on her Russian supported spindle. Genevieve has been playing with wooden tops and wrapping Terry Mendenhall roving around a big Brittany Knitting Needle, as a spinning readiness activity.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Truffles by the Handful - Episode 256 - The Knitmore Girls

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Lo-Lo Baby, available in Soft Vanilla, Lavender Dreams, and Plain and Simple has been a big hit among OBGYN staff, new moms, daycare personnel, and men over 60. A swipe on the diaper area, a bit for massage, or something to help with cradle cap we understand but why are men buying this?  So we asked…we had to. And they told us. They are buying Lo-Lo Baby and using it for itch, heat, and chafing in their southern hemisphere. We pressed on with our somewhat awkward questions and we found out that while they loved Lo-Lo Baby, they wanted two things to be different, the label and a cooling element. Along came Southern Comfort.  Don’t let the moustache on the label lead you think it’s only for men.  Women are buying it as well.  And yes, we asked.  And we were told they're using it for the same reasons, through they used different words like, friction and rash. Southern Comfort is ideal for those that bike (pedal or motor), those that wear skirts and no pantyhose, and those that could just use some comfort in their Southern Hemisphere. Southern Comfort is for external use only. To buy local, visit www.bar-maids.com or purchase on-line.
purllogolarge
Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!

On The Needles:(0:35)

Gigi has some finished objects: She is a block away from having a FO: the Mojo socks out of Fortissima, and a pair of Spice Man socks out of Lionbrand SockEase, and she cast on a pair of tube socks for Genevieve, out of leftover SockEase.

Jasmin is working on the Little Oak cardigan out of Bugga by Cephalopod Yarns, and she mentions #operationsockdrawer, and the #Behmalong. For the buttons she got some squirrel buttons from Justfingerprint on Etsy.



Gigi turned the heel on her second  Crocus Vernus sock, from the Knitters Curiosity Cabinet.
Jasmin is working on her Hitchhiker for the #Behm-along. She is very happy about the Everlapse app.

Gigi has started her Christmas socks. She mentions the brilliant Natalie from the former BarknKnit podcast. We gush over We Need a Little Christmas, by Lollipop Yarn.

Gigi performed a fin-ectomy on her Frankenfisk and reknit the fin in the correct color.

We have two new prizes for the #PodcasterThrowdown:

A lovely skein of Lollipop Yarn in the colorway Sweet Child o' Mine.
And a skein from Great Lakes Hand Dyed. #themapples

Our  other prizes for the  Throwdown are:

Sivia Harding's Sister Joan Shawl, knit by Gigi

Jasmin's handspun:
  • In the Air Tonight, superwash, 328yds, Crown Mountain Farms
  • Violet Cherry, Pidgeonroof Studios, 402 Superwash BFL (187) 374 yds
  • Atlantis 402 Superwash Merino, Crown Mountain Farms, 500 yds
From FabFunkyFibres: a skein of 15 color rainbow merino/cashmere/nylon

You can follow this on twitter and instagram using #podcasterthrowdown.
We mention Shilo from the Spin Control podcast and her survey.

Our German words for the Behm-along are Kummerspeck, Käsefüsse, Wurstfinger and Dreckspatz.

We mention that SerenityNow suggested Strickvergnügen instead of selfish knitting.

Events:(25:15)

On Black Friday we are planning to attend the Pajama Jammie Jam at Purlescence.
We are thinking of attending Madrona, and we will attend Stitches West 2014.

Contest:(26:12)
The  Famous Last Words Contest will wrap up by Thanksgiving, and prizes are:


LoLo Bar Trio
Erin Lane small drawstring bag
Tess Yarns Kitten

In Stitches:(26:58)

Gigi has been wearing handknit socks.
Jasmin wore her Tempest cardigan out of handspun Cormo.
Genevieve's Very Hungry Caterpillar cardigan will have a button re-glued to the shank and the Playful Stripes cardigan will get its buttons sealed.

Mother Knows Best:(29:38)

We answer a question from the "What do you want to hear about?" thread , about knitting in the dark.
Jasmin mentions the Biobands. We mention Annie Modesitt's website, and the Kindle app (Android, iOS, PC, Mac).

When Knitting Attacks:(34:59)

Gigi's  Leftie attacked her, and the brilliant idea she had for knitting tube socks for Genevieve, turned out to be more trouble that brilliant.

Purloined:(37:38)

This week we are purloining the idea of #Thankvember from YarnMonkeh. Jasmin mentions Erica64.
Join us in posting what you are thankful for here.

Review:(39:07)

This week we review Cora's Heart, by Rachel Herron.
We mention her other romance novels
How to Knit a Love Song
How to Knit a Heart Back Home
Wishes and Stitches
Honeymooning

We mention  Morehouse Merino Critter Collection.
The interview with Rachel Herron can be found here.

Straw Into Gold:(48:02)

Gigi has been spinning  hand carded punis from Gourmet Stash, on a Russian supported spindle.

Jasmin mentions Deerfield Creations supported spindles, and Judith MacKenzie McCuin.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

German Compound Nouns - Episode 255 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode is sponsored by:
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Do you have a favorite fall scent? We know that Bar-Maids customers do. Nine years as a top seller, Betty Boo, is a mix of bitter orange and orchid. Sounds a bit floral – right? But Betty is NOT floral…she’s actually quite spicy.  Little Pumpkin has very devoted fans with its fresh from the oven top notes of buttery pumpkin not to be outdone by those middle notes of clove and allspice.  Hot Toddy, introduced last year, was such a hit that he’s back. Hot buttered rum – oh yum!  Queen’s Bun’s, a custom scent made exclusively for Jimmy Bean’s Wools last year can only be described as  cinnamon buns fresh from the oven and delicious enough for royalty.  If your local store doesn’t have these in stock, ask them to special order them for you. Otherwise, order on line at www.bar-maids.com  
purllogolarge
Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!

On The Needles:(0:31)

The Halos of Hope-athon #podcasterthrowdown continues!

#PodcasterThrowdown: Hats for Halos of HopeHalos of Hope Guidelines.

We got supplemental guidelines from a former Chemo patient:
- Yarn should not be scratchy, check for softness against your wrist or your neck
- Hat should be long enough to cover the ears, go over the forehead, and the back of the head.
- Lighter weight hats are more useful and comfortable than bulky ones.
- Slouchy hats need to have enough of a band to keep the hat from slipping of the head.

Our prizes for the  Throwdown are:

Sivia Harding's Sister Joan Shawl, knit by Gigi

Jasmin's handspun:
  • In the Air Tonight, superwash, 328yds, Crown Mountain Farms
  • Violet Cherry, Pidgeonroof Studios, 402 Superwash BFL (187) 374 yds
  • Atlantis 402 Superwash Merino, Crown Mountain Farms, 500 yds
From FabFunkyFibres: a skein of 15 color rainbow merino/cashmere/nylon

You can follow this on twitter and instagram using #podcasterthrowdown.
We asked what our listeners think would be a good bonus if we win, and you can add your suggestion here.

We talk about the Podcaster Throwdown:  Knotty Girls Knitcast, KnitKnit Cafe, Craft Lit, Yarn on Tap. The Savvy Girls did not join the throwdown, as Gigi had claimed. Jasmin had a stroke of Genius.

Gigi finished the  Mojo socks she was knitting out of Patons Kroy Also, she knit a set of tube socks for Genevieve out of Jasmin's leftover Kroy. Gigi figured out a way to determine how much yarn she needs for knitting a toe.

We mention the TwinSet Design Podcast. #Operationsockdrawer continues. Gigi is working on her second pair of mojo socks. Jasmin is working on her Sgt Pepper socks.


Gigi is making slow progress on the Crocus Vernus sock, from the Knitters Curiosity Cabinet, and the Spice Man socks.

 Jasmin has finished the Antler cardigan. Gigi and Jasmin are both working on their Leftie shawls for the #Behmalong. Jasmin is also working on the Hitchhiker. Martina Behm has extented her discount to 10% off for everyone who puts 3 patterns or more into their cart.


Our German words this week are: rechts, links, glatt rechts, stricken, Fingerspitzentanz.
Jasmin put a few stitches on her Calligraphy cardigan.

We attended Interweave Knitting Lab. We met up with the ladies from Abstract Fiber, and George of Skaska Designs, significant other to the amazing Galina.

We are sad about Jane and Jen Knit Funny having podcasted their farewell episode.

Contest:(26:36)

The  Famous Last Words Contest will wrap up by Thanksgiving, and prizes are:

LoLo Bar Trio
Erin Lane small drawstring bag
Tess Yarns Kitten

In Stitches:(27:58)

Gigi is wearing handknit socks every day.

Jasmin wore her Seneca, her ravelympics project, the yarn for which she spun during the Tour de Fleece. She also wore her CeCe out of Alto by Abstract Fiber, and a foofy scarf out of some eyelash and other strange things.

Genevieve has worn her Duck cardigan, and the Gramps cardigan, and a handwoven scarf.

Mother Knows Best:(31:06)

Gigi talks about selfish knitting. We are looking for a positive term to replace that expression.

Purloined:(36:09)

This week we are Purloining from The Knit Knit Cafe, hosted by Abby. The question that we purloined is: What new thing would you do if you had an extra hour each day?

Review:(39:07)

This week we review The Art of Felfs, by Cat Bordhi.

We mention the Twin Set Design podcast, and the Outlier podcast, hosted by Toadyjoe.

Straw Into Gold:(47:59)

Gigi finished her 4oz bump of 50/50 merino/ silk by Red Fish Dyeworks, with the help of her Wollee Winder.

And Sew On:(48:23)

We finished the mouse hood with ears for Genevieve's Halloween costume.