Sunday, October 10, 2010

Hot glue - Episode 121 - The Knitmore Girls

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This week's episode has been sponsored by:

Abstract Fiber is headed to SOAR! Spin-Off’s Autumn Retreat is the last week of October in southern Wisconsin, just outside of Chicago. We’re bringing crimpy, easy to spin cashmere, Polwarth, and BFL/Silk as our featured fibers, plus Hedonism, our luxury yarn available only direct from us. We’ll have our regular yarns and fibers too. If you can’t make it to SOAR check out to find a local retailer or shop online. For folks in Northern California, Susan will be doing trunk shows at Purlescence Yarns on Thursday, Oct 14th from 6-9, Piedmont Yarn and Apparel on Friday the 15th from 5-8, and the Yarn Boutique in Lafayette on Sunday the 17th from 1-3PM.

Everything's coming up Cassidy at Purlescence Yarns! Join us for our fabulous fall Cassidy Knit-Along, featuring Chic Knit's wonderful cabled cardigan pattern. We're loving this piece knit in Manos Rittenhouse Merino 5-Ply, Cascade Venezia & Eco Wool, Lorna's Laces Green Line Worsted & Shepherd Worsted, to name but a few. Mention the Knitmore Girls when you place your order for 10% off your yarn purchase for the KAL through the end of October. And don't forget, Amy Singer is coming November 2 to teach her Non-Wool Socks Class. Seats in this class are limited, so sign up early!

Take your knitting skills to new levels with instruction from the country’s top knit designers at STITCHES ETC on November 1 and 2. Work one-on-one with Isager, Mondragon, Bortner, Duvekot, Slicer-Smith, Brown-Reinsel, and Bush. Learn to build on classic designs, master one-yarn intarsia, and enter the world of entrelac…plus much, much more! This 2-day experience begins immediately following STITCHES EAST Knitting Expo at the Marriott Hartford Downtown and Connecticut Convention Center. STITCHES EAST Knitting Expo is October 28 through 31. Easy registration for STITCHES ETC and STITCHES EAST Knitting Expo classes are available online at

On the needles: (00:33)

Gigi has been churning out anklets for our intern. Jasmin floods her garage and discovers UFOs. Gigi is working on finishing Miss Kalendar's Tangled Yoke Cardigan. We work together to finish a wedding shawl for our friend Lisa (the Madli shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush). We used the Knitter's Blocks and blocking wires from Handworks.

We discuss the fall Cables and Lace KAL! Gigi will be knitting Cassidy (by Bonne Marie Burns) out of Manos Rittenhouse, and Jasmin will be knitting Cece. We'll be casting on October 25th, join us!

Jasmin has been working on Meghan's Sweater Swap 2010 Twist Cardigan.

Mother knows best: (18:50)

We discuss what makes an optimal sock yarn. Gigi mentions Fancy Image Yarns. Jasmin mentions the BFL sock yarn from Lisa Souza and from Abstract Fiber.

When Knitting Attacks: (30:53)

Gigi is foiled by anklets.

Review: (34:24)

We review Modern Top-Down Knitting by Kristina McGowan, which is based on Knitting from the Top by Barbara Walker.

Straw into Gold: (42:09)

Jasmin has been finishing! She finished the Superwash Merino in the Vineyard colorway from Abstract Fiber, and the Oh Pretty Woman from Crown Mountain Farms. Jasmin talks briefly about photography and lighting for taking pictures of handspun yarn. Jasmin mentions her low-light lens. Click the links to find next year's fiber of the month club and the exotic fiber club.


  1. Great podcast once again. Gigi the Knitwits podcast was great! I laughed so hard. I am getting ready for my first KAL with the Cassidy pattern. I am excited and nervous as I am a slow knitter. You two are such an encouragement. You seem to have a very nice family. I hope all is going well for you.

  2. I am a new sock knitter. I wish I heard this episode much EARLYER!!
    I stacked sock yarn already.