Monday, April 25, 2011

Monkey Business - Episode 149 - The Knitmore Girls


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This week's episode has been sponsored by:
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On the needles: (00:34)

Gigi has finished a pile of socks. Jasmin is working on a pair of Andrew socks out of the Sanguine Gryphon's Skinny Bugga. Gigi is working on the Elektra from the 7 Small Shawls eBook. Jasmin is making great progress on her Cassidy, Gigi has started her Cece.

Gigi mentions getting a button from Sheila Ernst. Jasmin and Miss Kalendar are working on the Daybreak KAL, you can read Miss Kalendar's blog post here. Jasmin falls out of love with her Mariah.

Events: (15:45)

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

Contest: (19:14)
The Mom 'N' Me contest! We want your stories about crafting with friends/family. Please have your entries in by 5/8/2011.
Jasmin shares a story about learning to knit socks.

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: (23:03)

This week, Gigi talks about learning from young monkeys. Speaking of young monkeys, Boo shares her insights on knitting.

When Knitting Attacks: (37:44)

Gigi's sewing machine refuses to cooperate with making 2" buttonholes on a deadline.

Review: (40:45)

This week we review The Great North American Afghan and The Great American Kid's Afghan. We really like the Great North American Afghan, and the The Great American Kid's Afghan is just "okay". Jasmin also mentions Paula's Norwegian sweater.


  1. Hi - I was hoping you would post the instructions to your "Andrew's Vanilla Sock" pattern.

  2. Hello, I just wanted to write and thank you for your mother knows best segment. As a younger knitter person whose experienced some not so nice comments from shop owners and knitting guild members regarding my age I was encouraged to hear your comments. After all, so much of knitting is sharing what we know. I hope to follow your example as I turn into an older knitter person. Thanks again for your show!

  3. I loved your chat with *Boo*. I hope you do more of these. It is so refreshing to hear about knitting from the wee monkeys.

  4. Boo is awesome!!!! I love the ghost

  5. I absolutely adored Boo's reason for loving knitting. She loves that she can knit and talk at the same time...she mentioned it, not only once, but twice! My kind of girl! This was one of the BEST segments EVER!!!