Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Don't Know Much About Botany - Episode 253 - The Knitmore Girls


Listen here:

This week's episode is sponsored by:
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 or purchase on-line.
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!
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)

Gigi finished a Spice Man sock out of Lion Brand Sock-Ease, and cast on the second one. Jasmin is pleased with her progress on the Hitchhiker that she is knitting out of  from Abstract Fiber Supersock in the colorway Be Mine for the #behmalong

Gigi is ready to bind off the Brickless. Jasmin is knitting her  Leftie from a Miss Babs kit. She also is thinking of doing the Miss Winkle, and Gigi wants to knit the Hitchhiker Gauntlets.

Gigi's Lutefisk socks have fins, and the Something Fishy socks have both one fin each. Jasmin is having fun knitting the Spectre-Self Striping from The Cyborg's Craft Room on etsy, #etsyincident2013, in a Houdini pattern #operationsockdrawer.

Gigi started her second Jack o'Lantern sock from in the Jack colorway

For the Podcaster Throwdown, we mention Abby, of the KnitKnit Cafe, the Knotty Girls, and Ready Set Knit.

#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 good prizes if we win, and we added a thread in the Knitmore Girls Forum.

You can read Jen's story here. [CAUTION: NOISY SITE.]

We attended the Pacific International Quilt Fest at the Santa Clara Convention Center, and talk about some highlights.


Gigi is happy about her new Woolee Winder.
The  Famous Last Words Contest will wrap up by Thanksgiving, and we announce prizes:

LoLo Bar Trio
Erin Lane small drawstring bag
Tess Yarns Kitten

Mother Knows Best:(29:59)

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine. We talk about preventing injury by being aware of ergonomics.

When Knitting Attacks:(35:07)

Gigi was attacked by the Crocus Vernus socks from The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet.


This week we purloin "Endorsements" from the Savvy Girls, Melanie and  Deborah

We endorse Rhubarb, Fennel, America's Test Kitchen CookBook, rocking on the front porch, port with chocolate, and seasonal socks.

German word of the week: Kunstbanausen (but we are not endorsing them)


This week we are reviewing
 The The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits, and The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits

Jasmin mentions Coggie from the High Fiber Diet, and Galina Khmeleva, who wrote the Orenburg Shawl series.

Straw Into Gold:(54:59)

Jasmin is spinning punis from Gourmet Stash.


  1. So sorry about the loss of your friend. I hope telling her story means that all the more hats will be donated, whether to the Halos of Hope effort or elsewhere, to comfort chemo patients as their stories unfold.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing Jen's story with us. My heart goes out to all who knew her, & even tho' I'm way overbooked knitwise - I AM DETERMINED to make a hat for Halos for Hope in Jen's & her husband's honor. Jasmin, I know it was hard for you to share, but never be afraid to be real like this on the podcast - it only makes us love you MORE.