Wednesday, November 6, 2013

German Compound Nouns - Episode 255 - The Knitmore Girls

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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.


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.


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?


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.


  1. I would like to suggest "love me knitting" to replace the "selfish knitting" phrase.

    LOVE your podcast! Thank you for your generous sharing of your treasure, time and talent. God bless you & keep you,
    Linda in Texas

  2. Your podcast was just what I needed today... nourishment and warm joy!!!

    Instead of "selfish knitting" I prefer "self-care knitting" or "oxygen" knitting... the latter one comes from the advice I got from a good friend about the value/necessity of putting the oxygen mask on yourself first... so that you're able to help others. Thanks again for everything :)
    diane (from Boston/Cape Cod)
    ditetre on rav.

  3. Loved the podcast today too! You are my driving company on the commute and....while I knit at stoplights and construction traffic (not while moving, LOL!) I'd also like to suggest "Vitamin knitting" or "Nourishment knitting" as an alternative to "selfish"...and we all need to do more! Thanks so much for the joy and smiles and great links you bring to the day!

  4. Thank you for another lovely podcast, instead of "selfish" knitting I like to use the term "Knitting for the Soul"

  5. I would suggest "nurturing knitting" as this type of knitting is nurturing yourself, without which I could not survive.

  6. Thanks ladies for a great podcast! I came up with "serene or serenity knitting," tranquil knitting," and "chocolate chip or chocolate covered knitting." My adult daughters do not knit but we are extremely close and we laugh together a lot so I always giggle a bit when I see your latest podcast appear on my phone. Blessings to you all!

  7. How about "knitting self-care" or "self-care knitting" based on The Art of Extreme self- care by Cheryl Richardson

  8. Nourishing knitting!!!