Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hammertime! - Episode 257 - The Knitmore Girls

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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.


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.


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.


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:

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
Anatomy of Knitting
A Playful Day
Brass Needles
Craft Lit
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.


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.


  1. My favorite new podcast for you to check out is It is done by Pam Allen and Hannah Fettig and is knitting basics for everyone. Their first podcast was about gauge and swatches. It is really educational and pleasant to listen to.

  2. I don't know about California, but for the record, knit headbands are totally in style among the teens here (Chicago area). They especially seem to favor this style in chunky or worsted weight: . They usually have a knit flower or bow on them, of the same color as the main headband, but sometimes with beads or sequins added. Come to think I'd it, this would actually make an excellent intro project.