Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Stacking Ants - Episode 261 - The Knitmore Girls


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On The Needles:(0:35)

Jasmin finished the Little Oak cardigan for Genevieve is done, and now she has sewn on squirrel and acorn buttons. Gigi swatched for a Bulky Turtleneck sweater from Knitting Pure and Simple out of Venezia Bulky.

Jasmin finished her 'Tis socks out of Invictus Yarn. Gigi finished tubesocks out of leftover Meilenweit. Jasmin is knitting on her We Need a Little Christmas sock from Lollipop Yarn for #operationsockdrawer

Gigi finished the knitting on the Victorian Girls Coat out of Venezia Sport. Jasmin is working on Pinky Promise socks from Lollipop Yarn. Gigi is working on the Mostly Warmness wristers by Martina Behm for the #behmalong.

Jasmin is working on the Reversible Rib hat for Andrew. Hardcopies of the patterns are not available yet. Out of StitchSisterz 4-ply cashmere. Gigi is working on her Hitchhiker. She likes the trick that Photoknitgal alerted us to.

#podcasterthrowdown: cash donation for shipping hats will be accepted, a $5 donation will count as one hat.

Prizes for the #PodcasterThrowdown:

A lovely skein of Lollipop Yarn in the colorway Sweet Child o' Mine.
A skein from Great Lakes Hand Dyed. #themapples
Sivia Harding's Sister Joan Shawl, knit by Gigi
From FabFunkyFibres: a skein of 15 color rainbow merino/cashmere/nylon
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
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.

#Behmalong German word: Lametta.

2/20-23: Stitches West 2014.


We talk about our Annual Do Some Good Contest, which launched on Thanksgiving.
Do some GREATER good on a local, national or global level!

Jasmin announces prizes:
Lolobar trio
Erin Lane Bucket bag
Pumpkin colored Harlow bag from Namaste. Jasmin mentions her camera padding insert from DarbyMack on etsy.

In Stitches:(19:54)

Gigi has been wearing her socks and the Swallowtail shawl, and her Knitmore cowl.

Genevieve wore a pretty baby hat from one of her knitting aunties, her Little Oak cardigan, and her Mini Mondo Cable cardigan.
Jasmin wore her Twist cardigan, her Seneca and her Mondo Cable cardi. She mentions A Verb for Keeping Warm, and the Actual Cafe.
Genevieve picked some Quince and Co Puffin yarn for her Phoebe sweater.

Mother Knows Best:(26:06)

We are answering a question from the  "What do you want to hear about?" thread on the forum 
about German candy. Gigi's favorite is Marzipan Kartoffeln ( Marzipan Potatoes ).  Jasmin talks about Team Sasquatch for the 2014 Ravellenic Games.

Podcasters who would like to join Team Sasquatch, should ping Jasmin. We mention Team Yeti, the German podcast team.

When Knitting Attacks:(31:51)

Gigi had a very pretty day and managed to drop off her Halo hats without having taken pictures.


This week we are reviewing 50 Yards of Fun: Knitting Toys from Scrap Yarn, by Rebecca Danger.

We mention Big Book of Knitted Monsters and  Knit a Monster Nursery, by Rebecca Danger.
We mention our reviews page.

Holidays With The Knitmores:(39:54)

Jasmin takes about Our favorite holiday music, and mentions Pandora radio and the Rocking around the Christmas Tree and  Get Your Holiday On Station

We mention the Purlescence Singalong.


  1. Gigi, Instead of doing the math,try one of Amy Herzog's CustomFit patterns. You already have your swatch--read on website how she does the measuring--so all you need is measurements. You will love it.

  2. oops. Forgot this other subject.

    I believe the old-fashioned tinsel that was so great had lead in it ( along with, I'm guessing, tin to make it shiny) which is what made it so heavy. [Lead is a very flexible and tough metal, also properties of the tinsel I remember. That plastic stuff doesn't even some close!]

  3. I have to speak up. As a knitter, quilter, seamstress, rug hooker, and giver of gifts, I have to say that you need to pull out that list of wonderful people who gave you gifts for your baby shower and send sincere, humble, belated thank yous to EVERYONE on the list. It is heartbreaking to make something lovely and thoughtful and never receive a thank you. That is very bad manners, but it isn't too late! Make it your New Year's Resolution, do the right thing.

  4. I agree about the lead in the tinsel, at least here in America in the 50's and 60's. I believe it was phased out at about the same time house paint with lead was discontinued - very poisonous, especially for little people crawling around chewing on things. I remember my brothers used to crush the lead tinsel into little balls and use it for "ammo" for their green army man wars in the sandbox.

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