This Week

Just wanted to give people a quick rundown of the weeks events

First Knitting Group For Guys gathering in Harvard Square. Got to talk video games over knitting.

Finished Knitting Rules and am putting together some notes

porter square map

1. Mind’s Eye Yarns
2. Porter Square Bookshop
3. Masonic Hall (seems like a Tetris dungeon name, I know)
Going to hear the Yarn Harlot at Porter Square Books. Above is a map I made showing you how to get from the book store to the Masonic hall. I don’t know how accurate it is… close enough.

Date night, perhaps I will invite my pumkin

Gore place sheep shearing festival I know there is a cover charge, but I have been told that it is worth it. I hear the fleece and fiber calling.

A new episode

As the Skien Unwinds

 FYI – I finished my first sock. Turning a heel is awesome, what can I say.

Just a reminder I will be away this weekend celebrating both Passover and Easter with my family and loved ones. So this means that I really won’t do a show this weekend. I hope that the wait won’t kill anyone. I have been looking at the knitting podcast world and have come to the realization that there is no real production schedule. But I will continue to try and make a show happen every Sunday that I can. (As long as my Pumkpin is willing to put up with this project)

I will be going to the Sheep Shearing Day at Gore Place in Waltham. I do not have any official status there… Actually I don’t have status anywhere but this website… but I hope to meet more knitters and perhaps get some new ideas for the show.

I am trying to put together a local (New England + MD + PA + DE + NY) event list. I will add it as a page here. So if you have an event you would like to promote, please drop me a line. If you don’t know how to drop me a line, please check out the “about” page.

Next week I will be discussing The Gore Place event, “Knitting Rules”, “Pointy Sticks”, Addi Turbos (they are so shiny), knitting on the bus and as always the weekly gab fest that I call “What’s on my Pointy Sticks”. I am looking for some resources about the following two topics for a future episode ENVIRONMENTAL KNITTING SENSITIVITY (Earth Day) and KNITTING ECONOMICS (Money well spent)

Episode 4 – God Damn Projects

Barbara's God Damn Project
This episode:God Damn Projects…After a long week with my pumkin, I share the pain of Boston knitters… OK, it’s not real pain, it’s more like frustration.When a project,fiber, or pattern decide that it’s better than you it’s important to think about the other option. You could just quit knitting. We won’t think less of you.Yeah, like that is going to happen.

EPISODE4 – God Damn Projects


Goat Boy by .22
Super Evil by Watkin Tudor Jones on African Dope Records
Give me sunshine on a rainy day by Paul
Overreacting by Brad Sucks
Going Down To Georgia by Justin Gordon
Pendulum by The Toasters on Asian Man Records

Possible break

Hey all,

My pumkin experienced a loss in her family and now this week’s schedule is up in the air. I am making all the time that I can available to her in her time of need.

So this means I may not release a new episode this Sunday. I was also not planning on doing an episode next week because I am going to visit my family that weekend.

The bottom line is that the next time you can expect a podcast from me will be April 23.

The silver lining, how ever small it is going to be, is that I will probably finish the purple monkey sooner. But, there is not much comfort for me in that today.

As promised… Pictures

As promised in my last podcast here is a monkey update picture.
Monkey on my backTo the left is my computer, then there is my dinner and then.. MONKEY!!!
ARM X.5 (still on sticks)
My Pumkin's Kick Ass BagThis hot number is Elle, my knitting voice assistant. She is modeling the ‘Neapolitan Tote Bag’ that my punkin whipped up. This is a Theresa Gaffey design. Check your local yarn shop for this awesome pattern.

Chilean feet My mom brought these socks back from Chile in December. I am sharing these with you because I think feet pictures on the web are funny. Even as a knitter, I get it, I think that people should really think twice about sharing their feet (check out my hairy legs. Having said this, I would love to frame some of the socks that I have seen, sans feet.

Obligatory Knitting Group Stories

It’s the April’s fools obligatory knitting group stories episode. Here we are three weeks into a guys knitting podcast and I am already talking about my feminine side. By this I mean I am talking about the women in my life. I guess that makes me the foolfor thinking I could actually get away with a podcast without giving up a little bit of my manliness.

If you can’t stand the relationship stories or the mother story, please tune in next week. I promise to turn on my guy knitting manliness once more. Yeah… I swear.

Also… Check out the post on my site about the upcoming young guy knitter search. I am really excited about this one.

Also… Please check out the group that my brother works for and help the out if you can. (AOREP) If you would llike to contact him directly please email him at dtsein at aorep dot org
Grumperina by Kathy

Thick Ass Stout by Skankin’ Pickle
Dirtbag by Brad Sucks
Welcome To Cairo Street by Jim Fidler
Mia by Cordero
Abuelita by Cordero

Circles Knitting Salon (Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA)
Minds Eye Yarns (Porter Square, Cambridge, MA)
Woolcott and Company (Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA)

EPISODE3 – Obligatory knitting group stories

My new setup

I just got another mic and a sound board. And I am so excited I had to post something. Here is my official mic check for your review:


This will not show up in the regular feed becuase I don’t want to get people excited about a new episode when I have nothing new to show for myself.

Mothers and Young Guy Knitters (YGK)

This is the best picture I found of a YGK at the Boston Knit Out:

A boy at Boston Knit out... rock on

I think I need to explain something to my valued listeners.

I don’t know if my podcast is appropriate for kids. While I encourage young guys to learn to knit, I don’t want to censor myself or others who might appear on my pod cast. This show is about expression and as most knitters know, knitting can create expressions that are pretty mature. (I hate ladders, that was the nice version)

Having said this, I would be interested in making a ‘younger guy knitter friendly’ special show highlighting young guy knitters projects as well as their thoughts and stories about knitting. If know or are a young guy knitter(YGK)(someone who is not yet in high school) please feel free to contact me about this.

If you are a young guy knitter, please ask your parents permission. Trust me, getting them mad at you at this point in your life will only make it harder to get the keys to the car when you are older.

Please only send me links to your images and audio commentary. My mailbox may explode otherwise.

I would be happy to help record young guy knitters in the Boston area if I can. If you have access to a space, say a classroom in the Boston area, that I can use for this project… That would make this go so much faster.

Looking forward to hearing about and from the YGK generation.

Please send me an email letting me know about your link info by the April 30th. I will be happy to start a page on my site showing off the projects as they come in. If you want me to link to your own blog, please make it clear in your email. This is not a competition, but I am going to use my descrition about what will end up on the site and podcast. The podcast is not a very long time for commentary, so please keep your audio comments to between one and three minutes. Thanks for contributing…

Boston Knit Out 2006 Begins

One more post before I go to work.

Lucy Lee of Mind’s Eye Yarn sent me this email and I thought I should share it with you guys. She says:

Hey Folks,

We are getting fired up for this year’s Boston Knit Out & Crochet Too. If you would like to be involved in making this year’s event the best ever, come to our first planning meeting.

Boston Knit Out and Crochet 2006 Meeting
Monday, April 10
Borders Books
Downtown Crossing

I did not get a chance to go last year, still a little green about knitting and didn’t feel like I would fit in. (How wrong I was) I really want to get involved this year. I want to head up the out of town committee and invite all my new friends from around the world to come and join in on the fun. Knowing my luck, I will end up in concessions. (‘Would you like to try our delicious Cotton Candy, it’s the tastiest and brighest fiber here. I’m sure you can knit it into some type of edible thong, why do you ask?’)