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?’)

Manly Stripe

I am in search of a manly sweater pattern that I would be proud to wear and that would look nice on me. It must be comfortable and noble in nature.

Ok, that’s all I know about that I want. Not a lot huh, but I do know what I don’t want in a sweater. Or should I say, I know what is available in the knitting magazines/internet sites/ books. The sweaters are all variations on the following themes:

Manly Stripe: I think this became popular with my generation in the early nineties with the Abercrombie & Fitch era. Seriously, is there no other way to switch colors on a man’s sweater?

Bumpy Pattern / Ribs / Chording: While I like some of these techniques and they can look pretty cool, I feel like this is a cop-out. As if to say, men can’t possible handle some of those other knitting patterns.

Argile: Sorry, I am just not flaming enough to pull this off. That would require a lot more working out than I currently do.

Single MUD color: This is the most offensive part of the majority of man sweaters that I have found so far. Men have been known to wear more than one color at a time, and sometimes that color can be something other than grey, heather grey, black, tweed grey, or khaki.

Cosby Art Sweater: Bill Cosby wore them well, but I think I would get dizzy staring at my own chest in he mirror and never make it out of the bathroom in the morning.

I’ll let you know when I find anything I do like.

Episode 2

This weeks episode is so much newer than last weeks. I have fans now, and they will be so disapointed when they realize that this show is full of me trying to use my fame to get the Yarn Harlot come to speak at Porter Square books. This disapointment will only be componded when they find out that I didn’t do the research to find out that she has spoken in Boston, in Circles, one of my favorite yarn stores no less.

For shame.

Oh well. It’s still a podcast about a guy for guy’s and gal’s. That has not changed.

Grumperina by Kathy
The Panopticon by Franklin Habit
The Yarn Harlot
by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Circles Sundays starting at 10:00am in Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA
Mind’s Eye Group on Wednesday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Porter Square, Cambridge, MA
Need to check about the two other groups, don’t know if they want the attention??

Pocketbook by Derek K. Miller
Sputnik in live by Roy Chicky Arad
Stitch Together by Adam Boucher
The Misfit by Airbomb

This American Life with Ira Glass
The Dork or Adam Brodsky, you decide

Cast-On with Brenda Dayne
Pointy Stick with Christine Selleck

BagSmith (Shaker Heights, OH)
Circles Knitting Salon (Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA)
Farm House Yarns (Somewhere,CT)
Knit Foundry (Somewhere, CO)
Minds Eye Yarns (Porter Square, Cambridge, MA)
Porter Square Books (Porter Square, Cambridge, MA)




While most things I say are confusing, I would like to point out one thing that confused me while listening to the podcast.

  1. Doria the story teller, is part of the mind’s eye yarn group. They have a lot of love.

Circles is also a loving group, but Doria is not a part of this group. But the Circles groups has offered to contribute some knitting stories. I will be recording them next week. ;)

 Sorry for the mix-up. I think it was the fumes in my studio/Bathroom.

Podcast growth, releasing my inner podcast

I need to calm down so that I can get to work today, but there have been two changes in my podcast life since I posted.

First, I am iTunes approved. This means if you use this link, you can add me to your iTunes list.

Second, Brenda Dayne (Queen of the knitting podcasts) has emailed me to let me know that she will promote my podcast. This is awesome. I wonder if she will still like my show after she listens to episode one?

I called my brother to let him know and now he is deeply concerned about my addiction to yarn and other fibers. He did think it was cool, giggle, that I am now the Howard Stern of the knitting podcast world. I’m such a rebel.

Episode 1

Recorded live, from my bathroom in beautiful Somerville, MA.

This episode is my first attempt at putting down the tracks on my podcasting career. I discuss why I am podcasting, my current projects, and the purple mokey on my back. If you would like to know more about my friend Gary and what his wife is going through please visit her Caringbridge web site.


Cast-On with Brenda Dayne

Mind’s Eye Yarn (Porter Square in Cambridge, MA)
Circles Knitting Salon (Jaimaca Plain in Boston, MA)

‘Tucker the monkey’ from ‘toys to knit‘ by Tracy Chapman
Jenna Wilson’s ‘Big Sack Sweater’ from ‘Stitch’n Bitch‘ by Debbie Stoller
Nosewarmer, 2nd generation‘ by Amy R. Singer from Knitty.com

‘Spy Beach’ by This Spy Surfs
‘Juiceshack’ by CCA
‘There’s So Many Ways I Can Kill You’ by Madsumo