Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Episode #14: We're Not Worthy - Part 1 (Show Notes)

This is a very special 2-part episode!!! It's a very long one and poor Ms. B has to edit it. The session went for about 3 hours and so she decided that we need to break this up into two parts.

So why aren't we worthy? That's because the Goddess of yarn, the Wollmeise has graced upon us with her presence in this episode! It's a long one, so let's get started!!!

Welcome and introduction done by the Wollmeise herself in German: "Herzlich Wilkommen und herzliches Grüßgott aus München von der Wollmeise. Ich darf heute hier mit bei der 14. Ausgabe von Podcast, Knitters Uncensored, mit machen!"

Yes, finally we got the Wollmeise to come on the podcast. It was quite a task getting her on the podcast. She was so nervous that both Ms. B and Cashyie had to hold her hands. Wollmeise took some times off her extremely busy schedule to come over and podcast with us. And her English is great, don't you think?

Package from Charles was finally brought out. And the Wollmeise ended sharing the stitch markers from him with Ms. B and Cashyie! ;-)

What's on/off the needles?
  • Elemm:
    • Mystic Light KAL Shawl that turned into Juno Regina, which the Wollmeise suddenly claimed for herself...I was taken by surprise...but hey, what can I do apart from just bow to her wishes?
Juno Regina [70:366, 05.04.2008]
    • Raku-Clapotis (FO):
    • Opal Socks (FO):
Opal Socks [77:366, 14.04.2008]
    • Icarus Shawl (FO) for my mum's birthday:
Icarus Shawl

We veered off a bit here and it seems that Cashyie might be pulled into lace knitting soon. :-p
Promptyly Cashyie took on the tangent about hiding mittens in the hat and leave the whole package in the mailbox, so that she doesn't have to wear it to school. When she comes home, she could just take the whole package out of the mailbox again and pretended that she had been wearing it. :-p Wollmeise was perplexed by this and told us a better way: Just leave them on the tree and lose them! She then reminisced about how her mum told her to always wear her hats out and not to go out with freshly washed and damp hair. But well, who likes hat-hair?

Ms. B started discussing about the fact that Germans tend to "pack up" themselves, or especially their kids in really warm clothings, so that no skins would be exposed to the coldness.

Wollmeise reckons that German mums put on too much clothes on their kids and they end up losing them. Her own kids generally come back home with only one shoe because they play boat with one of their shoe. :-p
We also found out that the Wollmeise knits with her own yarns, too...but only with skeins that have knots in them. She also has SSS (Second Sock Syndrome)! We also talked about the socks that she was wearing, which were knit out of her own hand-spun (you can see the picture above)...they're her lucky-socks.

Cashyie ended up comparing Wollmeise to Prinzregententorte. We also found out that Wollmeise's younger son did an apprenticeship as a Pâtisserie Master at a place that sells their stuff to Dallmayr. Wollmeise then thought of Bienenstich (Wiki entry in German)..hmmmm...yummy!

Wollmeise then shared her family life with us and talked about her kids. We found out why she doesn't knit for her kids, but at the same time throwing away her husbands white socks and giving him only hand-knit socks instead. ;-)
  • Cashyie is still on sock-knitting mode and she's knitting up another pair of Hobbledehoy socks! She showed us another pair of socks that she was wearing...and Wollmeise noticed that Cashyie haven't even weaved in the ends yet!
We then talked about knitting on the plane. And Cashyie showed us some yarns that she got from her trip to New Orleans.

A report from me about the Handarbeits- und Hobbymesse in Cologne that I got to go to the week before with my boss from Lanaiolo. I got some Lanternmoon Rosewood DPNs to try and my review of it is that I really like them! It was the first time for me to knit with wooden needles and to my surprise, they're pretty sturdy and they feel nice in your hands. Thank you very much to Jo from Lanternmoon!

I saw my friend, Daniela from Maschenkunst. I also went to see Kelley Petkun from the Knit Pick's Podcast.

I also got to meet Miriam Tegels, the person who holds the current record in Guiness Book World of Record as the fastest knitter in the world! So, I took the chance and did a small interview with her! (CORRECTION: I said that Miriam knit English style, but now that I go and have a look at the videos again, she actually knits continental.)

Sauerlach Market, 18th-20th April, and the Wollmeise is there with her yarns! She has hardly anymore yarn though....and she still needs to get used to her new dyeing-station.

Spinning!!! I enabled Ms. B into wanting to spin her own hand-spun. And so, she got a Louet S15 lent out from the, Ms. B has already managed to build up a fibre stash. We talked about what's special about hand-spun and got to hear the Wollmeise's take on it.

That's the end of Part 1. Keep a look out for part 2, it's coming soon!

Episode #14: We're not Worthy! (part 1 of 2)

Episode #14: We're not Worthy! (part 1 of 2)

This session was soooooo long that I had to break it up into two parts. We have a special guest today - the Wollmeise! She was kind enough to take a break from her busy schedule to sit with us and chat. We also have a short interview with Miriam Tegels - the world record holder for fastest knitter! wowowowowow!

Check out our blog at: or write us an email at: KnittersUncensored (AT) gmail (DOT) com, or check out our group on Ravelry called "Uncensored Knitters"

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Episode #13 Contest is now closed

Thanks to all who participated, it was a hard one! We will announce the winner on the next podcast, but in the meantime, you should've gotten your score. The average score was 5.54 and no one got all of them correct. There were 24 entries and here is how everyone answered:

QuestionsElemmacilturCashyieMs. B
Who has a coin machine and put coins in wrappers?1176
Who played High School Football?4155
Who has freakishly small baby toes?5712
Who has grey hair since childhood?10311
Who moved around a lot and lived in 16 different addresses since birth?2103
Who has the most handbags?1914
Who has a sibling married to an Asian guy?3516
Who has a Titanium plate in the hand?996
Who love cleaning their ears?1644
Who prefers sharpened regular pencils over mechanical ones?5163
Who boycotted fast-food for 3 years?7107
Who doesn't like German food?2517
Who drinks about 12 litres of Diet-Coke a week?7 13 4
Who likes brussel sprouts?14 37
Who tried to pay for a person's meal at a drive-thru McDonald's as a random act of kindness?4146