Tonight: The Knitgrrl Show from Baghdad

Proof positive you can knit anywhere if you set your mind to it — the below photos are of Lorie Jewell, tonight’s guest on the Knitgrrl Show.

To listen live or call in, go to the show page here at 11:00 p.m. Eastern tonight (that’s morning tomorrow, Baghdad time). The call-in number is (718) 664-9504.


Knitting in a helicopter? Sure!


Knitting on a tank? Of course!


Knitting next to a guy with a machine gun? Why not? (Actually, Lorie told me she made him pose for this one).

Update: We’ve been featured on BlogTalkRadio’s blog and front page!

The Knitgrrl Show #9: Knitting in Baghdad

Lorie receives her afghanYes, you read that correctly. Show #9 will be coming to you live from Baghdad with US Army specialist Lorie Jewell and her knitting friends.

I first met Lorie (pictured above) on the Debbie Stoller Stitch ‘n Beach cruise last month. She took her leave time with us on the boat, and as you can see, we liked her so much we knit her an afghan to take back to Iraq!

The show is airing at a special time, 11:00 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday the 29th of April (which is 6:00 a.m. Baghdad time). If you can’t listen and call in live, please feel free to submit comments on this post and we’ll ask Lorie your questions for you.

I’m hoping to post some of her hilarious knitting-in-uniform photos for you before the show airs. It’s especially funny when she hands her knitting to some tough-looking young soldier and makes him pose… think Yarn Harlot sock + audience shot, but more incongruous.

Ravel it (?!)

Something noticed while checking out my fairy knitmother Jillian Moreno’s latest booklet of patterns for Classic Elite: a link that says “Ravel it.” So I clicked — it leads you to the Ravelry page for that pattern so you can put it into your queue. Very clever! And it seems they’re doing it with all their new pattern collections, too.

Speaking of Jillian, she’s going to be on the Knitgrrl Show in the very near future to discuss the aforementioned pattern collection as well as More Big Girl Knits, the followup to her book with Amy Singer, Big Girl Knits.

The Knitgrrl Show: input wanted

I’ve been getting a lot of really negative feedback on the podcast recently, so much so that I’ve considered calling it a day.

First and foremost among the concerns is sound quality. The application I use to produce the podcast is designed to enable callers, which is why I liked it. No one else was doing that, and I thought it would help further the dialogue between the guests and the knitting public. Immediately after the podcast ends, it automatically uploads to iTunes, giving me no chance to edit or take anything out. What you hear is what you get.

Now, I’ve tried running some postproduction on the actual MP3 files to improve the sound balance, but seriously — without being in a proper studio, I don’t think it will ever be perfect. And with the exception of the Kim Werker episode, my guests and I aren’t in the same city, let alone the same room, which makes quality control that much more difficult. If you want to check out the edited files, go to the show page and click their “listen to MP3” links. They’re better, perhaps, but again — not perfect. I’d welcome ideas/help if you have any to share.

I only have so many hours in a day, and it’s pointless to allocate resources to projects — no matter how fun I find them to be — if you don’t care for them. This is, after all, my job. With that in mind, I’m working on an end-of-year survey that hopefully will help me target my time better in 2008, and I hope you’ll take it when it’s posted.

As for Amy’s question in the previous post’s comments: I’m NaKniSweMo’ing with Cascade 220. Only a few rows so far but they’re 360 sts each!

Vickie Howell on The Knitgrrl Show today!

By the time you read this, I will be on the road to glorious Rhinebeck, NY — but through the magic of technology, we’ll be podcasting live from the road, probably somewhere along I-90 with Vickie Howell of Knitty Gritty fame, appearing live on The Knitgrrl Show at 2:00 p.m. Eastern today!

The call in number is (718) 664-9504, so don’t be shy…

(Did you know that Vickie has a new podcast coming out herself?) So call with your questions about this and all the other interesting things she’s up to these days…

Felt School group rate / Vickie Howell on podcast

Yay! Due to popular demand, we’ve opened up special group rate pricing for Felt School. If you’ve got a guild, a SnB, heck — four to seven friends who don’t mind sharing a room for Felt School, we’ve got the space for you. Offer open to one group only due to space, so drop us an email asap!

I’m headed to Rhinebeck first thing in the morning, and will be interviewing Vickie Howell of Knitty Gritty tomorrow afternoon on The Knitgrrl Show. The call in number is (718) 664-9504 — don’t be shy!

Unfortunately, we won’t have IM access for questions tomorrow due to being on the road, but if you send in questions before midnight tonight, we’ll be sure to ask them for you! (Did you know that Vickie has a new podcast coming out herself?

The Knitgrrl Show with Kim Werker

Call in this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Eastern to chat with Kim Werker, editor of Interweave Crochet, founder of the newly relaunched CrochetMe.com and author of the forthcoming Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution. Look inside the book here on Interweave’s website!

Questions for Kim? Call us at (718) 664-9504, or IM ‘knitgrrlshow’ on AIM. If you miss it, it’ll be up on iTunes shortly thereafter, as well as streaming from the BlogTalkRadio.

Amy R. Singer podcast in one hour!

Don’t forget: the rescheduled Knitgrrl Show podcast with Amy Singer of Knitty is on in one hour! (6:00 Eastern)

Tune in here, call in with questions at (718) 664-9504, or IM us at ‘knitgrrlshow’ on AIM. If you miss it, it’ll be up on iTunes shortly thereafter.

Also, we were featured on BlogTalkRadio’s blog last week… cool!