The Knitmore Girls Podcast

The Knitmore Girls Podcast, hosts Gigi & Jasmin (mother/daughter) were the last guest of PODCASTER NOVEMBER on the Yarn Thing with Marly Bird Podcast. And how sweet it is!

Gigi learned to knit in school, 4th grade. If you hadn’t figured it out, she’s from Germany and interestingly enough, kids are taught to knit in elementary school. Other students were tutored in knitting by grandmothers and aunties, but not at Gigi’s home so she struggled, especially when another student walked by and yanked out one of her needles! She continued knitting through high school and college. She came to the US in 1977 to attend school in Boston.

Jasmin learned to knit at age 6, 2nd grade, while she home sick with chicken pox. When she was 10 or 11 she says Gigi signed them up for mother/daughter spinning classes, and if she spun the yarn, her mom would knit it. It wasn’t until high school that she really got into knitting, and worked in a yarn shop with her mom and met lots of people, like Rick Mondragon (currently the editor of Knitter’s magazine). They met Jenny & Nicole from Stash & Burn podcast (‘Great! What’s a podcast?’) As soon as she looked into the world of podcasting, she called Gigi and said ‘Let’s do this!’


Jasmin (on the left) and Gigi (on the right) with Rachael Herron at Stitches West. Rachel will be our guest next week!

Jasmin studied for journalism in college with Sarah Pollock, editor of Mother Jones, and interned at XRX, home of Knitter’s Magazine (yes, with Rick and Elaine Rowley) while they were working on Ginger Luters book ‘Module Magic’, also tech-editing patterns right off the bat, working with advertisers. She says she has a soft spot in her heart for South Dakota where XRX is home-based.


Jasmin’s daughter, often referred to as ‘The Next Generation Knitmore’, demonstrates the mad knitting skills she’s acquired.

They currently live across the street from each other, which seems to help maintain their ‘close-knit’ (no pun intended) relationship, but they have a strict NO KNITTING TALK rule so they have something to share on the podcast. Jasmin proudly says of Gigi that if she can if her mom can stick a needle into it, she can do it, so she likes that her mom can share tips. The Knitmore Girls Podcast clearly shows the inspiration they received from other podcasts, too, such as ‘When Knitting Attacks’ was inspired by a segment in Brenda Dayne’s ‘Cast-on’ (there it is again!)

Their website for the podcast is where you can find show notes with links for the things discussed in the episodes. They also have a very active Ravelry group.

If you didn’t get to hear this episode live, hear is the link to the archive in Blogtalk: This episode can also be found in iTunes (just like the Knitmore Girls):

Crochet Standing Stitch

Technique Tuesday!

Many crocheters think that they MUST have a turning chain at the beginning of each row and is not true. It is possible to begin a new row with a crochet standing stitch. Doing a standing crochet stitch is super easy and can be done with a single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, so on and so forth.

How to begin add a new yarn or change colors at the start of the row with a crochet standing stitch:

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To begin a new row with a new yarn/color you simply begin with a slip knot on your hook. This slip knot represents the active loop that would normally remain on the hook after you finish a stitch.

Now you complete the stitch you want to make in the space/stitch you need to make it into. For example, if you want a sc you will proceed into the st or sp indicated in the pattern and work a sc; if you want to make a dc you yarnover the hook then proceed into the st or sp indicated in the pattern and work the dc.

It really is that easy.

Not sure what I mean? Here I’ve done a YouTube Video for you. Watch and enjoy.

Did that help you learn the crochet standing stitch? GREAT! If you like this video I have several more on my YouTube Channel. Stay up to date with new video releases by hitting subscribe.


Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals


The Best List of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals in the Yarn Industry


Message from Marly: It is my pleasure to once again offer a HUGE list of companies in the yarn world that are having BIG Black Friday Cyber Monday Deals! You will find something for the crocheter, knitter, weaver, spinner and or wanna be crafter in your life. Heck, I bet you find somethings for you as well!

Remember, supporting the industry you love only helps is grow and thrive. So go, take a look at all the fun stuff and have fun.

These sales are not live until the specified date so be sure to check the dates!




First and foremost, let me tell you about Marly’s own deal :-)

50% off ALL Marly Bird patterns on Ravelry: NO CODE NEEDED

Available from Nov. 27 – Dec. 3rd. 

Only $19.99 for Marly’s Mittens and Gloves Galore Class on Craftsy! Until Dec. 2nd 

*disclaimer: this post has affiliate links*

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In alphabetical order:

A Sarah Grieve Production–20% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store  coupon code–BLACKFRIDAY2014 Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 1st.

Adrienne Ku/Mushroom Knits Designs–25% off All patterns in Ravelry store coupon code BFCM14 Nov. 28th to Dec. 1st.

Adrialys Designs 20% off Purchase of 2 or more patterns in Ravelry store. Available Nov. 27th – Dec. 1st.

Allure Fine Fiber and Fabric Wash: Buy 1 get 10% off per bottle; Buy 2 get 15% off  per bottle; Buy 3 or more get 20% off per bottle at Available Nov. 27th – Dec 23rd.

Amanda Scheuzger Designs 30% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store 20% off Holiday in Zermatt ebook Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 1st.

Ambah Designs–20% off Purchase of 2 or more Ambah Patterns on Ravelry: coupon code–black14. Available Nov. 25th – Dec. 6th.

Andi Smith Designs/Knitbrit–$5 off Synchronicity E-book: coupon code–Marly rocks. Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 3rd.

Anne Berk/Annetarsia Knits Book$6 off e-book in Ravelry store   coupon code–LOVEANDJOY OR get the hardcover with autograph and shipping is reimbursed! Available till Dec. 1st.
HappyHolidaysPost_50_off at until Dec 3 2014

Annie Yarn 40% off patterns in Ravelry store coupon code–CyberMonday14  Available ONLY Dec. 1st.

Annie Yarn–25% off yarn in website coupon code–YarnFriday14 Available ONLY Nov. 28th

Articles of a Domestic Goddess–$1.00 on 200 copies of new advent calendar pattern from website, FROM NOW then, $2 for all rest of my patterns in my ravelry store (ebooks not included) will be on sale for $2. Available until Dec. 1st.

Ash Kearns Handknitting–20% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store coupon code–intheblack Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 1st

BagSmith–20% off EVERYTHING from the website including Sajou coupon code–THANKFUL14 Available until Dec. 1st.

Beyenburgerin–25% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store. Available Nov. 27th to 30th.

Bijou Basin Ranch–Spend $50.00 or more and get free shipping and a free BBR project bag at Available Nov. 27th – Nov. 28th ONLY.

Bijou Basin Ranch– All kits are 25% off the regular retail cost (this is not on top of the kit discount but instead of the regular kit discount) and free shipping on all orders at Available Nov. 29th ONLY.

Bijou Basin Ranch50% off all patterns, 20% off all 100% Yak wraps, free shipping on all orders at Available Nov. 30th  ONLY.

Bijou Basin Ranch20% off entire store (excluding kits & wraps) and free shipping on all orders at Available Dec. 1st ONLY.

Bonita Patterns–20% off ALL patterns at the website coupon code–HOLIDAY20 Available until Dec. 1st.

Brenda Castiel Designs–25% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store. coupon code–holiday Available Nov. 23 – Dec. 26th.

Buffalo Wool Co–FREE Shipping on all purchases from the website through Dec. 1st. Also AWESOME new Yarn Club with Brand-new installment plan.

Carol E. Herman Designs–25% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store coupon code–THANKS Available Nov. 27th – Dec. 3rd.

Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton/Hamilton Yarns–40% off on Heaven’s Hand Wool Classic coupon code BlackCyber Available Nov. 28th – Dec 1st.

Crafted by Corley (ETSY)–FREE SHIPPING ALL items in Etsy Shopcoupon code–GiveThanks14 Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 2nd.

Crafted by Corley (RAVELRY)–25% off ALL patterns in Ravelry Store. Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 1st.

Crafting Friends Designs–$1.95 ALL individual patterns at their website. Available from Nov. 27th – 29th.


Creativebug–BOGO 1 year subscription at Creativebug.comAvailable until Dec. 31st.

Crochet by Darleen Hopkins–25% off ALL pattern in Ravelry storecoupon code–black2014. Available Nov. 21st – Dec. 3rd.

The Crochet Dude and Drew Emborsky Yarns Up To 50% Off at www.drewemborsky.comCrochet Dude/Drew Emborsky–SALE $1.99 ALL patterns at Drew Emborsky website (plus awesome discounts on yarns!) Available until Dec. 3rd.

Crochet Dude/Drew EmborskyUp To 50% off ALL yarns at Drew Emborsky website. Available NOW until Dec. 3rd. **Marly’s FREE 1 Skein Pattern Using this Yarn HERE**

Crochet Dude/Drew EmborskyUp to 50% off all products form The Crochet Dude at Drew Emborsky website. Available NOW until Dec. 3rd.

Dani Berg Designs/Turnknit–25% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store coupon code–blackfriday Available Nov. 27th – Nov. 30th.

Delusional Knitter Designs–30% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store coupon code–black2014 Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 1st.

Designs by Laura Aylor–Buy Two, Get One FREE  ALL patterns in Ravlery Store coupon code–BFCMDeal. Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 1st.

Dizzy Blonde Studios–25% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store. coupon code: Trixie Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 14th.

Dublin Dye–15% off entire etsy shop – hand dyed yarn and roving coupon code–WINTERWARMUP Available until Nov. 30th.

Emma Welford Designs–25% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store coupon code: HOLIDAZE Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 1st.

Emily Rangelman Designs–25% off ALL Patterns and E-books in Ravelry Store: coupon code–givethanks2014 Available Nov. 26th – Dec. 1st.

Erin.Lane Bags–15 % off and FREE shipping at the Erin.Lane Bags website. coupon code–BF2015 Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 1st.

Erin.Lane Bags–12 days of Hank-mas.  Yes,  you read that right.  We have acquired VERY limited quantities of never before used fabrics in some pretty awesome colorways and patterns, (can anyone say Big Bang Theory?).  We will be listing bags (different number of each fabric in select styles) every day (or maybe every other day, depends on production) for 12 sets of fabrics.  When the Hank-mas fabrics are gone they are gone.  I won’t be able to produce these again, so get them quickly. Hank-mas fabric will not be eligible for the coupon code due to the limited amount of fabric I acquired.

Feel Good Knitting–20% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store coupon code–smallbusiness Available Nov. 29th -Dec. 1st.

FreshStitches– 40% off on value packs of craft eyes! Available Nov. 28th – Dec.1st.

Gina Mitchell Designs–10% off total purchase in Etsy shop coupon code–Marly14 Nov. 25th – Dec. 31st.

Grinning Gargoyle–30% off Anything in the Etsy Shop.  coupon code – MARLY Available till Dec. 6th.

Haute Knit Yarn–30% off ALL Yarn Purchases from Etsy shopcoupon code–BLACKFRIDAY2014. Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 2nd.

Invisible Loom/Renee Van Hoy Designs–20 % off ALL patterns and e-books from Invisible Loom, Innovative Patterns for Loom Knitters: coupon code–LOOMLOVE. Available from Nov. 28th – Dec. 1st.

Interweave Press–50% off Save 50% Storewide and Get Video Downloads for $5.99 . Available Nov. 28th – Nov. 30th.
Save 50% Plus an Extra 10% with CYBER10 at Interweave

Interweave Press–50% off Save 50% off throughout the store on Books, DVDs, Magazines, and More at Interweave . Available NOW – Nov 27th.

Jane Richmond Designs–25% off ALL patterns in her Ravelry Store: coupon code–BF2014. Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 1st.

JaneTerzzaDesigns Buy one pattern, get one pattern free! ANY patterns from Ravelry store. coupon code–November Available until Nov. 30th.

Janelle Martin/Eclectic Closet Knitwear–20% off ALL Janelle Martin designs on Ravelry: coupon code–bfcm2014. Available from Nov. 28 – Dec. 1st.

Jessie At Home–15 to 20% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store coupon code–Holiday Available Nov. 27 – Dec. 1st = 20%, Dec. 2nd ~ Jan. 2nd = 15%

Jill Wiseman Designs–Bead Garage Sale starts Nov. 28th 9am!

Katherine Vaughan Designs–25% off ALL patterns in Ravelry Store coupon code–eatmorepie Available Nov. 27th – Dec. 2nd.

Kelene Kinnersly Designs–40% off ALL Sweaters in Ravelry pattern store. coupon code–blackmonday Available from Nov. 25th – Dec. 3rd.

Kimberly Voisin / Wee Studio–20% off patterns in Ravelry store Available Nov. 27th – Dec. 1st.

KnitCrate–Gift a KnitCrate this holiday season from 

KnitCrateKnitCrate–Get any 12-month Gift Subscription and receive a KnitCrate Welcome Kit! Welcome kit includes–a KnitCrate BAGGU Duck Bag; the Sexy Knitter’s tool tin; a Digital Finger Tally Counter with LED Backlight; Plus as a gift subscriber you’ll receive all of your KnitCrate Points immediately and you’ll lock in your subscription rate. All of our Gift Subscriptions can be found at  Coupon Code: KCG2014 Available until Dec. 31st.

Knitting Rose Yarns–FREE Shipping AND 20% off yarns Nov 27, 15% off the 28th, 10% off the 29th to Dec. 5th. Also see the Holiday Yarn bag made by Erin.Lane Bags (which are on special but not with the other discounts),

Knitting Universe (XRX publication has a promo starting THURSDAY! will post when available to us…)

KnitPicks--Up to 84% off over 800 yarns at Available only this week.

Knot Theorist–Buy One Get One 50% OFF: Buy Blaze Peplum Top and get Hibiscus Motif Top half off! coupon code: CYBERSALE. Available Nov. 24th – Dec. 8th.

KnitDesigns–25% OFF ALL Patterns, excluding books, in Ravelry store  coupon code–THANKS25 Available Nov. 26th – Dec. 2nd.

KRW Knitwear Studio–99 cent Print Patterns w/ FREE Shipping coupon code–patternsfs2014 OR 25% off ALL Models in Sample Sale coupon code–models14 OR 25% off ALL Printed books coupon code–books25 Available till Dec. 1st.

La Visch Designs– 20% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store and Websitecoupon code–BLACKCYBER Available Nov. 25th – Dec. 2nd.

LaviShea Lotion Bars–20% off purchase of 2 or more lotion bars & $3.99 shipping coupon code–Bird Available Nov. 25th – Dec. 3rd.

Lara Smoot Designs–30% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store: Available Nov. 27th – Dec. 1st.

Laura Crowley/Still Life with Knitting–50% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store: coupon code–CM50 Available ONLY Monday Dec. 1st.

Laura Nelkin- Nelkin Designs–30% off EVERYTHING in my Etsy shop while supplies last coupon code–HUGETHANKS14 Available Nov. 27th – Dec. 2nd

Leethal Knits–25% off Jonathan scarf pattern coupon code–holidaybrioche Available until Dec. 1st.

Leisure Arts–45% off digital patterns at Leisure; 35% off physical products (books, The Knook) at Leisure; Free Shipping on all orders over $50: All available from Nov 27th – Dec. 1st.

Little Monkeys Crochet–$1 patterns ALL patterns in Ravelry store Available From Nov. 28 to Dec. 1st.
Loopy Ewe–20% off ALL Sport and DK Weight Yarns, ALL Bags and fabric Short Stacks Available Nov. 28th to Dec. 1st.
Lyrical Knits–40% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store: Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 2nd.

Made with Love and Science–50% off ALL Patterns in Ravelry store:. coupon code–blackfriday2014 Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 1st.

Makewise Designs–20% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store: coupon code–MWD Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 1st.

Meanest Mommy Knits–30% off ALL patterns in Ravelry storecoupon code–MeanestMommy30. Available from Nov. 27th – Dec. 3rd.

MediaPeruana Designs–25% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store: coupon code–GIVETHANKS Available Nov.28th – Dec. 1st.

Melissa Leapman Designs–50% off ALL Knit and Crochet patterns in Ravelry store: coupon code–Gratitude. Available till Dec 1st.

Mercier Knitting Patterns–35% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store: coupon code–BLACK. Available from Nov. 29th – Dec 2nd.

Michelle’s Assortment–50% off ALL knitting patterns including the ebook in Ravelry store AND 20% off Everything in Etsy shop coupon code–CYBER2014 Applies to BOTH Available Nov. 24th – Dec. 2nd.

Minimi Knit Design–25%off ALL patterns from in Ravelry storecoupon code–bf2014. Available from Nov. 28th – Dec. 2nd.

M K Nance Designs–FREE pattern Gift a friend a pattern from Ravelry store and receive the same w/in 24 hours: Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 24th.

Mochimochi Land–FREE all-new holiday pattern (to be revealed on December 1st) with $5 purchase or more at website: Available Dec. 1st – Jan. 1st.

Natalie Volyanyuk–20% off ALL Accessories Patterns from my shop coupon code–Thanks2014 Available Nov. 27th – Dec. 2nd.

Nerdy Gerdy Designs–30% off ALL patterns in Ravelry Store coupon code–THANKFUL Available Nov. 28th to 30th.

Normally Abnormal– $1 off ALL patterns in Ravelry Store: Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 1st.
 Give-a-Gift and Get-a-Gift
Northbound Knitting–FREE SHIPPING on purchases made at website Available Nov. 28th Shop update at 11am EST.
Obliviousknits–50% off ALL patterns in Ravelry Store. Available until Dec. 1st.
Oksana Lifenko/KasatkaDollsFashions–50% off ALL patterns in store coupon code–BLACKFRIDAY50 Available Nov. 26th – Dec. 1st.
One Room Fibers–10% off EVERYTHING at the Etsy Shop: coupon code–Holiday Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 6th.

Owlcat Designs–25% off ANY TWO single patterns: coupon code THXgiving. Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 3rd.

Pattern Paradise–30% – 50% off ALL patterns Ravelry store coupon code–BLACKFRIDAY Available Nov. 27 – Nov. 30th

Pepperberry Knits–25% off Our 12 Days Of Cashmere gift box coupon code–HolidayCheer Available Dec. 1st.

Playing With Fiber–Buy One, Get One FREEANY stitch markers from Etsy Shop: (DOES NOT INCLUDE PHOTO MARKERS. Please indicate which you would like free in Note to Seller.) Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 2nd.

Robin Ulrich Studio–20% off ALL patterns from Ravelry store Available Nov. 28th – Nov. 30th

Schoolhouse Press–FREE SHIPPING! on orders from website through Nov. 30th.

Shannon Squire Designs–20% off ALL Patterns in Ravelry storecoupon code–blackcyber Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 2nd.

Sharon Fuller Designs–20% off one pattern, 30%  off two, 40% off three or more Pattern in holiday bundle coupon code 20justonemore2014, 30justonemore2014, or 40justonemore2014 Available Nov. 25th- Dec 1st.–FREE Foofaraw Shawlstick to anyone who can get their LYS to place an order all year long!

Shellee’s Artwork – 20% off ALL patterns available in Ravelry store: coupon code –Black. Available Nov. 27th – Dec. 6th.

Simply Collectible Crochet–50% off  ALL patterns in Ravelry storecoupon code: CROCHETPOWER Available Nov. 28 – Dec. 1st.

Slipped Stitch Studios–20% off purchases at website coupon codes–5off35, 10off50, 15off75, 20off100 Available Nov. 28th until gone.

Solène Le Roux–30% off ALL patterns in Ravelry storecoupon code–SLRBlackFriday — Available Nov. 28th – Dec 2nd.

Sonja Otto Designs–20% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store Available Nov. 28th to Jan. 1st.

Stolen Stitches–20% off ALL patterns in Ravelry storecoupon code–BLACK. Available Nov. 27th – Dec. 1st.

Style by Kristin/Kristin Omdahl–42% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store, (PLUS sign up for newsletter for offers on So Fine yarns at website and Etsy shop). Available until Dec. 1st.Kristin Omdahl Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals at

Suzy Allen Designs–50% off ALL patterns in Ravelry story AND $1.00 ONLY for her Rhinebeck 2014 Sweater. Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 1st.

Sweater Freak/Cloud 7 Knits–20% off Get 3 or more single patterns from Ravelry store (ebooks excluded) Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 15th Also ETSY SHOP 20% off items coupon code–happythanksgiving Available until Dec. 2nd.

Tammy Burke Designs–50% off ALL patterns in Ravelry Store: coupon code–Marly’s Minion Available Nov. 28th – Dec. 1st.

The Sexy Knitter–30% off ANY purchase at The Sexy Knitter’s Etsy shop: coupon code–CyberSexy2014 Available Nov. 27th – Dec. 1st.

Three Bags Full–10% off All Bags in Etsy Shop Available ONLY MONDAY Dec. 1st.

Too Yarn Cute — 70% off ALL purchase of patterns in Ravelry store: coupon code– BLKFRI Available ONLY Nov. 28th until Midnight CDT

Tot Toppers–20% off ANYTHING for anyone who completes the TT scavenger huntcoupon code will be sent after completion of scavenger hunt Available Nov. 26th – Dec. 1st.

Turtlepurl Yarn & Notions ETSY  — 2o% off Sale Section: Available from Nov. 28 – Dec. 1st.

Turtlepurl Yarn & Notions ARTFIRE — 30% off EVERYTHING Available from Nov. 28th – Dec. 1st.

Very Shannon–25% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store and website coupon code–thankyou25 Available Nov. 25th – Dec. 3rd.

Wendy’s Knitch, Patterns by Wendy Neal–FREE Darby Boot Cuffs pattern with the purchase of any other paid pattern in Ravelry Store Available Nov. 27 – Dec. 1st.

Wooly Wonka Fibers/Anne Podlesak Designs–20% off ALL patterns in Ravelry store (not including ebooks/collections) coupon codeTXSG2014 Available Nov. 28th – Nov. 30th


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