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 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.
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 http://www.knitmoregirlspodcast.com/ where you can find show notes with links for the things discussed in the episodes. They also have a very active Ravelry group. http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-knitmore-girls-podcast
If you didn’t get to hear this episode live, hear is the link to the archive in Blogtalk: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2014/11/26/the-knitmore-girls-podcast This episode can also be found in iTunes (just like the Knitmore Girls): https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-knitmore-girls-podcast/id313541727?i=326177721&mt=2