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Find camaraderie and understanding as Knit Picks employees confess to their own knitting triumphs and complete blunders. Does any of this sound familiar? If so, tune in weekly for the further adventures of the gang at Knit Picks and any other knitters we can round up.
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Episode 383: Travel Knitting with Jen

Summer is right around the corner and with it comes travel! Jen, a Knit Picks team member and experienced knitting traveler, joins Lee and Stacey to chat about planning, packing, and knitting on the go! They discuss planning for the worst, with plenty of notions and plenty of projects, and planning for the best, with room in a suitcase for souvenir yarn.    Plus, as always, Lee and Stacey share their updates on their personal projects and crafty fun.   00:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast 00:20 Lee and Stacey share what they’ve been up to. 14:40 Jen joins Lee and Stacey to chat about travel knitting, starting with how much yarn to pack. 22:21 With yarn covered, the next topic is notions. 26:46 The trio chats about carrying patterns on the go. 32:49 What do you do when you forget something? 35:15 The topic shifts to knitting on trains and the best places for travel knitting.  40:43 A final tip: check the regulations for traveling with needles if you’re going abroad! 42:53 Credits.   Lee's crocheted cardigan project (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/hummingbird-cardi Hummingbird Cardi pattern https://www.crochet.com/hummingbird-cardi/p/55118D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode383 City Tweed DK yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/city-tweed-dk/c/5420184?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode383 Swish DK yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/swish-dk/c/5420168?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode383 Hummingbird Cardi crochet along blog post https://blog.crochet.com/hummingbirds-take-flight/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode383 CotLin yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/cotlin/c/5420162?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode383 Hawthorne DK yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/hawthorne-dk/c/5420481?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode383 Reynolds Top and Dress sewing pattern https://helensclosetpatterns.com/product/reynolds-top-and-dress/ 2023 Pride Flag Patterns on instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/Ctcr6YSpFSl/ Pride Flag color suggestions on instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/CtfQOrDu49g/ 2023 Pride Flag Patterns on KP blog https://blog.knitpicks.com/2023-pride-flag-patterns/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode383 Palette yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/palette/c/5420132?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode383 Lee's flag projects on instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/C6MfBn6vRSV/ Stacey's favorite travel pouch https://www.knitpicks.com/zippered-pouches/g/ZipperPouch?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode383 Basic Travel Pack https://www.knitpicks.com/basic-travel-pack/p/47210?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode383  
5/1/202444 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 382: A Chat with Julie Ann Lebouthillier

Our sock obsession continues, and we naturally had to have sock expert Julie Ann Lebouthillier of Twin Stitches Designs join hosts Lee and Stacey to talk about her own new sock book, Knit a Box of Socks! Julie is a talented sock knitter with an amazing YouTube channel, and we love every chance we get to work with her. Tune in to this episode to find out more about her background as a designer!   Plus, Lee and Stacey chat about their current projects, new colors of Aloft, and the new Knit Picks subscription newsletter, Knit Peeks, hosted on Substack.    00:02 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:20 Stacey and Lee share what they’ve been up to. 08:44 New Aloft colors recently arrived! 11:20 We’ve got a brand new Substack called Knit Picks, with bonus episodes of the podcast! 13:46 Sock Month continues, and the print version of Stepping Out has arrived. 16:25 Julie Ann Lebouthillier joins Lee and Stacey to discuss her own new sock book! 17:05 Julie shares how she began designing patterns and her background. 26:50 The discussion switches to Julie’s book, Knit a Box of Socks 33:08 Julie talks about how she developed her online community through YouTube and beyond.  38:45 To round things up, Julie shares some upcoming projects and where to find her online.  40:32 Credits.     Disco Fibers https://www.discofibers.com/ H+H event https://www.instagram.com/hhamericas/?hl=en Lee's improvised cabled cardigan (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/orange-bulky-cabled-cardigan Lee's in-progress socks (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/worsted-socks Worsted Socks pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/worsted-socks/p/51226D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode382 Wool of the Andes yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/wool-of-the-andes/c/30015001?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode382 Aloft yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/aloft-super-kid-mohair/c/5420210?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode382 Hawthorne yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/hawthorne/c/30015024?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode382 Lee's Aloft+Hawthorne sweater https://www.instagram.com/p/CARgntXphUv/?hl=en&img_index=1 Lee's Aloft+Provincial Tweed Hat (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/custom-tritops-8 Provincial Tweed yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/provincial-tweed/c/5420322?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode382 Knit Peeks! https://knitpeeks.substack.com/ Knit Picks Blog https://blog.knitpicks.com/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode382 Stepping Out books and patterns https://www.knitpicks.com/sale/stepping-out/c/30218504?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode382 Stepping Out print book https://www.knitpicks.com/stepping-out-sock-patterns/p/N3983?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode382 Dream All Day Socks pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/dream-all-day-socks/p/N2112?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode382 Hawthorne DK yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/hawthorne-dk/c/5420481?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode382 Lee's Hawthorne DK sweater (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/tensho-pullover-artist Julie Ann Lebouthillier on Knit Picks https://www.knitpicks.com/search?q=Julie%20Ann%20Lebouthillier?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode382 Julie Ann's patterns on ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/designers/twin-stitches-designs Twin Stitches Designs website https://twinstitchesdesigns.com/  Knitty.com https://knitty.com/ Autumn Tweed Pullover pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/autumn-tweed-pullover/p/14963D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode382 Mini Autumn Tweed Pullover (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mini-autumn-tweed-pullover City Tweed DK yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/city-tweed-dk/c/5420184?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode382 Marled Family Mittens pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/marled-family-mittens/p/19113D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode382 Knit a Box of Socks book https://www.knitpicks.com/knit-a-box-of-socks/p/N4489?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode382 Pineapple Crush pattern from book (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pineapple-crush-2 Birthday Sprinkles pattern from book (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/birthday-sprinkles Feeling Sheepish pattern from book (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/feeling-sheepish-5 Warm Woolly Hugs pattern from book (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/warm-woolly-hugs  Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/wool-of-the-andes-superwash-bulky/c/5420256?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode382  Julie Ann's Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt8whC8uomGefcAVOfjrczA Twin Stitches Community on Mighty Networks https://twin-stitches.mn.co/  Marie Green's Annual 4-Day Knitalong https://www.oliveknits.com/4-day-kal/ Julieannknitter on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/people/JulieAnnKnitter  Julieannknitter on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/julieannknitter/  Julie Ann's Newsletter Sign Up https://twinstitchesdesigns.myflodesk.com/x130ufm3sd
4/17/202442 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 381: All of Your Sock Questions

We’re declaring April sock month! Our new sock collection came out recently, and all we want to chat about is socks. We asked for your sock questions on Instagram, and hosts Lee and Stacey along with Producer Andi and some answers from Jen work to tell you everything you need to know.   Plus, Lee and Stacey share the concepts behind Stepping Out and how the book came together.   00:02 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:19 Stacey and Lee share what they’ve been up to. 02:55 Our new sock book just came out, and we’re declaring April sock month! 11:00 The team answers your sock questions! 11:48 What’s a good first sock pattern? 15:29 What are some good cast ons and bind offs for the cuffs? 19:22 How do I start two-at-a-time socks on two short circulars? Magic loop is killing me! 24:11 What’s the best way to reinforce the heel ball of a sock? 26:31 Anatomical socks are specifically shaped for left and right feet. Are there patterns for that or ways to modify patterns? 28:57 Heels. What’s the easiest way? How do I get a heel to fit? Is there a more comprehensive heel type reference?  Is there a benefit to different types of heels? 34:06 Is there an alternative to kitchener stitch aka grafting for toes? 36:25 What are the lengths of the leg and cuff you like? 40:56 Why is sock yarn getting so scarce? 45:40 Credits   Lee's two new sewn pants https://www.instagram.com/p/C4zcJAvLwX2/?img_index=1 Lee's March movie challenge https://letterboxd.com/leedoesstuff/list/2024-march-around-the-world/ Lee's Hawthorne DK sweater project (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/tensho-pullover-artist Stepping Out sock collection https://www.knitpicks.com/sale/stepping-out/c/30218504?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode381 Stepping Out 1991 Liza Minnelli film https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stepping_Out_(1991_film) Knit Picks on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/knit_picks/ Dream All Day DK weight sock pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/dream-all-day-socks/p/N2112?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode381 All Stacey's patterns https://www.knitpicks.com/search?q=Stacey%20Winklepleck?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode381 Winter Weekend Socks pattern https://shannonsquire.com/winter-weekend-socks/ Nifty Gifty Stocking pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/nifty-gifty-stocking/p/18927D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode381 Knits for Everybody Slippers and Socks pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/knits-for-everybody-slippers-and-socks/p/52114D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode381 Socks for Everybody! eBook https://www.knitpicks.com/socks-for-everybody-ebook-patterns-for-the-beginner-sock-knitter/p/75311D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode381 Long Tail Cast On https://www.knitpicks.com/learning-center/learn-to-knit?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode381 Long Tail Tubular Cast On https://www.knitpicks.com/learning-center/long-tail-tubular-cast-on?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode381 Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off https://knitty.com/ISSUEfall09/FEATjssbo.php Tubular Bind Off https://www.knitpicks.com/learning-center/tubular-bind-off?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode381 Hiking Socks pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/hiking-socks/p/55959?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode381 Mending podcast episode 360 https://blog.knitpicks.com/episode-360-march-is-for-mending/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode381
4/3/202447 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 380: Get to Know Designer Joy Friedman

Spring is almost here, and we invited designer Joy Friedman on the podcast to talk about her design work and pattern in our new collection of cotton tops, Afternoon Tees! Lee and Stacey ask Joy about her background, and they discuss a handful of our favorite patterns she designed for us.   Plus, as always, Lee and Stacey share what they’ve been working on in their free time and dive a little bit into the story of how Afternoon Tees was created.   00:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:18 Lee and Stacey share what they’ve been up to 07:38 Our latest pattern collection is out, Afternoon Tees! 12:56 Joy Friedman joins Lee and Stacey to talk about her designs and technical editing work. 22:27 Some of Joy’s earliest patterns were collabs with Knit Picks 28:34 Joy shares how she began knitting. 30:38 Lee asks about Joy’s pattern the Vibrations Pullover 34:40 Stacey brings up Joy’s pattern in Afternoon Tees. 40:38 Where to find Joy online 42:02 Credits   Hummingbird Cardi crochet pattern https://www.crochet.com/hummingbird-cardi/p/55118D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Lee's crochet project (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/hummingbird-cardi Tuff Granny Throw pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/tuff-granny-throw/p/55785?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Sockhead Hat pattern http://bohoknits.blogspot.com/2009/05/sockhead-hat.html Lee's improvised cabled cardigan project (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/orange-bulky-cabled-cardigan Lee's March Around the World movie list https://letterboxd.com/leedoesstuff/list/2024-march-around-the-world/ Afternoon Tees ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/afternoon-tees-ebook/p/N1799?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Shine Sport yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/shine-sport/c/5420122?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Comfy yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/comfy/c/30015015?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 CotLin yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/cotlin/c/5420162?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Samia yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/samia/c/5420462?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Lee's Samia project (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/movie-theater-stripey-summer-tee Kismet Tee pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/kismet-tee/p/N1794?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Joy Friedman on Knit Picks https://www.knitpicks.com/search?q=Joy%20Friedman?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Tian Connaughton https://www.tianconnaughton.com/ Heart on My Sleeve Pullover pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/heart-on-my-sleeve/p/15003D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Wonderfluff yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/wonderfluff/c/5420285?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Wool of the Andes yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/wool-of-the-andes/c/30015001?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Pass the Honey Cardigan pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/pass-the-honey-cardigan/p/56294?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Brava Tweed yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/brava-tweed/c/5420445?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Pass the Honey Cowl https://www.knitpicks.com/pass-the-honey-cowl/p/56386?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Joy's Top of the World Knits website https://www.topoftheworldknits.com/ Podcast episode with Tian Connaughton https://blog.knitpicks.com/kpp-episode-341-get-published-with-tian/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Vibrations Pullover https://www.knitpicks.com/vibrations-pullover/p/54189D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Coloring Outside the Lines ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/coloring-outside-the-lines-ebook/p/75448D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Palette yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/palette/c/5420132?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Lindy Chain yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/lindy-chain/c/5420254?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode380 Joy's instagram https://www.instagram.com/top_of_the_world_knits/ Band names insta post https://www.instagram.com/p/C36DwuchIlB/
3/20/202443 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 379: A Sweater-care Discussion

Spring is coming soon, which is the perfect time of year to think about getting your sweaters ready for the end of sweater weather. To dive into sweater care and maintenance, Lee and Stacey are joined by producer Andi and coworkers Jen and Regan to discuss how we care for garments.    Plus, Lee and Stacey chat about their current knitting projects and the movies they watched while working on them.   00:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:18 Lee and Stacey share what they’re been up to. 15:10 Andi, Jen, and Regan join Lee and Stacey for a discussion on sweater care! 18:55 The group discusses their normal sweater wash routine and pet hair management (or lack of it). 31:00 How does everyone block their older knits after washing? 35:50 The next topic is end-of-season sweater storage! 39:27 Maintenance routines get discussed 48:46 What does everyone do with their handknits that are at the ends of their life, despite good maintenance? 54:45 Our final question is what are the essential tools for sweater care for new sweater knitters? 60:11 Credits   Hawthorne DK yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/hawthorne-dk/c/5420481?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode379 Deep Winter Hat pattern https://www.woolandpine.com/product-page/deep-winter-hat Lee's movie theater sweater project (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/tensho-pullover-artist Lee's Letterboxd https://letterboxd.com/LeeDoesStuff/ Lee's movie theater tee project (ravelry project) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/movie-theater-stripey-summer-tee Samia yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/samia/c/5420462?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode379 Lee's improvised orange cabled cardigan project (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/orange-bulky-cabled-cardigan Waterville Cardigan pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/waterville-cardigan/p/54229D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode379 Homestead Cables collection https://www.knitpicks.com/sale/homestead-cables/c/30218501?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode379 Swish Bulky yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/swish-bulky/c/5420176?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode379 Lee's Soup Swap with recipe https://leedoesstuff.com/2024/03/03/sooooup-swap-pumpkin-black-bean-beer-cheese-soup-recipe-four-more-soup-recipes/ Stacey's oldest sweater (ravelry link) https://ravel.me/BabblingStacey/cph Lee's UK/Ireland trip sweater https://blog.knitpicks.com/travel-knitting-my-uk-ireland-trip-sweater/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode379 Jen's Foxtrot Cardigan (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/jenjenn/foxtrot-cardigan Wool washes https://www.knitpicks.com/accessories/wool-wash/c/300532?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode379 Wash basins https://www.knitpicks.com/search?q=wash+basin?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode379 Struckets https://www.knitpicks.com/search?q=strucket?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode379 Gleener Fabric Shaver & Lint Brush https://www.knitpicks.com/gleener-fabric-shaver-lint-brush/p/85076?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode379 Lint Shaver https://www.knitpicks.com/lint-shaver/p/80635?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode379 March is for Mending 2023 podcast episode https://blog.knitpicks.com/episode-360-march-is-for-mending/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode379 Eucalan wool wash https://www.knitpicks.com/eucalan-woolwash-16-9-oz/g/Eucalan?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode379 Soak wool wash https://www.knitpicks.com/soak-wash/g/SoakWash?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode379 Minisoak packets https://www.knitpicks.com/soak-wash-minisoak-travel-pack-assorted/p/82279?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode379 Kookaburra wool wash https://www.knitpicks.com/kookaburra-delicate-wool-wash/g/KookaburraDelicate?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode379 Regan's knits on instagram https://www.instagram.com/fiberregan/
3/6/20241 hour, 1 minute, 36 seconds
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Episode 378: A Chat with Bridget Pupillo

Bridget Pupillo’s name is likely familiar if you’ve knit from Knit Picks pattern collections! She joins hosts Lee and Stacey to chat about her new patterns in our most recent patterns collections, Simply Home and Homestead Cables. And we couldn’t have Bridget on the podcast without talking about one of our favorite patterns, the Eldfell Pullover!   Plus, Lee and Stacey chat about their personal projects, and Producer Andi joins in to talk about new patterns designed and modeled by her and Lee.    00:02 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:20 Lee and Stacey share what they’ve been up to. 08:50 Both Lee and Producer Andi have new super bulky sweater patterns out. 12:44 Stacey introduces our latest pattern collection, Simply Home! 18:16 Bridget Pupillo joins Stacey and Lee to discuss her design background and new patterns. 20:04 We can’t chat with Bridget without also talking about her Eldfell Pullover pattern! 22:21 Bridget recently had a cabled pattern in our Homestead Cables collection. 25:05 In Simply Home, Bridget has a beautiful new blanket pattern. 28:20 The conversation shifts to how we plan photoshoots for pattern collections. 30:17 Bridget shares her earlier history as a designer and her past Knit Picks experiences. 35:07 Lee asks Bridget about her biggest inspiration sources, and the conversation turns to naming things. 39:35 Simply Home was focused on sustainability, and Bridget chats about her own way of incorporating sustainability into knitting.  43:29 Bridget hints at some upcoming projects and shares where to find her online. 47:27 Credits.     Lee's movie theater knitting sweater (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/tensho-pullover-artist Hawthorne DK yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/hawthorne-dk/c/5420481?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Lee's new movie theater tee (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/movie-theater-stripey-summer-tee Samia yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/samia/c/5420462?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Lee's new improvised cable cardigan (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/orange-bulky-cabled-cardigan Lee's improvised cable-yoke pullover https://leedoesstuff.com/2024/01/26/my-improvised-cable-yoke-sweater/ Stacey's Deep Winter Coat (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/BabblingStacey/deep-winter-coat Deep Winter Hat pattern https://www.woolandpine.com/pattern/deep-winter-hat Anastasia’s Cardigan pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/anastasia-s-cardigan/p/N3694?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Fluff of the Andes yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/fluff-of-the-andes/c/5420483?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Squoosh Hat pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/squoosh-hat/p/N3872?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Simply Home ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/simply-home-knits-in-simply-wool-cotton-ebook/p/N3114?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Simply Wool yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/search?q=simply+wool?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Simply Cotton Worsted yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/simply-cotton-organic-worsted/c/5420186?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Wool of the Andes yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/wool-of-the-andes-worsted/c/5420103?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Bridget Pupillo on Knit Picks https://www.knitpicks.com/search?q=Bridget%20Pupillo?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Eldfell Pullover pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/eldfell-pullover/p/52277D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Cottar's Walk Pullover pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/cottar-s-walk-pullover/p/54227D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Homestead Cables collection https://www.knitpicks.com/sale/homestead-cables/c/30218501?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 High Desert yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/high-desert?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Fort Rock Pullover pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/fort-rock-pullover/p/53000D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Grayrigg Pullover pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/grayrigg-pullover/p/53056D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Aberdare Throw pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/aberdare-throw/p/N1787?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Beak Street Tee pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/beak-street-tee/p/52944D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Static yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/static/c/5420382?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Felicini yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/felicini/c/5420484?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Lee's bulky Simply Wool sweater (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/spiral-pullover Upcycle yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/search?q=upcycle?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Bubbly Bouclé yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/bubbly-boucle/c/5420488?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode378 Bridget's ravelry designer page https://www.ravelry.com/designers/bridget-pupillo Bridget's ravelry group https://www.ravelry.com/groups/bridgets-knits Bridget's website https://bridgetpupillodesigns.com/ Bridget on facebook page https://www.facebook.com/brigiknits Bridget on instagram https://www.instagram.com/bridgetpupilloknitwear/
2/21/202448 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 377: A Cable Knitting Q&A

This episode was created with help from you! We asked for any and all questions about knitting cables over on Instagram, and our hosts Lee and Stacey along with producer Andi worked together to answer them! Some questions had the trio in agreement, and others showed how many different ways you can approach knitting. Can you guess how many times they recommend swatching?   Plus, Lee and Stacey share what they did to stay busy during the ice storm that hit Portland in January, and discuss more new yarns and products that came out recently, including Static!    00:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:25 Lee and Stacey share what they’ve been up to. 09:16 The new Static’s inspiration is revealed: 80s TV! 14:11 Find out the origins of our new sweater-sized project bags. 18:01 Lee, Stacey, and Andi are answering cable knitting questions starting with, “Which cable pullover pattern would be a good beginner one?” 21:50 “When you use cables in a sweater does that make the sweater tighter when finished?” 24:37 “I have a pattern that has multiple different charts. How do you keep track of what row you are on?” 29:06 “Any tips for vertical gauge in patterns?” 31:26 “Cabled sweaters with superwash, yes or no?” 34:12 “How to get the right fit/size and not worrying the whole time it still fit when you are done?” 36:46 “Besides gauge swatches, what is the best way to get your sizing correct for a sweater?” 41:00 “Do you need special cable needles?” 45:06  “What notions and accessories should we have before starting our first cable knitting project?” 48:47 Credits   Lee's cable-yoke sweater details blog post https://leedoesstuff.com/2024/01/26/my-improvised-cable-yoke-sweater/ Hawthorne Fingering yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/hawthorne-fingering/c/5420251?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Lee's Hawthorne DK sweater project (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/tensho-pullover-artist Ventisca Slipover pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/ventisca-slipover/p/54139D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Posole Verde recipe Lee used https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/posole-verde-with-chicken Stacey's favorite pozole recipe https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/mexican-chicken-pozole-verde Static yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/static/c/5420382?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Lee's Spumoni Hat pattern for Static https://www.knitpicks.com/spumoni-hat/p/56375?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Go Your Own Way Socks pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/go-your-own-way-socks/p/55730?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Joyce Cardigan pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/joyce-cardigan/p/N1908?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Sweater Magic Project Bag https://www.knitpicks.com/sweater-magic-project-bag/p/N1280?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Liz's illustrations on instagram https://www.instagram.com/sleepypup_/ Sweater Project Bag https://www.knitpicks.com/sweater-project-bag/p/N1306?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Anastasia's illustrations https://anastasiapargett.com/illustrations/ Squirrel Stash Project Bag https://www.knitpicks.com/squirrel-stash-project-bag/p/N1639?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Julia Green Illustration http://www.juliagreenillustration.com/ Alpaca Pals Recycled Cotton Tote Bag https://www.knitpicks.com/alpaca-pals-recycled-cotton-tote-bag/p/N1641?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Knit Picks "New" section https://www.knitpicks.com/new?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Homestead Cables print book https://www.knitpicks.com/homestead-cables/p/N1963?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Homestead Cables ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/homestead-cables-ebook/p/N2078?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Axiom Sweater https://www.knitpicks.com/axiom-sweater/p/52918D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Axiom blog posts https://blog.knitpicks.com/?s=axiom&x=0&y=0?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Harley Pullover https://www.knitpicks.com/harley-pullover/p/51917D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Primrose Pullover https://www.knitpicks.com/primrose-pullover/p/54138D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Knit Picks Chart Keepers https://www.knitpicks.com/search?q=chart+keeper?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Row counters https://www.knitpicks.com/search?q=row+counter?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Knit Companion app https://www.knitcompanion.com/ Cable needles https://www.knitpicks.com/search?q=cable+needle?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Double pointed needles https://www.knitpicks.com/needles/double-pointed-needles/c/300303?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Stitch markers https://www.knitpicks.com/accessories/stitch-markers/c/300509?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Point protectors https://www.knitpicks.com/search?q=point+protectors?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Knit Picks cable patterns https://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/cabled-patterns?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377 Cables in the Knit Picks Learning Center https://www.knitpicks.com/learning-center/learn-to-knit-cables?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode377  
2/7/202450 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 376: Getting Cozy in the New Year

We’re back from break! In this episode, Lee and Stacey catch listeners up on their personal projects as well as all the amazing new yarn, product, and pattern releases that have come out since we last recorded. Andi joins them to discuss 2023 New Year’s Goals and how well they succeeded (or didn’t), and they also chat about their 2024 goals.   Plus, Stacey and Lee share a bit behind the scenes of our latest cables collection, Homestead Cables! It was an incredibly fun photoshoot with animal friends who stole the spotlight.    00:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:18 Lee and Stacey chat about their crafts over the winter break. 15:54 Andi joins Lee and Stacey to talk about 2023 and 2024 craft goals. 32:10 Stacey and Lee talk about the inspiration behind Homestead Cables and a bit about the photoshoot 39:14 Lee gave the book section of our website a big face lift by updating the images of ebooks to show them on tablets. 41:30 There are oodles of new yarns, and Lee used some of them to design new patterns. 50:29 Swivel cables are here! Lee helped test the prototypes on her own projects. Individual Prisms and extra longer measuring tapes are here, too.  59:19 Credits   Subversive Cross Stitch https://subversivecrossstitch.com/ Lee's favorite movies of 2023 https://letterboxd.com/leedoesstuff/list/my-2023-favorites/ Lee's Andean Treasure Cardigan (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/atrium-cardigan Lee's Andean Treasure Cardigan (instagram) https://www.instagram.com/p/C1Yqd_kLzBX/ Andean Treasure yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/andean-treasure-dk/c/5420107?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Lee's Ice Fire Pullover (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/ice-fire-wrap Lee's Ice Fire Pullover (instagram) https://www.instagram.com/p/C1pfJ9zvDLe/ Ice Fire Wrap pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/ice-fire-wrap/p/54182D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Stacey's Deep Winter Coat (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/BabblingStacey/deep-winter-coat Stacey's Axiom Sweater (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/BabblingStacey/axiom-sweater Everyone's Axiom KAL finished sweaters https://blog.knitpicks.com/our-axiom-sweaters/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Axiom Sweater pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/axiom-sweater/p/52918D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Lee's improvised cable yoke sweater (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/improvised-cable-pullover Lee's in-progress N for November Sweater (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/n-for-november-sweater N for November Sweater pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/n-for-november-sweater/p/15821D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Lee's in-progress Swish Pops cardigan (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/cropped-cardi Swish Pops yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/swish-pops/c/5420478?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Lee's in-progress crocheted sweater (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/hummingbird-cardi Hummingbird Cardi pattern https://www.crochet.com/hummingbird-cardi/p/55118D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Lee's movie blanket project (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/joinery-blanket Ventisca Slipover pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/ventisca-slipover/p/54139D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Bubbly Bouclé yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/bubbly-boucle/c/5420488?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Darla Cardigan pattern by Andi in Bubbly Bouclé https://www.knitpicks.com/darla-cardigan/p/N1907?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Interchangeable Needle Sets https://www.knitpicks.com/needles/needle-sets/c/300301?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Introduction to Intarsia https://www.knitpicks.com/learning-center/intarsia-knitting?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Homestead Cables collection https://www.knitpicks.com/sale/homestead-cables/c/30218501?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Waterville Cardigan pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/waterville-cardigan/p/54229D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Sville Hat pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/sville-hat/p/54228D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Cottar's Walk Pullover pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/cottar-s-walk-pullover/p/54227D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Knit Picks eBooks https://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/ebooks?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Homestead Cables Project Bundle https://www.knitpicks.com/homestead-cables-project-bundle/p/N2775?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Altiplano yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/altiplano/c/5420490?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Katarina Hat pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/katarina-hat/p/N3062?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Bianca Hat pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/bianca-hat/p/N3063?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Woodland Tweed yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/woodland-tweed/c/5420479?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Twill Fingering yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/twill-fingering/c/5420384?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Options Interchangeable Swivel Cables https://www.knitpicks.com/options-interchangeable-swivel-cables/g/OptionSwivelCables?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Prism Aluminum Options Interchangeable Needle Tips https://www.knitpicks.com/prism-aluminum-options-interchangeable-needle-tips/g/PrismICTips?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Prism Aluminum Options Interchangeable Needle Set https://www.knitpicks.com/prism-aluminum-options-interchangeable-needle-set/p/91461?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376 Knit Picks Tape Measure - 72in https://www.knitpicks.com/knit-picks-tape-measure-72in/p/86412?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode376  
1/17/20241 hour, 48 seconds
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Episode 375: A Gift-knitting Roundtable

‘Tis the season to knit gifts! Lee and Stacey were joined by our coworkers Jen, Regan, and Alena to discuss gift knitting in a roundtable moderated by Andi. The group discusses their go-to gifts to knit, their best and worst gifts, and more! They provide tons of inspiration for last minute gifts in addition to discussing more elaborate projects.   Plus, Lee and Stacey discuss their current WIPs and future plans for what they’ll knit during the podcast’s holiday break that’s starting now. We’ll be back mid-January with new episodes!     00:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:17 Stacey and Lee share what they’ve been up to 11:12 We’re taking a podcasting break for the holidays, and Stacey shares what she hopes to get done before we record again. 16:40 Andi and Stacey discuss their Axiom projects. 19:16 Jen, Regan, and Alena join Lee, Stacey, and Andi to discuss gift knitting. 25:34 The group discusses the best fibers to use for gifts. 27:58 Everyone shares their favorite gifts they’ve made and a few failures.  40:57 Do we follow any gift knitting traditions? 44:16 The group shares their favorite patterns for last minute gifts. 53:23 Credits   Shine yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/shine/c/30015034?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Andean Treasure yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/andean-treasure-dk/c/5420107?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Lee's Andean Treasure cardigan project (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/atrium-cardigan Swish Pops yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/swish-pops/c/5420478?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Lee's Swish Pops cardigan project (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/cropped-cardi Hawthorne yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/hawthorne/c/30015024?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Lee's Hawthorne pullover project (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/improvised-cable-pullover Lee's Hawthorne DK movie sweater (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/tensho-pullover-artist Tensho Pullover pattern (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tensho-pullover-artist Lee's Muse cardigan with blendy stripes (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/gaugeless-cardigan-2 Deep Winter Coat pattern (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/deep-winter-coat Wool of the Andes yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/wool-of-the-andes/c/30015001?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Podcast episode 356 with Abbye from Wool & Pine https://blog.knitpicks.com/episode-356-adding-sizes-to-our-anniversary-patterns/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Ventisca Slipover pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/ventisca-slipover/p/54139D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Twill yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/twill/c/5420368?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Mini Kitty Pouf pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/mini-kitty-pouf/p/52012D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Fluff of the Andes yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/fluff-of-the-andes/c/5420483?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Emotional Support Chicken pattern (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/emotional-support-chicken Knit Picks on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/knit_picks/ Christmas Pickle Ornament pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/christmas-pickle-ornament/p/50801?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Axiom Sweater pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/axiom-sweater/p/52918D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Axiom Knit-along on the blog https://blog.knitpicks.com/tag/axiom-kal/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Previous crochet-along with mannequin-Stacey https://www.instagram.com/p/Cs9L5H4OYrV/?img_index=5 Previous knit-along with mannequin-Lee https://www.instagram.com/p/CvYvAnduI-b/?img_index=1 Regan's mom's cardigan https://www.instagram.com/p/Ck1s0oDvFCx/?img_index=1 Alena's Dad's Dolphins scarf (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/Rumanzo/dads-dolphins-scarf Jen's TIE Fighter Hat and Mittens project (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/jenjenn/tie-fighter-hat-and-mittens Stacey's Grandma's blanket (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/BabblingStacey/how-to-log-cabin Lee's partner's tweed hat (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/colorado-cadet---newsboy-cap Lee's brother's mismatched mitts (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/either-or-8 Socks Rule! ruler https://www.knitpicks.com/socks-rule-tool-for-measuring-socks/p/84876?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Bowl Cozy sewing pattern https://helensclosetpatterns.com/2019/04/11/sustainable-scrap-busters-soup-bowl-cozy/ Dish Towel Set pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/dish-towel-set/p/41182D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Dishie yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/dishie/c/5420207?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 The Big Cozy Hat pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/big-cozy-hat/p/55683?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Alla Prima yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/alla-prima/c/5420456?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Déjà Yarn print book https://www.knitpicks.com/deja-yarn-single-color-stashbusters/p/33966?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Déjà Yarn ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/deja-yarn-single-color-stashbusters-ebook/p/75455D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Leading Lines Mitts pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/leading-lines-mitts/p/54219D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 12 Weeks of Gifting pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/12-weeks-of-gifting-2023/c/300202?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Ridged Mitered Striped Kitchen Set pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/ridged-mitered-striped-kitchen-set/p/56400?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Payne Hat pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/payne-hat/p/52700D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 High Desert yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/high-desert?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 All Lee's patterns on Knit Picks https://www.knitpicks.com/search?q=lee+meredith?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Swish Bulky yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/swish-bulky/c/5420176?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Fable Fur yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/fable-fur/c/5420367?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Stay In & Knit ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/stay-in-knit-tweed-patterns-for-home-ebook/p/75453D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Brava Tweed yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/brava-tweed/c/5420445?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Laniferous Cap pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/laniferous-cap/p/55600?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375 Extra Bold Coffee Bean Beanie pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/extra-bold-coffee-bean-beanie/p/19135D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode375
12/6/202354 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 374: Get to know designer Yu Ra Kim!

In this episode, Lee and Stacey are joined by designer Yu Ra Kim, also known as Knitboop, to discuss her work, including her recent pattern in our collection Déjà Yarn: Single Color Stashbusters. They also chat about her patterns in previous collections, like the Trellis Tee, and her next upcoming design. The conversation then turns to Yu Ra’s online project that consumes much of what could be her knitting time: Craftivity Club. Craftivity Club will be an online community for multicrafters–including knitters and more–that’s being built with accessibility and inclusivity in mind.   Plus, Lee and Stacey share what they’ve been working on, and Andi joins in to chat with Stacey about the Axiom KAL.    00:02 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast!  00:19 Lee and Stacey share what they’ve been up to. 13:56 Stacey and Andi talk about their Axiom progress. 20:48 Designer Yu Ra Kim joins Lee and Stacey to discuss her work. 27:51 Yu Ra shares her thought process behind her Bodeul hat from Déjà Yarn.  31:56 Listeners get a description of Yu Ra’s next pattern that she’s working on. 35:09 Yu Ra tells Lee and Stacey about the online community she’s developing for multicrafters.  43:11 Learn where to find Yu Ra around the internet. 44:40 Credits   Hawthorne DK yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/hawthorne-dk/c/5420481?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode374 Stripes on Stripes Hat pattern (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stripes-on-stripes-5 Felicini yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/felicini/c/5420484?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode374 Brava Stripe yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/brava-stripe/c/5420458?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode374 Lee's Hawthorne DK sweater (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/tensho-pullover-artist Hawthorne Fingering yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/hawthorne-fingering/c/5420251?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode374 Sweater worn in Only Murders in the Building https://wornontv.net/391649/ Lee's cabled yoke movie sweater (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/improvised-cable-pullover Lee's Andean Treasure cardigan (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/atrium-cardigan Andean Treasure yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/andean-treasure-dk/c/5420107?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode374 Lee's Swish Pops cardigan (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/cropped-cardi Swish Pops yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/swish-pops/c/5420478?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode374 Axiom Sweater pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/axiom-sweater/p/52918D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode374 Axiom Knit-along https://blog.knitpicks.com/tag/axiom-kal/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode374 Regan's colorwork sweater https://www.instagram.com/p/CzEq67eP9ZE/?img_index=1 Namu Cowl pattern https://www.knitboop.com/patterns/namu-cowl Francoise Danoy's website https://www.francoisedanoy.com/ Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible book https://www.knitpicks.com/japanese-knitting-stitch-bible/p/33453?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode374 Trellis Tee pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/japanese-knitting-stitch-bible/p/33453?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode374 Lounge Act ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/lounge-act-knits-for-kicking-back-ebook/p/75426D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode374 Déjà Yarn print book https://www.knitpicks.com/deja-yarn-single-color-stashbusters/p/33966?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode374 Déjà Yarn ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/deja-yarn-single-color-stashbusters-ebook/p/75455D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode374 Bodeul Hat pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/bodeul-hat/p/54223D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode374 Provincial Tweed yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/provincial-tweed/c/5420322?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode374 Orange Jinkies Jumper sample https://www.instagram.com/p/CvpkKdfr9iG/?img_index=1 Woodland Tweed https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/woodland-tweed/c/5420479?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode374 Green Jinkies Jumper sample https://www.instagram.com/p/CzT32FvLfK7/?img_index=1 All of Yu Ra's patterns https://www.knitboop.com/ Yu Ra's main instagram https://www.instagram.com/knitboop/ Craftivity Club instagram https://www.instagram.com/craftivity.club/ Craftivity Club Patreon https://www.patreon.com/craftivityclub Studio Knitboop shop https://www.knitboop.com/studio-knitboop Gribbles Miniatures https://www.instagram.com/gribbles.miniatures/  
11/22/202346 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 373: The Big Sale with Alexis

Our biggest sale of the year is here! To kick things off, Alexis, the Knit Picks Brand Director, joins Lee and Stacey to talk about the history of The Big Sale, daily deals, and shopping tips. We regularly have new yarns come out at the same time of the sale, and Alexis shares some of the development stories behind them, including our new self-striping sock yarn, Felicini.   Plus, Lee and Stacey chat about their personal projects, and Andi joins in to discuss the Axiom KAL. Andi also reveals that she has new patterns out using some of our new yarns, and she discusses knitting with the new yarn with Lee and Stacey.    00:01 Welcome to the Knit Picks podcast! 00:18 Lee and Stacey share what they’ve been up to. 06:49 Andi joins Lee and Stacey to chat about the Axiom KAL 08:04 Big Sale is here, and with it comes new yarns! First discussed is Andi’s dream yarn, Bubbly Bouclé 14:13 Another new yarn is Felicini, a new take on our popular self-striping sock yarn. 18:35 Last but not least, we have new colors of Swish Pops! 19:48 Our Brand Director Alexis joins Lee and Stacey to discuss the Big Sale.  24:45 Alexis gives a behind the scenes peek at the development of Felicini, Bubbly Bouclé, and the new Swish Pops colors. 30:53 Every year, Big Sale includes fun daily deals, and Alexis shares some of what’s coming up and where daily deals like $2/4/6 came from. 35:04 Stacey asks the tough question: how do we decide what goes on sale? 38:40 Credits Lee's current in-progress knitting projects https://www.instagram.com/p/CzULcBtPn1V/?img_index=1 Lee's Swish Pops cardigan (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/cropped-cardi Lee's Andean Treasure cardigan (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/atrium-cardigan Lee's Chroma pullover (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/ice-fire-wrap Ice Fire Wrap pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/ice-fire-wrap/p/54182D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode373 Axiom Sweater pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/axiom-sweater/p/52918D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode373 Axiom Knit-along blog posts https://blog.knitpicks.com/category/kal/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode373 Home Page for Big Sale https://www.knitpicks.com/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode373 Bubbly Boucle yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/bubbly-boucl/c/5420488?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode373 Bare Boucle yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/bare-alpaca-merino-boucle/c/5420335?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode373 Darla Cardigan pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/darla-cardigan/p/N1907?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode373 Felicini yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/felicini/c/5420484?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode373 Joyce Cardigan pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/joyce-cardigan/p/N1908?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode373 Spumoni Hat pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/spumoni-hat/p/56375?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode373 Swish Pops yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/swish-pops/c/5420478?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode373 Knit Picks Spotify playlists https://open.spotify.com/user/31247gwkzyg3zoickxpg6uwormza Knit Picks Lovers ravelry group https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitpicks-lovers
11/8/202340 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 372 - Knits in 10 Hours or Less

It’s the perfect time of year for quick knits, and we were so delighted to feature several patterns from George of 10 Hours or Less in our latest stash-buster pattern collection, Déjà Yarn. You can probably guess what kind of patterns George specializes in (ones that take less than 10 hours to make), but you’ll be amazed to hear about his long career in the knitting industry that predates digital patterns. George also shares a glimpse inside his design process as he explains how he created his Art Deco Artisan Headband and Rolling Ribbing Hat for Déjà Yarn.   Plus, Lee, Stacey, and Andi chat about their current projects, the Axiom KAL, and knitting while watching movies or reading.    00:02 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast. 00:46 Lee and Stacey share what they’ve been up to. 06:50 Andi joins Stacey to chat about Axiom. 13:20 Stacey and Lee talk more in depth about Déjà Yarn. 20:05 Lee and Stacey and joined by George from 10 Hours or Less who shares his background. 30:47 George shares his process for his two patterns in Déjà Yarn. 42:27 Stacey and George give some hints about a future 12 Weeks of Gifting pattern! 43:17 George is a big part of the Indie Design Gift Along and provides more information about how to participate. 53:55 George shares where else to find him and his 10 Hours of Less patterns.  55:13 Credits   Swish Pops yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/swish-pops/c/5420478?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Lee's Swish Pops cardigan project (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/cropped-cardi Hawthorne DK https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/hawthorne-dk/c/5420481?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Lee's Movie Theatre Sweater (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/theya-pullover Axiom Sweater pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/axiom-sweater/p/52918D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Axiom knit-along https://blog.knitpicks.com/tag/axiom-kal/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Axiom progress so far https://www.instagram.com/p/CyOYAWsMCW8/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA== How to Convert a Seamed Sweater to Seamless https://blog.knitpicks.com/how-to-convert-a-seamed-sweater-to-seamless/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Knitting & Reading At The Same Time blogpost https://blog.knitpicks.com/knitting-reading-at-the-same-time/?utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Deja Yarn: Single Color Stashbusters https://www.knitpicks.com/sale/deja-yarn-single-color-stashbusters/c/302139?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Prerogative Cowl https://www.knitpicks.com/prerogative-cowl/p/54214D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Holil Yeoh patterns: https://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/holli-yeoh/c/30026807?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Wonderfluff Ombre https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/wonderfluff-ombr/c/5420427?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Urwen Cowl https://www.knitpicks.com/urwen-cowl/p/54210D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Claire Slade patterns https://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/claire-slade/c/30026803?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Heatherly Worsted https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/heatherly-worsted/c/5420451?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 High Desert Worsted https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/high-desert-worsted/c/5420425?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Weekend Lounging Socks https://www.knitpicks.com/weekend-lounging-socks/p/54215D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Art Deco Artisan Headband https://www.knitpicks.com/art-deco-artisan-headband/p/54213D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Rolling Ribbing Hat https://www.knitpicks.com/rolling-ribbing-hat/p/54212D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Swish Worsted https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/swish-worsted/c/5420153?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Swish DK https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/swish-dk/c/5420168?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 12 Weeks of Gifting 2023 patterns https://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/12-weeks-of-gifting-2023/c/300202?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode372 Indie Design Gift-A-Long (Ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/groups/indie-design-gift-a-long 10 Hours or Less user profile (Ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/people/10HoursorLess 10 hours or Less patterns on Ravelry (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/designers/10-hours-or-less 10 Hours or Less patterns on Lovecrafts https://www.lovecrafts.com/en-us/user/maker/459f818e-d58a-442b-8e15-8dead451fdab 10 Hours or Less on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/10hoursorless/
10/18/202356 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 371 - The 12 Weeks of Gifting

Can you believe there are less than 12 weeks until the start of the holiday season? In this episode, Lee and Stacey chat about our annual 12 Weeks of Gifting, a series of free patterns released once a week leading up to the winter holidays. They share the concept behind it and how it began as well as how patterns are selected for it. Both of our hosts also created new designs for this year’s set of 12 patterns and describe their creative process for them.   In addition to 12 Weeks of Gifting, there’s so much more going on! The Axiom KAL just started, so producer Andi hopped on to join Stacey in discussing starting the sweater. Lee and Stacey also talk about two new pattern collections and oodles of new yarns and new yarn colors.   00:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:36 Lee and Stacey share what they’ve been crafting in their free time. 02:29 Andi joins Lee and Stacey to discuss the Axiom KAL. 07:50 Lee isn’t participating in the KAL but has a Swish Pops sweater on her needles. 09:03 The 12 Weeks of Gifting are here! Stacey and Lee give the backstory behind our annual series of free patterns.  17:20 Lee designed two patterns for 12 Weeks of Gifting and describes that process along with Stacey. 25:44 We’ve got a new book called Déjà Yarn: Solid Color Stashbusters!  29:02 We’ve also got a new mini eBook called Heirloom: Cable Knits in Tweed. 33:22 Stacey’s dream has finally come true! Woodland Tweed is now available in gorgeous colors!  38:10 Hawthorne DK has arrived, perfect for heavy socks. 40:00 Lee’s excited about our new super bulky Fluff of the Andes and new colors of Alla Prima. 48:42 Lee, Stacey, and Andi tease two new yarns that will be coming soon in November. 51:55 Credits   Axiom Sweater pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/axiom-sweater/p/52918D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Axiom knit-along https://blog.knitpicks.com/tag/axiom-kal/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Axiom KAL introduction https://blog.knitpicks.com/68474-2/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 How to Convert a Seamed Sweater to Seamless https://blog.knitpicks.com/how-to-convert-a-seamed-sweater-to-seamless/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Axiom KAL tag on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/axiomkal/ Swish Pops yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/swish-pops/c/5420478?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Lee's Swish Pops cardigan project (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/cropped-cardi 12 Weeks of Gifting 2023 https://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/12-weeks-of-gifting-2023/c/300202?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 12 Weeks of Gifting on crochet.com https://www.crochet.com/patterns/twelve-weeks-of-gifting/c/500204?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Brava Recycle yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/brava-recycle/c/5420475?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Sugar Twist Cowl pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/sugar-twist-cowl/p/55977?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 15th Street Wrap pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/15th-street-wrap/p/55967?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 4th Street Wrap pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/4th-street-wrap/p/56396?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Wool of the Andes Bulky yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/wool-of-the-andes-bulky/c/5420155?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/wool-of-the-andes-superwash-bulky/c/5420256?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Déjà Yarn book https://www.knitpicks.com/deja-yarn-single-color-stashbusters/p/33966?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Déjà Yarn eBook https://www.knitpicks.com/deja-yarn-single-color-stashbuster-ebook/p/75455D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Heirloom: Cable Knits in Tweed eBook https://www.knitpicks.com/heirloom-cable-knits-in-tweed-ebook/p/75454D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 #cooltweedfall on instagram https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/cooltweedfall/ Galloway Pullover pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/galloway-pullover/p/51073D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Fiddlehead Cardigan pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/fiddlehead-cardigan/p/51352D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Forge Scarf pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/forge-scarf/p/52934D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Woodland Tweed yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/woodland-tweed/c/5420479?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Woodland Tweed Bare yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/bare-woodland-tweed/c/5420329?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Morrison Beret pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/morrison-beret/p/51034D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Hawthorne DK yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/hawthorne-dk/c/5420481?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Hawthorne Fingering yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/hawthorne-fingering/c/5420251?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Fluff of the Andes yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/fluff-of-the-andes/c/5420483?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Wool of the Andes yarn family https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/wool-of-the-andes/c/30015001?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Alla Prima yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/alla-prima/c/5420456?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Alla Prima multicolored yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/alla-prima/c/5420456?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Simply Wool yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/simply-wool-aran/c/5420318?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Simply Alpaca yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/simply-alpaca-aran/c/5420319?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Alpaca Cloud yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/search?q=alpaca+cloud?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 Spumoni Hat pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/spumoni-hat/p/56375?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371 All Bare Yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/bare-dye-your-own/c/300110?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode371  
10/4/202353 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 370: Yarn Thrift Stores with Zeb from Disco Fibers

Every knitter ends up with yarn they don’t plan to use and don’t know what to do with, and that’s the problem Zeb from Disco Fibers is looking to solve! He joins our hosts Lee and Stacey to talk about starting a yarn thrift store in the Portland, OR area that helps get unused yarn out of the back of the closet and into the hands of knitters that will love it.   Plus, Andi joins Stacey to discuss our upcoming KAL, where we’ll all be knitting the Axiom Sweater by Claire Slade! Andi and Stacey chat about their yarn choices and some modifications to the pattern.     00:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks podcast! 00:18 Lee and Stacey share what they’ve been up to lately. 09:59 We’re announcing our new knit-along: The Axiom Sweater!  14:14 Stacey and Andi share their Axiom yarn choices and modification plans 23:01 Our hosts are joined by Zeb from Disco Fibers to talk about yarn thrift stores!  24:21 Zeb shares why he was inspired to start Disco Fibers 31:54 Stacey asks Zeb about using WhatNot 36:50 Zeb shares his plans for the future of Disco Fibers 41:11 Lee asks about the Disco Fibers intake process  50:39 Lee and Zeb discuss additional craft thrift stores outside of the Portland, OR area 54:55 Credits     Lee's cardigan project in Swish Pops (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/cropped-cardi Swish Pops yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/swish-pops/c/5420478?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode370 Twisted Stitch Sourcebook (book with cardigan pattern) https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/norah-gaughans-twisted-stitch-sourcebook_9781419747564/ Worsted Socks pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/worsted-socks/p/51226D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode370 Lee's marled socks project (ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/projects/leethal/worsted-socks WotA Classics ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/wota-classics-simple-knits-in-wool-of-the-andes-worsted-ebook/p/75447D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode370 Bare Stroll Glimmer yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/bare-stroll-glimmer/c/5420261?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode370 Ventisca Slipover pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/ventisca-slipover/p/54139D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode370 Rey Bucket Hat sewing pattern https://www.seamwork.com/catalog/rey Axiom Sweater pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/axiom-sweater/p/52918D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode370 Axiom Knit-a-long https://blog.knitpicks.com/68474-2/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode370 Wool of the Andes Worsted yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/wool-of-the-andes-worsted/c/5420103?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode370 High Desert Tweed yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/high-desert-tweed/c/5420482?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode370 Swish Worsted yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/swish-worsted/c/5420153?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode370 Wool of the Andes Tweed yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/wool-of-the-andes-tweed-worsted/c/5420211?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode370 Knit Picks blog https://blog.knitpicks.com/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode370 Disco Fibers https://www.discofibers.com/ Whatnot app https://www.whatnot.com/ Zeb's dogs https://www.discofibers.com/about Disco Fibers on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/DiscoFibers/ ReCreative Denver https://www.recreativedenver.org/ Really Really Free Market https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Really_Really_Free_Market Rebuilding Center in Portland https://www.rebuildingcenter.org/ Scrap in Portland https://portland.scrapcreativereuse.org/ Swansons Fabrics https://www.swansonsfabrics.com/ Secondhand Fabric Stores US & Canada Map https://www.sewingthroughfog.com/thriftyourfabric Creative Reuse Store list https://swoodsonsays.com/a-creative-reuse-center-near-me-map-resource/
9/20/202356 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 369 - Cool Tweed Fall

We’re back from summer break and ready to start planning our autumn knits! Dozens of new colors of old favorites and a handful of brand-new yarns have come out since we last recorded, and Lee and Stacey are excited to share with you the development process of a few of their favorites.   There isn’t just new yarn! There also are new patterns, and Stacey and Lee chat about our new tweed home collection that comes out the same day as this episode, Stay In & Knit: Tweed Patterns for Home as well as the transitional, lacey collection from earlier this summer, Nature Walk: Lace Patterns.    Plus, the end of the Ice Fire KAL is discussed, and our next KAL gets teased. Can you guess what we’ll be knitting together next?      00:04 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:50 Lee and Stacey share what they’ve been up to during our summer break.  08:44 The Ice Fire KAL came to an end, with not everyone finishing on time. 11:50 We can’t recap summer 2023 without mentioning Barbie! 13:10 So many new things came out on our break and today, and we’re starting with the background behind Swish Pops! 18:58 We’ve got so many new tweeds for fall, including High Desert Tweed! 22:18 Lee and Stacey discuss new colors and patterns in Brava Tweed. 26:45 That’s not all the tweed! Wool of the Andes Tweed also has new colors and revisited patterns. 28:16 Andean Treasure is back on the site with more colors and a new weight classification.  30:40 Lee and Stacey quickly go over even more new yarn colors for various lines. 32:24 Over the summer, we released a transitional lace collection called Nature Walk. 39:24 Credits   Swish Pops yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/swish-pops/c/5420478?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Ventisca Slipover https://www.knitpicks.com/ventisca-slipover/p/54139D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Unparalleled book https://www.knitpicks.com/unparalleled-modern-cables-collection/p/33926?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Alexis and Stacey from Knit Picks and Katelyn from crochet.com together at Our Maker Life https://www.instagram.com/p/CvAuxtYu_4e/ Fancy Tiger Crafts store https://fancytigercrafts.com/ Reynolds Top and Dress sewing pattern https://helensclosetpatterns.com/product/reynolds-top-and-dress/ Rey Belt Bag and Bucket Hat sewing pattern https://www.seamwork.com/catalog/rey Ice Fire Wrap knit-a-long finished pieces https://www.instagram.com/p/CvYvAnduI-b/?img_index=1 Swish Pops Volume I spotify playlist https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2Xd7MGZvBzgLCo2Bc2XiID Pop Hat pattern on the blog https://blog.knitpicks.com/pop-hats/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Pop Hat pattern on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/CvlD2LqLNGv/?img_index=1 Podcast Episode with Michele Bernstein https://blog.knitpicks.com/episode-366---knitting-in-public-with-michele/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 High Desert Tweed yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/high-desert-tweed/c/5420482?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 High Desert yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/high-desert?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Brava Tweed yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/brava-tweed/c/5420445?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Lee's Tweedy Trio pattern set https://www.knitpicks.com/tweedy-trio/p/54236D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Docent Afghan pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/docent-afghan/p/54207D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Wooded Cabin Pillow pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/wooded-cabin-pillow/p/54208D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Wool of the Andes Tweed yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/wool-of-the-andes-tweed-worsted/c/5420211?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Love Tangle Blanket pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/love-tangle-blanket/p/51364D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Diamondbacked Pillow pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/diamondbacked-pillow/p/52397D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 #CoolTweedFall on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/CoolTweedFall/ Andean Treasure yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/andean-treasure/c/5420107?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Mighty Stitch yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/mighty-stitch/c/5420287?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Wool of the Andes Superwash Worsted yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/wool-of-the-andes-superwash-worsted/c/5420246?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Alpaca Cloud yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/alpaca-cloud/c/30015004?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Gloss yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/gloss/c/30015023?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Transitions ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/transitions-lacy-patterns-ebook/p/75408D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Nature Walk ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/nature-walk-lace-patterns-ebook/p/75452D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Botanic ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/botanic-nature-inspired-lace-ebook/p/75451D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Honey Bee Mine Cowl pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/honey-bee-mine/p/54198D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369 Broadleaf Wrap pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/broadleaf-wrap/p/54192D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode369
9/6/202341 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 368 - Christmas in July

It’s Christmas in July! To celebrate, we’re pulling out an old interview we recorded last fall with Katelyn from Crochet.com about our matching stocking pattern collections, Filled With Joy and All is Bright. The interview got put aside when we all became too busy with our November Big Sale last year, but it’s full of fun tidbits about creating coordinating knit and crochet pattern collections, so we’re delighted to finally share it!   Plus, when we recorded, we were in the middle of our Eldfell KAL. Katelyn joined in with us, and it was her first knit colorwork project. Lee and Andi share a few tips for stranded colorwork with her that would be useful for knitting stockings as well!    Please note that this is an older interview from the vault. Although the eBooks and individual patterns are still available, the pattern kits mentioned in this episode have sold out.    00:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast!  00:15 We’re still on break but are popping in to share an interview from last year that never got shared. 03:26 Katelyn from Crochet.com joins hosts Lee and Stacey to chat about our 2022 stocking collections for both sites. 05:09 The stocking collection came from Katelyn brainstorming Christmas in July knits while planning last year’s pattern collections, and she worked with Stacey to plan colors and concepts.  11:32 Lee created coloring pages for Knit Picks and Liz created her own version for Crochet.com to go in the eBooks to help plan color variations.   15:15 Katelyn and our hosts dive into a few specific stockings with coordinating knit and crochet options in the respective collections.  18:47 Naming the patterns and collections was a fun but complex process to maintain the connection between the two collections and not use existing patterns’ and books’ names.  23:02 Remember our Eldfell KAL? Katelyn was a participant and shares a bit about her first time knitting stranded colorwork. Lee and Andi provide some colorwork tips!  31:40 Credits   crochet.com https://www.crochet.com/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode368 Filled with Joy ebook on Knit Picks https://www.knitpicks.com/filled-with-joy-holiday-stockings-ebook/p/75409D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode368 All is Bright ebook on crochet.com https://www.crochet.com/all-is-bright-ebook/p/75417D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode368 Mosaic Gingham Stocking (knit) https://www.knitpicks.com/mosaic-gingham-stocking/p/53092D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode368 Tunisian Gingham Stocking (crochet) https://www.crochet.com/tunisian-gingham-stocking/p/54085D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode368 Happy Gnome Stocking (knit) https://www.knitpicks.com/happy-gnome-stocking/p/53094D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode368 Bobbles and Baubles Stocking (crochet) https://www.crochet.com/bobbles-and-baubles-stocking/p/54089D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode368 Tannenbaum Stocking (knit) https://www.knitpicks.com/tannenbaum-stocking/p/53096D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode368 Poinsettia Stocking (knit) https://www.knitpicks.com/poinsettia-stocking/p/54103D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode368 Candy Cane Stocking (crochet) https://www.crochet.com/candy-cane-stocking/p/54096D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode368 Peppermint Patty Stocking (knit) https://www.knitpicks.com/peppermint-patty-stocking/p/54102D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode368 Eldfell Pullover pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/eldfell-pullover/p/52277D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode368 Wonderfluff yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/wonderfluff/c/5420285?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode368 Yarn Stranding Guide tool https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn-stranding-guide/p/80621?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode368 Wire Yarn Stranding Guide tool https://www.knitpicks.com/wire-yarn-stranding-guide/p/80622?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode368 Learn to Knit Colorwork https://www.knitpicks.com/learning-center/learn-to-knit-colorwork?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode368 KAL instagram story highlight https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17929077290380280/
7/25/202333 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 366 - Knitting in Public with Michele

  Knit in Public Day is this weekend, and we thought it was fitting to invite Michele Bernstein to join us for this episode of the podcast because she will once again be joining the Knit Picks team for our own Knit in Public Day event! We talk with her about her current design passions, past small knitting events like Knit in Public Day, and bigger events with classes like Vogue Knitting Live. If you’re local to the Portland, Oregon area, we hope you’ll join us this weekend in Vancouver, Washington for our event. You can find more details on Blog.KnitPicks.com    Plus, Lee, Stacey, and Andi share their progress on the Ice Fire KAL and introduce our latest pattern collection, Soft Stripes & Intersecting Lines.      0:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:28 Lee and Stacey are joined by Andi to discuss their Ice Fire KAL projects!  10:41 Lee and Stacey share about our latest pattern collection called Soft Stripes & Intersecting Lines. 20:35 Designer Michele Bernstein joins Lee and Stacey to chat. The conversation starts with Michele’s passion for brioche!  26:40 Michele shares a bit about her current interest: assigned pooling. 29:25 Michele is joining us for Knit in Public Day again this year, and our hosts reminisce about past Knit in Public Day events.  33:22 Knit in Public Day isn’t the only event for knitters! Stacey and Michele discuss a previous knitting event at a Portland, Oregon cat cafe that Michele hosted. 36:43 The conversation turns to larger events with classes like Vogue Knitting Live and Red Alder.  40:21 Michele has done both virtual and in-person teaching and talks about the differences.  43:44 Michele shares what she has coming up for classes and patterns, and the conversation returns to assigned pooling. 50:20 Credits     Ice Fire Wrap Knit Along https://blog.knitpicks.com/ice-fire-wrap-knit-along/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Ice Fire Wrap pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/ice-fire-wrap/p/54182D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Wrap and Turn tutorial https://www.knitpicks.com/learning-center/wrap-and-turn-short-rows?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Soft Stripes & Intersecting Lines ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/soft-stripes-intersecting-lines-ebook/p/75450D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Glennis Bandana Cowl pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/glennis-bandana-cowl/p/54176D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Chroma yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/chroma/c/30015012?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Follow the Lines Cardigan pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/follow-the-lines-cardigan/p/54180D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Gloire Sweater pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/gloire-sweater/p/54178D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Woven Socks pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/woven-socks/p/54177D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Coloring Outside the Lines ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/coloring-outside-the-lines-ebook/p/75448D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Good Vibes & Groovy Lines ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/good-vibes-groovy-lines-ebook/p/75449D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Animation yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/animation-amigurumi-sets/c/5420468?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Michele's website/blog https://pdxknitterati.com/ Michele's patterns on Knit Picks https://www.knitpicks.com/search?q=Michele%20Lee%20Bernstein?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Yarn Over: Brioche Knits ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn-over-brioche-knits-ebook/p/75345D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Both Sides Now Shawl pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/both-sides-now-shawl/p/52753D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Brioche Knit Love book patterns https://pdxknitterati.com/brioche-knit-love-book/brioche-knit-love-the-21-designs/ Brioche Knit Love book/ebook on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0C5KNG6HG/ Michele's Assigned Pooling patterns (Ravelry link) https://www.ravelry.com/bundles/assigned-and-planned-pooling Lee's assigned pooling dishcloth pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/scrubbing-bobbles-dishcloth/p/56389?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Shine Multi yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/shine-multi-worsted/c/5420476?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Knit Picks Knit in Public Day event https://blog.knitpicks.com/join-us-for-knit-in-public-day/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 World Wide Knit in Public Day https://www.wwkipday.com/ Purrington’s Cat Lounge https://www.purringtonscatlounge.com/ Cat Adoption Team https://catadoptionteam.org/ 9 Lives ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/9-lives-ebook-cat-inspired-knits/p/75290D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 M K Nance's patterns https://www.knitpicks.com/search?q=M%20K%20Nance?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode366 Nautical Knitting Cruise on the Schooner Zodiac (Bellingham, WA) July 31 http://schoonerzodiac.com/cruises/nautical-knitting/ Vogue Knitting Cruise to Alaska in September http://www.toursbyvogueknitting.com/ Virtual Vogue Knitting Live (2 brioche classes) in June https://www.vogueknittinglive.com/portal Petite Brioche and Starfall planned pooling cowl Zoom classes via For Yarn’s Sake https://www.foryarnssake.com/classes/ Starfall pattern https://pdxknitterati.com/patterns/patterns-cowls-and-scarves/starfall-cowl/   Sitka Center (Oregon Coast) brioche workshop in July https://www.sitkacenter.org/workshops/3418-introduction-to-brioche-knitting   Sign up for the PDXKnitterati newsletter http://eepurl.com/cniNPX
6/7/202352 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 365 - Creating Pattern Collections from Start to Finish

We’ve got a stunning new collection out today called Good Vibes & Groovy Lines, and with such a clear concept carried from moodboards to final layout, we thought this would be the perfect collection to use to share more information about how our collections are created! Our Creative Director Hillary joins hosts Lee and Stacey to discuss how the creative vision of a pattern collection is maintained from start to finish with so many contributors and collaborators as part of the process. They even share some tips for designers who’d like to contribute to future collections!    And we’ve got good news if you’re in search of a summer KAL! We’re hosting a KAL to all make the Ice Fire Wrap by Donielle Showvay from Good Vibes & Groovy Lines, and Lee and Stacey are joined by Producer Andi to discuss color choices and modifications that make it an easier knit for adventurous beginners. Visit the Knit Picks blog for more information and KAL updates.   0:02 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast 3:03 Lee and Stacey share what they’ve been up to since our last episode. 10:07 We’re hosting a KAL for the Ice Fire Wrap from Good Vibes & Groovy Lines! 13:56 The Ice Fire Wrap is an approachable knit, but there are some ways to make it even more beginner-friendly.  27:57 Our Creative Director Hillary joins Lee and Stacey to share a bit about her background and discuss our pattern collection process.  34:03 The secrets to what happens in the earliest phases of pattern conceptualization is revealed, using Good Vibes & Groovy Lines as an example. 37:36 After pattern idea submissions are sent in, the team picks patterns to accept, and Lee and Stacey share tips for designers on how to improve their chances of being accepted. 41:04 Designers do their magic, and Stacey chooses colors for the sample knits. 42:41 While the samples are being knit, Hillary begins planning the photoshoot styling, hiring models, and finding a photoshoot location.  48:04 Photoshoot day features a big team to get both inspirational and helpful photos and videos of the knits. 51:09 Lee begins working on editing and laying out patterns as soon as the patterns arrive, and after the photo shoot, she can complete the layout. 58:13 Team proofing is the final step! 60:58 Credits   Knit Picks on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@knitpicksOfficial Felici yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/felici-sock-yarn/c/5420165 Static yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/static/c/5420382 Stroll Mini-Packs https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/stroll-mini-packs/c/5420346 Free Play Hat pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/free-play-hat/p/56378 Striation Headband https://www.knitpicks.com/striation-headband/p/56380 Lee's Pizza Recipe https://www.instagram.com/p/Cq9BUXdP4f1/ Me Made May on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/memademay/ Lee's Me Made May story highlight https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17969379410356119/ Fen Dress sewing pattern https://fancytigercrafts.com/products/fen-pdf-pattern Good Vibes & Groovy Lines ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/good-vibes-groovy-lines-ebook/p/75449D Ice Fire Wrap pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/ice-fire-wrap/p/54182D Chroma Worsted yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/chroma-worsted/c/5420204 Chroma Twist yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/chroma-twist-worsted/c/5420383 Capra DK yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/capra-dk/c/5420109 Short Rows (wrap & turn) tutorial https://tutorials.knitpicks.com/short-rows-wrap-and-turn-or-wt/ Ice Fire Knit Along https://blog.knitpicks.com/ice-fire-wrap-knit-along/ Wonderfluff yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/wonderfluff/c/5420285 Swish yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/swish/c/30015039 Wool of the Andes yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/wool-of-the-andes/c/30015001 Brava Recycle yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/brava-recycle/c/5420475 Hillary's Instagram https://www.instagram.com/agatemountainstudio/ Hillary's graphic design website https://agatemountainstudio.com/ Regan's Photography Tutorial https://blog.knitpicks.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/IDP-Photo-Guide.pdf Transitions ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/transitions-lacy-patterns-ebook/p/75408D All Knit Picks books https://www.knitpicks.com/books/knit-picks-exclusives/c/300431?sort=NEW All Knit Picks ebooks https://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/ebooks
5/17/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 364 - DEI & Donations with Remi

This is an extra special episode! Today we’re launching a new eBook called Coloring Outside the Lines with 50% of the sales for the first two years donated to Outside In, a nonprofit providing healthcare and social services, including LGBTQIA+ services, in Portland, Oregon. One of the founding members of our company’s DEI Committee, Remi, joins hosts Lee and Stacey to talk about his background, the work our DEI committee does, including planning our donation to Outside In, and the patterns in the new eBook. Remi also shares the work he does behind the scenes on our emails and to help make them more accessible by adding detailed alt text to every image.     Plus, our podcasters give a not-so-subtle hint about a KAL coming soon and share the backstory behind the colorway names of a new yarn, Brava Recycle, a DK-weight yarn made of recycled acrylic.    00:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:35 Lee and Stacey share what they’ve been up to and give a hint on what's coming in our next episode. 09:38 Stacey and Lee introduce our latest collection, Coloring Outside the Lines. 19:21 Our coworker and DEI committee founding member Remi joins Stacey and Lee to talk about his background and work on the DEI committee.  31:22 The DEI committee started celebration day, which is a floating holiday used for meaningful holidays that aren’t in the regular schedule. 38:27 Remi talks about how the DEI committee helped choose a nonprofit, Outside In, to donate to in connection with Coloring Outside the Lines.  46:00 Remi attempts to choose a favorite pattern from Coloring Outside the Lines. 48:58 Despite not being a crafter when he joined the team, Remi has been learning to crochet. 55:05 Credits   Berroco yarn company https://www.berroco.com/ Lee's garden https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17855885840899174/ Bridge Pedal bike event https://www.providence.org/lp/bridge-pedal Ventisca Slipover pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/ventisca-slipover/p/54139D Brava Recycle yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/brava-recycle/c/5420475 Coloring Outside the Lines ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/coloring-outside-the-lines-ebook/p/75448D Outside In https://outsidein.org/ Human Rights Campaign Report on Youth Homeless https://www.hrc.org/news/new-report-on-youth-homeless-affirms-that-lgbtq-youth-disproportionately-ex The Trevor Project Homelessness and Housing Instability Among LGBTQ Youth https://www.thetrevorproject.org/research-briefs/homelessness-and-housing-instability-among-lgbtq-youth-feb-2022/ Alberta Arts District https://www.travelportland.com/neighborhoods/alberta-arts-district/ Paint Box Hoodie pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/paint-box-hoodie/p/54186D Stroll Mini Packs https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/stroll-mini-packs/c/5420346 Vibrations Pullover pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/vibrations-pullover/p/54189D Shine Multi yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/shine-multi-worsted/c/5420476 International Transgender Day of Visibility https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Transgender_Day_of_Visibility May Day https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Workers%27_Day Connecting Threads https://www.connectingthreads.com/ WeCrochet Bright Crochet Hook Set https://www.crochet.com/wecrochet-bright-crochet-hook-set/p/83037
5/3/202356 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 363 - A Sock Knitting Round Table

We’re talking about all things socks this week! To kick off the Sock Yarn Sale happening now, Knit Picks staff members Alena and Jen join hosts Lee and Stacey for a sock knitting round table discussion. Producer Andi plays the moderator and asks the hard-hitting questions, like toe up or cuff down and how to care for socks. Everyone also shares their favorite sock yarn, on sale now, and their favorite pattern(s) from our latest sock collection, Pop Socks.    00:04 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:50 Lee and Stacey chat about current WIPs and future knits. 05:40 The Sock Yarn Sale is happening now! 09:15 An exclusive promo code for listeners 09:50 Producer Andi kicks off our Sock Knitting Round Table with Lee, Stacey, Jen, and Alena 14:10 The obvious first topic is heel types, and the conversation turns to two-at-a-time. 20:07 Toe up vs. cuff down brings out some strong feelings 27:10 Controversial sock habits and sock care 34:25 Recommendations for aspiring sock knitters 40:12 Everyone shares their favorite sock yarns 43:05 Our sock knitters try to choose a favorite from Pop Socks 46:20 Final words on sock knitting 49:28 Credits   Free patterns sorted by newest https://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/free-knitting-patterns/c/300218?sort=NEW&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Twill yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/twill/c/5420368?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Ventisca Slipover pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/ventisca-slipover/p/54139D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Lee's book Color Squared https://www.leemeredith.com/#colorsquared Crossed-stitched pixel image https://www.instagram.com/p/BV7crACD_um/ Sock yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/sock/c/300106?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Felici yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/search?q=felici&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Electric Slide socks book https://www.knitpicks.com/electric-slide-colorful-socks/p/33911?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Two at Once, Toe Up, Magic Loop Socks pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/two-at-once-toe-up-magic-loop-socks/p/50631?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Judy's Magic Cast On https://tutorials.knitpicks.com/judys-magic-cast-on/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off https://knitty.com/ISSUEfall09/FEATjssbo.php Tubular Bind Off https://www.knitpicks.com/learning-center/tubular-bind-off?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Grafting (aka Kitchener Stitch) https://www.knitpicks.com/learning-center/learn-to-knit/kitchener?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Wrap & Turn short rows https://tutorials.knitpicks.com/short-rows-wrap-and-turn-or-wt/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Winter Weekend Socks pattern https://shannonsquire.com/winter-weekend-socks/ Accogliente Socks pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/accogliente-socks/p/55987?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Learn to Knit Socks book https://www.knitpicks.com/knit-bits-learn-to-knit-socks/p/33872?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Learn to Knit Socks ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/knit-bits-learn-to-knit-socks-ebook/p/75381D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Worsted Socks pattern https://www.knitpicks.com/worsted-socks/p/51226D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Hawthorne yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/hawthorne/c/30015024?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Static yarn https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/static/c/5420382?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Stroll yarns https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/stroll/c/30015038?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Pop Socks book https://www.knitpicks.com/pop-socks-colorful-patterns-collection/p/33935?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Pop Socks ebook https://www.knitpicks.com/pop-socks-colorful-patterns-ebook/p/75427D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Socks for Everybody! eBook https://www.knitpicks.com/socks-for-everybody-ebook-patterns-for-the-beginner-sock-knitter/p/75311D?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_campaign=podcast&utm_content=episode363 Eutaw Street pattern (baseball socks by Kristen Jancuk) https://www.mediaperuana.com/eutawstreet
4/19/202351 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 362 - Speedy Sweaters & Dyeing with Regan

You’ve heard our hosts mention the speed with which our Senior Graphic Designer Regan finishes sweaters, so we had to have him on to get him to reveal his secrets! In this episode, Stacey and Lee chat with Regan about how he became a sweater knitter, how he got so fast, and his experiences with dyeing yarn in sweater quantities.   As always, Lee and Stacey also share their current WIPs and the latest collection they worked on! It’s our annual big sock collection, Pop Socks: Colorful Patterns. They have a hard time picking just a few to talk about because who could resist cheerful socks using multiple yarns? In addition to chatting about new patterns, they also discuss some of the new yarns that launched along with them, including a special Stroll Mini Pack created just for a pattern from Pop Socks.  Lee's new socks  N for November Sweater pattern Rosendale Slouchy Hat pattern  High Desert yarn Deep Winter Coat pattern Ventisca Slipover pattern Unparalleled book Twill yarn Kristen Jancuk's patterns on Knit Picks Kristen Jancuk's patterns on ravelry Pop Socks book Pop Socks ebook Connecting Threads Rainbow Socks pattern Stroll Mini-Packs Fallen Leaf Socks pattern Stroll yarns Wavy Stripes Socks pattern ZigZag Socks pattern (note: Lee misspoke—these are shaped with increases & decreases, not short rows!)  Comfort DK Socks pattern Swish DK yarn No Purl Socks pattern Rebound Socks pattern Animation yarn Woodland Friends pattern Space Mobile and Garland Set pattern Capra yarn Capretta yarn Knit Picks "New" page Bare yarns Regan's most recently finished sweater (at the time of recording...he finished another one a few days later!) crochet.com Podcast Episode 321: DIY Yarn – Dye It Yourself! Jacquard Acid Yarn Dyes Bare Mini-hanks ChemKnits ChemKnits video tutorials Set of four sweaters for family Thicket book Regan's instagram 00:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:37 Lee and Stacey share their current WIPs and future knits. 04:47 Learn a little more about our new pattern collection Pop Socks and new yarns. 23:23 Senior Graphic Designer Regan joins Lee and Stacey to discuss speedy knitting and his dye projects. 24: 46 Regan shares a little of his knitting background and history at Knit Picks. 33:00 The team discusses Regan’s favorite sweater yarn, Twill, and his recent dye projects using it. 38:12 Last year Regan knit 4 sweaters in 2 months and shares how the projects went. 40:27 The secret to Regan’s speed is revealed!  45:50 Lee and Stacey share a few stories about working with Regan. 48:50 Credits
4/5/202350 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 361 - Holli Yeoh & La Belle Époque

We’ve got a gorgeous new collection of five patterns out today, all designed by the talented Holli Yeoh, so we had to have her on the podcast to talk about it! After Lee and Stacey share what they’ve been up to lately, Holli joins them to share about her history as a designer and the process of creating the patterns of La Belle Époque.  Lee and Stacey also discuss with Holli her approach to size inclusion and a bit about her writing style and the editing process. If you love hearing about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into creating thoroughly helpful knitting patterns that fit great, this is the episode for you!      Deep Winter Coat pattern Lee's marled Felici socks (ravelry link) Felici sock yarn  Lee's N for November sweater project (ravelry link)  N for November Sweater pattern  Vertex book  Comfy yarns  Hawthorne yarns  Aloft yarn  Lee's older Hawthorne+Aloft sweater Julie Robinson's website Julie Robinson's 2023 Knitwear Trend Report  Unparalleled book  Unparalleled ebook Beachcomber Shawl pattern Lee's graphic design school Some interior pages of the Vertex book Block Party book Knit Bits books & ebooks Lee's Cats thank-you gift Holli Yeoh on Knit Picks Andi's old Knit Picks collection (no longer available; ravelry link)   La Belle Époque ebook Candace (Holli's first pattern)  Focus Puller Cardigan pattern  Sylphide Cardigan pattern    Kim McBrien Evans' size charts and body measurements survey Flying Trapeze Shawl pattern  Fundamentals to Finishing Knits (affiliate link)  Get 15% off an All-Access membership to the School of SweetGeorgia  Little Basic Cardi (affiliate link) Holli Yeoh's website    Holly on Instagram Holli on ravelry   00:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast 00:26 Lee and Stacey share their current WIPs 07:44 Stacey recently attended a seminar on handknitting style trends 11:10 Lee was also busy and presented her work as part of an alumni panel at a local college 15:20 We’ve got a our first single-designer collection in many years out today, featuring patterns from Holli Yeoh 17:28 Holli joins Lee and Stacey to talk about her background in designing knitting patterns. 25:26 Our hosts ask Holli about her new collection of 5 size-inclusive garments 31:36 Holli shares her approach to size inclusion and her journey to find the best size standards she can 36:54 Lee and Stacey talk about Holli’s patterns from earlier this year and ask about her upcoming projects 41:45 Lee brings up her admiration for Holli’s writing style and the process of editing Holli’s patterns 44:05 Where to find Holli online 44:08 Credits  
3/15/202347 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 360 - March is for Mending!

The time is coming to start putting away heavy knits for the spring, and that’s got mending on our minds. Lee and Producer Andi discuss invisible vs. visible mending. Lee favors visible, using woven darning and contrast colors, and Andi prefers getting as close to invisible as she can using Swiss darning and color matched yarn. They also answer Stacey’s questions on mending. Plus, hear about our hosts Lee and Stacey’s personal projects, Lee’s free new pattern she designed, and our latest eBook, Lounge Act: Knits for Kicking Back.    Game Day Cardigans pattern Lee's Game Day with patch pockets Traditions Afghan pattern  Block Party book  Deep Winter Hat pattern  Stardrift hat pattern Blackwood Cardigan sewing pattern Spumoni Hat free pattern Felici yarn Static yarn Lee's any-gauge patterns Lounge Act ebook Happy Hours ebook Voliere yarn Seawaves Top pattern Trellis Tee pattern Swiss Darning tutorial  Duplicate Stitch tutorial Needle Felting Tool Darning Loom Kit Darning Mushrooms Darning Egg How to use a Darning Loom Darning with a Mushroom tutorial Darning Socks with an Egg Hawthorne Multi yarn  Katrinkles heart darning reel Examples of embroidery as mending  Examples of reverse applique and several other methods  About Sashiko Sashiko videos Sashiko tutorial with pattern examples Example of embroidery and whip-stitching around holes in knits Scotch Darning (one method that uses Blanket Stitch) Examples of decorative mends that use Blanket Stitch Blanket Stitch in a circle to cover a hole Example of mending with crochet Some general visible mending resources: https://visiblemending.com/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/visiblemending/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=visible+mending&&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast Some general invisible mending resources: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/invisiblemending/?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=invisible+mendinghttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=invisible+mending&&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast https://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATrepairs101.html?&utm_source=libsyn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=podcast   0:02 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast 0:30 Lee finally finished last summer’s KAL project 2:20 Stacey has been working on a range of crafts. Pattern buying is a craft, right? 3:45 Lee released a new pattern for free. 7:55 We also have a new eBook called Lounge Act.  13:02 Producer Andi joins our hosts Lee and Stacey to discuss mending. 15:18 Visible vs invisible mending on wovens and knits 19:33 Andi invisibly mends knits using duplicate stitch and Swiss darning.  23:41 Lee visibly mends using woven darning. 28:51 Reinforcing around the patch with running stitches 30:50 Visible mending with embroidery and applique.  34:00 Have a mending party!  35:30 A purely hypothetical question on how to repair moth holes. 37:18 Making the hole a design feature using steeking methods.  38:38 Crocheting a larger hole closed.  40:15 Send us your mending questions so we can talk about it more! 41:30 Credits      
3/1/202342 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 359 - Meet Isabel!

This week on the Knit Picks Podcast, we’re delighted to introduce Isabel Underwood, a new team member who handles social media for Knit Picks.Our hosts ask her the classic questions about her creative background, favorite yarns, and best and worst projects. Isabel also shares her favorite things about working in the Knit Picks office as well as giving insight into her approach to social media and her plans to expand our presence on different types of social media.  Plus, today is the day we launch two brand new yarns, dozens of new colors of old favorites, and a surprise return of a discontinued classic! Stacey and Lee also discuss the most recent pattern collection, Happy Hours: Knits for Out and About.  Static yarn Felici Worsted yarn Felici Fingering yarn Lee's Felici-held-double socks project (ravelry link) Bagel recipe Lee used Isabel! Knit Picks on Instagram Knit Picks on Facebook Knit Picks on Twitter Southern Oregon University Unraveling sweaters for yarn concept (ebook by Lee) Regan! Eldfell office knit-a-long Game Day office knit-a-long Instagram reel about yarn substitutions Palette yarn Bow-back sweater (Auri Shirt) Chroma yarns New IDP Chroma sweater pattern (Cinema Raglan) Andean Treasure yarn Isabel's yarn ball Halloween costume with Liz the moth (swipe to end) Samia yarn Voliere yarn Comfy Sport yarn All Comfy yarns Wool of the Andes Bulky yarn Stroll yarn Podcast interview with Alexis Hawthorne yarns Happy Hours ebook All ebooks 00:05 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast 00:26 Our hosts discuss their current WIPs, sore hands, and some frustrating frogging. 07:51 Next up is an interview with Isabel, a new team member who handles our social media! 08:51 Isabel sits down with Lee and Stacey and shares how she got started with creative hobbies and work. 13:52 Isabel shares her best and worst projects, birthday sweater tradition, and the temptations of new patterns that come with this job. 19:55 As a member of our office DEI committee, Isabel explains how that influences how she approaches social media. 23:42 We can’t interview a new staff member without talking about favorite yarns! 29:42 Isabel gets inspiration from seeing everyone else’s projects in the office. 31:55 Our hosts finish off their interview with Isabel by discussing her plans for Knit Picks social media. 35:55 We’ve got oodles of new yarn and new yarn colors launching today. Learn more about them and our naming process. 44:20 We’ve also got a new garment pattern collection called Happy Hours! 48:20 Credits
2/15/202350 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 358 - Back from Winter Break with new patterns

Our Winter Break started earlier than we planned, but we’re back in the recording studio with the latest episode of the Knit Picks Podcast! Our hosts Stacey and Lee talk about their personal knitting projects they worked on over the break as well as all of the gorgeous pattern collections that came out since our last episode.  Plus, Stacey and Lee talk about the new Upcycle we brought in for the Big Sale, Fall 2022 Felici, and new yarn colors. Then we give some hints on what’s coming in 2023!   Twill yarn  Vintage Sampler Beret pattern (ravelry link) Lee's Twill cardigan (pattern by Andi Satterlund) (ravelry link)  Deep Winter Coat pattern  Game Day Cardigans pattern  Retro Camp Beanie pattern (ravelry link)  Lee's finished Eldfell  Group shot of Eldfell office KAL  Eldfell Pullover pattern  Wonderfluff yarn Game Day KAL finished cardigans (minus Lee's sleeves)  Lee's Game Day (ravelry link)  Traditions Afghan pattern  Block Party book  Old Sock Labs rainbow Hawthorne yarn  Lee's top 25 movies of 2022  Golden Hour: Luxury Knits for Evening Walks eBook  WotA Classics: Simple Knits in Wool of the Andes Worsted eBook  Worsted Socks pattern  Unparalleled: Modern Cables Collection print book Unparalleled: Modern Cables Collection ebook  Scandic Pullover pattern  Esker Wrap pattern  Balter Hat pattern  Focus Puller Cardigan pattern  Crossings Scarf pattern  Primrose Pullover pattern  Upcycle Alpaca Blend Worsted yarn  Upcycle Alpaca Blend Sport yarn  Upcycle Suri Alpaca yarn  Felici sock yarn  Free patterns  Stripes on Stripes hat pattern in Felici Heatherly Worsted yarn  Heatherly Sport yarn  Static yarn  Lee's patterns on Knit Picks  All Lee's patterns  Andi's patterns (ravelry link)  Lee's handspun cardigan (ravelry link)    00:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast 00:25 November’s Big Sale started our Winter Break earlier than planned, but we’re back! 02:47 Lee and Stacey have been knitting up a storm and discuss their recent projects. 12:55 How the Golden Hour eBook was produced 15:36 Updating some older Wool of the Andes patterns to improve them for the WotA Classics eBook. 17:34 And then there’s our gorgeous new big cable collection Unparalleled! 22:49 Learn about the new Upcycle yarns we brought in for Big Sale.  26:02 Felici is back, and Lee is designing with it! 28:52 We also have new colors of Heatherly and Static. 30:47 Lee explains our new structure for 2023 pattern collections and shares that she’ll be designing more for Knit Picks.  37:30 Credit
2/1/202338 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 357 - Knitting for Halloween

Christmas isn’t the only holiday for handknits! Producer Andi joins hosts Lee and Stacey to talk about her annual Halloween sweaters and horror-movie inspired projects. The trio also discuss other Halloween knits, like costume pieces and toys.   Later, Lee and Stacey share the creative process behind our latest pattern collection Scrappy Knits: Projects for Partial Skeins. They also talk about this year’s 12 Weeks of Gifting, featuring free patterns!   Eldfell Pullover pattern  Eldfell Office KAL Instagram story highlight  Reilly Pullover pattern  Lee's patchwork apron  Connecting Threads  Andi's Spooky Halloween sweater pattern collection  Andi's Arachne (spiderweb sweater) pattern  Andi's Ichabod (Pumpkin sweater) pattern  Lee's Mary Tyler Moore costume  Lee's Waldo group costume  Lee's Jonathan (goat cables) pattern   A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors  13 Fanboy movie  Lee's cinematographer brother  Pamela Voorhees's sweater from Friday the 13th  Boo bat pattern  Arachnophobia Dishcloth pattern  Lee's bloodshot eye hat (ravelry link)  Lee's Clockwork Orange hat (ravelry link)  Lee's Mario costume (with crochet tail)  Knit Picks IDP showcase (Halloween in October)  Scrappy Knits pattern collection  Pick'n'Mix Scrunchies pattern  Stroll Mini Packs  Plaid Cowl pattern  Zignificant Cowl pattern  Half & Half Cowl pattern  Off-Kilter Hat pattern  Hey Presto Hat pattern  12 Weeks of Gifting patterns  Crochet.com 12 Weeks of Gifting    00:05 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:37 What Stacey and Lee have been up to, including the Knit Picks office Eldfell KAL 05:13 Talking about Halloween knitting with Podcast Producer Andi 06:43 Andi’s first Halloween sweaters were part of a pattern collection she designed called Spooky 07:44 Lee talks about knitting costume pieces for Halloween 09:35 Knits that give a nod to horror movies and recreating iconic horror movie sweaters, like Freddy Kreuger’s from Nightmare on Elm Street 15:55 Stacey’s Boo the Bat projects are her favorite Halloween knits 16:36 Andi’s 2022 Halloween sweater plans 18:08 Lee’s Arachnophobia dishcloth ties in with Andi’s Arachne sweater 18:53 Halloween knits as newer knitters 23:40 The IDP showcase is full of Halloween knits! 25:30 Discussing the latest pattern collection, Scrappy Knits 28:57 Choosing colors and yarns with stashbusting and playful fun in mind 30:00 Stacey and Lee talk about some of their favorite patterns from the collection 36:02 12 Weeks of Gifting is happening! 38:37 Credits
10/19/202240 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 356 - Adding Sizes to our Anniversary Patterns

For our 20th Anniversary, we revisited some of our 20 most popular patterns, and Abbye Meiklejohn helped rewrite and add sizes to a selection of our older garment patterns. She joins hosts Lee and Stacey to tell them about her process for rewriting existing patterns and expanding their size range while maintaining the original look and feel. Abbye also shares how she likes to approach grading patterns for a larger size and the difference between extending pattern sizes and the individual knitter customizing their sweater.    Our hosts also reveal some fears around steeking and pattern photoshoot sample disasters, and Abbye shares a few stories of her own, including singeing a pattern sample while steaming!   Game Day Cardigan pattern  Clapotis pattern Journey Tweed yarn  Colorwork knitting  Eldfell Pullover pattern  20th Anniversary Patterns  Wonderfluff yarn  Encircled ebook  Andi's Scandinavian magazine cover inspiration  Swish Bulky yarn  Abbye Meiklejohn  Wool and Pine  Chromatic Pullover  Gallatin Coat  Calluna Cardigan  Mazama Vest  Astera Cardigan Classic Lines Cardigan  Chroma yarns  Steeking  Wild Wind pattern  Lee's cut & graft adventure  Lopes pattern  Grafting with Kitchener Stitch  Three Season Cardigan pattern  Wool and Pine on Instagram    00:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast 00:21 Lee and Stacey have their knitting motivation back! 04:50 We’re having an office KAL with everyone knitting Eldfell 13:00 We revisited older patterns for the anniversary  15:42 Abbye Meiklejohn tells the podcast about the anniversary pattern she worked on. 18:02 Abbye made the biggest changes on Chromatic and shares why. 20:25 Abbye’s experience reworking other designers’ patterns. 25:02 Adding sizes and Abbye’s advice for designers who are extending their size range. 27:57 Changing ease trends and individual ease preferences.  30:30 Abbye’s favorite patterns to work on from our anniversary patterns 31:35 Our hosts reveal their steeking fears and other confessions 38:19 What Abbye is working on next and where to find her work with Wool and Pine. 41:23 Credits
10/5/202242 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 355 - It’s Our 20th Anniversary

It’s the 20th Anniversary of Knit Picks! To celebrate our anniversary, we thought it’d be fun to go around the office and get early Knit Picks yarn memories from the team. You’ll hear a range of voices telling the story of their first Knit Picks yarn, favorite Knit Picks yarn, memorable old projects, and more.   Later, Stacey and Lee discuss our two newest yarns, Array and Elixir, and share a little bit about how they were developed and what it’s like to knit with them.   20th Anniversary Pattern Rereleases  Hawthorne yarns  Odessa hat pattern (ravelry link) Interference Cowl pattern  Chroma Twist Bulky yarn  Biggo yarn  Arri Hat pattern (ravelry link)  Twill Worsted yarn  City Tweed yarns  Alena's One Ring Scarf (ravelry link)  One Ring Scarf pattern (ravelry link)  Capretta yarn  Wool of the Andes Worsted yarn  Brava Sport yarn  Happypotamus The Happy Hippo crochet pattern (ravelry link) Dye yarn with Kool Aid, Knit Picks blog tutorial  Bare yarns  Flying Vs pattern set (Lee's colorwork patterns) Wool of the Andes Tweed yarn  Swish yarns  Chroma Worsted yarn  Palette yarn  Shine Sport yarn  Comfy yarns  Central Park Hoodie pattern  Array (new!) yarn  Ski Bunny Headband pattern  Elixir (new!) yarn  The Purl Thief pattern  Swish Bulky yarn    00:05 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast 00:22 It’s the 20th Anniversary of Knit Picks 03:07 Early Knit Picks memories 04:00 Jen’s Knit Picks memory 05:43 Hillary’s Knit Picks memory 06:38 Regan’s Knit Picks memory 08:32 Alena’s Knit Picks memory 10:31 Andi’s Knit Picks memory 13:30 Carlene’s Knit Picks memory 14:07 Lee’s Knit Picks memory 16:09 Stacey’s Knit Picks memory 17:47 We’ve got new yarns! Array and Elixir 24:10 Credits
9/21/202225 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 354 - Revisiting Old Patterns

Here at the Knit Picks Podcast, we’re often excited to share new patterns with you all, but this week we’re talking about revisiting old patterns that we love to knit over and over again. Stacey throws it back with her most recent Clapotis that’s fresh on her needles, and Lee and Andi discuss using Lee’s self-published eBooks over and over again to create something new each time. Our hosts also chat about how using a new yarn can refresh an older pattern to make it feel modern again.    Plus, the time has come to wrap up our Game Day Knit Along. The hosts discuss finishing (or not finishing) their projects, and everyone is still contemplating adding pockets to their cardigans. If you knit along with us, we’d love to hear from you about if you enjoyed participating and what you might like to see for future KALs!   Knitting with The Sims! blog post  Box Office Game  Wordle  Cooling Scarves  Game Day Cardigan KAL  Clapotis pattern  Winter Weekend Socks pattern  Lee's socks in doubled Hawthorne Multi (ravelry link)  Hawthorne Multi yarn  Lee's socks in doubled Felici (ravelry link)  Felici yarn  Journey Tweed yarn  Roguery Cowl pattern Sockhead Hat pattern  Scant hat pattern  Lee's Felici-striped Scant (ravelry link)  Go Your Own Way Socks pattern Sweater made from Adventure Knitting 2 (ravelry link)  Lee's ebooks (including Adventure Knitting & Game Knitting)  Game Day Cardigan  3-Needle Bind Off  Picking up stitches video #KPGameDayKAL    00:04 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:24 Summer refuses to end, so our hosts have been looking for other entertainment like knitting in the Sims! 08:50 What has Stacey been knitting lately? Clapotis! 10:06 Lee’s thoughts on knitting favorite pattern patterns over and over 11:25 Using yarn substitutions to transform old favorite patterns into something fresh 13:48 The endless reuse potential of any-gauge and recipe-style patterns 15:31 Revisiting improvised knits as a gateway to writing patterns 19:07 Lee’s Adventure Knitting and Game Knitting and their reknit potential 22:45 Wrapping up our Game Day Cardigan KAL 25:56 Lee’s cardigan isn’t quite done, and she has some tips for knitters still working on their own 26:58 How to make picking up stitches evenly easier  30:48 Still thinking about adding pockets 33:39 Where to see finished Game Day cardigans! 35:00 Credits
9/7/202236 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 353 - Say Hello to Alexis Again!

Changes have been happening at Knit Picks this summer, and we’re excited to reintroduce Alexis Wilson-Castaldi, who is now the Knit Picks Brand Director! You may remember her from when she previously was on the podcast while working in various positions, including in photography and purchasing. She shares a few of her favorite patterns to knit, as well as her favorite yarns. Alexis also tells us about bringing back features like our Yarn of the Month promotions and pulling some yarns marked as discontinued back into the regular selection!   Lee, Stacey, and Andi also discuss knitting their Game Day Cardigans with the KAL coming to its end. The extra warm summer in the Pacific Northwest has added an extra challenge to getting the projects done on schedule, but they’re still knitting away on them!   Game Day Cardigan KAL Generations book  Generations ebook  Interchangeable Needle Sets  Stitch Holders  Hue Shift Afghan pattern  Stitch Markers  Short Row Shaping  Magic Loop method  Meet Alexis! (in 2016!)  Superior Threads  15th Street Wrap  Wool of the Andes yarns  Wonderfluff yarn  Hawthorne yarns  Simply Alpaca yarn  Muse yarns  Alpaca Cloud yarns  Andean Treasure alpaca yarn  Seed Stitch Cowl and Hood pattern Animation of Alexis covered in seed stitch cowls  crochet.com  Static yarn  Provincial Tweed yarn  Twill Fingering yarn  Complete Yarn Guide 2022  Stroll yarns  Swish yarns    00:07 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:29 Knitting Game Day during summer heat 07:23 More tips for knitting stitch pattern panels 13:40 German short rows or substituting another method 15:04 Sleeve and button band order 18:48 Alexis joins the podcasters to talk about her new role as Brand Director 23:05 Alexis’s favorite yarns and patterns 29:32 Changes Alexis has planned for Knit Picks, including reviving some yarns previously marked discontinued and adding new colors to classic yarns 37:12 Everyone gets a little emotional about having Alexis back 38:04 Credits
8/17/202239 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 352 - Always Learning with Donna Estin

We couldn’t end our Game Day Cardigan KAL without talking to its designer, Donna Estin! She shares with us her inspiration for the sweater and clever little details incorporated into the pattern. Donna also tells us about the Boho Lace Vest from Transitions: Lace Patterns, drawing inspiration from the runway, TKGA’s Master Hand Knitting Certification, and enabling knitters to make their projects their own!   Plus, Lee and Stacey talk about our new yarn Journey Tweed and two new pattern collections, Filled with Joy and Transitions!   Pomona Pants and Shorts sewing pattern  Calder Pants & Shorts sewing pattern  Journey Tweed yarn  City Cowl knitting pattern  Filled with Joy: Holiday Stockings eBook  WeCrochet  WeCrochet's stockings eBook  Transitions: Lacy Patterns eBook  Haven: Knit Lace Patterns eBook  Donna Estin  Donna's blog  Game Day Cardigan pattern  Swish Worsted  Donna's orange and aqua Game Day sample (ravelry link)  Boho Lace Vest pattern  Principles of Knitting book  Simply Wool Worsted yarn  Tilghman Men's Cardigan pattern (ravelry link)  High Desert yarns  The Knitting Guild Association  Master Hand Knitting program  Alice Starmore's Aran Knitting book  Ann Feitelson's The Art of Fair Isle Knitting book Suzanne Bryan's YouTube channel  TKGA's Marketing Course Professional Knitwear Designer certification program  Coronado Colorblock Pullover  Knit Picks Complete Yarn Guide 2022  Donnaestin.com Donna on Instagram  Donna on Ravelry  Donna on Facebook    Timestamps 00:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast 00:23 What Lee and Stacey have been working on 02:26 Our new yarn Journey Tweed! 04:50 Our new holiday stocking collection Filled with Joy 08:28 A second new collection? Yep! Transitions: Lace Patterns 10:50 A quick Game Day Cardigan KAL progress update 11:33 Introducing Donna Estin, designer of the Game Day Cardigan 12:02 Donna’s inspiration for the Game Day Cardigan 16:00 How the Boho Lace Vest was created 18:39 Looking at runway shows for trends 24:39 Continuously learning via patterns 28:40 Donna’s work with TKGA and the Master Hand Knitting Certification program 41:16 Using patterns as guidelines and making the piece your own 44:35 What Donna has coming up and where to find her online 49:00 Credits
8/3/202250 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 351 - A Chat with Designer Claire Slade

In this episode, Lee, Stacey, and Andi discuss getting through the long stockinette section of their Game Day Cardigans for the summer KAL. They also compare their preferred methods for marking up patterns and keeping track of progress when working through pattern repeats.   Lee and Stacey share some behind the scenes work that went into creating Haven: Knit Lace Patterns, and later on, Stacey interviews Claire Slade, the designer of the Sea Sprite Vest from Haven about her design process and favorite projects to knit. And we couldn’t chat with Claire Slade without discussing Professor Meow and her love for cats!   Game Day Cardigan KAL Locking Stitch Markers  Row Counters  Haven ebook Haven print book Sea Sprite Vest pattern Claire Slade's designs  Professor Meow Pullover pattern Mini Meow pattern Wonderfluff yarn Crystallize Shawl pattern Ottilie Shawl: Light pattern Ottilie Shawl: Heavy pattern Blossom & Bloom Shawl pattern  Acastus Sweater pattern  Chart Keeper  Aloft Super Kid Mohair yarn Alpaca Cloud Fingering yarn Curiosity pattern (in Wonderfluff; ravelry link)  Kids Cascading Kittens pattern (ravelry link)    00:04 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast 00:20 What our hosts have been doing since our last episode. 01:11 Game Day KAL chat, including staying on track through the long stretch of stockinette and note taking methods. 13:53 Discussing knitting samples for new yarns and upcoming collections. 15:07 Developing Haven: Knit Lace Patterns and photographing the collection. 18:18 Chatting with Claire Slade, designer of Sea Sprite and Professor Meow. 26:34 Claire’s upcoming designs and where to find her online.  28:45 Credits
7/20/202229 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 350 - Why are you spitting on your yarn?

Summer knitting has arrived in the Pacific Northwest! In this episode, Stacey and Lee discuss their summer crafting, contemplate cotton knits, and talk about wearing knits on the Oregon coast.    Stacey and Lee also share their Game Day KAL progress, and Lee tells the story of an unfortunate set-back involving her cat, Karl. Next, Producer Andi joins in the conversation to talk about methods of joining new balls of yarn as everyone progresses on their cardigans.   Later, Stacey and Lee answer your questions! Topics include, cable lengths for magic loop, how to undo knitting, weaving in ends, and more. You can send questions to be answered on future episodes to [email protected].   Game Day Cardigan KAL  Breezy Book Breezy eBook  Equinox Book  Equinox eBook  CotLin yarn  Comfy yarns  LB Pullover sewing pattern  Lee's Rainbow Top  Lenox Shirtdress sewing pattern Concord T-Shirt sewing pattern  Connecting Threads fabric  Karl the cat  Russian Join on the Learning Center  Swifts & Ball Winder  Guide to Winding Yarn  How to Wind a Center Pull Ball by Hand  High Desert yarns  Tutorials for using lifelines  How to Fix Dropped Stitches  How to Fix Split Stitches  Magic Loop Tutorial  Video: How to Weave in Slippery Yarn Ends  Hue Shift Afghan pattern    00:02 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast! 00:26 What Lee has been crafting this summer 02:45 What Stacey has been crafting this summer 04:53 Lee’s unfortunate incident with her cat, Stacey’s knitting-heavy coast trip & their Game Day progress 08:53 Working Game Day’s stripes & debating cutting vs. carrying the contrast color 11:05 Methods for adding a new ball of the main color 17:50 Answering listener questions & where to send more questions 18:43 Are ball winders & swifts worth the cost? 21:22 Why do we not ball yarn in advance? 24:13 How do I stop my stockinette from curling? 28:30 How do I undo my knitting? 36:32 What length of needle do I need for magic loop? 39:20 What does weaving in ends mean? 44:20 Credits
7/6/202245 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 349: New Faces and Knit Alongs

The Knit Picks team has grown a lot during our long hiatus, and in this episode, we’re excited to introduce you to two new staff members: Alena Ruman, the IDP Program Administrator, and Jen Burt, our Content and Outreach Coordinator.   Lee interviews Alena about her experiences starting at the Knit Picks warehouse in Ohio and then moving to the Pacific Northwest to work as the IDP Program Administrator. Alena is an experienced yarn dyer and shares with Lee some of her tips for dyeing using acid dyes.   Later, Stacey interviews Jen about joining the Knit Picks team as well as her regular participation in Olive Knits Annual 4-Day KAL. Jen talks about her speedy knitting of our sample of this year’s pattern Sailaway in High Desert Worsted and the color selection process for our Sailaway curated color kits.    Game Day Cardigan Knit Along  High Desert Yarn  Tubular Cast On with Waste Yarn  Long Tail Tubular Cast On (alternative method) Square-tip Needles  Hawthorne Yarn  Natural Dyeing Podcast Episode  How to Dye Yarn Learning Center Homepage  Lee's Kool-Aid Dyeing Tutorial  Yarn Dyes Bare Yarns  Independent Designer Patterns  Bare Stroll  Bare Wool of the Andes  Bare Mini Hanks  We Crochet  Brava Yarns  Heatherly Yarn  Stroll Yarns  Olive Knits 4 day KAL  Beekeeper Cardigan  Foxtrot Cardigan  Soundtrack Pullover  Fireworks Pullover  Sailaway Cardigan KAL Knit Picks Yarn Kits  Comfy Colormist Yarn    0:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast 1:45 Swatching for the Game Day Cardigan and casting on  10:19 Summer crafting plans 7:15 Meet Alena, the IDP Program Administrator 20:33 Alena’s dyeing experience 32:40 Meet Jen, the Content and Outreach Coordinator. 35:46 The Olive Knits 6th Annual 4-day KAL 40:40 Choosing colors for the Sailaway color kits 44:58 Sailaway’s construction and Marie Greene’s writing style 48:55 Credits
6/15/202250 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 348 - We're back from break!

The podcast is back! After a long break, we’re excited to have a regular recording schedule again. In this episode, you’ll hear about Lee and Stacey’s personal projects that they’ve worked on during our long recording break. They’ll also share with you collections, patterns, and new yarns that have been released over the period.   Next, we’re excited to share with you our summer knit along, featuring the Game Day Cardigans by Donna Estin from Generations: Knits for All Ages. The whole podcast team is substituting the suggested yarn for High Desert Worsted, and they share their color choices and swatching methods for yarn substitutions. Plus, hear about what amount of suggested ease they’re thinking of using when choosing a size, although Lee wavered and decided to go up a size after recording.   Lee's Movie Hue Shift (ravelry link) Hue Shift pattern  Block Party: Modular Blankets book  Joinery Blanket pattern  Barnstaple Vest pattern  High Desert yarn  Hawthorne yarn  Cheer Up Cardigan pattern  Lee's Andean Treasure cardigan (ravelry link)  Andean Treasure yarn  Lee's N for November Sweater project (ravelry link)  N for November Sweater pattern  Vertex: Colorblock Projects book  Aloft yarn  Lee's first Hawthorne+Aloft sweater (ravelry link)  Knit Bits: Learn to Knit Twists booklet  Fluctuation Hat pattern  Payne Hat pattern  Thicket: Nature-Inspired Cable Knits book  Thicket: Nature-Inspired Cable Knits ebook  Breezy: Carefree Cotton Knits book  Breezy: Carefree Cotton Knits ebook  Timeless: High Desert Knits book  Timeless: High Desert Knits ebook  Generations: Knits For All Ages book  Generations: Knits For All Ages ebook  Game Day Cardigan Knit Along  Game Day Cardigan pattern  New podcast producer Andi  Traditions Afghan pattern  Guide to Swatching  Heatherly Yarn    Timestamps 00:02 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast 00:30 The podcast is back after a long break, and we missed it, too. 01:44 What Lee and Stacey were knitting while on break. 10:40 New patterns, yarns, and collections that were released during the hiatus. 19:00 Join us for a KAL of the Game Day Cardigans. 20:39 Lee, Stacey, and Andi’s High Desert colors for their Game Day Cardigans. 23:57 Considering adding patch pockets to Game Day Cardigans. 25:33 Discussing swatching for yarn substitutions.  30:21 Deciding what size to knit based on the suggested ease. 35:19 Introducing our newest yarn family, Heatherly Baby Yarn 37:40 Send us your questions or topic requests! 39:23 Credits
6/1/202241 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 347 - Learning & Teaching Yarn Crafts

Today on the Knit Picks Podcast we're talking all about our knitting pasts and futures. From learning to knit to taking that knowledge and teaching someone to knit, the Knit Picks Podcast team offers up their experience. First up Lee and Stacey invite friends, co-workers and fellow crafters, Heather and Kate to come on the podcast for a discussion of their knitting and crochet origins. Each starts their craft somewhere but what everyone has in common is that someone else helped them get started. Next Lee and Stacey share tips and tricks for people who want to teach knitting to their friends and family. While Lee has experience teaching knitting classes, Stacey has experience helping people in one-on-one learning sessions. Stacey also shares the old knitting rhyme: “In through the window, run around back, out through the window, off jumps Jack!”   Mentioned in This Episode: WeCrochet Podcast Episode 40 – Crochet Jobs Part 3 – Teaching Crochet To Make Money And Get Confident With Arica Presinal & Pia Thadani  Aloft  Learn to Knit Kits  New Learn to Knit Kits - Learn to Cable Coho Cowl  Learn to Cable Bowline Hat  Knit Picks Learning Center  Straight Needles  Brava  Wool of the Andes  Swish  Craftster Preciosa  Wonderfluff  Needle 101  Yarn 101  Stitch N Bitch The Knitters Handbook by Debbie Stoller  Stitch N Bitch Nation  Dishie  Knitting Rules The Yarn Harlot Unravels the Mysteries of Swatcing Stashing Ribbing & Rolling to Free Your Inner Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee  Knitting Needles    Timestamps:0:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast 0:44 Stacey's yarn crafting origin story 2:12 Lee's yarn crafting origin story 3:58 Heather's yarn crafting origin story 7:04 Kate's yarn crafting origin story 14:25 New Knit Picks Learn to Knit Kits! 15:34 Teaching someone to knit tips and tricks 40:33 The Credits
8/12/202142 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 346 - An Ode to Chunky Yarns & Spinning with Michael Smith

While the word "chunky" in relation to yarn is not an official yarn weight class, it is common to refer to thicker yarns, Aran, Bulky, Super Bulky and Jumbo as "Chunky". Today on the Knit Picks Podcast the team talks about chunky yarns and what to do with them! First up Lee and Stacey check in on their WIPs and discuss projects to knit with Bulky and Super Bulky yarns. Later Lee sits down with Michael Smith aka @piece4peacecrafting to learn more about his knitting and his spinning journey.  Lee and Stacey talk about the benefits of working with chunky yarns. Projects knit up faster with chunky yarns but also create a thicker fabric. If you’re new to bulky and super bulky yarns, try them out. See what happens.  Dance teacher by day and lover of crafts by night, Michael Smith, only recently got into spinning yarn after a friend arranged to buy him a spinning wheel for his birthday. Since then he's been hooked on its meditative movement and even spins every morning with his tea or coffee.  Mentioned in this Episode: Etsy shop with Lee's darning loom  Yarn Weights explained  Lee's WotA-held-double cardigan  Mini Kitty Pouf Windfall Collection   Fable Fur Tuff Granny Throw Arya by Kristina Morrissey Professor Meow Pullover by Claire Slade Wonderfluff Michael Smith on Instagram  Piece4PeaceCrafting Podcast  Wool of the Andes Roving Beginner Drop Spindle Set (on sale this week) Drop Spindle Foldable Spinning Wheel Timestamps:0:00 Lee and Stacey check in 17:24 Summer Sale 18:13 Michael Smith Interview 43:34 Credits See more at https://bit.ly/2UfBEIF 
7/15/202145 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 345 - Our UFOs and Summertime Knits with Designer Felecia O'Connell

UFOs have been in the news recently. How many UFOs have you encountered? In knitting, UFO stands for "UnFinished Object!" In honor World UFO Day and in celebration of summer, today we are talking about our knitting-related UFOs and summertime knitting. First, on behalf of World UFO Day (celebrated around the end of June), Lee and Stacey talk about their definitions of UFOs vs. WIPs. Lee and Stacey also confess to the projects they haven't picked up in a long time. Is it time to frog or pick it back up? Next, Stacey interviews knit designer Felecia O'Connell about her knitting origins, her designs for Knit Picks (mostly warm-weather knits), and where she draws her design inspiration from. Felecia's specialty is creating designs that are simple, beautiful and fun to knit. Mentioned in this Episode: Knit Picks Summer Sale World UFO Day KnitKnit Book  Ujein V-Neck Vest  Moab Vest Preciosa In-Progress Incenter Mittens  The Sweater Book Straight and Arrow Cardigan Windward UFO Day blog post Pretty Polly Top Pattern Shine Simply Cotton WeCrochet Summer Sale Cloverleaf Top Easy Layering Tank Lindy Chain Yarn Cotlin Yarn Felecia O'Connell on Instagram Alpaca Cloud Lace Felecia O'Connell Ravelry KPP 341 - Get Published with Tian Timestamps: 0:00 Lee and Stacey catch up 18:30 Summer Sale 19:21 Stacey talks to Felecia 38:17 Credits
7/2/202140 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 344 - Forage for Natural Dyes with Anna Canning

As the days get longer, knitters often head outside with their crafting. On this episode of the Knit Picks Podcast, we are talking about natural yarn dyeing with bare yarns. First up Lee and Stacey catch up on what they did for World Wide Knit In Public Day and some recently finished projects. They talk about their love of Knit Picks Bare Yarns, undyed yarns. Knit Picks carries all the same yarns you have grown to love and some additional ones in the Bare yarn line. Stacey is a big fan of the Knit Picks Bare Woodland Tweed and the Bare Woolen Cotton.  Next Lee interviews Anna Canning who is a hobby natural yarn dyer. Anna has spent a lot of her personal time researching different natural dyeing techniques. She has experimented with items found at the grocery store as well as items she finds on walks around her neighborhood. Listen in to hear about her insider tricks to get started today dyeing your own Bare Yarns from items around the house.  Mentioned in This Episode: World Wide Knit in Public Day Video Lee's Hawthorne socks in progress Hawthorne Yarn Bare Andean Highland Wool Bare Woodland Tweed Bare Woolen Cotton Bare Cotlin Dye Yarn with Indigo! Episode 321 Dye It Yourself A Botanical Yarn Dyeing Journey Dye Bare Yarn With Kool-Aid Indigo Dye Kit Bare Twill Bare Andes Del Campo Anna Canning Dyeing with Mushrooms The Rainbow Beneath My Feet Wild Colour The Fair World Project Podcast Timestamps:0:00  Lee and Stacey check in 13:11  Lee interviews Anna 30:16  We're having a summer sale 31:02  Lee continues to interview Anna 46:48  The Credits
6/17/202148 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 343 - High Desert Yarn with Jeanne Carver

Wool is a favorite yarn fiber by many knitters (including Stacey and Lee). In today’s episode of the Knit Picks Podcast Knit Picks and WeCrochet’s Chief Marketing Officer Ursula Morgan interviews Jeanne Carver of the Shaniko Wool Company about the creation of Knit Picks newest yarn line, High Desert, a 100% American grown and spun Merino and Merino/Rambouillet wool. First up Lee and Stacey chat about why they both love knitting with animal fibers, and why wool is their favorite. In the United States "wool" refers to the sheep fibers while in other parts of the world wool could include other animal fibers like mohair or cashmere. Stacey and Lee ruminate about why wool is their favorite fiber which includes but are not limited to how wool retains the dye color, the moisture absorbency, and general feel. Next, Ursula and Jeanne talk about some of the history of sheep ranching in Oregon and how the unique climate of the Oregon high desert results in such a special wool. The Knit Picks High Desert yarn line was launched earlier this year but is over a year in the making. High Desert comes in an earthy jewel-toned spectrum of 12 beautiful colors inspired by the landscape and skyline of Oregon's high desert. A smooth, rounded yarn with a soft hand, available in sport and worsted weights, High Desert is ideal for knitting texture, cables, and colorwork. Mentioned In This EpisodeHigh Desert Yarn Twill Yarn Wool of the Andes Yarn Hawthorne Yarn Swish Yarn Introducing High Desert Yarns The High Desert Yarns - The Journey High Desert - An American Wool Story Shaniko Wool Company Responsible Wool Standard Responsible Wool Standard via the Textile Exchange Imperial Stock Ranch Shaniko Wool Company on Facebook Shaniko Wool Company on Instagram   Timestamps: 0:00 Lee and Stacey chat about their love of wool 10:48 Ursula interviews Jeanne 42:34 The credits
6/3/202143 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 342 - Sock It To Me!

Socks are one of those milestone knitting projects that once successfully completed, help you feel prepared to take on more difficult projects. Knitters who haven't taken the leap can be intimidated by words like "gusset" and "kitchener stitch" but on today's podcast Lee and Stacey hope to help make socks less scary for sock newbies by diving deep into everything sock-knitting.   First up, Lee and Stacey check in about what's on their needles. Lee picked up a project that she started in 2019 while Stacey shares a sad knitting story with a happy ending. (Yes frogging can be happy!) Then Lee and Stacey disagree on how to knit socks: toe-up or top-down?  Next, new Knit Picks team members, Michelle and Cathy talk to Lee and Stacey about their knitting background and even answer our lightning round knitting questions. (*Use the This or That graphic below and answer some of our knitting questions yourself in your Instagram Stories!)  Later Lee and Stacey pick up where they left off with their socks fight, only to agree that personal preference is key. Both discuss knitting two socks at at a time is a favorite. They cover everything about how to knit socks, demystify sock construction, share some favorite sock yarns, and answer YOUR questions about sock knitting.  Mentioned in This Episode: Atrium Cardigan by Melissa Wehrle Andean Treasure  Barnstaple vest High Desert Gannet Hoodie pattern Felici Beyond The Wall colorway Meet Cathy Episode 332 - Your Favorite Sock Yarns Explained  Learn to Knit socks  Knitting in the Round with Magic Loop (Video Tutorial) Learn to Knit - The Sock Kit Rockin' Socks: Colorful Patterns Socks for Everybody: For the Beginner Sock Knitter Socktacular: Mix Match Sock for Fancy Feet Splendid Soles: Colorfully Coordinated Sock Patterns Hawthorne Stroll Static Aloft Bare Eco Superwash Alpaca Swish Two at once toe up magic loop pattern Simply Socks: A Collection of Wardrobe Basics Artful Arches: 12 Colorwork and Textured Sock Patterns Knitting in the Round on Circular Needles (Video Tutorial) Knitting in the Round with Two Circular Needles (Video Tutorial) Knitting in the Round with DPNs (Video Tutorial) Timestamps: 0:00 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast 0:30 What is Lee working on right now? 3:30 Stacey's sad story 8:16 Let's talk about socks 11:42 Meet Michelle and Cathy 19:42 Lightning Round Knitting Questions 27:28 Producer Sarah has FOMO and Heather has the fix 28:25 More socks talk 58:57 Credits 
5/20/20211 hour, 20 seconds
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Episode 341 - Get Published With Tian!

In this episode of the Knit Picks Podcast Lee and Stacey check in on their latest projects and Sara interviews Tian Connaughton about her latest course, Get Published. First Lee and Stacey discuss returning to old projects and finding new inspiration from past work. It's never too late to pick up a half-finished afghan and begin moving forward once more.  Sara Dudek interviews Tian Connaughton, an expert knit and crochet designer, technical editor, author, and course creator. Since leaving the corporate world behind, she's built a business around creativity, craft, and helping women build their own businesses that are profitable and sustainable.  By asserting a goal-oriented attitude, Tian discusses the best ways to keep motivated after rejection and how to avoid taking disappointments personally. She details tricks to get work noticed and steps necessary to take a project from the initial idea to fully published and ready to share. Tian has developed a brand new video course, Get Published, to help aspiring knit and crochet pattern designers navigate the world of submitting, designing, editing, publishing, and so much more. While the series was developed for all who are interested in publishing pattern designs, the initiative was created specifically to empower BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) designers to pursue publishing. With a focus of "community over competition," Tian aims to open the door and empower those at any stage of their business.  And as always happy knitting.  Mentioned in This Episode: High Desert   Barn Staple Vest  Form and Function  Hue Shift  Freeport Cardigan  Tian Connaughton   Chevron Pop Shawl  Get Published with Tian Connaughton  WeCrochet Magazine Issue 5 Get Published Course on Thinkific Tian on Instagram @knitdesignsbyTian Timestamps: 0:00 Lee and Stacey check in 9:17 Sara interviews Tian 44:52 Credits
5/10/202146 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 340 - Building A Sweater

An all too familiar knitting crossroad - does one I knit a sweater or not. While sweaters can seem intimidating if you've never done one before  chances are, once you've made one, it's likely you'll make another. On today's episode of the Knit Picks Podcast, Lee and Stacey do a deep dive into sweater construction. Whether you're new to sweaters or have been making them for years, you'll likely enjoy this "nerdy" sweater conversation.  First they catch up by discussing what's on their needles. Both Lee and Stacey are making patterns for our latest Knit Picks Collections. Lee even shares her latest yarn substitution and talks about color selection. From pullover and cardigans, to seamed vs seamless, Stacey and Lee review the various styles and constructions of sweaters. Stacey asks the question - what does the word "sweater" mean to you? Is a cardigan a sweater? Together, the two ponder fashion philosophy and ask you to weigh in.    In the second half, the two ruminate different sweater collars, sleeves, and shapes. Cowl neck vs. turtle necks, boat vs crew, and more, they define some terms to help clarify what you might see in a pattern. Stacey loves a good scoop neck where Lee prefers to adapt necklines for varying situations. Happy Knitting! Pullover Sweater: Mentioned in This Episode:Gannet Hoodie by Kristen TenDyke Chalet Collection Vertex Collection N for November Sweater by Fabienne Gassmann Comfy Hawthorne Aloft Twill Stacey's Sweater Blog Mister Postman by Kristen Jancuk  Harley Pullover by Jenny Williams Lansbury Cardigan by Holli Yeoh Rustic Tweed  Oshinkoshin Pullover  Teasel Shrug by Sarah Shepherd Cloud Sweater by Sarah Shepherd Windfall Timestamps:0:00 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast 0:24 "What's on your needles?" 6:52 Let's talk about sweater construction 7:56 "What does the word "sweater" mean to you?" 11:36 Favorite type of construction - seamed vs seamless, top down vs bottom up? 13:21 Raglan defined 16:31 Other shaping - set in sleeves 19:47 Heather and Producer Sarah talk about what's new at Knit Picks  21:53 Lee and Stacey are back with more sweater talk 22:15 Shapes of sweaters 24:08 What's your favorite for pull over sweaters 26:57 Sweater shaping 28:59 Saddle shoulder 32:43 Drop shoulder 35:56 Dolman sleeves 44:39 Credits
4/9/202146 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 339 - Yarn Substitutions

Whether you're a process knitter or a project knitter, if you're like us you've experienced the challenge of finding a pattern you're really excited about but not having the exact yarn that the designer suggests. You could wing it and embraces the beautiful chaos that might occur or you can use one of our favorite resources, YarnSub dot com. If you don't already know, YarnSub is a website to help you with yarn substitutions. Everyone needs a friend in crafts and we at the Knit Picks Podcast are happy to be your yarn and knitting buddy, and as a friend, we're telling you to check out YarnSub. Today on the podcast Heather Mann interview Wendy Peterson, creator of YarnSub.com. They chat all about how to use YarnSub as well as what you need to know when shopping for yarn. Wendy thinks it's important to know about the yarn density (the length and weight), the gauge, and the fiber (both the construction and the fiber qualities) as well as considering what the pattern wants. Come learn more about yarn with me. And as always, happy knitting. Mentioned in This Episode:YarnSub.com  Journey's End Blanket  Simply Alpaca Aran  Felici  Simply Wool Worsted  Wool of the Andes  Wonderfluff  Snuggle Puff  Wendy on Instagram  Timestamps:0:00 Introduction 0:57 Heather and Wendy talk 22:05 Credits
3/11/202127 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 338 - Emani and Her Yarn Vending Machine

Here are Knit Picks we love all things yarn. We love pattern designs, tools, the craft and really seeing what everyone makes. As a yarn company we also love seeing what other yarn companies and people in the industry are doing. Today we're sharing an interview from the WeCrochet Podcast that aired last fall, where Heather Mann interviews Emani Outterbridge, an entrepreneur who launched her own yarn line as well as the world’s first yarn vending machines. Emani has been crocheting since she was 12 years old and has navigated through different sides of the craft industry as a crochet designer and now a yarntrepreneur. Emani has even sold apparel to entertainers like Cardi B. Emani’s yarn line, Needles, offers unique colors in 8 Ply Worsted Weight 100% Acrylic yarn as well as cotton t-shirt yarn. You won’t be able to find these color combinations anywhere else. If you’re in Philadelphia, you can get this unique yarn at one of her bright pink yarn vending machines. Outside of Philly, you can connect with her on Instagram where she says she “always on”. So settle in and come meet Emani if you don't know her already. And as always, happy knitting. Mentioned in this Episode: WeCrochet Podcast Episode 25 - Pom Pom Poms and Pink Machines Emani on Instagram @Emani.milan Shop Emani’s Designs and Yarn at www.maniwear.com Yarn Vending Machine #1 location - Elements of Grooming - Barber Shop in Philadelphia - Elements of Grooming - Barber Shop in Philadelphia Timestamps: 0:03 Introduction 1:04 Heather Mann Interviews Emani Outterbridge 16:19. Credits
2/25/202117 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 337 - Knitting and Crochet with Briana K.

Every knitter has their own path to take and follow. On today's episode of the Knit Picks Podcast, we're sharing a special interview. Heather Mann from the WeCrochet Podcast interviews Briana Kepner of Briana K Designs. Briana is a knit and crochet designer and one of the founders of Crochet Foundry, a quarterly publication of modern crochet designs. Briana (and the Crochet Foundry team) was recently featured on the WeCrochet Podcast but she stuck around our virtual recording studio for an extra chat to talk all about her knit designing journey. From making knits for newborn babies to having published over 300 of her designs, Briana shares some of her favorite yarns she's found along the way. So grab your needles and yarn and come get to know Briana Kepner. And as always happy knitting.   Mentioned in This Episode:Briana K Designs WeCrochet Podcast  Briana K Designs Knit Picks Pattern: Beginner Felici Knit Socks Briana K Designs Knit Picks Pattern: Pumpkin Mug Rug Coaster Aloft  Aloft Hand Painted  Swish Yarn Family  Swish Worsted  Swish DK  Swish Bulky  Hawthorne Yarn Family Hawthorne Hand Painted  Try it Needle sets Briana K Designs on Instagram Briana K Designs on Ravelry Crochet Foundry  Timestamps:0:00 The Introduction by Producer Sarah 0:50 Heather Interviews Brianna 17:52 The Credits
2/11/202119 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 336 - Yarn 101 Live

One of our favorite things to talk about in the Knit Picks Office is yarn. We all have our favorite yarns and favorite projects to cast on and can easily get derailed when there's a new yarn to squish. There's a lot to consider when selecting the yarn that's right for you - like yarn weight, the material, the construction and what will it be used for. Shopping for yarn is fun but can also be daunting when overwhelmed with all the choices, like the yarn selection on knitpicks.com.  Today we're sharing some of a conversion between Hannah and Lee from a past Facebook Live where they talk about all the information to keep in mind when shopping for yarn, specifically what you need to know about fiber content and ply. They answer questions like what is micro count, which yarns have the best drape and even what is yarn? So settle in and get cozy to unravel some mysteries of yarn. And as always happy knitting.   Mentioned in This Episode:Knit Picks - About Our Yarn Knit Picks - Guide to Choosing Yarn Palette  Swish Wool of the Andes Stroll Alpaca Cloud Andean Treasure Dishie Comfy Lindy Chain CotLin Hawthorne Craft Yarn Council Yarn Weight System  City Tweed Upcycle Biggo Muse Preciosa Wonderfluff Snuggle Puff Catamaran Pattern Equinox: A Modern Cotton Collection Birdie Top Yarn 101 Facebook Live on Facebook Yarn Label Facebook Live on Facebook Yarn 101 Facebook Live on Youtube Knit Picks on Facebook Timestamps0:00 Introduction with Producer Sara 0:53 Hannah and Lee from Knit Picks Facebook Live 1:01 What is Yarn? 2:19 Yarn Fiber 2:50 Animal fibers 3:22 Micron count explained   6:37 Luxury Yarns 7:50 Plant fibers 9:12 Person-made fibers 10:22 "Is Sport Weight considered a 2?" 11:37 "Would a cotton-blend have a better drape than just plain cotton?"  13:05 "What yarn would you suggest for a table runners?" 13:40 Ply demystified 17:03 "Do you have a single-ply Merino?" 18:47 Air jet yarns 21:00 Chainette yarns 28:46. Credits!
1/28/202130 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 335 - Meet Tian Connaughton

We're back. Winter is here and our Knit Picks Team is very busy working to bring you exciting new things in 2021. If you missed it in last episode, we said goodbye to our Knit Picks Host Hannah Maier as she embarks on new adventures. Behind the scenes we're working on our new podcast voice and style so stay tuned.  Last year Knit Picks and our sister brand WeCrochet ventured into the world of live streams. Today we're sharing with you an interview that WeCrochet did in the fall of 2020 with knit and crochet designer Tian Connaughton. Tian is a joy and we are very excited to share some of this interview with you. Sara, who has been on this podcast before, asks Tian about her crafting story and her inspiration and business. We'll have new things to share about Tian's work later this year but until then you can start to get to know her, if you don't already. So grab your knitting, settle in, and get ready to meet your new knitting friend.    Mentioned in this Episode: Last episode of the podcast Knit Picks Facebook Lives Knit Picks Facebook Lives on Youtube WeCrochet Facebook Lives WeCrochet Facebook Lives on Youtube WeCrochet Facebook Live with Tian WeCrochet Magazine: Issue 4 WeCrochet Magazine: Issue 5 Tian's Website Pattern Partnership Program Tian's Designs 32 Market Street Tee Obeah Hat  Wingdale Cowl Stroll Gradient Muse Tian's Instagram Account - TianConnaughton Tian's Instagram Account - KnitDesignsbyTian Real Talk With Tian Timestamps: 0:00 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast 1:18 Sara from WeCrochet interviews Tian Connaughton 10:32 "How do you start with a design" 14:29 Love women entrepreneurs helping women entrepreneurs 30:37 Credits
1/14/202132 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 334 - Welcome to the Knitting Help Desk

We're winding down our year, finishing off our holiday projects, and taking a short break to gear up for 2021. In this special episode of the Knit Picks Podcast we're taking some time to do our very favorite thing: answering your questions! Hannah, Stacey, Lee, and later Producer Sarah, come together remotely from our craftrooms, offices, bedrooms or living rooms scattered across Portland, OR to answer your knitting queries. From tips and tricks with colorwork to deciding what to make next, the Knit Picks Podcast team is here to help. We bring our wealth of knowledge and unique perspective to help guide you through whatever is upsetting your knitting. We had so much fun thinking of solutions or sharing our favorite ways to tackle problems that we'll definitely be doing this again. Stay tuned to hear our answers to questions about all sorts of knitting and fiber conundrums.  Mentioned in This Episode:Learn To Knit KP Learning Center Ball Winder  Swift  Ball Winder video  Scrap  Buy Nothing Project  Twill Calorimtry Headband  Norwegian Christmas Crackers  Top Down Christmas Stockings  Frost slippers  Jacquard Acid Dye Starter Set Timestamps: 0:00 Introduction 2:04 Simpleliving246 on Instagram asks I’m having a hard time learning to knit during the pandemic - what are some good resources? 5:35 Khu_sh_bu on Instagram asks I bought your ball winder. I get tangled in the every cake. What am I doing wrong. Yes I am using the arrow.  10:16 Galswingirl on Instagram asks What to do when you only get one part of the gauge? ie, you match the row gauge but not the stitch gauge.  13:58 LivingBreathingLaughing on Instagram asks Help! I bought bad yarn and I don’t want to waste it or continue (with it).  17:28 Hitomebore2004 on Instagram asks I’m the worst at estimating yarn needed for a project - is there help for this? 19:37 Efdev35 on Instagram asks What is the best yarn weight for knitting a sweater? I’m new to sweaters.  23:00 Niko on Facebook asks I was wondering about how many yards or meters of yarn would one roughly use for a scarf for a male? 25:01 JaneMLockhark on Instagram asks What do I knit next?? 27:30 Voicemail from Trina from Pitsburg asking about Types of blocks that start in the middle and you work your way out - how do you scale up? 29:43 Bella_Mattson on Instagram asking How do I knit into a yarn over in the next row? 32:13 Voicemail from Claire from Texas asking Having trouble with stranded colorwork - whenever she does it her projects become puckered in some areas and too loose in others. Looking for tips and tricks for stranded colorwork.  Xxalirose on Instagram asks How much slack should floats have in a pair of socks? 38:01 Voicemail from Ashley from North Carolina ***She wants to know more about hand dying yarns. First question - do washing instructions change after doing hand dye? Are there items you suggest not using hand-dyed yarns for? 44:36 Producer Sarah’s rapid-fire questions 48:26 Goodbye Hannah 49:26 Credits
12/11/202050 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 333: Patterns, Process, and Product (Oh My!)

Join us to talk about all sorts of crafty goodness. To start, Lee and Hannah sit down to discuss the idea of Process vs. Product knitting. While this spectrum of approaches is true for almost all crafting, they do a deep dive into their experiences wrestling with this concept from the perspective of their own knitting queues. Stay tuned to find out whether you tend toward Process or Product or, as they've each discovered in themselves, somewhere in between.  Next, Stacey and Hillary pop in to share some of our most popular patterns. Did you know that for the past 9 years or so Knit Picks has worked hard to bring you roughly two new pattern collections every six weeks?! That's SO MANY patterns you can't find anywhere else and we love talking about our favorites. Listen along to discover a new pattern or, if you're a super fan, we suggest you jot down a quick list of YOUR favorite patterns to see how many are on our list as well! Mentioned in This Episode:Baby Leggings by Allison Griffith Hawthorne  Independent Designer Patterns  Oak Forest Shawl by Ksenia Naidyon Cinna Top by Ksenia Naidyon Lindy Chain  Serendipity  Teasel Shrug  Paragon  Diamond Rain Shawl  Cindersmoke Blanket Shawl  Isn't It Midnight Throw Protea Sweater Pathways Textured Knits Collections Eldfell Pullover Sorrel Aloft Kaliya Wrap Adira Stroll Mini Pack Gloss Timestamps:0:00 Hannah's welcome 1:08 Hannah and Lee 17:23 Stacey and Hillary 29:22 The Credits
11/27/202030 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 332: Your Favorite Sock Yarns Explained

Today, we're dedicating an entire episode to the subject of sock knitting! Whether you're a seasoned pro and socks are your very favorite thing, or a new knitter contemplating casting on for your very first pair, this episode is for you!  Lee and Hannah spend time talking about all of the sock yarns they've developed over the years. Colorful, hardwearing and in a range of lovely fibers, sock yarn is one of our very favorite things to develop behind the scenes. Listen along as they compare and contrast soft Stroll lines with Hawthorne's rugged and complex colorways. You might even discover a new-to-you skein to try! Stacey invites Rosalyn Keys (you may know her as Rozknitz on Instagram) on to the podcast to talk about her PASSION for sock knitting. We met Roz at a knitting trade show years ago and love seeing what she comes up with next. She's one of our favorite super fans and is always the first to snag a skein of new sock yarn to use on her sock knitting machine. Don't know what that is? Stay tuned to find out! Also, Roz was part of the design team that developed the last round of striped Felici colors too! As always, happy knitting! Mentioned in This Episode: Stroll Hawthorne Felici Static Capretta Gloss Fingering Muse Bare Eco Superwash Alpaca Lee's socks in two colorways of Felici held together  Lee's socks in Felici & Stroll held together  Lee's sweater in Stroll held triple  Helpful tutorial for triple-stranding from one yarn ball  Sweater Lee knit in Hawthorne held together with Aloft  Sweater Lee knit in Hawthorne speckle held double  Hat Lee knit in Felici held double and striped between two colorways  Cowl Lee knit with Hawthorne held triple striped with Capretta held triple  Sock Yarn Celebration Sock Knitting Machine Roz on Ravelry Roz on Instagram Timestamps: 0:00 Welcome with Hannah 1:32 Hannah and Lee talk sock yarn 23:30 Stacey talks to Roz 36:07 Credits
11/13/202037 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 331 - Making Yarn

Every day, the Knit Picks team comes together to dig deep into our craft and celebrate our favorite materials. From yarn to needles, we choose everything with care and work to bring our very favorite things right to your door. Today, we're taking a new look at yarn from some different angles. Join Lee and Hannah as they talk about their experience making their own yarn. Whether you're interested in spinning skeins from fleece or making your yarn from recycled materials like t-shirts, they touch on a variety of techniques and share some of their hard earned tips and tricks for getting fantastic results.  Next up, you'll also hear some new voices. Courtney and Kate join Hannah from Kelbourne Woolen's to share some of their favorite things about running a yarn business. You can find their lovely, classic wool Germantown yarn on the Knit Picks website and today you'll get a little behind the scenes interview with these fantastic crafters. Make sure to stay tuned to get a sneak peek at what Kelbourne has coming up in 2021 too! Mentioned In This Episode:KP Wood Yarn Spindle  Wool of the Andes Roving  Bare Stroll Roving KP Spinning Wheel  Fantasia Beginner Spinning Kit  Lee's recycled yarn ebook  Steeking Scissors  Niddy Noddy  Kromski Niddy Noddy  Wool Wash  Meta Tee pattern  Kelbourne Woolens Kelbourne Woolens (official site) Kelbourne Germantown Fleisher Kelbourne Woolens Year of Hats kits Knit Picks A Year of Hats   Timestamps:0:00 Introduction with Hannah 1:10 Hannah and Lee talk about making yarn 16:58 Want to learn to knit socks? 17:59 Hannah talks to Kate and Courtney from Kelbourne Woolens 39:59 Credits
10/30/202041 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 330: The Quest For Color

As the weather gets cozier our stashes seem to get more colorful. This week we're dipping into the wide world of multi colored knitting. From epic Fair Isle to simply soothing marled effects, we're sharing all our knitting know-how in this episode! First up, Stacey and Lee discuss some popular techniques for getting maximum color in every square inch. Stay tuned to learn the similarities and differences between techniques like Fair Isle, Mosaic, Intarsia, and marls. Next, Sara joins Hannah from our sister company WeCrochet to tackle some common considerations when choosing colors. They cover some color theory basics that work for every project and also share our favorite ways of choosing specific Knit Picks and WeCrochet brand colors from our websites when you can't just order them ALL to see in person!  Also, we wanted to let everyone know that our Twelve Weeks of Gifting series of free patterns is happening right now on both KnitPicks.com and Crochet.com! Each week we're releasing a free pattern to get you excited about holiday knitting. The closer to the end of the year we get, the easier the patterns get, perfect for last minute gifting for anyone left on your list. Or! Simply treat yourself. Check out the Twelve weeks of gifting or sign up for our emails to be the first to know when there's a new release. Mentioned in This Episode: Mosaic Medley book  Spectrum book  Lee's sweater with stripes + short rows  A sweater Lee knit will all different colors of Muse yarn  Lee's patterns (many of which are multi-colored)  Designer MK Nance  Mosaic & Lace book by Barbara Benson  Collection by Lee with stranded mitts/cowl/legwarmers  KP Learning Center colorwork guides  Spilly Jane's patterns Nonna's Gardens Color Theory Basics Palette color card Color Grid Tool Color Booklet and Wheel Timestamps:0:00 Introduction with Hannah 1:26 Stacey and Lee talk about colorwork 22:20 Want to Learn to Knit A Blanket? 23:02 Hannah and Sara talk about choosing colors 37:06 The Credits
10/16/202038 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 329: Gift Knitting

Our offices are located in the Pacific NorthWest where we're all starting to see the subtle signs of fall. This means colder months are on their way and it's time to get going on gifts knits for the holiday season. We know it might feel early, but if you're a gift knitter, you know that it's time. In this episode you'll hear Erica and Hannah talk tips, tricks and strategies to keep the stress at a minimum while making sure you've got everyone on your list covered. They share some of our favorite patterns to get you inspired to start making your lists and casting on this weekend.  Stacey and Hillary also introduce our annual Twelve Weeks of Gifting! Free patterns await patient listeners so stay tuned. If and when you need inspiration for any of those last-minute gifts. Settle in for this week's episode to start slowly getting into the holiday spirit. In the meantime, as always... happy knitting Mentioned in this Episode:Alpaca Cloud DK, Fingering Lace Andean Treasure Capretta Paragon Galileo Gloss Wonderfluff City Tweed DK, HW Provincial Tweed Muse Continuation Blanket in Mighty Stitch worsted held triple Chill Chaser Cup Cozy in Stroll Cabled Cozies in City Tweed HW Chunky Slippers in Muse Gradual Rib Hat in Hawthorne Beinn Hat in WOTA Gradual Watch Cap in Chroma Twist Dishcloths! Ornaments! 12 Weeks of Gifting   Timestamp: 0:00 The Introduction 0:52 Hannah and Erica talk about knit gifts 24:27 Together We Knit Facebook Group 24:48 Want to know how to knit in the round? 25:39 Stacey and Hillary 29:58 Credits    
10/2/202031 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 328: Our Knitting Mistakes

Recently, during a meeting at the office the Knit Picks team realized that each and every one of us at, one moment or another has had an "AH HAH!" moment when we realized we were doing something wrong! A defining moment in every knitter's craft, there comes a time when you embrace a craft quirk that's special to you, or learn another way of doing something.  Stay tuned to hear about Twisted stitches, struggling to join in the round or swapping garter stitch for stockinette in a project. Also, we talk about whether we change how we're doing something or just roll with it and call it a "design feature" rather than a flaw!  We love these little moments and would love to hear some of yours! If you've got a good "ah hah!" moment from your crafty past that you'd like to share, give us a call and leave a voicemail at 360-334-4847. We'll be checking our voicemail often and might be using your messages in future podcast episodes! You can also record a Voice Memo on your phone and send that audio file to [email protected].  In the meantime, as always... happy knitting. Timestamps:0:00 Introduction 1:24 Stacey and Morgan 7:42 SIMS! 8:11 Hannah, Gerda and Hillary 14:57 Want to knit a scarf? 15:35 Lee and Erica 25:47 Credits
9/18/202027 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 327: Modular Knits and Easy-Care Yarns

We're back from our short hiatus in August with some fresh crafting conversations for you! With the warm weather winding down and holiday season quickly approaching, we're shifting gears at Knit Picks. This week, we're covering modular projects like blankets and afghans and the easy care yarns that are our go-to choices for long lasting machine washable projects.  Perfect for cool weather, modular blankets are our favorite things to knit for ourselves or gift during the holidays. These projects will grow and change with every row you knit and they're one of the most mesmerizing knits that we come back to time and time again. Stacey and Lee talk about our new Modular Blanket collection and Stacey shares her favorite way to pick up stitches for perfectly joined pieces.  Next, Erica and Hannah talk through the wonderful category of washable yarns! Also called "easy care" these fibers are fun to knit and can be safely washed in your home machine. They both love to use yarns in this genre for gift knits because it takes the mystery and worry out of caring for those precious projects. Stay tuned to discover a new-to-you yarn and hear tips and tricks for choosing and caring for these fibers.    Mentioned in this Episode:Hue Shift Blanket Pattern  Cloudy Day Throw Pattern  Outline Throw Pattern  Buffalo Throw Pattern  Rainflake Throw Pattern  Traditions Afghan Pattern  Joinery Blanket  Flash Forward Blanket  Squared Blanket  Block Party print book  Block Party eBook  A couple of patterns by Lee which are modular with no picked up stitches and no seaming: Vanguard hat and Triyang Collection Shawls  Learn To Knit Kit Learn to Knit Brava (Sport, Worsted, Bulky) Billow Snuggle Puff Dishie CotLin Shine Stroll Hawthorne Muse Swish Chroma Chroma Twist Wota Twill Mighty Stitch Comfy Timestamps:0:00 Introduction 1:22 Lee and Stacy talk modular knits 17:20 Knit Picks Learn to Knit Box Subscriptions 18:25 Hannah and Erica talk about easy-care yarns 38:48 Credits    
9/4/202040 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 326: Staying Creative - New Crafts & Old Favorites

Today, we're taking a short break from all things knitting and sharing some of the OTHER crafts we've been experimenting with lately. At Knit Picks, we are knitters too and we also do other things. First up, Hillary and Hannah talk about what it's like to learn a new craft from scratch. Hillary has been exploring the wide world of ceramics at home and Hannah has been dipping a tentative toe into punch needle! Everyone's process of learning something new is different. They give some examples of things that have been helpful in their new craft explorations.  Next, Stacey and Lee describe their recent forays into sewing. Both of them have been sewing for years but recently it's grown into a full time interest. The common theme for both Stacey and Lee was discovering the perfect, challenging project that meant they reached a new experience level. These themes and milestones apply to knitting and many crafts. Also, stay tuned for some great audiobook and podcast recommendations to keep you entertained while you craft!  As always... happy crafting! Mentioned in this Episode: Lisa Congdon Instagram Stone and Wave Pottery Ceramics Monthly Ball Winder Swift Arounna Instagram Double M Pottery Instagram Modern Punch Needle Punched: Techniques and Projects for Modern Punch Needle Art Lee's sewing pinterest boards Love to Sew podcast LB Pullover pattern Fen Dress pattern Yanta Overalls pattern Lee's portfolio top Lee's Yanta Overalls Lee's first (of many) LB Pullover In the Folds Sew House Seven Helen's Closet Cashmerette Eloquent Rage Lies My Teacher Told Me Something That May Shock and Discredit You How to be an Antiracist Such a Fun Age His Dark Materials series Six of Crows Duology I'm Judging You The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell OverDrive and Libby (both free with library card) Scribd audible Rabbit Hole Dolly Parton's America It's Been a Minute Code Switch Pop Culture Happy Hour Who Shot Ya? Stop Podcasting Yourself Consider ThisThe Daily The Benjamin Dixon Show On the Media Throwing Shade Reply All 1619 This Had Oscar Buzz NPR podcasts Maximum Fun network podcasts Extra Hot Great The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show Keep It (and Crooked Media) BingeMode (and Ringer network) It's The Pictures That Got Small You Must Remember This The Storm I Don't Even Own A Television Casefile Timestamps: 0:00 Introduction with Hannah 1:03 Hannah and Hillary talk about learning new crafts 21:13 Lee and Stacy talk about their love of sewing 49:55 Credits
7/24/202051 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 325: All About Lace!

Let's take a look at lace knitting. Now, lace is a polarizing topic in our offices here at Knit Picks and we're betting that it's the same way in the broader knitting world. Either you love it, hate it or just haven't taken the plunge and started your first project. If you're lukewarm about lace or a newbie, this episode is for you! We've just released a new collection of heavier weight lace patterns that are a great way to get started. Stacey talks with Kalurah Hudson, one of our designer extraordinaires and a contributor to this collection about lace. Starting with fingering, worsted or even bulky weight lace projects means you can get comfortable with charts and lace basics without committing to a lace project that never seems to end! The epitome of quick and cozy, Sway is a great collection for experienced lace lovers as well.  Next, Lee and Hannah talk about their favorite tools to make knitting lace a breeze. With the right tools, yarn and techniques, lace becomes one of the easiest techniques to master. After this episode, you'll have perfect projects, crisp stitches and zero fears when it comes to lace knitting. Lastly, stay tuned for a call we received on our phone line! A super fan from Canada called to share their favorite yarns and we were so delighted. We had to include the voicemail here and really, we couldn't have said it better ourselves.    Featured image includes: Sagebrush Shawl Paragon Sport Yarn Mentioned in this Episode: Kalurah Hudson Knit Picks Designs Sway (Collection) Seashore Shawl: Heavy Seashore Shawl: Light Andrea Mowry on Ravelry Premium Knitting Chart Keeper Basic Chart Keeper - Silver Quick Locking Stitch Markers Set Lace Blocking Wires Eucalan Woolwash 16.9 oz Premium Knitting Blocking Mats T Pins 40 Pack Blocking Pins (U shaped ones) Fixed Circular Needles Interchangeable Needles Shimmer Lace Yarn Luminance Lace Yarn Luminance Hand Painted Alpaca Cloud Lace Yarn Gloss Lace Yarn Aloft Yarn Timestamps: 0:00 Introduction with Hannah 1:26 Stacy interviews Kalurah 10:34 Lee and Hannah talk about their favorite tools for lace 37:57 Listener voicemail 42:53 Credits
6/26/202044 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 324: Launching New Patterns & A New Brand

Today we're talking about HOW things are made but, it's a twist! Instead of the act of knitting or projects, we're going to be sharing how patterns are designed and how our sister company, WeCrochet was born.  Stacey and Lee have spent years designing patterns and working with designers on the behind-the-scenes process of pattern creation. Whether you're interested in dipping your toe into the design world or want to gain new insight and appreciation for the complex and beautiful work that goes into pattern creation, this segment is a must listen.  We invite Sara Dudek, the brand manager from WeCrochet on to our podcast to talk about our brand new sister brand. Knit Picks has long been a home for knitters and we wanted to grow to include a home JUST for crocheters. Learn about what's new in crochet (spoiler alert, SO MANY THINGS!) and get inspired to pick up your hooks and explore crochet.com. As always... happy crafting! Have a question? Want to talk about something you’re working on? Make sure to call in, ask, and just say hi! Drop us a line at 360-334-4847 and record your message, we’ll be checking our voicemail often and might be using your messages in future podcast episodes. We really love hearing from you. You can also record a Voice Memo on your phone and send that audio file to [email protected].    Mentioned in this Episode: Designer page, includes links to IDP and to current calls for submissions Knit Picks Exclusive Books Knit Picks Exclusive eBooks Knit Picks Exclusive Patterns Design with us! page Indy Pattern Designers' Resources ravelry group Lee's knitting patterns WeCrochet!   Timestamps: 0:00 Introduction with Hannah 1:09 Stacy and Lee talk about the process of knitting patterns from idea through to publishing 22:54 Hannah talks to Sara about the new brand for crocheters, WeCrochet 38:07 Credits with Hannah
6/12/202039 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 323: Baby Knits and Toys

Knitting tiny things like stuffies and baby sweaters has always been a favorite way to fill our knitting queue. Lately the knitters here at Knit Picks have cast on for small, quick projects as we find ourselves with more opportunities to dive into our stashes at home. It's the perfect time to reach for instant gratification knits. First up, Hillary and Morgan share their recent experiences knitting for babies. Tiny sweaters, hats and the cutest baby socks are fun to whip up and gift right away or store for future babies. They share tips and tricks for knitting baby gear as well as some pattern recommendations! Next, Stacey and Hannah do a deep dive into knitting toys. They both LOVE to make stuffies and have found things that they both look for in a good toy pattern. Learn about yarns and techniques we recommend for 3D toy knitting as well as their favorite patterns! As always... happy knitting! Mentioned in this episode: The Otterferry Cardi by Rainer and Bear Swish DK Flax by tincanknits Brava Worsted Yarn Snuggle Puff CotLin Yarn Simply Cotton Organic Sport Yarn Bumpy Bear Hat Pumpkin Patch Beanie Bunny Ears Hat Sheep Hat Narwhal Dishie Double Pointed Needles Safety Eyes Locking Stitch Markers Rachel Borello Carroll (Narwhal, Unicorn, Manatee, Fox) Mochimochi (tiny unicorn, tons of tiny projects on Rav, Stacey's favorite Grass guy) Rebecca Danger (monsters, did our A Very Danger Christmas) Emily Kintigh (Little Mishka, new handpuppets, Monster rattles) Cinthia Vallet   Cute, Cuter, Cutest Knit Toys in 3 sizes  WeCrochet | crochet.comWool of the Andes Swish Hawthorne Stroll Biggo Brava Sport Mighty Stitch Fable Fur Comfy Cotlin Reflections Shine Timestamps: 0:00 Hannah's introduction 1:02 Morgan and Hillary talk about knitting for babies 10:01 Hannah and Stacy deep dive into knitting toys 35:57 Credits
5/29/202037 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 322: Warm Weather Knitting

Here in the Pacific Northwest we've had our first burst of warm weather and we've decided it's high time we talk about warm weather knitting. Whether you're thinking of garments to WEAR or projects to MAKE during our upcoming heatwaves, we've got you covered. Listen along as we talk about the ins and outs of our favorite knitting season: SUMMER! First up, Stacey and Hannah share their favorite projects. We'll get you thinking about your own knitting queue and wardrobe. And if you're wondering if summer is blanket-knitting season, the answer is YES! Modular blankets are easy to knit in small sections while sitting in the sun, and then pieced together in the cool evenings. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks. Next, Lee and Erica do a deep dive on plant fiber yarns. From cotton to linen and everything in between, you'll learn about the ins and outs of each fiber and their blends. If you've never dipped into the world of plant fibers, this episode is for you! Mentioned in this Episode: Hawthorne yarn Sock Yarn Shawls Collection eBook Stratosphere Everyday Wraps eBook: Colorful Knitted Shawls Hue Shift Afghan Pattern Cotlin yarn Equinox Collection Cascades Tee Cotlin Reflections Comfy Lunch Bag Pattern Market Bag Pattern Dishie Yarn Stroll Sock Lab – Aquarium Edition Hawthorne Sock Lab - Scoops Edition Dishie Twist Yarn Curio #10 Shine Yarn Simply Cotton Organic Sport Yarn Snuggle Puff Yarn Billow Yarn Lindy Chain Orchid Blossom Stole Timestamps: 0:00 The Introduction with Hannah 1:07 Hannah and Stacy chat warm weather knits 18:02 Erica and Lee chat plant-fiber yarns 37:17 Credits
5/15/202038 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 321: DIY Yarn - Dye It Yourself!

We're recording these episodes from our homes scattered across Portland, Oregon. We may be apart but our enthusiasm for all things yarn and crafting bring us together! Today, we're taking a small departure from knitting or crochet to talk about dyeing yarns. No matter what craft you're passionate about, being able to make your unique, custom colorway is an exciting and fun project that you can do at home with things you probably already have around the house! First up, Regan and Hannah chat about natural dyes. You can get stunning washes of color from tree bark, spices, and common vegetables with just a little bit of time and effort. Regan shares his experiments with our Earthues dye kit and Hannah touches on some of her experience dyeing with flowers and other plants grown in the garden.  Next, Stacey and Lee chat about other dye techniques. From speckles to using kool aid to dye yarns, you'll learn about what fun effects we're seeing in yarns these days! As always, if you have a question or want to talk about something you're working on you can call in! Drop us a line at 360-334-4847and record your message, we'll be checking our voicemail often and might be using your messages in future podcast episodes. We really love hearing from you. You can also record a Voice Memo on your phone and send that audio file to [email protected].  In the meantime, as always... happy knitting. Mentioned in this episode: Botanical Yarn Dyeing Journey Earthues Botanical Dye Kit Bare Yarns Indigo Cotton Dye Kit Indie Dyer Showcase The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes Jacquard Dye Kit Jacquard Acid Yarn Dyes - 27 Colors Greener Shades Acid Dye Kit Dye Bare Yarn with Kool-Aid! blog post Dyeing Yarn in a Crock Pot Dyeing Self-Striping Yarn From Another Place Crop Top Lee's tutorial Cotton Dye Kit Timestamps: 0:00 Hannah's Introduction 1:38 Hannah and Regan talk natural dyes 13:48 Listener Voicemail and follow up 15:44 Lee and Stacy talk acid-based dyes 37:11 Credits
5/1/202038 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 320: Tried and True Knits

You may have noticed that we took a short break between episodes while we figured out how to record from home. We miss our tiny recording studio but we're also so excited to be able to record new episodes for you to knit along to.   Many of us are finding more time to do our favorite crafts during the day... it's a time to rest and find comfort in our projects. Even though we're spending more time crafting, it doesn't necessarily mean that all of that time is spent in one go over  the course of a leisurely crafternoon! Instead, kiddos, pets, work or chores punctuate our days. Everyone on the Knit Picks team has found ways to make our precious knitting and crochet time productive and simple so that we can get right back to it when we're ready and able.  First, Lee and Erica give some tips and tricks for keeping track of where you are in your project! Using lifelines in lace or locking stitch markers can make it so much easier to come back to a project you've set down hours (or weeks!) before.  Next, Stacey and Hannah share their favorite patterns that are easy to pick up and work on without having to rely on tons of notes or complicated stitches. Spoiler alert: garter stitch comes up more than once! FYI Knitting is not canceled! We may be spending more time apart  these days but we're finding new, exciting ways to connect and share our love of craft with each other. Looking for a community of excited, dedicated crafters? Join our new Together We Knit Facebook group! With over 1,500 members there's never ending inspiration to look forward to.  Want to craft for charity? Knit Picks has teamed up with Warm Up America to knit or crochet blocks for blankets. Read more about Warm Up America on our blog. There's never been a better way to spread love, try a new technique and bust your stash at the same time! Have a question? Want to talk about something you're working on? Make sure to call in, ask, and just say hi! Drop us a line at 360-334-4847 and record your message, we'll be checking our voicemail often and might be using your messages in future podcast episodes. We really love hearing from you. You can also record a Voice Memo on your phone and send that audio file to [email protected].  In the meantime, as always... happy knitting.... Mentioned in this episode: Knit Picks Podcast Episode 311 Row Counter Finger Row Counter Knit Picks Notebooks Project Bag How to Use a Lifeline for Lace Knitting Interchangeable Needles Stitch Markers Colorful Garter Cowl Midwinter Shawl Electric Alpaca Cowl Eponine Shawlette Vesna Infinity Scarf Impressionist Afghan Easy Stripes Blanket Hue Shift Delaunay Pillow Beinn Dreamy Waves Scarf Rock and roll socks Vinca Socks Cozy Couch Socks On the Grid Socks Garter Ridge Hat Resa Hats Ebullience Hats   Timestamps: 0:00 Welcome by Hannah 1:53 Lee and Erica check in and talk about tricks to help you stop and start projects 20:50 Knit Picks is here for you! 21:44 Hannah and Stacy talk about their favorite Go-to projects 32:22 Credits
4/17/202033 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 319: Behind the Scenes

Today we take a trip behind the scenes at Knit Picks to talk about two of our popular programs. We're busy adding to and refining our subscription boxes and eco yarn offerings throughout the year and wanted to share some of the stories and highlights from both.  First up, Alison and Hannah talk about their history of developing new eco yarns. From past favorites like Full Circle to our recent Upcycled yarn launch, we're proud of what we've been able to source and are always looking for new yarns to add to our collections. Next, Erica and Kate share some insights into our subscription box program. Carefully curated boxes arrive at your door every month, full of lovely yarns and favorite patterns. We've recently relaunched our program with new boxes and are always working on new ways to surprise and delight our super fans. Find out who is on Team Hawthorne and who is on Team Stroll.  If you are someone who gets a subscription box, use the hashtag #KPSubscriptionsuperstar  #KPHandpicked and share your experience. Mentioned in this episode:  Upcycled Reserve Yarn Line  Full Circle  Upcycle Reserve 100% Wool Worsted  Upcycle Reserve 100% Wool Bulky  Upcycle Reserve Alpaca Blend  Diadem Yarn Simply Alpaca Aran  Simply Wool Worsted  Simply Cotton Organic Worsted Yarn  Simply Cotton Organic Fingering Yarn  Simply Cotton Organic Sport Yarn  Bare Yarns  Greener Shades Acid Dye Kit Earthues Botanical Dye Kit  Warm Up Together Knit A Long Warm Up Together Knit A Long Pattern Ideas Subscription boxes  Subscription box: Cotton Club  Subscription box: Sock Yarn Celebration Subscription box: A Year of Hats  Payne Hat  As always, happy knitting Timestamps: 00:00 Hannah's introduction 0:58 Alison and Hannah talk eco yarns and dyes 10:48 Stacy introduces the Warm Up Together Knit A Long 11:39 Erica and Kate talk about Knit Picks subscription boxes 19:57 Credits 
3/20/202021 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 318: Beyond finishing

Knits are meant to be loved and used which means that a knitter's work is never truly done. Whether there are holes to be mended or you want to add some fiber flair to your project, Stacey, Lee, Alison and Hannah share some of their favorite ways to mend and embellish knits.  First up, wool moths and kiddos mean our stacks of knits have some holes to be patched. Alison and Hannah discuss the different ways they mend well loved knits. Listen in to learn about needle felting, darning eggs and the ongoing debate about visible versus invisible mending. Next, Stacey and Lee come together to share their favorite ways to add embellishments to finished projects. Adding duplicate stitch or a crochet edging can bring new life to a second hand garment or spice up an otherwise plain piece with bold motifs. Want to add pockets? We talk about that too! As always, happy knitting!   Mentioned in this Episode: Hawthorne Sock Darning with Duplicate stitch Wool Roving Felting Needle Darning Needle Set Darning Egg Bent Tip Tapestry Needles Embroidery Hoop Crochet Hooks All things Crochet Pallet Yarn Pom Pom Maker Duplicate Stitch project in-progress Lee's thrifted cardigan with knitted-on elements Crochet chain into eyelet holes How to add crochet edging to not-knit fabric, by Cal Patch Some beautiful embroidery on a sweater (with moth holes) on Pantsville Press Some embroidery Lee did onto sweater fabric Timestamps: 0:00 Introduction with Hannah 1:03 Hannah and Alison discuss mending 13:07 Lee and Stacy talk embellishing 29:57 credits
3/6/202031 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 317: Designing Knits

The first step in every knitter's journey is conquering the basics: knitting, purling, casting on and binding off. The next step, of course, is finding ways to make your knits do exactly what you want! That feeling when everything comes together in a project that fits perfectly, and looks just as you'd imagined is every knitter's dream.  In this episode Lee and Hannah answer the Knit Picks Podcast's very first message from the new podcast voicemail. Our caller wanted to know how to customize a hat to fit her perfectly and we were so excited to answer her question. Listen in as we dig deep into what makes knitted hats the best place to learn and refine your skills as well as some tips and tricks for getting that perfect fit. Next, Stacey and Erica come together together to share how we choose patterns for our printed collections. We print about 18 books a year which means we've got a lot of moving parts happening behind the scenes. Whether you're a designer or someone who really loves a good pattern, we share some great insights into the process in this segment.  Have a question? Want us to answer your question on the podcast? Make sure to call in and ask! To leave a voicemail call 360-334-4847 and record your message. THIS NUMBER IS NOT FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE. You can also record a voice memo on your phone and email us that audio file at [email protected] As always, happy knitting. Mentioned in this Episode: Wool of the Andes Turn a Square Hat by Jared Flood Knits For Everybody Top Down Hats Hannah's Sister’s Hat Pinhole Cast On Tutorial Lee's Hat Designs Free top-down any-gauge hat patterns by Lee: Scant and Buttonhead Jeny's Stretchy Bind Off Casting On for Knitting in the Round (on Circulars) Double Pointed Needles Interchangeable Needles Single Pack 16" Green Cables (for short tips) Better Together Marled Collection Entwined: Celtic Cables Collection Sojourn: A Knit Lace Collection Design with us Call for Submissions Timestamps: 0:00 - Introduction with Hannah 1:11 - Hannah and Lee say hi 1:43 - Ashley's Voicemail 2:32 - Hannah and Lee answer the voicemail's question 21:22 - Special offer for Podcast Listeners 21:50 - Erica and Stacy give the Behind-the-scenes of designs 37:47 - Credits Visit the Knit Picks Blog for more information about this episode: https://blog.knitpicks.com/?p=65926
2/21/202038 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 316: All About Yarn

Each project has a beginning. Sometimes inspiration starts with a new pattern, but our favorite knits always begin with a surprise "I have GOT to have that!" skein. Today's episode includes our favorite ways to pick patterns when you're starting from your stash. First, Erica and Hannah discuss all the information on yarn labels! Each label has everything you need to know about a yarn if you know how to parse the mysterious lingo. (We've included a label on our blog so you can follow along as we go through each section.)  Next, Stacey and Lee share some hot tips and special considerations when you're searching for the perfect project for a specific yarn. Whether you have a single mystery skein or a sweater quantity of yarn, we've got you covered.  Mentioned in This Episode:Comfy Stroll Craft Yarn Council Twill Aloft Knit Picks Customer Service Team Yarn Substitution Ravelry Lee's Projects and designs Hawthorne Holding yarn triple Cadence Collection Alpaca Cloud Comfy Color Mist Felici Busting the Stash Episode Timestamps:0:00 - Introduction with Hannah 0:53 - How to read a yarn label with Hannah and Erica 17:27 - How to decided what to do with yarn with Stacy and Lee 34:08 - Credits As always, happy crafting!
2/7/202035 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 315: Knitting Needles and Knitting Cables

Today we're going back to basics! First up, Stacey and Hannah share some insights into knitting needles. The most essential knitting tool, no matter your technique, pattern or yarn, choosing the right needles for each project is the very first step and can make a huge difference in your journey. Whether you're dedicated to DPNs or curious about Interchangeable Needles, Stacey and Hannah cover the basics of needle selection. Next, Gerda and Lee dig deep into the intricacies of knitting cables. One of the most impressive techniques, cables offer heaps of visual interest once you learn a few simple steps. They even describe how to cable without a cable needle and demystify some of the ways people use the word "cable" within knitting. Lastly, the Knit Picks Podcast has a brand new voicemail for you to call in with questions or comments. We'll be checking it regularly and using your calls in later episodes as part of our Q&A segments. To leave a voicemail call 360-334-4847 and record your message, we'd love to hear from you. Please know that if you leave us a voice message, we will use it for the podcast. Episode Timestamps: 0:00 - Introduction with Hannah 0:49 - Hannah and Stacy talk about knitting needles 17:37 - New Knit Picks Podcast phone number! 18:05 - Lee and Gerda talk about knitting cables 27:59 - Credits Mentioned in this episode: Choosing the right needles Straight Needles Double Pointed Needles Interchangeable Needles Fixed Circular Needles Majestic Foursquare Interchangeable Needle Set Sunstruck Wood Interchangeable Needle Set with Green Cables Knit Picks Entwined Collection Introduction to Cables! Wood Cable Knitting Needles Cable Needle (V) Cable Needle (U) As always, happy crafting!
1/24/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 314: Finishing Touches

In the spirit of a new year full of crafting goals and bursting project queues, we're taking a moment to think about the act of FINISHING knits. More than just weaving in ends, using the right finishing techniques for each project means you'll have garments and accessories that will be treasured and look good for years to come. First up, Erica and Hannah talk about the importance of taking your time. Each finishing step, from picking the perfect buttons to using the right techniques along the way, add up to a subtle but important difference in the finished project. Next, Lee and Stacey cover the mysteries and intricacies of blocking. Truly one the last steps in the process, blocking can be much more than a simple wash and dry. It's also one of the steps patterns usually tell us the least about. Lastly, as you listen to this week's episode, you might hear some background noise. Our offices are getting a top to bottom renovation and, while we're all thrilled that we'll be moving into bright shiny new spaces, these changes mean that we're all serenaded the soft sound of construction, including during this episode.  Episode Timestamps: 0:00 – Introduction with Hannah 1:13 – Hannah and Erica talk about finishing projects 7:13 – Hannah and Erica talk about buttons 22:33 – Stacy and Lee talk about blocking 43:33 – Credits Mentioned in episode: Simple Silhouette example Cassidy Knit Picks Buttons Josephine's Dry Goods Dottie Angel Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods by Leslie Ann Bestor Finishing School: A Master Class for Knitters by Deborah Newton Pom Pom Maker Tassel Maker Blocking Mats Blocking Mat Starter KitSoak Eucalan Woolwash Soak FlatterT Pins Lace Blocking WiresSock Blocker Garment labels Episode quotes: "I think it's important to think about finishing right from the start [of a project]" - Erica "Finishing touches is also things that you don't see that happen midway through a garment or even the beginning but give it a polished look." - Hannah
1/10/202044 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 313: Knitting Resolutions Revisited

With the new year right around the corner we're busy reflecting on the goals and resolutions we made in the waning days of 2018. Erica and Lee chat about their resolutions for this year and what did (or did not, as the case might be) happen. Each then look forward to 2020 and make some plans for the New Year. Next, Stacey and Hannah take a holistic look at 2019. Knit Picks has introduced more new yarns than ever before and both Stacey and Hannah successfully completed their 2019 resolutions. The past year saw some exciting new developments for Knit Picks and we can't wait to see what 2020 will bring. Reflect and look forward with the Knit Picks Podcast team. We wish you a happy and healthy rest of your December and New Year. And as always, happy crafting!  Episode Timestamps: 0:00 – Introduction with Hannah 0:52 – Lee and Erica listen to last year’s resolutions 1:30 – Lee’s 2019 resolution (audio from PODCAST 290 – NEXT STEPS FOR THE NEW YEAR) 3:45 – Erica’s 2019 resolution (audio from PODCAST 290 – NEXT STEPS FOR THE NEW YEAR) 6:00 – Lee and Erica reflect on 2019 and then look forward 20:36 – Hannah and Stacy on this year and next 35:53 – Credits Mentioned in episode: Hawthorne Blocking Mat Arachnophobia Dishcloth Nightshift Shawl by Andrea Mowry Mister Postman by Kristen Jancuk Woodland Tweed Aloft Mohair Hannah’s Sister’s Hat Stroll Mosaic Knitting Blackwood Cardigan Love to Sew Podcast WeCrochet (New crochet brand) Crochet Cardigan
12/20/201937 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 312: Crafting Gratitude

Craft·i·tude /kraft ə t(y)o͞od/ noun the quality of being thankful within crafting; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness in crafting. (Craft + Gratitude) As crafters, there's something to be grateful for every day we pick up our needles, try a new yarn or conquer a technique. From beautiful yarns to inspiring role models, there are so many things and people to thank for helping each one of us explore our favorite crafts. First, Lee and Hannah share all of the things they're thankful for. They are both self-taught knitters and have relied on a whole host of tools, books and online resources to teach everything needed to become crafting superstars. Stay tuned for some tried-and-true resources that they're both oh-so-grateful to have. Next, we feature a whole cast of new and familiar voices. The Knit Picks staff, whether on the Customer Service Team, in the IT, or Photo Department, we all have someone to thank for helping us along on our crafting journeys. Episode Timestamps: 0:00 – Introduction with Hannah 0:59 – Lee and Hannah talk about things they're grateful for 10:35 – KP Staff give thanks 17:18 – Credits 18:38 – WeCrochet Podcast preview Mentioned in episode: Ravelry Knitty.com The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann Sock It to Me Interchangeable knitting needles set Go Your Own Way Socks Top Down (Socks Tutorial with Stacy)
12/5/201919 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 311: Knits, Tips and Tricks

Whether you're brand new to knitting or an old hand, talking about the foundations of knitting can lead to some profound "ah hah!" moments. Time and again we think we've learned all there is to know about knitting, only to be surprised by some little tip or trick from a fellow crafter that totally changes our process.  Lee and Erica start the conversation today by sharing their methods for reading both patterns and your knit fabric! Being able to look at your project and correctly "read" your stitches can help prevent errors as well as give you a greater understanding of general knit construction. We even have a little treat for our left-handed listeners Next, Stacey and Hannah talk about their forays into knitting without looking at their needles! Both frequently knit while chatting or, more recently, while occupying the Knit Picks booth at the recent Quilt Festival Houston trade show. They loved meeting everyone at the show and also realized that they have some good tips and tricks for knitters who want to practice knitting without looking.  Episode Timestamps: 0:00 – Introduction with Hannah 1:03 – Tips and Tricks: Reading your knitting 11:08 – Left-handed knitting 18:46 – Shout out to Quilt Festival Houston 20:55 – Tips for knitting without looking 36:40 – Credits Mentioned in episode: Row Counter The Left-Handed Knitter Lee’s “Asymmetrical Shawl” aka Liy Shawl Hue Shift Afghan Pattern Hue Shift Afghan Kit Emergency Fix Keychain
11/22/201937 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 310: Knitting Fears Realized

Halloween, the spookiest time of year may have come and gone, but the Knit Picks office and crafting queues are still haunted by scary decorations and seasonal knits. While we’re still making cute ghosts, leaves and pumpkins and enjoying treats with cinnamon and spice, we thought it would be the perfect time to cozy up with some spooky themed podcast segments.  First up, Lee and Morgan chat about their knitting fears! Trying new projects or techniques can be intimidating so they’ve come up with some tips and tricks to make the whole process easier.  Next, light some candles and settle in with a cozy blanket while we share some scary stories! Listen along to knitting nightmares with happy endings and surprising twist that are sure to get your heart (and your needles) racing! Face your knitting fears with us at www.knitpicks.com/ Episode timestamps: 00:00 – The ‘Welcome’ by Hannah 00:52 – Knitting Fears with Lee and Morgan 15:40 – Knitting Horror Stories: 15:49 – The Favorite Cardigan by Stacy 18:13 – Obliterated Stitches by Lee 20:07 – ‘Twas the Night before NIGHTMARE by Erica 21:57 – Lost Yarn by Hannah 23:22 – The Monsters That Make by Morgan 24:52 – Credits with Hannah
11/8/201926 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 309: Gifting and Color

Summer is long gone and everyone here at Knit Picks has started gearing up for the holiday gift giving season! Our needles are busy casting on hats, socks and stuffies and everything in between. Erica and Hannah share their tips and tricks for managing their project queues throughout this busy season, as well as making sure we all give the perfect gift, every time. Hannah's favorite way to make a stellar gift in no time at all is to pair a basic pattern with a stunning, color changing yarn. In the second segment, Lee and Stacey share their favorite ways to feature these cool color effects in projects. From long gradients to steady stripes, color changing yarns elevate simple projects in a snap. Mentioned in episode: Aloft Twill Mighty Stitch Super Bulky Cedar Box Cedar Butterfly Chroma Worsted Chroma Fingering Wool of the Andes Worsted Yarn Stroll Gradient Felici Check out Hannah's mentioned giant squishy knit roly-poly "pill bug" As always, happy listening and happy crafting!
10/25/201929 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 308: Luxury Lane

In this episode, we're taking a trip down luxury lane. It's the perfect time of year to treat yourself (or that special someone on your gift list) to handknits in our premium fibers. Our newest pattern collection, Cadence, showcases these luxury yarns in garments and accessories that are both simple AND stunning. Stacey and Lee go behind the scenes and discuss all the careful considerations and lovely details that went in to each pattern. Alexis and Hannah also dig deep into what makes Luxury yarns special! From Alpaca to Silk and Cashmere, we've never had this many oh-so-soft yarns available at once. Listen in to learn about Micron counts and the mysterious world of Alpaca fibers. As always, happy listening and happy crafting!
10/14/201924 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 307: Colorwork Q&A

We have a special guest for this episode! Lisa Seifert joins Stacey to chat about our newest colorwork collection, Spectrum. Lisa brings some new insight to the design process and shares some behind the scenes info about her patterns in this stunning collection. Our Q + A segments continue! We love answering your knitting questions (keep them coming!) and tackle all your colorwork conundrums in this episode. Stay tuned for tips for proper tension, color choice, and yarn selection! Whether you're a colorwork enthusiast or just getting started, stay tuned for a deep dive on one of our favorite techniques.
9/27/201950 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 306: Form, Function, and Faux-Fur!

We recently calculated how many pattern collections we've published and were SHOCKED to discover that we've done over 130 books since we started this program. Each collection has come together after months of planning, designing, and knitting. Every time we get a new sample in the office or do a new call for submissions, we get excited about all the possibilities! To celebrate our new Gansey collection: Form and Function, Stacey and Hannah sit down together in the studio to really dig in to these new patterns and share the details that make each one unique. We've never done a Gansey focused collection and share some of the challenges and considerations that went in to the selection process. Alexis and Hillary also sit down to chat about our OTHER new news! We've been busy adding new colors to your favorite yarn lines, making new bulky needle sets and (drumroll please!) we're introducing a whole new faux fur yarn! As always, happy listening and happy crafting!
9/13/201926 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 305: Perfect Pairs

It's time to celebrate our favorite seasonless knit, SOCKS! The perfect portable project, we always have a pair on our needles between larger projects. There's really nothing better than a pair of handknit socks for gifting OR wearing. This week we dive into our new Simply Socks pattern collection. After years printing collections of wild socks with fabulously complicated colors and stitch patterns, we've put together a collection of basic, everyday patterns that we all secretly (or not so secretly) really WANT to wear. Perfect for gifting to anyone in your life (hello fellas!) or filling your own sock drawer, we promise these new patterns will have you casting on your next pair ASAP. Stacey and Hannah get serious with our second Q+A session all about, you guessed it, SOCKS! Listen in as they weigh the pros and cons of DPNs vs Magic Loop, and share advice on how to make sure you get the perfect fit every time. We'll be doing Q+A segments regularly so keep those comments coming! As always, happy listening and happy crafting!
8/23/201936 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 304: Sweaters, Sweaters, Sweaters!

This episode is all about the mysteries and intricacies of sweater knitting! First, we've launched a brand new, wonderfully tweedy sweater pattern collection, Everyday Rustic. Stacey and Lee share their favorite patterns as well as a little behind the scenes peek into making this collection. To go along with our sweater theme, Stacey and Hannah pop into the studio to answer some of YOUR questions about the ins and outs of sweater knitting. From sweater care to yarn substitution, and even one question that had us questioning the way we read patterns, we had a blast digging into ideas and concepts we rarely talk about in the office. We'll be doing Q+A segments regularly so keep those comments coming! As always, happy listening and happy crafting!
8/9/201927 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 303: Latest & Greatest

After eight years of making our very own pattern collections, we're finally doing a BEST OF KNIT PICKS edition! Our very favorite garment patterns from our archive are now together in one amazing (and enormous) book. Colorwork, cables, tweed and a few luxury yarns shine in these newly standardized and updated patterns. Lee and Stacey, who work together to bring you all of our pattern collections, sit down to share some behind the scenes insight into their favorite patterns and the logistics of producing our very first Best Of collection. We've also cracked open our yarn archive to bring you an update line of Shimmer lace yarn! Our favorite Baby Alpaca and Silk lace yarn is back in new bright colors, perfect for updating traditional lace patterns. Hillary and Hannah share our love for the zesty new colors as well as project ideas in case you need some extra inspiration. As always, happy listening and happy crafting!
7/26/201916 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 302: Sojourn & Twill

We're dedicating this episode to our love for the timeless and oh-so-wearable SHAWL! The ultimate knit accessory, shawls are fun to make and easy to style in any season. That being said, summer is our favorite time of year to break out our lace weight yarn and cast on our most epic shawl projects. The perfect roadtrip companion or portable poolside project, a single skein of yarn goes incredibly far when it's used for open, lacy motifs. Stacey joins Hannah in the podcast studio to chat about Sojourn, our new knit lace collection. Designed to inspire with 14 patterns, including a few fingering weight gems, there's something for everyone, from die-hard dedicated enthusiast to newbie. We're also THRILLED to introduce Twill, our new superwash merino wool yarn! Perfect for sweaters, hats, accessories and everything in between, we hope you love it as much as we do! As always, happy listening and happy crafting!
7/15/201917 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 301: Our Favorite Tools

Today is a celebration of everything that makes Knit Picks unique. One of our core missions is to surprise and delight our super fans with new tools, yarn, and patterns. We're always working on new biz for you and rarely take a moment to think back and appreciate all that has come before. In this episode, Hillary and Hannah share our favorite Knit Picks exclusive tools. Listen in as we chat about our tried and true ball winders as well as our new Needle binders, a labor of love over a year in the making. The best part? You can shop our sale on all Knit Picks exclusive tools on the site right now! Until July 1st, save 25% on your favorite tools or try something new! Next, our Sock Lab dye experiment program is a year old! Every month we release a new dye effect on one of our popular sock yarn bases. An ongoing dye experiment and celebration of sock yarn, we've been delighted by the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response each month. Alexis and I describe some of our (and your!) favorites from the past year. Stay tuned for more colors through the rest of 2019... Lastly, Reflections is our indigo dye inspired cotton linen yarn! Perfect for summer tops and accessories. As always, happy crafting!
6/28/201920 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 300!

Today marks an exciting milestone, its our 300th episode! Over the years we've covered just about every topic under the crafty sun. We've done deep dives into obscure techniques, gone full nerd over micron counts and also gone behind the scenes and shared the development process of some of our most popular yarns. Everyone here at Knit Picks loves to take a few minutes every month to sit down in the studio and talk about the parts of this craft that we each love most. Today, you'll hear from all of us! In this episode, we'll take a moment to talk about our newest pattern collections! Pawtastic, our new dog themed pattern collection and Outrageous Insteps, a long awaited celebration of all the bright handpainted sock yarns out there. Lastly, everyone here at Knit Picks takes a moment to say hello! We share some of our favorite things about knitting, what's currently on our collective needles and also take a moment to appreciate being part of the KP team. 300 episodes is a huge landmark and we couldn't have done it without our dedicated listeners. A big thank you to everyone who has tuned in over the years and a warm welcome to anyone who is just now discovering our podcast. As always, happy crafting!
6/13/201917 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 299: Shawl Season

Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast, Episode 299: Shawl Season Get ready to dust off your needles and hooks with two new shawl collections! First, Stacey and Hannah talk about Radiance, our knit shawl collection. Easy to wear and fun to knit, these shawls feature fun color combinations and our favorite yarns. Next, Heather joins Hannah in the studio and they chat about the stunning Color Crush collection of crocheted shawls. Finally, sock yarn shawls for all you happy hookers out there. Alexis and Hannah also introduce this month's new sock lab experiment! Every month we introduce a limited edition sock yarn, and we're proud to bring you our first natural dye partnership with BQueen Collection on our favorite Hawthorne yarn base. Each skein is a hand dyed work of art, perfect for the special sock or shawl pattern in your queue!
5/21/201932 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 298: Earth Day, Every Day

Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast, Episode 298: Earth Day, Every Day After such a long, wet winter here in the Pacific Northwest, everyone at Knit Picks has been looking forward to the noticeably greener (and hopefully dryer) spring season. The trees have started to leaf out, the daffodils have bloomed their little hearts out and my knitting queue has taken a turn toward lightweight cotton garments and cheerful spring colors. My favorite spring landmark is EARTH DAY! Every year we take a moment to celebrate the eco section of our offerings. Alexis and I sit down to chat about our Oekitex and GOT certified yarns. These Cotton, Wool and Alpaca yarns are held to the highest standards and deserve a special place in our line up and our stashes. Next, Stacey joins me to share our tips and tricks about caring for your most cherished handmades. Spoiler! We dig into the most loved (and most battered) projects—socks. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog
4/18/201922 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 297: Cotton and Clean

Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast, Episode 297, Cotton and Clean As the clustering cold and heavy skies of winter pass, refreshing vernal rains come to bring new life to the landscape. . .and your knitting! Knit Picks is celebrating the renewing season with new cottons, new colors, and new perspectives. To start, Knit Picks official cotton aficionados Hillary and Erica discuss fresh and favorite cotton yarns, including new Snuggle Puff, made just like our ever popular Wonderfluff but with cotton! After that, Hannah and Heather dig into stash cleaning to talk about how and why to give those hoarded hanks new life. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
4/4/201931 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 296: Adventure Awaits and Muse

One of the innumerable things that we love about knitting is as a means to discover the world around us. Our newest yarn and knitting pattern collection are opportunities to take this both figuratively and literally. The collection, Adventure Awaits, is selection of rugged, practical projects to make all of your outdoor explorations easier, while newly introduced yarn, Muse, lets us bring the fiber mills and dye shops of Japan directly to you. To start, Stacey talks with Erica about Adventure Awaits to explore this new collection and the fine and functional knits and yarns it showcases. After that, Knit Picks Vice President Alison joins Daniel to enthuse about the fabulous fiber and amazing colorways of Muse Hand Painted and Muse Hand Painted Tonal. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
3/7/201924 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 295: Interlude

Knitting is, in some ways, an inherently serene activity that lends itself to quiet evenings in cozy interiors. Amid all the chaos and hustle, our newest collection, Interlude, looks to foster the peace- and comfort-loving home body in every knitter. With simple, generous garments in cozy, soft yarns, these patterns will have you looking for excuses to stay in. To start, I sit down with Hilary to discuss the collection, with a special focus on the alpaca yarns that bring these lounge-worthy projects to life. After that, Lee joins me to take up a topic suggested by a Knit Picks follower, that eternal knitters dilemma, works in progress. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
2/21/201928 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 294: Embrace Crochet Collection

Knit Picks may be our name, but we are definitely about more than just knitting. The devoted crocheters amongst us are directly responsible for this newest collection, Embrace. Full of the textures that you can only get with crochet, this collection uses our full range of yarns for the sorts of modern projects that add charm and allure to everyday life. To start, Stacey and Hilary discuss the collection, talking about the patterns, yarns, and colors of these updated crochet creations. After that, Hannah joins Stacey to talk about the yarns in the collection and the individual qualities and quirks they develop specifically with crochet. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
2/7/201925 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 293: Accents Accessory Collection

Accessories are the force multipliers of fashion, where the smallest items, wisely applied, can have the biggest impact. And this is even more true for knitters, when the right hat or cowl can take a week while a sweater can drag on for months. Accents, our newest accessories collection helps you get the most out your knitting time, with the small adornments that play such a big role in our wardrobes. To start, Stacey and Hilary discuss the collection, talking about the patterns, yarns, and colors of these bright modern designs. After that, Stacey and I indulge in the intersection of craftiness and nerdery to talk about knitting in pop culture. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
1/24/201922 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 292: Crossings Cable Collection

Like the twisting, braiding, wandering stitches themselves, cable techniques cross generations of knitters, weaving together layers of knitting history into a cozy fabric of fiber tradition. Our newest cable collection, Crossings adds a new thread to this tradition, a fibery homage to immemorial motifs and classic constructions. To keep your cables looking their cabliest it helps to know the wool your working with, so first Hannah and I go full yarn nerd about cabling with our favorite Knit Picks wools, comparing and contrasting all of the yarns used in this latest cable collection. After that, Stacey and Hilary explore the collection itself, discussing their favorite patterns with a bit of background and a glimpse behind the scenes. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
1/10/201923 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 291: Crafty New Year

At the turn of the solar calender, Knit Picks is taking a look back at a long and exciting year. From New York to Pasadena, we've been up and down the country meeting fans from all over. Our Sock Labs are churning out the wildest sock yarns that we've ever done. And you can even get your monthly fix of KP goodness every month with our Hand Picked subscriptions boxes. To start us off, Knit Picks leaders Alison and Jennifer take a retrospective on where the year has taken us. After that, each of us looks ahead to set our own crafty resolutions for the new year. Enjoy!   Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
12/27/201816 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 290: Next Steps for the New Year

With the Holidays in full swing, knitting deadlines near and the new year in sight, the Knit Picks crew has decided to take a brief meditative pause from the furious click of our needles for a little look ahead. While the second half of Winter offers non-knitters little more than unfestive darkness and cold, we knitters can look forward to the longest stretch of the year for personal knitting time. First up, Hillary and new Knit Picks graphic designer Erica share their prospects as enthusiasts still in the early days of their knitting. (starts at 1:00) After that, Lee and I discuss our plans from the perspective of experienced knitters poking into the odd corners and experimental edges of the knitting world. (starts at 7:37) Enjoy!
12/13/201822 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 289: Jet Lag and Swag: Travel Knitting and New Notions

One of the best things about being a knitter is that you rarely find yourself at loose ends. Knitting turns hair-pulling inconveniences like Airport delays, long drives, and days at the in-laws into one of our favorite things: time to knit. At least with the proper preparation. First up, Stacey and Hannah give you the benefit of their long experience to help ensure you're all set for knitting away from home. After that, Alexis and Hilary talk about the new batch of exclusive fiber flair that will make your knitting that much more enjoyable no matter where you are. Enjoy!
11/29/201821 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 288: On the Road - Behind the Scenes

It was a year ago this month that Knit Picks marked a momentous milestone: attending our first ever show. Since that first experience at Vogue Knitting Seattle, we've seen a lot of interesting places, made a lot of dumb mistakes, and met so many fabulous Knit Picks fans. First up, Alexis and Stacey look back at our year of shows to share some highlights and lessons we've learned along the way. (starts at :54) After that, Hannah talks with VP of Marketing and former Knit Picks Director Alison about her recent work trip to Peru, where she visited just some of the fiber mills we partner with to bring you your favorite yarns. (starts at 11:55)
11/15/201824 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 287: Checking Your List: Holiday and Gift Knitting

The collision of the knitting and gifting seasons is a blessing or a curse, an oppression or an opportunity, all depending on your preparation. We all want cute and cozy knit decor on every surface, socks on every foot, and sweaters under every tree. The key to a successful crafting season is starting early and working intentionally. First up, Daniel talks with Lee about knitting for others. Listen in as they put their heads together to share their winning strategies for gifting knits. After that, Stacey and Hannah present even more delightful decor for the season with a review of our new Twice as Nice holiday collection. Enjoy!
11/1/201827 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 286: Busting the Stash

Inside every knitter is a ceaseless passion for yarn that covets every bright, soft and lovely hank and ball and cake. Our actual productivity can never hope to pace this crafty cupidity, and the distance between these two becomes the stash. To help you harvest your handy horde, first I sit down with Knit Picks' new graphic designer Lee Meredith, to get her expert insight into getting the most out of your stash. (starts at :53) After that, Stacey and Hannah discuss our newest collection Cute & Cozy Stashbusters, with plenty of patterns to tame your twisted trove of worsted wonders. (starts at 22:50) Enjoy!
10/18/201830 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 285: Bold, Beautiful & Bulky Yarns

Not just for beginners, bulky yarns hold a treasured place in our stashes. They're the first hanks we reach for as the seasons shift to cool nights and cozy mornings. Quick chunky cowls are the perfect fall accessory for yourself or the ideal last minute gift. The holidays are right around the corner and it's never too early to get started! First up, Stacey and I dig deep into our stashes to chat about our delightful range of bulky yarns. (Starting at :55) Next, Hillary joins Stacey to share her favorite projects from our recent Bulky-themed accessory collection: Flaunt. (Starting at 15:16) Join us as we settle in to listen with some big needles, even bigger yarn! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
10/4/201822 minutes, 22 seconds
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Fall is for Knitters

Each year there's always a certain day when you notice it: the sunshine is softer, the breeze is fresher, the evening comes sooner, and you realize: Fall is coming. For many, this signals the end of Summer, triggering a burst of frenetic activity to squeeze as much as possible into the last sunny days. For knitters, this means activity of a different sort: getting ready for knitting season. First, Daniel talks with Hannah about our own start of the season rituals, with some suggestions for how to get the most out of yours. (Starting at 1:11) After that, Alexis joins Daniel to explore our newest yarn offering to start your Fall out right: that coveted caprine creation, Capretta Superwash. (Starting at 20:53) Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
9/20/201834 minutes, 42 seconds
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Cable Couture

Slip two stitches to cable needle and hold to front, knit 2, knit 2 from cable needle. Cabling seems to be that rare and perfect crafting technique: essentially simple, but seemingly infinite in its potential complexity. Not content to rest on the historical laurels of ganseys, arans, and traditional cables, our newest collection pushes into this inexhaustible expanse of possibility to elevate the cable to new heights of fashion. First up, to get our cable conversation started, I talk with Alexis about her first cabling projects to discuss essential blocking tecniques and more to get your cables looking their best. After that, Stacey and Hillary dive into Cable Couture itself, walking us through its genesis and development, and discussing their favorites from this festival of fashion. Enjoy!   Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
9/6/201827 minutes, 40 seconds
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Makin' Stuff

In the constant cornicupia of our modern day druthers, its easy to overlook the fascinating world effortlessly encapsulated in every option available to us. The amazing array of exclusive yarn, tools and more offered by  Knit Picks is no different, requiring a churn of activity, enthusiasm, and choice. To start, Hannah and Alexis give us a sense of what goes on behind the development curtain, from tools to yarn, staples to specials and everything in between. After that, Stacey, Hillary, and Knit Picks Art Director Elaine, talk about our new Sock Labs program, the Menlo Park of Knit Picks, where our most fun and wild yarn inspirations take the spotlight. Enjoy!   Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
8/23/201822 minutes, 4 seconds
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Come Home to Crochet

With its intriguing textures, speedy construction and uniquely handmade charm, fiber friends of all allegiances will admit that nothing creates a cozy home quite like crochet. On the heels of attending the Crochet Guild of America's 2018 conference, Come Home to Crochet, our newest collection invites you to hook your way to a homier haven, whether you're looking for bright and ebullient place settings or the easeful allure of an irreplaceable afghan. To start, Stacey and resident crochet connoisseur Hillary review the collection, discussing the most interesting techniques and their favorite patterns. After that, Hannah and Jennifer regale us with tales from the CGOA's Chain Link conference, recently held in our own backyard. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
8/9/201818 minutes, 6 seconds
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Dapper

It's been some time since Knit Picks ventured into that forbidding country in the world of knit design: men's wear. Dapper, our newest offering, goes beyond the typical bulky wool sweater, pairing luxury fibers like alpaca and silk with contemporary sillhouettes and motifs to cultivate an aesthetic as snazzy and sophisticated as it is masculine. First up, Hannah and new Knit Picks Catalog Director Hilary give us a brief glimpse behind the scenes for the Dapper photo shoot. After that, Stacey and I review the collection, discussing our favorite patterns and more. Enjoy!
7/31/201825 minutes, 50 seconds
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Bare and Dye It

Beyond the meticulous color curations of our full yarn lines, it's a badly kept secret that Knit Picks offers a whole host of yarns in their raw state for dyeing and more: our Bare yarns. To highlight our recent expansion of these hopeful hanks I first sit down with Stacey to discuss our favorites, both new and old. After that, Hannah and I share some of our daring dyeing adventures and give some guidelines and tips on where you might get started on some of your own. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
6/29/201837 minutes, 7 seconds
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Knit In Public Day 2018

That special time comes but once a year, an occasion for the celebration of our skills and some crafty camraderie, a chance to let our fiber flag fly: Knit in Public Day! In keeping with recent Knit Picks tradition, we hosted a knitting potluck at a nearby park, with everything from previews to prizes. A few members of our team are here to tell us in their own words just how their Knit in Public Day went. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
6/15/201810 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 277 - Tranquility

They say that your home is a reflection of your self, and if this is true than surely every knitter's home is a paradise of handicrafts. Every room in the house is another opportunity to befiber your decor, and our newest collection is a guide to do just that. Tranquility is full of all the pillows, throws, towels, and rugs you need to create an crafty oasis of cottony comfort, perfect for the bright and cheery home you want through the warmer months of the year. Join Stacey and I as we review Tranquility, discussing cottons and projects for every room. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
5/31/201815 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 276 - Splendid Soles

Spring is well and truly underway for the Knit Picks crew, and with it comes a turning of the knitting year. We've finally admitted that any sweaters still in the works will have to wait for next Fall, or we've simply tired of large and heavy works. No longer housebound by cruel Winter, we yearn for projects fun and light that we can carry around, basking in the sun while still enjoying our favorite past time. In other words, it's sock season again! One of our new collections is a celebration of this time, so join us for my review of Splendid Soles, our newest sock pattern book. After that resident sock fanatic Stacey is joined by Hannah to delve into (and argue about) just what is so appealing about sock knitting. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
5/10/201822 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 274 - Tantalizing Tweed

A general favorite amongst the Knit Picks crew, we favor tweed yarns enough to carry four different varieties, including one of our newest offerings, Provincial Tweed, both sumptuous and hardy in Fine Highland Wool. Join me and Stacey as we dig a little deeper than the typical "rustic" labels, explore some of the history and process behind tweed yarns, and discuss the differences between those that we offer. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
4/26/201819 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 275 - Knit Picks On the Road: Stitches United

The most recent Knit Picks travel adventure brought us to wool-hungry Hartford, Connecticut for Stitches United. Like the proverbial fish-smelling guest, Winter lingered over the New England city as the Knit Picks team flogged our fiber wares to the Yankee yarn-lovers. Show veteran Stacey, our purchaser Alexis, and Knit Picks' brand new IDP Coordinator Allison Drake join us to share their experience on the road. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
4/12/201821 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 273 - Knit Picks on the Road: Stitches West

It seems like we had just gotten back from Vogue Knitting Live in New York and it was already time for Knit Picks to be off to our next destination: Santa Clara, California for Stitches West. The first of many Stitches shows for the KP crew, we came, we saw, we lost a pallet. All in all, it was a bustling and delightful time. Join me as I sit down with Stacey, who is quickly becoming Knit Picks' resident show expert, to recount the whirlwind experience. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
3/1/201830 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 272 - Mittens and More

Although every catalog here at Knit Picks presents something new, occassionally the pom poms align, the sheepy gods smile, and a  confluence of fiber goodness all comes in one catalog. Our newest has a bit of everything: new yarns and the return of some old favorites,  Mighty Mittens and Clean & Crafty Dishcloths, snappy swifts and pretty pom poms. Join Jennifer and Alexis as they go over all of the exciting developments in our March catalog. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
2/15/201816 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 271 - Vogue Knitting Live New York

Earlier this month Knit Picks hit the road once again to attend the Vogue Knitting show in New York City. Our attendees survived the fiber frenzy and are ready to tell us all about it. First our resident designer whisperer Stacey was in attendance and took the opportunity to record a few visits with some of her favorite Knit Picks friends. After that she joins fellow show goer Hannah to share the highlights of their trip, both at the show and on the streets. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
2/1/201827 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 270 - Windward

The depths of winter have always seemed an appropirate time for the contemplation of cables. These fortifying embellishments not only embolden us to face the aeolian inclemencies of this darkest season, but also provide challenging engagement for the fiber-nesting that sees us through to Spring. To start, Hannah and Elaine will lead us through Windward, our most recent collection of delightfully complicated cablings. After that, I talk with Stacey to offer some tips, tricks, and insights for your cable adventures. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
1/18/201826 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 269 - 2018 New Year's Resolutions

Hello and welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast, Episode 269, New Year's Resolutions. The old year is done and the new rises. We teeter on the cusp of this transition, the time of Janus, looking back. . .in order to look forward. Join some of the Knit Picks staff as we reflect on last year's resolutions and share our goals for next year. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
1/4/201810 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 268 - Simply Superstitious

With the recent additions to Knit Picks' line up of traditional, undyed yarns, Simply Wool and Simply Alpaca, we've been thinking a lot about knitting days long past. These quintessential yarns demand classic techniques, so first Hannah and Daniel talk about their experiments with them and share some ideas for how to really make them shine. After that, Stacey and Alexis bridge those yarns of yesteryear with today's traditions, contemplating knitting superstitions and sharing fiber beliefs old and new. Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
12/21/201723 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 267 - Vogue Knitting Live Seattle

This week the Knit Picks team sits down to chat about our first show, Vogue Knitting Live! We had so much fun meeting other fiber folks and in this episode, we gush about all of it—including all the goodies we bought from other vendors at the show. To start, our opening crew Jennifer, Stacey, and Hannah talk about their experience at the first half of the show. After that, Daniel talks with Alison and Alexis who closed the show down with him. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
11/23/201726 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 266: Merry Knitmas

Our newest collection has a variety of patterns to enliven and personalize your holiday. From ornaments and stockings, to pillows and decor, there's everything you need to celebrate that special time of year as only our fiber friends can. First up, Heidi, Elaine, and Alexis talk through the collection, highlighting their favorite patterns and sharing their own Knitmas memories. After that, Daniel talks with Jennifer to explore some alternative gifting strategies to hopefully give you some ideas for how you can bring a little Knitmas into everyone's life. . .while still enjoying it yourself. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
11/9/201721 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 265 - Color Shift

A celebration of all things bright, bold and diverse, Color Shift is one of our newest collections, with brilliantly colored designs inspired by the automatic combinations of this year's star yarn Stroll Gradient. First, Stacey and I review the collection to help you navigate the ingenious array of techniques in Our love letter to color. After that, Knit Picks Buyer Alexis calls on her training as a professional photographer to nerd out about the history and theory of color, giving us insight into some of the ways color and perception collide. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
10/26/201729 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 264 - Gifted Knits

With the coming of Autumn also comes the quickening of the knitting compulsion. Everyone around us needs cozy garments for the burgeoning cold, and with the recent kick off of our annual 12 Weeks of Gifting, where we release a new free pattern every week for your gifting enjoyment, we decided to explore knitting specifically for gifts. To start, Alison and Hannah talk about easy care fibers perfect for gifts, including a review of all that Knit Picks offers for machine washable yarn. After that, several of Knit Picks staff share gifting stories, both giving and receiving, and we promise more heartwarming than horrifying. Enjoy! Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
10/12/201726 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 263 - Captivating Colorwork Collections

Join the Knit Picks staff in exploring the multichromatic wonders of the new Knit Picks exclusive collections, Encircled and Strands of Color, which both use Fair Isle and stranded colorwork to paint beautiful works of art with needles and yarn. First, Knit Picks Outreach Director Stacey and Graphic Designer Elaine, who are indispensible to the development of every collection, give us their unique perspective on these gorgeous collections. After that, beginners and experienced knitters alike will benefit from the advice and insight into stranding technique from Knit Picks Director Alison with multi-craftual savant and our sister company Connecting Thread's Outreach Director Kris. Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
9/28/201724 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 262 - Milestones & Memories

Take a little time to look into our new book dedicated to commemorating life's special moments. Alison and Jennifer talk about the story behind the book, what it's intended for, and some ideas for getting the most out of it. To follow up, I talk with Knit Picks intarsia prodigy Alexis to go over intarsia basics, how it compares to other forms of colorwork, and some tips and tricks to have your intarsia looking its best. Find chart excerpts and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
8/31/201733 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 261 - Sweater Week

A large part of our new collection Knits for Everybody Two is the basic, straight-forward sweater patterns for cardigan and v-neck pullover. To put those in context Daniel and Hannah, Knit Picks' Catalog Director and resident sweater expert, discuss sweater terminology and  construction. Then Stacey and Daniel offer commiseration and comfort by sharing their first sweater stories, embarrassing details and all, showing that rocky beginnings are just a place to start. Find links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
8/18/201723 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 260 - Handsome Handpaints

Everyone loves a colorful yarn, and we've always been particularly proud of our gorgeous sock yarn, Hawthorne. Inspired by the crush we all have on the newest addition to the Knit Picks lineup, Hawthorne Tonal, the Knit Picks staff takes some time to explore hand painted yarn, from both technical and aesthetic points of view
8/3/201720 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 259 - Fantastic Felici

You might think you know our stupendous, self-striping sock yarn, Felici, with it's sensously soft 75% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon blend and ever-changing selection of brilliant colors, in classic fingering or new worsted weights. Whether you're a devoted follower or a burgeoning novitiate, you might be surprised at what you learn with this glimpse behind the scenes for one of our favorite yarns to develop. Find links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
7/20/201718 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 258: Beginning Lace

Shawls for All, our new mix-and-match shawl collection, has been something of a pet project for a few people around Knit Picks, and we really think that Joyce Fassbender, the brains behind the collection, has really given us something special. First, Knit Picks Outreach Director Stacey talks with Joyce about this unique book, discussing its origin and development. After that, Knit Picks Art Director Heidi and I talk about our first experiences with knitting lace, as a longtime knitter plunging headlong and a relative newbie easing in her own way.
7/6/201718 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 257 - Luxurious Lace

In honor of our newly released advanced lace collection, Luxurious Lace, we'll be talking about all things lace. Starting at 00:40, Stacey and Emily, the pattern coordinator and graphic designer who worked on the collection, will be talking about their experience working on lace charts. After that, Knit Picks' Director Alison talks with Knit Picks Admin Assistant Daniel to review all of the lace yarns available from Knit Picks. ddn honor of our newly released advanced lace collection, Luxurious Lace, we’ll be talking about all things lace. Starting at 00:40, Stacey and Emily, the pattern coordinator and graphic designer who worked on the collection, will be talking about lace charts. They discuss our intention behind using lace charts, reveal a little of the process of actually getting the charts into the book, as well as presenting their own thoughts on what *really* makes a good knitting chart. After that, Knit Picks’ Director, Alison, talks with me to review all of the lace yarns available from Knit Picks, from our humble, heathered hero, Shadow, to the star of the collection, our 100% silk Luminance. Since Alison is more or less a walking yarn encyclopedia, you might be surprised what you learn, starting at 9:00. - See more at: http://blog.knitpicks.com/?p=61282&preview=true#sthash.tb42fmWu.dpuf
6/22/201718 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 256 - Something for Everybody

Podcast 256 has something for everybody! We hear from Knit Picks' own Alison Backus about our new collection, "Knits for Everybody", with basic patterns you'll go back to again and again. The sweater pattern from this book is designed by Katy Banks, who talks on this podcast about her design process, and left handed knitting a whole different way. We'll also talk to Vera Brosgol, author and illustrator of the new children's picture book, "Leave Me Alone" about drawing, knitting, and being left alone to do it all.
9/22/201627 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 255 - Feels Like Summer

If you're reveling in the newness of summer, this podcast is a celebration of that feeling. Whether you travel to new places, or try new crafts during the warmer months, summer is always a good time to try new things. In this episode of the Knit Picks podcast we talk to Clara Parkes, author of Knitladia, about her adventures in yarn based travel. We also speak with designers Joyce Fassbender and Stephanie Tallent about their history of knitting and designing, as well as their recent contributions to our collection, Joyful Lace.
6/27/201638 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 254 - Stash

Whether you're a person who loves to stash yarn, or a crafter who buys only on a per-project basis, this episode will interest you. We speak to Hannah Fettig of Knitbot, about her app and booklet called "Stashbot", helping knitters understand yarn quantities for each project they're planning. We also speak with Elizabeth, whose stash is so big that it's taking over whole rooms of her house! Find out what she loves about a large stash, how she uses it, and how she keeps it organized.
2/23/201631 minutes, 17 seconds
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Podcast 252 - Charity Crafting

Have you ever crafted for charity? In this episode of the podcast, we feature charites that can use your handmade items! "Click for Babies" provides hospitals with purple hats to help protect infants. "Knitted Knockers" provides bra inserts to women who have undergone mastectomies. Podcast listeners highlight ways they contribute to non-profit organizations, and Knit Picks' own Stacy talks about "Helping Hands: Made with Love, Given with Heart", our recent book featuring charity craft patterns. Tune in to this episdode of the podcast, and be inspired!
7/14/20151 hour, 8 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 251 - The Cutest Thing I Ever Made

Have you ever made something so cute, you can still hear the "oohs" and "ahhhs" from everyone who saw it? This episode is devoted to cute knit and crochet - things you wear, decorations, and handmade stuffed friends to keep or give away. We hear from Anna Hrachovec, popular designer of knitted toys, about her career in knitting, pattern writing, and fine art, and her new book, "Adventures in Mochimochi Land" (pictured above). We'll also hear from podcast listeners about the cutest thing they've ever knit, and the relationships these things have fostered in their own lives. Knit Picks Director Alison Backus also gives us her top 3 tips when crafting stuffies. 
6/4/201544 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 250 - The Fit Show

Have you knit a garment you thought was unflattering or just didn't fit correctly? Did you know what went wrong, or were you stumped? This episode aims to help you target key elements of fit. Alison Backus, Director of Knit Picks, explains ease and what it means in knitting. Amy Herzog talks about all elements of fit, from how to assess which shapes might flatter your body, to what pattern elements can be altered and which should remain untouched. Podcast listeners also describe their stories of knitting things that fit.
3/5/201529 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 249 - The Newbie

Remember when you were a new knitter or crocheter? What were some of the big mistakes you made? In this podcast, we explore what it means to be new to the craft. Alexis, Knit Picks Photography Assistant and new-ish knitter, takes advice from listeners. Debbie Stoller, author of the incredibly popular "Stitch 'N Bitch" series, tells us about how she discovered knitting, and how she's inspired countless other people to take it up. Three podcast listeners also tell us about their experiences. Whether you're a new knitter, or recall your new knitting days fondly, you'll find something in this episode to which you're sure to relate.
2/5/201542 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 248 - Handmade Holiday!

Have you given or received handmade gifts in the past? Do you intend to give them this holiday season? In this episode we bring you stories of the good, the bad, and the ugly (literally, the ugly). Read by the Knit Picks staff or listeners themselves, you'll hear tales of gifts gone unappreciated, gifts transformed unintentionally, and gifts beloved for life. Grab some eggnog, a cookie, and your last-minute gift to knit or crochet, and enjoy!
12/18/201418 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 247 - Designer Crush

Many of you have a favorite designer, someone you've followed for years. You knit many of their designs, and marvel at how they constantly come up with ideas you can't wait to get on your needles. We asked you to name your "Designer Crush", and you responded! In this episode, we interview Knitwear Designers Jane Richmond, Carol Feller, and Laura Nelkin about their process and inspiration. We also ask them questions straight from their fans!
11/20/20141 hour, 2 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 246 - Knitting School!

Many of us learned to knit from family and friends, but for some crafters, knitting and crochet started in school! In this episode we go to Cedarwood Waldorf School in Portland Oregon where Gia Davis and Shannon Casey, the Handwork Teaches, tell us about why handwork is part of Waldorf, and how it contributes to a child's education. We interview two students at the school, Weston French and Taea Jackson, about their love of craft. We also hear from two podcast listeners about how knitting was taught to them as part of their formal education.
10/30/201431 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 245 - High Fiber

Are you a fiber lover? Have you considered the animals from which you acquire your materials? In this episode, recorded at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in Canby, Oregon, we speak to farmers of three different animals raised for their fiber. Jack Lyda of Honey Lane Farms tells us about his love of raising Shetland sheep. Dave Archer of Inti's Gift Alpacas speaks of farming a herd of alpacas, and Angora lovers Heather and Shannon take us into the world of competitive rabbits. We also hear from podcast listeners Lindsey and Shaina about their good/bad experiences spinning and knitting exotic animal fibers. Put yourself on a "high fiber diet", and enjoy!
10/9/201424 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 244 - Make It or Break It

What makes a knitting pattern so good you can't help but cast on? In this episode we explore what makes a really great pattern. Hear from KnitPicks Director Alison Backus and Catalog Director Hannah Meir, as well as podcast listeners about what they require of a pattern. Designer Hilary Smith Callus tells us what she includes in her patterns to make them satisfying to knitters, and Tech Editor Maureen Hannon reveals the secrets of her job, reading and correcting patterns, for KnitPicks.
9/25/201440 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 243 - Doctor! Doctor!

Do doctors make good knitters or crocheters? Has knitting ever seen you through a difficult personal or medical journey? We hear from Matt Petkun, CEO of KnitPicks, about how his uncle, an aspiring surgeon, inspired Matt to knit his first scarf. Then we speak to three podcast contributors about how they got through hard medical and personal times, as well as one listener's journey to medical school, and how craft has helped all of them along.
9/11/201429 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 242 - The Hidden People of Knit Picks

Knit Picks is made up of so many people you may have never considered. In this episode, you'll hear from Laura Birek, one of our designers, Andrea Lum, a test knitter, and Stephanie Starkel, Supervisor of Customer Service here at Crafts Americana. Find out what makes their crafty jobs interesting, and challenging, too!
8/27/201444 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 241 - Summer Crafting, Makes Me Feel Fine

Is crafting in the Summer a bit different for you? Maybe you work with lighter yarns, make more portable projects, or try a craft you've never done before. On this podcast we explore weaving with Monica, a teacher at Ruthie's Weaving Studio in Portland, who gives us a different view on working with fiber. Cassie Castillo talks about her "Janelle Shawlette" pattern in "Sock Yarn Shawls", and Jenny K. here at Knitpicks introduces you to our newest yarn, Lindy Chain. We also hear from a podcast listener about how she spends her summer crafting months.
7/2/201426 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 240 - Men Who Craft and Those Who Craft for Men

We celebrate men who like to craft, and those brave enough to make things for the men in their lives. Hear from KnitPicks staffers Aaron, Alison and Emily and their significant others about cowls and sweaters, and gloves sadly lost. Designer Geoff Hunnicut tells us about his experience in the world of knitting and Diane calls in to tell us how knitting has brought her closer to a young man in her family.
6/19/201441 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 239 - Practical/Impractical Craft

In this episode, we explore the practical uses of craft, and the way some artists are using craft techniques in unexpected ways. First we speak to the Merchandising Director of Knitpicks, Kim Cameron, on how she developed her Crocheted Bread Warmer pattern for the recent Classic Kitchen Crochet collection. We then chat with Robin Allard and Tamara Ell, who made dolls and a 1930s gown, just for fun. Artist Jo Hamilton takes us into her world of fine art crochet, as we discuss the evolution of her portraits and cityscapes. 
5/29/201458 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 238 - Handmade is Love

The Knitpicks Podcast has changed a bit! With Kelley's retirement, we're taking on a new format. In this episode, we explore the question "Who taught you to knit?". Hear from the Knitpicks staff and members of the general public, as they share stories of love transferred through knitting and crochet lessons, gifts made, and time spent together.
5/8/201424 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 237 - Changes at Knitpicks

Alison and Jenny announce Kelley's retirement and discuss how some new staff members are bringing fresh energy to the company. Alison interviews Matt about the history of Knit Picks, as well as how the company is currently run, and his ideas for the future. Jenny introduces Holly, the new Multimedia Manager. So whether you've been a fan of KP for a while, or have found Knit Picks recently and are interested in where we've been and where we're going, this podcast is an interesting look behind the scenes of our business.
4/24/201434 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 236 - New Spring Yarns and In Bloom

Spring is the time for new yarns and patterns that inspire! Having kept the exciting news under wraps for months, Jenny and Stacey finally get to gush about Hawthorne, a yarn line inspired by the neighborhoods in Portland! And for a bright twist, there is also Stroll Brights, a neon-inspired special reserve yarn line. Finally, Jenny and Stacey introduce In Bloom, the new Spring collection featuring 15 patterns from independent designers.
3/27/201422 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 235 - A Meditation on Socks

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2/27/201433 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 234 - New March Collections

Jenny and Stacey get together to talk about all of the new collections coming out for the March catalog! Hear more about the designs included in two brand new collection: Worsted Basics and the Chroma collection. New collections aren't the only exciting news in the March catalog, there is also a sock sale and a DVD sale. Whether you get inspired to try a new technique or just stock up on your favorite sock yarns, Jenny and Stacey go over their favorite yarns and DVDs. Finally, learn more about our 52 Weeks of Dishcloths campaign!
2/13/201433 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 233 - Connecting with Knitters Around the World

This week, Kelley explores different opportunies for knitters to connect and create community via the internet. Whether through Ravelry, Knit-alongs, blogs, Instagram or Twitter, knitters nowadays have more options than ever to take part in creative communities as a way of connecting with each other, without being limited by location. Kelley explores the different facets of these online communities as she looks to strengthen her connection to other knitters. Next, Kelley shares a few of her most recent audiobook discoveries and catches you up on what projects and KALs are keeping her needles busy.
1/29/201421 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 232 - Inside the Making of Knit Picks Pattern Collections

It has been officially three years since the launch of the first Knit Picks pattern collection, a program that has grown into over 30 collections to date and has expanded to include printed books in addition addition to digital ebook downloads. This week, Kelley chats with Alison to talk about our book program, which includes collections that feature both our in-house design team as well as independant designers. Alison shares a behind-the-scenes look into our pattern collection process including the long planning stages, collection design, photography, styling and the development of larger, curated collections as well as printed books as an option.
1/16/201424 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 231 - New Winter Collections & Yarn

To ring in the new year, Jenny and Stacey get together to chat about new collections and yarn out for our Winter 2014 catalog! The first of three collections highlights the Gloss yarn line with 6 versatile designs, while the other two collections make the most of every knitter's and crocheter's yarn stash with patterns designed to use under 100 grams of yarn. The Under 100 Knit collection brings together 30 designs and the Under 100 Crochet collection features 10 designs - all of which are ideal those odds and ends of yarn from the post-holiday crafting season. Finally, Jenny and Stacey talk about Brava's expanded range of colors and our ever-growing selection of free patterns.
1/2/201421 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 230 - Ripping vs. Unraveling

A cable cross going in the wrong direction, a dropped stitch, knit stitches that should have been purled. As knitters, we are all familiar with this heart wrenching moment, when we know that something has to be done before moving forward. This week, Kelley talks about both the physical and emotional impact of moving backwards and the difference between ripping a project back versus unraveling, where stitches are dropped and then reworked. Next, Kelley reviews a few of her favorite audiobooks and chats about what projects are currently on her needles.
12/17/201323 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 229 - Finding Inspiration with Elizabeth Zimmermann

Between our busy lives, the constant need for multi-tasking and an ever-present stream of distractions at our fingertips, it's easy to get lost and lose sight of the simple joys, especially in knitting. This week, Kelley get's her knitting back on track by going back to the beginnings of her fiber life. Not only did the books of Elizabeth Zimmermann serve as a guide to new techniques and projects, but also as a companion. EZ's unique style and sensibilities make her a loved teacher and friend amongst knitters. Hear Hear more about Kelley's introduction to Elizabeth and review of her favorite EZ books, along with what new projects have found their way onto Kelley's needles.
12/5/20130
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Episode 228 - Interview with Stephannie Tallent

This week, Kelley got a chance to chat with designer and author Stephannie Tallent. First, Kelley and Stephannie talk about the newest book, Hitch, which is a pattern collection inspired by the classic films of Alfred Hitchcock. Next, Kelley and Stephannie talk about her designs in the Wool of the Andes collection (a Knit Picks exclusive) as well as her book California Revival Knits. Hear more about Stephannie's design process and her fascinating approach to interpreting architectural inspirations into knitwear.
11/21/201324 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 227 - Glacier Bay Interview with Kerin

This week, Jenny talks with Knit Picks designer Kerin about her latest collection of patterns - Glacier Bay. Hear more about this wonderfully versatile 6-pattern collection, including Kerin's initial inspiration behind the collection. As we talk through each of the 6 designs, Kerin also shares the design details and different techniques for the designs. New for November, the Glacier Bay collection is available as a printed book, eBook and individual patterm downloads.
11/7/201325 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 226 - New November Yarn & Collections

This week, we get to talk about one of our all-time favorite topics: new stuff! First up, Jenny and Stacey divulge the details of Diadem, an ultra-luxe yarn that is brand new to the Knit Picks yarn line up. Next, hear all about the three new pattern collections including Glacier Bay, Bulky 2013 and Swish 2013. Finally, Stacey and Jenny gush about the goldmine of new tools, kits and accessories.
10/24/201318 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 225 - Interview with Megan Goodacre

This week, Kelley had the pleasure of chatting with the wonderfully talented Megan Goodacre! In addition to her pattern collection Study Hall Knits, Megan's long list of knitting accomplishments includes authoring the brand new Idiot's Guide: Knitting! After talking about Megan's inspiration and design process for Study Hall Knits, Kelley discusses the book writing process with Megan and highlights a few of her favorite parts of this wonderful guide to knitting.
10/10/201336 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 224 - Interview with Blogger Lynne of Island and North Country Life

This week, Kelley gets a chance to catch up with her long-distance knitting friend Lynne, author of the blog Island and North Country Life. Lynne leads a very intersting and unique life - traveling the world as a lighthouse caretaker, all the while knitting and spinning no matter where she is headed to next. Hear more about Lynne's fascinating journeys as she recounts her past visits to Deal Island in Tasmania, Australia and more recently, Five Finger Island which is located off the coast of Alaska. Leading a life where change is a constant, Lynne shares her practical approach to knitting, organization, preparation and more!
9/26/201325 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 223 - Getting Out of Your Knitting Comfort Zone

This week, Kelley elaborates on the idea of getting out of your knitting comfort zone. Looking through her past projects, Kelley realized that her projects have become a comforting retreat rather than a challenge to learn new techniques. Hear more about Kelley's goals to help push herself out of her own knitting comfort zone and into new techniques. Next, Kelley reviews a DVD from Anna Zilboorg and a few other books to help inspire your own knitting goals. Finally, Kelley catches you up on her currents WIPs and what she has planned for her upcoming projects.
9/12/201328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 222 - Interview with Kate Haxell

For this week's episode, Kelley had the pleasure of chatting with designer Kate Haxell, author of the book The Knitter's Palette. A resource filled with absolutely functional inpiration, Kate chats about her inspiration behind the book and her fascination with color, yarn, and texture. Follow along with Kelley as she talks through each chapter with Kate to learn more about her facinating take on color and fiber. And if Kate's charming enthusiasm doesn't inspire you, her wonderful tips and insights are sure to have you looking at your stash in a completely new way.
8/29/201332 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 221 - New Pattern Collections & Yarn for September!

This week, Jenny and Kerin are so happy to finally introduce the new collections and yarns that are out for Fall! With four pattern collections and two new yarn lines, there is certainly a lot to be excited about. First up is Reclaimed, our new Fall pattern collection that features 15 designs along with three other 6-pattern collections - Geometric, Classic Color, and the Wool of the Andes collection. Hear all about the inspiration that sparked these collections in addition to the range of designs and techniques that are found in each book. Finally, Kerin and Jenny talk about the latest and greatest yarny additions to the Knit Picks line up - Wool of the Andes Superwash and Stroll Tweed!
8/8/201331 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 220: Books Galore!

In this week's podcast, Kelley reports from Canada to chat about one of her favorite topics: books! If you need a dose of inspiration or are looking to try a new technique, Kelley is more than happy to spark your curiosity as she shares a few of her most recent favorite titles along with in-depth reviews and project highlights. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4    
8/1/201321 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 219 - Our Evergrowing Craft World

This week, Jenny and Kerin sit down for a chat about their easily enabled world of crafting. From knitting to beading, weaving, crochet and tatting, it's sometimes just too easy to get sucked into a whole new craft. Our recent obsession: crochet! Having attempted to learn crochet several times, both Kerin and Jenny share their prior attempts before finally mastering the basics of crochet. But our enthusiasm doesn't stop there! After getting down the basics, both Kerin and Jenny share their most recent obsession with crochet thread and doilies. Next, we chat about different project ideas and types of crochet like filet and irish crochet to inspire your next project.
7/18/201318 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 218 - Light Basics Interview with Kerin

This week, Jenny talks with Knit Picks designer Kerin about her latest pattern collection, Light Basics. Hear all about the inspiration for this collection which focuses on using fingering weight yarns for all of its designs. In addition to talking about the collection of as a whole, Kerin shares some insight into her design process and talks about the design details that go into creating larger sizes while maintaining a comfortable and flattering fit. Finally, Kerin and Jenny talk through each of the 6 designs while highlighting specific design and construction details.
7/3/201327 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 217 - New Yarn and Pattern Collections for July

This week, Jenny and Stacey get a chance to chat about all of the wonderful new yarns and collections coming out this month! First and foremost is our brand new crochet thread, Curio. Hear all about our lovely new #10 crochet thread and get inspired with pattern ideas. Following the crochet theme, Jenny and Stacey introduce Serenity, our first ever collection of crochet designs featuring 8 independant designers. Next, Jenny and Stacey talk about the other three new pattern collections including Light Basics - a collection of garments and accessories all knit in fingering weight yarn, Reversible Basics - a collection that incorporates reversible patterns and details into the designs and Ballerinas in Pink, a collection inspired by turn of the 20th century French fashion and art. Finally, Jenny and Stacey give a few highlights and suggestions from the summer yarn and book sale!
6/20/201320 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 216 - Building Up a Spontaneity Stash

Having an organized stash where your yarns all have planned projects assigned can be both a blessing and a curse:  you feel good because there is a definite plan for all that yarn, but it can dampen those moments when inspiration strikes and you just have to cast on right away! Kelley’s solution? A spontaneity stash! Yes, this means that Kelley’s yarn stash is now divided into sub-categories but it makes for fun knitting when you come across that must-make project. Hear all about how Kelley plans out her spontaneity stash and what yarns make the cut. Next, Kelley talks about what is on her needles and her plans for summer knitting. Always craving a good sweater, Kelley finally embraces summer and gives in to lighter weight projects. And to make all of this summer planning a bit easier, Kelley shares her list of favorite audiobook recommendations.
6/6/201325 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 215 - Interview with Jen Lucas

In a quest to find new ways of using up that stash of sock yarns, Kelley chats with Jen Lucas, author of the book Sock Yarn Shawls. Being a self-taught knitter, Jen shares how an obsession with socks eventually led to her to the world of shawls and shawlettes. Kelley and Jen chat about the different chapters of the book in addition to the different styles of shawls included. Get a behind the scene's peak into Jen's first book of shawl designs in addition to a few handy tips and tricks for shawl knitting!
5/23/201321 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 214 - Windswept Pattern Collection Interview with kerin

On this week's episode, Jenny gets a chance to talk with Kerin about her latest pattern collection, Windswept. Inspired by the scenic mid-Atlantic beaches, this collection shows off a versatile set of patterns that are easy-to-wear and take you from warm sunny days to cool evening walks along the boardwalk. Learn more about Kerin's inspiration and design process, in addition to getting a behind-the-scenes look into this stunning 6-pattern collection.
5/9/201324 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 213 - Inspiration for Fingering Weight Yarns

This week, Kelley dives into her stash in search of inspiration for her collection of fingering weight yarns. And with a mission to make more than another pair of socks, Kelley peruses Ravelry in search of unique and versatile patterns that are perfect for lighter fingering weight yarns. Continuing on this theme, Kelley reviews the books Sock-Yarn Shawls by Jen Lucas and The Knitter's Palette by Kate Haxell. Finally, Kelley shares her enthusiasm of searching out new projects to cast on after a productive week of finishing several works in progress.
4/25/201322 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 213 - New Yarn and Collections for April

This week, Jenny and Stacey get a chance to sit down and talk about all of the new and exciting things that are out for April! First and foremost is Felici, our limited-edition self-striping fingering weight yarn - hear about all of the wonderful new colors that are now available. Next, Jenny and Stacey talk about the two new pattern collections out for April - hear all about the collections as Jenny and Stacey talk through the patterns. You'll also hear more about the new kits that are available and which books make out must-have lists while the big book sale is going on! Finally, Stacey gets a chance to talk with designer Tabetha Hedrick, who has one of the new collections out this month - hear more about her inspiration and design process behind the collection for Urban Texture.
4/11/201324 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 211- Interview with Spilly Jane

This week, Kelley gets a chance with Canadian knitter and knitwear designer, Spilly Jane! Obsessed with color and texture, Jane habitually translates songs, food and architecture into elegantly quirky handknit socks and mittens. Learn more about how Jane first started knitting and what started her mitten obsession, in addition to getting the inside scoop on her design process for her well-loved patterns.
3/28/201323 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 210 - Cotton Fiber Lesson

As winter transitions to spring and warmer weather slowly creeps in, many of us find our fibers also transition - moving away from wools to cooler blends like cotton yarns. This week, Kelley gives an overview of cottons as well as different cotton blends to help you understand the nuances of this natural fiber. Knowing the particulars of cotton fibers will help you make the most of this natural fiber in your next project. Next, Kelley chats more about one of ther favorite companion pastimes to knitting: listening to audiobooks! Kelley gives a few reviews of her favorite audiobooks in progress that she is working through now. Finally, Kelley catches you up on what projects are on her needles.
3/14/201319 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 209: Interview with the TECHknitter

This week, Kelley chats with the TECHknitter about her "chart chart" technique and all things lace. Kelley first begins by giving a brief overview of lace knitting and its components, along with the different ways that lace patterns can be presented. Kelley goes over both written and charted directions, before introducing the TECHknitter's "chart chart" method. Learn more about this compelling way to knit lace as the TECHknitter chats about the history of lace and charting methods, as well as helpful tips and tricks.
2/28/201321 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 208 - New Spring Pattern Collections & Yarn

Longer days and the anticipation of spring can only mean one time - new yarn and new pattern collections! It's been a bundle of excitement here at Knit Picks, and Stacey chats with Jenny about all of the wonderful new things that are lined up for this month. First up is Billow, the newest member of the Knit Picks yarn family. Jenny and Stacey chat about this new bulky cotton yarn, and share staff projects as well as inspiration ideas for this delightfully soft yarn. Next up is First Light - the first ever pattern collection from Knit Picks that brings together 11 independant designers. Stacey talks about the development process of First Light and gives an overview of the included projects. Finally, there are two stunning new collections from independant designers: Vintage-Inspired Baseball Knits by Allyson Dykhuizen and Winsome Knits by Alexis Winslow. Hear all about the design, themes, and inspiration behind these stunning collections and more.
2/14/201325 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 207 - Interview with Edie Eckman

Love to crochet small motifs, but never sure what to do with all of your small crocheted creations? Get a dose of fresh, creative inspiration on this week's episode with Edie Eckman! A designer and author for both knit and crochet, Edie chats with Jenny about her new book Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs, which brings you a whole new collection of interesting crochet shapes and a myriad of ways to connect them. Learn how Edie got her start crafting and how she translated her passion for knitting and crochet into a range of patterns and books. You'll also hear all about Edie's design process for creating new motifs and her inspiration for the patterns in her new book, in addition to tips and tricks for beginning crocheters. 
1/31/201318 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 206 - Interview with Frances Fisher

For this week's episode, Kelley talks with Frances Fisher - a knitter from North Carolina who is 87 years young and has over 200 pairs of socks to her name! Back in early 2011, Frances sent one of her "stashbuster socks" to Kelley as a gift. Having kept in touch over paper mail and email, Kelley and Frances have become friends with a shared obsession over all things yarn. Kelley chats with Frances about her unique take on socks and what her process is for creating her "stashbuster socks."
1/17/201322 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 205 - Illuminated Lines Pattern Collection Interview with Kerin

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1/3/201332 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 204 - Interview with Amy Clarke Moore

This week, Kelley gets a chance to talk with Amy Clarke Moore, editor of Spin-Off and Jane Austen Knits magazines from Interweave. Amy shares her story of how Jane Austen Knits started and talks about her collaberation with members of the Jane Austen Society who provide the depth and details in the wonderful articles throughout the magazine. If you are a fan of Jane Austen, you'll love this behind the scenes look at this wonderful publication.
12/19/201220 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 203 - Fiber Lesson

This week, Kelley talks about different fibers and blends to explore their qualities. Learn about what makes wool so wonderful, why alpaca is so warm, how silk gets it's shine, and what mercerized means for cotton. This handy guide to fiber basics is sure to help you as you plan out your next project. Next, Kelley reviews some of her favorite audiobooks that she has been listening to lately. Finally, Kelley catches you up with what is on her needles.
12/6/201230 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 202 - Interview with Margaret Radcliffe

This week, Kelley chats with author and designer Margaret Radcliffe about her book Circular Knitting Workshop! If you've ever been interested by the circular knitting method, you'll love hearing Margaret insight and expert advice on everything from swatching to converting flat patterns to being worked in the round.
11/21/201226 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 201 - Crafting for the Holidays

This week, Jenny and Stacey chat about what is on every knitter and crocheter's mind this time of the year - holiday crafting! Both Jenny and Stacey share a list of their favorite knit and crochet designs for the holiday season. Find out what makes or breaks a project when it comes to crafting for the holidays and what go-to books are a must have for any knitter or crocheter this holiday season. 
11/8/201225 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 200 - Celebrating Our 200th Podcast!

In honor of the 200th Knit Picks podcast, Kelley revisits one of her favorite episodes from the very beginning – deserted island knitting. Back in 2007, Kelley used this idea of being stranded on a deserted island to create her list of must-have knitting supplies. To start, Kelley shares two of her favorite blogs whose stories come awfully close to Kelley’s deserted island scenario. Both The Sailing Knitter and Island and North Country Life are blogs that follow the lives of two women traveling the high seas with knitting by their sides. Inspired by their stories, Kelley begins on her own list of must-have knitting supplies. Although there are some similarities to her list from 2007, Kelley’s focus is on drop spindling this time around with her cherished spindles from Golding Spindles being on top of her list. Along with plenty of fiber and silk hankies, Kelley also adds a few books, needles, and a few other items to her list. Finally, Kelley reflects back on all of the changes that have happened in the world of fiber since early 2007 (more blogs! ravelry! eBooks and pattern downloads!) and looks forward to many more podcasts to come. 
10/25/201220 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 199 - Interview with Anna Dalvi

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10/11/201221 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 198 - Adorably Spooky Toys for Halloween

This bonus Halloween episode is full of adorably scary projects! First, Stacey talks with Anna Hrachovec of Mochimochi Land about her newest book Super-Scary Mochimochi. This latest collection of patterns still highlights the cute and clever knitted tiny toys that Anna is known for, but with a scary and creepy twist! Hear all about Anna's design process for this book, what some of her favorite patterns are, her inspiration for the designs, along with fun behind-the-scenes stories. Next up, Stacey chats with crochet designer Deja Jetmir about her newest eBook Wonderfully Horrific Crochet. In her book, Deja celebrates all of the camp and fun of classic horror themes with 14 patterns for crocheted softies. Hear all about how Deja started designing her own crochet patterns and learn more about the design process for her first book, along with the inspiration behind her designs.    
10/3/201218 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 197 - Interview with Audrey Knight

In this week's podcast episode, Kelley gets a chance to talk with designer Audrey Knight about her newest book Reversible Scarves! Audrey began knitting in 2004 and quickly began exploring the world of designing. Hear all about her transition from knitter to knitwear designer, and how she came up for the idea for her book which features reversible patterns that are sure to "cure the wrong side blues" as Audrey says. Kelley walks through each chapter of the book, and chats with Audrey about the unique patterns and techniques for creating your own reversible patterns and designs.
9/26/201226 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 196 - Northern Lights Collection Interview with Kerin

This week, take a tour of Scandinavia as you hear all about Kerin's inspiration for Northern Lights, a new collection of patterns inspired by the region and its cultures that are steeped in a rich history of knitting. Featuring six stunning patterns, Kerin walks you through the traditions of Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Sweden as she shares the stories and ideas behind each of the patterns. Naturally, Kerin put her special twist on each of the patterns by melding the traditions, color, and motifs of Scandinavia with updated shaping and elegant, modern details. If you enjoy hearing about the design process and how ideas are transformed from sketches and swatches into finished patterns and pullovers - you'll love hearing Kerin's stories behind each of the six designs of Northern Lights. History buffs will also love hearing more about the cultures and traditions of these six Scandinavian countries. Whether you are drawn to bold geometric shapes, textured motifs, or intricate colorwork, Kerin's designs in the Northern Lights collection let you explore this wonderful region and enjoy the true beauty of tradition.
9/13/201237 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 195 - Technology and Apps for Knitting Organization

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8/30/201220 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 194 - New Fall Yarns 2012

Kelley and Alison sit down to chat about all of the exciting new things that have been happening around the office - in particular, all of the wonderful new yarns available for fall! First up is Palette, our fingering weight colorwork yarn that is now up to 150 colors! A staple yarn of the Knit Picks family, Kelley reminisces about the debut of Palette and how it first debuted with 30 colors. Next, Kelley and Alison introduce a yarn line new to Knit Picks this fall - Galileo! Hear all about this amazing Merino wool and bamboo blend in addition to some great projects that Kelley and Alison have in mind that would be perfect for this new yarn. Next up is another new yarn line, Reverie! Kelley and Alison chat about this unique brushed yarn, its unique qualities as well as projects that would show off this light and lofty yarn. Finally, Kelley and Alison talk about Sunstruck needles - the newest addition to our line of interchangeable and straight needles! With so many new things to talk about and check out, we're sure you'll be inspired to get a head start on your fall sweater knitting right away.
8/16/201220 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 193 - Interview with Mary Scott Huff

This week, Kelley gets a chance to catch up with designer Mary Scott Huff. One look through her book The New Stranded Colorwork and you can clearly see that Mary's passion is definitely colorwork knitting. Which is exactly why she's the perfect person to write a book of the techniques for color knitting! Her new book Teach Yourself Visually Color Knitting highlights Mary's expertise on the subject alongside clear, concise images that will help new knitters learn to master colorwork. Kelley talks with Mary about this unique process of writing a technique-based book, along with getting a few handy tips and tricks as Kelley and Mary walk through each chapter of the book which includes intarsia, entrelac, stranded colorwork, and even embroidery! Mary's enthusiasm for color knitting is so infectious; you'll be tempted to cast on a color knitting project right away.
8/2/201230 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 192 - For the Love of Cowls

In this week's episode, Kelley chats about her love of cowls! In addition to covering a brief history of the cowl, Kelley talks about several different varieties of designs that are based in the basic cowl shape - including neckwarmers, infinite scarves, and other styles that experiment with unique ways of closing the loop. This allows designers even more creative freedom 800x600 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} 800x600 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} 800x600 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} in order to come up with even more fun ways to wear cowls. And of course, Kelley also mentions that cowls are the ideal way for using up those single skeins of wonderful handspun yarn. Next, Kelley reviews a few books including The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn by Brenda Gibson, Knit & Wrap: 25 Capelets, Cowls & Collars by Nathalie Mornu, and Ultimate Mittens by Robin Hansen. Finally, Kelley catches you up on what has been on her needles - or in this case, what will be on her needles! After finishing up all of her works in progress, Kelley shares a few projects from her queue that will be making their way onto her needles very soon.
7/18/201224 minutes, 54 seconds
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Podcast 191- Favorite Bags and Books for Summer Knitting

This week, Kelley shares her excitement for finding the perfect summer bag! Finding the ideal summer bag or tote for your knitting can be a hard task and not only depends on how you will be using the bag, but also what kinds of projects you are looking to carry with you. Kelley reviews a variety of her favorite Namaste bags to help make your search a bit easier. Next, Kelley shares her favorite books that are not just wonderful reference books for experienced knittres, but are also perfect for helping new knitters advance their skills. Hear Kelley's detailed reviews on The Fearless Knitting Workshop by Jennifer Seiffert and The Circular Knitting Workshop by Margaret Radcliffe. Finally, Kelley catches you up on what projects are on her needles, what projects might next be on the needles, and reviews a few of her favorite tools and accessories. And of course, Kelley can't help but indulge you in a few audiobook recommendations that she has recently enjoyed!
7/5/201231 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 190 - New Summer Yarn Extravaganza!

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6/21/201221 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 189 - Interview with Nora Bellows

This week, Jenny chats with designer Nora Bellows, author of the new book Noni Flowers! Hear all about how Nora's family, gardening, and flowers have influenced her process and designs, in addition to how Nora made the transition from teaching college classes to designing knitting patterns. Nora also reveals a behind-the-scenes look into the process of writing her book, how she began designing the collection of knitted flowers, and what sparked the idea for creating the unique photography of the knitted flowers. In addition to sharing tips and tricks for knitting up the flowers, Nora also shares her favorite techniques for how to use and attach the knitted flowers as embellishments on other projects. After hearing Nora's enthusiasm and passion for her knitted flowers, you'll want to cast on your very own garden of flowers right away!
6/7/201223 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 188 - The Afterthought Method

Afterthought pockets and heels are exactly what you might expect them to be - pockets and heels that are worked after the fact.  This week, Kelley delves into the afterthought technique, explores its many different uses for this trick, and covers the basics of how to work an afterthought heel. Next, Kelley shares her favorite form of entertainment while knitting - audiobooks, of course! Kelley chats about her love of all things audiobooks, including Audible and her favorite narrators and titles. In addition to her go-to selection of audiobooks, Kelley also shares her favorite way to get her history fix. And listening to all those audiobooks and history lectures makes it so easy to knit for hours on end, allowing you to finish up that last project. Finally, hear all about what projects have  been on (and recently off) Kelley's needles in addition to what projects might be cast on next.
5/24/201225 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 187 - Interview with Kathleen Taylor

Kelley catches up with designer Kathleen Taylor to talk about all things fair isle! As author of the book Fearless Fair Isle Knitting, Kathleen Taylor chats with Kelley in depth about the different techniques for successful fair isle knitting in addition to common mistakes and issues that newcomers to fair isle might encounter. Kathleen truly has a fearless approach to fair isle knitting and has honed in her techniques specifically for knitters new to fair isle through years of teaching. Also, hear Kelley share memories of her first fair isle project in addition to chatting about favorite techniques for fair isle. Kathleen's love and enthusiasm for fair isle knitting is infectious and is sure to have you craving colorful fair isle knits for your next project.
5/10/201220 minutes, 56 seconds
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Podcast 186 - Interview with Allyson Dykhuizen from Holla Knits

This week we bring you another bonus mini-episode of the Knit Picks podcast! Stacey gets a chance to catch up with designer Allyson Dykuizen, who began designing under the name "Sweatshop of Love." After spending some time teaching and designing, Allyson decided to broaden her design skills by creating Holla Knits - a collaborative collection between designers that focuses on a young, fresh, and modern aesthetic. Hear more about the designers and ideas behind Holla Knits as well as how Allyson began knitting and transitioned into the world of knitwear design, and what inspired her to create Holla Knits!
5/3/201210 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 185 - Cotton Yarns for Warm Weather Projects

As the days get both longer and warmer, more and more cotton yarns have been coming to mind for warm weather projects. This week, Kelley catches up with Alison to review the variety of cotton yarns that are available through Knit Picks! Get inspired for your next summer project as Kelley and Alison discuss the different properties, characteristics and uses for Knit Picks cotton yarns. Not only will this mini crash-course in cotton yarns help you pick out the right yarn for your next project, you just might be tempted by Kelley and Alison's project ideas that make the most of each cotton yarn.
4/26/201218 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 184 - Interview with Hunter Hammersen

In this week's episode, Kelley reunites with author and designer, Hunter Hammersen, to chat about her latest book - The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet. Similar to her first book Silk Road Socks which features sock patterns based on oriental rugs, Hunter shares her inspiration for creating a collection of designs inspired by curiosity cabinets. Hunter not only chats with Kelley about just what exactly a curiosity cabinet is - but also how they inspired her new book and how she was able to translate a collection of botanical prints into stunning patterns for socks and accessories.
4/12/201223 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 183 - Interview with Joan of Dark (aka Toni Carr)

This week, we bring you an extra special, bonus mini-episode of the Knit Picks Podcast! Alison catches up with designer Joan of Dark (aka Toni Carr), author of the new book Knits for Nerds! Hear all about the process and inspiration behind this collection of knitting patterns that your inner nerd will adore. Joan also reveals a few fun facts behind the book, Knits for Nerds and shares details behind a few of her favorite designs.
4/5/201211 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 182: Rocky Shores eBook Interview with Kerin

This week, Jenny gets a chance to catch up with Knit Picks designer Kerin to talk about the newest eBook Rocky Shores! Filled with traditional designs with a modern twist, the eBook includes patterns for the women's garments, a men's vest, a wrap and a purse. Hear all about the design process, inspiration, and challenges that Kerin was faced with as she goes through and talks about each of the featured designs - a must listen for fans of knitting history and traditional techniques!
3/29/201234 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 181: Color Development & New Spring Yarns

With spring just around the corner, there are lots of new yarns popping up here at Knit Picks! First, Alison chats with Jenny about all of the fun that was had while developing the fifteen new colors of Chroma. Hear all about the colors that almost didn't make the cut, how they were saved and which shades are quickly becoming staff favorites. Next up on the list of new yarns is Aloft! Jenny and Stacey chat about why they just can't make up their minds and choose a favorite of Aloft's five new colors, in addition to giving tips and tricks to working with Aloft and of course, there is also plently of pattern inspiration for this lovely yarn. Finally, Alison introduces Hannah, our catalog designer for Knit Picks! In addition to dreaming up fun cover shoots and making the catalog beautiful, Hannah also gets to work on fun projects like color development for our hand-painted and multi-color yarns. Hear all of Alison's hard hitting questions for Hannah on her development process for the newest line of Felici's self-striping colorways.
3/15/201222 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 180: Springtime Stashbusters

This week, Kelley gets inspired by stashbusting! As Kelley organizes and sorts through her stash, she imagines the possibilities that go beyond one-skein projects and instead, combine several leftover yarns together for a bit of springtime stashbusting. Next, Kelley reviews several patterns that she found while browing around Ravelry by search for "stash" and "stashbusting". She reviews some of her favorite patterns that she stumbled across, all of which make the most of using up many yarns together in one project for the ultimate stashbusting satisfaction. Finally, Kelley catches you up with her recently finished projects and what she is planning to put on her needles next.
3/1/201221 minutes, 39 seconds
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Podcast 179: Learning the Quirks of Lace

Love the look of lace but intimidated by the techniques? Let Kelley guide you through the process of knitting lace as she goes over the quirks of lace knitting in addition to tips and tricks for successful lace projects. Next, Kelley chats about one of her favorite things to do while knitting or spinning - listening to audiobooks! Kelley gives an overview of audible, an audiobook service, as well as several reviews of recently completed audiobooks she has enjoyed listening to while crafting. Finally, Kelley catches you up with projects that are on (and ones that have recently come off) the needles. In keeping with the topic of lace knitting, Kelley talks about her Elizabeth Zimmerman Pi Shawl that was recently completed. Kelley also chats about all of the lace projects she was dreaming of while blocking her newly finished shawl, in addition to a few socks that are still in progress.
2/16/201226 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 178: Live from TNNA!

Last weekend Alisha, Stacey, and Jenny attended The National Needlearts Association winter show held in Phoenix, Arizona. This industry trade show is put on several times a year and lets venders, yarn shop owners, and designers connect with each other as well as find new and exciting yarns and accessories. As much as we enjoyed the warm weather and sunshine, we also loved chatting with all of the friends that stopped by our booth! While being around so many wonderful designers, Jenny was able to set aside some time to chat with a few designers that are part of the Knit Picks IDP program including Audrey Knight, Stephannie Tallent, and Sarah Wilson. Hear all about how they started knitting and transitioned into designing in this behind the scenes sneak peek at TNNA!
2/2/201224 minutes, 15 seconds
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Podcast 177: Socks - The Perfect Travel Companion

Kelley talks about one of her favorite things – sock knitting! Listen along as Kelley shares all of the reasons why socks make the perfect travel companion. Kelley also offers words of advice and encouragement for those new to sock knitting. Next, Kelley follows up her chat on socks with three wonderful book reviews – The Knitter’s Book of Socks by Clara Parks, Sock Knitting Master Class by Ann Budd, and Socks a la Carte Colorwork by Jonelle Raffino and Katherine Cade. Finally, Kelley catches you up on how her works in progress are coming along.
1/19/201227 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 176: The Process of Product Development

Kelley shares the story of Knit Picks and how the company first began through the evolution of product development from selecting the first yarn lines to developing new needles and tools to enhance your fiber craft. Continuing with the theme of product development, Alison chats with Teri about the newest Knit Picks yarn, Brava! Teri has wool allergies that make it impossible for her to enjoy all of the lovely natural fibers available at Knit Picks, which is exactly why she was so excited throughout the entire development for Brava. And finally, Kelley shares her enthusiam for the new year along with her plans and goals for getting her work and fiber life organized.
1/5/201222 minutes, 8 seconds
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Podcast 175: Interview with Alasdair Post Quinn

This week, Alison gets a chance to chat with Alasdair Post Quinn, author of the new book, Extreme Double Knitting! Know for his innovative spin on double knitting, Alasdair's patterns show off color and double knitting in unique and creative ways. Hear all about how Alasdair first got into knitting, what drew him to double knitting, and the chain of events brought about the idea for a book on double knitting. After working on his book for the last few years, Alasdair is currently focusing his creative energies on designing single patterns and experimenting with even more extreme forms of double knitting.
12/21/201118 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 174: Spinning with a Wheel

This week, Kelley talks about the other half of her fiber life - creating handspun yarn with a spinning wheel! Hear all about Kelley's advice for those new to spinning with a spindle or a wheel in addition to all of the possibilities you can create by making your own yarn! Kelley also reviews the books, Learn to Spin by Anne Field, and Color in Spinning, by Deb Menz. Next, Kelley talks about all of the wonderful fiber options you have for spinning and reviews several Knit Picks roving blends. Finally, Kelley catches you up on what kinds of projects are on her needles and spinning wheel.
12/8/201122 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 173: Creative Colorwork

This week, Kelley chats with Kim about her newfound love of colorwork knitting and all fo the fun projects she has been creating using this technique. Next up, Kelley reviews the books, Exploring Color in Knitting by Sarah Hazell and Emma King as well as Mastering Color Knitting by Melissa Leapman, both of which are helpful resources for any colorwork knitting project. Kelley also shares a helpful tool for colorwork knitting that you can take with you no matter where you go - Color Snap! This is an app available for iphones, blackberry, and android phones that allows you to take pictures and translate them into a color palette. Finally, Kelley catches you up on her roadtrip down to Mexico as well as the progress on her strash re-organization project.
11/23/201126 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 172: Interview with Hannah Fettig & Alana Dakos

This week, Kelley catches up with Hannah Fettig of Knitbot and Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, authors of the new book Coastal Knits! A collaboration between two good friends who just happen to live on opposite sides of the country, Hannah and Alana created a collection of patterns that are inspired by the coasts that they reside on. Hear all about the long-distance teamwork of these two designers and how they made Coastal Knits a reality in just under one years time.
11/10/201119 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 171: Rigid Heddle Weaving

This week is all about weaving with a rigid heddle loom! Hear all about Kelley's adventures in weaving as she chats with Jenny about rigid heddle looms. Kelley also shares great advice for new weavers and why is it great for using up both larger and smaller amounts of yarns that you might have hiding in your stash. Kelley also reviews two of her most loved weaving books along with her favorite tool for planning out projects, the Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool. Finally, Kelley catches you up on the projects she is planning out for her road trip.
10/27/201133 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 170: Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival

During the last weekend in September, the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival took place here in Canby, Oregon! OFFF is one of Alison's favorite fiber festivals and this year, she was able to get Kelley, who has never attended OFFF before, to join along! Hear all about the different fibers, yarns, animals, and other treats Alison and Kelley discovered at OFFF. Next, Kelley talks about about reworking a pair of socks currently on her needles and shares her own stitch pattern that she created for the socks (see pattern below). Lastly, if you have too much fiber or undyed yarn that you have spun up, Kelley reviews two books on natural dyeing and how you can use what you find in your backyard or kitchen to create unique yarns. Books Reviewed:Harvesting Color by Priscilla Gibson-RobertsDyes from Kitchen Produce by Setsuko Ishii Kelley's Sock Stitch Pattern: Row 1: slip 1, knit 1Row 2: knitRow 3: k1, slip 1Row 4: knitRow 5: purlRow 6: knit
10/13/201131 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 169: Everything Old Is New Again

It seems that this year, there has been a resurgence of popular and much-loved knitting books that are finally back in print! Kelley shares how learning to spin led her down the path of knitting and the books that passed on endless amounts of techniques and knowledge. Kelley then reviews four of her favorite books that are finally back in print and ready to be enjoyed by a new generation of knitters: Aran Knitting, The Book of Fair Isle Knitting, and Charts for Color Knitting, all of which are by Alice Starmore as well as Knitting Around the Word by Lela Nargi. Finally, Kelley catches up with all of the “distractions” that have been making her such a productive knitter.Books Mentioned:Knitting in the Old Way by Priscilla Gibson-RobertsKnitter's Almanac, The Commemorative Edition by Elizabeth ZimmermanAran Knitting by Alice StarmoreBook of Fair Isle Knitting by Alice StarmoreCharts for Color Knitting by Alice StarmoreKnitting Around the Word by Lela Nargi
9/29/201132 minutes, 34 seconds
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Podcast 168: New Fall Yarns 2011

Kelley and Alison chat about all of the new and exciting things that have been happening at Knit Picks! Not only did lots of new yarns get new colors (Swish, Wool of the Andes, and Stroll), but there are also a few brand new things as well. First, Kelley and Alison catch up with the new releases for the September catalog, Wool of the Andes Tweed and Wool of the Andes Roving. Next up, Biggo is introduced! Alison shares just how durable this new bulky weight, superwash and nylon yarn really is! Finally, Kelley and Alison annouce the arrival of the Special Reserve line, where extra-special fibers get picked for a limited edition yarn. The first in the Special Reserve line is Sugarbunny, a delightful merino and angora blend that both Kelley and Alison love!
9/15/201129 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 167: Interview with Anna Hrachovec

This week, Alison interviews Anna Hrachovec, author of the books Knitting Mochimochi and Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi. Both of these books are filled with fun, brilliantly imaginative and innovative toys to knit, with the second book focusing on super-small scale toys that can be knit in only an hour or two! These teeny-tiny toys are often only an inch tall and use only a few yards of yarn. Anna chats about how she began knitting, what her creative process is for coming up with ideas, how she translates her ideas into a finished toy and why she is so drawn to knitted toys. She also runs the website and blog, mochimochiland, where you can find more of her designs and read about her weekly design challenge in which she comes up with new and clever tiny toys.
9/1/201119 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 166: eBook Author Interviews

This week is all about eBooks! First, Kelley gets a chance to talk with Erika Jackofsky, author of the eBooks Sweet Treats and Musical Minds. Next up, Alison chats with Lee Meredith, who designed the Swerve Mitts available through IDP and created the eBook, Game Knitting. Kelley then catches up with Liat Gat who created a unique format where eBooks combine with videos. Finally, Alison talks with designer, Beth Hahn who combines stories, watercolor illustrations and knitting patterns. 
8/18/201130 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 165: Transitions

Kelley makes a big annoucement about the transitions that have been happening at Knit Picks!
8/4/201118 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 164: Gearing Up for Sock Summit

Kelley gets ready for the upcoming Sock Summit with weaving! By planning out projects for her rigid heddle loom, Kelley is able to go through her sock stash and use up yarn from the first Sock Summit. Who knew weaving could work as a stash management tool? Kelley also shares two books that would be perfect for those interested in weaving - Hands On Rigid Heddle Weaving by Betty Linn Davenport and Weaving Made Easy by Liz Gipson. Next up, Kelley chats about projects on her needles and her weekend of weaving! Kelley also reviews the book, Mittens & Hats for Yarn Lovers by Carri Hammett.
7/21/201133 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 163: A Summer of Lace

With the weather finally warming up here in the Pacific Northwest, knitting lace have been on everyone's mind here at the office. On a recent trip, Kelley was fortunate enough to be sitting next to a fellow knitter on the plane back to Portland. She got the opportunity to share her love of knitting with her new knitting pal and Kelley recaps her reasons to knit lace as well as why new knitters shouldn't be afraid to tackle lace projects. Next up, Kelley presents three different books on lace - the first being The Very Easy Guide to Lace Knitting by Lynne Watterson, a perfect guide for knitters new to lace. Next up, Kelley talks about The Art of Knitted Lace which features a stunning collection of garments that show off lace patterns by a collection of designers - ideal for knitters looking to take their lace knitting in a new direction. And for experienced or adventurous lace knitters, Kelley recommends Wrapped in Lace by Margaret Stove - an beautiful collections of designs inspired by Margaret's life. Finally,this lace lovers podcast wraps up with a "What's On My Needles" segment where Kelley gives an update on her Anniversary Shawl and highlights new projects on her needles.
7/7/201138 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 162: Interview with Michelle Edwards

Kelley interviews Michelle Edwards, author of the book A Knitter's Home Companion. With a background in printmaking, illustration and children's books, Michelle has always had knitting be a constant part of her life. In A Knitter's Home Companion, Michelle shares stories and essays that explore the lives of other knitters, the lessons that are learned, and the way people are brought together through the craft. Hear all about Michelle's journery from starting the book through meeting late night deadlines and finding time to knit 100 pairs of mittens for charity!
6/23/201128 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 161: Stitch Dictionary Secrets Revealed

Jenny chats with Kerin about the wonders of stitch dictionaries! If you are new to stitch dictionaries, you will learn all about what they are, how to use them and the history of stitches throughout different cultures. Kerin also shares her own tips and tricks to successfully designing with different lace, cables, textures and colorwork stitches.
6/9/201132 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 160: Behind the Scenes with New Tonals & Dishie

Alison got a chance to chat with our art director, Christina about the development of all the new tonal colorways for Shadow, Stroll, Swish and Wool of the Andes. Kelley dishes about her love for Dishie and talks about knitting with cotton yarns. Hear all about Kelley's fiber fun and what she is currently working on in the "What's On My Needles" segment. Kelley also reviews the book Knitted Socks East and West by Judy Sumner.
5/26/201125 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 159: Interview with Lisa Shroyer

Kelley interviews Lisa Shroyer, editor of Knitscene magazine and author of the new book Knitting Plus - an amazing reference guide that walks you through several sweater styles and how to modify each to make it flatter your figure, along with 15 beautiful patterns.
5/12/201127 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 158: All You Need is Gauge

Kerin and Jenny chat about gauge - what is how, what effects your gauge, what fibers to watch out for and how you can use the basic understanding of gauge to make your own designs take form. Both The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns were referenced in this episode.
4/28/201125 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 157: Interview with Linda Permann

Alison chats with crochet designer Linda Permann, author of Crochet Adorned and Little Crochet - which just was released last week! Hear all about Linda's design process from beginning to end in creating this beautiful book as well as tips and tricks that crocheters of all level will find helpful.
4/14/201125 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 156: Sensational Sock Yarns

Sock yarn isn't just for socks anymore - Kelley chats with Knit Picks designer Kerin about clever uses for your sock yarn stash. Also hear great tips and tricks on effectively organizing your sock yarns as well as how to go about buying sock yarns at fiber festivals without being overwhelmed. Kelley reviews the book Knit. Sock. Love. by Cookie A.
3/31/201123 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 155: Interview with Hunter Hammersen

Kelley interviews Hunter Hammersen, author of Silk Road Socks - a beautiful book that takes a look at the history of Oriental rugs, design elements unique to each style of rug and translates them into 14 stunning sock patterns.
3/17/201125 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 154: Overcoming Mistakes

Kelley talks about different techniques that new knitters can use to overcome knitting mistakes. Alison and Kerin chat about common mistakes that can happen to new knitters, share personal stories of projects gone awry and how they were fixed.
3/3/201126 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 153: Entrelac-tastic!

Alison interviews Rosemary Drysdale, author of Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting. Hear Alison and Kerin chat about designing with entrelac, how to use this technique as well as handy tips and tricks. Stacey interviews IDP designer Michele Bernstein about how she got her start designing and the inspiration behind her Lacy Entrelac Infinity Scarf. Books Reviewed Alison reviews the book Entrée to Entrelac by Gwen Bortner.
2/17/201125 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 152: Exploring Handspinning

Kelley tells her story about how she first learned how to spin in college. Kelley also discusses drop spindles and covers the importance of having a wide range of sizes and styles. Alison interviews Jen from Hanks in the Hood about her exclusive batts made just for Knit Picks.
2/3/201131 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 151: New Yarn, Chroma!

Alison and Christina discuss the development procees for Chroma colorways; Kerin and Stacey suggest patterns and designs that go well with Chroma; Jenny reviews the book Knitting Noro.
1/20/201126 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 150: Holiday Knitting

Kelley chats with Kate, Angela and Kerin about their favorite books and patterns for holiday gift knitting.
11/3/201030 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 149: Fiber Festivals

Alison and Kerin chat about the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival along with other yarn-related gatherings.
9/30/201029 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 148: Sweater Weather

Kelley chats with designer Nina about a free online design-your-own-sweater class.  Kelley also reviews some books with excellent sweater projects.
9/20/201025 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 147: Designer Inspiration

Kelley chats with designers Nina and Kerin about their inspiration and development process for new fall kit patterns.
9/2/201024 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 146: New Fall Yarns 2010

Kelley and Alison talk about new colors of wool and alpaca yarn, the new cashmere blend yarn Capra, and spinning supplies.
8/19/201029 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 145: Color Confidence

Kelley gives a lesson on selecting colors for knitting projects, then talks with Knit Picks designer Kerin about color.
8/5/201023 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 144: Interview with Anna Hrachovec

Kelley chats with designer Anna Hrachovec, author of Knitting Mochimochi.
7/22/201018 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 143: Interview with Kristin Omdahl

Kelley chats with Kristin Omdahl, author of Crochet So Fine, Wrapped in Crochet, and The Art of Knitted Lace.
7/8/201022 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 142: Collaborative Design

Kelley chats with designers Kerin and Nina about working jointly on knitting patterns.
6/24/201022 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 141: Changing Direction

Kelley talks about when you're just not feeling right about a project and switching to a new pattern.
6/10/201018 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 140: Interview with Nicole Dickson

Kelley chats with Nicole Dickson, author of the novel "Casting Off."​
5/27/201028 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 139: New Tools for Spring

Kelley and Tina go over the new tools that have arrived for Spring 2010.
5/6/201021 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 138: New Knitter Pep Talk

Kelley gives a little pep talk for new knitters, then chats with Kerin about the new Backyard Garden kit.
4/22/201024 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 137: Tips for Reading Patterns

Kelley chats with designer Kerin about tips and tricks for reading knitting patterns.
4/8/201025 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 136: Planning Colors for Hand Painted Yarn

Melissa tells Alison about her design process for developing the new colors for hand painted yarn (including new colors for Stroll, Shadow, and Felici).
3/25/201026 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 135: Interview with Chrissy Gardiner

Kelley chats with knitwear designer Chrissy Gardiner, author of "Toe-Up! Patterns and Worksheets to Whip Your Sock Knitting Into Shape."
3/11/201021 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 134: Hooray for Short Rows!

Kelley gives a lesson on using short rows for shaping, along with tips and tricks for keeping your knitting neat and tidy.
3/4/201030 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 133: New Spring Yarn Preview

Kelley and Tina chat about new yarn lines, such as Stroll Tonal, Shadow Tonal, and Simply Cotton in new heathered colors.
2/25/201025 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 132: Developing a Yarn Line

Tina and Alison talk through the process of developing a yarn line, from fiber choice to final skein.
2/18/201026 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 131: Meet Customer Service!

Kelley chats with Millie and Jared about working in Knit Picks Customer Service.  She also talks with Knitting Superhero Jeanne about knitting through hard economic times.
2/10/201030 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 130: Remember When

Kelley chats with Stacey, Angela, and Alison about how they learned to knit and the tricks they learned along the way.
2/4/201030 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 129: Color in Design

Kelley chats with Christina, the new Catalog Manager for Knit Picks, about selecting colors and projects for the print and online catalogs.
1/28/201024 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 128: Stretching Your Knitting Budget

Kelley chats with Kate about clever ways to stretch your knitting dollar.
1/21/201024 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 127: Refresh Your Stash

Ready for a new year of knitting?  Kelley and Tina chat about different ways to reorganize the yarn and projects in their stashes.
1/13/201021 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 126: Independent Designer Partnership Program!

Kelley chats with Stacey about the new Independent Designer Partnership program at Knit Picks, then talks with a few participating designers.
1/6/20101 hour, 1 minute, 58 seconds
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Episode 125: Knitted Gifts - Ideas and Care

Kelley shares some alternative ideas for knitted gifts, then chats with Nina and Kerin about how to help gift recipients take care of their new knitted treasures.
12/16/200933 minutes, 3 seconds
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Knit Picks Podcast Extra: Miss Eiderdown's Stocking, Part 2

A holiday treat for those finishing up gift knitting: the folks at Boxer Press Audio have created a radio play.  This is the second half of "Miss Eiderdown's Stocking" - part one was available last week.
12/11/200924 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 124: Essential Knitting Toools

Kelley talks with Tina about the best tools to have in your knitting bag (or bags, if you're Tina!). 
12/9/200933 minutes, 25 seconds
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Knit Picks Podcast Extra: Miss Eiderdown's Stocking, Part 1

A holiday treat for those finishing up gift knitting: the folks at Boxer Press Audio have created a radio play.  This is the first half of "Miss Eiderdown's Stocking" - part two will be available next week.
12/4/200926 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 123: Learning to Love Blocking

Kelley gives a lesson on blocking, then chats with Nina and Kerin about the ways that knitwear designers use blocking to suit their needs.
12/2/200927 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 122: Comfort While Knitting

Kelley goes over some personal tips for keeping relaxed and avoiding discomfort while knitting up a storm. Regarding a different kind of comfort, Kelley also chats with Knitting Community friends Cheryl, Peggy, and Susan about how online communities have changed their own knitting lives.
11/18/200946 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 121: Felting Frenzy

Kelley chats with Knit Picks designer Kerin about felting your knits and reviews the book "Shibori Knitted Felt" by Alison Crowther-Smith.
11/11/200923 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 120: Interview with Mary Scott Huff

Melissa, Art Director for Knit Picks, interviews designer Mary Scott Huff about her new book, "The New Stranded Colorwork".
11/4/200926 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 119: Hats, Hats, Hats!

Kelley chats with Nina about different types of hats, then Angela interviews new knitter Brett about his adventures in making his own hat.
10/28/200919 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 118: Knitting 2.0

Kelley chats with Tina and Alison about websites, blogs, and tech gadgets available to knitters.
10/21/200928 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 117: Impractical Knits

Kelley chats with Stacey, Angela, and Marci about the delight they find in knitting impractical, whimsical projects.
10/14/200924 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 116: Double Knitting

Kelley and Kate discuss the double knitting technique, which creates a thick, reversible fabric that's great for a number of different projects.
10/7/200917 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 115: Hems for Sweaters

Ready to start a new fall sweater?  Kelley chats with Nina about different hems that you can use.
9/30/200920 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 114: Lining Knitted Bags

Tina and Kerin talk about how to line your finished knitted bag to make it durable and shapely.
9/23/200925 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 113: Knitting Gifts

Kelley chats with Tina and Alison about gift knitting - who to knit for, how to plan out your knitted gifts, and other tips to keep your gift knitting on track.
9/16/200927 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 112: Charity Knitting

Kelley talks about her experiences with the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure, shares a new free pattern she designed, and chats with Tina about Frankie Brown's fantastic knitting patterns that put a new spin on charity knitting.
9/9/200928 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 111: Knitted Toys

Kelley talks with Knit Picks designer Kerin about tricks and techniques for knitting toys, then brings in Judy from Connecting Threads for tips on stuffing.
9/2/200921 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 110: Interview with Kristi Porter

Kate talks with her friend Kristi Porter, author of "Knitting in the Sun," about knitting for warmer climates.
8/27/200925 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 109: New Knitters

Kelley gives new knitters tips for choosing (and using) patterns, then chats with Nina about the new Learn to Knit kits.
8/19/200927 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 108: Report from Sock Summit

Kelley talks with Stacey and Kate about the adventures they had at Sock Summit 2009 in Portland, Oregon.
8/12/200932 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 107: Pool Party

Kelley gives tips on working with multicolor yarn and talks with KP employees about the phenomenon known as "pooling."
8/5/200927 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 106: Lace for Everyone!

All skill levels welcome!  Kelley talks through lace basics, reviews a delicious new lace book, and chats with Nina about designing lace shawls.
7/29/200928 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 105: New Zephyr Needles

Kelley and Tina chat about the new Zephyr interchangeable needles coming out in August 2009.  Also, Kelley talks with Jen Wheeler about her "Cry on Kelley's Shoulder" knitting problem.
7/22/200929 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 104: Interview with Lorna Miser

Kelley chats with designer Lorna Miser about her new book, "Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting."
7/15/200924 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 103: Fall Yarn 2009

Kelley talks with Tina about the new yarn lines coming in Fall 2009.  She also interviews Melissa about the process of designing hand painted yarns, talks with Nina about her Mr. Foster pattern modifications, and discussions the development of the Palette yarn colors with Kerin.
7/8/200931 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 102: Summer Knitting

Kelley gives tips and tricks for taking your knitting with you to summertime events, then talks with Star Athena about the Tour de Fleece spinning event that runs during the month of July.To enter this week's Knit Picks Podcast Contest, submit your answer by email to [email protected].
7/1/200922 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 101: Knitting Repair

Take a deep breath and gather your courage!  Kelley talks you through fixing mistakes and missteps in your knitting.  You can do it!
6/24/200924 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 100: Hooray!

Kelley chats with Alison about favorite podcast episodes, tried-and-true favorite books, and upcoming surprises for the podcast.  To enter the 100th Podcast Contest for a chance to win a set of interchangeable needles, go to http://community.knitpicks.com/profile/KnitPicksPodcast and leave a comment in the show notes for Episode 100. 
6/17/200923 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 99: Which Yarn Should I Use?

Don't want stretch?  Need drape?  Thinking of substituting wool for cotton, or alpaca for linen?  Kelley gives advice on how to match fiber type to project.
6/3/200932 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 98: Interview with Sally Melville

Kelley chats with designer Sally Melville, author of "The Knitting Experience Book 1: The Knit Stitch," "The Knitting Experience Book 2: The Purl Stitch," and "Mother-Daughter Knits."
5/27/200914 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 97: Converting Flat Knitting to Circular Knitting

Kelley gives tips on the how & when of converting a pattern that has pieces knitted flat and seamed to a seamless, circular work of art.
5/20/200931 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 96: Knitting for Little Ones

Kelley chats with three new moms who work at Knit Picks - Christy, Katie, and Melissa - about knitting for babies and small children.
5/13/200950 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 95: Steeking V-Necks and Scoop Necks

Kelley helps demystify steeking and talks through how to apply the technique to V-neck and scoop neck openings on sweaters.
5/6/200921 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 94: Interview with Cookie A

Kelley chats with sock designer Cookie A about her new book "Sock Innovation."
4/29/200928 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 93: Intarsia and Nona's Garden

Kelley chats with Kerin, a designer for Knit Picks, about intarsia and the new Nona's Garden Shawl kit in City Tweed.
4/22/200925 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 92: How We Weave

Every knitter has a different trick for weaving in their ends, so Kelley talks with Tina, Nina, and Kerin about their personal techniques and tricks for beautifully finished garments.
4/15/200941 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 91: I-cord Revisited

Built-in and applied I-cord are great techniques for giving a polished look to your projects. Kelley gives tips on making it perfect — don’t be intimated!
4/8/200933 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 90: Stranded?

Kelley doesn't leave you stranded, giving you notes on how to double- and triple-strand yarn for a project.  Also, Kelley has just launched her Classic Lines Cardigan KAL - anyone can join!
4/1/200934 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 89: From Mittens to Gloves

Kelley talks about moving into different kinds of mittens and gloves and adds yet another project to the infamous Excel spreadsheet.
3/25/200932 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 88: Magic Loop is like...Magic!

Kelley talks about the Magic Loop technique and the ways that it simplifies knitting socks and other projects.
3/11/200934 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 87: Interview with Wendy Bernard

Kelley chats with designer Wendy Bernard about her book "Custom Knits."
3/4/200927 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 86: New Knit Picks Tools

Kelley chats with Tina, VP of Knit Picks, about her UFO knitalong and the new tools that Knit Picks has just added to their online catalog.
2/25/200919 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 85: Slipping Stitches

Kelley talks about the different ways to slip stitches in your knitting, then discusses techniques that use picked up stitches for various effects.
2/18/200925 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 84: Interview with Hannah Fettig

Kelley interviews designer Hannah Fettig, author of "Closely Knit."
2/11/200924 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 83: Cast On for Any Occasion

Kelley goes over common cast on techniques and describes the best uses for each.
2/4/200931 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 82: Color Selection

Kelley chats with Melissa, the Art Director for Knit Picks, about choosing colors for Fair Isle knitting and other multi-colored projects.
1/28/200944 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 81: Entrelac Made Easy

Learn technique tips for entrelac.  Kelley and guest entrelac-er Karen talk though the best yarn and projects for experimenting with entrelac.
1/21/200926 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 80: The Concept of Ease

No more ill-fitting garments!  The correct mix of positive and negative ease is the key to getting sweaters to fit.  Kelley and Kerin unwrap the mystery of creating, determining, and working with ease.
1/14/200924 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 79: New Year's Resolutions

Kelley shares some of her 2009 knitting resolutions and talks about her favorite organizational books and techniques.
1/7/200936 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 78: Chat with Cheryl Oberle

Kelley chats with designer and author Cheryl Oberle.  Cheryl is the author of "Folk Shawls," "Folk Vests," and "Knitted Jackets: 20 Designs from Classic to Contemporary."
12/31/200832 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 77: Chat with Lucy Neatby

Kelley talks with knitter extraordinaire Lucy Neatby.  Along with designing patterns and operating Tradewind Knitwear Designs, Lucy has a series of highly instructional knitting DVDs.
12/17/200825 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 76: Knitting in Literature

Kelley discusses her favorite knitterly books and reads a few knitting poems.  Her recommendations are perfect as last-minute gift ideas for knitters.
12/10/200823 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 75: Interview with Nancy Bush

Kelley chats with acclaimed author and designer Nancy Bush.  Nancy is the author of classic knitting books like "Knitting on the Road," "Folk Socks," and the new "Knitted Lace of Estonia."
12/3/200829 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 74: Interview with Kay Meadors

Kelley chats with knitter & author Kay Meadors.  Kay is the author of "I Can't Believe I'm Lace Knitting" and many, many more knitting and crochet books.
11/19/200832 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 73: Post-Holiday Project Tackle

Kelley talks about ways to plan and organize big, challenging projects, which are perfect for the post-holiday slump.
11/12/200836 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 72: Interview with Leigh Radford

Kelley talks with Leigh Radford, author of "AlterKnits," "One Skein," and "AlterKnits Felt."
11/5/200833 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 71: Interview with Franklin Habit

Kelley chats with Franklin Habit, author of the popular "The Panopticon" blog and author of "It Itches," a compilation of knitting cartoons and essays.
10/29/200838 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 70: Interview with Stefanie Japel

Kelley talks with the talented knitwear designer & blogger Stefanie Japel about her books "Fitted Knits" and the brand new "Glam Knits."
10/22/200828 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 69: Kelley and Tina Talk Tools

Kelley and Tina talk about their favorite knitting tools and offer extra tips and tricks for using them.
10/15/200831 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 68: Interview with Donna Druchunas

Kelley chats with designer Donna Druchunas about her books "Ethnic Knitting Discovery" and "Ethnic Knitting Exploration."
10/7/200835 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 67: Ethnic Knitting Interview

Kelley and our in-house designer Kerin Dimeler talk about ethnic colorwork and knitting styles, from Fair Isle to Lithuania.
10/3/200834 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 66: Winter Stash Busters

Kelley discusses winter wardrobe staples - hats and scarves - which are also terrific stash busters.
9/26/200831 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 65: Interview with Cheryl Brunette

Kelley chats with Cheryl Brunette, author of "Sweater 101," about how to make sweaters that fit well and look good.