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Twinset Designs Podcast is hosted by identical twins, Jan and Ellen. They share their thoughts on life, their current fiber adventures (in knitting and spinning and…), and their exploration of the design world. And they laugh...a lot.

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Twinset Designs Podcast is hosted by identical twins, Jan and Ellen. They share their thoughts on life, their current fiber adventures (in knitting and spinning and…), and their exploration of the design world. And they laugh...a lot.

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Moved to #1

By msbrewer - Jul 31 2017
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This podcast will quickly move to the top of your knitting podcast list. Ellen and Jan are knowledgeable, inspiring, and lighthearted. You'll want to pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, grab your knitting and join in on the family fun. You'll go away uplifted and ready to take on new knitting challenges.

Makes me happy

By Bowenp - Aug 11 2015
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Makes me wish for a sister. They enjoy life and I love to hear about their knitting.

iTunes Ratings

136 Ratings
Average Ratings
130
6
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0
0

Moved to #1

By msbrewer - Jul 31 2017
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This podcast will quickly move to the top of your knitting podcast list. Ellen and Jan are knowledgeable, inspiring, and lighthearted. You'll want to pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, grab your knitting and join in on the family fun. You'll go away uplifted and ready to take on new knitting challenges.

Makes me happy

By Bowenp - Aug 11 2015
Read more
Makes me wish for a sister. They enjoy life and I love to hear about their knitting.

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TwinSet Designs

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Twinset Designs Podcast is hosted by identical twins, Jan and Ellen. They share their thoughts on life, their current fiber adventures (in knitting and spinning and…), and their exploration of the design world. And they laugh...a lot.

Episode 71 -- Snow Bound!

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In which we discuss dealing with Winter Storm Jonas, travel to see Jan's grand newphew, the Knit a Journey Midwinter Retreat, Legally Blonde - the Musical!, CVM, and being bold.

Feb 07 2016

1hr 9mins

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Episode 75 -- Waiting for Spring!!

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In which we discuss aberrant spring weather, a trip to see Andrew, the wiggle dance, bottle supplemented lambs, naked alpaca and fowl play.

Apr 10 2016

53mins

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Episode 90 -- Groundhog Day

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Whew!  Many tasks kept me from editing this very quickly, but here it is...   In which we discuss Groundhog Day (are you surprised?), Ellen's commitment to acquire more skeins than she knits...err, rather knit more skeins than she acquires, Jan's experience at the Women's March on DC, Ellen's experiences at Ding Dong Darling National Wildlife Refuge (they involve birds -- and key lime pie), an epic knitting bite, and craftivism.  And we have a few words from Dr. Yarn!!   Listen here:  Episode 90 -- Ground Hog Day

Feb 12 2017

1hr 21mins

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Episode 89 -- TwinSetJan Does Japan!!

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In which we chat about our holidays -- and Jan goes on and on about her holiday trip to Japan -- and in which we highlight a few other entrepreneurs in which you might be interested, hear from the founder of June cashmere, put out a few knitting and life objectives for the new year, and reconnect after our winter hiatus.  (Note, the outtakes refer to a bit of food poisoning Jan and family experienced in Japan -- not caused by the Kobe beef, but coincidental to that meal...we do not want to cause anyone to miss out on trying Kobe beef because of these comments!)

Jan 16 2017

1hr 22mins

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Episode 12 -- Gauging Where You're At

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In which we hear many, many highlights from Madrona, consider the image of alpaca at the feeding trough, ponder whether the fact that we are knitters has caused us to make decisions differently,were thankful for finding knitting that once was lost, are illuminated by the wisdom that can come from a single gauge swatch (especially one that is garment sized), take a spin with Finn, consider what to do when massively bulky yarn is not really so bulky after all, and enjoy hearing from the greatest Dayne of all.

Mar 03 2013

1hr 11mins

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Episode 83 -- The Computer Gods Are Laughing

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In which we get you all caught up -- whether you want to be or not.

Oct 03 2016

1hr 29mins

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Episode 18 -- Making Hay While the Sun Shines!

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In which we discuss bird spotting, the mechanics of making hay, exercise options (totally!), motivation for riding, garden prospects, possible new neighbors, grand-dog sitting, the wisdom of dyeing hair while engaged in fine hand knitting, two cases of startosis, knitting on the needles, no knitting off the needles, making batts and making yarn, a listener design challenge, design principles a la Annie Modesitt, Sarah Punderson's designs, reflections on Fiber Fest by some of our favorite knitterati, bags from swag, and a contest!

Jun 10 2013

1hr 13mins

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Episode 97 -- But I Digress

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In which we are back from hiatus and we chat about what's been going on -- Jan hosted the TwinSet Summer Retreat 2017 and made a trip to China, and Ellen played around at Cedar Point with her clan and then travelled to Oregon for the eclipse where Jan's Grand Nephew gave her a total eclipse of the heart.

Sep 04 2017

1hr 11mins

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Episode 70 -- No Kittens Were Harmed

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In which we discuss very little in the patterns of our lives, but in which we do discuss getting our spin back on, full time working for part time people, bonus sheds, horny sheep, and, yes, exploding kittens.

Jan 18 2016

40mins

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Episode 13 -- How Now Giant Cow?

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In which we squee over Dr. Gemma's review, welcome baby Matilda, and chat about Shirley Paden's Design-A-Long, clever cats, alpaca roundups, giant cows, top shelf vodka, knitting satisfaction, lots of knitting on and off the needles, lots of knitting nibbles too, bulging bobbins and that's not everything, but it is about the grist, err, um, gist of it.

Mar 18 2013

1hr 5mins

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Episode 74 -- Twofer Two

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In which we discuss White House M&Ms, Lindt Chocolate Bunnies, Big balls of string, more new lambs, pacemaker museums, and running in slippers.

Mar 27 2016

45mins

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Episode 17 -- I Just Flew in from MN, and Boy are My Arms Tired!

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In which I wonder where Ellen spent the money she was given for singing lessons, Ellen delves into algebra to solve the classic math problem "Gigi's Socks", we discuss much (much, much, much) activity in the patterns of our lives (multiple fiber festivals included!!), trips to Minnesota and NYC, visits with daughters, fine dining, farm lessons and lessons learned (Sorry, Chicks!), the value of a good shearer and many knitting nibbles, and we chat with the mothers of Steven Berg and Stephen West.  Phew!!

May 18 2013

1hr 16mins

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Episode 87 -- Weinerific!!

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In which we discuss our four Thanksgivings, knitting going to the dogs, a new give away from Infinite Twist, and lots of weiners!!

Dec 04 2016

54mins

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Episode 99 -- Busy, Busy, Busy!!

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In which it took me three weeks to edit, but in the meantime I did finish the paper to which I refer in the opening minutes.  Also, we do talk about knitting, and about our lives, and about things that we object to and things that we support...pretty much as usual.  Enjoy!

Dec 10 2017

59mins

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Episode 82 -- Technical DIfficulties

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At last...after gaining access to a different computer (the old one is likely a total loss -- thank goodness for Carbonite!) and in which we discuss visits to Minnesota, new chickens, hoping for a break in the heat, the Marie Kon-Don't Method, and the difference between Scotch tension and double drive spinning.

Sep 09 2016

1hr 10mins

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Episode 94 -- Baby Pants! Baby Pants!

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In which we catch up after several months.  Jan became a grandma, Ellen went to Scotland, and we both had other adventures.  Thanks for your patience while we were gone and while Jan was trying to get the episode edited...just under the wire to have an episode out in June!

Jun 29 2017

53mins

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Episode 95 -- So Sweet

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In which we catch up on life's joys and sorrows, and get cheered up by Dr. Yarn and our grandsons.  And in which we talk about plowing back and forth, the perfect yarn for when you're Friesian, how sweet Jan is, and how incapable we both are at correct counts during cast ons.

Jul 21 2017

58mins

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Episode 11 -- Designed for Your Pleasure...Not In Stereo!!

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In which we talked about making sure our listeners could hear our podcast, Madrona, why alpaca are like kindergarteners, zumba, Nemo, Madrona, our perfect yarn shop, designing by starting with a concept and designing by starting with the yarn, Madrona, how easy patterns can still bite you, the History on Two Needles winner, Madrona, The Fiber Factor competition, Madrona, and Madrona.

Feb 13 2013

1hr

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Episode 16 -- Thunder Snow!

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In which Ellen sings and is repetitive and in which we discuss Yarnover and Fiber Fest, a great review from Jasmin & Gigi, Thunder Snow!, quick trips to Ohio, Spring springing...and not, farm stuff, mouse melons, love blankets, snow and the frozen north, blended colors and intarsia, when eagerness overwhelms instinct, yarn to dye for, figure irregularities, the magic bullet and Yarnover and Fiber Fest.

Cover Art by Martin Austermuhle

Apr 23 2013

1hr

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Episode 84 -- Computer Gods?...Still Chuckling

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In which we continue to be challenged by technology, but are very excited to be going to Rhinebeck!  No outtakes this time -- we were lucky to get the body of the episode!

Oct 11 2016

42mins

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Episode 104 -- So Many Visitors...And Madrona!!

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In which Jan shares her travels away from the farm and visitors to the farm, and in which Jan and Ellen relive the fun they had at the last Madrona.

Feb 25 2019

48mins

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Episode 103 -- Back So Soon?

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In which Jan shares about signs of coming lambing, hermaphroditic sheep, a complete doggy update, her grandson's name, some design principles for color selection in stranded knitting, a 5-minute interview by Ellen of Eric Allness of Reywa Fibers, some details on the UNKAL, and a lengthy Fashion Forecast.

Feb 12 2019

42mins

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Episode 102 -- Annual Podcast Episode

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In which Jan provides a wrap-up of happenings from the last year...very incomplete, but sufficient to bring us up to date...and in which she makes a call to Ellen to hear about her knitting shenanigans. Note that the call audio is different, and not to my standard. We're playing with new technology and if we can't get it right in the next episode or two, we'll go back to the old way.

Feb 04 2019

49mins

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Episode 101 -- Happy Memorial Day!

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In which I catch you up on five months of patterns of my life, talk about an i-cord edging experiment, get started on Stash Fit, and open up the registration for TwinSet Summer Retreat 2018!!

Find the link for the retreat here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OTh5-0nJdmgFQ_vpxFicXwuJcMpWbXoX

Visit Infinite Twist at https://www.infinitetwist.com/

Find Modeknit yarns at: http://www.modeknityarn.com/

Knitspot (Anne Hanson and Bare Naked Wool) is here: https://www.barenakedwools.com/

May 29 2018

45mins

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Reboot! (Not an Episode)

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In which I give you a quick reboot and suggest you visit http://www.infinitetwist.com to purchase Stash Fit! with the code twinset for a $3.00 discount!

Jan 28 2018

4mins

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Episode 100 -- Finishing

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In which we review listener memories of the last 100 episodes, share the fun we had spending Christmas together, recollect that it was before Thanksgiving when we recorded the last episode, and forecast a cold winter in Minnesota as well as predicting the top 10 phrases you won't hear Ellen say in 2018...at least not on the podcast.

Dec 31 2017

1hr

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Episode 99 -- Busy, Busy, Busy!!

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In which it took me three weeks to edit, but in the meantime I did finish the paper to which I refer in the opening minutes.  Also, we do talk about knitting, and about our lives, and about things that we object to and things that we support...pretty much as usual.  Enjoy!

Dec 10 2017

59mins

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Episode 98-- #Whinebeck

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In which it took almost as long to edit as it did to get around to recording and in which we catch each other up on the patterns of our lives, all the knitting that's been going on, new contests and old, and whine on about how we both missed Rhinebeck.

Nov 12 2017

1hr 19mins

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Episode 97 -- But I Digress

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In which we are back from hiatus and we chat about what's been going on -- Jan hosted the TwinSet Summer Retreat 2017 and made a trip to China, and Ellen played around at Cedar Point with her clan and then travelled to Oregon for the eclipse where Jan's Grand Nephew gave her a total eclipse of the heart.

Sep 04 2017

1hr 11mins

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Episode 96 -- Twosday

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In which we accomplish a quick catch up, hear Ellen's Kefir, think about the #metricrevolution, acknowledge our birthday, get a little creepy, and announce the winner of the Summer Shawl contest!

Jul 31 2017

28mins

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Episode 95 -- So Sweet

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In which we catch up on life's joys and sorrows, and get cheered up by Dr. Yarn and our grandsons.  And in which we talk about plowing back and forth, the perfect yarn for when you're Friesian, how sweet Jan is, and how incapable we both are at correct counts during cast ons.

Jul 21 2017

58mins

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Episode 94 -- Baby Pants! Baby Pants!

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In which we catch up after several months.  Jan became a grandma, Ellen went to Scotland, and we both had other adventures.  Thanks for your patience while we were gone and while Jan was trying to get the episode edited...just under the wire to have an episode out in June!

Jun 29 2017

53mins

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Special Episode -- A Lovely Retreat

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In which Jan give some details about the coming TwinSet Summer Retreat -- a few spots remain at time of publication!

May 29 2017

3mins

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Episode 93 -- Finally Edited

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Okay, I'm getting this sucker published -- maybe Ellen will take some time to tell you what's in it, but I just want to be done with it...almost two weeks after we recorded!!!!

Apr 26 2017

1hr 14mins

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Episode 92 -- Over the Moon!

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In which we discuss the upcoming March for Science (which is in April, not March, but I digress), synthetic, man-made, natural, organic, inorganic and other fiber related terms, advice for washing your fleece, and highlight contests and new lambs!

Mar 28 2017

49mins

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Episode 91 -- Brought to You by Daylight Savings Time

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In which Ellen spends almost 15 minutes talking about how her knitting bit her.  It really is impressive.  Just saying.

Mar 12 2017

1hr 8mins

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Episode 90 -- Groundhog Day

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Whew!  Many tasks kept me from editing this very quickly, but here it is...   In which we discuss Groundhog Day (are you surprised?), Ellen's commitment to acquire more skeins than she knits...err, rather knit more skeins than she acquires, Jan's experience at the Women's March on DC, Ellen's experiences at Ding Dong Darling National Wildlife Refuge (they involve birds -- and key lime pie), an epic knitting bite, and craftivism.  And we have a few words from Dr. Yarn!!   Listen here:  Episode 90 -- Ground Hog Day

Feb 12 2017

1hr 21mins

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Episode 89 -- TwinSetJan Does Japan!!

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In which we chat about our holidays -- and Jan goes on and on about her holiday trip to Japan -- and in which we highlight a few other entrepreneurs in which you might be interested, hear from the founder of June cashmere, put out a few knitting and life objectives for the new year, and reconnect after our winter hiatus.  (Note, the outtakes refer to a bit of food poisoning Jan and family experienced in Japan -- not caused by the Kobe beef, but coincidental to that meal...we do not want to cause anyone to miss out on trying Kobe beef because of these comments!)

Jan 16 2017

1hr 22mins

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Episode 88 -- Holiday Hiatus

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In which we get ready for the holidays...Jan finishes up her current academic term, Ellen discovers walk-in closets, we both get ready for some fun with family over the holidays, and we include a reprise of the knitter's version of "Santa Baby!"

Dec 18 2016

53mins

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Episode 87 -- Weinerific!!

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In which we discuss our four Thanksgivings, knitting going to the dogs, a new give away from Infinite Twist, and lots of weiners!!

Dec 04 2016

54mins

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