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Rank #7 in Crafts category

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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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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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Love it

By CCDsg g f fff - Feb 10 2018
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Love to listen to anything knitting!!!

My Favorite

By moodygemini5 - Nov 18 2016
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This is my favorite knitting podcast!

iTunes Ratings

259 Ratings
Average Ratings
183
43
18
6
9

Love it

By CCDsg g f fff - Feb 10 2018
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Love to listen to anything knitting!!!

My Favorite

By moodygemini5 - Nov 18 2016
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This is my favorite knitting podcast!
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Knit Picks' Podcast

Latest release on May 29, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: Episode 58: Interview with the Yarn Harlot

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Kelley, armed with questions that knitters posted to her
blog, chats with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

Jul 25 2008

44mins

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Rank #2: Podcast 254: Stash

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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.

Feb 23 2016

31mins

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Rank #3: Episode 52: To block or not to block?

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The jury is in on this one.  Blocking is a necessity for any knitting project.  Kelley explains why, and gives you tips.

Jun 13 2008

28mins

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Rank #4: Episode 150: Holiday Knitting

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Kelley chats with Kate, Angela and Kerin about their favorite books and patterns for holiday gift knitting.

Nov 03 2010

30mins

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Rank #5: Episode 139: New Tools for Spring

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Kelley and Tina go over the new tools that have arrived for Spring 2010.

May 06 2010

21mins

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Rank #6: Episode 141: Changing Direction

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Kelley talks about when you're just not feeling right about a project and switching to a new pattern.

Jun 10 2010

18mins

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Rank #7: Episode 19:Knitting on a Budget

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You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get started knitting. And, if you are on a tight budget, there are several ways you can continue knitting a variety of projects.

Sep 07 2007

30mins

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Rank #8: Episode 82: Color Selection

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Kelley chats with Melissa, the Art Director for Knit Picks, about choosing colors for Fair Isle knitting and other multi-colored projects.

Jan 28 2009

44mins

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Rank #9: Podcast 177: Socks - The Perfect Travel Companion

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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.

Jan 19 2012

27mins

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Rank #10: Episode 235: A Meditation on Socks

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This week, Kelley focuses on the humble sock - a project that most knitter's are hardly ever seen without in their current work-in-progress line up. Although it may seem simple, the beauty of a knitted sock lies within it's practicality (both to make and to wear) as well as in it's ability to be a blank canvas. Kelley walks you through all of the steps of working a top-down sock, along with a plethoraof handy tips and tricks along the way. As Kelley pauses to reflect on the clever construction of socks, both new and experienced knitters are sure to be inspuired to cast on a pair of socks right away. Finally, Kelley catches you up with what she has on her needles at the moment - this week the goal is all about simplicity and portability, as Kelley reports from a linguistic retreat in La Paz, Mexico!

Feb 27 2014

33mins

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Rank #11: Episode 3: Meet Tina Birch, Knit Picks' Vice President

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In this podcast I introduce you to Tina Birch, our vice-president. Over the next few months, I'm looking forward to your meeting all of the Knit Picks staff. Each one has their own history regarding how they got started knitting and what keeps them knitting. As much as I enjoy hearing different accounts of challenges met, I'm sure you will appreciate Tina's story as well.After that, I'll review a new book that has got me thinking about summer knitting as a way to prepare for next winter. And, there is a surprising twist to What's On My Needles this week.

May 11 2007

31mins

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Rank #12: Episode 256: Something for Everybody

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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.

Sep 22 2016

27mins

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Rank #13: Episode 5: Embrace your own knitting style

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Have you ever had the experience of another knitter telling you that you were
knitting "wrong"? Well, a listener asked me to talk about the differences
between English vs. Continental knitting and it brought back memories of my own
encounters with dogmatic knitters. I decided to use the comparison of knitting
styles as a way to highlight knitters' individuality and encourage you to
embrace whatever method works for you.

May 25 2007

26mins

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Rank #14: Episode 311: Knits, Tips and Tricks

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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. 

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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

Nov 22 2019

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Rank #15: Episode 154: Overcoming Mistakes

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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.

Mar 03 2011

26mins

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Rank #16: Episode 4: Wool, from start to finish

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First, I need to give you an apology for the brevity of this podcast. This week was filled with activities that kept me away from my taping equipment and computer. Lots of out-of-town visitors, a quick two-day get away with Bob and golf. You will hear all about it in the podcast. My mind has been focused on wool all week. It must be because I have been thinking about buying a new spinning wheel. That led to the podcast topic - the structure of wool fibers, how that changes depending on the breed of sheep and what it means in terms of the finished yarn. Armed with a bit of knowledge, I hope you can feel much more confident choosing wool yarns for particular projects you have in mind.  All the time away from the office gave me plenty of time to knit. And, to reflect on how nicely knitting fits into whatever chaos happens. I was lucky to have a couple of easy projects at hand to accommodate my needs.

May 18 2007

22mins

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Rank #17: Episode 158: All You Need is Gauge

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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.

Apr 28 2011

25mins

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Rank #18: Episode 145: Color Confidence

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Kelley gives a lesson on selecting colors for knitting projects, then talks with Knit Picks designer Kerin about color.

Aug 05 2010

23mins

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Rank #19: Episode 142: Collaborative Design

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Kelley chats with designers Kerin and Nina about working jointly on knitting patterns.

Jun 24 2010

22mins

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Rank #20: Episode 83: Cast On for Any Occasion

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Kelley goes over common cast on techniques and describes the best uses for each.

Feb 04 2009

31mins

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Episode 323: Baby Knits and Toys

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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

May 29 2020

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Episode 322: Warm Weather Knitting

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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

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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

May 15 2020

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Episode 321: DIY Yarn - Dye It Yourself!

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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 podcast@knitpicks.com.  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

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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

May 01 2020

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Episode 320: Tried and True Knits

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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 podcast@knitpicks.com.  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

Apr 17 2020

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Episode 319: Behind the Scenes

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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

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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 

Mar 20 2020

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Episode 318: Beyond finishing

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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

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0:00 Introduction with Hannah 1:03 Hannah and Alison discuss mending 13:07 Lee and Stacy talk embellishing 29:57 credits

Mar 06 2020

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Episode 317: Designing Knits

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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 podcast@knitpicks.com

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

Feb 21 2020

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Episode 316: All About Yarn

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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!

Feb 07 2020

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Episode 315: Knitting Needles and Knitting Cables

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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!

Jan 24 2020

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Episode 314: Finishing Touches

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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

Jan 10 2020

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Episode 313: Knitting Resolutions Revisited

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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! 

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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

Dec 20 2019

37mins

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Episode 312: Crafting Gratitude

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Craft·i·tude /kraft ə t(y)o͞od/ noun

  1. 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)

Dec 05 2019

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Episode 311: Knits, Tips and Tricks

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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

Nov 22 2019

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Episode 310: Knitting Fears Realized

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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

Nov 08 2019

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Episode 309: Gifting and Color

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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!

Oct 25 2019

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Episode 308: Luxury Lane

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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!

Oct 14 2019

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Episode 307: Colorwork Q&A

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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.

Sep 27 2019

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Episode 306: Form, Function, and Faux-Fur!

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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!

Sep 13 2019

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Episode 305: Perfect Pairs

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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!

Aug 23 2019

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Episode 304: Sweaters, Sweaters, Sweaters!

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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!

Aug 09 2019

27mins

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