Rank #1: Podcast 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.
Feb 23 2016
Rank #2: 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.
Jan 05 2012
Rank #3: 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.
Jan 19 2012
Rank #4: Podcast 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.
Sep 22 2016
Rank #5: Episode 3: Meet Tina Birch, Knit Picks' Vice President
May 11 2007
Rank #6: 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.
Kelley's Sock Stitch Pattern:
Row 1: slip 1, knit 1Row 2: knitRow 3: k1, slip 1Row 4: knitRow 5: purlRow 6: knit
Oct 13 2011
Rank #7: Episode 5: Embrace your own knitting style
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
Rank #8: 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.
Oct 27 2011
Rank #9: 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!
Aug 23 2019
Rank #10: Episode 4: Wool, from start to finish
May 18 2007
Rank #11: Episode 58: Interview with the Yarn Harlot
blog, chats with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.
Jul 25 2008
Rank #12: 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!
Aug 09 2019
Rank #13: Episode 150: Holiday Knitting
Kelley chats with Kate, Angela and Kerin about their favorite books and patterns for holiday gift knitting.
Nov 03 2010
Rank #14: Episode 235: A Meditation on Socks
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
Rank #15: Episode 122: Comfort While Knitting
Nov 18 2009
Rank #16: 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!
Jul 14 2015
Rank #17: 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.
Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.
Feb 21 2019
Rank #18: Episode 137: Tips for Reading Patterns
Kelley chats with designer Kerin about tips and tricks for reading knitting patterns.
Apr 08 2010
Rank #19: 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!
Mar 29 2012
Rank #20: 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.
Dec 06 2012