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Knit Picks' Podcast

Published: Thu, 01 Mar 2018 22:17:03 +0000

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Knit Picks on the Road: Stitches West

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 22:17:03 +0000

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.


Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.

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Mittens and More

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0000

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.


Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.

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Vogue Knitting Live New York

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0000

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.


Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.

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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:52:22 +0000

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.


Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.

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2018 New Year's Resolutions

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000

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.


Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.

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Simply Superstitious

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000

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.

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Vogue Knitting Live Seattle

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000

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.


Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.

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Merry Knitmas

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000

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.


Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.

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Color Shift

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000

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.


Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.

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Gifted Knits

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000

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.


Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.

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Captivating Colorwork Collections

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000

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.

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Podcast 262: Milestones & Memories

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000

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.

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Podcast 261: Sweater Week

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:00:00 +0000

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, embarassing 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.

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Podcast 260: Handsome Handpaints

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

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

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Podcast 259 - Fantastic Felici

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000

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.

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Podcast 258: Shawls for All

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:00:00 +0000

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.

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Podcast 257: Luxurious Lace

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000

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:

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Podcast 256: Something for Everybody

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:39:02 +0000

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.

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Podcast 255: Feels Like Summer

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:46:04 +0000

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.

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Podcast 254: Stash

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 17:12:06 +0000

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.

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Podcast 252: Charity Crafting

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 22:05:13 +0000

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!

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Podcast 251: The Cutest Thing I Ever Made

Thu, 04 Jun 2015 21:02:41 +0000

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. 

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Podcast 250: The Fit Show

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:05:44 +0000

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.

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Podcast 249: The Newbie

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 19:29:56 +0000

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.

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Podcast 248: Handmade Holiday!

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:51:34 +0000

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!

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Podcast 247: Designer Crush

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:19:13 +0000

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!

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Podcast 246: Knitting School!

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:36:10 +0000

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.

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Podcast 245: High Fiber

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 20:58:11 +0000

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!

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Podcast 244: Make It or Break It

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:49:19 +0000

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.

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Podcast 243: Doctor! Doctor!

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:19:43 +0000

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.

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Podcast 242: The Hidden People of Knit Picks

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:53:26 +0000

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!

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Podcast 241: Summer Crafting, Makes Me Feel Fine

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:46:55 +0000

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.

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Podcast 240: Men Who Craft and Those Who Craft for Men

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:21:25 +0000

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.

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Podcast 239: Practical/Impractical Craft

Thu, 29 May 2014 18:54:26 +0000

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. 

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Podcast 238: Handmade is Love

Thu, 08 May 2014 19:18:22 +0000

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.

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Podcast 237: Changes at Knitpicks

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:33:24 +0000

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.

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Episode 236: New Spring Yarns and In Bloom

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:41:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 235: A Meditation on Socks

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:08:29 +0000

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![...]

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Podcast 234: New March Collections

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:50:29 +0000

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!

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Episode 233: Connecting with Knitters Around the World

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 232: Inside the Making of Knit Picks Pattern Collections

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:00:25 +0000

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.

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Episode 231: New Winter Collections & Yarn

Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:47:17 +0000

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.

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Episode 230: Ripping vs. Unraveling

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 229: Finding Inspiration with Elizabeth Zimmermann

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 228: Interview with Stephannie Tallent

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 227: Glacier Bay Interview with Kerin

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 226: New November Yarn & Collections

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:30:00 +0000

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.

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Podcast 225: Interview with Megan Goodacre

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:10:25 +0000

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.

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Episode 224: Interview with Blogger Lynne of Island and North Country Life

Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:00:00 +0000

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!

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Episode 223: Getting Out of Your Knitting Comfort Zone

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 222: Interview with Kate Haxell

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 221: New Pattern Collections & Yarn for September!

Thu, 08 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000

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!

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Episode 220: Books Galore!

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 14:30:00 +0000

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.


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Episode 219: Our Evergrowing Craft World

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 218: Light Basics Interview with Kerin

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 217: New Yarn and Pattern Collections for July

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:00:00 +0000

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!

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Podcast 216: Building Up a Spontaneity Stash

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 215: Interview with Jen Lucas

Thu, 23 May 2013 14:30:00 +0000

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!

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Episode 214: Windswept Pattern Collection Interview with kerin

Thu, 09 May 2013 14:30:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 213: Inspiration for Fingering Weight Yarns

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:30:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 213: New Yarn and Collections for April

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:08:13 +0000

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.

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Episode 211: Interview with Spilly Jane

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 210: Cotton Fiber Lesson

Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:21:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 209: Interview with the TECHknitter

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:54:26 +0000

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.

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Episode 208: New Spring Pattern Collections & Yarn

Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:45:35 +0000

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.

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Episode 207: Interview with Edie Eckman

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:00:00 +0000

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. 

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Episode 206: Interview with Frances Fisher

Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:00:00 +0000

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."

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Episode 205: Illuminated Lines Pattern Collection Interview with Kerin

Thu, 03 Jan 2013 16:00:00 +0000

Bringing together enchanting colorwork and captivating cables - Illuminated Lines captures the magic of Celtic art and culture with six exquisite designs. Hear all about how Kerin's interest in Celtic culture inspired this new and exclusive pattern collection. Kerin and Jenny talk through each of the six patterns in Illuminated Lines, starting with the inspiration for each design and how that translated into the knitted design, as well as the design process and details of each garment. Kerin also shares tips and tricks throughout to help you try a variety of new and intriguing techniques with confidence. Whether you are looking for a versatile Aran pullover or want to take your colorwork to the next level, the Illuminated Lines pattern collection lets you explore and celebrate the wonderful traditions of Celtic history all while Kerin shares her design journey with you. [...]

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Episode 204: Interview with Amy Clarke Moore

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:27:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 203: Fiber Lesson

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 202: Interview with Margaret Radcliffe

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:01:26 +0000

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.

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Episode 201: Crafting for the Holidays

Thu, 08 Nov 2012 15:30:00 +0000

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. 

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Episode 200: Celebrating Our 200th Podcast!

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:14:00 +0000

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. 

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Episode 199: Interview with Anna Dalvi

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:30:00 +0000

Not ready to let go of your summer knitting just yet? Keep your lace projects inspired with this week’s podcast as Kelley chats with designer Anna Dalvi, author of the books Shaping Shawls and Ancient Egyptian Lace & Color. Anna talks about her love of shawls, her design process, and shares a few of her favorite mythological stories that inspired her designs.

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Episode 198: Adorably Spooky Toys for Halloween

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 15:29:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 197: Interview with Audrey Knight

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 196: Northern Lights Collection Interview with Kerin

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:30:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 195: Technology and Apps for Knitting Organization

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:00:00 +0000

Always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to use technology  to organize her fiber life, Kelley shares her enthusiasm for a handful of knitting apps! Kelley reviews three apps for android users that help you stay on track throughout your knitting project and keep you connected to your Ravelry account - no matter where you might find yourself knitting! Kelley first reviews Ravulous, a handy app that links to your Ravelry account so you can manage your stash, search through patterns, and update your projects. Next, Kelley talks about the Ravelry Photo Uploader app that lets you snap a photo of your WIP and upload it to your Ravelry project page directly from your phone! That way you can be sure to keep your projects organized and up to date, no matter if you are at your local knit night or on the road. Both of the Ravelry apps were created by Polly McEldowney, who also created the third app that Kelley goes over - County Plus, which turns your phone into a digital row counter by simply tapping the screen at the end of a row. This app even allows you to keep track of multiple row counters, because come on - what knitter really only has one project going? Speaking of keeping track of rows, Kelley moves on to review Aran Knits by Martin Storey, which features stunning patterns that show off a range of cable styles. Finally, Kelley catches you up on her recent trip to the east coast. Hear all about which of her travel projects kept her needles busy and what projects Kelley wished she had brought along throughout her travels.[...]

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Episode 194: New Fall Yarns 2012

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 193: Interview with Mary Scott Huff

Thu, 02 Aug 2012 15:38:49 +0000

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.

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Episode 192: For the Love of Cowls

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 20:00:00 +0000

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 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.[...]

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Podcast 191: Favorite Bags and Books for Summer Knitting

Thu, 05 Jul 2012 17:34:29 +0000

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!

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Episode 190: New Summer Yarn Extravaganza!

Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:00:00 +0000

This week is all about our new summer yarns! Kelley chats with Jenny about two new additions to our line of special reserve yarns – Preciosa and Bare Hare. In addition to gushing over the softness of each and the amazing, saturated colors of Preciosa, Kelley and Jenny chat about tips for working with these new yarns and fun project possibilities. And if lace is your go-to summer project, Kelley and Jenny review new color additions to our selection of lace yarns including Alpaca Cloud, Shadow, Shimmer, and Gloss Lace. Last but not least, Kelley chats with Jenny her newest discovery - washcloth throws. Hear all about this fun project that Kelley thinks might be her perfect answer to summer knitting and more![...]

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Episode 189: Interview with Nora Bellows

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:00:00 +0000

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!

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Episode 188: The Afterthought Method

Thu, 24 May 2012 13:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 187: Interview with Kathleen Taylor

Thu, 10 May 2012 14:00:00 +0000

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.

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Podcast 186: Interview with Allyson Dykhuizen from Holla Knits

Thu, 03 May 2012 12:00:00 +0000

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!

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Episode 185: Cotton Yarns for Warm Weather Projects

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:39:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 184: Interview with Hunter Hammersen

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 183: Interview with Joan of Dark (aka Toni Carr)

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 14:30:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 182: Rocky Shores eBook Interview with Kerin

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:00:00 +0000

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!

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Episode 181: Color Development & New Spring Yarns

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 180: Springtime Stashbusters

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 16:00:00 +0000

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.

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Podcast 179: Learning the Quirks of Lace

Thu, 16 Feb 2012 15:22:30 +0000

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.

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Episode 178: Live from TNNA!

Thu, 02 Feb 2012 11:00:00 +0000

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!

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Podcast 177: Socks - The Perfect Travel Companion

Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:03:55 +0000

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.

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Episode 176: The Process of Product Development

Thu, 05 Jan 2012 15:30:00 +0000

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.

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Podcast 175: Interview with Alasdair Post Quinn

Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 174: Spinning with a Wheel

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 16:00:00 +0000

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.

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Episode 173: Creative Colorwork

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 16:49:00 +0000

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.

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