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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.

    Episode 347 - Learning & Teaching Yarn Crafts

    Episode 347 - Learning & Teaching Yarn Crafts

    Today on the Knit Picks Podcast we're talking all about our knitting pasts and futures. From learning to knit to taking that knowledge and teaching someone to knit, the Knit Picks Podcast team offers up their experience.

    First up Lee and Stacey invite friends, co-workers and fellow crafters, Heather and Kate to come on the podcast for a discussion of their knitting and crochet origins. Each starts their craft somewhere but what everyone has in common is that someone else helped them get started.

    Next Lee and Stacey share tips and tricks for people who want to teach knitting to their friends and family. While Lee has experience teaching knitting classes, Stacey has experience helping people in one-on-one learning sessions. Stacey also shares the old knitting rhyme: “In through the window, run around back, out through the window, off jumps Jack!”
     
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    WeCrochet Podcast Episode 40 – Crochet Jobs Part 3 – Teaching Crochet To Make Money And Get Confident With Arica Presinal & Pia Thadani 
    Aloft 
    Learn to Knit Kits 
    New Learn to Knit Kits - Learn to Cable Coho Cowl 
    Learn to Cable Bowline Hat 
    Knit Picks Learning Center 
    Straight Needles 
    Brava 
    Wool of the Andes 
    Swish 
    Craftster
    Preciosa 
    Wonderfluff 
    Needle 101 
    Yarn 101 
    Stitch N Bitch The Knitters Handbook by Debbie Stoller 
    Stitch N Bitch Nation 
    Dishie 
    Knitting Rules The Yarn Harlot Unravels the Mysteries of Swatcing Stashing Ribbing & Rolling to Free Your Inner Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee 
    Knitting Needles 
     

    Timestamps:
    0:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast
    0:44 Stacey's yarn crafting origin story
    2:12 Lee's yarn crafting origin story
    3:58 Heather's yarn crafting origin story
    7:04 Kate's yarn crafting origin story
    14:25 New Knit Picks Learn to Knit Kits!
    15:34 Teaching someone to knit tips and tricks
    40:33 The Credits

    • 42 min
    Episode 346 - An Ode to Chunky Yarns & Spinning with Michael Smith

    Episode 346 - An Ode to Chunky Yarns & Spinning with Michael Smith

    While the word "chunky" in relation to yarn is not an official yarn weight class, it is common to refer to thicker yarns, Aran, Bulky, Super Bulky and Jumbo as "Chunky". Today on the Knit Picks Podcast the team talks about chunky yarns and what to do with them! First up Lee and Stacey check in on their WIPs and discuss projects to knit with Bulky and Super Bulky yarns. Later Lee sits down with Michael Smith aka @piece4peacecrafting to learn more about his knitting and his spinning journey. 

    Lee and Stacey talk about the benefits of working with chunky yarns. Projects knit up faster with chunky yarns but also create a thicker fabric. If you’re new to bulky and super bulky yarns, try them out. See what happens. 

    Dance teacher by day and lover of crafts by night, Michael Smith, only recently got into spinning yarn after a friend arranged to buy him a spinning wheel for his birthday. Since then he's been hooked on its meditative movement and even spins every morning with his tea or coffee. 

    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Etsy shop with Lee's darning loom 
    Yarn Weights explained 
    Lee's WotA-held-double cardigan 
    Mini Kitty Pouf
    Windfall Collection  
    Fable Fur
    Tuff Granny Throw
    Arya by Kristina Morrissey
    Professor Meow Pullover by Claire Slade
    Wonderfluff
    Michael Smith on Instagram 
    Piece4PeaceCrafting Podcast 
    Wool of the Andes Roving
    Beginner Drop Spindle Set (on sale this week)
    Drop Spindle
    Foldable Spinning Wheel

    Timestamps:
    0:00 Lee and Stacey check in
    17:24 Summer Sale
    18:13 Michael Smith Interview
    43:34 Credits
    See more at https://bit.ly/2UfBEIF 

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    Episode 345 - Our UFOs and Summertime Knits with Designer Felecia O'Connell

    Episode 345 - Our UFOs and Summertime Knits with Designer Felecia O'Connell

    UFOs have been in the news recently. How many UFOs have you encountered? In knitting, UFO stands for "UnFinished Object!" In honor World UFO Day and in celebration of summer, today we are talking about our knitting-related UFOs and summertime knitting.

    First, on behalf of World UFO Day (celebrated around the end of June), Lee and Stacey talk about their definitions of UFOs vs. WIPs. Lee and Stacey also confess to the projects they haven't picked up in a long time. Is it time to frog or pick it back up?

    Next, Stacey interviews knit designer Felecia O'Connell about her knitting origins, her designs for Knit Picks (mostly warm-weather knits), and where she draws her design inspiration from. Felecia's specialty is creating designs that are simple, beautiful and fun to knit.

    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Knit Picks Summer Sale
    World UFO Day
    KnitKnit Book 
    Ujein V-Neck Vest 
    Moab Vest
    Preciosa
    In-Progress Incenter Mittens 
    The Sweater Book
    Straight and Arrow Cardigan
    Windward
    UFO Day blog post
    Pretty Polly Top Pattern
    Shine
    Simply Cotton
    WeCrochet Summer Sale
    Cloverleaf Top
    Easy Layering Tank
    Lindy Chain Yarn
    Cotlin Yarn
    Felecia O'Connell on Instagram
    Alpaca Cloud Lace
    Felecia O'Connell Ravelry
    KPP 341 - Get Published with Tian

    Timestamps:
    0:00 Lee and Stacey catch up
    18:30 Summer Sale
    19:21 Stacey talks to Felecia
    38:17 Credits

    • 40 min
    Episode 344 - Forage for Natural Dyes with Anna Canning

    Episode 344 - Forage for Natural Dyes with Anna Canning

    As the days get longer, knitters often head outside with their crafting. On this episode of the Knit Picks Podcast, we are talking about natural yarn dyeing with bare yarns.

    First up Lee and Stacey catch up on what they did for World Wide Knit In Public Day and some recently finished projects. They talk about their love of Knit Picks Bare Yarns, undyed yarns. Knit Picks carries all the same yarns you have grown to love and some additional ones in the Bare yarn line. Stacey is a big fan of the Knit Picks Bare Woodland Tweed and the Bare Woolen Cotton. 

    Next Lee interviews Anna Canning who is a hobby natural yarn dyer. Anna has spent a lot of her personal time researching different natural dyeing techniques. She has experimented with items found at the grocery store as well as items she finds on walks around her neighborhood. Listen in to hear about her insider tricks to get started today dyeing your own Bare Yarns from items around the house. 

    Mentioned in This Episode:
    World Wide Knit in Public Day Video
    Lee's Hawthorne socks in progress
    Hawthorne Yarn
    Bare Andean Highland Wool
    Bare Woodland Tweed
    Bare Woolen Cotton
    Bare Cotlin
    Dye Yarn with Indigo!
    Episode 321 Dye It Yourself
    A Botanical Yarn Dyeing Journey
    Dye Bare Yarn With Kool-Aid
    Indigo Dye Kit
    Bare Twill
    Bare Andes Del Campo
    Anna Canning
    Dyeing with Mushrooms
    The Rainbow Beneath My Feet
    Wild Colour
    The Fair World Project Podcast

    Timestamps:
    0:00  Lee and Stacey check in
    13:11  Lee interviews Anna
    30:16  We're having a summer sale
    31:02  Lee continues to interview Anna
    46:48  The Credits

    • 48 min
    Episode 343 - High Desert Yarn with Jeanne Carver

    Episode 343 - High Desert Yarn with Jeanne Carver

    Wool is a favorite yarn fiber by many knitters (including Stacey and Lee). In today’s episode of the Knit Picks Podcast Knit Picks and WeCrochet’s Chief Marketing Officer Ursula Morgan interviews Jeanne Carver of the Shaniko Wool Company about the creation of Knit Picks newest yarn line, High Desert, a 100% American grown and spun Merino and Merino/Rambouillet wool.

    First up Lee and Stacey chat about why they both love knitting with animal fibers, and why wool is their favorite. In the United States "wool" refers to the sheep fibers while in other parts of the world wool could include other animal fibers like mohair or cashmere. Stacey and Lee ruminate about why wool is their favorite fiber which includes but are not limited to how wool retains the dye color, the moisture absorbency, and general feel.

    Next, Ursula and Jeanne talk about some of the history of sheep ranching in Oregon and how the unique climate of the Oregon high desert results in such a special wool. The Knit Picks High Desert yarn line was launched earlier this year but is over a year in the making. High Desert comes in an earthy jewel-toned spectrum of 12 beautiful colors inspired by the landscape and skyline of Oregon's high desert. A smooth, rounded yarn with a soft hand, available in sport and worsted weights, High Desert is ideal for knitting texture, cables, and colorwork.

    Mentioned In This Episode
    High Desert Yarn
    Twill Yarn
    Wool of the Andes Yarn
    Hawthorne Yarn
    Swish Yarn
    Introducing High Desert Yarns
    The High Desert Yarns - The Journey
    High Desert - An American Wool Story
    Shaniko Wool Company
    Responsible Wool Standard
    Responsible Wool Standard via the Textile Exchange
    Imperial Stock Ranch
    Shaniko Wool Company on Facebook
    Shaniko Wool Company on Instagram

     

    Timestamps:
    0:00 Lee and Stacey chat about their love of wool
    10:48 Ursula interviews Jeanne
    42:34 The credits

    • 43 min
    Episode 342 - Sock It To Me!

    Episode 342 - Sock It To Me!

    Socks are one of those milestone knitting projects that once successfully completed, help you feel prepared to take on more difficult projects. Knitters who haven't taken the leap can be intimidated by words like "gusset" and "kitchener stitch" but on today's podcast Lee and Stacey hope to help make socks less scary for sock newbies by diving deep into everything sock-knitting.  
    First up, Lee and Stacey check in about what's on their needles. Lee picked up a project that she started in 2019 while Stacey shares a sad knitting story with a happy ending. (Yes frogging can be happy!) Then Lee and Stacey disagree on how to knit socks: toe-up or top-down? 

    Next, new Knit Picks team members, Michelle and Cathy talk to Lee and Stacey about their knitting background and even answer our lightning round knitting questions. (*Use the This or That graphic below and answer some of our knitting questions yourself in your Instagram Stories!) 

    Later Lee and Stacey pick up where they left off with their socks fight, only to agree that personal preference is key. Both discuss knitting two socks at at a time is a favorite. They cover everything about how to knit socks, demystify sock construction, share some favorite sock yarns, and answer YOUR questions about sock knitting. 

    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Atrium Cardigan by Melissa Wehrle
    Andean Treasure 
    Barnstaple vest
    High Desert
    Gannet Hoodie pattern
    Felici
    Beyond The Wall colorway
    Meet Cathy
    Episode 332 - Your Favorite Sock Yarns Explained 
    Learn to Knit socks 
    Knitting in the Round with Magic Loop (Video Tutorial)
    Learn to Knit - The Sock Kit
    Rockin' Socks: Colorful Patterns
    Socks for Everybody: For the Beginner Sock Knitter
    Socktacular: Mix Match Sock for Fancy Feet
    Splendid Soles: Colorfully Coordinated Sock Patterns
    Hawthorne
    Stroll
    Static
    Aloft
    Bare Eco Superwash Alpaca
    Swish
    Two at once toe up magic loop pattern
    Simply Socks: A Collection of Wardrobe Basics
    Artful Arches: 12 Colorwork and Textured Sock Patterns
    Knitting in the Round on Circular Needles (Video Tutorial)
    Knitting in the Round with Two Circular Needles (Video Tutorial)
    Knitting in the Round with DPNs (Video Tutorial)

    Timestamps:
    0:00 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast
    0:30 What is Lee working on right now?
    3:30 Stacey's sad story
    8:16 Let's talk about socks
    11:42 Meet Michelle and Cathy
    19:42 Lightning Round Knitting Questions
    27:28 Producer Sarah has FOMO and Heather has the fix
    28:25 More socks talk
    58:57 Credits 

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