Monthly Archives: April 2011

Podcast Episode 26: I-Cord Magic

The funny thing about knitting is how little things can make a huge difference in the ease of knitting and in the look of a finished project. One of the most under-utilized and misunderstood techniques is the simple i-cord, or idiot cord – a tube of 3 stitches that can be used on its own or applied to a garment in a variety of ways. I’ve given you a couple of examples, but if you would like to see i-cord …

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Podcast Episode 28: Give the Gift of Knitting

You know that I absolutely love to teach people how to knit. I put in my order for my vacation knitting supplies which included 2 balls of Wool of the Andes and 2 pair of #7, 24″ circular needles. This is my usual routine before I leave on an extended trip because it seems I always run into at least one person who tells me they would love to learn to knit. Voila! I have the yarn and needles ready …

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Podcast Episode 29: New Year’s Resolution #1

I love the New Year! I get all wrapped up in making new plans and setting new goals. The majority of my plans fall by the wayside but enough of them actually work out to keep me going through the same routine every year. Well, almost the same routine. This year, after some inspiration from the fantastic designs in Kristin Nicholas’ book, I am going to re-work my knitting stash. That’s right! Every ball and skein is going to get …

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Podcast Episode 157: Interview with Linda Permann

Alison chats with crochet designer Linda Permann, author of Crochet Adorned and Little Crochet – which just was released last week! Hear all about Linda’s design process from beginning to end in creating this beautiful book as well as tips and tricks that crocheters of all level will find helpful.

Look below for the super cute book promo that Linda made herself as well as adorable pictures of some of the projects referenced in the podcast!

 

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Podcast Episode 31: Cables

January’s project from Elizabeth Zimmermann’s book the Knitter’s Almanac is an Aran sweater. So, that is how I am beginning my year! As I worked out the design for my cardigan, I realized cabling would be a nice topic for the beginning of our knitting year together. It does feel nice to shake away the lethargy of Christmas vacation with a challenge.
 
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Podcast Episode 32: What’s in your toolkit?

Every artist has a set of favorite tools that are a magical blend of usefulness and empowerment. As long as you have your bag with you, you can fix any knitting problem. Over the years I have defined my own collection of tools that I consider to be absolutely essential. I always keep them within reach when I am knitting. Since every knitter has their own style, her own requirements will be little different from mine. But, I will share …

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