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Podcast Episode 235: A Meditation on Sock Knitting

In honor of the Sock Yarn Sale that is currently going on, Kelley focuses on the humble sock for this week's episode - 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 plethora of 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 inspired 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 Spanish language immersion retreat in La Paz, Mexico! 3 easy ways to listen...

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Podcast Episode 234: New March Collections

This week, Jenny and Stacey 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. And new collections aren't the only exciting news for March, there is also a sock yarn 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 for a bit of inspiration. Finally, learn more about our 52 Weeks of Dishcloths campaign!   The Chroma Collection   New Collections: Chroma Collection ebook Chroma Collection printed book Worsted Basics ebook Worsted Basics printed book   3 easy ways to listen...

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Podcast Episode 233: Connecting with Knitters Around the World

This week, Kelley explores different opportunities 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.   (Photo from Ravelry pattern page of the Beekeeper's Quilt)   Patterns: Swarm of Bees Sweater Beekeeper's Quilt - Hexipuffs Funchal Moebius Reading and Audiobooks: Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luis Zafon The Angel's Game by Carlos Luis Zafon The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Luis Zafon A Game of Thrones by George Martin Fussy Librarian The President's Henchman by Joseph Flynn Enchantment by Orson Scott Card Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop   3 easy ways to listen...

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Podcast Episode 232: Inside the Making of Knit Picks Pattern Collections

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 independent 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. Be sure to check out our three newest collections, in addition to our past collections! Under 100 Knit Collection Under 100 Crochet Collection Gloss 2014 Collection You can also find more KP collections here: eBook pattern collections printed pattern collection books   3 easy ways to listen...

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Podcast 231: New Winter Collections & Yarn

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 your 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 for 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 (psst...be sure to check out our 52 weeks of dishcloths)! You can find our three new collections for Winter here: Gloss 2014 collection printed book Gloss 2014 collection ebook Under 100 Knit collection printed book Under 100 Knit collection ebook Under 100 Crochet collection printed book Under 100 Crochet collection ebook And be sure to check out all of our new Brava colors! 3 easy ways to listen...

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Podcast 230 – Ripping vs. Unraveling

A cable crossing 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 recent favorite non-knitting books and chats about what projects are currently on her needles. Reviewed Books: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert Six Years by Harlan Coben Alice Waters and Chez Panisse by Thomas McNamee The United States of Arugula by David An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon Lye in Wait by Cricket McRae The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman , narrated by Barbara Rosenblat Kelley's Pattern Picks: Swarm of Bees by Lisa Kereliuk Business Casual pattern by Tannis Fiber Arts Diverged by Ariel Altaras Funchal Mobius by Kate Davies Canopus Magic Scarf by Alexis Winslow (from the Winsome Knits collection) 3 easy ways to listen...

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Podcast 229 – Finding Inspiration with Elizabeth Zimmermann

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 - where the works of Elizabeth Zimmermann not only served as a guide to new techniques and projects, but also as a cherished companion. EZ's unique style and sensibilities make her a loved teacher and friend amongst knitters everywhere. Hear Hear more about Kelley's introduction to Elizabeth and reviews of her favorite EZ books, along with what new projects have found their way onto Kelley's needles. Elizabeth Zimmermann books reviewed: The Knitting Workshop Knitting Around The Opinionated Knitter The Knitter's Almanac Patterns reviewed: Swarm of Bees Sweater by Lisa Kereliuk (from the Reclaimed collection) Funchal Moebius by Kate Davies Groovy Socks by Caroline Hegwer 3 easy ways to listen...

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Podcast 228 – Interview with Stephannie Tallent

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. You can find Stephannie's books and patterns here: Hitch printed book Hitch eBook California Revival Knits printed book California Revival Knits eBook IDP patterns 3 easy ways to listen...

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Podcast Episode 227: Glacier Bay Interview with Kerin

This week, Jenny talks with Knit Picks designer Kerin about her latest collection of patterns - Glacier Bay. Hear more about this 6-pattern collection as Kerin shares her initial inspiration behind the collection and how those ideas transformed into a wonderfully versatile mix of accessories including everything from a hat and scarf set to mitts, legwarmers and a cowl. As we talk through each of the 6 designs, Kerin goes into more detail behind each piece and highlights various techniques that were used along with a few helpful hints. You can find the Glacier Bay collection here: Glacier Bay printed book Glacier Bay eBook 3 easy ways to listen...

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Podcast Episode 226: New November Yarn & Collections

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 the newest yarn addition to the Knit Picks line - Diadem! This ultra-luxe blend of 50% baby alpaca and 50% mulberry silk is a fiber lover's dream come true.     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. You can find all three brand new collections here: Glacier Bay eBook Glacier Bay Printed Book Swish 2013 Collection eBook Swish 2013 Collection Printed Book Bulky 2013 Collection eBook Bulky 2013 Collection Printed book 3 easy ways to listen...

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