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Podcast Episode 223: Getting Out of Your Knitting Comfort Zone

This week, Kelley expresses her gratitude for knitting and how it adapts to whatever you need it to be in your life. Whether you are looking for comfort, a distraction or a challenge, you can turn to knitting no matter where life takes you. In recent years, Kelley has found knitting as a comfort in her life and in this episode, she shares how she is ready to get out of her knitting comfort zone in order to search out new challenges and take on new techniques. Hear more about Kelley's knitting goals in addition to which techniques she is looking forward to trying out. Next, Kelley reviews a DVD from Anna Zilboorg in which she shows how to work her ingenious technique for socks that allows worn soles to be reknitted as often as needed in addition to 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. Reviewed Books & DVDs: Knit Free-Sole Socks by Anna Zilboorg (DVD) 150 Scandinavian Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone Knitting Counterpanes by Mary Walker Phillips 3 easy ways to listen...

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Podcast 222: Interview with Kate Haxell

This week, Kelley had the pleasure of chatting with designer Kate Haxell, author of the book The Knitter's Palette. A wonderful resource filled with absolutely functional inspiration, Kate chats about her process for creating the book as well as her fascination with color, yarn and texture. Follow along with Kelley as she talks through each chapter with Kate and learn more about her fascinating 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. The Knitter's Palette by Kate Haxell 3 easy ways to listen...

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Podcast Episode 221: New Pattern Collections & Yarn for September!

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.

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Podcast Episode 220 – Books Galore

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 for those last few days of our epic book sale (40% off, how can you resist!?) or are simply 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. Finally, Kelley catches you up with projects that are on her needles. Reviewed Books: Classic Knits by DK Publishing The Art of Seamless Knitting by Simona Merchant-Dest & Faina Goberstein Light & Layered Knits by Vicki Square Metropolitan Knits by Melissa Wehrle 3 easy ways to listen...

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Podcast Episode 219: Our Evergrowing Craft World

This week, Jenny and Kerin sit down for a chat about their easily-enabled world of crafting. From knitting and spinning 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. And after getting the basics, our enthusiasm obviously didn't stop there! After moving onto different projects to expand our skills, we of course had to try our hands at making doilies with Curio. Next, we chat about different project ideas and interesting types of crochet - like Filet and Irish crochet - to inspire your next project. 3 easy ways to listen...

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Cupcake Fingerless Mitts on the go

I have inched up to SpillyJane's Cupcake Mittens like they were a wild tiger. I fell in love with the design, bought the pattern and even chatted with SpillyJane on one of my podcasts. Of course, while we were still in Mexico, I didn't easily have access to Palette yarns. I decided that I could wait until I could try making a raid on our office yarn stash.

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Podcast Episode 218: Light Basics Interview with Kerin

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 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. Next, Kerin and Jenny talk through each of the 6 designs while highlighting specific design and construction details. And if you're interested in learning about how to customize any of the designs, Kerin has a few tips and ideas on how to use the included knitter's graph paper! And be sure to check out the link below to find the eBook, printed version and individual pattern downloads for this collection: Light Basics collection 3 easy ways to listen...

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Podcast Episode 217: New Yarn and Pattern Collections for July

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. You can find all four of our new collections at the links below (available as ebooks, printed books, and individual pattern downloads): Serenity Crochet Collection Light Basics Ballerinas in Pink Reversible Basics 3 easy ways to listen...

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Podcast Episode 216: Building Up a Spontaneity Stash

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. And for those of you who are looking to add a new book or two (or three!) to your summer reading list, Kelley has compiled a list of her favorites for you to peruse. 3 easy ways to listen...

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Podcast Episode 215: Interview with Jen Lucas

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! Sock Yarn Shawls by Jen Lucas Jen is also part of the IDP program, you can find more of her designs here: Jen Lucas 3 easy ways to listen...

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