Category Archives: Podcast

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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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Podcast Episode 225: Interview with Megan Goodacre

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. You can find more of Megan's work here: IDP Patterns by Megan Goodacre Study Hall Knits eBook Study Hall Knits printed book Idiot's Guide: Knitting Tricksy Notebook Knitters Graph 3 easy ways to listen...

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

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 an extremely interesting and unique life - traveling the world as a lighthouse caretaker, all the while knitting and spinning no matter where she is headed to next. Kelley talks with Lynne about her 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. Each fall, Lynne returns to return to her home base lighthouse at Seguin Island, ME. Leading a life where change is a constant, Lynne shares her practical approach to knitting, organization, trip preparation and more! Lynne's last adventure at Five Finger Lighthouse in Alaska   You can find Lynne's blog here: Island and North Country Life And you can read more about her lighthouse adventures here: Lighthouse Caretaking Deal Island, Tasmania 3 easy ways to listen...

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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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