Category Archives: Podcast

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 12: Let’s talk about steeks!

This week I want to talk about one of my all time favorite techniques – steeking. I know there are a lot of knitters who have absolutely no idea what steeking means and others who do know but are terrified of it. Let me give you an outline of how handy steeks can be for knitting in hopes of convincing you to give them a try. Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmermann will give you instructions for several ways to use ...

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Podcast Episode 11: Meet and greet Carissa Barrett

This week I would like to introduce you to Carissa Barrett, our Educational Content Developer. I like to think of her as our In-House Reference Librarian. Not a far leap for Carissa because she has a degree in library science. She is responsible for all of the informational material you find in The Knitting Room and in our catalogs.   3 easy ways to listen… ...

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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 10: Baa Baa Black Sheep Gathering

There are so many things happening in my knitting world. I have a plan to kickstart my dyeing agenda. It sure helps to break things down into small pieces and try something completely unique. Unexpected lessons I learned at the Black Sheep Gathering help me choose gift projects with a good chance of turning into something that will truly be appreciated. The Knitter’s Almanac Knit-A-Long has gotten off to an energetic start. I am so pleased with my renewed enthusiasm ...

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Podcast Episode 25: Knitting in Circles

Double-pointed needles, two-circular needles or one long circular needle? In the old days, you didn’t have the luxury of matching a knitting style to your project or your individual idiosyncracies. Now you can choose classic DPN instructions from books like Sensational Knitted Socks. Try using two circular needles using Cat Bordhi’s Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles or even just one long circular – Magic Loop, with the help of Bev Galeskas. What are the pros and cons of each ...

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Podcast Episode 9: What to do if you are in a knitting slump?

What to do when you are in a knitting slump? After blaming my attitude on a messy house and disorganized yarn stash, I finally came up with an idea that will keep me focused, challenged and knitting for the next year. I will be working through the projects in Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac beginning with the month of July. If you’d like to knit along with me or just observe, please join the Yahoo group that I created here: Elizabeth’s ...

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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!   3 easy ways to listen...  

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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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