Episode 349 – New Faces and Knit Alongs
Jen Burt wears a burgundy cardigan with yellow and tan mosaic knit colorwork.
Jen’s Sailaway Cardigan sample that was knit in 4 days!

The Knit Picks team has grown a lot during our long podcast hiatus, and in this episode, we’re excited to introduce you to two new staff members: Alena Ruman, the IDP Program Administrator, and Jen Burt, our Content and Outreach Coordinator.

Lee interviews Alena about her experiences starting at the Knit Picks warehouse in Ohio and then moving to the Pacific Northwest to work as the IDP Program Administrator. Alena is an experienced yarn dyer and shares with Lee some of her tips for dyeing using acid dyes.

Alena’s Wingspan shawl knit using her hand-dyed Stroll Bare yarn.

Later, Stacey interviews Jen about joining the Knit Picks team as well as her regular participation in Olive Knits Annual 4-Day KAL. Jen talks about her speedy knitting of our sample of this year’s pattern Sailaway in High Desert Worsted and the color selection process for our Sailaway curated color kits. 

Mentioned in the Episode

Game Day Cardigan Knit Along  

High Desert Yarn  

Tubular Cast On with Waste Yarn  

Long Tail Tubular Cast On (alternative method)  

Square-tip Needles  

Hawthorne Yarn  

Natural Dyeing Podcast Episode  

How to Dye Yarn Learning Center Homepage  

Lee’s Kool-Aid Dyeing Tutorial  

Yarn Dyes  

Bare Yarns 

Independent Designer Patterns  

Bare Stroll  

Bare Wool of the Andes  

Bare Mini Hanks  


Brava Yarns  

Heatherly Yarn  

Stroll Yarns  

Olive Knits 4-day KAL  

Beekeeper Cardigan  

Foxtrot Cardigan

Soundtrack Pullover  

Fireworks Pullover  

Sailaway Cardigan

Sailaway Cardigan KAL Knit Picks Yarn Kits  

Comfy Colormist Yarn  


  • 0:03 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast
  • 1:45 Swatching for the Game Day Cardigan and casting on
  • 10:19 Summer crafting plans
  • 7:15 Meet Alena, the IDP Program Administrator
  • 20:33 Alena’s dyeing experience
  • 32:40 Meet Jen, the Content and Outreach Coordinator
  • 35:46 The Olive Knits 6th Annual 4-day KAL
  • 40:40 Choosing colors for the Sailaway color kits
  • 44:58 Sailaway’s construction and Marie Greene’s writing style
  • 48:55 Credits