Knit Picks Podcast Episode 346 – An Ode to Chunky Yarns & Get Excited About Spinning with Michael Smith

While the word “chunky” in relation to yarn is not an official yarn weight class, it is common to refer to thicker yarns, Aran, Bulky, Super Bulky and Jumbo as “Chunky”. Today on the Knit Picks Podcast the team talks about chunky yarns and what to do with them! First up Lee and Stacey check in on their WIPs and discuss projects to knit with Bulky and Super Bulky yarns. Later Lee sits down with Michael Smith aka @piece4peacecrafting to learn more about his knitting and his spinning journey. 

Lee and Stacey talk about the benefits of working with chunky yarns. Projects knit up faster with chunky yarns but also create a thicker fabric. If you’re new to bulky and super bulky yarns, try them out. See what happens. 

Dance teacher by day and lover of crafts by night, Michael Smith, only recently got into spinning yarn after a friend arranged to buy him a spinning wheel for his birthday. Since then he’s been hooked on its meditative movement and even spins every morning with his tea or coffee. 

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Mentioned in this Episode:
Etsy shop with Lee’s darning loom 
Yarn Weights explained 
Lee’s WotA-held-double cardigan 
Mini Kitty Pouf
Windfall Collection  
Fable Fur
Tuff Granny Throw
Arya by Kristina Morrissey
Professor Meow Pullover by Claire Slade
Michael Smith on Instagram 
Piece4PeaceCrafting Podcast 
Wool of the Andes Roving
Beginner Drop Spindle Set (on sale this week)
Drop Spindle
Foldable Spinning Wheel

0:00 Lee and Stacey check in
17:24 Summer Sale
18:13 Michael Smith Interview
43:34 Credits

Watch Lee spin with a wheel

Watch Lee spin with a drop spindle

Michael’s spun yarn

Michael on Instagram

ID: Bulky and Super Bulky put-ups of yarn in a rainbow of colors spills on a white surface in a semi-circle spread