Podcast 239: Practical/Impractical Craft – Listen Now!

Podcast 239: Practical/Impractical Craft is now available! We hear from fine artist Jo Hamilton. She tells about her crocheted portraits and landscapes and lets me peak at her incredible palette of yarn.


We also hear from…


Robin Allard, who made dolls of her husband, his boss and coworkers so they could have a bit of fun around the office! The dolls are based on THIS pattern (Ravelry link).


I interview Tamara Ell, who spent a whole year making this 1930s lace gown in a size that would never fit her. Her Ravelry entry for it is HERE.



Kim Cameron, who designed Crocheted Bread Warmers for Knitpicks’ most recent Classic Kitchen Crochet Collection, tells us about how she developed the pattern. You can hear more of Kim in years past, in Podcast 7!


3 easy ways to listen…




Once you’ve listened, we would love to hear what struck you about this podcast. My favorite part was when Jo Hamilton said she represented her model’s tattoos with granny squares. It made me want to get a granny square tattoo! Leave a comment and let us know what you liked hearing about, or email us at podcast@knitpicks.com.

As we mentioned before, we’d love to hear from you for our next podcast about “Men Who Craft, and Those Who Craft for Men”. If you’ve got an anecdote about this topic, leave us a voice mail on our new phone line, 360-334-4847. We’d love the hear from you!



  1. Marcia Towey / June 10, 2014

    I really enjoyed this podcast! Your interview with Jo Hamilton reminded me of a wonderful program about the Scottish tradition of portraiture, hosted by former art student and wonderful actor Peter Capaldi. Mo surprise to me that Ms. Hamilton is such a skilled portrait artist! It is a BBC production that I stumbled across on Youtube.

  2. Monica / June 2, 2014

    Petty please! Could you tell me what is the beautiful music? I am doing story tellin on y girl’s school and I’d love to introduce the tale with this melody.

    • Holly K / June 3, 2014

      Hi Monica!
      We use royalty free music from http://www.premiumbeats.com. I believe the track is called “Cheeky Plum Fairy”. I like it a lot, too!
      Thanks for listening to the podcast.

  3. Kristine / June 2, 2014

    Wonderful episode! The music is fantastic, sound quality much improved, and the stories are so interesting. Love the follow up photos on the blog. I just had to get a look at the dress, and will look into knitted bread warmers since I don’t crochet.