Podcast Episode 326: Staying Creative – New Crafts & Old Favorites

Today, we’re taking a short break from all things knitting and sharing some of the OTHER crafts we’ve been experimenting with lately. At Knit Picks, we are knitters too and we also do other things.

First up, Hillary and Hannah talk about what it’s like to learn a new craft from scratch. Hillary has been exploring the wide world of ceramics at home and Hannah has been dipping a tentative toe into punch needle! Everyone’s process of learning something new is different. They give some examples of things that have been helpful in their new craft explorations. 

Next, Stacey and Lee describe their recent forays into sewing. Both of them have been sewing for years but recently it’s grown into a full time interest. The common theme for both Stacey and Lee was discovering the perfect, challenging project that meant they reached a new experience level. These themes and milestones apply to knitting and many crafts. Also, stay tuned for some great audiobook and podcast recommendations to keep you entertained while you craft! 

As always… happy crafting!

Listen on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts!

Mentioned in this Episode:
Lisa Congdon Instagram
Stone and Wave Pottery
Ceramics Monthly
Ball Winder
Arounna Instagram
Double M Pottery Instagram
Modern Punch Needle
Punched: Techniques and Projects for Modern Punch Needle Art
Lee’s sewing pinterest boards
Love to Sew podcast
LB Pullover pattern
Fen Dress pattern
Yanta Overalls pattern
Lee’s portfolio top
Lee’s Yanta Overalls
Lee’s first (of many) LB Pullover
In the Folds
Sew House Seven
Helen’s Closet
Eloquent Rage
Lies My Teacher Told Me
Something That May Shock and Discredit You
How to be an Antiracist
Such a Fun Age
His Dark Materials series
Six of Crows Duology
I’m Judging You
The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell
OverDrive and Libby (both free with library card)
Rabbit Hole
Dolly Parton’s America
It’s Been a Minute
Code Switch
Pop Culture Happy Hour
Who Shot Ya?
Stop Podcasting Yourself
Consider This
The Daily
The Benjamin Dixon Show
On the Media
Throwing Shade
Reply All
This Had Oscar Buzz
NPR podcasts
Maximum Fun network podcasts
Extra Hot Great
The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show
Keep It (and Crooked Media)
BingeMode (and Ringer network)
It’s The Pictures That Got Small
You Must Remember This
The Storm
I Don’t Even Own A Television

0:00 Introduction with Hannah
1:03 Hannah and Hillary talk about learning new crafts
21:13 Lee and Stacy talk about their love of sewing
49:55 Credits


  1. Wendy W / December 29, 2020

    I think this is the episode where an ebook was mentioned to help people who thrift to undo sweaters or such to use the yarn to make new things? Is a purchase item? Where can I find that? Thank you so much!

  2. MiriamR / August 21, 2020

    I really appreciate the sewing info! I recently also took up punch needle and Arunna’s book is a must-have. Where can you purchase good quality clothing fabric. We have no decent shops where I live in the Midwest.
    Well done!

  3. Claudia S / July 28, 2020

    Just listened to #326 and wanted to thank you for all the sewing info. I’ve been sewing and knitting for well over 50 years and always appreciate learning about indie sources. Very much enjoy the ‘company’ of these podcasts during my walks not to mention all the knitting tips. Keep up the good work!!

  4. TheLadyJAK / July 27, 2020

    Or I should say, didn’t know the ending….

  5. TheLadyJAK / July 27, 2020

    Whoa, regarding I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, spoiler alert! If you don’t want to know skip ahead at around 40:09 for 15 seconds. Hey some of us are watching week to week as it airs and don’t know the ending.

    • Stacey / July 28, 2020

      Sorry! It didn’t cross my mind to add a spoiler warning, since it was a famous case in the news about 2 years ago. I’ll be more careful in the future!