In this episode I talk about a couple of skeins of yarn that have a special significance to me, and I’ll review a new collection of lace designs that have a unique heart motif. The technique segment talks about the importance of re-checking gauge in the middle of a project, even when you’re just switching from one type of knitting in the round to another.
Mentioned in this episode:
PatternGenius (last episode’s giveaway): charting app for your iPad
Today I’ll focus on knitting outside the U.S.: we’ll look at some international podcasts that I love plus look through a glorious sampling of 1980s French knitting magazines that were gifted to me recently. I’ll also talk about my recent trip to DFW Fiber Fest, the new book Defarge Does Shakespeare, and other recent events.
The technique segment looks at when and why you should use a ruler to measure gauge instead of a retractable tape measure.
In this episode we dive into the bowels of our notions bag. I show you what I keep in mine and tell you how I use them. We also have a preview of Natalie Servant’s stunning subscription-based collection of patterns Canadian Art Deco Knits. The technique segment in this episode is folded into the notions bag discussion, and offers a tip for running lifelines through your work.
Let’s talk about branding—about the subtle ways that a yarn’s packaging works on us to either increase or diminish or pleasure of knitting or crocheting with the stuff. In the process of talking about this, I’ll review a new Australian yarn.
Today’s technique segment shows how to keep yarnovers from closing up on themselves after you’ve knit them.
Mentioned in this episode:
Must Stash U: knitalong / virtual classroom beginning soon in the Must Stash Yarn group on Ravelry
Ever get that itch to wander, to try something new? Or are you the more the type to settle in to the comforts of the familiar? Or maybe you feel a tug of war inside between these two competing tendencies? In today’s episode, I start with a TED talk that a friend shared with me and then see where the urges to wander and settle lead us in the knitting world.
Today’s technique segment shows how to use a crochet hook to pick up dropped stitches … wandering little buggers that they are.
Sometimes you just need to switch things up. Doing the same thing over and over again—even if it’s the gloriously humble knit stitch—can get tiresome. Today, we’ll talk about changing things up, trying something new.
The technique segment shows how to alternate skeins, whether it’s because you’re striping two colors, or because you’re using a hand-dyed yarn and want to blend the colors.
Knitting can produce so many cool things, but sometimes I wonder whether we’ve boxed ourselves into a corner taste-wise. I love a good fingering-weight, simple cardigan or a geometric shawl as much as the next girl, but there are so many other possibilities that we’re not exploring! On today’s podcast, I review Bijou Spun Sport Weight, a 100% yak down yarn from Bijou Basin Ranch. It’s luxurious, but at the same time has qualities that beg to be made into something utilitarian … something outdoorsy ….
Today’s technique segment gives a tip on how to use your smartphone to help you choose yarns for a multi-color project.