Knit Picks' Podcast (general)
A podcast about all things fiber. Shows include features on knitting, crochet, spinning, and weaving. Members of the staff of Knitpicks are interviewed about various topics, as well as the general public. Tune in to hear about creative people working in all areas of the fiber community!

This week the Knit Picks team sits down to chat about our first show, Vogue Knitting Live! We had so much fun meeting other fiber folks and in this episode, we gush about all of it—including all the goodies we bought from other vendors at the show. To start, our opening crew Jennifer, Stacey, and Hannah talk about their experience at the first half of the show. After that, Daniel talks with Alison and Alexis who closed the show down with him.

Enjoy!

Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.

Direct download: KP_Podcast_Episode_267.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PST

Our newest collection has a variety of patterns to enliven and personalize your holiday. From ornaments and stockings, to pillows and decor, there's everything you need to celebrate that special time of year as only our fiber friends can.

First up, Heidi, Elaine, and Alexis talk through the collection, highlighting their favorite patterns and sharing their own Knitmas memories.

After that, Daniel talks with Jennifer to explore some alternative gifting strategies to hopefully give you some ideas for how you can bring a little Knitmas into everyone's life. . .while still enjoying it yourself.

Enjoy!

Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.

Direct download: KP_Podcast_Episode_266.mp3
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A celebration of all things bright, bold and diverse, Color Shift is one of our newest collections, with brilliantly colored designs inspired by the automatic combinations of this year's star yarn Stroll Gradient.

First, Stacey and I review the collection to help you navigate the ingenious array of techniques in Our love letter to color.

After that, Knit Picks Buyer Alexis calls on her training as a professional photographer to nerd out about the history and theory of color, giving us insight into some of the ways color and perception collide.

Enjoy!

Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.

Direct download: KP_Podcast_Episode_265.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PST

With the coming of Autumn also comes the quickening of the knitting compulsion. Everyone around us needs cozy garments for the burgeoning cold, and with the recent kick off of our annual 12 Weeks of Gifting, where we release a new free pattern every week for your gifting enjoyment, we decided to explore knitting specifically for gifts.

To start, Alison and Hannah talk about easy care fibers perfect for gifts, including a review of all that Knit Picks offers for machine washable yarn. After that, several of Knit Picks staff share gifting stories, both giving and receiving, and we promise more heartwarming than horrifying.

Enjoy!

Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.

Direct download: KP_Podcast_Episode_264.mp3
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Take a little time to look into our new book dedicated to commemorating life's special moments. Alison and Jennifer talk about the story behind the book, what it's intended for, and some ideas for getting the most out of it. To follow up, I talk with Knit Picks intarsia prodigy Alexis to go over intarsia basics, how it compares to other forms of colorwork, and some tips and tricks to have your intarsia looking its best.

Find chart excerpts and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Stash: The Knit Picks Blog.

Direct download: KP_Podcast_Episode_262.mp3
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Remember when you were a new knitter or crocheter? What were some of the big mistakes you made? In this podcast, we explore what it means to be new to the craft. Alexis, Knit Picks Photography Assistant and new-ish knitter, takes advice from listeners. Debbie Stoller, author of the incredibly popular "Stitch 'N Bitch" series, tells us about how she discovered knitting, and how she's inspired countless other people to take it up. Three podcast listeners also tell us about their experiences. Whether you're a new knitter, or recall your new knitting days fondly, you'll find something in this episode to which you're sure to relate.

Direct download: KP_Podcast_Episode_249.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:29am PST

Many of you have a favorite designer, someone you've followed for years. You knit many of their designs, and marvel at how they constantly come up with ideas you can't wait to get on your needles. We asked you to name your "Designer Crush", and you responded! In this episode, we interview Knitwear Designers Jane Richmond, Carol Feller, and Laura Nelkin about their process and inspiration. We also ask them questions straight from their fans!

Direct download: KP_Podcast_Episode_247.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:19am PST

What makes a knitting pattern so good you can't help but cast on? In this episode we explore what makes a really great pattern. Hear from KnitPicks Director Alison Backus and Catalog Director Hannah Meir, as well as podcast listeners about what they require of a pattern. Designer Hilary Smith Callus tells us what she includes in her patterns to make them satisfying to knitters, and Tech Editor Maureen Hannon reveals the secrets of her job, reading and correcting patterns, for KnitPicks.

Direct download: KP_Podcast_Episode_244.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:49pm PST

We celebrate men who like to craft, and those brave enough to make things for the men in their lives. Hear from KnitPicks staffers Aaron, Alison and Emily and their significant others about cowls and sweaters, and gloves sadly lost. Designer Geoff Hunnicut tells us about his experience in the world of knitting and Diane calls in to tell us how knitting has brought her closer to a young man in her family.

Direct download: KP_Podcast_Episode_240.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:21pm PST

In this episode, we explore the practical uses of craft, and the way some artists are using craft techniques in unexpected ways. First we speak to the Merchandising Director of Knitpicks, Kim Cameron, on how she developed her Crocheted Bread Warmer pattern for the recent Classic Kitchen Crochet collection. We then chat with Robin Allard and Tamara Ell, who made dolls and a 1930s gown, just for fun. Artist Jo Hamilton takes us into her world of fine art crochet, as we discuss the evolution of her portraits and cityscapes. 

Direct download: KP_Podcast_Episode_239.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am PST