Podcast Episode 28: Knitting Aches and Pains

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In this episode, Casey talks with Dr. Stephen Reinlie from Next Level Chiropractic about knitters’ aches and pains. Dr. Steven Reinlie is from Round Rock, TX and went on to study and play baseball at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. He is passionate about working with sports athletes to help keep them healthy and on the field of play. Dr. Reinlie recommends this video, Posture Reset.

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You can see my ball winder and swift in action in this video, Winding Yarn into Two Equally-Sized Balls.

Links to things we talk about in this episode:
Simple Magic Loop
Lifelines – all of my lifeline videos are in the Correcting Mistakes category
Carrying Colors for Stripes
Top-Down Raglan Sweaters for Beginners:
Cropped Cardi
Easy Toddler Pullover
Zasio Sweater Coat
Learn to Knit a Mens Sweater
Learn to Knit a Womens Sweater

Knit/Purl Cast-On

This cast-on is stretchy and nearly invisible, and a good choice for things like cuff-down socks and hat brims – items that have ribbing and require some extra stretch.

A question came up when I was working this cast-on – can any rib combination work? I’ve tested it out, and the answer is yes. Just watch how the stitches are forming on the needle as you work them. Working multiple K or P stitches together can make a funny twist on the stitches, but they can be straightened out.

You can find more information about Knitter’s Pride needles, as well as retailers using these links:
Bryson Distributing
Accessories Unlimited
Knitter’s Pride Shop finder

The Knitter’s Pride needles I’m using can be found here.

Podcast Episode 27: Winging It

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Mango Moon/Dale Garn
Fimmel Hat and Mitts Kit & Tutorial

Video Playlist: Flicking
Video: Three Options for Joining a New Ball of Yarn
Video: Russian Join
Video: Knitting Without Looking

Loom Potholder Tutorial

The last video of 2016 is kind of a one-off, not knitting or crochet. (No worries, we’ll be back to knitting and crochet next week!) I hope you have as much fun making these workhorse potholders as I have.

The loom I used is from Harrisville Designs. I used both their loom and their 100% cotton loops.

Below are the patterns I show in the video. The images either show both the warp and weave, unless the warp and weave are identical, then I just show one photo.

Manos del Uruguay Peperomia Scarf Kit Giveaway

Very generous giveaway from Manos del Uruguay Yarns! Two lucky winners will each win a yarn kit for the Peperomia Scarf, knit in Manos Silk Blend yarn. Each kit includes three colors of yarn, and the winners can each choose the colors they’d like.

Here is the link on Ravelry, so you can like and queue the pattern, and see it finished in a different color combo.

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Podcast Episode 26: This is Your Brain, This is Knitting

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In this week’s episode, Casey talks with psychologist Dr. Art Markman about about your brain on knitting – process vs. project knitters, multi-task knitting, and other topics.

Dr. Art Markman, Ph.D., is Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. He got his Sc.B. in Cognitive Science from Brown and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois. He has published over 150 scholarly works on topics in higher-level thinking including the effects of motivation on learning and performance, analogical reasoning, categorization, decision making, and creativity. Art serves as the director of the program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations at the University of Texas.

His NPR show and podcast is Two Guys on Your Head
His latest book we mention is called Brain Briefs: Answers to the Most (and Least) Pressing Questions About Your Brain

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Things we talk about in this episode:
Blocking (photo tutorial)
Steam Blocking
Finer Points of Garment Fitting and Blocking
Provisional Cast-On
Provisional Cast-On Using a Crochet Hook
German Short Row Socks
Playlist of Portuguese Knitting videos
Knit Companion App

Giveaway! Knitter’s Pride Platina Interchangeable Needle Set

You are welcome to comment here, but to enter the giveaway, please comment on the YouTube watch page.

Since not everyone can win, you can find these needles for sale here.

Please watch the entire video for instructions on how to enter the giveaway. This contest is open to US and international viewers (customs charges may apply outside the US). The contest is open until 12:01 am (US Central Time), December 28, 2016; and the winner will be announced in video on December 29, 2016. The winning YouTube comment will be chosen by random number generator.

Podcast Episode 25: Do Chickens Need Sweaters?

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Peter English has studied birds for over 40 years and has extensive experience both as a researcher and an ecotourism professional and has studied birds in 28 countries. During his career he has been a Watson Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar, and has led over 150 international birdwatching tours with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours. In Ecuador, Dr. English was a driving force behind the creation of the Napo Wildlife Center, among the most celebrated ecotourism lodges in the past decade. Dr. English is currently a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin.

While we tried to sit outside to get birdsong in the background, the birds were quiet that day. Peter gave me some bird calls to include in the show. The funny sounding birds at the beginning are great tailed grackles which are all over Austin. Austinites have a love-hate relationship with grackles. The chirps at the end are from carolina wrens. The airplane noises are authentic.

Nestwatch tells you when birds are building nests.

Videos: Playlist of seaming videos

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The June Cashmere video we mention in the episode.

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Bickford Seam

The Bickford Seam is an alternative to the mattress stitch, not quite as sturdy as the mattress stitch, but it leaves no ridge on the inside of the work.

This video is sponsored by Eucalan, the wool soap I trust for all of my knits – I’ve used this fiber wash for years! Eucalan is available at many retailers, you can learn more and purchase at their website here.

In the video, I say that the yarn I’m using for demonstration is worsted weight, but it’s actually Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky.