Podcast Episode 54: Makers Gonna Make


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You can see Casey’s blog post about the Maker Faire here.
Maker Faire website

Things we talk about in this episode:
Lace Socks Using German Short Rows
Duplicate stitch
Weaving in Ends in Garter Stitch
The Fiber Trends Slipper pattern Staci mentions
The Celestarium Shawl mentioned in a question
Three Options for Joining a New Ball of Yarn
Closing Gaps in Raglan Underarms
Backwards Loop Cast-On
Cable Cast-On
Knitted Cast-On

Podcast Episode 53: Do Chickens Need Sweaters?


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To celebrate one year of podcasting (!!), we are rebroadcasting a couple of classic episodes that we really like, in case you hadn’t heard them yet (and a little summer break for us). We’ll be back with a new episode next week.

You can see Casey’s website and her social media buttons on kcknits.com.

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

Podcast Episode 52: This is Your Brain, This is Knitting


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To celebrate one year of podcasting (!!), we are rebroadcasting a couple of classic episodes that we really like, in case you hadn’t heard them yet (and a little summer break for us). We’ll be back with new episodes in two weeks.

You can see Casey’s website and her social media buttons on kcknits.com.

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

From our Sponsor:
The Woolery
Strauch Ball Winder
Strauch Swift

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

Podcast Episode 51: A Slave to Washing Wool


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From our lovely sponsors this week:
Rib Magazine is all about knitting for men, and those who knit for them. They are now shipping their new issue! You can click through to their website for more info on the new issue, or to order the previous issue. You can also follow them on Facebook for more news.

Winc is an online wine club that gives you wine recommendations based on what you like to eat/drink. They have a simple 6 question palate quiz that asks you questions like “How do you take your coffee?” or “Do you like berries?” Winc then matches you to wine that you are guaranteed to love because it is tailored to your unique tastes.

In this episode, it’s all questions and answers! We discuss:
Knitting socks and changing colors in fair isle
Reverse stockinette
Knitting cables
Washing wool
Finishing/Weaving in lace
Copywriting rules for knitting
Kitchener stitching in a tube

Video Links
Good Tension Between Knit and Purl Stitches
Weaving in Cotton Ends
Correcting Color-Change Jog
Correcting a Dropped Decrease

Casey’s finished, but messed up brioche cowl.
The town of Truro.

Podcast Episode 50: The Fewest Flopping Around Bits as Possible


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From our lovely sponsors this week:
Rib Magazine is all about knitting for men, and those who knit for them. You can click through to their website to order the previous issue, and/or pre-order the next issue. Here is a sneak peek at a sweater from the next issue – it is called Cayley Pullover by Irina Anikeeva. You can also follow them on Facebook for more news.

Winc is an online wine club that gives you wine recommendations based on what you like to eat/drink. They have a simple 6 question palate quiz that asks you questions like “How do you take your coffee?” or “Do you like berries?” Winc then matches you to wine that you are guaranteed to love because it is tailored to your unique tastes.

My friend Steven’s Marius Sweater, and his blog post about knitting this sweater.
The Gale Sweater mentioned in a question. So cute.
Knitting for Peace book
The storage bins Casey uses with the additional top.
Notions Box I use for stitch markers, etc.

Podcast Episode 49: Alpacas, the Secret to Happiness



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For more information and photos about the Phi Beta Paca alpaca ranch, visit Casey’s blog, KC Knits.

From our lovely sponsors this week:
Rib Magazine is all about knitting for men, and those who knit for them. You can click through to their website to order the previous issue, and/or pre-order the next issue. Here is a sneak peek at a sweater from the next issue – it is called Survey Pullover by Catrina Frost.
You can also follow them on Facebook for more news.

Winc is an online wine club that gives you wine recommendations based on what you like to eat/drink. They have a simple 6 question palate quiz that asks you questions like “How do you take your coffee?” or “Do you like berries?” Winc then matches you to wine that you are guaranteed to love because it is tailored to your unique tastes.

Frana’s Ranch, Phi Beta Paca
A shawl we mention in the show, Affogato.

Videos
Lifelines
Lifelines in Ribbing
Reactive Lifelines using a Circular needle
Ravelry Tips – Adding a Project
Ravelry Tips – Finding Pattern Help
Ravelry Tips – Using Your Ravelry Library
Ravelry Tips – Using Advanced Search
Ravelry Tips – Stashed Yarns

Podcast Episode 48: I Want to Knit Socks All Day Long


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You can find Casey’s website at kcknits.com, and KCKnits on Facebook.

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From our lovely sponsors this week:

Rib Magazine is all about knitting for men, and those who knit for them. You can click through to their website to order the previous issue, and/or pre-order the next issue. Here is a sneak peek at a sweater from the next issue – it is called Rigging Pullover by Fiona Ellis. You can also follow them on Facebook for more news.

Winc is an online wine club that gives you wine recommendations based on what you like to eat/drink. They have a simple 6 question palate quiz that asks you questions like “How do you take your coffee?” or “Do you like berries?” Winc then matches you to wine that you are guaranteed to love because it is tailored to your unique tastes.

Other things we talk about in this episode:

Two Guys on Your Head podcast – How to recover when you accomplish your goal
Staci’s Dirty Martini sweater
Casey’s many WIPs
Socks on 9” Circulars

Videos:
Tinking
Advanced Tinking
Tinking Increases and Decreases
Reinserting Needle into Live Stitches
Brioche Stitch

Podcast Episode 47: The Bohus Episode


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You can find Casey’s website at kcknits.com.

Things we talk about in this episode:
Courtney Kelley
Freyja Sweater
Poems of Color , and the book on Amazon.
AngoraGarnet
Google Image Search results for Bohus Knitting (lots of photos)

Staci’s Turtlepurl Socks
Turtlepurl Yarns

Videos:
Spit splicing
Winding Yarn into Two Equally-Sized Balls
Ravelry Tips – Adding a Project
Ravelry Tips – Finding Pattern Help
Ravelry Tips – Using Your Ravelry Library
Ravelry Tips – Using Advanced Search
Ravelry Tips – Stashed Yarns

Podcast Episode 45 – Knitting and Math Concepts


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You can find Casey’s website at kcknits.com.

More links from the interview with Sarah Kuhn from UMass Lowell
Sarah’s blog
The original story about the STEM program
How to make a crocheted hyperbolic plane
Ted Talk on hyperbolic planes

The podcast episode with psychologist Art Markman can be found here.

The ball winder and swift I have from The Woolery:
Ball winder
Swift (the photo shows the “floor” model, I have the “table” model)