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February 28, 2019
Mastering the Knits S4E4: Ending February Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras! Last episode of series 4.  Mentions the Bay Area Knitting Guild Yarn Crawl and her trip to Four Purls Yarn Store where she bought some Emma’s yarn and a pin from Shelli.can. Also talked about eating at Maryland Fried Chicken. Giveaway (4:06): January/February’s giveaway is a skein of the Fiber Seed.  Winner announced in the episode! Promo Share (5:46): Unraveling Yarn Podcast. Master Status (7:21): Natalie talks about getting her feedback from her TKGA Master Hand Knitting Level 1 submission and explains what she plans to do to knock this out. In my hands (9:35): Natalie talks about knitting on the following: Against the grain socks by Kino Knits using some Twist Fiber Studios handspun I spun. This is part of the #lotsofsockskal hosted Paperdaisycreations. She mentions loving the Fish Kiss Lips Heel. The movie she mentions is Outlaw King. Masterpieces (13:19): Natalie shares her finished project and learning to brioche. Harlow Hat by Andrea Mowry using Miss Babs Yummy 2 ply in Franklin color and Unwind Yarn Company Journey Sock in Without a Paddle color inspired by the project bag made by The Project Bag. She mentions HPKCHC. Raise Your Hand (17:00): Natalie asks for some help organizing her stash.  She mentions Marie Kondo and her show on Netflix. Comfort Zone (22:23): Natalie talks about A Discovery of Witches show streaming on Shudder.  She mentions Matthew Goode.  The All Souls trilogy and the fourth book Time’s Convert.  She talks about checking out books on her Kindle Paperwhite from the library. She mentions reading Rising Strong by Brené Brown.  Brené Brown’s Ted talk about Vulnerability. Thank you for joining us for series 4 episode 4 of Mastering the Knits.  You can find show notes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our Ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter at @MtKnitsPodcast and Instagram as @masteringtheknits
February 8, 2019
  Mastering the Knits S4E3: Master Knitter Turbogrrl!   Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras! Last episode of series 4. Giveaway (1:39) January/February’s giveaway is a skein of the Fiber Seed. Master Status (2:42): Natalie talks about getting her feedback from her TKGA Master Hand Knitting Level 1 submission and also talks about her new job. In my hands (9:39): Natalie talks about knitting on the following: Against the grain socks by Kino Knits using some Twist Fiber Studios handspun I spun. This is part of the #lotsofsockskal hosted Paperdaisycreations Masterpieces (12:55): Natalie talks about her trip to Gatlinburg, TN for a belated honeymoon with her husband of 10 years.  She shares her visit to Smoky Mountain Spinnery and her yarn purchase from Knitted Wit of her sock yarn in Smoky Mountain color. Flax by Tin Can Knits using Malabrigo Rios in Anniversario colorway for #teamnatalie for #stashteamkal with Stash a place for yarn.  End of KAL is during the Bay Area Knitting Guild Yarn Crawl. Gloves knit using a pattern of my own in Knitted Wit sock yarn in Smoky Mountain color. Handspun sock yarn spun using Twist Fiber Studios Polwarth/Silk spun on my Majacraft Pioneer Pilar. Winterfell Cardigan by Katrin Schneider using Juniper Moon Farm Patagonia Organic Merino in Indigo colorway bought at Bliss Yarns. She launched the Aran version of the pattern.  It’s in my Rainstorm studios Etsy bag. Swatches for Stash a place for yarn in Malabrigo Rios and Malabrigo Washted. Interview (25:25): Interview with Lisa Pannell aka Turbogrrl on Instagram and here on Ravelry.  We talk about her journey through the Master Knitter Program.   Thank you for joining us for series 4 episode 3 of Mastering the Knits.  You can find show notes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our Ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter at @MtKnitsPodcast and Instagram as @masteringtheknits
January 18, 2019
Mastering the Knits S4E2: Paper Daisy Creations brings LotsofSocksKAL!   Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras! Last episode of series 4. Giveaway (1:39) January’s giveaway is a skein of the Fiber Seed. In my hands (3:00) Natalie mentions the Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup and talks about knitting on the following: Winterfell Cardigan by Katrin Schneider using Juniper Moon Farm Patagonia Organic Merino in Indigo colorway bought at Bliss Yarns. She launched the Aran version of the pattern.  It’s in my Rainstorm studios Etsy bag. Flax by Tin Can Knits using Malabrigo Rios in Anniversario colorway for #teamnatalie for #stashteamkal with Stash a place for yarn.  End of KAL is during the Bay Area Knitting Guild Yarn Crawl. Swatches for Stash a place for yarn in Malabrigo Rios and Malabrigo Washted. Masterpieces (10:10) Cat Hats in a pattern I’m making up using HiKoo® by skacel Kenzie.   Interview (12:45) Interview with Lisa Ross from Paper Daisy Creations.  She talks about how she got her business started and shared about the LotsofSocksKAL and so much more.     Thank you for joining us for series 4 episode 2 of Mastering the Knits.  You can find show notes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our Ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter at @MtKnitsPodcast and Instagram as @masteringtheknits
January 11, 2019
Mastering the Knits S4E1: Planting Fiber Seeds! Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras!  Giveaway (3:45) December’s giveaway is a pattern of your choice up to $5 on Ravelry. Winner announced in the episode.  January’s giveaway is a skein of the Fiber Seed. In my hands (5:05) Natalie mentions the Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup and talks about knitting on the following: Winterfell Cardigan by Katrin Schneider using Juniper Moon Farm Patagonia Organic Merino in Indigo colorway bought at Bliss Yarns. She launched the Aran version of the pattern.  It’s in my Rainstorm studios Etsy bag. Flax by Tin Can Knits using Malabrigo Rios in Anniversario colorway for #teamnatalie for #stashteamkal with Stash a place for yarn.  End of KAL is during the Bay Area Knitting Guild Yarn Crawl. Cat Hats in a pattern I’m making up using HiKoo® by skacel Kenzie. Interview (12:15) Interview with Lindsay English from the Fiber Seed. Instagram @thefiberseed. Thank you for joining us for series 4 episode 1 of Mastering the Knits.  You can find show notes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our Ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter at @MtKnitsPodcast and Instagram as @masteringtheknits
December 19, 2018
Mastering the Knits S3E11: Level 1 is DONE! Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras! Last episode of series 3. Giveaway (2:36) December’s giveaway is a pattern of your choice up to $5 on Ravelry. and listen to the episode to learn how to enter. Master Status (3:34) Natalie talks about where she is at on her TKGA Master Knitter Level 1 and she is DONE!!  Her submission is sent. In my hands (10:46) Natalie mentions the Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup and talks about knitting on the following: Winterfell Cardigan by Katrin Schneider using Juniper Moon Farm Patagonia Organic Merino in Indigo colorway bought at Bliss Yarns. She launched the Aran version of the pattern.  It’s in my Rainstorm studios Etsy bag. Masterpieces (17:17) Natalie mentions and talks about knitting on the following: recipe of the month :: align mitts by Courtney Spainhower using Rock and String Creations in her fairies garden colorway. Released in pattern.. Comfort zone (19:09) Natalie talks about why her husband and her eat KFC on our anniversaries.  Happy 10 year anniversary to her and her husband. Share the Stash - A place for yarn staff’s new KAL starting Jan 2nd through Feb and #teamnatalie is knitting Flax cardigan by Tin Can Knits. She is using Malabrigo Rios in Aniversario.   Thank you for joining us for series 3 episode 11 of Mastering the Knits.  You can find show notes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our Ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter at @MtKnitsPodcast and Instagram as @masteringtheknits
December 12, 2018
Mastering the Knits S3E10: Adventure Abound Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras! Giveaway (1:33) December’s giveaway is a pattern of your choice up to $5 on Ravelry. and listen to the episode to learn how to enter. Master Status (2:32) Natalie talks about where she is at on her TKGA Master Knitter Level 1 and she is so close to sending this out. For more information check out,  TKGA group on Ravelry.   Natalie mentions TurboGrrl and her amazing colorwork sweater design. In my hands (6:20) Natalie mentions and talks about knitting on the following: Winterfell Cardigan by Katrin Schneider using Juniper Moon Farm Patagonia Organic Merino in Indigo colorway bought at Bliss Yarns. She launched the Aran version of the pattern.  It’s in my Rainstorm studios Etsy. recipe of the month :: align mitts by Courtney Spainhower using Rock and String Creations in her fairies garden colorway. Released in pattern. Masterpieces (8:38) Natalie mentions and talks about knitting on the following: Wonder Woman Wrap (knit) by Carissa Browning using Holly & Ivy Dyeworks Ivy Twist She mentions the K2tog tbl stretchy bind off. Raise Your Hand (12:24) Natalie answers: What’s your new job?  Natalie shares that she got a new job at Stash a place for yarn and about their new shop Stash Tampa.  She mentions BAKG yarn crawl.  Also share their new KAL starting Jan 2nd through Feb and #teamnatalie is knitting Flax cardigan by Tin Can Knits. She is using Malabrigo Rios in Aniversario.   Comfort zone (20:38) Natalie talks about checking out lights with the family and adventures coming. She talks about going to Lights of Lake Park Estates. Check out #whereIknit and #weekendcraftgoals. Thank you for joining us for series 3 episode 10 of Mastering the Knits.  You can find show notes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our Ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter at @MtKnitsPodcast and Instagram as @masteringtheknits
December 5, 2018
Mastering the Knits S3E9: Harry Potter Begins Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras! Giveaway (1:51) November giveaway was a pattern of your choice from Paper Daisy Creations and winner was announced.  December’s giveaway is a pattern of your choice up to $5 on Ravelry. and listen to the episode to learn how to enter. Master Status (3:51) Natalie talks about where she is at on her TKGA Master Knitter Level 1. For more information check out,  TKGA group on Ravelry.   In my hands (7:06) Natalie mentions and talks about knitting on the following: Wonder Woman Wrap (knit) by Carissa Browning using Holly & Ivy Dyeworks Ivy Twist.   Winterfell Cardigan by Katrin Schneider using Juniper Moon Farm Patagonia Organic Merino in Indigo colorway bought at Bliss Yarns. She launched the Aran version of the pattern.  It’s in my Rainstorm studios Etsy. recipe of the month :: align mitts by Courtney Spainhower using Rock and String Creations in her fairies garden colorway. Released in a pattern. Raise Your Hand (12:05) Natalie answers: How are you preparing for the new year?  Natalie mentions the following: #last90days Facebook Live, Rach and Dave Hollis’s Start Today morning show 5 to thrive Start Today Journal by Rachel Hollis, author of Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing Rise Podcast episode link Year Compass Passion Planner Bullet Journal Comfort zone (21:29) Natalie talks about her daughter turning 8 and starting to read Harry Potter.  The illustrated version. Thank you for joining us for series 3 episode 9 of Mastering the Knits.  You can find show notes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our Ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter at @MtKnitsPodcast and Instagram as @masteringtheknits
November 28, 2018
Mastering the Knits S3E8: Craft Goals Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras! Giveaway (1:22) November giveaway is a pattern of your choice from Paper Daisy Creations and listen to the episode to learn how to enter. Natalie shares the Flickering Lights shawl.  Kits can be found at Space Cadet Yarns. Master Status (3:55) Natalie talks about where she is at on her TKGA Master Knitter Level 1.  TKGA group on Ravelry.  Arenda Holladay’s blog. She ordered these tags. In my hands (10:48) Natalie mentions #weekendcraftgoals and talks about knitting and spinning on the following: Wonder Woman Wrap (knit) by Carissa Browning using Holly & Ivy Dyeworks Ivy Twist.   Winterfell Cardigan by Katrin Schneider using Juniper Moon Farm Patagonia Organic Merino in Indigo colorway bought at Bliss Yarns. She launched the Aran version of the pattern.  It’s in my Rainstorm studios Etsy. recipe of the month :: align mitts by Courtney Spainhower using Rock and String Creations in her fairies garden colorway. Masterpieces (18:24) Natalie talks about finishing a project and more! Spun and navajo plied Treadle Hanspun Yarns tiddlybits using Pilar, Majacraft Pioneer spinning wheel. Raise Your Hand (20:40) Natalie answers: Do you knit for others for holiday gifts? She mentions the Knitmore girls Podcast grinchalong. Comfort zone (25:00) Natalie talks about enjoying the holidays. Thank you for joining us for series 3 episode 8 of Mastering the Knits.  You can find show notes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our Ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter at @MtKnitsPodcast and Instagram as @masteringtheknits
November 14, 2018
Mastering the Knits S3E7: Share Knitting   Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras! Giveaway (1:16) November giveaway is a pattern of your choice from Paper Daisy Creations and listen to the episode to learn how to enter. Natalie shares the Socks of Wonka collection. Master Status (3:34) Natalie talks about where she is at on her TKGA Master Knitter Level 1.   In my hands (4:13) Natalie talks about knitting and spinning on the following: Grandma's Argyle Sock Christmas Stocking by Dorene Delaney Giordano using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Sport in Red and White. Chiaogoo fixed circulars. Mentions using the Clover Leather Thimble Wonder Woman Wrap (knit) by Carissa Browning using Holly & Ivy Dyeworks Ivy Twist.   Winterfell Cardigan by Katrin Schneider using Juniper Moon Farm Patagonia Organic Merino in Indigo colorway bought at Bliss Yarns. She mentioned reading For All the Boys I’ve loved Before by Jenny Han and reading on her niece’s Kindle paperwhite. Masterpieces (11:54) Natalie talks about finishing a project and more! Punk Kid Mittens by Aoifa Anctil for my girl’s in leftover Knitpicks I had in my stash. Share the Love (12:50) Natalie talks about https://www.10000newknitters.com/  and how she taught three people at Stash a Place for Yarn. Comfort zone (15:49) Natalie talks about dating your spouse.   Natalie mentions #weekendcraftgoals.  Come join us and post what your goals are. Thank you for joining us for series 3 episode 7 of Mastering the Knits.  You can find show notes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our Ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter at @MtKnitsPodcast and Instagram as @masteringtheknits
November 7, 2018
Mastering the Knits S3E6: Knit all the things Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras! She mentions Shaklee Hydrate. Giveaway (1:59) Winner announced for Zip-Top Bag from RainStorm Studios!  November giveaway is a pattern of your choice from Paper Daisy Creations and listen to the episode to learn how to enter. Natalie shares the Frosted Cardigan design. Master Status (6:03) Natalie talks about where she is at and how she is stalled on her TKGA Master Knitter Level 1.  She mentions Arenda Holladay Youtube videos. In my hands (7:51) Natalie talks about knitting and spinning on the following: Coziest Memory blanket by Kemper Wray.  Rainstorm Studio Spring Up basket. Spinning Treadle Hanspun Yarns tiddlybits using Pilar, Majacraft Pioneer spinning wheel. Grandma's Argyle Sock Christmas Stocking by Dorene Delaney Giordano using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Sport in Red and White. Chiaogoo fixed circulars. Wonder Woman Wrap (knit) by Carissa Browning using Holly & Ivy Dyeworks Ivy Twist.   Winterfell Cardigan by Katrin Schneider using Juniper Moon Farm Patagonia Organic Merino in Indigo colorway bought at Bliss Yarns. Masterpieces (18:11) Natalie talks about finishing a project and more! Holiday Sweater Ornament by Amy Munson using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport. Share the Love (20:12) Natalie talks about https://www.10000newknitters.com/  and how she is going to teach for this at Stash a Place for Yarn. Raise my hand (21:35) Natalie answers the question: How many projects do you work on at the same time? Comfort zone (25:36) Natalie talks about her Christmas tree and babbles on about her love of Christmas.  Also mentions a Three kings day tradition. Thank you for joining us for series 3 episode 6 of Mastering the Knits.  You can find show notes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our Ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter at @MtKnitsPodcast and Instagram as @masteringtheknits
October 31, 2018
Mastering the Knits S3E5: Autumnal is done Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras! Giveaway (1:19) Zip-Top Bag from RainStorm Studios listen to the episode to learn how to enter. Master Status (2:33) Natalie talks about where she is at and how she is stalled on her TKGA Master Knitter Level 1. In my hands (3:52) Natalie talks about knitting on the following: Grandma's Argyle Sock Christmas Stocking by Dorene Delaney Giordano using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Sport in Red and White. Masterpieces (7:36) Natalie talks about finishing a project and more! Autumnal Cardigan by Hannah Fettig using mods from sarie26 using MissBabs Katahdin in Amethyst. Natalie also mentions the following while discussing the finished project: Downtown Knits in Apex, NC Downtown Knits Wool Wash Hey Lady Hey Dyeworks in Mordant Shaklee link Share the Love (15:05) Natalie talks about https://www.10000newknitters.com/  and how she is going to teach for this at Stash a Place for Yarn. Raise my hand (16:34) Natalie answers the question: Jennifer from @we_are_two_sheep podcast asks How do I pick my next project? By yarn or pattern first? Natalie mentions the following while answering this question: Round Table Yarns in Tristan Base Wonder Woman Shawl by  Carissa Browning Holly and Ivy Ivy Twist Savvy Skein Optum DK in Pandemonium. Bliss Yarns in Nashville, TN Winterfell Cardigan by Katrin Schneider Juniper Moon Farm Patagonia Organic Merino Comfort zone (23:34) Natalie talks about knitting in the hammock, cool weather and enjoying the fall festivities. She talks about their trip to HorsePower farm for kids. Thank you for joining us for series 3 episode 1 of Mastering the Knits.  You can find show notes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our Ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter at @MtKnitsPodcast and Instagram as @masteringtheknits
October 24, 2018
Mastering the Knits S3E4: Florida Fall is here Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras! She mentions her immuni-tea made with Pomegranate Energizing Tea and Vitalized Immunity Giveaway (1:30) Zip-Top Bag from RainStorm Studios listen to the episode to learn how to enter. Master Status (3:21) Natalie talks about where she is at and how she is stalled on her TKGA Master Knitter Level 1. In my hands (6:08) Natalie talks about knitting Autumnal Cardigan by Hannah Fettig using mods from sarie26 using MissBabs Katahdin in Amethyst. Masterpieces (9:50) Natalie talks about sewing, sewing, and more sewing.  She talks about using her Husqvarna Viking Madison and her sister’s Husqvarna H class serger.  She has bought fabric from So Sew English and Knitpop. Natalie mentions Habitat for Humanity Pinellas. She talks about the different feeling of sewing and knitting. The following patterns are mentioned in the episode. Pattern for Pirates patterns Slim Fit Raglan for Christmas shirts Sweatheart dress Peg legs Made for Mermaids patterns Bonny Leggings Mama Chloe Mama Adeline Share the Love (24:32) Natalie talks about https://www.10000newknitters.com/  and how she is going to teach for this at Stash a Place for Yarn. Raise my hand (30:00) Natalie answers the question: What is your favorite fiber to work with? Continue the conversation in the Ravelry group! Comfort zone (31:52) Natalie talks about her passion planner and bullet journaling.   Thank you for joining us for series 3 episode 1 of Mastering the Knits.  You can find show notes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our Ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter at @MtKnitsPodcast and Instagram as @masteringtheknits
October 17, 2018
Mastering the Knits S3E3: Breathing. Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras! *halfway through my audio changes because I'm having issues with the mic I bought.  I'm exchanging it and hopefully will have it sorted out before the next episode.  Thank you for your patience Giveaway (:33) Zip-Top Bag from RainStorm Studios listen to the episode to learn how to enter. Master Status (1:44) Natalie talks about where she is at and how she is stalled on her TKGA Master Knitter Level 1. In my hands (3:23) Natalie talks about how reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness has slowed her knitting progress but she is almost done with the third book. Autumnal Cardigan by Hannah Fettig using mods from sarie26 using MissBabs Katahdin in Amethyst. Spinning Treadle Hanspun Yarns tiddlybits using Pilar, Majacraft Pioneer spinning wheel. Masterpieces (7:18) Black Bears on Wind Mountain Beanie by Briana Thompson using Jamieson and Smith yarn. Raise my hand (8:36) Natalie answers the question: Do you know English or Continental? Comfort zone (11:18) Natalie talks about meditation. She mentions YOUTH Purifying Clay Mask and Youth Hydrating Gel Mask.   Thank you for joining us for series 3 episode 1 of Mastering the Knits.  You can find show notes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our Ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter at @MtKnitsPodcast and Instagram as @masteringtheknits
October 10, 2018
Mastering the Knits S3E2: Dreaming of knits.  Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras! *Audio gets lower two-thirds of the way through because of technical difficulties with the microphone.  This will be resolved before the next episode.  I apologize for the inconvenience. Giveaway (:37) Zip-Top Bag from RainStorm Studios listen to the episode to learn how to enter. Master Status (2:42) Natalie talks about where she is at and how she is stalled on her TKGA Master Knitter Level 1. In my hands (4:05) Autumnal Cardigan by Hannah Fettig using mods from sarie26 using MissBabs Katahdin in Amethyst. Spinning Treadle Hanspun Yarns tiddlybits using Pilar, Majacraft Pioneer spinning wheel.  Masterpieces (7:10) recipe of the month :: align mitts by Courtney Spainhower using Rock and String Creations in her fairies garden colorway.  Made matching leg warmers. 157-23 Silver Stag by DROPS design using Knitpicks Swish DK in Cobblestone Heather and White.  Raise my hand (12:24) Natalie answers talesofyarn’s question: What is a new project you are dreaming of casting on? Patterns Natalie mentions: Gone Astray Cardigan by Julia Farwell-Clay Amille by Emily Ross Winterfell Cardigan by Katrin Schneider Comfort zone (15:43) Natalie talks about her back patio space. She mentions Shaklee’s Alfalfa and Camp Gladiator. Currently reaching A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Thank you for joining us for series 3 episode 2 of Mastering the Knits.  You can find show notes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our Ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter at @MtKnitsPodcast and Instagram as @masteringtheknits
October 3, 2018
Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras! Giveaway (1:06) Zip-Top Bag from RainStorm Studios listen to the episode to learn how to enter. Master Status (2:33) Natalie talks about where she is at and how she is stalled on Level 1 but is inspired by being back to podcasting. In our hands(3:55) Autumnal Cardigan by Hannah Fettig using mods from sarie26 using MissBabs Katahdin in Amethyst. recipe of the month :: align mitts by Courtney Spainhower using Rock and String Creations in her fairies garden colorway. Made matching leg warmers. Coziest Memory blanket by Kemper Wray and explained how she’s picking yarns. Spinning Treadle Hanspun Yarns tiddlybits using Pilar, Majacraft Pioneer spinning wheel. Masterpieces (10:35) Barnraising Quilt by Shelley Mackie & Larissa Brown using lots of sock scraps and border using Cascade Heritage Silk in black. On the Road (12:26) Natalie talks about her trip to Into the Wool Fiber Retreat Sept 20-23, 2018 in Crossville, TN hosted by Dana of Unwind Yarn company and Tiffany from TheProjectBag and talks about Beth aka LikesPudding.  She talks about finding inspiration from many attendees such as Mary Kinoknits podcast/designer, Lisa of Paper Daisy Creations and Stephanie from Tellybean Knits. Raise my hand (15:54) Natalie talks about where have I been and why am I back. She mentions Shaklee. Talks about Rachel Hollis, her book Girl, Wash Your Face and #last90days. Comfort zone (25:56) Natalie talks about her morning routine. Thank you for joining us for series 3 episode 1 of Mastering the Knits.  You can find show notes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our Ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter at @MtKnitsPodcast and Instagram as @masteringtheknits
April 7, 2017
Mastering the Knits Episode #3b: Board Games Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras!   NOTE! If you downloaded 4/7/17 please redownload as the uploaded file cut out a couple mins. This episode is sponsored by Greg aka Knitting Daddy and Sunflower Knit Shop. DaizieKnits Giveaway (1:01) Winner announced in episode for DaizieKnits Giveway   Aplitude Pattern Giveaway (2:45) April Giveaway starts now.  To enter visit the Mastering the Knits Podcast group on Ravelry and comment on the episode thread by March 31st, 2017. You can win a skein of her yarn and buttons!  Go comment! Master Status (5:45) Natalie talks about her progress with her TKGA Master Hand Knitting Level 1 progress.  She mentions knitting the mitten and her experience.  She also talks about her next plans. Natalie mentions a Jogless Jog. Masterpieces (8:41) Natalie talks about the matching Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith she made for herself and her girls that she knit last year.  She also knit matching mittens using the Little Waiting for Winter Mittens by Susan B. Anderson. In our hands(11:37) Natalie talks about working on a spinning project using some natural brown BFL from her stash. Cast on the next stocking for child number 2. The pattern for this one is Grandma's Argyle Sock Christmas Stocking by Dorene Delaney Giordano using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Sport in white and Red.  Also Natalie talks about working on an old WIP the Barn Raising Quilt by Shelley Mackie & Larissa Brown, which was published in Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together.(Amazon affiliate link) She mentions Jasmin from the Knitmoregirls podcast. Natalie knit a new square using Rock and String Creations self-striping yarn. Simply Selfie (16:36) Natalie discusses her life, kids, and family visit.  She talks about family visiting and a fourth birthday celebration. She talks about attending her first Bay Area Knitters Guild meeting. Natalie mentions MadebyMara, Maureen, who we interviewed on episode 19 as she is a Master Hand Knitter and teaches and Criativity in Largo, and Trista, who sells Usborne Books. We had a guest speaker from Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas County. She also discusses going to her Pinellas Weaver's Guild spin/portable projects meet up. Lucy taught Natalie how to weave on the big loom. On the Road (22:35) Natalie talks about her planned trip to Into the Wool Retreat Sept 21-24, 2017 in Crossville, TN hosted by Dana of Unwind Yarn company. Comfort zone (23:03) Board games: 2000s version of Trivia Pursuit, Logo, Hollywood Game night, Scattegories, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Stik Stax, and Telestration. Thank you for joining us for episode 1b o f Mastering the Knits.  We’d like to thank our sponsor Daizieknits and Sunflower Knit Shop. You can find show notes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our Ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @MtKnitsPodcast.  Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found as barknknit on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry.  
March 23, 2017
Mastering the Knits Episode #2b: Spreading Rocks Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras! This episode is sponsored by DaizieKnits and Sunflower Knit Shop. DaizieKnits Giveaway (1:37) To enter visit the Mastering the Knits Podcast group on ravelry and comment on the episode thread by March 31st, 2017. You can win a skein of her yarn and buttons!  Go comment!   Master Status (3:45) Natalie talks about her progress with her TKGA Master Hand Knitting Level 1 progress.  She mentions talking to Knitpicks.com and picked up some items from Micheal's.  She mentioned Arenda Holladay's video Figure 8 video. She mentions ChelPanda. Natalie thanks Jennifer from DaizieKnits for the shout out on her video cast. Masterpieces (7:43) Natalie finished the stocking for her friend's daughter! She used the pattern Uncle's Christmas Stocking by Dorene Delaney Giordano using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Sport in white and Amethyst Heather.  She mentions using the alphabet letters here.  Natalie talked about two old FO shawls both used for the Into the Wool KAL.  She knit her Pipevine and her Fireside Goose. In our hands(13:26) Natalie talks about working on a spinning project using some natural brown BFL from her stash. Cast on the next stocking for child number 2. The pattern for this one is Grandma's Argyle Sock Christmas Stocking by Dorene Delaney Giordano using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Sport in white and Red. Simply Selfie (14:55) Natalie discusses her life, kids, and family visit. She talks about going to her LYS Stash a place for yarn knit night.  Also talks about attending her first Bay Area Knitters Guild meeting.  On the Road (17:43) Natalie talks about her planned trip to Into the Wool Retreat Sept 21-24, 2017 in Crossville, TN hosted by Dana of Unwind Yarn company and talks about Beth aka LikesPudding. Comfort zone (18:43  ) Natalie talks about #stpeterocks. Thank you for joining us for episode 1b o f Mastering the Knits.  We’d like to thank our sponsor Daizieknits and Sunflower Knit Shop. You can find shownotes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @MtKnitsPodcast.  Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found as barknknit on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry. Save
March 9, 2017
Welcome to the Mastering the Knits podcast!  Natalie starts off this episode with some announcements and extras! This episode is sponsored by DaizieKnits and Sunflower Knit Shop.   DaizieKnits Giveaway (2:20) To enter visit the Mastering the Knits Podcast group on ravelry and comment on the episode thread by March 31st, 2017. You can win a skein of her yarn and buttons!  Go comment!   Master Status (5:29) Natalie talks about how she has gotten the updated instructions of the Master Hand knitter program Level 1.  She talks about how she has organized her swatches and binder more and the swatch knitting progress she has made.  She also laid out her plans moving forward to finish up Level 1!  She mentions her bullet journal. Masterpieces (9:00) Natalie talks about her last finished socks using Christmas at the Cabin by Rock and String Creations.  She used a vanilla sock and used fish lips kiss heel.  She talks about trying an 8 inch leg like Alicia usually knits.  Natalie also talks about knitting her sister a pair of iphone mitts by Julie Ridl in some Rain’s Obsessive Stitchery in their Fred Sock in the Annapolis colorway.  Natalie also finished up two different spinning projects both 2 ply fingering weight.  One made from some cormo fiber and another of some corriedale/merino mix.   In our hands(11:02) Natalie talks about only have one thing on the needles and that is her Uncle's Christmas Stocking by Dorene Delaney Giordano using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Sport in white and Amethyst Heather.  She’s making this one for her best friend’s daughter.  She is struggling with the names. She mistakenly said she started them in 2005 but it was actually 2015!  She is also working on a spinning project using some natural brown BFL from her stash.   Simply Selfie (15:28) Natalie discusses her life, kids, and getting back into her local weavers and knitters guild. *She’s looking for a new knitting group meet up not new guild.  Which are the Pinellas Weaver’s Guild and Bay Area Knitters Guild.   On the Road (17:20) Natalie talks about her planned trip to Into the Wool Retreat Sept 21-24, 2017 in Crossville, TN hosted by Dana of Unwind Yarn company and talks about Beth aka LikesPudding. Comfort zone (18:07) Natalie talks about her new Keirug machine that has a carafe option. Crafting with my prodigies (19:02) Natalie’s girls talk about doing sand art.   Thank you for joining us for episode 1b of Mastering the Knits.  We’d like to thank our sponsor Daizieknits and Sunflower Knit Shop. You can find shownotes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @MtKnitsPodcast.  Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found as barknknit on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry.
March 30, 2016
    Natalie’s finished We Need A Little Christmas by Lollipop Yarns   Lish’s Reyna Shawl with the beautiful Bohemia Fibers hand dyed yarn   This week’s episode is brought you you by…     Stash-A Place For Yarn is located on The 600 Block in the Central Arts District of downtown St Pete.  Stash is nestled among an eclectic array of boutiques, restaurants and art galleries.  It is the place for luxury yarns, classes and connecting with other fiber lovers.  Paty Lyon’s will be teaching several classes in Dec.  Year end clearance is coming between Christmas and New Year’s both online and in the shop!  Check out the website at stashstpete.com.     Main Street Gallery is a local art and craft studio and offers a variety of services for individuals and businesses including custom screen printing, vinyl decals, graphic design, t shirts, custom artwork, murals and much more. Main Street Gallery carries products from local artists and crafters including hand knitted items and cigar box guitars.   This week’s segments include In our Hands, Masterpieces,Craft with us, Comfort Zone.   Natalie was called out on Facebook by Kenny’s Grandma! :) In our hands: (6:53) Alicia Sock Recipe: A Good Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl- McPhee, with Knit Picks Felici in Highland colorway   Natalie: Dream Stripes by Cailliau Berangere in Araucania Ranco Solid in a pink and red color.  This is for my husband’s grandma. Uncle's Christmas Stocking by Dorene Delaney Giordano using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Sport in white and Amethyst Heather. NOTE: Here is a link to knitting joggless stripes in the round   Master Pieces:(12:50) Alicia: Reyna by Noora Laivola with Bohemia Fibers Barefoot Bohemian Sock in Penny for Your Thoughts colorway. A hand dyed yarn from the AMC series of The Walking Dead. Sock Recipe: A Good Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl- McPhee, with Patons Kroy Socks in Grey Brown Marl Gramps by Tin Can Knits with Lion Brand Wool-Ease in worsted Oxford Grey and Cranberry colorway Entrechat by Lisa Chemery with Cascade 220 Superwash in Lilac. (Inspired by JoseyBug) ZigZagular Socks by Susie White with JoJoLand Melody Superwash Basic Newborn Hat by Jennifer Jackson with Caron Sheep(ish) in Robin Egg colorway Baby Loafers by BebeKnits on Etsy with Caron Sheep(ish) in Robin Egg colorway   Natalie: 3 Top down socks with a fish lips kiss heel using lollipop yarns We need a little Christmas, Dancing Dog Dyeworks Twist Sock Ham & Eggs colorway, and one with some Patons Kroy Sock in the Fern Rose Jacquard colorway 2 mismatched hats for my SIL’s twins.  I knit a hat but instead of decreasing I just seamed up the top.  So cute! A hat for my SIL’s 4 year old that I made up.  I knit a hat and put a B on it. Note: Better Than Yarn Citric Acid Soak tutorial.   Craft with Us (32:14):   ElvesWorkshopalong:  A craft along where we are encouraging our listeners to start crafting early for the holidays so they can relax and enjoy the season.   Please check out and support these sponsors who have been gracious enough to donate to our Elvesworkshopalong.               Comfort Zone:(48:27) Alicia will be closing on her home on Tuesday! She touches on friendships and everyone thawing out and visiting more. Natalie is all about budgets and bullet journals.  Check out her new blog at growinguprush.wordpress.com   Thank you for joining us for episode 20 of Mastering the Knits.We’d like to thank our sponsors Stash a place for Yarn and Main Street Gallery and also all our SantaSponsors who have donated to the ElvesWorkshopalong. You can find shownotes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @MtKnitsPodcast and Instragram as Mastering_the_knits_podcast.  I am knottyknitter17 and Natalie is barknknit on Twitter, Instragram, and Ravelry.
December 10, 2015
  This week’s episode is brought you you by… Stash-A Place For Yarn is located on The 600 Block in the Central Arts District of downtown St Pete.  Stash is nestled among an eclectic array of boutiques, restaurants and art galleries.  It is the place for luxury yarns, classes and connecting with other fiber lovers.  Paty Lyon’s will be teaching several classes in Dec.  Year end clearance is coming between Christmas and New Year’s both online and in the shop!  Check out the website at stashstpete.com. Main Street Gallery is a local art and craft studio and offers a variety of services for individuals and businesses including custom screen printing, vinyl decals, graphic design, t shirts, custom artwork, murals and much more. Main Street Gallery carries products from local artists and crafters including hand knitted items and cigar box guitars. This week’s segments include Master Status, Master Plan, In our Hands, Masterpieces,Craft with us, Study Hall, Simply Selfie, Raise your hand, and Comfort Zone. Master Status: (2:42) Alicia has been taking a look at the gauge worksheets and lining up resources. Natalie organized notes for my blocking essay and have been working on the colorwork swatch. Natalie mentions difficulty with the colorwork swatch Master Plan: (5:08) Natalie plans on knitting more swatches and questions. Alicia plans to knock out the rest of the swatches. In our hands: (6:53) Alicia: Reyna by Noora Laivola with Bohemia Fibers Barefoot Bohemian Sock in Penny for Your Thoughts colory. A hand dyed yarn from the AMC series of The Walking Dead. Natalie: Simple striped hat of my own design using some knitpicks Swish DK Bell, the Garden Elf by Ala Ela using knitpicks Wool of the Andes Sport for Maria’s Kindness elf (on hold) Uncle's Christmas Stocking by Dorene Delaney Giordano using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Sport in white and Amethyst Heather. Working on some coffe cup cozies Master Pieces:(12:50) Alicia: Pom Pom Peds by Purl SoHo in Knit Picks Stroll Tweed in Wellies Heather. Sock Recipe: A Good Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl McPhee in Twist Sock from Mint Rain Hand Dyed Yarns in Rainbow colorway. 80% merino, 20% Nylon Natalie: Carmen’s Wonder Woman costume! Top down sock using the fish lips kiss heel in Mint Rain Hand Dyed Self Striping Twist Sock in her Great Pumpkin colorway. Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure using Knitpicks Hawthorne Fingering in the Blackbird colorway. Warm Ribbed Winter Hat by Lucy H. Lee using Knitpicks Comfy Worsted in Peapod colorway Galahad Scarf by Kerry Robb in Knitpicks Swish Worsted in the Hollyberry colorway. Crackerjack by Stacey Simpson Duke using Knitpicks Swish DK in White, Honey, Dusk, Twilight Craft with Us (32:14): ElvesWorkshopalong:  A craft along where we are encouraging our listeners to start crafting early for the holidays so they can relax and enjoy the season. To view details about how to enter, visit the thread on ravelry here. The knitmore girls have piggybacked onto this and are doing the Grinchbombalong. Please check out and support these sponsors who have been gracious enough to donate to our Elvesworkshopalong.  Coupon Codes: Rainstorm Studios Etsy - Closed Sept 3rd through Sept 8th and will open with a new update. Use code: ELVES2015 for 15% off through November 30, 2015 Mint Rain Hand Dyed Yarns:  ELVESWORKSHOP 15% until nov Sew for Ewe on etsy masteringtheknits15 for 10% off to run from sept 1- nov 30th Erin.lane bags ELVES15. FOR 15% the entire shop KnittyKittybags on Etsy elves2015.  20% and active until 12/1/2015. Stash-A Place for Yarn: FiberSeed10.  2 10$ giftcards are the prizes. The Fiber Seed Unwind yarn company Quince and Co Top Down - reimagining set-in sleeve design Knitting Rose The Unique Sheep - a cute children’s book with patterns that we will be reviewing. The story of the Unique Sheep. We will be reviewing this book in a future episode too. Marianne - Jamberry Consultant - new catalog out! Byvikink Letterpress Co. Sarah Lamantia - Gold Canyon Candles Karen Bachman from iKNITitiaves Ottlite Anne Weil of Flax and Twine donating Knitting without Needles coming out sept 1st. Bohemia Fibers- 2 skeins… 2 for you or if you want to be generous, you can give to a friend Daizie Knits Twist Fiber Studios KnittingDaddy has donated a copy of his pattern Scrappy Sock yarn New one this week: k8terpillar   Study Hall: (37:40) Natalie taught a class yesterday and now taking a break until Jan. Alicia has been teaching a beginner Knitting 101 series will finish up tomorrow. Classes start back up in January.   Simply Selfie:(38:55) Alicia mentions Zenni Optical, hosting family get togethers and closing chapter of Project Linus. Natalie talks about Halloween at their house, house decorating, birthday parties, work, and Thanksgiving   Comfort zone:(48:27) Alicia shares Purls of Wisdom from ten year olds. Natalie is enjoying her nativities.   Thank you for joining us for episode 20 of Mastering the Knits.We’d like to thank our sponsors Stash a place for Yarn and Main Street Gallery and also all our SantaSponsors who have donated to the ElvesWorkshopalong. You can find shownotes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @MtKnitsPodcast and Instragram as Mastering_the_knits_podcast.  I am knottyknitter17 and Natalie is barknknit on Twitter, Instragram, and Ravelry.
October 15, 2015
Natalie knits on some socks while she watches the girls swim. This week’s episode is brought you you by… Stash-A Place For Yarn is located on The 600 Block in the Central Arts District of downtown St Pete.  Stash is nestled among an eclectic array of boutiques, restaurants and art galleries.  It is the place for luxury yarns, classes and connecting with other fiber lovers.  Paty Lyon’s will be teaching several classes in Dec.  Check out the website at stashstpete.com.   Main Street Gallery is a local art and craft studio and offers a variety of services for individuals and businesses including custom screen printing, vinyl decals, graphic design, t shirts, custom artwork, murals and much more. Main Street Gallery carries products from local artists and crafters including hand knitted items and cigar box guitars. This week’s segments include Master Status, Master Plan, In our Hands, Masterpieces, Craft with Us, Study Hall, Simply Selfie, and Comfort Zone. Master Status (2:31): Alicia knit swatch 10 and learned how to decrease on the wrong side. She blocked all swatches she has knit thus far. Natalie finished a couple more swatches. She has 2 more to do now and the mitten. She also picked up some books from the library to prep for the written report and research. Master Plan (5:11): Natalie is going to get started on the questions and essay. She is also going to work on her last 2 swatches. Alicia plans to continue Swatches Alicia is moving along on socks knit with Mint Rain sock yarn in Rainbow  In our hands (7:56): Alicia: Sock Recipe: A Good Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl McPhee in Twist Sock from Mint Rain Hand Dyed Yarns in Rainbow colorway. 80% merino, 20% Nylon  Natalie: Top down sock using the fish lips kiss heel in Mint Rain Hand Dyed Self Striping Twist Sock in her Great Pumpkin colorway.   Crackerjack by Stacey Simpson Duke using Knitpicks Swish DK in White, Honey, Dusk, Twilight.   Uncle's Christmas Stocking by Dorene Delaney Giordano using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Sport in white and Amethyst Heather.  Spinning for Charms OWL for the HPKCHC that is going to be about 900 yards of a 2 ply laceweight. Alicia finally has a picture of her Harvest Cardigan by Tin Can Knits  Master Pieces (22:46): Alicia: Sock Recipe: A Good Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl McPhee using Knit Picks Stroll in Dill Heather Colorway incorporating the Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist. Natalie: Bristol Hat by Amy Christoffers using Knitpicks Capretta in the Caviar colorway.  Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure in Patons Kroy Sock in the Fiesta Jacquard colorway.   Craft with Us (26:30): ElvesWorkshopalong:  A craft along where we are encouraging our listeners to start crafting early for the holidays so they can relax and enjoy the season.   To view details about how to enter, visit the thread on ravelry here.   Please check out and support these sponsors who have been gracious enough to donate to our Elvesworkshopalong. Please see Masteringtheknitspodcast.com for list of sponsors. Coupon Codes: Rainstorm Studios Etsy - Closed Sept 3rd through Sept 8th and will open with a new update. Use code: ELVES2015 for 15% off through November 30, 2015 Mint Rain Hand Dyed Yarns:  ELVESWORKSHOP 15% until nov Sew for Ewe on etsy masteringtheknits15 for 10% off to run from sept 1- nov 30th Erin.lane bagsELVES15. FOR 15% the entire shop KnittyKittybags on Etsy elves2015.  20% and active until 12/1/2015. Stash-A Place for Yarn: FiberSeed10. 2 10$ giftcards   New one this week: KnittingDaddy has donated a copy of his pattern Scrappy Sock yarn Preemie Hat as well as some Fiberseed seedlings to make it.  He is also currently hosting a KAL in his ravelry group and can find a link to it in the shownotes page. (Details...Dates of KAL: October 1, 2015 - November 17, 2015 -- any hat finished during this window is eligible. What to knit: the Scrappy Sock Yarn Preemie Hat , in any size, with any yarn, incorporating any modifications. Post a picture of your hat in the FO thread. Each finished hat can be a separate post. So the more hats you knit, the better chances you have of winning a prize. Tag your Ravelry projects and social media posts (Instagram, Twitter, etc.) with the #ScrappyPreemieHatKAL hashtag. Study Hall (29:14): Natalie is teaching a toe up afterthought heel sock class this weekend at Stash a place for yarn. Alicia will be teaching a beginner Knitting October 20th and October 27th at Toronto Public Library. 6-8pm. Simply Selfie (30:27): Alicia talks about her new finished space. Natalie talk about things at work and doing little things around the house.  She has been enjoying soccer with Carmen and the girls have been swimming in their little pool. She talks about hanging out with her local knitting friends and visiting Criativity, a semi local yarn store. Comfort zone (45:48): Alicia talks about the joys of a friend’s first hat. Check her out aelemasters2 on ravelry, comment on her project to keep her going! Natalie has been running!! Way to go Natalie. Thank you for joining us for episode 21 of Mastering the Knits. We’d like to thank our sponsors Stash a place for Yarn and Main Street Gallery and also all our SantaSponsors who have donated to the ElvesWorkshopalong. You can find shownotes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @MtKnitsPodcast and Instragram as Mastering_the_knits_podcast.  Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found as barknknit on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry. Check out this episode!
September 18, 2015
Mastering the Knits Episode #20: The Kindness of Knitters     Natalie spun a little on a spindle from a 3D printer!     This episode is sponsored by Main Street Gallery. Main Street Gallery is a local art and craft studio and offers a variety of services for individuals and businesses including custom screen printing, vinyl decals, graphic design, t shirts, custom artwork, murals and much more. Main Street Gallery carries products from local artists and crafters including hand knitted items and cigar box guitars.   Master Status (2:08) Natalie and Alicia discuss their TKGAMaster Knitter Program Level 1 progress.  Natalie talks about meeting Jennifer of Daizie Knits at the Into the Wool Retreat and being super inspired and sharing her inspiration with Alicia.  We are both using Patons Classic Wool Worsted.   Master Plan (8:40) Alicia talks about her new plan to put time towards the program before any other knitting.  Natalie says she plans to finish the swatches before next episode and picking up up books from the library for the essay.     Craft with Us (11:09) ElvesWorkshopalong:  We already have 5 finished objects submitted to the thread and as a bonus we gifted the first submission Joseybug a pattern of her choice. She turned in a Barley hat by Tin Can Knits, which she made for her cousin’s child.   To view details about how to enter, visit the thread on ravelry here.   Please check out and support these sponsors who have been gracious enough to donate to our Elvesworkshopalong. Coupon Codes: Rainstorm Studios Etsy - Closed Sept 3rd through Sept 8th and will open with a new update. Use code: ELVES2015 for 15% off through November 30, 2015 Mint Rain Hand Dyed Yarns:  ELVESWORKSHOP 15% until nov Sew for Ewe on etsy masteringtheknits15 for 10% off to run from sept 1- nov 30th Erin.lane bagsELVES15. FOR 15% the entire shop KnittyKittybags on Etsy elves2015.  20% and active until 12/1/2015. Stash-A Place for Yarn: FiberSeed10. 2 10$ giftcards Lish cast on a sock at a wedding!   In our hands(16:53) Alicia is working on a pair of socks using Knit PicksStroll in Dill Heather Colorway. Natalie is working on the following: Crackerjack cowl by Stacey Simpson Duke using Knitpicks Swish DK in White, Honey, Dusk, Twilight.  We mentioned Knittydaddy’s Crackerjack scarf. Uncle's Christmas Stocking by Dorene Delaney Giordano using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Sport in white and Amethyst Heather. Bristol Hat by Amy Christoffers using Knitpicks Capretta in the Caviar colorway. Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure in Patons Kroy Sock in the Fiesta Jacquard colorway. Started spinning my Charms OWL for the HPKCHC that is going to be about 900 yards of a 2 ply laceweight.       Masterpieces (28:06) Alicia finished anotherWee Hats by Kym HretzPatons Kroy Socks Green Striped Ragg.  Natalie finished a wee 10 yard skein of 2 ply handspun that I used to test drive a MadHatterIdeas 3D printed spindle lent to me by Jennifer of Daizie Knits.   Study Hall (32:09) Natalie will be teaching a sock knitting class at Stash - A Place for Yarn on Oct 10th at 9 am. Taught an impromptu class with Kristin the other night since she had more students that she normally plans. Alicia will have a new fall schedule of classes in the next week. If you are in the area, Like the Main Street Gallery Toronto Ohio Facebook page and to stay in the loop of classes!   Simply Selfie (34:18) Alicia had a wedding and is getting organized. Going to be moving living room to the basement soon. Keeping it short because I want to hear all about the Into the wool retreat.  Natalie talks about getting back into work and Carmen starting soccer. Natalie’s view from Into the Wool.   On the Road (36:17) Natalie talks about her trip to Into the Wool Retreat Sept 3-6th in Crossville, TN hosted by Dana of Unwind Yarn company and Just One More Row podcast, Daniela and Allie of the Caffeinated Knitting podcast , Fru from the Sassypantsknitter Podcast.  Met so many lovely people, had a fabulous time.  She mentioned her purchases from MarigoldJen.  Came home with a LOT of yarn!  Natalie mentions visiting Bliss Yarn Shop, where she picked up some MissBabs and Haus of Yarns with Beth aka LikesPudding.   Comfort zone (48:49) Alicia discusses further the amazingly generous and helpful knitters. Lise Glas from the Addicted to Sock Knitting Group on Facebook.  Natalie squeals over her my new china cabinet. Thank you for joining us for episode 20 of Mastering the Knits.We’d like to thank our sponsor Main Street Gallery and those donating to the ElvesWorkshopalong. You can find shownotes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @MtKnitsPodcast.  Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found as barknknit on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry.
September 6, 2015
Lish can’t stop making these wee hats! This episode is sponsored by Main Street Gallery. Main Street Gallery is a local art and craft studio and offers a variety of services for individuals and businesses including custom screen printing, vinyl decals, graphic design, t shirts, custom art work, murals and much more. Main Street Gallery carries products from local artists and crafters including hand knitted items and cigar box guitars. This week’s segments include Interview with the Masters, Craft with us, Masterpieces, In our Hands, In the news, Study Hall, Simply Selfie, On the Road, and Comfort Zone.   Thank you Twinset and Just One More Row Podcast for our shout out!   Interview with the Masters (2:18) Natalie had the opportunity to catch up with Maureen aka knttinmoe on ravelry.     Craft with Us: (16:40) ElvesWorkshopalong:  We are so excited to announce the ElvesWorkshopAlong!  This will be a craftalong for all those, like us, who plan to knit/sew/create holiday gifts for their friends and family.     This craftalong will run from Sept 1st to Nov 30th.  Each item has to start on or after Sept 1st. You have until Nov 30th at midnight to complete the project or multiple projects. To enter we will have an official FO thread on our ravelry group. It will be locked until the start of the along and we ask that you post one entry for each item you finish.   We have some seriously amazing prizes!  We will be selecting winners from the FO thread after the end of the along.  We will also have some prizes in store for superlatives!  We will select one or more winner from those that post their progress or finished items pics on instagram using the hashtag #elvesworkshopalong.     Social media will just be an extra prize. You can post random pictures of the process with the hashtag. If you have are friends with them on rav- complete the post but do not include your picture. You can put a dummy picture in if you would like and send one of us a rave message with your complete post, or email it to masteringtheknits@gmail.com   Santa Sponsors: Check out our wonderful sponsors!  Please check out and support these sponsors who have been gracious enough to donate to our Elvesworkshopalong. Knitting Rose   Coupon Codes: Rainstorm Studios Etsy - Closed Sept 3rd through Sept 8th and will open with a new update. Use code: ELVES2015 for 15% off through November 30, 2015 Mint Rain Hand Dyed Yarns: ELVESWORKSHOP 15% until nov Sew for Ewe on etsy masteringtheknits15 for 10% off to run from sept 1- nov 30th Erin.lane bagsELVES15. FOR 15% the entire shop KnittyKittybags on Etsy elves2015.  20% and active until 12/1/2015. Stash-A Place for Yarn: FiberSeed10. Unwind yarn company Quince and Co - donating a copy of their new book Top Down - Reimagining Set-In Sleeve Design Knitting Rose The Unique Sheep - a cute children’s book with patterns that we will be reviewing. The story of the Unique Sheep.  We will be reviewing this book in a future episode too. Marianne - Jamberry Consultant - saw some new wraps that I need to get! Byvikink Letterpress Co. Sarah Lamantia - Gold Canyon Candles Karen Bachman from iKNITitiaves Ottlite Anne Weil of Flax and Twin donating http://amzn.to/1LAa35Y  Knitting without Needles coming out sept 1st. Bohemia Fibers- 2 skeins… 2 for you or if you want to be generous, you can give to a friend.   Natalie’s finished her shawl! Masterpieces: (23:25) Alicia finally finished up  Harvest Cardigan by Tin Can Knits with Cascade 220 Superwash Quatro in Fiji. She also knit lots of Wee Hats by Kym Hretz in various leftover sock colorways. Natalie finished up Haruni by Emily Ross in the Unique Sheep eos which is a 50/50 silk/merino laceweight in the Barknknit gradient colorway. She also dusted off her wheel and finished 3 ply fingering weight yarn from Long Dog Handspun Panda in a pink/purple colorway.   In our hands: (36:29) Alicia is working on Sock Recipe: A Good Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl- McPhee, with Patons Kroy Socks in Summer Moss Jaquard. She also needs some leftovers if anyone would like to donate them! Natalie is still plugging away on Crackerjack by Stacey Simpson Duke using Knitpicks Swish DK in White, Honey, Dusk, Twilight.She is continuing to work on Uncle's Christmas Stocking by Dorene Delaney Giordano using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Sport in white and Amethyst Heather.   In the News: (44:00) Top Down: Re-imagining Set-In Sleeve Design by Elizabeth Doherty. This book retails for $24 US and $31.72 Canadian when I checked.   We were sent an e-copy of this book from Quince & Co. for us to review. Thank you Quince & Co.   Study Hall: (57:51) Natalie will be teaching a sock knitting class at Stash - A Place for Yarn on Oct 10th at 9 am.   Simply Selfie: (58:39) Alicia is clearing off the needles, prepping for the festival. She had a bridal shower and her friend’s birthday party. BYOB as in baby! Natalie attended her sister’s birthday Shuffleboard party. She and her niece won! Carmen is signed up for soccer and got her a new small soccer ball, shin guards, and cleats.   On the Road: (1:03) Natalie is heading to her first ever retreat NEXT WEEK!  Into the Wool Retreat Sept 3-6th in Crossville, TN hosted by Dana of Unwind Yarn company and Just One More Row podcast, Daniela and Allie of the Caffeinated Knitting podcast, Fru from the Sassypantsknitter Podcast.   Comfort zone: (1:04) Alicia is enjoying small town living. - Summer Concert Series in the middle of town. Natalie gives a follow up about North and south.  Fibernerd shared on ravelry group that Craftlit read North and South. Natalie mentions cognitive anchoring blog. Natalie mentions playing the Disney song guess game in the car is currently taking her to her happy place. Thank you for joining us for episode 20 of Mastering the Knits.We’d like to thank our sponsor Main Street Gallery and those donating to the ElvesWorkshopalong. You can find shownotes at www.masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @MtKnitsPodcast.  Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry as barknknit.
August 17, 2015
    This episode is sponsored by Main Street Gallery. Main Street gallery is a local art and craft studio and offers a variety of services for individuals and businesses including custom screen printing, vinyl decals, graphic design, t shirts, custom art work, murals and much more. Main Street Gallery carries products from local artists and crafters including hand knitted items and cigar box guitars.   (1:37) We would like to give a shout out to Knitting Daddy! Thank you for listening. Check out his blog. Natalie mentions she heard about his blog through the Knitting Pipeline podcast.   This week’s segments include Master Status, Master Plan, Craft with us, In our Hands, Spread the Love, Study Hall, Simply Selfie, On the Road, and Comfort Zone.   Master Status: (2:28)   Alicia blocked what she had knitted. She is going to block ones she plans to reknit- just in case they will turn out ok. Natalie knit cable swatch 14. She really had to focus on tightening her gauge and giving an extra tug the stitch before and after the cross. She is not sold on it being tight enough but she is going to see if what happens during the blocking process. Here is the link to thread on ravelry about 2 references.   Master Plan: (5:32) Natalie is going to knit more swatches and start answering questions. Alicia is just going to  keep knitting.   CRAFT WITH US: (6:20) ANNOUNCEMENT!!!   ElvesWorkshopalong:  We are so excited to announce the ElvesWorkshopAlong!  This will be a craftalong for all those, like us, who plan to knit/sew/create holiday gifts for their friends and family.     This craftalong will run from Sept 1st to Nov 30th.  Each item has to start on or after Sept 1st. You have until Nov 30th at midnight to complete the project or multiple projects. To enter we will have an official FO thread on our ravelry group. It will be locked until the start of the along and we ask that you post one entry for each item you finish.   We have some seriously amazing prizes!  We will be selecting winners from the FO thread after the end of the along.  We will also have some prizes in store for superlatives!  We will select one or more winner from those that post their progress or finished items pics on instagram using the hashtag #elvesworkshopalong.     PinsandNeedles brought up a great point- What if the special person I am crafting for are my friends on social media and ravelry?  Thank you for bringing that up!   Social media will just be an extra prize. You can post random pictures of the process with the hashtag. If you have are friends with them on rav- complete the post but do not include your picture. You can put a dummy picture in if you would like and send one of us a rave message with your complete post, or email it to masteringtheknits@gmail.com   Check out our wonderful sponsors!  We will talk more about the prizes and announce the coupon codes closer to the start of the KAL.  Please check out and support these sponsors who have been gracious enough to donate to our Elvesworkshopalong. Knitting Rose   In our hands: (12:08) Alicia: Harvest Cardigan by Tin Can Knits with Cascade 220 Superwash Quatro in Fiji Sock Recipe: A Good Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl- McPhee, with Patons Kroy Socks in Summer Moss Jaquard Natalie is still plugging away on Crackerjack by Stacey Simpson Duke using Knitpicks Swish DK in White, Honey, Dusk, Twilight. Haruni by Emily Ross in the Unique Sheep eos which is a 50/50 silk/merino laceweight in the Barknknit gradient colorway.   Natalie knits along on some beautiful lace.   Spread the Love: (20:33) WINNER! The winner of our giveaway is………... Crookedknits on ravelry!  Thank you for entering our giveaway and Thank you again Bohemia Fibers for the donation of the skein of sock yarn. Our current giveaway is a lovely skein of 400 yards of 80% superwash merino/20% nylon sock yarn from Bohemia Fibers!  Amy, the dyer behind Bohemia Fibers, and specialize in custom colors and inspirational photo replication.   Study Hall: (21:31) Natalie will be teaching a sock knitting class at Stash - a place for yarn on Oct 10th at 9 am.   Alicia and Jax knit along on her Harvest Cardigan. Happy Birthday Jax.   Simply Selfie:(22:25) Alicia is back from Myrtle Beach. She has been helping friends in a hard time. She is feeling good by getting back into the swing of making healthy choices- Gym/Eating right. She also has her nephew-Jax- 1st  birthday party. Natalie has been enjoying the Rays games and keeping up with the work week craziness.   On the Road: (27:55) Natalie is heading to her first ever retreat!  Into the Wool Retreat Sept 3-6th in Crossville, TN hosted by Dana of Unwind Yarn company and Just One More Row podcast, Daniela and Allie of the Caffeinated Knitting podcast, Fru from the Sassypantsknitter Podcast.   Comfort zone: (31:11) Alicia has found a love for AMAZON PRIME! Natalie has been loving her  TV shows...North & South, Arrow   Thank you for joining us for episode 18 of Mastering the Knits.We’d like to thank our sponsor Main Street Gallery and Bohemia Fibers for donating the prize and those donating to the ElvesWorkshopalong. You can find shownotes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @MtKnits.  Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry as barknknit.
July 29, 2015
Natalie enjoying knitting on Crackerjack at the Rays Stitch n Pitch   This episode is sponsored by Main Street Gallery. Main Street gallery is a local art and craft studio and offers a variety of services for individuals and businesses including custom screen printing, vinyl decals, graphic design, t shirts, custom art work, murals and much more. Main Street Gallery carries products from local artists and crafters including hand knitted items and cigar box guitars.   This week’s segments include Master Status, Master Plan, In our Hands, Masterpieces, Spread the Love, Simply Selfie, Raise your hand, On the Road, and Comfort Zone. How are you organizing your program?  Master Status (1:48): Alicia knit swatch 9. She also has a reminder when you are working SSK. Natalie worked on her binder and organized it. She snagged an idea from Lish when she was visiting Ohio. Hint** Place your swatch in zip lock bags and label them. Then there is no chance of forgetting which swatch is which. She is going to get some help from her friend Mara to identify some of her mystery swatches. Alicia reminded Natalie of some of the resources she used to identify her mystery swatches. Arenda Holladay and Knitting Help.   Master Plan (8:04): Natalie plans to Re-knit the swatches and make sure to put them in the ziploc bags so they are ORGANIZED!! She plans to update more of the notes and start the questions.  She is going to meet up with my friend Maureen to get some advice on her swatches.  Maureen is  currently finishing up her Level 3.  Look forward to an interview on her journey! Alicia is planning to move forward on swatch 10, 11, and 12. She would like to block and start questions.   Against the Grain KAL (9:41): **REMINDER: Be sure to participate in our ongoing knit along. Be sure to post your pictures on all social media with #AgainstTheGrainKAL The goal of the knit-a-long is to go contrary to the natural inclination of your craft or technique. We aren’t limiting the KAL to just those who want to learn a different style of knitting but crafting anything that is opposite of what you normally do.   In our hands (10:12): Alicia is coming towards the end of her Harvest Cardigan by Tin Can Knits with Cascade 220 Superwash Quatro in Fiji. She also cast on Natalie cast on Haruni by Emily Ross using The Unique Sheep Eos a 50/50 silk/wool blend in the barknknit colorway.  She is still plugging away on Crackerjack by Stacey Simpson Duke using Knitpicks Swish DK in White, Honey, Dusk, Twilight. Finally, she cast on another Luuk by Annis Jones using some leftover Knit Witch Celestial in the Sagitarius colorway.  She used Swirl Hat by Mandie Harrington to assist with adjusting the numbers for size.   (17:30) Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup:  Lish and Natalie are struggling with their house cup mojo. Anyone else?   Master Pieces (20:29): Alicia has been occupied with Harvest and does not have anything this week! Natalie finished  Headband (child/adult) by Rachel Bishop using the yarn the same yarn as she is using for Crackerjack cowl. Spread the Love (22:25): Our current giveaway is a lovely skein of 400 yards of 80% superwash merino/20% nylon sock yarn from Bohemia Fibers!  Amy, the dyer behind Bohemia Fibers, and specialize in custom colors and inspirational photo replication. To enter this episode’s giveaway, we ask that you visit Bohemiafibers.com and pick one of their many colorways that inspires you and share your favorite with us in a comment on the shownotes page.  There will also be several other ways to enter this giveaway!  Check outwww.masteringtheknitspodcast.com to see all the ways you can win. Closing for entries will be August 7, 2015. Some of Lish’s favorite moments from Simply Selfie   Simply Selfie (23:44): Alicia reports her wedding duties are over. She had a wonderful opportunity to make her friend Taylor a cathedral length veil.  She and her husband had a lovely cookout. She is looking forward to a quick Myrtle Beach trip with her friend Sierra.  Let her know of any local yarn shops in the south Myrtle area! Natalie has been organizing more and more! She still has plans to organize stash but started the culling process.  She attended the Rays Stitch n Pitch. She hung out with friends new and old.  She met a lot of her knitting guild and hopes to attend more often.  If you are local, you should check out the Bay Area Knitting Guild! She reconnected with a LONG time listener Mara.  It was great to talk to a listener and get encouragement to keep going.     Raise your Hand? (31:54):   This week we ask: As we prepare to head into the fall and start planning out gift knits, how do you pick who and what to knit people?   Natalie struggles with this one. She notes she has a very large family and it can quickly become overwhelming. She LOVES giving things to people but she says her follow through is rotten.  She plans to knit gifts this year but wants to get organized. Alicia finds herself over gift knitting. She shares her spread sheet method on how to stay organized with her gift knitting. She also tries to stick to one pattern for multiple people with just changing it up with color options. She also notes that her brother in law, Josh, is one of her more knitworthy gift recipients.   On the Road: (40:27) Natalie is heading to her first ever retreat!  Into the Wool Retreat Sept 3-6th in Crossville, TN hosted by Dana of Unwind Yarn company and Just One More Row podcast, Daniela and Allie of the Caffeinated Knitting podcast , Fru from the Sassypantsknitter Podcast.   Comfort zone (41:44): Alicia is excited about new eager students. New friends wanting to learn to knit at work. She is also excited about that just finished feeling of a new sweater. Natalie is enjoying lace knitting.  Since she have been out of wine she is trying to stay away from lots of sweets. Lace has been her stress reliever because it’s working with silk and it’s oh so satisfying.   Thank you for joining us for episode 17 of Mastering the Knits. We’d like to thank our sponsor Main Street Gallery and Bohemia Fibers for donating the prize. You can find shownotes at masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com.Follow us on Twitter @MtKnits. Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry as barknknit.
July 17, 2015
This episode is sponsored by Main Street Gallery. Main Street gallery is a local art and craft studio and offers a variety of services for individuals and businesses including custom screen printing, vinyl decals, graphic design, t shirts, custom art work, murals and much more. Main Street Gallery carries products from local artists and crafters including hand knitted items and cigar box guitars. We had a little mishap with our old domain and have changed our domain to http://www.masteringtheknitspodcast.com!  Please update your bookmarks and thank you for the support.   This week’s segments include In our Hands, Masterpieces, Spread the Love, Simply Selfie, Raise your hand, and Comfort Zone.   Against the Grain KAL #againstthegrainKAL: (2:19) The goal of the knit-a-long is to go contrary to the natural inclination of your craft or technique. We aren’t limiting the KAL to just those who want to learn a different style of knitting but crafting anything that is opposite of what you normally do.   In Our Hands: (2:40) Alicia has only been actively knitting on her Harvest Cardigan by Tin Can Knits with Cascade 220 Superwash Quatro in Fiji colorway.  Alicia shares that she got the yarn for a great price at http://littleknits.com/.   Natalie is knitting on Crackerjack by Stacey Simpson Duke using Knitpicks Swish DK in White, Honey, Dusk, Twilight. She is continuing to work on Uncle's Christmas Stocking by Dorene Delaney Giordano using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Sport in white and Amethyst Heather although she has been struggling with the needles she’s using.  Natalie mentions buying tickets from Stash - a place for yarn for the Tampa Bay Rays Stitch n Pitch which is on July 26th.  You can pick up tickets from the link or at the shop.  Natalie has also been knitting on her One More Row socks using Lollipop Yarn Tradition in the We need a Little Christmas colorway.  We mention #christmasinjuly KAL with Mary Heather from Ravelry.com and RainyDayGoods.com. Lastly, Natalie cast on a Luuk by Annis Jones using some leftover Knit Witch Celestial in the Sagitarius colorway.  She talked about how she used the cast on number from the Swirl Hat by Mandie Harrington.   Alicia talks about some lovely stash she acquired from Knitpicks.com and discusses her favorite designer Ysolda Teague’s new design Ishnana.   Masterpieces: (17:47) Alicia hasn’t finished anything although she has been doing a lot of monogamous knitting on her Harvest. Natalie has finished three more blanket squares for her eldest Barn Raising Quilt by Shelley Mackie & Larissa Brown using leftovers and some Shelby B's Designs 100% Superwash Merino in the sirius colorway #againstthegrain.  She also finished a baby Luuk by Annis Jones using some leftover Knit Witch Celestial in the Sagitarius colorway.  She took the cast on counts from the  Swirl Hat by Mandie Harrington  Natalie cast on and finished a Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure using Patons Kroy Sock in the Rusty Stripes colorway.   Spread the Love: (22:50) Ottlite Give Away!   Winner is: Ann Templeton @annfran25 on twitter.   Our next giveaway is going to be from Bohemia Fibers!  Amy, the dyer behind Bohemia Fibers, is a lady with a love of color and a knack for it. Bohemia Fibers specialize in custom colors and inspirational photo replication.  They use only professional dyes for their yarns and fiber.   They do yarns based on pictures from popular tv series and movies.  I have has purchased several True Blood and walking Dead inspired colorways.     Amy has graciously sent a skein for Natalie to knit up and review as well as a skein in the same color for us to give away!  Thank you Amy!!   To enter this episode’s giveaway, we ask that you visit Bohemiafibers.com and pick one of their many colorways that inspires you and share your favorite with us in a comment on the shownotes page.  There will also be several other ways to enter this giveaway!  Check out www.masteringtheknitspodcast.com to see all the ways you can win. Simply Selfie: (25:35) Alicia and Natalie got to spend some in person time together up in Ohio.  Natalie loved spending time in Alicia’s backyard and was very inspired by Alicia’s home.  Alicia had a busy 4th of july with lots of festivities.  She also discusses her basement, weddings coming soon, and her and her husband’s 1st wedding anniversary!   Natalie talks about their road trip up north to visit family and Lisha and getting to meet the new twin nephews.   Ohio summer lies...thankfully Natalie brought her girl’s Wonderful Wallaby sweaters.  While in Ohio, they did lots of things which included visit the lake and also getting to finally visit Homer Laughlin China Co.   Raise your Hand:(40:08) We ask if you can have any profession in the fiber industry, what would be your dream job?  Natalie talks about the Woolful podcast, which is currently her favorite, and discusses the idea of becoming an owner of a sheep/alpaca farm or owning a fiber mill.  Alicia wants to be a yarn smoosher. Natalie mentions Clara Parkes.  Alicia would like to dive into knitwear design world and learn more through the Master Knitter Program.  What would you like to do?   Comfort zone:(45:55) Alicia says her happy place is good mail and mentions Birchbox. Natalie’s happy place is turning her house into a home.   Thank you for joining us for episode 16 of Mastering the Knits. You can find shownotes at www.masteringtheknitspodcast.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @MtKnitsPodcast.  Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry as barknknit.  
June 12, 2015
  This episode is sponsored by Main Street Gallery.Main Street gallery is a local art and craft studio and offers a variety of services for individuals and businesses including custom screen printing, vinyl decals, graphic design, t shirts, custom art work, murals and much more. Main Street Gallery carries products from local artists and crafters including hand knitted items and cigar box guitars.   This week’s segments include In our Hands, Dropped Stitches, Masterpieces, Study Hall, Simply Selfie, and Comfort Zone.   Against the Grain KAL: (1:47) The goal of the knit-a-long is to go contrary to the natural inclination of your craft or technique. We aren’t limiting the KAL to just those who want to learn a different style of knitting but crafting anything that is opposite of what you normally do.   If you have been participating in the ongoing  KAL, you have been entered into a drawing to win a free pattern up to a $7 value!   and the winner is……..gwenschweitzer!She has tried to convince herself that she is not a toy knitter much like we have. She also tried embroidery with knitting for the first time too! Congratulations Gwen!   In Our Hands: (3:38) Alicia is participating in the Tour de Sock!  Stage 1 is VirratbyTiina Kuu knit withKnit Picks, Hawthorne Kettle Dye in Compass colorway. She is also working on Zigzagular Socksby Prairie Girl DesignswithJojoland Melody Superwash. Finally she cast on HarvestCardigan byTin Can KnitswithCascade 220 Superwash Quatroin Fiji   Natalie is knitting on Crackerjackby Stacey Simpson Duke using Knitpicks Swish DK in White, Honey, Dusk, Twilight.  The pattern is unique because each color has a significance. She also cast on Uncle's Christmas Stocking by Dorene Delaney Giordano using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Sport in white and Amethyst Heather. Due to peer pressure from her co-host, she pulled her Barn Raising Quiltby Shelley Mackie & Larissa Brown using Shelby B's Designs 100% Superwash Merinosock yarn in the sirius colorway. The yarn was inspiration from Natalie’s own pattern, Padfoot Socks.  Finally she cast on her own pattern, One More Row socksusing Lollipop Yarn Tradition in the We need a Little Christmas colorway.     Alicia mentions some handy tips from Vogue Knitter and teacher,  Heidi Kozar. Here is a link to her blog!   Natalie poses with her beautiful Breezy Cardigan   Master Pieces: (23:32) Natalie finished up her Breezy Cardiganby Hannah Fettig using Knit Picks Capretta in the Caviar colorway. She also knit Diamond Transitions Hatby Natalie Martinez Rush using Cascade 220 Sport in Cotton Candy and Buff. She finished Maria’sWonderful Wallabyby Carol A. Anderson usingKnit Picks Swish Worsted in the Eggplant colorway.  She knit Baby Vertebraeby Kelly Brooker using Malabrigo Yarn Sockin the impressionist sky colorway.  Finally, she finished Tennessee Twisterby Daniela Richardson using Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering.  This was my recovery knit and was fun to knit. Alicia is really working on her sock drawer! Alicia finished up Monkey Socks by Cookie A with Bohemia FibersBohemian Sock 100% Merino Superwash, in a Teal Gradient colorway. She finished up two pairs of socks using the Sock Recipe: A Good Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl- McPhee, with Patons Kroy Socks in Spring Leaf and Fern Rose Jacquard. Alicia is participating in an ornament swap in the Christmas Knitting group on Ravelry. She knit Polar Bear and Santa from Christmas Balls Knit Ornament Pattern Set with scraps from stash. She also knit Itty Bitty Ribbed Leggies by Jessica Hirsch with scraps in stash for her friend Carrie! Baby Carsen all ready for her workout!   Spread the Love:(41:22) Ottlite Give Away! How to enter giveaway: Leave a comment on the blog and tell us if you use a special lamp for knitting/crocheting/crafting.  If you don’t already have one, how would you incorporate one into your life?  You can also enter by liking Ottlite and Mastering the Knits on facebook.   Simply Selfie: (47:00) Natalie had Ria’s Easter Birthday Party and her nephew’s wedding! The girls danced all night!  Her nephew’s wife made sure that Carmen had her special dinner and her own cupcakes. Natalie discusses her surgery again and recovery.  She also informs listeners that Jackjack crossed the rainbow bridge. We will miss you Jackjack.   Natalie’s beloved Jackjack Alicia shares she had a small melanoma surgery. Wear your SPF! ! She discusses her career change. They have their garden planted. Every weekend planned with showers and weddings. She also shares a story about Reina. Jeremy and Lish are  prepping for the Handmade Music Extravaganza, June 13!   On the Road: (1:09:23) Natalie: Going to my first ever retreat!  Into the Wool Retreat Sept 3-6th in Crossville, TN hosted by Dana of Unwind Yarn company and Just One More Row podcast, Daniela and Allie of the Caffeinated Knitting podcast , Fru from the Sillyfru podcast.   Comfort zone: (1:11:15) Alicia loves her Jamberry Nails, is feeling at Peace (30), and the joy of life in her yard. Natalie appreciates her husband, s'mores, cold brew coffee and SEEING Alicia soon!   Thank you for joining us for episode 15 of Mastering the Knits. You can find shownotes at masteringtheknits.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram,  Natalie can be found on twitter, Instagram, plurk, everlapse, and ravelry as barknknit.  
March 23, 2015
Happy Podiversary to Mastering the Knits! Thank you for joining us on our journey for the past year. We would love to hear from you! You may contact us via facebook, ravelry, or email to let us know how we are doing. What you like about our podcast? Where do you think we can improve?  What would you like to to hear more of or less of? If you are enjoying the podcast, please leave a positive review on iTunes.     Master Status (3:06): Alicia knit swatches 7,8,9. She discovered she will need to re-knit 7 and 8 again! She discusses why she will need to re-knit AGAIN. She discusses a question regarding Swatch 10. Natalie has fallen down the “Breezy” rabbit hole. She has been knitting all the pretties.   Master Plan (9:24): Natalie wants to get focused and get back in gear. She figured out how she will place them into classes for the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup. Alicia wants to knit swatch 10, 11, 12 and potentially re-knit 7 and 8 again. She would like to block if she makes it that far. Natalie and Alicia have set the goal of submitting their binder by August!   #AgainstTheGrainKAL: Natalie and Lish want to encourage you all to join us in our ongoing knit along.   In our hands (18:06): Alicia is currently working on Monkey Socks by Cookie A with Bohemia FibersBohemian Sock 100% Merino Superwash in a teal gradient colorway. She is also working on Swivel Pullover byKerri Blumer withDebbie Bliss, Cashmerino Aran. Natalie is moving along on her Breezy Cardiganby Hannah Fettig usingKnit Picks Caprettain the Caviar colorway. She is also working on Carmen’s pink Wonderful Wallabyby Carol A. Anderson usingKnit Picks Swish Worstedin Carnation. She is spinning black corriedale locks by flicking them and spinning from end. She is enjoying it and it is for #againstthegrainkal.   Natalie finished up Kenny’s Valentine’s gift. Master Pieces (37.32): Alicia finished up Autumn byJane Richman with Lion Brand Thick and Quick, Grey Marble Rye Socks by Tin Can Knits with Stitch Nation, Bamboo Ewe Jaywalker Socks by Grumperina with Knit Picks, Felici, Sorbet colorway Natalie: My dear - a deer trophy.  Was watching Scandal and bound off to early on the last anter part and so I ended up having to cut it open and knit longer. :) didn’t realize this until after I stuffed and closed and was working on 2nd antler…  My crafting friend Chelpanda gave me the mount and I stained it with stuff I found in our garage from previous owner. Knit 2  Top Down Preemie Hatby C.C. Almon hats using some leftover greenShibui Knits Merino Worsted.   Lish finished up February socks.   Study Hall (48:40): Natalie is teaching a toe-up sock class at Stash on March 14 and 9:30 AM. Rescheduled colorwork class to March 21st at 1 pm at Stash Alicia shares her experience with teaching her first sock class! Upcoming Classes at Tranquil Grind Knitting 101: Basics March 16, 4:30-5:30 March 23, 4:30-5:30 Socks: Cuff down March 19 4pm-6pm Intro to Cable Knits March 26 4:30-5:30   Simply Selfie (51:40) Alicia shares the status on her DIY basement project. They are planning the Handmade Music Extravaganza 2015-June 13 at the Driftwood Marina. Natalie’s bathroom close to being finished. They are starting new roof constructions this weekend. Sickness/allergies galore in the Rush household.  They allready pulled their kiddie pool out for some fun! She is planning Ria’s birthday party. Natalie shared an experience that she recently had with Ott Light Technologies. She will be reviewing a light next episode.   Comfort zone (58:15): Alicia is enjoying SNOW DAYS. She is loving watching her students complete finished projects. Knitting is love Natalie is loving her new wine glasses.   Thank you for joining us for episode 14 of Mastering the Knits. You can find shownotes at masteringtheknits.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @MtKnits.  Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry as barknknit.
February 1, 2015
Natalie knitting on her Breezy Cardigan   This week’s segments include Master Status, Master Plan, In our Hands, Masterpieces, Study Hall, Simply Selfie, Raise your hand, and Comfort Zone.   Master Status (1:19): Alicia discussed her plan to stay motivated. She organized her binder and started re-knitting swatches. Natalie explained her strategy and knit swatches 10 and 11.   Master Plan (4:17): Natalie is going to stick with her Monday and Wednesday program knitting. Alicia is going to stick with her time goal. She will re-knit swatches 7 and 8, remembering to keep them labeled correctly.   (6:05) Alicia and Natalie remind you to participate in the #AgainstTheGrainKAL.   In our hands (7:24): Alicia cast onAutumn by Jane Richman with Lion Brand Thick and Quick, Grey Marble. She is also working on Swivel Pullover by Kerri Blumer with Debbie Bliss, Cashmerino Aran Natalie has been spending a lot of her knitting time on herBreezy Cardiganby Hannah Fettig usingKnit Picks Caprettain the Caviar colorway.  She is spinning the black corriedale locks by flicking them and spinning from end.  She is enjoying is and part of AgainstTheGrainKAL   Lish finished her January socks! She went #AgainstTheGrainKAL by trying a new heel.   Master Pieces (14:40): Alicia finished: Knit Hat for EveryonebyKathy NorthwithKnit Picks Wool of the Andes, Lion Brand Wool Ease (BGSU) Vanilla Latte SocksbyVirginia Rose Jeanes. Patons Kroy SocksinGreen Striped Raggcolorway Peek-A-Book Mitts by Abi Gregorio (purple) Reindeer: Christmas Balls Knit Ornament Pattern Set By Amy Gaines Natalie finished Diamond Transitions Hat, and original design using Blue Sky Alpaca Sport. She discussed a hiccup in the process. She found a chart creator online to make a colorwork chart for the design. She also discusses possible matching mittens!   Study Hall (23:45): Natalie will be teaching a colorwork class at Stash on Feb 21st and 9:30 AM. Alicia will be teaching a class on Thursday January 29 and February 5, 5:30-6:30, at Tranquil Grind. Class is full!   Simply Selfie (27:30): Alicia is preparing for beginner knitting class on Thursday! She has been super productive at work. She is finally finding what is working for her. Natalie is very excited about bathroom renovations. The bathroom is complete.  She enjoyed an afternoon with tinyant. Welcome new nephews, Magnus and Sheamus.     Raise your Hand? (36:48): This week we ask: How do you use Ravelry? Natalie explains how she was inspired by the Knitting Butterflies podcast for tagging her work. She shares her experiences going through all of her work. Alicia discusses her love for ravelry through friendships, inspiration, yarn trades, swaps, and groups.   Comfort zone (44:09): Alicia is enjoying her Christmas ornament swap from the Christmas Knitting Ravelry Group! She is falling back in love with her home. She has been using Grandma Biddy’s tape measurer that is fabric. Natalie is enjoying a clean house, although it doesn’t last long with two little ones. Natalie has been using her Aunt’s double pointed needles.   Thank you for joining us for episode 13 of Mastering the Knits. You can find shownotes at masteringtheknits.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at masteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @MtKnits.  Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry as barknknit.
January 17, 2015
Natalie’s latest finished Hitofude Cardigan   This week’s segments include Master Plan,  Masterpieces, In Our Hands, Future Stitches, Study Hall, Simply Selfie, Raise your hand, Happy Tails, and Comfort Zone.   Master Plan: (1:22) Alicia and Natalie discuss how they are going to get re-motivated to take on the Master Knitter Program Level 1. Natalie plans to knit swatch 9 and 10, start questions, and organize binder.  Natalie’s plan is to schedule Monday and Wednesday nights as Level 1 work nights. She was inspired from the By the Fibreside Podcast. Alicia is going to set aside time each week to dedicate to program. She is going to work on program at a minimum of 3 hours per week. She is going to be flexible on the days she works on it. WIth every hour she  will earn a point. Each point will equal $1 for a  sock yarn fund! What is going to motivate you to get back on track this year? Share your strategy with us in the Ravelry group or on Facebook.   Knit Along!: (5:13) Alicia and Natalie announce a new ongoing KAL!  #AgainstTheGrainKAL. The goal of the knit-a-long is to go contrary to the natural inclination of your craft or technique. We aren’t limiting the KAL to just those who want to learn a different style of knitting but crafting anything that is opposite of what you normally do.  Feel free to surprise us!!  Be sure to use the hashtag on instagram, facebook, and post to our Ravelry group!   Natalie’s Family Stockings Master Pieces: (8:15) Natalie finished Grace, Carmen’s Kindness Elf. She used Bell, the Garden Elfby Ala Ela in Wool of the Andes Sport in several colors.She didnt take them seriously when she had to stuff the head and had to add more so the neck wasn’t floppy.She finished up her stocking using A NEW Family Portrait - A Collection of Three Christmas Stockingsby Dorene Delaney Giordano using cascade 220 sport in burgundy and bare. She also finished a Hitofude Cardiganby Hiroko Fukatsu using The Fiber Seed sprout in their elephant colorway. She discussed some mistakes in the lace and how she got passed them.Finally, she finished up anEasy Scrap-Buster Slouch Hatby Swoon Fibers using some blue Encore someone gave me. She knit this for Halos of Hope. Knit the body of this hat all in continental for the #AgainstTheGrainKAL Alicia finished up the Barley HatbyTin Can Knits. She also knit many variations of the Knit Hat for EveryonebyKathy Northwith Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Lion Brand Wool Ease, and Cascade 220. She knit the Super Soft Simple Baby HatbyPurl Bee, TheOhio State colors and Pittsburgh Steelers colors withKnit PicksBrava Bulky. She also caught the sock knitting bug and finished Sock Recipe: A good, plain, sockbyStephanie Pearl McPhee, Knit Picks Felici in Cheer.   Alicia’s finished socks for December In our hands:(24:30) Alicia is currently working on Vanilla Latte SocksbyVirginia Rose Jeanes. Patons Kroy SocksinGreen Striped Raggcolorway. She discovered a split stitch creating possibly a weak stitch in a pair of socks. Natalie suggested to duplicate a row of stitches to strengthen. Natalie is currently working on Anne, Ria’s Kindness Elf.  She is usingBell, the Garden Elfby Ala Ela in Wool of the Andes Sport in several colors.During her road trip she cast on her Christmas present of yarn from Lollipop Yarns.  It’s the We need a little Christmas colorway. She is using her own sock pattern that she published recently that she used to teach a class. It’s called One More Row socksby Natalie Martinez Rush. Finally she cast on the  Breezy Cardiganby Hannah Fettig using some knitpicks capretta in the caviar colorway.   Future Stitches: (40:23) Alicia plans on casting onthe following: 1.Swivel Pullover by Kerri Blumer 2. Hat for Sheena The Vermonter or The Champlain Baret 3. fingerless mitts for Laurel in NYC   Natalie plans on casting on the following: Colorwork hat to work out pattern for the class she plans to teach. Using Blue Sky Alpaca in Currant and Calla Lily Spinning project.  Plan to use the cleaned black corriedale locks to spin up some DK weight for maybe a Blank Canvas by Ysolda Teague. Kenny’s Valentine’s day gift will be My Dear- A Deer Trophy.   Study Hall: (52:36) Alicia will be teaching Knitting 101: Basics at Tranquil Grind Coffee Shop in Toronto, OH January 29, 5:30pm.You can register at The Main Street Gallery.   Natalie published a sock pattern that she used to teach a class. Feel free to download One More Row Socks. She is planning a colorwork hat class for February at Stash A Place for Yarn.   Simply Selfie: (56:54) Alicia has been spending time with family working on basement renovations, and ready for the new year. She is pushing forward for LPC certification and helping her trainer with a Fitness Challenge. Check it out, You can join anytime! Natalie had a great Thanksgiving weekend. She was excited to have all the decorations up.  The rest of the weekend was baking pumpkin rolls, cleaning, and helping hubby put up lights. She traveled to Ohio to visit family and of course Alicia! She twin nephew’s are coming! Check out Sarah and Shari’s reaction.   Raise your Hand?: (1:04:15) This week we ask: What are your goals for new year? Natalie posted personal goals to her blog so if you want to see personal goals check them out at barknknit.blogspot.com. She plans the following crafting goals: 1. Organize stash so it's visually pleasing and not just stored away. 2. SPIN MORE!   3. Take more classes. 4. Teach more classes. 5. Travel to a fiber festival!!   Alicia’s theme for the year is to be present. She is also going to work on the following crafting goals: Socks! I would like to knit a pair of socks each month Teach more classes   Happy Tails: (1:08:40) Colleen Pappin from Australia shares her touching story of how her whippet puppy chose her. . To submit your own story, please go to www.masteringtheknits.com  and fill out a form.  We will read your animals rescue story on future podcasts.   Comfort zone: (1:11:45) Alicia and Natalie share what is currently taking them to their happy place. Alicia enjoys knitting on some socks at Tranquil Grind. Thank you for joining us for episode 12 of Mastering the Knits. You can find shownotes at masteringtheknits.com or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast. You can email us atmasteringtheknits@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @MtKnits.  Alicia isknottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry as barknknit.
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