Knitcircus Podcast #28

Amy reveals a tech-editing secret, Jaala can’t stop dyeing yarn and some breaking news: kittens are cute.

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Madrona Fiberarts Festival

Madison Knitter’s Guild Knit-In

Yarn Con Chicago

Vogue Knitting Live Seattle

Judith MacKenzie

Mary Scott Huff


Stephannie Tallent

Craftsy Yoke Sweeater Class Half-Price Discount

Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp

Lucy Neatby

Kauni Effekt Yarn

Alice Starmore

Betts Lampers

Claudia Handpaints

Knitcircus Yarns

Wintry Mix sweater by Amy Herzog

Wintry Mix Mitts by Grace Schnebly

Knitcircus Podcast #27

Amy bravely podcasts from her sickbed; the gals talk Vogue Knitting New York, falling in love with Meg Swansen and what happens when your mouth gets numb from so much knitting.

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Vogue Knitting Live New York


Cookie A

Ysolda Teague

On Location Vacations

Meg Swansen’s Knitting Camp

Amy’s Craftsy Class

Sweater Knitting: Somebody Tell a Yoke

Meg Swansen is every bit as beautiful and gracious in person as you might imagine, with a little twinkle for every knitter. She and the lovely Amy Detjen signed their new book at the Sow’s Ear on Saturday afternoon; it was so nice of Amy to introduce us.

Debi generously invited me to join the Sow’s Ear crew, Amy and Meg at Quivey’s Grove for dinner after the event; local specialties in a stone farmhouse-turned-restaurant. Poor Meg had to leave because she wasn’t feeling well, but the Sow’s Ear ladies, including Webmistress Cindy, Heather, Debi, Deb, Liz, Pat and Jeanne-Marie have no trouble keeping things lively.Talk of yarn, knitted ski masks and Knitting Camp turned to techniques, and Amy, in Teacher Mode, rattled off 11 different sweater yoke methods. We all wanted to try, so we agreed that we’d each knit a sweater with a yoke this summer. I’m really excited about this project, and have been combing Ravelry for my Yoke-Along sweater.

Of course, there’s this knitting book deadline, so it’s maybe a tad unreasonable to take on a sweater right now, but why let logic take over my knitting? Passions are wild. Plus, sleep is overrated. And I really want to try a yoke.

My yoke-knitting parameters:

1) Can’t be on anything less than a Size 5 needle, or I’ll never finish.

2) Must be yarn available at the Sow’s Ear.

3) This was a bit of a wrench, because there are so many great cardigan patterns out there, but I know that I’ll do better if I can just knit my way around a pullover.

4) I love colorwork, but have to make sure that the colorwork or yoke section is big enough to look flattering on someone as tall and big as me. ETA:  Amy says a small yoke looks like a necklace, so I’m rethinking that one.

Yokes to Remember

The one that started it all: drooled over this at Meg’s display at the Sow’s Ear

Yoke Chart Pullover-WG79 by Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen

Equinox Yoke Pullover, by Michele Rose Orne

The Linnea Pullover, by Wisconsin LYS owner Kathryn Ashley Wright

Circles Yoke Sweater, by WEBS

Stripes! by Whitney Gegg-Harrison (I would just do the stripes on the yoke section).

Elemental Pullover, by Veronik Avery. I love everything in the Knitting 24/7 book.

Drops 122-8 Pullover

Sky Isle Cardigan, by Candace Joggerst (following the mods to make it a pullover)

Boreal, by Kate Davies

Olive Blouse, by Helga Isager

Based on Amy’s comment below, I’m going to add

Neiman, by Weaverknits

Icelandic Sweater, by Elizabeth Zimmermann

and Freyja by Courtney Kelly and maybe think twice about Boreal and Sky Isle…

And maybe the top contender right now: Adelaide Yoke Pullover, by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Too small for my self-imposed needle success rule, but so pretty maybe I should try anyway:

Cottage Garden, by Cheryl Burke

Please let me know which of these to pick! And, please also let me know if you’re interested in an online yoke-along. Maybe we’ll be able to convince Amy to pop in and answer questions sometimes….

Second Knitcircus Podcast and Show Notes


Yay! Podcast #2, is here, in which Amy tells us about  the joys of ripping back, why you have to lock your car this time of year, and about the history of Elizabeth Zimmerman/Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp, Jaala recaps her experiences at Sock Summit and there's a lively debate about a short piece of knitting equipment. Find it on itunes, too!

Dedicated to Joyce Williams.

Show Notes:

Amy gives us a short history of Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp

Dedicated to amazing knitter Joyce Williams: her books include

Latvian Dreams

Sweaters from Camp

Armenian Knitting


 Jaala joined 6,000 other knitters atSock Summit

Event organized by Yarn Harlot Stephanie Pearl McPhee and Tina Newton/Blue Moon Fiber Arts

Jaala met at Summit: Brooke from Sincere Sheep 

Stricken Smitten

Signature Needle Arts 


Clara Parkes

Clara has lots of great tips in her: Knitters Book of Socks

Tactile Fibers

Fickleknitter,  August Pansy Shawl

Cormo/Blue Faced Leicester

Jaala splurged on a : Japanese Stitch Book


Meet us at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival!

These worthy women will also be at Sheep and Wool:

Jennie the Potter

Jacey Boggs 


On Amy's needles: from Knitting Around, by Elizabeth Zimmerman ; Baby Bog Jacket 

In Jaala's Knitting Bag: Stricken Smitten Silk/BFL

Hiya Hiya short circular needles

Heather Ordover; Craftlit Podcast: The first podcast Jaala ever heard!

Heather's new book from Cooperative Press: What Would Madame DeFarge Knit?

Point of Contention! Short circular needles: delightful or evil? Leave us a comment or vote in our Facebook poll!

Also, from this podcast, you might think that Jaala still lives in her parents' basement. This is not true. She lives next door with a very understanding husband, two kids who love Mini-Mochimochi, and many pets. So it's just quieter over at her mom's house, which is why Jaala and Amy sneak over there to talk knitting. Really, it's a lot quieter over there.