Knitcircus Podcast #64

In which Amy gets all Scottish, Jethro gets pony-sized and Jaala  sneaks in some tv.

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Mentioned this episode:

Di Gilpin

Ysolda Teague

Alice Starmore

Jamieson and Smith

Jamieson’s of Shetland

The Art of Slip Stitch Knitting, by Faina Goberstein and Simona Merchant-Dest

Knitcircus Fall Retreat

Susan B. Anderson 

Knitcircus Fall Collection

Buffalo Wool Company

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival

Vogue Knitting Live Chicago


Belle and the yarns!

Vogue Knitting Live was a big bite for me, the biggest show Knitcircus Yarns has done yet, and it didn’t disappoint. Here’s the booth with all of the Matching Socks Sets right out front in their candy wrappings!

Belle was a tremendous help, and rang up every single sale over the whole three-day event. What a girl!


We were lucky enough to have two book signings in the booth; first was the sweet Katie Startzman with her Knitted Slipper Book!


On Sunday, Susie Anderson graciously signed her new Book, Topsy Turvy Inside Out Knit Toys. She brought all of the toys from the book, and it was so exciting to see them in person! The little Penguin-to-egg was even more adorable than in the photos, and the Tree and Snowman would be a perfect holiday present. Her visit was such a whirlwind that I didn’t even snap a photo! Thanks to all of Susie’s knitters who came to our booth. 🙂


One of the coolest things for me about the event was getting to see knitters wearing Knitcircus Yarns gradients! This wonderful Windy City Guild knitter picked up a gradient at Yarn Con last spring and made a gorgeous Zuzu’s Petals with her yarn.


Check out this beautifully-executed version of the Climbing Ivy Shawl! I love how she paired it with the polka dot top Members of the All Wrapped Up club may recognize the shawl I’m wearing as the October pattern. 🙂


The lovely Alexis took my breath away; I spotted her across the aisle and suddenly thought, “Hey, that’s my yarn! And that’s the Juniper Lemon Shawl pattern!”

Alexis did such a beautiful job knitting this, and she had blocked it into more of a curve than the original, which I really liked. What a pleasure to get to see her shawl in person!


I didn’t get to see very much of the Marketplace, but had to nip downstairs to meet Anna Hrachovec and see her gallery-sized MochiMochi exhibition of the Battle Between the Gnomes and Snowmen. Each panel had a funny caption and told an epic story (saved by Santa Claus).


Belle and I loved being right downtown in the Palmer House, with historic buildings right out of our window. In the morning, we could see the Willis Tower shrouded in fog.

Amy Detjen helped us whenever she had a spare moment through the show; thanks a million, Amy! We also got to talk briefly to the debonair Franklin Habit, designer Kristen Rengren, Sexy Knitter Sarah Wilson, Ysolda, Riin of Happy Fuzzy Yarn, Shannon Okey from Cooperative Press (with printed copies of Hitch at her booth), Andi, Emily Parson from Sophie’s Toes and many more amazing knitters, designers and yarnmakers.

Thanks so much to everyone who visited our booth!

Have a great weekend,