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Episode 28: Hogmanay and a Review of Yokes by Kate Davies

Kate Davies Yokes

It’s the last day of 2014 and the last podcast of 2014. I simply couldn’t allow you all to fall into the cold, harsh light of January without a podcast episode to cheer you along. Excuse my lemsip induced dulcet tones and slightly dulled reactions during this quick-step instalment of the podcast.

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Episode 25: Choose Your Weapon! How to Choose Needles for Sock Knitting

I heart ChiaoGoo.

I heart ChiaoGoo.

Following on from the last episode, where we welcomed Clare Devine to talk about how to choose yarn for knitting socks, this episode sees us explore the next big life knitting question: which needles? Starting off the episode is a little bit of chat about recent travels, then there is a review of Msanzi: South Africa on my Needles from Sally Cameron. We have a giveaway from a fab new indie dyer, Coach House Yarns, before we get into all things needle related.

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Episode 23: Knit Your Own Halloween

Londeyr napin

Image Details: ‘Londeyr napin’ by pstainthorp, via Flickr.

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Episode 20: Pack Up Your Troubles

The Suitcase

Image Details: “The Suitcase” by wolf man-k, via Flickr.

Hello and welcome to episode 20 of the podcast. A warm welcome to any new listeners, particularly those who have come as a result of taking part in the LushPodKal, and welcome back to returning listeners.

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LushPodKal Techniques 3: Short Rows and Wrap and Turn

Down With Shorts!

Image Details: ‘Down With Shorts’ by theotherdan, via Flickr.

This is the third in a series of blog posts exploring techniques used in the Lush Cardigan by Tin Can Knits, and some recommended resources for those techniques I have used.

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LushPodKal Techniques 2: Blocking the Lace Yoke

lushpodkal soak wash blocking lace

Doing the lushpodkal? Need help with blocking the yoke?

I’ve put together my thoughts on blocking in general, with a handy video at the end of the post, for those who prefer to watch how to do it, instead of reading about it. The lace yoke, which is the first part of the cardigan that is knitted in this pattern, needs to be blocked before the stitched can be picked up for the collar and main body. In case you aren’t too familiar with how you’d do that, I’ve put together this handy guide.

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LushPodKal Techniques: Provisional Cast On

042307Crochet_cast-on

Image Details: “042307Crochet_cast-on” by cabezalana, via Flickr.

In preparation for the impending start of the LushPodKal, I have been researching the best resources for learning the techniques that will be needed during the course of the pattern. I know that quite a few people are knitting their first ever adult garment and some are a little nervous about new techniques that they will be trying. Hopefully, I can take some of the pain out of finding a good tutorial (not all Google searches are created equal, my friends!) and you can find something here to help you along.

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Episode 19: Octopussy

Octopusses

Image Details: ‘Octopusses’ by nonelvis, via Flickr.

Hello and welcome to Episode 19 of the show, which has nothing whatsoever to do with James Bond and everything to do with friendly cephalopods.

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Episode 17: Funky, Funky, Funky, Fresh!

Here Lies Funk

Image Details: ‘Here Lies Funk’ by Robert Francis, via Flickr.

Hello and welcome to Episode 17 of the podcast, the one in which I am in the mother of all knitting funks. Slam dunk the funk. The funk of 40,000 years.

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