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I Thought I Knew How: A Podcast about Knitting and Life
34 minutes | Jan 31, 2023
Episode 093: ChatGPT Tries Knitting
In this episode, Anne introduces ChatGPT to knitting. How does artificial intelligence handle handicrafts? Can you rely on it for accurate information? Have a listen! Links to Things Mentioned in the Episode If you'd like to have your own interaction with ChatGPT, find it here. Support the podcast at Patreon! Sponsors Knit New Haven Morehouse Merino Flock Group Makkin Our Way Through Shetland Tours Songs "Rainy Day Cafe," by Zoze and "Wherever This Life Goes," by Humans Win.
37 minutes | Jan 17, 2023
Episode 092: Bind Off, Body Acceptance and Bohus
In this episode, Anne talks about her first finished object of 2023, the Sanderling Cardigan, has a talk about talking to herself, and offers a brief introduction to Bohus Stickning. Links to Things Mentioned in the Episode and Reference Materials Used Sanderling cardigan Mountain Mohair yarn from Green Mountain Spinnery Ripples, by Hilly van Der Sluis Books with information about Bohus Stickning: A History of Hand Knitting, Knitting Around the World, Knitting in the Old Way, Poems of Color: Knitting in the Bohus Tradition. The last book is devoted entirely to Bohus Knitting and has the most information on the Bohus Stickning Cooperative and patterns. Sponsors Patrons sponsor the show directly! Knit New Haven Morehouse Merino Flock Group Makkin Our Way Through Shetland Tours Music The first song was "Love Spell," by Zemer. The second was Zoze with "It Goes On."
34 minutes | Dec 6, 2022
Episode 090: The Three Projects You Should Be Knitting
In this episode, Anne talks about the three projects you should be knitting right now, wraps up Wovember, and more! Links to Things Mentioned in this Episode Support the show at Patreon! Sanderling Mountain Mohair Mitten Garland Advent Calendar Adventskalendar Turvie LoveWovember Find the Woolly Countdown Videos on the Purl Together YouTube channel Sponsors Knit New Haven Morehouse Farm There are still 2-3 spaces available on the Contemporary Crafts tour this summer! Learn more at the Island Vista website!
75 minutes | Nov 22, 2022
Episode 089: Behind the Curtain
Anne sits down with Jana of the Purl Together YouTube podcast to chat about some of the benefits and challenges associated with having a knitting podcast. Plus, info about the 2023 Makkin Our Way Through Shetland Tours, Wovember, and more! Links to Things Mentioned in the Podcast Support the show on Patreon. Purl Together on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and the web. Anne's Instagram (for Wovember!) Makkin Our Way Through Shetland Tours LoveWovember.com Sponsors Knit New Haven Morehouse Farm
41 minutes | Nov 8, 2022
Episode 088: The Fiber Festival of New England
Anne takes you along to the Fiber Festival of New England. Meet some of the vendors who where there and hear about their ingenious and interesting products. Plus, more on Wovember and an update on the state of wool in Austria from an Austrian listener! Links to Things Mentioned in the Podcast Support the show on Patreon Fiber Festival of New England JaggerSpun The Wool Room at Longmeadow Farm The Dancing Pony Sheep Farm -- email Paula Aarons at firstname.lastname@example.org Windridge Farm Junction Fiber Mill The Fuzzy Bunny Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association The Fiber Seed Sponsors Knit New Haven Morehouse Farm
70 minutes | Oct 25, 2022
Episode 087: Elizabeth Williamson
Episode 087: Elizabeth Williamson In this episode, Anne sits down with Shetland lace knitter, teacher, and designer, Elizabeth Williamson. PLEASE NOTE: There is some minor interference in this episode. It's mostly at the start of the interview. Apologies in advance. Links to Things Mentioned in the Episode Elizabeth Williamson Knitting, for Elizabeth's information and classes Elizabeth on Instagram Elizabeth's patterns can be found on Ravelry Wovember has an additional home on the internet at LoveWovember.com Find the prompts for Wovember on October 27, 2022 on Anne's Instagram Sponsors Many thanks to Knit New Haven, Morehouse Farm, and my patrons for sponsoring the podcast!
41 minutes | Oct 18, 2022
Episode 086: Wovember is Coming
In this episode, Anne checks in after her time away in Shetland and Austria, and looks ahead to Wovember, coming on November 1! Links to Things Mentioned in the Episode Factor Meals -- Sign up using this link and get a discount on your first 6 boxes! Makkin Our Way Through Shetland Tours Shetland Wool Week Annual Shetland Textile Museum Die Spindel/Ulrike Müller-Kaspar Helen Robertson Allison Rendall Red Houss Elizabeth Williamson Knitting Wovember.com Purl Together on YouTube That Knitting Show on YouTube Thank you to Knit New Haven, Morehouse Farm, and my patrons for sponsoring the podcast! Songs Both songs this week are from Humans Win. First was "It Don't Get Old Loving You," followed by "Keep It Simple."
40 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
Episode 085: Wool Decanted
In this episode, Anne speaks with Linda and Lisa of Wool Decanted, a yarn producer in England with the goal of producing a soft, locally sourced and processed British yarn for fiber crafters. Links to Things Mentioned in the Episode Support the podcast at Patreon! I-91 Shop Hop Knit New Haven Morehouse Merino Flock Group Hitofude cardigan Wool Decanted Registration for Makkin Our Way Through Shetland 2023
59 minutes | Jul 19, 2022
Episode 084: Donna Smith
Episode 084: Donna Smith In this episode, Anne sits down with former Shetland Wool Week Patron, Donna Smith, to talk about how she got her start with wool crafts, her time as Patron, starting her own yarn company, and her current work with yarn dyeing. Enjoy! Links to Things Mentioned in the Episode Support the show at Patreon Knit New Haven I-91 Shop Hop Norwegian Handknits Morehouse Merino Flock Group Hitofude Cardigan Donna Smith's Blog, Website, Instagram, and Ravelry Donna's blog entry about the art piece discussed in the episode Baa-ble Hat Linda Shearer's Bonnie Isle Hat for Shetland Wool Week 2022 Langsoond Yarn
31 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
Episode 083: Devrie Metcalf
In this episode, Anne visits with Devrie Metcalf, knitted toy designer and author, to talk about her love of knitted toys and why they are such a great project, even for new knitters! Devrie is author of Joanie's Magical Day at the Beach and Knitting for Playtime: Treasures of the Ocean, a children's picture book and pattern book that allows you to knit the characters from the book. Links to Things Mentioned in the Episode Support the show through Patreon Knit New Haven on Instagram Morehouse Merino Flock Group Hitofude Cardigan Morehouse Merino Lace Joanie's Magical Day at the Beach and Knitting for Playtime: Treasures of the OceanDevrie Metcalf on Etsy, Fiberocity, Ravelry, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Be sure to visit I Thought I Knew How on Instagram to find the post mentioned in the episode! It will go live Monday evening after the episode goes up for everyone else!
57 minutes | Jun 21, 2022
Episode 082: Hulda Brynjólfsdóttir
In this episode, Anne sits down with Hulda Brynjólfsdóttir at Uppspuni Mini Mill to talk about Icelandic wool, sheep farming in Iceland, Hulda's decision to start a mill, and the truly amazing Icelandic yarn she's been able to produce. Links to Things Mentioned in the Episode I-91 Shop Hop Knit New Haven Morehouse Farm Shawl Patterns and Kits Morehouse Shawl Kit Amy Snell's Ravelry page for her Super Summer ShawlalongUppspuni Mini MillBelfast Mini Mills Istex The Hidden People South Iceland Wool Week Uppspuni Mini Mill at Facebook and Instagram Contact Hulda at the Uppspuni Contact Page or by emailing email@example.com Sponsors Many thanks to Knit New Haven, Morehouse Farm, and my lovely Patrons for their support of the podcast!
48 minutes | Jun 7, 2022
Episode 081: Jóhanna Þorvaldsdóttir
In this first episode of season 7, Anne sits down with Jóhanna Þorvaldsdóttir of Haafell Goat Farm to learn about her work preserving a rare species of Icelandic goat. Links to Things Mentioned in This Episode Morehouse Farm Shawls Knit New Haven I-91 Shop Hop Frank Pepe's Pizza Haafell Goat Farm Website, Instagram, Facebook Page. If you'd like to try the cashmere from Jóhanna's goats, contact her through one of the online sources above! If you'd like to get on the waiting list for the 2023 Makkin our Way Through Shetland tours, email Jolene Garriock at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you plan to travel with a companion and want to share a room, be sure to include that in your email. Join Anne's mailing list at her website (scroll down a bit). Patrons will get the first chance to book a space on the Makkin Our Way Through Shetland Tours. Visit the I Thought I Knew How Patreon page to join.
39 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
Episode 080: Cotton
In this episode, Anne takes a deep dive into cotton: the history, quirks, and care! Plus, news of a NY/PA yarn crawl, a New Years themed yarn box, and more. Links to Things Mentioned in the Episode FairTrade.net maintains a list of cotton growers and processors that adhere to their fair trade standards. Katia Fair Cotton has been certified as fair trade by the ICEA. Fair Trade cottons not mentioned in the episode: Quince&Co's organic cotton comes from a collection of organic cotton farms in California and all the processing from plant to yarn happens in the United States, so while not certified, it is processed under worker protection laws. Also, Bare Naked Wool's Pakucho cotton is certified organic and fair trade. A store is coming to the I Thought I Knew How website, and the first item to go up for sale will be the Shetland Hogmanay yarn box! Watch the website for details on the presale coming in May! Connecticut Sheep, Wool, and Fiber Festival is coming to North Haven, CT, on April 30, 2022. See you there! That Knitting Show on YouTube Sponsors Four local yarn shops in New York and Pennsylvania are hosting the Twin Tiers Yarn Crawl on Saturday, April 30: Blossburgh Company Store, Fibers Arts in the Glen, Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery, and Wooly Minded. Get the details at the Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdasherywebsite. Knit New Haven in New Haven, Connecticut, is a the perfect part of a day out for you and your knitting and spinning friends. Learn more at their website! The Morehouse Merino Flock Group continues to move on through the summer. Find all the help you need for knit along projects and your own! Join the flock at the website! Songs The songs in this episode were "The Myth of Translation," by Ben Bostick, and "This is Not All," by Humans Win.
40 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
Episode 079: Pay It Forward
In this episode, Anne shares some thoughts on charity knitting, or "Pay It Forward" knitting, including some tips for success and how and where to find groups to create for. She wraps things up with a reflection on her Month of Lace and ends with a couple of special announcements. Enjoy! Links to Things Mentioned in the Show Afghans for Afghans Hat Not Hate The innocent Big Knit Warm Up America Charity Knitting with Nicole Facebook Group Charity Knitting and Crafts Facebook Group JustServe.org Hap Cowl, by Ella Gordon Uradale Yarns Brough Shawl, by Donna Smith Langsoond Yarn Elizabeth Williamson, online Shetland Lace knitting teacher Sponsors Knit New Haven is known as one of the retail homes of Clinton Hill Cashmere. This truly luxuriant yarn can also be found in their online store. Check it out! Morehouse Farm is holding a contest to name the color ways of their new Glenleigh Worsted yarn line. Click through to enter your suggestions, and if your name is chose, Erin will send you a hank to the yarn you named! While most of the support for the show comes through Patreon, some listeners opt to make a one-time gift to Anne at Ko-fi.Com. Learn more at the podcast's Kofi site. Songs The songs in this episode were "I Have Five Things to Say," by Nicholas Rowe and "Die Living," by Ben Bostick.
60 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
Episode 078: Donna Estin
Anne sits down with Donna Estin to talk about her work as a designer, her experience with becoming a Master Hand Knitter, and the Next Level Knitting Conference coming April 22-24, 2022. Donna has very kindly offered a 25% off coupon code to her website and Ravelry patterns through March 31, 2022, for listeners of I Thought I Knew How. Use code THOUGHTIKNEWHOW in either location to take advantage of this kind offer. Many thanks, Donna! Links to Things Mentioned in the Episode Donna Estin’s website Join Donna Estin Designs to be the first to know of new designs and discounts Donna Estin on Ravelry, Instagram, and Facebook. Donna's Knitwear Designer Certification course and Marketing Course. The Knitting Guild Association's Master Hand Knitting Program and their Master Hand Knitting Facebook Group Donna's patterns that were mentioned in the show: Northern Girl's Fair Isle Tam, Nor'easter Pullover, the Druid's Guernsey, and Blackwater Mosaic Pullover. Next Level Knitting Conference, April 22-24, 2022 The Principles of Knitting, by June Hemmons Hiatt The Hap Cowl, by Ella Gordon The Hap Cowl KAL thread on the Purl Together Ravelry Group Find organizations in need of knitted, crocheted, and sewn donations by visiting JustServe.org and clicking the link to Volunteer Remotely. Sponsors Knit New Haven has sping on the brain! Their Instagram feed is full of spring-leaning ideas. Hop over and follow them to stay abreast of what's going on the shop and visit their website to learn more! The Morehouse Merino Flock has a series of interesting knit alongs coming up, including one to make an entrelac sheep. Learn more at their site! Wool& has updated their 100 day dress challenge with a 30-day version. Wear the same Wool& dress for 30 days and receive $30 off your next purchase. Learn more by using this link, and if you decide to buy, your purchase will support the show at no additional cost to you!
32 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
Episode 077: Linen
In this episode, Anne goes on a deep dive into her favorite plant fiber: linen. Get the history of this fiber, care instructions, and some tips to make using it easier! Links to Things Mentioned in This Episode There are more Patreon levels available now for businesses who would like to sponsor the podcast. Please visit the Patreon page for more information. Lyric Hill Farm Worn: A People's History of Clothing, by Sofi Thanhauser Linen from Flax Seed to Woven Cloth, by Linda Heinrich Hap Cowl, designed by Ella Gordon Designs on Ravelry and LoveCrafts Uradale Yarns PurlTogether YouTube Channel PurlTogether discussion group on Ravelry Sponsors There is still time to join Knit New Haven's Yoke Along online sweater knit along! Learn more at their website. The Morehouse Merino Flock Group will be home to workshops about making your own felted soaps during the month of March! Find the kits at Morehouse Farm, and join the Morehouse Merino Flock for the classes scheduled for March 12 and 15, 2022! Songs from the Episode The songs in this episode are "Better Than One," by Stephen Ferris, and "Far Away," by Tom Goldstein.
41 minutes | Feb 15, 2022
Episode 076: Crochet
In this episode, Anne talks about what she's been working on for The Great Yarn Challenge, makes a case for crochet, and muses about what keeps a lot of folks (but mostly herself) from designing. Have a listen! Links to Things Mentioned in the Podcast The Great Yarn Challenge Craft Yarn Council Holiday Trees, by YellowCosmo Loopy Love Blanket, by Tamara Kelly Flower Power Scrubby, by Kara Gunza Scrubby Cotton from Red Heart Cinca, by Amy Christoffers Sophie's Universe, by Dedri Uys Alma Sweater, by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk The Hap Cowl, designed by Ella Gordon PurlTogether YouTube Channel That Knitting Show YouTube Channel Sponsors Knit New Haven is a wonderful yarn store in New Haven, Connecticut, with beautiful yarn, roving, and tools for fiber artists. They also offer online knit alongs and lessons. Find out more at their website. The Morehouse Merino Flock Group is your home for online knit-alongs and knitting help for any project you are working on. Knit alongs are chosen to improve your knitting skills without overwhelming you. Learn more at their website. WoolX creates wool and wool blend clothing for men and women from underwear to outerwear. Use this link to visit the website, enter your email address in the box that pops up, and you'll receive a coupon code for $20 off your order, while also supporting the show at no additional cost to you. Music This week, both songs were from Humans Win: "Pardon" and "This is Not All."
54 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
Episode 075: Katie Sullivan of Bobolink Yarns
In this episode, Anne sits down with Katie Sullivan of Bobolink Yarns, a Vermont-based yarn company creating breed- and farm-specific yarns. Katie is a deep well of knowledge about wool production and shares much of her knowledge with us in this discussion. Enjoy! Links to Things Mentioned in the Episode Support the show at Patreon! Cloverworks Farm Bobolink Yarns BLU Michael Pollan's books on Amazon Spider silk fabric woven in Madagascar The Practical Spinner's Guide: Silk The Great Yarn Challenge Sponsors Many thanks to Knit New Haven and Morehouse Farm for sponsoring the podcast.
33 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
Episode 074: Silk
In this episode, census records, a visit to NYC, and a new pillowcase get Anne thinking about silk. She shares what she learned about what it is, where it comes from, and how it affects our fiber crafting, and invites you to share more! Links to Things Mentioned in This Episode First, I misspoke in the episode: alpha-keratin is the keratin found in mammals, not vertebrates. I do know that lizards and birds are vertebrates, too. I apologize for misspeaking! The Rise of the US Silk Industry Silk, the Queen of Fibers Knitting with Silk Yarn Top Tips for Knitting with Silk How to Remove Sweat Stains from Silk Blouses Sericulture Raw Silk Know Your Fiber: Tussah Silk Muga Silk Leizu That Knitting Show on YouTube Sponsors Knit New Haven is running a Knit a Yoke Sweater KAL that will run until March 31. Get the details about how to join in, including your 15% off yarn discount, by visiting their Instagram post about the event! Morehouse Farm has the guidance (and yarn) you need to knit a temperature blanket in 2022. Find everything you need to get started at their website! WoolX is another favorite source of mine for 100% wool and wool-blend clothing. They carry clothing for men and women--everything you need from undies to outerwear. Check them out using this link, and if you decide to buy, you'll receive $20 off your order! Music The songs in this episode were "Mirage Song," by Sleeping Ghost and "Go Your Own Way," by Humans Win.
34 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
Episode 073: Back and Forward
In this episode, Anne looks back into 2021 and forward to 2022, setting crafting intentions for the new year, rather than goals. Links to Things Mentioned in The Episode Unicorn Parallelograms, by Stephen West The Fiber Seed Hand Dyed December videos can be found on the Purl Together YouTube channel Not my hap stretcher, but a hap stretcher. Not my Tudor Peg Loom, but a Tudor peg loom. Laight Night Knits Find the Yarn Stash Destash prompts on my Instagram account. Cabled Trellis Shawl, by Stephen West Music The songs in this episode were "Low Down Ways," by Jontavious Willis and "Human Race," by Zac Nelson. Sponsors Visit Knit New Haven for your online knitting, crochet, and spinning shopping needs. Join the Morehouse Merino Flock Group for online learning. Try Adagio Teas using this link and your purchase will help support the show at no additional cost to you.
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