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Mastering the Knits podcast

Welcome to Mastering the Knits with Natalie and Lish, inspiring each other to go outside our comfort zones to master our crafts. Our goal is to connect, inspire, and encourage each other as we take on the Master Knitter Program. We also want to build a community and connect with other fiber artists and those taking the Master Knitter journey!

Jun 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!

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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 or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram,  Natalie can be found on twitter, Instagram, plurk, everlapse, and ravelry as barknknit.