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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!

Sep 18, 2015

Mastering the Knits Episode #20: The Kindness of Knitters




Natalie spun a little on a spindle from a 3D printer!




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 artwork, murals and much more. Main Street Gallery carries products from local artists and crafters including hand knitted items and cigar box guitars.


Master Status (2:08)

Natalie and Alicia discuss their TKGAMaster Knitter Program Level 1 progress.  Natalie talks about meeting Jennifer of Daizie Knits at the Into the Wool Retreat and being super inspired and sharing her inspiration with Alicia.  We are both using Patons Classic Wool Worsted.


Master Plan (8:40)

Alicia talks about her new plan to put time towards the program before any other knitting.  Natalie says she plans to finish the swatches before next episode and picking up up books from the library for the essay.  


Craft with Us (11:09)


ElvesWorkshopalong:  We already have 5 finished objects submitted to the thread and as a bonus we gifted the first submission Joseybug a pattern of her choice. She turned in a Barley hat by Tin Can Knits, which she made for her cousin’s child.


To view details about how to enter, visit the thread on ravelry here.


Please check out and support these sponsors who have been gracious enough to donate to our Elvesworkshopalong.



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Coupon Codes:

Rainstorm Studios Etsy - Closed Sept 3rd through Sept 8th and will open with a new update. Use code: ELVES2015 for 15% off through November 30, 2015

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Stash-A Place for Yarn: FiberSeed10. 2 10$ giftcards


Lish cast on a sock at a wedding!


In our hands(16:53)

Alicia is working on a pair of socks using Knit PicksStroll in Dill Heather Colorway.

Natalie is working on the following:



Masterpieces (28:06)

Alicia finished anotherWee Hats by Kym HretzPatons Kroy Socks Green Striped Ragg.  Natalie finished a wee 10 yard skein of 2 ply handspun that I used to test drive a MadHatterIdeas 3D printed spindle lent to me by Jennifer of Daizie Knits.


Study Hall (32:09)

Natalie will be teaching a sock knitting class at Stash - A Place for Yarn on Oct 10th at 9 am. Taught an impromptu class with Kristin the other night since she had more students that she normally plans. Alicia will have a new fall schedule of classes in the next week. If you are in the area, Like the Main Street Gallery Toronto Ohio Facebook page and to stay in the loop of classes!


Simply Selfie (34:18)

Alicia had a wedding and is getting organized. Going to be moving living room to the basement soon. Keeping it short because I want to hear all about the Into the wool retreat.  Natalie talks about getting back into work and Carmen starting soccer.


Natalie’s view from Into the Wool.


On the Road (36:17)

Natalie talks about her trip to 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 Sassypantsknitter Podcast.  Met so many lovely people, had a fabulous time.  She mentioned her purchases from MarigoldJen.  Came home with a LOT of yarn!  Natalie mentions visiting Bliss Yarn Shop, where she picked up some MissBabs and Haus of Yarns with Beth aka LikesPudding.


Comfort zone (48:49)

Alicia discusses further the amazingly generous and helpful knitters. Lise Glas from the Addicted to Sock Knitting Group on Facebook.  Natalie squeals over her my new china cabinet.

Thank you for joining us for episode 20 of Mastering the Knits.We’d like to thank our sponsor Main Street Gallery and those donating to the ElvesWorkshopalong. You can find shownotes at or on our ravelry group Mastering the Knits Podcast.   You can email us at Follow us on Twitter @MtKnitsPodcast.  Alicia is knottyknitter17 on Ravelry, Twitter, Instagram. Natalie can be found as barknknit on twitter, Instagram, and ravelry.