14 December 2015

Planning The Sweater

If you watch me on Periscope (see the previous post for more) or follow me on Instagram/Twitter, you may have seen some stuff recently about my plans for a podcast (and sweater-knitting evangelism). I am busy wrestling technology into submission right now, awaiting feedback from my technical editor, and trying to decide which microphone will work best on camera (and with my camera). So many exciting things to do to get ready...

So, yes! I am planning on producing a podcast called The Sweater with Kathleen Dames. Eeeeee! It will be a video podcast on YouTube (you can subscribe to my channel from that link) with an iTunes audio version a little down the line (when I wrestle that technology to the ground).

Pretty soon you will see a link to it in the top navigation on the site (actually, it's there now but will be wrestled/prettified and occupied with more info soon). There will be a newsletter that will not only deliver a free copy of the pattern (available during the season), but that will also deliver direct YouTube links to you once episodes go live. (More technology to wrestle!) After the season is finished, the pattern will be available to purchase in my Ravelry shop (and subscribers will receive a coupon for a substantial discount off that version of the pattern should you wish to store it in your Ravelry library). And if you enjoy the first season, I'll produce more seasons going forward with more patterns (pullovers! cables! lace!).

There will be 12 episodes that will cover all aspects of knitting my Solstice Cardi pattern (coming soon!) from measuring your bodacious self to binding off the neck stitches and everything in-between. Even if you choose not to knit the Solstice Cardi, you will find lots of helpful tips and tricks to apply to all your knitting projects (especially largely-seamless bottom-up sweaters).

The episodes will include:
  1. the pattern
  2. the swatch (yarn and needles)
  3. the cast on (first sleeve)
  4. the body
  5. the shaping
  6. the body (again)
  7. the second sleeve
  8. the yoke
  9. the bind off
  10. the finishing
  11. the blocking
  12. the sweater

I will knit a new version of the pattern along with you, and I'm getting the yarn sorted for that as I type. I'm also thinking of including one or two live chat sessions on YouTube if you are interested in that. And I will broadcast my recording the episodes on Periscope (but not all the editing), so if you want to watch in advance, you'll be able to do that. I hope to bring episodes in around 25 minutes each, though I expect recording sessions to go longer than that.

Next Monday I will release Episode Zero, which will give you a little intro to what we are going to do and give you time to finish your obligation knitting and get through the holidays before we begin. The first actual episode will go live (tentatively) on January 8th, which will have us wrapping up just in time for the Vernal Equinox.

So, what do you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!


  1. This is a great idea. I am in for sure

    1. Thanks, Cathy! I'm so glad you like it and are going to join in the fun 😀


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