April 25th, 2015

Ready, Set, Knit! 399: Kathy talks with Heather Ordover

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This week Kathy talks with returning guest Heather Ordover, author and podcaster, about her CraftLit podcast and her latest book, Defarge Knits Shakespeare.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode 399 - Kathy talks with Heather Ordover of the CraftLit podcast - listen now at blog.yarn.com

Heather and Kathy talk about the Mme Defarge series of books and the process of pulling together the projects for the newest book (check out all the designs on Ravelry).  Some of the projects are for advanced knitters but there are great patterns for the newest beginners as well!

Steve’s Yarn Picks of the week:

400th Episode Giveaway!

Be sure to comment on this post and tell us how long you’ve been listening to Ready, Set, Knit!, and don’t forget to include the hashtag that Kathy mentions in the show! Comments will close at 11:59pm EDT on Tuesday April 28th, and a random commenter will be chosen to win a $100 WEBS Gift Card. Be sure to listen to the show next week when we’ll reveal the last winner!

(Please note: Each winner will has one week to claim their prize before a new winner is chosen. Remember to leave us a way to contact you when commenting!)


We’re in the last week of the April Anniversary Sale – grab these yarns while you have the chance!

Mark your calendars, WEBS Tent Sale is happening May 16th and 17th, and don’t miss the 11th Annual Fleece Market on May 16th!

Upcoming Events:

Classic Elite Yarns Trunk shows are ongoing and there’s always something new to see! Stop by the store to see what’s on display.

Be sure to check out all of our upcoming Events here.

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Marketing Coordinator at WEBS - America's Yarn Store
Sara learned to knit and crochet as a child and added spinning and weaving to her skills after being hired at WEBS in 2006. While crochet is her #1 love, she is also very fond of her husband and their 2 daughters.

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81 Responses to “Ready, Set, Knit! 399: Kathy talks with Heather Ordover”

  1. JulieRKnits Says:

    I have been listening to you podcast for about 2 1/2 years. I think my favorite part is when you interview designers that are employee that Webs staff members and Steve’s yarn pick of the week!!!! Happy Anniversary #8years is a GREAT accomplishment!

  2. Cherylann Says:

    I’ve been listening for 4 of the #8years. I find that even if I think I’m not interested in a topic, by the end of the episode I am interested, and I’ve learned something new. Thanks for helping feed my love of knitting and fiber.

  3. KathyS Says:

    It’s hard to remember when I started listening to your podcast, but it must be at least 4 years and perhaps 5 years. Since I’ve gotten an iPad, I receive your podcasts automatically in my app. Prior to that, I received them via RSS feed. Love the organization and consistency of them (no rambling). Love looking at the yarn picks as Steve talks about them. Thanks for doing this and congrats on #8years!

  4. Catherine T. Says:

    I started listening either in 2009 or 2010–it would have been when Pixie was still on the show (am I remembering her name right? I loved listening to her!) I can’t believe it has been #8years! I even knit along with the Josephine Shrug,although it took me a year after knitting the first part to finally pick up my stitches and finish it with the ribbing along the edge. I still love listening–and a lot of great yarns, hooks, needles and patterns have made it into my stash because I listen! It has also resulted in a lot of great finished projects.

  5. Deborah C. Says:

    I think I have been listening to the podcast pretty much since the beginning. I know for sure that I had been listening for a while when I attended Stitches East in Baltimore in November 2008, because I remember standing in line at the WEBS booth, and being slightly starstruck to see Kathy and Steve behind the register. Thanks for many years of an excellent weekly podcast. #8years #eightyears

  6. Louise G Says:

    I have been listening to the podcast for about 4 years at least, always on my morning walk. I love the listening to the guests, the yarn specials and it is just the right length of time for all the information! #8years! Thanks so much!

  7. Beth Says:

    I think I’ve been listening to Ready, Set, Knit for about 4 of the #8years. I’ve so enjoyed getting to hear Kathy’s interviews with designers and yarn company reps. Many times I have been inspired to check out patterns and books I would have passed over…hearing the designer’s vision makes a big difference!

    I hope you will continue the show for many years to come!

  8. Bonnie Says:

    I think I’ve been listening for about four years. I drive about a half hour on Saturday mornings to visit my mother and look forward to listening to the podcast on the way. It has become my way to start the weekend. Thanks and congrats on the #8years !

  9. Mimi Says:

    Kathy and Steve, thanks for #8years of podcast enjoyment for us all (at least 7 for me, I remember having to download 2 files per show). From the yarn picks, interviews, knit and crochet alongs, and live coverage of several Tent Sales, it’s been great. I wish I were local to such a great LYS. Maybe then I wouldn’t be so tongue tied when I am lucky enough to visit your booth at a show!

  10. Irene Marks Says:

    Congratulations on #8years! I’ve been listening since you were on about episode 30 and went back to listen to former episodes too! Always enjoyable. Thank you

  11. carla Says:

    Boy I’m not sure but most of the #8years – I think!

  12. Anne Says:

    I have been listening for about 2 years, and I learn something new each week. Congratulations on #8years!

  13. KathyG Says:

    I’ve only been listening off and on for a few years–I’m not very podcast savvy–but congrats on your #8 years. You’re almost my LYS.

  14. Mary Says:

    I started knitting about #8years ago and discovered you just a few months in. I feel like I have learned so much about knitting and yarns from listening to the show each week. I may have even learned a little bit about crochet along the way. You both do a wonderful job and I look forward to your show each week. Thanks for 8 great years!

  15. Dawna Says:

    I have been listening to Ready Set Knit for most of the last #8 years. I loved when Pixie used to do the KALs and I knit Norah Gaughn’s Tilted Duster and the Hemlock throw along with RSK. I really enjoy and look forward to my weekly visit with Kathy and Steve.


  16. Elizabeth Says:

    New listener. Really enjoyed the interview with Heather Ordover about her book, Defarge Knits Shakespeare. Congrats on #8 years.

  17. Angela Says:

    Discovered the Ready, Set, Knit podcast about 6 months ago and have listened every week since then. Congratulations on #8years.

  18. Kathy Says:

    I am a newer listener of the Read, Set, Knit podcast. I only started listening since December 2014. Congratulations on #8years.

  19. Kym Says:

    It has been almost 3 years since I started knitting, discovered Webs, and your podcast. Congratulations on 400 episodes! #8years

    My Ravelry name is kimbuktu7

  20. Alison Says:

    Congratulations guys on #8years of podcasting Ready Set Knit! I found you about 4 years ago and have listened to every show since then, and also heaps of your older shows. Thanks for such professionalism, fun, and info each week and for the great bargains to add to my stash!! I always look forward to hitting the play button and relaxing for half an hour with you guys!

  21. Alison Says:

    Congratulations on #8years of podcasting Ready Set Knit! I found you about 4 years ago and have listened to every show since then, and also heaps of your older shows. Thanks for such professionalism, fun, and info each week and for the great bargains to add to my stash!! I always look forward to hitting the play button and relaxing for half an hour with you guys!

  22. Jaz Says:

    Congrats on #8years of Ready, Set, Knit! I started listening about 7 years ago!

  23. Patty Creedon Says:

    I started listening to your podcast about 2.5 years ago when I was first introduced to WEBS. I drive an hour each way to work and 2.5 hours to get to WEBS, so I listen a lot in the car. I love that the show’s format is structured so we know exactly what to expect and when. My favorite part is Steve’s yarn picks of the week and your bantering at the beginning because it reminds us that your life is just as crazy as ours! Congratulations on # 8years! Patty

  24. Angella Cartwright Says:

    I can recall listening at least 3 years. I look forward to the anniversary sale each year. #8YEARS Congrats. AngellaC on Ravelry

  25. Kate Gray Says:

    I think I started listening around Christmas 2013. Not #8years like some of the earlier commenters! My first show was the yarn year in review, and I binge-listened to at least four months of previous shows over the next few days. It was and is such a thrill to hear interviews with designers whose blogs I read – hearing the actual voice when I’m so familiar with the written voice. Now I find time every weekend to curl up with a cup of tea and my latest project to listen.

  26. Eileen Bator Says:

    I’ve been listening to your podcast for most of the #8years, and those I missed, I went back to and listened later on. It’s the only podcast I listen to now. I love hearing about the new and closeout yarns – more excuses to buy from Webs!

  27. Traci Says:

    I just started knitting in November, so I am late to the party. I’ve been listening to the podcast since January of this year, and I anticipate it every week! Congratulations on your #8years, and I hope that you will continue podcasting for many years to come!

  28. Kathy Noll Says:

    My local beloved knitting shop closed several years ago, so I reconnected with a friend who is an expert knitter. She suggested I check out your website, and have been ordering lots of yarn since then. I now have 7 grandchildren under #8years that all live out on the continental United States. Knitting for them has helped me stay connected with them and wrap them in my personal handmade warmth. Love you show :) Kathy Noll

  29. Janelle Says:

    I think I started listening to Ready Set Knit very early. I discovered podcasts in 2005 or 2006, so I might have been listening from the very beginning! I visited the store in 2005 so WEBS would have been on my radar. Congrats on #8years Steve and Kathy!

  30. Susan Says:

    I started listening in 2008. I remember when Pixie was on and you had all those knit-alongs. What fun! Congratulations on your #8 years of podcasting. I look forward to your episodes each week.

  31. Joanne Says:

    In 2007 we moved to England, and as an American knitter I still wanted American yarns. I searched for yarn stores that would ship to APOs. I found Webs, and the rest they say is history. I started listening to the podcast from day one in 2008. I found that I missed the American accent, and Ready, Set, Knit was one of the ones I was able to download in England. Here is to #8years, and many more to come.

  32. Mia Says:

    I started listening to Ready Set Knit a few months ago (definitely not the entire #8years), but I’ve been marathoning a lot of the old episodes for my train rides to and from work and not only has it opened my eyes to new yarns and designers, but also to the amazing world of knitting podcasts as a whole.
    I love hearing about different designers and their processes of making patterns and their inspiration, which inspires me, and I also love the banter that happens before each interview segment. I always look forward to new episodes each week. Congratulations guys!

  33. Deb Says:

    I think I have been listening for almost all of the #8years that you have been on the air. I know that, even though I have never been to WEBS in person (on my bucket list!) I was thrilled to meet Steve, Kathy, and Andra from Berocco at a few Stitches East’s, maybe back when they were in Atlantic City but certainly Baltimore, and to feel like I was meeting celebrities whose show I listened to every week!

    Congratulations on a long, successful run–here’s to many more years of Ready, Set, Knit!

  34. Kristen Wilkinson Says:

    I have been listening for about 3 years! This was my introduction to designers, ravelry and lovely yarn. Congratulations on #8years.

  35. Miriam R Says:

    I am a longtime customer of Webs and an unabashed fan.

    I started listening to the podcasts in 2011 and I was immediately hooked. I backloaded all of the earlier episodes and listen to them all. I try not to miss a week, even when I am travelling overseas!
    Keep up the great work!

  36. Heidi Says:

    I’ve been listening for about 4 years – I guess I started halfway through the current #8years (and counting!). I’ve learned so much about so many yarns – my friends think I must have worked at a yarn shop even though I never have (9but probably should).

  37. Lily Says:

    Oh geez, #8 years! I’ve only been listening for one or so, but it’s been a blast. Keep it up!

  38. Michelle Says:

    To be honest, this is the first time I’ve heard of your podcast but I’m happy I found it! I’ve been looking for new podcasts ti listen to! :)

  39. JudyG Says:

    I’ve listened to the podcast for practically all of the #8years. Missed the first couple of months. This is my must listen to podcast each week.

  40. M Lee Says:

    I have been listening for about 3 years, but I searched the archives for the episodes when you did a knit a long for the baby surprise jacket. They were very helpful #8years and many more years.

  41. Nancy Says:

    I’ve been a regular shopper without knowing about the podcast. It feels like I’m actually in a small town knit shop. I wish I had known about this #8years ago.

  42. Lesley Rhoads Says:

    This announcement of the giveaway is the first I’ve been introduced to the Ready, Set, Knit blog. I’m so excited as I’ve never followed a knitting blog before even though I’m an AVID knitter! Yay!!!!

  43. Lesley Rhoads Says:

    Dang. Forgot to include #8years. Eep!!

  44. sarah-marie belcastro Says:

    I had to go back and check—I knew I had to have been listening for a long time, because I was on Show 55 (Nov. 2007). Looks like I’ve been listening since at least April 2007, because I recognize all the blog entries from that month. And that is #8years of listening! (or is it #eightyears ?)

  45. MaryFran Says:

    I had to do a little detective work. I got my first iPod for Christmas 2007 and I subscribed to your podcast as one of my first. And looking back, yours is certainly the one I’ve listened to the longest. So, not for all #8years, but pretty close!

  46. JudyAnn Says:

    I’ve been listening from the beginning! I discovered podcasts, Ravelry, and WEBS in 2007 and I’m totally addicted to all. Congratulations on #8years!

  47. Elaine Says:

    I’m a new listener, only since December. I started listening while knitting Christmas gifts. It makes me feel like I’m in a knitting group! #8years

  48. Abigail Says:

    I’ve been listening to the podcast for around 3 years I think. I love WEBS and hearing knitting adventures, tips, and tricks! Happy #8years!

    LibrarianinSts on Ravelry

  49. Margo Says:

    Congratulations on 400 episodes and #8years. I have been listening for about 2 years.

  50. Shahan Says:

    I have been listening since around episode 300, though I did hear that first episode because Lexie Barnes was the guest! yay! #8years

  51. Ms.D Says:

    I’ve been listening since shortly after I joined Ravelry in 2011. I joined the “All Things WEBS” group, discovered the podcast, and the rest is history! When I was at the tent sale a couple of years ago out in the warehouse I heard *familiar voices*. I wanted to go over and say hello, but didn’t want to be a nuisance on such a busy day. Anyway, here’s to #8years of podcasting and many more to come.

  52. Maureen Says:

    Congratulations on #8years of your podcast ! I started knitting one year ago . I discovered the Webs store and podcast last fall . I’ve enjoyed your podcasts and I’ve learned a lot from them. Cheers to the next 400 episodes !

  53. Margaret Klute Says:

    I have been listening since the first Sock Summit in Portland, Oregon, including some road trip episodes. I try to shop local, but I sometimes take advantage of your fabulous sales. And I turn to WEBS when I can’t find what I want locally, so thank you for being there! I like your podcast for keeping me up to date on new yarns and publications. I hope you continue for many more than #8years!

  54. Linda Bruemmer Says:

    I have been listening for 7 years of the #8years of your podcast. I had to look back at my Ravelry account to figure out when I returned to the world of knitting.
    I cannot believe you opened your store the year after I graduated from Smith!

  55. Laura Amble Says:

    You expect me to remember something that happened #8years ago? Geez! The podcast has become my lifeline to WEBS since I moved from NE 5 years ago, but I’m pretty sure I found it a year or two before that.

  56. Anne Says:

    I don’t remember when I started listening but Pixie was on and I loved her! You were the first podcast I listened to and just loved it and I remember going back and listening to some of the earlier ones, too. Thank you for #eight years!!

  57. Teresa R. Roberts Says:

    I’m going to guess about 2.5 years, although it’s probably much more because time is flying by. Congratulations on #8years and 400 episodes. Quite the milestones!

  58. Allison Says:

    I’ve been listening since early 2014 – it’s my Saturday treat when I ride my bike (then it becomes a memory game so I can look up all of the yarn and patterns that have been discussed). Thanks for #8 years :)

  59. BarbOutsideBoston Says:

    I have been listening for at least 5 years, but it’s a bit hazy because I went back as far as I could to listen to all the older ones.
    Congratulations on #8years! I did love the KALs and am wondering if Kathy ever finished her chicken?

  60. Sarah Thomas Says:

    Hi Kathy and Steve! I’ve been listening for most of your #8 years. I too miss Pixie, as others have said. Always something to learn from the great folks you interview and what’s not to love about yarn deals? Here’s to 400 more. Thanks for shows.

  61. Phyllis MacKenzie Says:

    I’ve listened to all the episodes! Can’t believe it’s been #8 years! I always learn something from your guest interviews and I appreciate your insights into the yarn business.

    pmack17 on rav

  62. Kate philbin Says:

    I just recently discovered the podcast; but with #8years of episodes, I should be able to listen for some time! Congratulations on 400 episodes.

  63. Maryann Says:

    I started listening in 2008, early enough that I went back and started from the beginning. I remember Pixie was on the show, and I was concerned about how the show would be when she moved to France. Of course, the show is as great as ever, and I never want to miss “Yarn Picks Of The Week”. Congratulations on 8 years! #8years

  64. Lynne Says:

    I have been listening to your podcast for several years. It is always interesting to listen to the great guests you bring to the show. I have also benefitted from Steve’s description of new yarns. He almost always makes an observation or connection that brings a brighter light to the yarn and how I might match it up to patterns I’ve yet to knit.

    Congratulations on 400 episodes! This is an achievement to respect and celebrate.

  65. Meryle Says:

    #8years. I love Webs. It feeds my addictions. Podcast is great

  66. Terra M Says:

    I’ve been listening for about a year. I like learning about the new yarns. #8years

  67. Anita Says:

    i think I’ve been a listener for about 5 years. Love listening to your positive, balanced, and thoughtful take on the world of yarn. #8years

  68. Melissa Says:

    Brand new listener here! Congrats on 400 podcasts!!! That is no small feat!

  69. britt Says:

    can’t believe you’ve been podcasting as long as I’ve been married an entire #8years

  70. Julie Says:

    I’ve been listening almost all of those #8years, as I started listening about seven years ago, shortly after I picked up knitting again after a long hiatus. I love the interviews, and Steve’s yarn picks of the week have certainly resulted in additions to my stash. Best wishes on episode 400!

  71. Caryn Rizell Says:

    Well, I think I have been listening for over two years. I know it was when I got Bluetooth in my car so I could listen while I was driving!

    Congratulations on #8years!

  72. Pauline S Says:

    Congrats on episode 400 and thanks for #8years of great shows! I discovered the Ready Set Knit podcast in the spring of 2007 – so episode 22 or so, and of course went back and have listened to them all. Remember when you had to download them in 2 parts? Love the show and catching up on what’s happening in the world of knitting, in the store (since I’ve only been able to make the pilgrimage there once) and in the lives of the Elkins. Thank you!,

  73. Roni Says:

    I’m mostly a new listener to the show – since the beginning of this year, but now I’m hooked! (No pun intended…)
    I wonder how long it would take me to go back and listen to all the episodes of the last #8years and catch up?
    Congratulations and here’s to eighty more!

  74. Cindy Says:

    I haven’t been listening for all #8years, but it must be close. I have stash from Webs older than that. Let’s hear it for #8moreyears!

  75. Vivienne S Says:

    Congratulations on #8years! I’ve been listening for about a year and a half. Loved all the stories about how WEBS began.

  76. Denise Says:

    I have been listening to your podcast since I started listening to podcasts about 4 years ago. They really made the long commute I used to have with my old job enjoyable. Congrats on 400 episodes and #8years.

  77. Cindy Says:

    I have only been a listener the last 3-4 years but congrats on #8years!! I really love listening to the episodes on how Webs began and the interviews with Steve’s parents. I’m an Alaskan so I am pretty partial to the hockey talk too. :)

  78. Rachel McKinney Says:

    just been listening for a couple months, but love all the guests. hope to listen for another #8years

  79. Kat Says:

    In comparison to some of the lovely comments before, I’m a relatively new listener – only about a year of the past #8years you have been putting these shows out. Thank you so much for the interviews you put out with a variety of industry people, they are always so much fun to listen to! Congratulations on your 400th episode, here’s to 400 more.

  80. Todd Grossman Says:

    I have just discovered you! I’ve never been more thankful for archives. Thank you for putting together a well produced, coherent, informative show. I’ve been “auditioning” podcasts and with the single exception of yours, I have been horrified. Is that too strong? How about disappointed? I am so happy to have found you. #8years and going strong!! (I know I’m past the entry time, but I wanted to extend congratulations anyway).

  81. Mary Ann Says:

    Although I’ve been a customer and HUGE fan of Webs for more than 10 years, I’ve just discovered your podcast. How did THAT happen?!

    So glad to have connected. Congrats on your anniversary. Looking forward to the next #8years!

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