March 19th, 2011

Show 213: Interview with Kirsten Hipsky, Karen Our Store Manager, and Tips and Tricks for Cables

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Guest: Kathy chats with Kirsten about the spring Valley Yarns collection.

Guest: Kathy chats with Karen, our store manager. She talks about our upcoming Authors Event. We’re going to have many authors at the store for one big party on Sunday, March 27th from 1pm-4pm. Authors include Mary Beth Temple, Gail Callahan, Melissa LaBarre and Cecily Glowik MacDonald, Hilary Price, and many more. Check out the page for the event on the website!

Tips & Techniques: Cabling

Kirsten gives some tips for cabling. If you can braid hair, you can cable! You’re just rearranging the order of stitches on your needle. Cables are usually set against reverse stockinette stitch, but this isn’t necessary. Kirsten recommends working cables with wool or wool blends with several plies, or a lot of twist. Solid yarns are also recommended so they don’t take away from the pop of the cable.

There are a couple methods to work cables, but the most assured way is to use a cable needle. It also helps understand what is happening with the stitches. You’ll slip stitches purlwise to a cable needle, then let the needle fall to the front or back of the work depending on what the pattern specifies. You’ll then knit or purl the stitches your pattern tells you to, and then knit off the cable needle. You don’t need a specific cable needle either, you can just use a dpn!

Our upcoming KAL will be the Josephine Cardigan.

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Note: Kathy and Steve are on vacation and this podcast was recorded before the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Our hearts go out to everyone in Japan as well as their families all over the world.

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  • Tonya

    I just started listening to your show. I think it’s amazing and I’m so green that you guys get to go to all those cool events and shows. I hear you about the weather but here in Nebraska spring has finaly sprung.nThanks!