Episode 96 I’m American And My Tension Sucks

Hello and welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast! I am Amy and I am podcasting today from my home in the Hudson Valley in NY state. I have a couple of finished projects to show you and a little progress on some WIPs.

Mostly what I talk about during this podcast is stranded colorwork and some tips related to that. Please know that the title of the podcast is all in fun. I know there has been a lot of talk in the knitting podcast world about stranded knitting, tension and color dominance. I share some of my own thoughts as well as some tips about stranded knitting on magic loop and color dominance.

I try to demonstrate my advise but don’t have the best set up. Also this is not a complete topic about these subjects. It it meant to add to the amazing video expertly done by Dianna Walla on her YouTube channel Paper Tiger.

I also refer to the Arne & Carlos YouTube video Why There Is No Dominant Color in Norwegian Knitting

I highly recommend the book Knitting With Two Colors by Meg Swansen and Amy Detjen if you want to learn or improve your stranded knitting. I swear by this book and think it is all you will need to improve your stranded knitting and customize your colorwork knitting.

Episode 95 Joyfully Knitting

Hello and welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast! I am so happy you have come to join me here in the Hudson Valley in NY. Today I am podcasting at Senasqua Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. It is a gray and dreary day so not much of a view.

Thanks to the Olympics I have lots of knitting progress!

I cast on Coastal Walk shawl by Joji during the opening ceremony. Can I finish by final day? We shall see. I am knitting it with O-Wool yarn which I highly recommend.

My Humulus sweater by Isabel Kraemer is coming along. Kind of on hold due to the shawl cast on but still super excited to knit on this. Made with Knitpicks Simply Wool and Wool of the Andes Tweed.

I am crazy in love with the ebook Socks 2018 Making Stories! I cast on the Roots pattern and it is dreamy to knit. I am using Spirit Trail Fiberworks (STF) Tayet (no longer being sold)

One small yarn purchase from STF of Philomena in a one of a kind colorway.


Episode 94 Sweater Stashing

Hi and welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast. It was a gorgeous day in the Hudson Valley so I had to record. 40 degrees F and no strong winds.

IMG_0516.jpgLots of new projects on the needles and stash enhancements for future sweaters.

Lots of new WIPs including a new pair of socks for my sister Marooned socks by Hunter Hammersen


Another sweater on the needles. Humulus by Isabell Kramer. I can’t wait to wear this!IMG_0510.jpg

You’ve seen this before but I’ve made a lot of progress. Rose Gold shawl by Andrea Mowry


Episode 94 2018 Knitting Goals

Hello and welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits podcast. This episode was recorded on two separate days almost a month apart. I was very sick and never go around to uploading the first recording so I have put them both together here.

I’m really excited about all my projects that I’m currently working on and also the projects I have planned. I mention my 2018 knitting goals and show my #2018makenine goals.


I also set up a Ravelry project page like I do every year with my goals listed out. I’m real excited about everything I want to make. Here’s what I have for my goals this year.

Two Rose Gold shawls by Andrea Mowry. One for each of my sisters.

Rebel shawl by Leslie Ann Robinson for my Mom

Lots of sweaters! I already finished one for the list and that is the All The Love sweater by Joji Locatelli. Next up I will cast on the Humulus sweater by Isabelle Kraemer. I also have Arwen in the queue for 2018. This is a fingering weight sweater which I don’t have the stash for right now so I may substitute it for something I do have stash for. Or maybe even commit to work on my Alice Starmore cardigan a lot this year. Not sure yet. I have lots of sweaters in my queue that I love. I’m just really into knitting sweaters right now.

I have another brioche shawl in the queue that I want to knit for myself and maybe use some of my precious Spirit Trail Fiberworks Sunna stash for. We’ll see. I maybe tired of knitting brioch by then (or maybe not!).

I have a Wolley Wormhead hat on the list but maybe will end up knitting more.  This hat pattern was actually her 2017 MKAL pattern now called Joyce. This is the first year I didn’t knit along with the KAL. I really like it and will make it this year. Her patterns are awesome.

The last pattern in the 9 for 2018 is the Zhivago wrap pattern which I have had the yarn for since 2016. I bought the kit for this beautiful Artyarn wrap and can’t wait to have it around me.

Some other goals are knitting 6 pairs of socks, Maybe (if I have time) finish my Maidenhair wrap by Alice Starmore using her yarn. This project has been hibernating since 2013! It would feel really good to get this off the needles.

Lastly is to start a memory blanket. I have wanted to do this for a long time too.

Episode 92

Hello and welcome! I’ve just added a new video to YouTube. You can see it here.


I’ve made some progress on some of the projects since recording and thought I would share.

First thing is I delivered the baby sweater gift and it was well received. The new dad is a trainer that comes to our office and holds a bood camp class. We surprised him before class with our gifts. He loved it and said he would take a picture of his wife with it.


I also finished one of the fingerless mitts which will be a Christmas gift for my sister. I used the little Tosh cakes and came up with this order for the color changes but the mitts didn’t use all the yarn. I think I’ll knit another pair with the remaining colors.


Here’s the finished mitt.


That’s about it for now. Here are the other projects I talk about in the video. See you soon!

Episode 90 Lake Meahagh

Hello and welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast! I’m podcasting today at a local park called Lake Meahagh (Me Haw) in my hometown. Not a lot of knitting to show but I am going to show all the great prizes I have for the Sr Love Along!

Shout out to Lost City Knits for their most generous prize donation for the Senior Love Along. Please check out their site!

Cullum by Isabele Kraemer using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in Navy

Abalone Cardigan by Alice Starmore using Virtual Yarns Hebridean 2 ply.

Plain Vanilla Socks using Muststash Yarns

Rock Island Shawl by Jared Flood using Brooklyn Tweed Vale in the Heron colorway.