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 40 Sweater Surgery

Welcome to Hudson Valley Knits!


Ice Shanty by Amy Miller using Miss Babs Heartland in Pewter and Violaceous

Vanilla Socks with Crazy Zauerball

Leftie Shawl with Miss Babs Yummy in Slate and Joan of Arc colors


Mashed Socks by Hunter Hammersen Silk Road Socks book usingJill Draper Makes Stuff Splendor Sock Yarn in the Fireside Colorway



Spinning On The Round New Zealand Wool Punis on my Bosworth Spindle. The color group is called Mother Earth. Loving this!


Spinning Holiday Aftermath Punis from Gourmet Stash on my Bosworth Spindle. 2 ply approx 180 yards

At the end of this podcast I show you how I am cutting apart my Ice Shanty sweater and making it longer. I would not have had the courage to attempt this if not for Carol Feller’s Craftsy class, Sweater Surgery. I also used theCraftsy class, Seaming Handknits which was a great help sewing this crazy sweater together!

Check the Ravelry group for important announcements about the Adopt a Senior program!

Episode 24 – The Three Yarnmigos

Episode 24 The Three Yarnmigos

Hello all! Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast. I podcast today from Senasqua park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY with my 2 friends Sandy and MaryJean!

Blue Striped Rag Socks using Patons Kroy sock yarn.
WendyKnits Summer Mystery Shawl 2014 using Spirit Trail Fiberworks Brigantia in a color way from the 2013 Club
Marc’s cable sweater!
Mitered Crosses Blanket square

Sandy is working on Song of the Sea cowl

MaryJean is working on the second sock of her first pair of socks!!

MaryJean has some finished washclothes

Spinning –
Highland Handmades Pitch Pine Top – Palwarth Silk in colorway Islesboro Blues

Started another Loop bump on my Hanson Mini in Mother Nature. Merino, bamboo, Tussah Silk and Angelina. Saving for a chain ply class I’ll be taking in Rhinebeck with Jacee Bogs!

Still working on the Puni style Rolags from Naturally Knitty in the Spring, Sprang, Sprung color way. Slowly but surely….

Shash Enhancements:
Fishknits Yarn Superwash Strong Heart Self Striping Sock Yarn Canadiana – A birthday gift from Trisha23
Rolags from Blue Barn Fiber on Etsy. Colorway Kansas Merino and Baby Alpaca blend.

Just a shout out that I am still looking for test knitters for my 2 new patterns soon to be published. If you may be interested please check out the thread in my Ravelry group.

Friendly reminder that my Senior Love Along continues on this year. I am collecting cotton wash clothes to hand out to seniors living in homes during the holiday season. Please hold on to your washcloths until later in the year. There is an FO thread where you can post a picture of each of your washcloths. Each one you make is a chance to win a prize! I will be announcing prizes that I will provide very shortly and unashamedly ask for any prize donations. They would be very welcome and much appreciated!

Episode 15 Sweater Knitting

Welcome to Hudson Valley Knits! Today I have some FO’s and WIPS to show and talk a little about my sweater knitting goals and possible KALS.

Emily from Fibre Town Podcast is graciously hosting a fundraising contest on her forum – so thought it couldn’t hurt to ask if you could give a little love.

Maya (selkhet on Rav) and her sister are raising money for Team ASPCA for the TD 5 Boro Bike Ride in May, and along with Emily  are doing a little giveaway for contest for folks that pledge – details available in Fibretown forum. which I link in my group. I am upping the anti with some Lorna’s Laces Solemate in the Rainbow color way.

Senior Love A Long #SrLovealong  – I am doing a year long KAL to make wash clothes for local seniors living in homes. I will collect them at the end of the year and gift out during the holidays. Please use 100% cotton, and any technique you would like to make your wash cloth. There are more details and a FO thread in the Hudson Valley Knits Group


Krokatoa Socks by Amelia Putri, Papiput on Ravelry Test knitting sock using Malabrigo Candombe

Event Horizon Pi Shawl by Donna Druchunas. There is a KAL thread in her Ravelry Group.

Soon Collywobbles by Emily Estrada from Fibretown Podcast


Vanilla Socks for Joe using Patons Kroy sock yarn

Basic fingerless Mitts using Handspun ITW 50/50 Merino and Silk in the Sansa Colorway


Spinning – 

Unwind Yarn BFL Stop and Smell the Poppies

Stash enhancements:

Knitpicks Felici sock yarn in Foxglove and Sweetheart

Knitpick Diadem in Garnet and Moonstone

21 skeins of Cotton Classic  by Tahki Stacy Charles