Knitters (and crafters) unite! Come join us weekly for a conversation about knitting, crochet, and yarn crafts all around. With a touch of comedy and sass, we talk about projects, pitfalls, and pointers about the fiber arts. Find more about our content and our cast at pardonmystash.com
Tina takes you on a journey through various clips from our 2023 Season 3 episodes. From Batman knitting to White Christmas, Drea wants you to know that she doesn't know! The bloopers this year are so good this year, that you would think we were making the blooper reel instead of the actual podcast. Tina goes over information about the upcoming new year makealong, as well as our membership program through our website for more exclusive episodes about non-fiber content. Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
Drea hosts the episode wanting to talk about different cast ons and their uses in various projects. Tina mentions Twisted German, a version of long tail, while the others discuss different forms of long tail. Jess brings up the use of the cable cast on while comparing it to the crochet cast on for its similarities. Meg is a steadfast long tail fan. The cast goes over provisional, backwards loop, and so many others! Specific ones work best for specific projects, while others are options for multiple different kinds of projects. Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
Meg leads the episode talking about different holiday craft fair experiences and what to expect as a customer and as a vendor, as well as tips and tricks to finding good items, supporting small businesses, and what to bring with you to have a good holiday craft fair experience. The cast discusses how to find different craft fairs in your area, and Drea mentions her grandparents vending with wood crafts. Tina tells you to go to the back of the fair first and work your way back. Meg mentions a couple items to bring along with you to make your experience easier, and grab it when you see something you love! Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
Jess leads the episode talking about commonly misunderstood terms such as ply vs. weight, etc. The others chime in about their experiences with other confusing terms and provide explanations for the differences between them. The cast also briefly mentions their experience at the NY Sheep and Wool festival at Rhinebeck this year, and how awesome it was to meet listeners of the podcast. Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
Tina starts the second segment about her preference to buy patterns direct from a pattern designer rather than through third parties. She also brings up pattern designers, size inclusivity, and detailed pattern design in different sizing. Meg discusses her "living room", aka how her social media posts are about her life. Tina talks about different types of engagements she has on her social media account, while Meg brings up an instance that occurred to a blogger she follows. Please remember these are personal opinions and if you disagree, that's OK! Because the cast has a lot of different takes on this topic, this is a two part episode. Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
For this episode, Tina hosts and the cast discuss Christmas in July! They discuss how to handle projects you want to get done for the upcoming fall/winter season for the northern hemisphere, whether it is a project you want to complete as a gift, something you want to wear during the colder weather, or items to sell at markets. They also mention what projects they themselves are planning for the upcoming season. Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
Tina hosts the episode this week, with a segment about how to handle yarn substitution as well as things to try to help you find a suitable yarn to replace what your pattern calls for. They remain on the topic of yarn and talk about planned or impromptu yarn buying breaks, where you end up not buying yarn for a significant amount of time. Tina talks about how in September, she will have met her goal for not buying yarn for an entire year, and how that went. Drea tells the cast about how she has cut down her spending dramatically without realizing it or trying to. Meg and Jess discuss how they still buy other indie dyers yarn to support other small businesses, and how they will share yarn between them. Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
Drea leads the episode and needs to vent - she's very focused on a different craft other than fiber arts, and she doesn't know what to do! The group discusses how hyperfixations affect them in different ways, and the different ways they work with or around their impulses. Tina talks about an app she uses to keep her on task. Jess describes how their hyperfixations are staggered and they cycle through them, including rivals that don't know they are Jess' rival. Pokemon game anyone? Everyone chimes in about smaller, short activities that help clear your brain for more activities. Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
Meg leads the episode and lets the cast know about the latest news regarding the Stitches events. The topic dives into the opposite of last week, where you realize a project isn't working, where to go for help, and what to do when you figure out something isn't working for you. Drea has a hard time breaking her monogamous knitting where Tina has the attention span of a goldfish. Jess talks about the "doom feeling". Meg gets into what's a good fallback pattern, or "old reliable". Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
Jess leads this week's episode talking about when and how to take the next step in your knitting or crochet. Whether it's learning to purl or steeking, everyone's journey is their own! The cast discusses the pressure of making certain projects to be deemed "real crafters". Each cast member talks about how they take next steps or learn new skills with knitting or crochet, and crafting in general. Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
Tina has a yarn segment about nice quality, affordable yarn, and provides her top five favorites. The cast talks about how to handle creative businesses, and tips they would offer for those looking to start an indie dye business, readymade wares, as well as pattern making. Drea discusses briefly how to deal with people when you don't actually have a business but people insist you sell to them things you are wearing. There's more to creative businesses than just creating - you need someone to handle paperwork and finances as well! Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
Drea leads the episode with discussing different rituals we do surrounding our crafting process, whether it be knitting, crochet, or otherwise. Drea and Tina discuss their couch recliner blankets, snacks, and trash TV. Jess and Meg discuss getting through different TV series for the background while they handle their knitting or crochet. After discussing different TV shows, Tina gets into her ritual for creating new items for new babies born into her extended family, and the group discusses the need for at least one to-go project so they have something to do while out and about. Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
This week's episode has Meg asking the cast random questions to find out more about the cast with insightful questions. This is a great episode to get to know the cast better! Drea gives Chester a voice. Tina tries to remember things. Jess picks their favorite color. Meg thinks about the woods. And that's just the first few! Listen in for the rest of the questions they answer! Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
Jess has a Mystery Box segment about increases and decreases, and the cast talk about their preferences. The conversation for the week centers around dealing with negative thoughts and opinions internally and externally. Each cast member talks about how they deal with negative self doubt, making mistakes, and how they keep a positive mindset when the world just - isn't! This episode is really important to the cast, and so it is longer than our normal episodes. Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
This week, Tina guides the cast through a question submitted from their website forms - how do you manage yarn that you deem to be irreplaceable to you? Whether it's a yarn or dyer that is discontinued or a special gift you received from a friend, yarn like that tends to sit and wait for the perfect project. The cast provides tips on how to integrate those yarns into projects and tips on letting go of the fear of "ruining" your special yarn. Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
Drea leads this episode while Jess brings up our new make along called Tea Time Cozy that we are offering, with sign ups open until March 31st, and the make along running from April 1st to September 1st. The cast talks about what they are going to make during the event for their Tea Time related item. Then, they discuss different things about make alongs that they enjoy when they participate in one, from having a hard deadline, having a sense of community, and PRIZES! Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
Meg leads the episode with Drea, Tina, and Jess with the topic of debunking misconceptions and assumptions about the fiber arts. She introduces the idea of Old Lady Level Grinding, There is a lot of misunderstandings of the cost of materials from non-crafters and other crafters alike. Minecraft sheep breeding comes up somehow regarding color theory, and the idea of making your own items seems lost in a modern world. They also discuss the benefits of making your own crafts - from clothing to woodworking - because you are able to get exactly what you want. Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
This week, Jess takes us on a journey realizing the hard lessons we have learned during our crafting experiences. Apparently, forts. Swatches still incite strong feelings in all. Knitted Parachutes? The pressure to monetize your crafts comes up, as well as trying to avoid turning the slow fashion into a consumerist hobby. One of Drea's lessons is the art of how to say no. Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
The cast thinks about how to use mindfulness while creating their projects. Jess wants to go by how they are feeling at the moment, Meg wants to learn new things, Drea wants to keep it practical, and Tina wants to bring other joy with gift bombing. The cast also talks about keeping in line with their new year's goals of ditching the deadlines. How can you be intentional with your knits? Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
The cast return from their respite from podcasting over the month of January, and let us know what they have been up to. Drea and Tina watched trash TV, Jess had surgery and played Zelda with Drea, and Meg had grad school shenanigans. They move onto the topic of frogging - horror frogging stories, why it's good to frog a bad project, best yarns for frogging and which ones you really shouldn't frog if you can do so, and also, why is it called frogging in the first place? Find out more about this episode and the cast at pardonmystash.com.
The cast originally were going to provide their New Year's Resolutions, but it turned more into Things They Are Looking Forward To Next Year. Drea and Jess do not like to give themselves firm deadlines to themselves, Tina does not want to do resolutions, but instead, goals, with a focus on doing her best for herself, and Meg wants to focus on intention with her crafts. Listen in on the specifics of each of their "goals" and what the new year looks like for Pardon My Stash.
What would happen if there was a "speed dating" type of event, but for yarn? The cast goes down a bit of a rabbit hole, but may have come up with a fun event idea for local yarn shops. Drea wants to be courted by yarn, Then, the conversation turns to dealing with the yarn chosen by a designer for a pattern and if they decide to use that or not. Tina yells about mohair. In general, it's a random episode about feelings regarding mystery yarn!
Stemming from last week's episode, you have determined to only make crafts for the holidays if it brings you joy and the recipient is worthy. Now, what do you get your fellow crafty friends in your life? The cast talks about different categories of gifts, ranging from small to huge in size or cost, that could apply to various forms of craft types. We are most likely going to use these ideas for ourselves. Our recommendations are coming from our personal experiences, and are not paid or sponsored by any company.
Holiday crafting and gift making can turn into a stressful situation for any crafter, seasoned or not. The cast discuss how they have been feeling this holiday season, and determine what's good for each of their own "joys" individually. They also talk about the importance of focusing on what makes you happy - whether it's making all your crafts for yourself or gifting everything away to charity or something in between, there is no wrong answer. Come join the struggle bus!
Meg has a segment about what a makealong/knitalong is, as well as how mystery makealongs work. Pardon My Stash runs a makealong typically once a season, they are free to enter, and they provide prizes based on various tasks you need to complete for the makealong. The podcast has hit some major milestones! They take a moment to be thankful about how the podcast has transformed their lives. Tina provides our current listener numbers, as well as how we are doing on the podcast charts in various countries.
Jess has a Mystery Box segment about ball bands, or the tags you find on your skeins of yarn when you buy them. They discuss what you should pay attention to on those tags. The main topic goes over how to start from the beginning, whether you are just getting into a fiber art, or if you are a seasoned crafter looking to change up their current stash/tools/processes.
Tina has a segment featuring Jagger Spun Yarn, and then goes on to ask the cast their thoughts on the ways technology has impacted their crafting adventures. From YOUTUBE to circular needles and more, everyone shares different advancements in tech and inventions that make their lives easier. They also come up with inventions they wish existed but they physically don't know how to make them real.
The cast discusses why you should bother with blocking and the various ways to get it done, including cost-saving measures as well as tricks to get that perfect edge. Drea has a Friendly Neighborhood Fiber Farm segment about 5 Sisters Farm and their lovely sheep with their owner Meg.
The cast discuss how to get involved with competition knitting at local fairs, and what tips and tricks to look out for with your projects to get that blue ribbon! Apparently there are a lot of different categories and sub categories, and they talk about the best initial project to submit to your first competition. Jess has a Mystery Box segment about yarn barf and how annoying it is.
Rhinebeck 2022 was EPIC and the cast were so humbled by the outpouring of support from the fans that came up and introduced themselves! Drea gives an update on if she caught the animal parade, and if she was able to touch an alpaca. The cast talks about the #pmscaravan playlist they used on the way there, as well as highlights of moments during the event.
The cast talks about their projects being complete for Rhinebeck ahead of time (yay!), and discuss what the heck is Rhinebeck. They go over the various things you can do there, as well as some quick reminders for those heading to the festival to make sure you have a great time. They will attend Rhinebeck 2022 on Sunday! #pmscaravan
Our yarn stashes are the physical representation of either our love for yarn or projects we want to make. Sometimes, it gets a little out of hand and it needs to be culled down to a reasonable size. We have some tips on how to stash bust, and why it's good to do so.
The cast received a ton of questions via Instagram last week during our week off. They tackle questions about best winders to use, our most challenging projects, favorite tools, and more. Make sure you visit our website for links to pattern or items we speak about during this episode - there is quite a few!
Can you believe it? It's been one full year of Pardon My Stash episodes! The cast have provided a special episode talking about the progression of the podcast over this past year, favorite moments, and what the podcast means to them. The episode is a bit longer than our normal episodes to celebrate! Congratulations!
Drea has another fiber farm segment - this time about Granite State Alpacas! The cast then discuss different ways you can take care of yourself while being a crafter, from taking care of your hands to your eyes and more. There's also a small side talk about having extra arms and hands to craft.
Meg has a segment about giving back to St. Francis House in Boston. The cast then talks all about sweaters - SWEATER WEATHER! - from sizing to the sweater curse to ease to who to make a sweater for and everything in between! They also discuss what they want to make for fiber festivals.
Dive into what you can do with those beautiful single skeins of yarn, from laceweight to super bulky, and the best projects for them. The cast break down each weight and then talk about their favorite one skein wonder project. Jess has a mystery box segment regarding plys.
The cast chats about the extremes of the yarn weight spectrum - the finer yarns and the bulkier yarns - in terms of which sides they like better, as well as which projects are good for different weights of yarn. They also deal with a hypothetical - which yarn weight would you craft with for the rest of your life, and which brand of yarn would you use exclusively if you had to.
The cast discuss changes to their crafting routines during the warmer months. They also discuss prep work they do for the fall and holiday season. They talk about mid-year goals such as Tina committing to using her nice yarn for the rest of the year. Jess talks about full-stopping fiber art crafting because of the sweating and heat. The latter part of the episode discusses traveling with your projects and tips around doing that.
Meg reads questions direct from our listeners for the cast to answer. If you would like to participate in our Q&A episodes, follow our Instagram and look out for a story with a question box asking for questions for our upcoming Q&A episode! If you have a burning question you need answered ASAP - our DMs and email is always open!
Join Meg, Drea, Tina, and Jess as they chat about the memorable mistakes and mishaps that happened to them over the course of their fiber arts journeys. Jess covers different needle tip types in their Mystery Box segment.