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Lessons Learned in Crafting

If you’re a fiber arts enthusiast, you probably have experienced the joy and frustration that come with creating something with your own hands. In this week’s episode of the Pardon My Stash podcast, host Jess explores the lessons that can be learned from crafting, both good and bad.

Crafting is an excellent hobby for anyone who enjoys making things, working with their hands, and learning new skills. But as Jess explains in this episode, there are lessons to be learned from the experience of crafting. One of the most important is the art of saying no. Whether it’s taking on too many projects or feeling pressured to monetize your crafts, knowing when to say no is essential for preserving your passion and creativity in crafting.

Current Works in Progress (WIPs) from Cast

Another lesson that Jess and castmates, Drea, Meg, and Tina discuss is the importance of taking your time and avoiding the temptation to turn slow fashion into a consumerist hobby. With the rise of the slow fashion movement, more people are turning to crafting to create their own clothing and accessories. However, as the cast notes, there is a risk of falling into the trap of buying more materials than you need or feeling the pressure to constantly churn out new creations.

For anyone who has ever thought to try to make a knitted parachute or attempted to construct a fort out of yarn and blankets, this episode is sure to resonate. As the cast reveals, even the most experienced fiber artists have their share of crafting failures and lessons learned. But as they also note, these experiences are all part of the joy of crafting and can ultimately make us better creators.

Cast’s Finished Objects

Tina’s Baby Cardigan and Very Vital Beanie in Newborn Size

One of the most interesting points made in this episode by Meg is about the power of swatches. For many fiber artists, swatches are an essential part of the crafting process, allowing them to test out different stitch patterns, gauge, and colors before committing to a full project. But as Jess and Drea point out, swatches can also be a source of frustration and anxiety, particularly for new crafters who may feel overwhelmed by the process.

Overall, this episode offers a thoughtful and engaging exploration of the lessons that can be learned from crafting. Whether you’re a seasoned fiber artist or just starting out, there is something to be gained from the experiences and insights shared by Pardon My Stash.

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Knitting with Intention

In their latest episode, the cast discusses the topic of “Knitting with Intention” and shares their tips and tricks for making the most of your crafting time.

If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, knitting and crochet can be a wonderful way to practice mindfulness and self-care. As the cast explains, approaching your projects with intention and purpose can help you stay focused and feel more in control.

Current Works in Progress (WIPs) from Cast

Each of the hosts has their own approach to knitting with intention. Jess likes to choose projects based on how she’s feeling in the moment, while Meg is always looking for new challenges and ways to learn. Drea prefers to keep her knitting practical, and Tina finds joy in spreading happiness through “gift bombing” – creating handmade items for people she meets that are in need that she does not necessarily know personally.

One of the key takeaways from this episode is the importance of letting go of deadlines and focusing on the process of creating. By taking the time to enjoy the journey, you can bring more mindfulness and intention to your knitting and crochet projects.

So how can you apply these ideas to your own crafting practice? The cast suggests setting aside time for self-care and choosing projects that are both challenging and rewarding. You might also consider creating handmade gifts for friends and family, or trying new techniques and stitch patterns to keep your projects fresh and exciting.

With its focus on knitting with intention, this episode offers valuable insights and ideas for making the most of your crafting time. Whether you’re a seasoned knitter or just starting out, there’s something for everyone in this episode. So grab your knitting needles and settle in for a fun and inspiring listen!

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Q&A From the Listeners #4

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Different patterns mentioned during the share your current project segment

Geometry Study Cowl (it’s been frogged – Ravelry)

Adventurous Cardigan

Dark Academia Sweater (currently in testing, not available yet)

Flight of the Fabled Romance Shawl

Details Regarding the Makealong

Fall 2022 Makealong Details

Swift and Winder Recommendations

Knitters Pride Winder / Knitters Pride Swift (Plastic, affordable option – around $50 USD for both)

Woolery Swifts

Favorite Projects of All Time

I Am Dragon Shawl

Back East Wrap (Raverly)

More Simple Lines Shawl (Ravelry)

Pineapple Hat (no pattern available)

Orchard House Shawl

Walk Through Aspens Scarf (Ravelry)

From Summer to Fall Shawl

Knitting Bucket List

Rose of England Design

Wedding Ring Shawl (concept, no pattern)

#1 Tool Every Knitter Should Have

Scissors and Measuring Tape in One

Project That Challenges Your Skills

Adventurous Cardigan

Dark Academia (currently not available, in testing)

Pheodora Capelet

Orchard House Shawl

Dwarven Battle Bonnet (Ravelry, original is no longer available)

SHAWLoween (Ravelry)

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One Skein Wonders

crop person demonstrating skein of blue yarn

I want to apologize for the delay of getting this next episode out. I was hospitalized and unable to edit the episodes and set them up to post. Thank you for your patience.

Also, going forward, I will try to provide non-Ravelry links for patterns due to their accessibility issues.

Note from Tina

Different patterns mentioned during the share your current project segment

Ingalls Sweater

Dark Academia Sweater (in testing, no link yet)

Adventurous Cardigan

I Am Dragon Shawl

SHAWLoween (Ravelry)

Jess’ Mystery Box Segment: Yarn Ply

Double Horns Scarf

Walk in Aspens

Main Topic: One Skein Wonders

Dragon Tail Neckerchief (Ravelry)

Homeward Bound Fingerless Mitts

Evenstar Gloves

Trellis Tower Fingerless Mitts

Simple Garter Stitch Slippers (Ravelry)

French Press Slippers

Jennika Hat (Ravelry)

Sunday Swing Socks

Orchard House Shawl (2 skeins, but mentioned)

Yarn Snob Power Ball

Dutch Girl Creations

Stratus Headband

Luna Moth Shawl (Ravelry)

Seed Dot Beanie

Hi Vis Cowl

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Extreme Yarn Love

Different patterns mentioned during the share your current project segment

Adventurous Cardigan

Pebble Beach Shawl (Meg misspoke during the episode, she is using Bard Fingering, not Rogue)

Dragon Tail Neckerchief


Ingalls Sweater

Yarn Brands Mentioned During the Hypothetical Question

Critical Hit Dyes

Dragon Hoard Yarns

Plies and Hellhounds

Groovy Hues Fibers (defunct, no link available)