Knitting History show

Knitting History

Summary: Podcast looking at the history of knitting, spinning, crochet, weaving, and all things fiber. Also includes random stories from history, reviews, and knitting chat.

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  • Artist: Jen
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 Episode Whatever: Cotton, Kaiser, and Cowls | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In this episode, I return with a look at cotton, why Kaiser Wilhelm was nuts, my frankencowl, a look at a good sock book, my beloved nook, and why you should never let me have custody of your spindle.

 Silk, Natasha, and the End of Fred | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:14

In this episode, we'll discuss silk and the ugly buggers that make it, a really cool woman from Russian history, what's on my needles, what's off, review celtic swan dpns (find them at, why you should always believe a yarn that says it is good for felting, the death of my long-time computer Fred and introduce Otto, the NFL draft (woot), and I'll make more empty promises about how I won't disappear again.  Music by Jim Nazzstix

 Episode 9: Nettle, viruses, and the dangers of inbreeding | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

In this episode, we'll talk about the nasty virus on my computer, finish up bast fibers, and discuss why you shouldn't date your cousin. Music by Augur (my husband's band!). Reviews of Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman, Celtic Swan needles (more coming), and yarn owls by DianaCouture. Thanks to everyone who was so patient. CORRECTION: Lye is a base. I totally misspoke. Sorry.

 Episode 8: Hemp, Necklaces, and Drama-Free Zones | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

I'm back...with a very sensitive microphone that I'm not quite used to yet. So there's more noise than usual. In this episode, we'll discuss hemp and its uses, the necklace affair of Marie Antoinette, what's on/off my needles, the book Sock Innovation by Cookie A., and what happened to my drama-free zone. Music by Nikki Larson. Cool flower girl tiara by

 Episode 7: Wool, Polio, and My Cold | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:14

In this episode, we'll find out how much I can sniffle during a podcast while talking about wool, polio, what's on and off my needles, review of a book about Katherine Swynford and my weekend of hats. Music is by Black Velvet Elvis.

 Episode 6: Spinning, Mistresses, and Taters | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:15

In this episode, I'll discuss the evolution of spindles, why Misty bailed on me, how you go from mistress to duchess, what's on the needles, why is omigosh wonderful, and why you should go and buy lots of albums from the Taters.

 Episode 5: Strings and Things | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:28

In this episode, I'll discuss the early evidence of string, including the oh-so-attractive string skirts. We'll also talk about why a king couldn't stop the sea, why lifelines are the best things ever, why "no, I can't just knit loosely", why you should read When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters, why you should go to, and why I'm out $10. Music by Josh Hollis. Thanks to all the new subscribers...and to Peace Cat for the comment!  THANK YOU

 Episode 4: Flax; Mary, Queen of Scots; and the Weekend of Fail | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:57

In this episode, I'll talk about flax and how it gets from plant to fiber. I'll so cover the trials and tribulations of being married to Mary, Queen of Scots, my weekend-of-fail, and the history of Rome podcast by Mike Duncan--which is wonderful. Music by Chris Ayer.

 Episode 3: Intro into Dyeing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:11

In this episode, I'll go over some basics of prehistoric dyeing, why you should always choose a sword if you're getting beheaded, what's on AND OFF (glee) my needles, why you should listen to this podcast I really like, and how Green Bay completely disappointed me. Music is by Josh Woodward.

 Episode 2: Origins of Clothing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:46

In this first episode with actual content, we'll look at how clothing came to be, learn about the earliest fibers found, delve into a Russian bloodbath, hear how little I've gotten done on my socks, and whine about having to change podcast hosts.

 Knitting History Episode 1: New Host | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:18

Introducing Knitting History--a brand new podcast all about this history of fiber. Plus you'll hear odd historical stories and random reviews. Learn more. Knit more. Now with more cowbell--and a new host!


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