Episode 9: Needles are a Knitter's Best Friend

January 12th, 2021

This week we talk about needles! There are so many options available, it can feel a little overwhelming. Fortunately, that means that there's a set out there for everyone! Plus we have a quick chat about the variety of yarn produced by different sheep breeds.

All the needles we love:

Wood needles
* Knitter's Pride Ginger Interchangeable Needles and Full Ginger Sets
* Mindful Collection Cables

Metal needles
* ChiaoGoo TWIST Interchangeable Needles and Full ChiaoGoo Sets
* ChiaoGoo Mini Sets
* Addi Flexi Flips

Ergonomic needles
* Knitter's Pride Cubics Interchangeable Needles and Full Cubics Sets
* Prym Ergonomic Knitting Needles

Double pointed needles (DPNS)
* Pony Pearls
* Ginger DPN's
* ChiaoGoo DPN's

On our needles:

Penguono by Stephen West
DRK Everyday Socks by Andrea Mowry

Patterns mentioned:

Lotta by Marie Greene
* Wilder from Spincycle Yarns

Coofle by Kate Davies Designs
* Weld from Hudson + West Co.
* Maven from Ritual Dyes

Sassy Cardigan Sweater by Bonnie Desroches
* Elder from Ritual Dyes

Breed specific yarn:

Icelandic wool:

Highland wool:
Highland from Harrisville Designs
Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers

Cormo & Corriedale:
Forge from Hudson + West Co.
(I misspoke and said that Shelter contained Correidale. Wrong! It's a blend of Targhee & Columbia)

Wilder from Spincycle Yarns
Maven from Ritual Dyes
Elder from Ritual Dyes
Pishkun from The Farmer's Daughter Fibers
Recollect from The Farmer's Daughter Fibers

Sunrise Hill Farm
Shetland from Harrisville Designs

Blue Faced Liecester:
Sunrise Hill Farm

Nurtured from Julie Asselin
Quarry from Brooklyn Tweed
Shelter from Brooklyn Tweed

make good stashdown:

Welcome to our first annual Stashdown KAL! This year's stashbusting project will be Stephen West's Penguono. Even though the KAL has started, there's still time to join! Really, isn't being fashionably late #goals?


  • Cast-On January 4th (or whenever... this is pretty laid back!)
  • Post photos of your Penguono progress on Instagram and use the tags #makegoodstashdown and #makegoodpenguono
  • Each tagged photo will count as one entry. You may enter as many times as you'd like!
  • You do not need to be finished with your Penguono to be eligible to to win, but you do need to follow @makegoodpod
  • On February 1st we'll randomly select one of you to win $150 gift card to Scratch!
  • MARCH OF THE PENGUONOS!!! March 6th... more details to come!

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