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Episode 3: Pretty, Rain, Bark
Original airdate: March 14, 2019


Episode 3 show notes

It’s been a cold, gray, wet winter in Maryland and we’re all ready for spring. I’ve been watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix and trying to do some decluttering and spring cleaning. I’m also trying to do a random act of kindness every day for Lent.

I’ve swatched for a drop shoulder pullover in The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Mighty Mo and Foxy Lady, to debut around Maryland Sheep and Wool—my swatch is so fuzzy! But I have to finish a few other design projects before I can cast on.
I’m also working on a shawl in collaboration with Avalon Springs Farm, as well as a sweater, for Maryland Sheep and Wool.

Pattern Drop:
I re-released a pattern previously published with Knit Picks, the Guapa Mittens, which now includes 2 extra sizes and a fingerless mitts option. My new sample uses sport weight Shetland from The Ross Farm. You can grab Guapa along with the Lluvia and Corteza fingerless mitts patterns right now for $10. Use code MITTSMANIA at checkout (through 3/22/19).

How’s That?
This month I’m sharing the pronunciation and meaning of those 3 pattern names: Guapa (pretty), Lluvia (rain) and Corteza (bark).

Knit Styling:
Undergarments! When I wear my favorite sweater design, Torbellino, which has a deep, wide neckline, I often wear bralettes with lacy straps, rather than a strapless bra. I’ve recently purchased 2 from Aerie. They look nicer than regular bra straps and are more comfortable than a strapless bra.

Stash Flash:
I’ve got all kinds of new yarns for future designs:
Two skeins of Gluttony in Harry Potter colorways from Forbidden Fiber Co plus a skein of her Proverbs cotton/linen blend for some swatching for a possible future design.
Some Nurtured in Miel from Julie Asselin for a saddle-shoulder cardigan to be released in August for a sweater-a-long, following the first run of my brand new e-course, Sweater Siren
Some Hedgehog Fibers Merino Aran in Dijon for another fall cardigan, to debut around Rhinebeck (which I will be attending this year!).

Swatch Master has kicked off. It’s only offered in the spring, so this is the only run this year.
The Juntos Knit-a-Long for Togetherness is winding down. This KAL for my 2018 collection, Juntos Knits for Togetherness, ends March 15.
The most popular pattern for the KAL has been the Ex Nine socks. I still haven’t finished my own pair, in Swift Yarns [K1] Bliss Sock in the West Village colorway.
And I’m doing a little yarn-and-pattern giveaway for this month’s podcast! You could win the Ex Nine socks pattern and a skein of Woolberry Fiber Co. sock yarn. You have until the April episode drops to enter!

Wrapping Up:
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Episode 2: Eyebrows and Chipped Nails
Original airdate: February 13, 2019


Episode 2 Show Notes
Note: Show notes may contain affiliate links

I provide a too-long recap of Vogue Knitting Live NYC. 
I took the train up to NYC from Baltimore on Friday and on the way discovered that the northeast regional train actually goes to Kingston, NY/Rhinebeck—but train tix for a family of 4 would be too pricey, no matter how much the kids would love it.
For VKL I stayed at the Courtyard Marriott Times Square, but the actual event was at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.
On Friday I attended a lecture with Queen of Cables Norah Gaughan. I was a bit surprised by her method for charting cables and lace. I use Stitch Fiddle, a web app, which has both free and paid options.
The Marketplace was somewhat relaxed Friday night. Magpie Fibers had a big, beautiful booth as usual and I spotted the ladies from Selvage Knits working there. Some booths, like Brooklyn General Store, were crazy crowded, even on Friday.
Saturday the Marketplace was packed in the morning. In the afternoon I took a class on steeking and zippers with Franklin Habit. It focused on crocheted steeks and hand-sewing in zippers and I would definitely recommend taking a class with him.
Sunday morning I did a little more shopping and then headed home.
VKL was interesting and fun, but I prefer the outdoor festivals like Maryland Sheep and Wool and Rhinebeck.

My Empty Wallet
All the yarn I bought at VKL! Spoiler alert: I bought too much yarn (but to my credit, I missed Rhinebeck last year, which is usually a big chunk of my yearly yarn spending).
I show off my new yarns from Less Traveled Yarn, Six and Seven Fiber (from the Starlight Knitting Society booth, where they also had GORGEOUS project bags from Twill and Print that I really want now), Asylum Fibers, Biches and Buches (which I don’t know how to pronounce), Little Fox Yarn and Primrose Yarn Co. The Primrose booth was huge and amazing, and I share a story of chatting with the owner for a bit a few years ago in the Skeinny Dipping booth at the Rhinebeck Indie Untangled Trunk Show because she was carrying an Orioles handbag.

Me and My Bright Ideas
I was recently approached by I Like Knitting to refresh my Boardwalk Tee pattern for their June 2019 issue, and I suggested using a different yarn. Based on some information I got at TNNA a few years ago, I suggested Louet Euroflax as an option. Euroflax is 100% wet spun linen, and after washing and drying it according to the label directions it’s lovely. But before that, it’s like knitting with a crunchy strand of twine and not enjoyable at all (although not as bad as knitting with Sugar and Cream).

Grab Your Credit Card
I talk about 2 must have products for me, one knitting-related and one not.
First, the Akerworks swatch gauge. Has teeth to hold it in place and cut outs so you can easily count stitches and rows. The only thing I use for checking gauge now, and totally worth the price ($17.50).
Second, More Brows. I got a sample of this from BirchBox and love it. If you lived through the late 90s/early 2000s, you’ll remember the skinny brows trend. My eyebrows never recovered from all the plucking, and this gel makes what little brows I have left fuller and darker. It’s quick and easy to use, doesn’t flake off and lasts all day. ($18)

I share the yarn for an upcoming pullover design which will be published in the Winter 2019/2020 issue of a popular knitting magazine. Yarn is Harrisville Designs WATERshed and it smells like sheep (but in a good way). I used the same colorway (Driftwood) of the sportweight version of this yarn (flyWHEEL) for the Marina di Chioggia capelet published in I Like Knitting last year.

News and Notes
Enrollment is now open for Swatch Master, my signature e-course all about swatching, gauge, and setting you up for handknit success. The e-course starts March 4 and lasts 4 weeks, with 4+ hours of video instruction, a workbook, a private Facebook group and more. For the first week of enrollment, the price is just $30. Learn more and sign up here.

Wrapping Up
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Original airdate: January 11, 2019


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Hi, I’m Kristen. Here’s some background on me, my business, MediaPeruana Designs, and why I started this podcast. You can support my business and this podcast by sponsoring MediaPeruana Designs via Patreon.

You can find the podcast on YouTube and on the podcast site, Hilo & Stitch; to subscribe, point your podcast app to
I’m currently working to make it available through Apple podcasts and Stitcher; it should be available in the very near future.

Find my knitting patterns in my Ravelry shop.
I also maintain a blog.

 On the Needles/Off the Needles

I recently finished a pair of Mine slippers by Faye Kennington/UkeeKnits for the Indie Design Gift-a-Long. They’re knit in Magpie Fibers Plush Bulky in the Ghost Town colorway.

I’m currently working on a Weekender sweater by Andrea Mowry, using Neighborhood Fiber Co. Subte Worsted.

Over the holidays I knit my sister a Brioche Bandana Cowl by Lavanya Patricella using Forbidden Fiber Co. yarn, and now I’ve cast on an Opari hat by Ysolda to match.  


I’m currently working on 2 indie designs. The first is a re-release of the Guapa mittens, published by Knit Picks as part of the Little Luxuries collection. The original mitts are worked in Paragon. I’ve added 2 sizes to the pattern and a fingerless mitts options—I’m working the fingerless mitts sample in 100% Shetland sport weight from The Ross Farm. The revised mitten pattern is currently being test knit; if you’re interested in test knitting for MPD, find more info on my website.

I’m also working on a pair of colorwork fingerless mitts inspired by the Casa de los Azulejos in Mexico City. I’m using some Magpie Fibers Solo Fingering leftover from a Harlow hat I knit my husband for Christmas.

 How’s That?

MediaPeruana means half-Peruvian. Media is the adjective meaning half, and Peruana means Peruvian.
“Media” as a noun means “sock,” so the name can also be read as “Peruvian sock.”

Hilo & Stitch translates to Yarn & Stitch

Other knitting words in Spanish:
Knit = tejer
Stitches = puntos
Needles = agujas


I’m currently hosting the Juntos Knit-a-Long for Togetherness, based on my 2018 pattern collection Juntos: Knits for Togetherness. To participate, just knit any pattern from the collection. Anzula Luxury Fibers is a sponsor for the event, so you’ll earn bonus prize entries for using Anzula yarns for your project(s). Find more KAL information in the KAL thread in my Ravelry group. I’m hoping to finish my Ex Nine socks during the KAL.

 January 25 – 27 I will be attending Vogue Knitting Live in NYC.

 Wrapping up

Find me on Instagram and Facebook as MediaPeruana, and as MediaPeruana on Ravelry!