CraftSanity Episode 11: Leigh Radford Knits with "One Skein"
WIN LEIGH RADFORD'S BOOK! See details below.


Leigh Radford didn’t set out to be a knitwear designer. She's been knitting since age 13, but it wasn't until a layoff from a graphic design job that she found her bliss and realized she could make a living off of her knitting by coupling the crafty skills she had learned as a child with her professional design experience.


Instead of pounding the pavement in search of another 9-to-5 gig, she got a part-time job at a yarn shop and soon discovered her fabulous talent for creative pattern design. Now, at age 45, Leigh lives in Portland, Oregon, where she happily creates wonderful knitting patterns and enjoys success as a designer and author.

On this episode of CraftSanity, Leigh will tell us the story of how she transitioned from the corporate world to her current role as art director for
Interweave Knits and author of “One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit and Crochet” (Interweave, 2006) and “AlterKnits: Imaginative Projects and Creativity Exercises.” (STC, 2005)

Whether she’s knitting with homemade yarn made from old T-shirts, stitching crowns out of crepe paper or knitting tasty-looking cupcakes, Leigh Radford knows how to push the creative envelope and inspire others to create with non-traditional materials in unconventional ways.

Here is Leigh's pattern for the Indian Summer Jacket first published in Fall 2004 issue of Interweave Knits magazine.

For an opportunity to connect with others working on projects from Leigh's book, check out the
One Skein Knit-Along and Secret Pal Exchange.

The folks at Interweave Press have agreed to give away a copy of Leigh’s new book, “One Skein: 30 Projects to Knit and Crochet,” to one lucky CraftSanity listener.

The book is packed with projects that can be created with just a single skein of yarn. To take the theme of Leigh’s book one step further, tell me what you’ve made with the little bits of yarn that are left over after the big knitting projects are done. (If you have time to send a photo, that'd be great.)

To enter the contest e-mail your entries to Please include your name, and mailing address so I know where to send the book if you win. The deadline to enter is noon Saturday, April 8. Good luck everyone!

This week’s music selection is a song called “Marigolds” by the band Amelia. The song is from the CD titled “Somewhere Left to Fall.” Teisha Helgerson, the band’s lead singer, is one of the models featured in Leigh's new book.

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