Episode 22 – Ann Budd, and a little Waist Shaping

In the Fruity Knitting Podcast Episode 22 we are delighted to be joined by Ann Budd.  Master Geologist turned knitting editor, designer, author and instructor, Ann shares her wisdom, experience, a gentle charm, and a few good tales of projects gone wrong.  Our guest on Knitters of the World is the scraptastic Dayana of Dayana Knits, yarnbuster and tinkerer extraordinaire.  We also meet Henry VIII, and see one sock.  Everything you need for your knitting pleasure.

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Ann Budd – “Publishing sounds like fun”

Knitting seems to have provided a refuge for Ann Budd.  When Ann was swept into a Swiss school at age 12, classes in knitting were a chance to belong despite the language barrier.

Ann Budd (How cool is that dress?  And the cat’s eyes glasses…)

Knitting continued to be an escape and a treat as Ann completed a Masters in Geology and went on to a successful professional career, until it became clear to her that she was in the wrong place.  Ann finally quit what she had thought was her dream job, and when asked what she was going to do, her answer was, “Publishing sounds like fun.”

Ann’s abilities led her quickly to a position as editor of crafting magazines and then books, giving her extensive exposure to knitting, spinning and weaving.  At the time, the range of both patterns and yarns was limited, so knitters often struggled to bring a yarn and pattern together to make a garment that fit them.  Ann saw the gap in the market and published her first books, the knitter’s handy book of patterns and the knitter’s handy book of sweater patterns, with the byline “Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges”.

Ann has gone on to publish 16+ books, including a small library on socks alone.

I suspect Ann’s writing is the product of her scientific talent, together with the knowledge, discipline and clarity gathered from years of editing professional patterns. Here’s what Kay Gardiner of Mason Dixon Knitting wrote about one of Ann’s sock patterns:

I wholly admire the way this pattern is written. No word wasted. Everything clear, with meaningful landmarks called out just at the moment they are needed. All hail Ann Budd!

We wholeheartedly agree.  Check out Ann’s Knit for Fun Retreats to enjoy her company and benefit from her experience, along with other knitting designers and instructors.

You can also find Ann at:

Dayana Knits – Knitters of the World

Our second scientist for the Episode is Dayana, creator of the blog dayanaknits.com.  Dayana applies her creativity to modifying existing patterns rather than creating her own from scratch.  Her blog contains a wealth of detailed information on modifications she has done, with plenty of pictures of the results.  Dayana knows her own tastes and will take whatever measures are necessary to get the look she is after.

Fretwork Pullover by Shiri Mor

Dayana has a few particular knitting habits.  Stashbusting – creating desirable garments out of leftover yarn fragments – is one occupation, leading to her Scraptastic series.  The Scraptankus top below was created from scraps of yarn bought at a Goodwill shop.

Scraptankus – #15 Multidirectional Cap Sleeve Top” by Irina Poludnenko

A slight variation is creating elegance from bargain yarns.  Dayana’s Dollaramy Sally is made from $7.50 worth of yarn from a Dollarama store, yarn content not specified…

Dayana’s Dollaramy Sally – Design is Sally by Lisa Richardson, yarns from the Dollarama Store

Catch Dayana for loads more knitting fun at:

From the Archives – Eala Bhan by Alice Starmore

Andrea showed us her Eala Bhan by Alice Starmore, taken from the Alice Starmore Aran Knitting Book.  The yarn is the Hebridean 2-ply from Virtual Yarns, in the Poppy colorway.

Eala Bhan, by Alice Starmore – Waist shaping added

This is an elegant cable design, made even more so by the waist shaping.  Decreasing within a cable pattern can be tricky, but this design included 12 reverse stocking stitch sections, which allowed Andrea to make the garment slimmer without getting into the cable sections or changing the look of the design.

It’s a beautiful garment – light and elegant but with the interest of the cables.


Edinburgh Yarn Festival

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017

Andrea and I will be going to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival.  We would love to meet any viewers, so if you see us, come and say hello.  I’m looking forward to meeting people and to seeing Edinburgh, which I have always imagined as a very groovy city.

You can let us know if you are coming on the Fruity Knitting Edinburgh Yarn Festival thread.

Cable Garment KAL

As announced earlier we have extended the end date for the Cable Garment KAL to 28 February, and we are enjoying seeing the finished garments coming in.  Cardigans are the clear favorite, and why not?  We would love to feature you in our the Cable Garment KAL Collage, so see the finished objects thread in the Ravelry group for details on how to submit your twenty second video.  Closing date for video submissions is 5 March.  Please note that due to the time involved in getting all videos ready to go on the show, we may have to be strict with the closing date.

Fair Isle Accessory KAL

The Fair Isle Accessory KAL is closing on 31 January 2017 – shortly after this Episode goes to air.  Thank you to everyone who took part in the KAL.  We have seen a huge range of entries and enjoyed watching the chatter on the thread.

Über den Traum

The online shop überdentraum (which means “over the dream” in German) has donated one of the prizes for the Fair Isle Garment KAL.

They are also offering viewers of the Fruity Knitting Podcast a discount of 15 percent on all products until 30 April 2017.  The discount code is fruityknitting17.

Guest Index

If you have only discovered the Fruity Knitting Podcast recently then you should at least check out our Guests page.  This page shows you all of our interview with knitting designers and other industry professionals, and all Knitters of the World guests at a quick glance.  You can jump directly to the segment within our back episodes.  All of our guests are wonderful, so check it out.


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8 thoughts on “Episode 22 – Ann Budd, and a little Waist Shaping”

  1. Dear Andrea,
    dear Andrew,

    it was a fun time to have you on the couch next to my knitting again. I’m looking forward to the next episode.

    You’re doing a great job there.

    Greetings from Köln,Silke

  2. Kathryn Gearheard

    Wow..such impressive show notes I am glad I am a patron.

    I’m following Dayana now and am inspired. Thanks for finding her for me.

  3. Loved the episode…the picture of Ann as a young girl is brilliant I found it hilarious that you mentioned her dress and glasses completely ignoring the dog who appears to be a tiny Sherlock Holmes or am I hallucinating haha

  4. Thank you so much for the segment on waist shaping. The idea of making a schematic of personal measurements is great. I will be making one for me for sure.


  5. I just watched this episode (I’m catching up from the beginning), and when you mentioned being featured on “Something to Knit By” I realized I wasn’t alone in my proclivity to watch knitting videos while I’m knitting. People think I”m quite weird to do that, but I find inspiration and that it’s soothing to watch something about knitting while I knit. So congrats to you, and thanks!

  6. Dear Andrea and Andrew, In this episode you talked about of Eala Bhan project, I love it, and I’m interested in buy the Book of Alice Starmore, in order to make this project, but when I look for it, I founded some comments that people said the book Aran has many mistakes, that the writing and the chart does not correspond and has many mistakes.
    I would appreciate if you tell me, what was your experience with this Eala Bhan pattern and in general with the projects in the book, Aran knitting, new & expanded edition.
    Thanks a lot in advance for your comments.

    1. Hi Claudia, I knitted Eala Bhan a few years ago now so I don’t remember every thing about the pattern. I personally haven’t found any mistakes in any of the patterns that I’ve knitted and I’ve done around 10 or 11 of Alice’s designs.

      I think Alice is very thorough. Sometimes I’ve thought there was a mistake but on rereading it carefully I found it was my misunderstanding.
      Good luck with it – we’d love to see the results!

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