The Return of Deborah Newton

The Return of Deborah Newton on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird.

This episode took place because Deborah’s newest book came out right after she visited with us last time and she ASKED if she could come back to share it and another fun thing she’s planning. We LOVE that!

Deborah Newton has been designing professionally for knitting magazines, yarn companies and for Seventh Avenue for over 30 years.  Her first book, the classic DESIGNING KNITWEAR, has been in print since 1990.  Her book FINISHING SCHOOL: A MASTER CLASS FOR KNITTERS was in Amazon’s Top Ten Craft Books for 2011.  Deborah hopes that her most recent book GOOD MEASURE: KNIT A PERFECT FIT EVERY TIME will change the way knitters think about choosing sizes in a pattern, and how to alter patterns successfully!  Deborah also writes a regular column for Vogue Knitting magazine, sharing her professional expertise on a wide range of knitting topics.
Deborah teaches often and excitedly about her favorite knitting topics: design, pattern writing, finishing and fit.  And she loves to share her enthusiasm in classes about illustration, cable knitting and Scandinavian motifs.  This year she is pleased to be finally sharing a goal she has had in mind for over 20 years — she will be leading a 4-Day workshop in all aspects of Knitwear Design.  The event will take place in September of  this year 2017, hosted by North Light Fibers on Block Island. For more info, here is a link. goo.gl/WKQpJk
Deborah Newton’s design work can be followed in her Ravelry Designer page. Here is the link to listen to Deborah’s earlier visit to Yarn Thing in 2015. Good Fit Good Measure can be purchased through Amazon with Marly’s affiliate code.
If you missed getting to hear this live, it is still available as an episode where it was archived:
You may also view Marly’s behind-the-scenes video that she shared LIVE in Facebook at her page: https://www.facebook.com/MarlyBird/


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  1. Judi C says:

    I”m still a novice knitter, but my sister loves making sweaters. Finishing for a Good Fit is essential. I’d love to learn more.

  2. Michelle says:

    To me finishing is the most important thing to get right. It elevates your project from “homemade” to “handmade”. Keep up the great work ladies. Love the show.

  3. roseruffolose says:

    WOW!!!! The retreat sounds amazing. Hope you get to go Marly. For those of us who unfortunately won’t be able to attend, the book sounds like a great substitute. “FINISHING FOR A GOOD FIT” is the goal and such a disappointment if not achieved. All tips and advice are welcome!!!


  4. Kathy says:

    I struggle with putting an idea to paper; if I could manage that then I may find Finishing a garment with a good fit something to be proud of.

  5. Sarah Short says:

    Another great episode! I often dread finishing a garment but maybe with Deborah’s book I can learn to enjoy it.

  6. Susan Oeltjen says:

    I would like to learn better finishing techiques. Sometimes things just don’t look a good as what I think they should it would also help for a good fit. Someday I might get to go to a workshop like this!

  7. Rachel says:

    I love getting the finishing just right. I wanted her good measure book, and now I want her book on Finishing techniques too. So much to learn. Thanks!

  8. Elisa Avellana says:

    super loved the podcast Marly! i am not that advanced but i would loooove to go to the retreat! im a seriously thinking about it!

  9. Vicki Lynch says:

    I loved hearing Deborah’s story of her life in the fiber arts. of course Finishing for a Good Fit would be an excellent resource. Your retreat sounds like a dream, but I won’t be able to attend. I hope it goes well for all that attend.

  10. Lori Biamonte says:

    I have knit many beautiful things but finishing sweaters with a good fit for me is still a challenge. Good podcast!

  11. Laura says:

    I’ve made a couple crochet sweaters and on the last sleeve of my first knit sweater. So happy to say they have all been a good fit! (Ahem…swatching, washed and blocked is the first step….)

  12. Pam Maher says:

    I really enjoyed listening to Deborah! I think finishing is what really puts the final touch on a project and there is a big difference between a good job and a poor job.

  13. Valerie says:

    I have to learn about finishing for a good fit. I need this book. Thank you for offering up all this knowledge that you have garnered over your career.

  14. Mary L. says:

    I enjoyed listening to Deborah today. Finishing for a good fit is something that I still need to work on. I am always looking for new and different ways to finish my hand knits.

  15. Mary says:

    I don’t mind the finishing work, but it’s the inertia that keeps me from starting a garment project! Thank for a great podcast!

  16. Carol T says:

    Great interview with Deborah. I am not the fondest with finishing techniques. Maybe her book, FINISHING SCHOOL: A MASTER CLASS FOR KNITTERS, is a good option for me to get. Also, Deborah’s book, GOOD MEASURE: KNIT A PERFECT FIT EVERY TIME, sounds like I could get a good fit with the sweater I am currently knitting. Would love to get both of these book to help my knitting. Thanks for a great podcast.

  17. Kathy Itson says:

    This was an inspiring Podcast. I have been knitting for about 10 years now and have never felt I could do garments. I think if I can get one of your books I could. Thanks for the inspiration and I will be finishing for a good fit.

  18. Lauren says:

    I really need to learn how to do finishing for a good fit. I have never enjoyed finishing and my garments show it. Deborah’s books would sure be an asset to me.

  19. amy says:

    I am still working on perfecting a good fit in my knitting, but i’m beginning to think that might be a life long learning experience.

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