In our second episode of YarnCraft, we discuss inspiration — the colors, textures, and ideas that make us want to knit and crochet.
First, Jessica Abo and Zontee Hou discuss your feedback to our first episode. Jessica and Zontee are once again joined by Liz Shaw, and we find out what’s on their needles and hooks. Zontee is making a variation of our Curtain Call Shrug and Liz is making a sweater using the brioche stitch based on our Ultimate Sweater. Jessica also speaks with Karen Tanaka, Creative Director of Lion Brand, and finds out how yarn colors are inspired.
Zontee interviews Glampyre Knits blogger Stefanie Japel and finds out what inspired her to write Fitted Knits, how she got started designing, and what’s in store in her next book. Read an excerpt from Fitted Knits previously featured in our newsletter here.
Liz and Zontee also share some of the Lion Brand patterns they find inspirational:
Whiter Shade of Pale Car Coat
They also recommend our Pattern Finder and our Stitch Finder for more inspiration.
Finally, Liz, Karen, and Zontee discuss inspiration boards during our segment “Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life.” Join us at the end of every episode for new ideas. Check out Flickr for some great examples of inspiration boards.
To leave your comments and thoughts, post a message on the blog, email to yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com! We may even feature you in an upcoming episode! For our next episode, tell us about the best (or worst) knit or crochet gift that you’ve given or received.
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Theme music is “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine, from the PodSafe Music Network.
00:01 Intro and welcome
01:42 Jessica Abo and Zontee Hou discuss comments on the YarnCraft blog
04:03 Jessica finds out what’s on Zontee’s and Liz’s needles and hooks
07:39 Interview of Karen Tanaka, Creative Director
04:19 Zontee interviews Stefanie Japel
22:10 Liz and Zontee talk about patterns that inspire them
25:54 Introduction of “Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life”
26:15 Liz, Karen, and Zontee discuss inspiration boards
33:04 Thanks to listeners and guests
32:26 Preview of next episode: What is the best or worst hand-knit/crocheted gift you’ve ever given or received?