Archive | November, 2007

YarnCraft Episode 04 :: Behind the Scenes with the Yarn Harlot Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

27 Nov

Please note: Due to technical issues, this episode is no longer available.

Knitting Rules! by Stephanie Pearl-McPheeIn this special episode, we spend time talking to popular author and blogger, the hilarious and insightful Stephanie Pearl-McPhee–we find out about her life as a knitting celebrity, learn about how she founded Knitters without Borders to support Doctors without Borders, get some advice about yarncrafting, and more.

(Visit Stephanie’s blog by clicking Yarn Harlot)

First, Liz and Zontee share their thoughts about why they like Stephanie’s writings so much. Then Jessica interviews Stephanie and talks to her about what she likes to knit, Knitters without Borders, getting recognized in yarn shops, her current projects, and her life as a writer/knitter/doula/mother/wife/et cetera!

Zontee asks Stephanie just a few of the (over 80!) listener questions we received, including one about Stephanie’s lightning-quick knitting on YouTube. Click here to read the rest of the questions.

Stephanie’s books include:
At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter
Knitting Rules! The Yarn Harlot’s Bag of Knitting Tricks
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot’s Guide to the Land of Knitting
and Things I Learned from Knitting (Whether I Wanted to or Not) coming out in 2008

Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life–Liz and Zontee talk about their stashes and how they organize their crafting materials,
taking into consideration what works for them.

Be sure to listen for a special coupon code for YarnCraft listeners. Use it to get 15% off your purchase at LionBrand.com, from now until the end of December. Visit our shop now!

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, leave a comment about a man (or men) in your life who knits or crochets.

Look for YarnCraft on Blubrry.com.

Theme music is “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine, from the PodSafe Music Network.

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YarnCraft Episode 03 :: Gift Ideas for YarnCrafters

13 Nov

Please note: Due to technical issues, this episode is no longer available.

lionbrand_afghanOur third episode is all about gifts and gift ideas — we share our top ten gift ideas, a remarkable and touching story from a listener, and more.

First, Jessica and Zontee share a few of your comments on our last episode. Then, Liz and Zontee share the projects on their needles.

Jessica, Liz and Zontee are joined by Jackie Smyth, technical editor at Lion Brand, and they share their countdown of Top Ten Gift ideas.

All of the patterns mentioned are available at our Pattern Finder; you can also click the links below to see each specific pattern on LionBrand.com:

#10 – Scarves: Learn to Cable Scarf

#9 – Hats: Aaron’s Hat Trick

#8 – Purses: Satchel Grande

#7 – Children’s items: Hooded Sweater

#6 – Toys/stuffed animals: Crochet Puppy & Crochet Kitten

#5 – Socks: Men’s Striped Socks

#4 – Baby items: Bright Baby Blanket

#3 – Bath items: Bath Collection, Bunny Bath Mitt, Kitty Bath Mitt

#2 – Prayer shawls: Comfort Shawl

#1 – Afghans: 5 1/2 Hour Afghan & Tree of Life Afghan

A reading of a customer story submitted by Tama from Colorado, called “Knitting Changes Everything” shows the power of knitting and of gifts. You can also read the story by clicking here.
For more customer stories, click here.

Stash This: Ideas for your Crafting Life – Liz and Zontee share some gift recommendations including Lion Brand’s Just Gifts book, Last Minute Knitted Gifts, The Knitting Answer Book, and The Crochet Answer Book. Zontee recommends gift baskets filled with yarn and books for the yarncrafter in your life.

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, leave a question or comment for Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, author and writer of the popular blog, Yarn Harlot.

Look for YarnCraft on Blubrry.com.

Theme music is “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine, from the PodSafe Music Network.

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Ask writer and blogger STEPHANIE PEARL-MCPHEE your questions!

9 Nov

Popular knitter and writer — and Lion Brand customers’ favorite blogger — Stephanie Pearl-McPhee will be our special guest on our 4th episode, which will be available at LionBrand.com starting November 27th. She’s the author of four extremely popular books and writes the blog, Yarn Harlot.

Stephanie will be answering YOUR questions, so leave a question here on the blog, e-mail us at yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com by November 18th and YOUR question could be in the podcast!