YarnCraft Episode 08 :: Meet Author of The Friday Night Knitting Club, Kate Jacobs

29 Jan

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The Friday Night Knitting ClubIn this episode, we speak with Kate Jacobs, author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Friday Night Knitting Club, which will be made into a movie produced by and starring Julia Roberts.

But first, Liz and Zontee tell us about their latest projects including an adorable Pirate Pal, some fun amigurumi animals, and a couple of cowls.

Kate talks about the themes of the book, including how knitting metaphor is a metaphor for life and the meaning and importance of true friendship. She also shares her own favorite knitting projects and discusses what knitting has meant to her personally through the years. Learn more about Kate’s work on KateJacobsBooks.com.

If you like YarnCraft, share it with your friends. Whether you link to us on your blog, “Digg us” or share us on Facebook using the links at the bottom of this post, or even burn a CD of episodes for a friend or loved one, we appreciate you sharing YarnCraft with others. (A special thank you to Lime & Violet for mentioning us on their blog.)

Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life–With the central element of Kate Jacobs’ novel being a knitting club, Liz and Zontee discuss how to find a yarncrafting group in your area including the Lion Brand Club Finder, as well as the knit and crochet online community including Ravelry, CrochetMe, Crochetville, and Knitter’s Review.

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!

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

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Show Notes:
00:11 Intro and welcome
01:26 What’s on Liz & Zontee’s hooks & needles?
07:56 Interview with Kate Jacobs
31:53 Share YarnCraft with your friends

32:46 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
37:20 Thanks to our guests

  • Sarah

    I can’t wait to read this book! I love your podcast and I can’t wait until the next comes out. Keep it up!

  • Grace

    Zontee & Liz are such enablers, I swear!
    I listened to this podcast late tuesday night & immediately grabbed some LB Chunky (my new fav Lion Brand yarn) and cast on for that cowl as I was listening.

    Yarncraft + Stash Busting = Startitis!

  • Knitting girl

    It’s really cool that you taught that you taught someone to knit.

  • http://roespot.blogspot.com Rosemary

    I love the podcast, especially when I get to find out the newest patterns available and good yarn news. You are great enablers – and I mean that as the highest of compliments!

  • http://successfulteaching.blogspot.com Pat

    I really enjoy your podcasts. As a beginner crocheter, they are very inspiring and entertaining! After hearing the current episode, I can’t wait for the next one to come out!

  • Gail

    I really enjoyed this podcast. I could certainly identify with the writer.
    I also have a request – would you do a podcast on scrap knitting; ways to use leftover yarns.

  • Lorri

    Thanks for another great podcast.

    Liz and Zontee, I can’t wait to see you at Knit-Out at MOA (that’s Minnesotan for Mall of America) later this month. I’ll definitely come on over and say hello. I’ll be working at the MN Knitter’s Guild booth on Sunday.

  • Hinda Ader

    I enjoyed listening to the January 28, 2008 blog. But, like many of my fellow crocheters, I can’t help but feel a bit miffed at the heavy focus on knitting to the exclusion of crochet. Even though the interviewer did mention crocheting and sewing in passing, it was knitting which took center stage (yet again).

  • sashak2p2

    I was disappointed with the last podcast. When there is nothing to look at, only listen to, my ears become very intuned to what is being said. I had a hard time concentrating on what Kate Jacobs was saying because of all the mm-hm. That is distracting (and a bit annoying). There was also a lot of talking over each other.

  • Sandy S.

    I’ve enjoyed all of the podcats. I listen to them while crocheting. :-) I enjoy hearing what you and your guests are working on. In my opinion, the sound quality of podcasts is getting better each time — less backgound noise.

  • MsKanga

    I enjoyed the content of the podcast, but i agree with sashak2p2 that the mm-hm was distracting, but it was annoying enough for me to feel the need to say, If I heard another podcast with that much of it, I would turn it off and unsubscribe. It was only my wanting to hear what Kate Jacobs had to say that kept me listening.

  • Sarah

    Hi. I really like your podcasts & enjoy listening to each one while I crochet.

    I know you’ve mentioned several times that you’d like questions/comments for upcoming podcasts so, here goes: Do you (or anyone else for that matter) have any ideas what I can do about my cat batting, biting, and otherwise attacking my yarn while I crochet? I think she sees the moving yarn as some type of sport. I love her dearly and I think she feels the same way about my yarn. Any suggestions? Thanks a bunch! :)

  • Karen

    Today I had the time to actually listen to the podcast and I have to say it was totally awesome! To actually listen to one of my most favorite hobbies is incredible. Actually, this is the first time I’ve ever tuned in to a podcast; it took awhile for me to get into the newest technology. (slow learner, huh?) You guys were very interesting and kept my interest the entire time. The interview with Kate Jacobs was perfect and now I can’t wait to start her book!
    Again, kudos to you and I’ll be tuning in as often as I can. Thank you!

  • Jenn

    Hey! Where’s today’s podcast?! I thought it was every other tuesday and I’d like to hear some great knitting talk please!

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com YarnCraft

    Sarah Says:
    February 5th, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Hi. I really like your podcasts & enjoy listening to each one while I crochet.

    I know you’ve mentioned several times that you’d like questions/comments for upcoming podcasts so, here goes: Do you (or anyone else for that matter) have any ideas what I can do about my cat batting, biting, and otherwise attacking my yarn while I crochet? I think she sees the moving yarn as some type of sport. I love her dearly and I think she feels the same way about my yarn. Any suggestions? Thanks a bunch! :)

    Hi Sarah,

    Definitely an idea to include in a future episode! In the meantime, here are a couple quick ideas: You could put your yarn in a zip-up case (like the kind that bedsheets come in), so that it’s protected. Another idea is to put your yarn in an empty (and cleaned!) coffee can. If you punch a hole in the lid, you can feed the yarn through the hole, and then voila! Instant yarn holder! Hope that helps!

    ~Zontee~

  • Sarah

    Thank you Zontee! I think I’ll try out those suggestions while trying to also move the container closer to my work rather than keep it on the floor. Chloe (my cat) loves to sit next to me and bite about 6 inches down from my hook. Sometimes I don’t see her until I pull the wet yarn around my fingers!

    Thanks for a great show!

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