Archive | February, 2008

YarnCraft Episode 10 :: The Knit-Out & Crochet Event at the Mall of America

26 Feb

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In this episode, we bring you to the Knit-Out & Crochet event that took place at the Mall of America over President’s Day weekend to get firsthand accounts from the fashion shows, the demonstrations, and all of the excitement. Click here to visit our Flickr pool for photos from our booth.

Lion Brand Staff Group Photo

Interviews include Lion Brand president David Blumenthal; Lion Brand staffers Kristy, Nadira, and Geni; crochet designers/authors Cecily Keim and Kim Werker (CrochetMe.com); volunteer “yarn doctor” (and YarnCraft fan) Debra Lea; Jane Niemi of the Machine Knitting Guild of Minnesota; and executive director of the Craft Yarn Council, Mary Colucci.

Patterns discussed in the episode include William the Hedgehog and products discussed include our new Woolspun and LB1878 cone yarns. To find out about your local Knit-Out & Crochet event, click here.

Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life – Liz and Zontee share tips about how a basic rectangle can be the basis of all kinds of garments, from hats to sweaters. Some examples include:

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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YarnCraft Episode 09 :: R is for Relaxation — Bestselling Author Sue Grafton Talks to YarnCraft

12 Feb

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Lion Brand YarnsAs many yarncrafters already know, knitting and crocheting can be a great way to relax and unwind after a long day. In this episode, we speak with Sue Grafton, international bestselling author of the ABC mystery series, who knits to relax after spending her days coming up with the next thrilling mystery about female private-eye Kinsey Millhone (who is also a knitter and crocheter). Sue shares her insights into why knitting is the perfect way to unwind both for her and for Kinsey. Editor’s note: As we’ve been updating our archives, we’ve remastered the interview with Sue Grafton as best we could considering the quality of the original recording.

Find out about current projects that Liz and Zontee are working on, including a Fishermen’s Wool scarf that Zontee’s making and the Knitty.com fetching pattern that Liz is making in Vanna’s Choice. Liz and Zontee also give a preview of the Knit-Out & Crochet event at the Mall of America, where you can meet the two of them, as well as other members of the Lion Brand family. We also share with you a customer story about the calming effects of yarncrafting. To read more customer stories, visit our readers’ stories page.

After Sue’s interview, stay tuned for Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life. Liz and Zontee share stress-reducing tips for your joints while yarncrafting, such as using stress relief gloves. They also recommend simple patterns as projects that can be incredibly soothing. Recommended patterns include prayer shawl patterns because of their simple, repetitve stitch patterns.

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!

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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