As 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: Because the interview was by phone, there is some slight distortion during this segment. We’ve chosen to share the interview with you because of the interesting content, but if you prefer to skip it, please fast forward from 8:10 to 18:27.
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.
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Theme music is “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine, from the PodSafe Music Network.
00:12 Intro and welcome
01:54 What’s on Liz & Zontee’s hooks & needles?
06:56 Knit-Out & Crochet at the Mall of America
08:10 Interview with Sue Grafton
22:15 Customer story — War & Piece
23:58 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
28:33 Thanks to our guests