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:

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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 (see above for more details):
00:14 Intro and welcome
01:44 Liz & Zontee talk to customers at the Knit-Out & Crochet event
05:50 David Blumenthal
09:47 Kristy
15:14 Cecily Keim
16:50 Kim Werker
19:28 Nadira & Geni
23:10 Debra Lea
24:23 Jane Niemi
27:36 Mary Colucci
30:45 Stash This
38:28 Thanks to our guests

  • http://www.bearyann.com BearyAnn

    I was at the Knit Out and had a great time. My kniited teddy bear PURL joined me and visited all the booths, including Lion Brand. Purl was so excited to be photographed with the Lion Brand Lion. She jumped into the piles of yarn on the various tables. I loved speaking with the people at Lion Brand and was amazed at the length of the lines to get to you!! People gladly stood for an hour or more just to see what you had you to offer. I was also a volunteer to teach crochet and appreciated all the yarn provided for that feature. I know the people who stopped by to learn was having a wonderful time. Thank you for your efforts in making the event a success and your podcast of it.

  • Diane

    Thanks for another interesting podcast. These are the perfect length to listen to on my lunch hour while I’m knitting.

    Another pattern made from rectangles that I’ve made is your Downtown Tot Poncho. It’s super easy and super cute!

    I have to say I get a kick out of listening to David Blumenthal. His voice and accent are so unexpected. It’s like listening to Tony Soprano talk about the joy of knitting!

  • Grace

    I am so jealous (in a good way) of everyone who had a chance to go to the Knit-out & Crochet event! It sounds like it was a blast. I REALLY would have loved to see the demos on mosaic knitting and the knitting machine. Bring it back to NYC next year!!

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com YarnCraft

    BearyAnn, thanks for coming out to the event! We’re glad you had fun!

    Diane, the Downtown Tot Poncho is a great suggestion! Also, David LOVED your comment, so thanks for sharing!

    Grace, we wish you could’ve joined us! I don’t know where next year will be, but we’ll see. Definitely keep an eye out for our upcoming podcast on machine knitting!


  • Grace

    I’d be interested to know how the fashion show was put together. I recently saw some video on Youtube from the Lion Brand fashion show, but it lacked audio commentary. Is there any official fashion show video or pictures with pattern notes?

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com YarnCraft

    Hey Grace,

    Unfortunately we don’t have a full-length video of the fashion show. However, the newsletter listed the available patterns so far. Like many fashion shows, the Lion Brand show features both available patterns as well as conceptual pieces, so not everything in the video has a pattern. But we hope you liked what you saw and that you’ll check out the available patterns.


  • Pat

    I saw a sweater/vest worn by a guest at the Knit-out and saved a picture of it from the photos on the website. Would love to find a pattern. Are the pictures still online and is there any way to contact the person in the pictures.

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com YarnCraft

    Hi Pat,

    I’m not sure which pictures from the Knit-Out you’re referring to, but if you’re talking about our Flickr set, we unfortunately do not have the contact information for those individuals. If you are talking about someone else’s Flickr pictures, you can contact them directly. Hope that helps!


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