YarnCraft Episode 17 :: Connect to Others Through Knitting & Crochet

3 Jun

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hands.jpgKnitting and crocheting are great activities that are even better with friends. In this episode, Liz and Zontee share tips on how to find a group in your area and how to start a group of your own. Our guest is Rita Weiss, president of the Crochet Guild of America, and she shares with us her thoughts on the benefits of joining your local knitting guild or crochet guild, as well as upcoming events like the Knit & Crochet Show.

Patterns mentioned by Liz & Zontee are:

We also talk about Worldwide Knit in Public Day, taking place on June 14th, as well as using the Lion Brand Club Finder and Charity Connection, and the Tree of Life Knit-Along on the Lion Brand Notebook.

Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life – Liz and Zontee give tips on throwing your own yarn-centric party. Group-friendly patterns recommended include:

To share your comments and thoughts, post a message on the blog, email to yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com! Answer Liz’s question: Tell us your favorite summer yarncrafting memory.

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

Show Notes:
00:10 Intro and welcome
01:24 What’s on Liz & Zontee’s hooks & needles?
11:19 Interview with Rita Weiss
23:00 Stash This
31:30 Thanks to our guests

  • Grace

    I’m a surprised, disappointed and little put-off by the opinions of Rita Weiss. She is clearly biased towards crochetting over knitting and has no concrete idea of the actual demographic of yarn crafters today.

    Ms Weiss wildly generalizes that Knitters are all very concerned about getting every stitch perfect and Crochetters are not, because they give most all their projects away and are their for great for doing charity work with. For the record, my mother crochets detailed lace doilies (for herself) & always rips back for the tiniest mistakes even if it’s 20 rounds deep. I am a knitter and I have participated in several knit based charities and I have knit plenty of gifts for other people. There are all kinds of people who knit and crochet and it is wrong to generalize about their motives & habits simply based on which is their chosen craft.

    Rita Weiss is misinformed when she states that one can’t insert an extra stitch as easily with knitting as with crochetting. It is just as easy to insert an extra stitch where needed with knit as with crochet. Knitting has yarn overs too. Has she never heard of a M1? Lifted bar increase?

    Rita Weiss also is of the antiquated opinion that kids must be taught to crochet or knit before the age of 11, because teens are only capable of being interested in 1 thing (boys, if you are a girl; and sports of you are a boy) and lose all interest in crafting again until they are pregnant (presumably boys never knit or crochet again??) and need to knit for baby (what, there’s no other reason to craft??). Then they put it aside again until they are grandmothers and have plenty of time and money (ha!). How ignorant and narrow minded! I am neither a child, pregnant, nor post menopausal and I have always been interested in crafting, even when I was a boy crazy teen. These are exactly the kinds of knitting and crocheting stereotypes I thought the yarn crafting community today was trying to overcome.

    Hopefully Rita Weiss will see a more accurate sample of the crafting demographic on WWKIP day.

  • Andrea

    I too find Mrs Weiss remarks, well… a bit odd. I’m not under 11, nor having a baby, nor menopausal, and still, here I am happily knitting and crocheting.

    Long live to the stereotypes, uh? Only pregnant women and grannies will knit/crochet… uhmmm

  • Grace

    Woops… my typos! I didn’t write my comment out in Word first to properly edit, which might also explain the length!

  • Chris

    I happen to teach 7th & 8th grade boys and girls to crochet and to knit. Very basic blankets, scarfs. They are very capable and I have other patterns laying around and this week I had one finish a tote bag another made her sister’s baby booties, and a wash rag with a bear head. This is a very busy and creative generation. They will use the computer to look up how to stitch something and look for patterns. My students always challenge and excite me. It gives them such confidence and they know if they can do this they can do anything.

  • Harriett

    I love this episode. I especially like the ideas about having a get together with friends who knit and crochet. I am hosting a contest where participants must crochet an originally granny square afghan with different stitches and they don’t have to be original granny squares either, as long as they are squares. The person who has a very unique stitch, color and they must name there afghan will win some baked goodies. I actually brain storm from your project the Tree of Life knit along. I liked the idea that people can actually work on a project together and actually finish it. You know how some of us knitter’s and crocheters are, we tend to want to work on another project, before our first one is finished. Well I know I always do that, I’m trying to do better with that. I really love all your podcasts, because it really inspires me to do more and do better by challenging myself to step it up. By the way I respect all crocheters and knitters, I would like to learn how to knit one day as I am a crocheter. I’m so sorry about the comments that Rita Weiss made. I believe we are all crafters, creators in the same world, and there is no need for division between one because they don’t do this and the other does something else. We can all come together and learn from one another. WWKIP is a perfect event to do that. We crafters, what ever gift you have as a crafter, has an important thing in common, we create love and care in what we do, and we love what we create. Where ever we are in the world crafting, crocheting, knitting, scrapbooking, etc., and some of us may never meet, some will-we create that love for one another in the spirit of loving what we do and passing it on. That is always our connection. God bless you Lion Brand for inspiring me to make more memories. To all yarn crafters, keep up the good work and God bless you for living an inspiration life to create through many things, and of course, but also through crafting. Oh, and by the way, my grandmother and my sister taught me how to crochet and they never “left me alone”. I’m glad they kept checking to see if I got my stitch right, or if I’m reading the instructions properly. Although I may have become intrested in boys, I still never gave up my crocheting. Actually it’s one of the things that kept me grounded and focus. We can’t give up on our children, they need something to keep them grounded and focus so that they won’t get off track with boy’s. If we leave them alone and not pass on what we know who will? Pass on a gift, and you have passed on great wisdom.

  • Vicky B. “Iggystar”

    I found Ms. Weiss’ comments to be very odd and extremely outdated. It was like listening to some radio clip straight out of the 50′s.

    I’m a young, vibrant 30-year old who learned knitting a few months ago. I’m not married, pregnant, barefoot or any of that. I’m not a perfectionist and of the dozen or so projects I’ve finished, none have been for me. As a matter of fact, my “to do” knitting list has about 15 projects before I get to myself (including a few charity projects).

    There shouldn’t be a division in crafting, it’s all part of a wonderful goal of making something with your own two hands. As soon as I have knitting mastered more, I plan on moving to crocheting…they seem like a natural compliment to each other.

    WWKIP Day should be chanred to WW-CRAFT-IP Day. :)

    Oh, and I prefer the term pro-solitary over anti-social. :) Not that I’m the PC police or anything. I like knitting in groups and it’s a great stress reliever to sit by yourself with your thoughts whle knitting. :)

    All-in-all it was still a great episode. :)

  • http://SamsHandmadesetsy.com Mariamarta Lee

    Rita sounds a little old fashioned…but that’s ok.

    I don’t consider myself a crocheter because I cannot crochet flat, I can only crochet critters.

    I love to knit everywhere. I work at a clinic and I often knit there, and it’s a wonderful way to have people open up about their lives. It’s interesting.

    I recently started riding a scooter to work and had to reduce the stuff I can carry. I still make sure I carry some yarn with me stashed under the seat!

  • Jennifer

    I agree with Vicky B “Iggystar”‘s comment—WWKIP Day should be re-named to WW-Craft-IP Day, or something similar.

    I am primarily a crocheter who also does some other yarn art (weaving on various types of small hand-held looms, spool-knitting, etc), and I would have enjoyed attending a local yarn-related event like this. I used the WWKIP Day website to look up any events being held in our town, and found that one was indeed being held by a LYS. Very unfortunately, the LYS’s description of their event ended with the sentence, “This KIP is exclusive to knitters.” That certainly did not make me feel welcome, or make me feel like spending my crafting dollars at their store.

    I am very glad that Lion Brand is attempting to be inclusive of more than just knitters when discussing yarn. Knitting is great, but there’s nothing wrong with stores, yarn companies, events, etc. remembering that there are other fun, artistic, and exciting types of yarn manipulation out there!

  • sallyw

    We fibremasters are an opinionated lot (that would account for the gazillion yarn/hook/needle/pattern types to which we lovingly have access)! And I would guess there are many (who will likely not comment) who fit Ms. Weiss’ timeline quite well. It would seem there are currently enough of us practicing our various interpretations of fibre work to fuel the LYS/web-based fibre economy…and that means we continue to have choices.

    I found it a bit surprising that, early in the podcast, Liz told Zontee to stop knitting–this in the midst of talking about connecting with/to others through knitting/crochet/etc. An odd place for an obstacle.

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com YarnCraft

    Hi Sally, I think that Liz meant it in good fun, especially since she was saying how she didn’t have any knitting of her own and her hands were lonely watching me knit :-)

    Thanks to everyone for their comments! I think it’s always good to hear differing opinions, especially because knitters and crocheters are a diverse group of people who, as Stephanie Pearl-McPhee once said, might not be caught dead together if it were not for the love of yarn.


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