Archive | July, 2008

YarnCraft Episode 21 :: Sharing Your Designs with Others

29 Jul

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Crochet SamplerHave you ever designed your own garment? It’s great, and all of your friends ask for the pattern. Now you’re wondering how to share it with the rest of the world. In this episode, we take a quick look at various ways that you can share your patterns with the world, be it online or in print. Share your pattern for free. Sell it online. Submit it to a website or magazine. Liz and Zontee delve into all this and more in this episode.

At the CGOA Chainlink Conference and the Knit & Crochet Show that took place this weekend in Manchester, NH, we talk to Drew Emborsky, also known as the Crochet Dude, about his path to becoming a designer.

Sites mentioned include:
Ravelry.com
Knitty.com
CrochetMe
Knitting.About.com
Crochet.About.com
Etsy.com

Liz and Zontee are working on various projects, including where to find viagra in stores in generic viagra price india, available on her blog (one of the ways to share your pattern with others that we talk about today).
Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life – Get tips on estimating the amount of yarn needed for a given project, learn how to leave enough “tail” for a long-tail cast-on, and discover which stitches use up more yarn. Stay tuned for this useful segment.

To share your comments and thoughts, post a message on the blog, email to yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com, and leave us a message! Our next episode will be about creating the perfect yarncrafting sanctuary, so call or leave a comment about your workspace or your dream workspace.

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YarnCraft Episode 20 :: Oops! Common Mistakes & How to Fix Them

15 Jul

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Dropped StitchToo many stitches, too few stitches, a dropped stitch–it happens to the best of us. This time on YarnCraft, Liz and Zontee share their own yarncrafting mishaps–and talk about lessons learned and insights gained.

We also share stories from listeners like you about knitting and crochet snafus, as well as advice on fixing common problems, like lifelines, purposely dropping stitches, and other tricks of the trade.

Learn more about recovering dropped stitches, ripping out stitches one by one, and more at our Learning Center.

A book recommended is When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters by Marion Edmonds & Ahza Moore, which was previously featured in the Lion Brand E-Newsletter.

Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life – Discover resources at the Learning Center on the NEW Lion Brand website, why YouTube can be a good way to learn a new skill, and what website Liz & Zontee go to when they can’t quite salvage that project in time to give it as a gift.

Other sites mentioned include:

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YarnCraft Episode 19 :: Working with Looms and More

1 Jul

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Knitting LoomSummer’s the perfect time to try new things, so the YarnCraft girls explore the world of loom-knitting, spool-knitting, and other yarncrafts. Discover which other forms of yarncrafting can be good newbies, teaching kids, and even those with joint pain, and why even expert knitters and crocheters should check out these tools.

We also interview Pat Novak of KnittingBoard.com, who recently wrote a guest post for the Lion Brand Notebook, blog.lionbrand.com all about the Knitting Board.

Patterns discussed include:

You can also find directions on spool-knitting and making your own spool-knitter on our site. It’s a great craft to do with your kids. Check out our shop for our French knitter and our looms.

Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life – Liz and Zontee break-down the different pieces of a pattern and give tips on getting the most out of your patterns.

To share your comments and thoughts, post a message on the blog, email to yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com!

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