YarnCraft Episode 27 :: Toys for Kids of Every Age & Pets Too

20 Oct

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Join us as we explore the terrific world of yarncrafted toys–get in touch with your inner child! Liz and Zontee share toy ideas for kids of various ages and even for your furry friends. We also share more of our interview with designer Nicky Epstein–this time, Nicky tells us all about her love of yarncrafting for Barbie, as well as her upcoming projects. (Listen to episode 24 for embellishing tips from Nicky.)

It’s the perfect time to start making holiday gifts whether you’re looking for small or large animal toys, crafts for your dolls, baby toys or toys for your pets, so listen in!

Patterns discussed include:

Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life–Liz and Zontee look at advanced knitting and crocheting techniques, including knitting or crocheting in the round, adding color, cabling and so much more. Take up the challenge and learn something new!

To share your comments and thoughts, post a message on the blog, email to yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com! We’ll be sharing ideas for holiday gift-making on our NEXT episode. What kinds of gifts are YOU making this holiday season? Tell us about it and you may be included in our next show!

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

Show Notes:
00:12 Intro and welcome
02:05 Stuffed animal and doll ideas
11:30 Nicky Epstein yarncrafts for Barbie
17:50 More toy ideas
25:00 Stash This
36:52 Thanks to our guests

  • M’Lady Wench

    Hello! I noticed that the link for the download is not working. Just wanted to make sure it wasn’t my comp. Take care and love the podcasts!

  • Libelula

    Hi! Just wanted to say I really really loved this podcast. The interview was really great and listening to your breakdown of the various techniques was really hepful, and has enticed me to give entrelac and filet crochet a go.

    There are sooo many toys that I’d love to make, and thanks to you I have found the perfect lion pattern! :) That and the best bunny are both going on my christmas presents list.

    The problem with chrismas present is that I would like to make so many that it is hard to fit in a big project like a sweater for my other half. So I’m thinking of making a lot of knitted cable bracelets and knitted tree ornaments as I’ve been seeing a lot of these in shops.

  • Letitia

    I live in Australia, but most of my family and friends are in the US. I was intending to make scarves, hats, etc for everyone this year, but overseas postage is insanely expensive – it can almost double the cost of the item.

    To keep shipping costs down this year, I am crocheting bookmarks for most people on my list. For any of the non-readers, I am crocheting snowflake Christmas ornaments for them. Because both of these items are thin, flat and light, and can enclose them in their Christmas cards, thus not incurring any additional postage costs.

    Love the podcast! Thanks :)
    Letitia (AuntieElle on Ravelry)

  • http://youcancallmemsfagg.blogspot.com/ msrachee

    What a great podcast! I am a crocheter and I often need something to boost my taste for a new project.
    This was just the ticket.

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  • Harriett

    Great episode, When I listen to you I like to crochet and have tea. Great job, Liz & Zontee. The Christmas gifts I’m working on are a granny square afghan, a lot of prayer shawls, comfort shawls, and even place mats and coasters. I have long list, but I feel I don’t have much time. I love the crochet toy idea, especially for my little neice and nephews. Thanks for a great show. :)

  • Melanie

    This was my first podcast. I really enjoyed it. I can’t find the pattern for the tunisian crochet lion afghan, though. I love tunisian crochet! I’m making afghans and sock monkeys for Christmas. I haven’t decided what else yet.

  • Madelaine

    I’m feeling really inspired to do some stash busting and make toys for sale for charity. The sardines would get eaten by my dogs so they are not for my home but, with a little catnip in each one, will be sold for Cats Protection, a large UK charity.

    Thanks for coming on my Dog walks, Liz and Zontee!

  • Grace

    I’m a fan of Barbie and I recently purchased a copy of Nicky Epsteins Knitting for Barbie book (LOVE IT).

    I don’t like the Bratz dolls either, but I just learned that they aren’t made by Mattel… they are made by MGA. They were designed when their creator was working for Mattel and thus there is a huge copyright ingringement lawsuit going on.
    Supposedly the Bratz dolls days are numbered (collectors take note)!


    Lucky for Barbie fans, there are some affordable new vintage reproduction dolls coming out in the coming months. I would love to see the Barbie Couture book one of these days Nicky!