YarnCraft Episode 28 :: Gifts to “Wow” on a Budget

4 Nov

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Cable Ready BagIt’s just about time to start crafting gifts for the holidays, so Liz and Zontee share their top 10 gift projects for this season. Join us for unique, creative, and fun projects for the whole family that will be sure to please.

We also answer a customer question about crocheting an afghan with the look of tie dye, find out what the girls of YarnCraft have been working on, and find out what listeners like you are making for YOUR families!

Patterns discussed include:

Our top 10 gift project list includes:

  1. Socks – Basic Socks
  2. Leg Warmers – Thigh High Socks & Leg Warmers
  3. Purses/bags – Cable Ready Bag (paid pattern)
  4. Cabled scarves – Aran Cable Scarf & Cable Scarf
  5. Sweaters – Cabled Woman’s Cardigan
  6. Shawl – Lavish Lace Shawl
  7. Lace scarf – Crochet Lace Scarf
  8. Fingerless gloves – Crochet Driving Gloves, Knit Wristers, and Crochet Fingerless Gloves
  9. Afghan/throw – Afghan Squared
  10. Bath items – Bath Collection

Find more great patterns on the Pattern Finder, and tune in two episodes from now, when we share great ideas for last-minute gifts!

Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life–Liz and Zontee share ideas and tips for teaching your loved ones to knit, crochet, and craft with yarn over the holidays! Spread the joy of creating with yarn with beginner patterns like the 2 Hour Scarf and the School Colors Crochet Scarf or with easy group projects like our colorful or classic Holiday Ornaments!

To share your comments and thoughts, post a message on the blog, email to yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com! In our next episode, we’ll be taking you inside the NEW Lion Brand Yarn Studio for a sneak peek of the space, AND we’ll be once again joined by bestselling author Kate Jacobs. Do you have questions about the Studio OR for Kate Jacobs? Let us know 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:
00:10 Intro and welcome
01:56 What’s on Liz & Zontee’s hooks & needles?
04:10 Listener question
06:34 Top 10 gift ideas
16:10 What listeners are making
18:50 Stash This
28:50 Thanks to our guests

  • http://www.sunsetknitter.blogspot.com sunsetknitter

    Just wanted to drop a line to let you know I am really enjoying your podcast.

  • http://www.carolbeech.blogspot.com Connie

    Thanks for a great podcast. A question I would have for Kate would be does she have a favorite kind of project, and what is her favorite kind of yarn to work with?

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  • Chris

    I always eagerly wait for your next podcast. What I’d like to know is there a good reference book out there? Do you have any favorites? Lily Chin is suppose to come out with 2 in knitting and crocheting. Did this happen yet? Maybe Kate has one on the market? I went to my local bookstore and nothing on the shelves were complete enough.

  • http://www.cogknitivepodcast.com Dr Gemma

    Hello, Ladies! I just wanted you to know that I talk about Lion Brand Yarns in the most recent episode of my podcast “CogKNITive”. I discuss the yarns and website in the segment called “Something I Really Like” in Episode 14. Yes, Lion Brand is Something I Really Like. Your excellent podcast is also Something I Love! Thanks for the great work!

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com YarnCraft

    Hi Chris,

    I personally think that the classics like Barbara Walker’s or Elizabeth Zimmermann’s books are great resources for knitters. The Harmony Guides are also useful for knitters and crocheters in terms of stitches etc. I don’t believe Lily has any new books out right now, but check her website for more info. Also, keep an eye out for a new book from Lion Brand later this year…can’t say too much yet, but it might be a great addition to your library.

    Kate is not a technical writer–her books are all novels–so unfortunately you won’t find her in the knitting/crochet section of the bookstore, but her books are a fun read for between projects!

    Hope that helps!


  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com YarnCraft

    Hi Dr Gemma,

    Thanks so much for talking about Lion Brand on your podcast! We’ll have to check it out!

    - Liz & Zontee

  • Eric

    I have to say that I really enjoy your podcast. I wanted to share with you a yarn craft that I have made for the holiday season. I roll all of my yarn into balls, that includes crochet thread. Well the left over cardboard tube that they are wrapped on, I didn’t want to throw out. So me and my landlady’s 12 yr. old daughter, Rebecca took different fashion yarns and wrapped the tubes in one single layer. Then I made a large loop to finish it off and made Christmas tree ornanments. Each one is different and has the personality of the creator. I like the cool colors of green, blue and purple. And Rebecca likes pinks, yellows and light purples. We even made one for my landlady (who is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan) using yellow and black Fun Fur. It’s a inexpensive and creative project to do, especially with children.

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com YarnCraft

    Hi Eric,

    Thanks for the great idea — definitely a good project with kids!