YarnCraft Episode 35 :: Live at Knit-Out & Crochet 2009

24 Feb

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The YarnCraft girls bring you to the Mall of America for all the excitement at this year’s Knit-Out & Crochet event! Thousands of knitters, crocheters, and yarncrafters flooded the largest mall in America for a weekend of fun, learning, and even some competition.

We interview Mary Colluci of the Craft Yarn Council of America, the industry group that puts on this event about the various fashion shows — pets, kids and teens, and fashion. We talk to groups like the Machine Knitters Guild of Minnesota that hosted a booth at the event, listeners like Becky and Mary Lee, and members of the Lion Brand team who worked behind the scenes and taught demos.

Listen in for a taste of the happenings — and maybe we’ll see you next year!

Yarns discussed include Homespun, Recycled Cotton, and LB Collection Wool Stainless Steel.

Patterns mentioned include:

Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life — Liz and Zontee share tips for knit and crochet lace. We discuss lace patterns such as arrowhead lace, lace ripples, pointelle, and star mesh, which can be found in our StitchFinder. Find out about lifelines, stitch counters, and why blocking is your friend when it comes to lace. For more information on blocking, listen to Episode 15 and Episode 31.

To share your comments and thoughts, post a message on the blog, email to yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com! Our next episode will be all about spring projects. What’s your favorite warm-weather item to make? Let us know and you may be included in the next episode!

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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 & Welcome
01:13 Customer Call
02:25 Liz & Zontee chat about Knit-Out & Crochet
06:38 Interview with Mary Colluci
10:18 Interview with members of the Machine Knitters Guild of Minnesota
15:14 Interview with Becky
16:49 Interview with Mary Lee
18:40 Interview with Ceresa
20:47 Stash This with India of the Design Department
26:30 Thanks to our guests

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  • leona

    I love your show. I just started listening to it. I like the tips and how you talk about your projects that you are making. I love lion brand yarn. I am making the coming home poncho in candy apple and was wondering if lion suede or Vanna’s choice would work?
    Keep up the good work on the show.


  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com YarnCraft

    Hi Leona,

    Lion Suede, like the Homespun originally suggested in the pattern, is a category 5 yarn, so it should be easy to substitute. Just make sure to check your gauge to adjust your hook size up or down before making the whole garment.