YarnCraft Episode 69 :: How to Start & Promote Your Own Knitting & Crochet Group

22 Jun

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Knitting, crocheting, and yarncrafts are a great way to connect to others, and on today’s episode we’re taking that concept to the next level and helping you to organize your own yarncrafting get-togethers, whether informal or formal. Liz & Zontee share tips on starting your own knitting, crochet, or yarncrafting group.We also hear from you, our listeners, about the yarncrafting groups you belong to and why you enjoy them.

Already a part of a group? Get tips on how to promote your group and attract new members!

Looking for a club in your area? OR want to list the club you belong to? Click here for the Lion Brand Club Finder.

On today’s Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we talk about gifts for your grad! Whether they’re graduating 5th grade or college, we have ideas for celebrating this big milestone with that special someone.

Patterns discussed include:

Join us in two weeks when we talk about teaching others knitting & crochet skills, whether that’s sharing a new technique with your guild or yarncrafting group OR teaching kids at a local enrichment program. Do you have tips on teaching others? Share your thoughts with us! Post a message on the blog or email us at yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com! You can also call in at 774-452-YARN–that’s 774-452-9276. We may include you 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:
00:11 Intro & welcome
01:11 Your Questions & Comments
09:02 How to Start & Promote Your Own Knitting & Crochet Group
24:36 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
31:12 Thanks to our listeners and guests

  • Valencia

    Hey Ladies. The podcast for 6/22 should be #69, but it’s #68 from 2wks ago.

    YarnCraft says: Hi Valencia, thanks for the heads-up. We’ve fixed the player at the top; the download link was correct though.

  • http://www.linnel.com Linnel

    Hi Liz and Zontee,

    As a professional in the learning field (corporate trainer and instructional designer), the only person that I’ve successfully taught to yarn craft is myself. It’s kind of funny when you think about it, but I’ve learned from my mistakes.

    Here’s the story:

    About a year ago, my colleague begged me to teach a brown bag, lunch-and-learn, crochet class for all in our office (which of course, I was more-than-happy to do). We made all the preparations, reserved the conference room, emailed everyone a supply list complete with the most basic crochet scarf pattern I could find.

    The day of class arrived. The colleague whose inspiration prompted class never showed. Two of the learners (one a knitter) decided that crochet just wasn’t for them. The afternoon however, wasn’t a complete waste. One of my colleagues, a former crocheter from years past, hadn’t picked up a hook in eons. That little refresher course revived her passion for crochet again. She’s now happily yarn crafting away.

    If I were to do it all again, I think I’d pick a pattern that avoids the dreaded foundation chain. With the exception of the no-show, that’s where I think I lost the majority of my learners.

    Sometimes, I’ve found, the most apt pupil can be you. Since class, one of my goals has been to brush up on my own hand-knitting skills. I’m primarily a flat-bed manual machine knitter, but I’m happy to say with all the demonstrations out there in cyber space, I’ve actually fashioned not one but two really nice pairs of lacy fingerless gloves. Currently, I’m knitting one of the amigurumi fishes from the Lion pattern site. Knitting with two needles is very satisfying, and I look forward to combining my new hand-knitting skills with my machine knitting and crochet skills.

    Yarn crafting is a beloved activity that you can (with the right learning method) teach others…including yourself.

    I love your podcast. Keep up the great work!


  • miki Thompson

    I have a question for you all. I was not sure where to post so I figured I would drop it here. I love Vanna’s Choice because of the easy care but was wondering if there were more colorways in the future. I know there are a ton of colors but most of them seem deep, jeweled or heathered. I was hoping for some more brights similar to the colors in the baby line like Berrylicious, Duckie, etc. I really like the colors that are used on this amazing site (http://attic24.typepad.com/) and am struggling a bit to recreate the look with Vanna’s colors. I find what I like amongst all of your lines but they are all different weights. PS… Cherry Cherry is the best color.

    YarnCraft says: Hi Miki, yes, there will be new colors coming out later this year which will include some brights; keep an eye out. Also, keep in mind two things as you try to achieve certain palettes: (1) Vanna’s Choice Baby IS designed to mix and match with the original color line to give you brighter options, so feel free to dive right in and use them, since they’re the same weight and content, and (2) while it may be difficult to tell in-store, since not all of the colors are available, but with over 50 regular Vanna’s Choice colors and another 14 Vanna’s Choice Baby colors, you can create a ton of palettes including brights. If you want to see some examples, click here to see a blog post about it over at the Lion Brand Notebook. Hope that helps!

  • Carey

    LIZ AND ZONTEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have you seen this new video game?? It looks AWESOME! Finally a way for my husband and I to share our two loves: knitting (for me) and video games (for him). HOORAY! Now maybe he’ll quit showing me the video game-inspired handicrafts from Nintendo Power Magazine…


    Hope you’re well!


  • Bet

    I just discovered your podcast and I am addicted. Not only to your podcast but the Lion Brand Yarn website…I spent all morning downloading and printing your free crochet patterns for washcloths and spa sets. Your podcast encouraged me to start making gifts now so I’ll have them ready for the holidays or for any last minute birthday of a friend that I had forgotten. Also, they are great little “thank you gifts” when the neighbor watches the house when we are out of town….there are a million times when I wish I had “just a little something” to give to someone and these washcloths and dish cloths are perfect to have on hand.

    Thanks for turning me on to your company’s great websites and products (I am waiting for an afghan kit and dishcloth kit that I ordered) as well as your fantastic podcast. Even though I am all the way across the country (I’m in Colorado) I can get the benefits of your NYC studio (which I WILL come to visit someday.


  • DCAlaneKnits

    Here are a couple of new questions for you.

    I don’t usually rewind my yarn into balls. Do I need to? Sometimes, I can find the yarn end from the middle, so I use that end. Sometimes, I don’t bother, and I knit from the outside end.

    I’m guess this is related…when I do the long tail cast on, the yarn often starts unraveling/untwisting. Is this because I’m knitting from the wrong end.

    As always, thanks for the podcast. I’ve been learning so much, and finding so many fun projects (which keep me from the socks….1 cuff is done, and started on the other, with about 2″ done….need to jump into the challenging part when I can concentrate).