Archive | August, 2010

YarnCraft Episode 74 :: Fall Preview: Find Out What Lion Brand Has In Store

31 Aug

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Knitters & crocheters know that fall brings sweater weather and yarn season! Join Liz & Zontee as we say goodbye to summer and hello to 5 new yarns from Lion Brand like Superwash Merino Cashmere, Baby Wool, and more, dozens of colors in several more of your favorite Lion Brand yarns, and a brand new format to our fall catalog. This year, we’re featuring 100 new patterns, as well as a year-long format that includes projects for occasions from now through next summer, so tune in to find out more about all that we have to offer!

Yarns discussed include:

Patterns discussed include:

And in this week’s Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we talk about construction and go over some of the basics for figuring out how to choose a pattern that works for you, as well as resources for learning more about how to design your own garments and adapt patterns.

Books discussed include:

Join us in two weeks when we talk about unique ways to use repeating stitch patterns and motifs to jazz up your projects. Do you like cables, lace, color work, or other advanced techniques? Tell us what your favorite technique is and why! Share your thoughts with us, and we may include it in the next episode! 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.

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6 New Transcripts!

27 Aug

Ever feel like you missed something that we said on an episode? Well, now you can see what we said, written out!

We’ve just uploaded transcripts for episodes 68 to 73. Click here to visit the Transcripts page on the YarnCraft blog to revisit or follow along with some of your favorite YarnCraft episodes!

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YarnCraft Episode 73 :: Best Tips & Favorite Projects from Lion Brand Staffers

17 Aug

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We take a cue from one of our listeners and take you around the Lion Brand Design Center to ask our staffers what their favorite projects and tips are. Get advice about adjusting sweaters to fit your body, trying different yarns together, and learning the gauge of a specific yarn on several different needle sizes.

Liz & Zontee also share their favorite types of projects to make.

Patterns discussed include:

And on today’s Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life segment, the ladies of YarnCraft talk all about yarn substitution, gauge, and how to pick the right yarn when you’re not using the yarn in the pattern.

Join us in two weeks when we give you a sneak-peek at Lion Brand’s new fall line-up! From yarns to patterns to cool new features, we have a ton in-store for you! What are YOUR upcoming fall projects and plans? Share your thoughts with us, and we may include it in the next episode! 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.

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YarnCraft Episode 72 :: Inside Design: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at 3 Designers’ Processes

3 Aug

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In today’s extra-long bonus episode, Liz & Zontee share interviews with three very different designers who have come to the world of knit & crochet design in very different ways. Each of these designers share their thoughts on where their inspiration comes from, how they approach designing new pieces, and share some of their upcoming projects with us. We even ask them some of the questions submitted by listeners like you! (NOTE: highlighted text below are links that can be clicked.)

First, we’re joined by Margaret Hubert, designer, author, and teacher. With 18 books under her belt, Margaret is one of only 3 ladies in the “Old Broads Rules” club of still-working knit & crochetwear designers whose first books were published before 1968. Check out Margaret’s latest books, The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting and The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet. Visit her website or her blog for more on Margaret’s projects.

Next, we talk to Kristin Omdahl, a knit & crochetwear designer, whose new book Crochet So Fine explores the beautiful world of crochet lace. PLUS, like Zontee, you can also see Kristin on Knitting Daily TV this season. Check out her website StyledbyKristin.com for more on her patterns, book, and DVDs.

Finally, we talk to Anna Hrachovec of Mochimochi Land, a popular knitting blog, filled with whimsical creatures and creations. Her new book, Knitting Mochimochi is currently out, and we discover how she came to make creatures from “human beans” to anthropomorphic tubs.

PLUS, on today’s Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Liz & Zontee talk about swaps for yarncrafters. (Liz says: “They’re like pen pals with presents!”) We talk about different ways to organize them, how to make sure that everyone is happy at the end of a swap, and different themes around which to organize these fun ways of connecting with other yarncrafters to share supplies, yarn, and even projects.

Join us in two weeks when we find out what are some of Lion Brand staffers’ favorite things to make. What are YOUR favorite things to make? Share your thoughts with us, and we may include it in the next episode! 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.

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