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

Show Notes:
00:10 Intro & welcome
01:21 What’s on Liz & Zontee’s Hooks & Needles
07:48 Introduction of our guests
09:23 Interview with Margaret Hubert
20:55 Interview with Kristin Omdahl
28:57 Interview with Anna Hrachovec
37:25 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
45:06 Thanks to our listeners and guests

  • BetsyK

    Hey LIz and Zontee: great podcast again. Since I’ve been listening (I’ve downloaded all the old podcasts onto my droid so I can listen from the beginning. I love to listen while I am in the car; while I am at lunch at work I close the door to my office and listen while I knit or crochet. You guys have really expanded my interests in what I make. I used to just make sweaters and other items of clothing. Now, I am loving the instant gratification of making washcloths, hats, cowls, market bags…you name it. I have gotten a head start on my holiday gifting (I never buy gifts for people..they are always handmade) and I credit you for getting me inspired. And I think I’ll even try some Amigurumi…Thanks for everything.

    YarnCraft says: Hi BetsyK, good job getting ahead with presents! That’s always a rewarding feeling!

  • Kristen

    Hi Liz and Zontee!
    Over the last few months, I have really been inspired to learn color work. I have been on raverly and other sites but just don’t know where to start. Can you give me some advice on a good “beginner” color work project where I can learn the technique and get in some good practice?

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