YarnCraft Episode 76 :: Projects Men Want, PLUS Gifts Under $20

28 Sep

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In this episode, Liz & Zontee explore knitting & crochet projects that men will appreciate. Whether it’s a hobby-based gift, a warm-weather accessory, or a sweater (as the old adage says: don’t make one until you’re sure he’s a keeper!), we’ve got project ideas for all the guys in your life, whether you yourself are a man or a woman.

We’re also joined by Bruce Weinstein, whose new book Knits Men Want, features essays on the rules of knitting for men as well as patterns written for a variety of gauges. Click here to visit his blog.

Patterns discussed include:

On today’s Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we talk about luxurious, unique, and quick gifts for under $20, all made with our LB Collection yarns.

Patterns discussed include:

Join us in two weeks when we talk about techniques from Tunisian crochet to creating textures and motifs. What are some techniques that you have always wanted to learn? 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:
00:12 Intro & welcome
01:34 Listener questions & comments
09:36 Projects Men Want
22:08 Interview with Bruce Weinstein
35:07 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
42:00 Thanks to our listeners and guests

  • http://www.spataculartreasures.blogspot.com Harriett

    Great podcast as usual. I love to sit down and crochet while I listen to Zontee & Liz and get fill with inspiration. A technique that I would love to learn is, “how to do tapestry crocheting?” It’s such a unique techique and I find it interesting how the different colors of yarn are joined together to make a consistent pattern. Thanks so much for your help.

  • Bargain Betty

    What started sending my stash out of control was a great sale with free shipping in August from a big box fabric store. Great prices on LionBrand yarn, including some of the nicer yarns.

    I try to use coupons or wait for great sales. You can sign up online for the big craft and fabric stores. They often have 40 or 50% coupons. You can buy almost twice as much yarn almost the same amount of money. If you are in store, always look for the clearance bins as well.

  • Liz S

    This podcast really struck home because I have a very picky male I’d love to knit or crochet for. He mostly wears t shirts with skulls and things on them so I’m not really sure what to make him. I think he might like a zip up hoodie though. I am a beginner knitted and I’m trying my hand at circular needles for the first time with the Easy Lace Shrug. I do have a question about the needles though. Do they ever lose their curlyness? They seem really difficult to work with.
    Thanks for another wonderful podcast!!

  • Devora

    Re: The simple knit hat. I made it last night, It knit up easily, but I don’t care for the seam up the back. How can you convert this pattern to a circular 16″ needle or DPNs?

  • Stephanie

    Hey guys! I just had a tip in regards to Liz S’s question. One thing I do is to let some water simmer in a large pot so that it is hot, but not boiling. Then I very carefully lower the cable of my circs into in the water, holding them by the needles and being very careful not to let the needles touch the water. I hold them there for about 5 minutes, remove them from the water, dry and cool them and then gently pull them straight. This manages to get most of the kink out, most of the time. Hope that’s helpful!

  • Liz S

    Thank you for the brilliant idea about the circs!! I will try that and see if it helps.

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