For this episode of YarnCraft, we asked you–our listeners–why you knit & crochet, what it means to you, how you identify as a yarncrafter, and other questions about the reasons you’ve incorporated these crafts into your lives. The results are heartwarming, funny, and wonderful. Liz & Zontee share their own stories, as well as listeners’ stories. (Be sure to hop on YarnCraft’s Ravelry group and the previous blog post here to see all of the responses.)
Zontee interviews Michelle Edwards, contributor to Lion Brand’s Weekly Stitch newsletter and author of A Knitter’s Home Companion, about how she started to knit and what she thinks has lead to the more common identity of being a “knitter” or “crocheter.”
We also share an interview with Judy Sumner, author of Knitting Socks East and West, who Zontee interviewed at January’s Vogue Knitting Live, in front of a live audience of YarnCraft fans.
Liz & Zontee also answer a question from a listener on what projects sock yarns can be used for, other than socks. Click here for a blog post on the Lion Brand Notebook about some of these projects.
On Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Liz & Zontee talk about 5 kinds of spring-friendly projects. Patterns discussed include:
- Crochet Bath Mitt
- Knit & Crochet Washcloths
- Knit Spa Step Mat
- Crochet Beach Bag
- Crochet Mother’s Day Tote
- Crochet Circle Dance Bag
- Knit Sun and Sea Shawl
- Knit Spice Route Shawl
- Crochet Afternoon Breeze Shawl
- Knit Stockinette Stitch Shrug
- Simple Crochet Shrug
- Crochet Circle Vest
- Crochet Mesh Vest
- Crochet Mesh Raglan Pullover
- Knit Side Cable Pullover
- Knit Wide Rib Cardigan
Join us again in two weeks, when we discuss garments that fit and flatter. We’re joined by Lisa Shroyer, editor of Knitscene magazine and author of Knitting Plus. As always, we want to hear from you — what you’re working on, your questions, and your comments. Post a message on the blog or email us at yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com! You can also call in and leave a message at 774-452-YARN–that’s 774-452-9276.
Theme music is “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine, from the PodSafe Music Network.
00:12 Intro & welcome
01:39 Listener question
04:24 Why We Knit & Crochet
17:13 Interview with Michelle Edwards
21:36 Interview with Judy Sumner
29:01 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
35:20 Thanks to our listeners and guests