On this bonus-length episode of YarnCraft, Liz & Zontee share hints and tricks to stay motivated with projects. Whether you just need an extra boost to get that WIP (work in progress) finished or the warm weather makes you less likely to tackle an afghan, we have tips for you.
The ladies of YarnCraft also answer customer questions and share advice, including tips for crocheters learning to knit and finding the right pattern online. Thanks to Jamie & Lily, Karen H., Dee Bee, Flora, and Patricia for contributing questions and comments.
Patterns discussed include:
- Knit Tiger Lily Tank
- Crochet Serene Shell
- Crochet Newsboy Cap
- Crochet Beach Bag
- Knit All-About-Town Tote
Then, we’re joined by esteemed teacher and designer Sally Melville, author of books including Mother/Daughter Knits and–her newest book–Warm Knits Cool Gifts, who shares advice on picking projects for others and for yourself. Check out her website at SallyMelvilleKnits.com.
Finally, on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we talk about the 5 essential skills that will help you to achieve yarncrafting mastery. They include seaming, reading your work, maintaining your stitch count, understanding stitch anatomy (stitch mount, front/back loop, front/back post), and the differences between working flat and in the round.
Join us again in two weeks, when talk about knit & crochet vernacular. From unusual abbreviations to internet jargon, we’ll cover the terms that will keep you in the know. We’ll also be joined by Vicki Stiefel, novelist and knitter (aka KnittingNews) . 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
01:30 What’s on Liz & Zontee’s Hooks & Needles
03:55 Listener Questions
12:09 5 Ways to Stay Motivated Knitting & Crocheting
20:01 Interview with Sally Melville
30:11 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
46:09 Thanks to our listeners and guest