Archive | July, 2011

YarnCraft Episode 96 :: All About Socks: 20+ Tips, Patterns, and More for Knitting & Crochet Socks

19 Jul

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On this episode of YarnCraft, Zontee and guest co-host Michelle, manager of the Lion Brand Yarn Studio retail store & education center in NYC, talk all about socks. Michelle tells us about the great sock-related classes and the upcoming free Socktacular event, all of which take place at the LBYS.

Yes, socks are one of Liz’s favorite topics, so despite having to high-tail it out of town, Liz does share a few brief thoughts before heading out.

Books discussed include:

Patterns discussed include:

We’re also giving away 2 balls of Sock-Ease on this episode. Just leave a comment here in the show notes about why you like making socks, or if you don’t, why you haven’t made socks. Contest will run until July 28, 11:59:59 EDT. Please be sure to fill out both your name and email address when leaving a comment so that we can get in touch with you.

Zontee also interviews veteran designer, Ann Budd, author of Getting Started Knitting Socks and Sock Knitting Master Class (links to both books above), who tells us about her latest book and why shoe loves sock-making. She also mentions Sock Summit, a yarny event featuring classes and all-things sock-related that’s once again coming at the end of July.

The on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Zontee & Michelle talk about 5 kinds of beach-friendly projects from flip-flops to shawls. Whether you use them at the beach, or just make them on your beach vacation for some relaxing crafting, they’re patterns you’ll want to bookmark!

Patterns discussed include:

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YarnCraft Episode 95 :: 10 Tips on Knitting & Crocheting Toys, PLUS 5 Heirloom Afghan Ideas

5 Jul

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On this episode of YarnCraft, Liz & Zontee explore the adorable world of amigurumi and other toys. They share resources for patterns including books like The Big Book of Knitted Monsters, Super Crochet Wonderful, Little Knitted Toys, Creepy Cute Crochet, Amigurumi World, Amigurumi Two!, Amigurumi Toy Box, and Knitting Mochimochi, as well as the forthcoming book, Teeny Tiny Mochimochi.

Patterns discussed include:

For the Vanna’s Choice Contest winners mentioned, visit VannasChoice.com.

Zontee also interviews Sarah James, Food & Living Editor of Instructables, a how-to website with all kinds of resources for yarncrafters and beyond.

Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Liz & Zontee talk about 5 kinds of heirloom afghans that also give you an opportunity to practice an advanced skill. Patterns discussed include:

We also want to congratulate Maryann, on winning last episode’s giveaway of Teach Yourself Visually: Circular Knitting!

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