Archive | September, 2011

YarnCraft Episode 101 :: Boo! Fast & Easy Halloween Project Ideas, PLUS How to Pick Color Palettes

27 Sep

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On this week’s episode, Liz & Zontee plan for that spookiest of holidays… Halloween! It’s only a month away, so it’s time to get crafting! We share ideas for projects (Halloween ornament tree!), AND give a sneak preview of patterns (parent/child costume set!) that will be coming up on in the coming weeks. Find out what costume/accessory idea Zontee shares that Liz just finds totally creepy!

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The ladies of YarnCraft also discuss about charity knitting & crochet. Find out how you can get involved with local, national, and international causes through your yarncrafting. Click here for the Lion Brand Charity Connection database.

On Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Liz & Zontee are joined by India Donaldson, Fashion Director of Lion Brand, to discuss color palettes in yarn lines and how to design your own color palettes, whether you’re inspired by art, nature, or the world around you. Zontee talks about the Crochet Pansy Patch Throw as an example of colors coming from nature.

We also want to congratulate Pam M. who won our grand prize $100 giveaway for our 100th episode! Pam, we hope you enjoy your yarn and tell us all about what you make with it.

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More Interviews from Lion Brand

20 Sep

Hi YarnCraft listeners, Zontee here. In our last episode, we asked you to share your suggestions from future interviewees on YarnCraft. It’s been great reading all of your interesting and varied suggestions, and we’ll definitely be keeping them in mind for the future. For those of you who want to enjoy some more yarny interviews right away, I want to recommend the “Talks from the Yarniverse” series that Lion Brand does for our YouTube channel. It features Patty, Studio Director of the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, interviewing guests who stop by the Studio as speakers. They include well-known designers, artists, and more. Check them out below!

If you’re reading this blog post in your email, please note that you will need to click on the title to see the full version and video content on the YarnCraft blog.

Hope you enjoy the interviews! See you next week for a new episode of YarnCraft! And for those of you who will be at the Knit & Crochet Show in Greensboro, NC this week, please feel free to stop me and say hi!

More from the YarnCraft Blog Tour

19 Sep

Yes, we’ve hit our 100th episode, but the fun continues! We want to share another blog tour stop today.

September 19 - Shorty’s Sutures

YarnCraft fan (and new podcaster herself), Kelly Black (aka ShortysSutures) interviews Liz & Zontee today on her blog. Join her as she asks about Liz & Zontee’s work spaces, first projects, and favorite part of YarnCraft.

YarnCraft Episode 100 :: Celebrating the Changing Nature of Knitting & Crochet PLUS 4 Years of YarnCraft

13 Sep

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It’s finally here! We’re celebrating the 100th episode of YarnCraft and we want to thank YOU our listeners for supporting us and tuning in over the last 4 years.

On today’s episode, Liz & Zontee take a look at the past and talk about the changes in the world of yarncrafting that have occurred, as well as looking at the future with trends that YOU our listeners have noted as some up-and-coming areas of interest in crafting with yarn. They also share their favorite interviews, tips, and episodes over the last 4 years.

Then, Zontee interviews editor of Crochet Insider and designer, Dora Ohrenstein, about her book, Creating Crochet Fabric, as well as the important lessons about crochet that she’s learned over the years. Find Dora on Crochet Insider by clicking here.

Finally, on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Liz & Zontee share the comments that you left on our last episode, answer listener questions, and highlight topics they’ll cover in the upcoming months.

Congratulations to Abby and Linnel on winning our last giveaway! To enter this episode’s giveaway of a $100 credit to (go on a virtual shopping spree!), simply leave a comment on what guests you’d like to hear us interview in upcoming episodes. Comments must be left by September 22, 11:59:59 EDT; be sure to include your name and email address so that we can get in touch with you.

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You’re Invited to the YarnCraft Blog Tour!!

1 Sep

We’re celebrating our 100th episode by going on the (virtual) road! Starting tomorrow, Liz & Zontee will be all over the internet–all leading up to the 100th episode of YarnCraft on September 13th! While you’re there, Liz & Zontee will also be giving away some more prizes, so be sure to make a note on your calendar!

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Blog tour stops:

September 2 – The Crochet Dude
Crochet designer and all around cool guy, Drew Emborsky, asks Liz & Zontee to spill the beans about Vanna White, Lion Brand’s charity connection, and the secrets to putting together a podcast. Plus there just might be a chance to score some of Vanna’s newest yarn.

September 5 – Craftsy Blog
Well-known knitwear designer and teacher, Stefanie Japel, picks Liz & Zontee’s brains and gets some advice on crocheting for beginners. Get a second chance to win some Vanna’s Colors while you’re there.

September 7 – Crochet by Faye
Crochet designer Robyn Chachula asks the ladies of YarnCraft all about podcasting, working at Lion Brand, and the inspiration behind the LB Collection. Enter for a chance to win two balls of LB Collection Superwash Merino while you’re there.

September 8 – PlanetJune
Liz & Zontee answer questions from crochet designer and YarnCraft listener, June Gilbank. Find out about how working on YarnCraft has effected Liz & Zontee’s crafting lives. Also, get a chance to win 3 balls of Vanna’s Choice, June’s preferred amigurumi yarn.

September 12 (live at 9 pm; also available for download afterwards) – Getting Loopy! Podcast
Knit & crochet designer/blogger/podcaster, Mary Beth Temple, interviews Zontee about how to get started podcasting. Chat with Mary Beth live online during the show to submit questions!

September 12 – KnitPurlGurl Podcast
Karrie, a.k.a. KnitPurlGurl chats with Zontee for a behind-the-scenes look at Lion Brand on her podcast. You’ll also have a chance to win 3 balls of Superwash Merino Cashmere while you’re there.