Archive | January, 2012

YarnCraft Episode 109 :: 10 Patterns Featuring Textured Stitches, Plus Valentine’s Project Ideas for All Ages

31 Jan

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On this episode of YarnCraft, we’re joined by designer Connie Chang Chinchio, whose book Textured Stitches has just debuted. Zontee interviews her about her design inspiration, the concept behind this book, and how she got started as a designer.

Then Liz & Zontee talk about different types of textures created by stitch patterns. They also share pattern recommendations for capitalizing on textured stitches from cables to front post stitches to slip stitch and more.

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Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, the ladies of YarnCraft focus on fast-finish Valentine’s Day projects.

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YarnCraft Episode 108 :: 14 New Patterns from Our Catalog, PLUS 5 Trends for 2012

17 Jan

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On this episode, Liz & Zontee walk you through the brand new catalog from Lion Brand, which includes dozens of new patterns that are sure to inspire. They talk about the themes that appear throughout the catalog, as well as highlighting 14 awesome new patterns that you’re sure to add to your to-make list!

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Then Zontee interviews popular blogger, humorist, photographer, illustrator, and knitting teacher, Franklin Habit whose blog is The Panopticon and whose book is It Itches: a stash of knitting cartoons. Franklin tells us about some of the classes he teaches, how he got into antique patterns, and how to take a better fiber photo.

Next, on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Liz & Zontee talk about some of the trend that they’re seeing in for the world of yarncrafting in 2012. Find out what colors will be in style, as well as how to interpret fashion and home decor trends into your knitting and crocheting.

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YarnCraft Episode 107 :: 12 New Year’s Resolutions from Knitters & Crocheters

3 Jan

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On the first episode of YarnCraft in 2012, Liz & Zontee talk about their yarncrafting New Year’s resolutions. Let’s get organized,  learn new things, and do more knitting and crocheting! This year is all about concrete, achievable yarncrafting goals here on YarnCraft, so be sure to share your goals for the year with us, here on the blog, on Ravelry, or by voicemail. Throughout 2012, we’re going to be checking in to see how you’re faring!

We also talk to staffers throughout Lion Brand about what they’re hoping to make, learn, and do this year as knitters and crocheters.

Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Liz & Zontee share ways that you can volunteer, fund-raise, and rally people in your community through yarncrafting. Find out why knitting and crocheting can help kids learn math, science, and problem-solving. Learn about one listener’s organization that’s fundraising through patterns.

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