YarnCraft Episode 117 :: Becoming a Professional Yarncrafter: 3 Stories; Plus 6 Ways to Make a Custom Afghan
Liz is currently home on maternity leave with her new baby Theodore, and we wish her family all the best.
On this episode, Michelle (manager of the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in NYC) joins Zontee as we explore the stories of how Michelle and Patty Lyons (director of the LBYS) got into the yarn industry professionally, and what it has meant for them personally.
We also share an interview with Brenda Dayne, the popular podcaster behind Cast On, who tells us about her North American tour, her ongoing art project, and what it’s like to live (and craft) in Wales.
For more stories of why we knit & crochet, check out episode 88. For more info on becoming a designer or working in the industry, check out episode 72 or episode 21, or check out the Stash This section of episode 102.
Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Zontee & Michelle talk about different methods of constructing afghans–whether you want to make it in pieces for portability or you want to make it seamless for less sewing.
Patterns discussed include:
- Crochet Rise and Shine Afghan
- Knit Radiant Squares Afghan
- Crochet Garden Patch Granny Afghan
- Knit Classic Cable Throw
- Crochet Summer Flower Baby Throw
- Crochet Temair Throw
- Knit Cromwell Court Afghan
- Crochet Berry Bright Ripple Throw
- Knit Autumn Lace Afghan
- Crochet Stratford Circle Afghan
- Knit Radiant Circle Throw
Join us for our next episode, when we talk about yarn bombing and the fiber arts world, with an interview with Magda Sayeg–considered by many to be the creator of yarn bombing. Have you seen fiber arts (yarn bombing or otherwise) in your community? Tell us about your experiences! Leave 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.
00:09 Intro & welcome
01:55 What’s on Zontee & Michelle’s hooks & needles?
04:37 How Michelle become a yarncrafting professional
10:36 Interview with Patty Lyons
16:42 Interview with Brenda Dayne
25:58 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
40:02 Thanks to our listeners