YarnCraft Episode 117 :: Becoming a Professional Yarncrafter: 3 Stories; Plus 6 Ways to Make a Custom Afghan

22 May

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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:

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. 

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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

  • Linnel

    Great podcast as usual! I especially loved hearing about the bead spinner. I’ve look at several online demonstrations of them since listening to the podcast, and they look really marvelous. I’m always knitting and crocheting with beads (I have Lily Chin’s beaded knit clutch on my needles right now…with Vanna’s Glamour yarn). It takes such a long time to getting them onto the yarn (this particular pattern calls for 700 seed beads).

    Is there any particular bead spinner that works the best?

    Keep up the good work.

    Congratulations Liz on your new baby!!

  • Martha Primmer

    How about some patterns for some knitted dish towels???    Martha

  • Judyrss

    I’m not sure if this is a place for a request, but I am looking for skeins of Homespun in Lemonade.  It is no longer available and I would like to make a Prayer Shawl for a friend who is ill.  Please email me if you have any you are willing to part with.  Thanks!!!!!!!

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com/ YarnCraft Podcast

    Hi Martha, if you’re looking for patterns, visit our main site, LionBrand.com and type “knit dish cloth” or “knit dish towel” into the search box to see available patterns. 

    If you’d like to share the pattern in your photos with other YarnCraft listeners, feel free to post a link in the comments. 

    Hope that helps!

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com/ YarnCraft Podcast

    Hi Judyrss, the best place for a request like this is probably the free yarn community, Ravelry.com, where groups like Lion Brand Cafe and Lion Brand Lovers might be good places to post. On that site, you can also view other users who have listed a particular yarn in their personal collections and message them directly to ask about trading/swapping. Hope that helps!

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com/ YarnCraft Podcast

    Hi Linnel, neither Liz, nor Michelle, nor I use a bead spinner, so I don’t have a particular recommendation, but I will say that there are a lot of comprehensive reviews on Amazon of several different bead spinners that might give you some ideas. Hope that helps!


  • http://twitter.com/craftoline Caroline Parrone

    I was totally inspired by the afghan talk – carrying small projects might be the only way to survive this crazy NYC heat! I’m planning on knitting a baby blanket for a friend – Pop Blanket by tincanknits – I think I’ll use Amazing for the color change yarn and I’m not sure about the background. Coming into the store tonight to check it out! :) Great podcast per usual!

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com/ YarnCraft Podcast

    The heat really is crazy!

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  • Meagan

    I like crocheting afghans and adore anything motif, so I recently bought Kristin Omdahl’s Seemless Crochet. This doesn’t help with having portable crochet, but since I live in Hawaii, roadtripping is pretty much out for me anyway. :-) Anywho, her process is amaaaazing and apparently can be adapted to most any motifs. I’m itching to get started on one of the afghans in the book as a Christmas present (yup, getting started early!) for my mom. I just need to pick up a new hook for it . . .

    As for yarnbombing. I just finished doing a pile of squares for a yarnbomb that will go up here in Honolulu next week for International Yarnbombing Day. I’m super excited to see the whole thing put together.