Archive | October, 2012

YarnCraft Episode 128 :: 6 Halloween (Yarncrafting) Horror Stories! (And How to Address These Knitting & Crochet Snafus)

23 Oct

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Hear terrible tales of gauge-gone-wrong and mutant sweaters on this episode of YarnCraft…then hear how you can avoid the same terrible fate–all in our special Halloween show. Zontee and Michelle share stories from listeners like you, themselves, and from Patty Lyons of the Lion Brand Yarn Studio (who was the source of inspiration for this episode).

Get tips on getting the most out of gauge, understanding fiber content, reading ahead in the pattern, understanding construction, and knowing when to walk away from a project.

Plus we share stories from listeners: LaLunaUnita, spitfireSNC, and cinderga. Click here to see listener spitfireSNC’s sock monkey lobotomy.

Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Zontee and Michelle share their top picks for leaf-inspired patterns. Add a touch of nature into your knit or crochet project with these patterns:

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Nominate YarnCraft for the 2012 Stitcher Awards

16 Oct

What’s more appropriate than YarnCraft being nominated for a “Stitcher” Award? (Ha–YarnCraft? Stitching? Yes, we love puns.)

The podcasting site is currently open for nominations for the 2012 Awards. Click here and nominate YarnCraft for the Games & Hobbies and/or Education & Learning categories.

Then tell your friends!

You can vote once a day through Oct. 19!

YarnCraft Episode 127 :: 5 Colorwork Techniques We Love, Plus Quick & Easy Halloween Projects

9 Oct

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Are you looking for fun ways to jazz up your projects? Consider colorwork! Just by adding sections of various colors (through color blocks, stripes, intarsia, Fair Isle, slip-stitch, and more), you can turn even simple stitches into eye-catching designs. Zontee and Michelle walk you through some of the clever ways that project construction can make colorwork even more interesting.

Patterns discussed include:

Check out Lucinda Guy at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio if you’re in the NYC-area, or check out her new book.

Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Zontee and Michelle share their favorite quick-to-knit-and-crochet Halloween projects. Click here to see all of the Halloween-related patterns available on LionBrand.com.

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