Archive | December, 2012

YarnCraft Episode 131 :: Top Tips on Pairing Yarns and Stitch Patterns, Plus An Easy, No-Fuss Last-Minute Gift Idea

18 Dec

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YarnCraft Episode 131 :: Top Tips on Pairing Yarns and Stitch Patterns, Plus An Easy, No-Fuss Last-Minute Gift IdeaEver wonder how to choose the right stitch pattern to show off your yarn or the right yarn for your stitch pattern? Find out the secrets of getting great results on this episode of YarnCraft! Zontee and Michelle talk about how yarn texture and dyeing, as well as stitch pattern texture and scale, can be paired with great results.

Interested in the new yarn, Bellini, mentioned by Zontee and Michelle? Click here to learn more about it.

Then Zontee interviews designer Bruce Weinstein, whose new book is Boyfriend Sweaters. He shares with us his perspectives on favorite stitch patterns, designing for men, and the current DIY movement. Learn more about Bruce at his website. If you’re in the NYC area, be sure to catch Bruce Weinstein at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio this January!

On Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Zontee and Michelle talk about that last-minute gift that keeps on giving–teaching someone to knit or crochet. Find out what supplies are best for beginners (lighter colored, smooth yarns…), when you might want to get a gift certificate for lessons (sometimes you’re just too close!), and what kinds of great little touches will make your gift recipient’s life easier (snips and stitch markers…).

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13 Dec

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Good luck with your holiday crafting!

Pattern shown: Wrapped Glitter Trees.

YarnCraft Episode 130 :: Top 15 Gift Ideas to Knit & Crochet This Holiday Season

4 Dec

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Need last-minute gift ideas? We’ve got them! Zontee and Michelle share their top 15 gift ideas for colleagues, friends, last-minute guests, and more on this episode of YarnCraft.

Patterns discussed include:

Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we wrap up our 2012 Year of Accomplishments. Get tips on getting organized and going through your stash, taking account of everything you’ve accomplished this year, and also keeping the stress at bay this holiday season!

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