YarnCraft Episode 131 :: Top Tips on Pairing Yarns and Stitch Patterns, Plus An Easy, No-Fuss Last-Minute Gift Idea
Ever 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.
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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…).
Join us on January 8th for our first episode of 2013. In the meantime, have a great holiday season! Have any thoughts or questions you want to share? 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.
00:11 Intro & welcome
01:19 What’s on Zontee & Michelle’s hooks & needles
05:04 Tips on Pairing Yarns and Stitch Patterns
18:05 Interview with Bruce Weinstein
28:58 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
37:01 Thanks to our guest and listeners