Archive | January, 2013

Looking Ahead to Valentine’s Day with Great Knit & Crochet Project Ideas

29 Jan

YarnCraft Presents Knit & Crochet Valentine's Day Project IdeasWe’re just over two weeks away from Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for some knit, crochet, and yarncrafted gift ideas, be sure to check out these two episodes of YarnCraft from our archives:

  • Episode 109 – Listen to the “Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life” segment at 26:57 for great fast-finish Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your entire family. From your sweetie to the kids in your life, you’ll find some adorable ideas here. 
  • Episode 84 – This “Stash This” (at 25:50) features gift ideas as well as décor ideas for Valentine’s Day. Make a bunting or garland and get festive!

For more Valentine’s Day ideas, be sure to visit LionBrand.com and type “valentine” into the search box!

YarnCraft Episode 133 :: Answers to Frequently Asked Fan Questions about YarnCraft, Lion Brand, and the Yarn Industry

22 Jan

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YarnCraft Episode 133 :: Answers to Frequently Asked Fan Questions about YarnCraft, Lion Brand, and the Yarn IndustryGet answers to your burning questions about YarnCraft, Lion Brand, and the yarn industry in general! On this episode of YarnCraft, Zontee and Michelle tackle some of listeners’ mist frequently asked questions.

Find out which Lion Brand yarns are made in America, what kind of equipment Zontee and Michelle use to record the show, and why dye lots are important.

For tips on publishing your own patterns, revisit episode 86.

Have additional questions for the girls? Ask them by leaving a comment on this blog post! You could be included in a future episode!

Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Zontee shares interviews from the Craft & Hobby Association’s Winter trade show. She speaks to designer and author Mary Beth Temple (find her Curvy Girl Crochet pattern on LionBrand.com) and Lion Brand spokesperson Vanna White!

Pattern pictured: Crochet Easy V-Stitch Scarf

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Get in the Mood for Vogue Knitting Live with YarnCraft!

15 Jan

Vogue Knitting LiveLooking forward to Vogue Knitting Live in NYC this coming weekend? Get in the mood with interviews from the 2011 and 2010 NYC events. Check out these episodes from our archives:

Going to be at the event? Stop by the Lion Brand booth for 20% off all yarns at the show! You can also meet Zontee at the booth on Sunday!

Sneaky Sneak Peak

15 Jan

Hi listeners! Zontee here. If you caught a preview of our episode 133 show notes earlier today, lucky you! Because of a scheduling mistake with our blog software, a version of that blog post came up a week early–please come back on Jan. 22 for the final version and the full episode.

See you then!

YarnCraft Episode 132 :: Treat Yourself to 5 One-Skein Project Ideas to Knit & Crochet

8 Jan

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YarnCraft Episode 132 :: Treat Yourself to 5 One-Skein Projects to Knit & Crochet

Now that we’re past holiday-crafting, treat yourself to a quick project just for you! Zontee and Michelle share some of their favorite project ideas and patterns for using up a single ball of colorful, luxurious, and/or hand-dyed yarn! It’s the perfect way to “cleanse the palette” before moving on to new projects in 2013.

Patterns discussed include:

Yarns discussed include: Homespun®, Vanna’s Glamour®, Bellini, Zpagetti, Fishermen’s Wool®, LB Collection® Pure Wool, LB Collection® Superwash Merino, and LB Collection® Silk Mohair.

Resources on dyeing your own yarn: 4 Yarns Perfect for Your First Dye Project; Yarn Dyeing: Selecting the Right Dye for Your Fiber; How-To: Kool-Aid Dye with a Microwave.

Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we combine yarncrafts with reading. Michelle shares some of her favorite fiction and essays inspired by yarn. Writers we discuss include zaroxolyn and lasix visa, Rachael Herron, Maggie Sefton, Betty Hechtman (revisit her YarnCraft interview here), and Kate Jacobs (revisit her YarnCraft interviews here and here). Recommended by one of our listeners is Elizabeth Lenhard’s Chicks with Sticks series.

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