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 Debbie Macomber, 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.

Join us in two weeks when we answer some of our most frequently asked questions about YarnCraft, Lion Brand, and more. Any burning questions you’ve always wanted to ask? 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.

00:11 Intro & welcome
01:30 What’s on Zontee & Michelle’s hooks & needles
05:12 Lion Brand Staff Resolutions
07:46 One-Skein Project Ideas
18:38 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
25:14 Thanks to our guest and listeners


  • Dee bee

    I’m intrigued by the idea of linen stitch.  I tried Ravelry and the LB pattern finder, but nothing comes up for linen stitch. Can you recommend any patterns? Scarves and cowls are my go-to projects for winter.

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

    Hi Dee bee, sorry for the confusion. “Linen stitch” is also sometimes called “woven stitch”, which is how it’s labeled in some patterns. Here’s a Lion Brand pattern that features it:

    Here are generic directions in case you want to try just a plain scarf in it:

    Hope that helps!

  • Knitting Mama

    I’ve been listening to this podcast for about three years and realllly enjoy it and love Lion Brand yarns.  I want to say how much I enjoy having Michelle on the podcast.  I liked Liz okay and am happy that she is able to be home with her baby but I really like Michelle!  She’s got a great sense of humor and she has a great speaking voice–very natural sounding!  Been meaning to leave a note for a long time welcoming her and expressing how much I appreciate her contribution to the podcast!!

  • Jorie Slodki

    What is the process involved in creating and testing patterns before it gets posted on the website?  How long does it take to go from an idea to the finished pattern?

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  • Dee bee

    Thanks for the references. I just purchased some Tweed stripes and I just may use the pattern on about.com. Will keep you posted. 

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