YarnCraft Episode 138 :: 10 Ideas for Eco-Friendly Projects, PLUS Our Staff’s Favorite Pattern Books

2 Apr

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YarnCraft Episode 138 :: 10 Ideas for Eco-Friendly Projects, PLUS Our Staff's Favorite Pattern BooksReduce, reuse, and recycle in your crafting! Turn old jars into cute vases with a little yarn OR make reusable scrubbers for the kitchen. Learn about all the different ways you can get eco-friendly as YarnCraft looks ahead to Earth Day!

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On Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Zontee and Michelle talk about some of their favorite pattern books. They also interview other Lion Brand staffers to see what pattern books they can’t live without. Books discussed include:

  • Blueprint Crochet by Robyn Chachula
  • Simply Crochet by Robyn Chachula
  • The Knitting Treasury series by Barbara Walker
  • Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmerman
  • Custom Crocheted Sweaters by Dora Ohrenstein
  • Boyfriend Sweaters by Bruce Weinstein

Love winning stuff? Be sure to listen for a special announcement after the Stash This! Find out how you can win one of three books from our friends at SMPCraft. Must be 18 or older to enter, and must enter by April 10, 11:59 PM Eastern time. The winners will be announced on our next episode. 

Join us in two weeks when we talk about designing your own color palettes. How do you match colors? Do you have any favorite resources to recommend? Tell us about them! 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.

00:10 Intro & welcome
01:07 What’s on Zontee & Michelle’s hooks & needles
05:40 10 Ideas for eco-friendly prjects
20:21 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
27:03 Contest announcement
28:34 Thanks to our listeners

  • http://www.facebook.com/MidniteBleu Midnite Bleu

    Hello ladies! I don’t know that I have just *one* favorite pattern book, but I love anything with granny squares. I crochet and I love to make afghans and scarves. I hope that works for the contest. :)
    Also, I just finished up a rectangle shawl with fun fur that I’m hoping to post photos of soon so you can see it. My amazing boyfriend picked up two mystery bags of yarn for me at a thrift store and they were FULL of fun fur. I’ve been staring at the bag for months because I wasn’t sure what to make with all the fur. There are only a couple balls of each color. Then I started listening to old podcasts and you ladies inspired me. It doesn’t quite look like the Cookie Monster jacket, but it’s pretty close. :p
    Have a great couple of weeks! I’m looking forward to the next podcast.

  • dee bee

    Hi!! I tried to narrow it down to one book but that was just impossible. For information about knitting and garment construction you can’t beat Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann.

    Lately most of my projects have been for the children and grandchildren of friends and family. For these projects I have made patterns in two different books: 1)Giggles & Grins 12 cute crochet designs for your tot in Vanna’s Choice baby which is edited by Lion Brand and Leisure Arts; in this book I am currently working on Shell Stitch blankie in Goldfish, Duckie, Chocolate, Sweet Pea and Little Boy blue. 2) Vanna’s Choice Heartfelt gifts to knit and crochet, A Leisure Arts Publication; I made the Crochet Security blanket at least twice in various color combinations.


    I really don’t have a favorite book or author, I enjoy any and all that I can get my hands on so that I can expand my knowledge and skills and see what other have created for us to produce. Love your podcasts!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Olenahuffmire Olena GH

    My favorite book is Alice Startmores’ Book of Fair Isle Knitting. I really like fair isle and color work. It has many great color work patterns and ideas, some of which I used in my favorite snowflake cowl.

  • http://twitter.com/craftoline Caroline Parrone

    I really enjoy Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel. I am just getting into knitting garments more seriously and will be making a bunch of items out of this book.

  • Amy H

    I’m not sure if this is where we leave the comment for the contest. A book I first started out with was The Knitting Experience by Sally Melville. I found it very informative. I looked at the giveaway books and the Scarves, Shrugs and Shawls by Sarah Hatton looked very interesting especially the Multiway Stole. I enjoy your podcasts very much! Thanks.

  • Jennifer Short Bennett

    My favorite pattern book is Elizabeth Zimmerman’s ‘The Opinionated Knitter’. I tend to consult Knitting Without Tears when I’m checking for corrections (like with the Tomten Jacket), but I love to knit the patterns and read her anecdotes in the newsletters in TOK.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=622055548 Elizabeth K Rutkowski

    Favorite pattern book? Beyond the square, Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman.

    Also, with your talk of plastic bag holders, I’m getting ready to work on a project to make one of the lion brand basket patterns out of plastic bags.

  • Kareena Kwasnicki

    Would love to win this contest. I think my favourite pattern books are the ones by Robin Chachula.

  • Angie O’Boyle

    Hi!! I love all books crochet and Granny Squares are my Favorite =) If I had to choose one book- I enjoy Beyond the Square. Granny’s are so versatile and can give you instant gratification when you complete one!

  • http://twitter.com/GrandmasPeeps Shannon Hobbs

    Oh, I would love the Sarah Hatton book, I love her designs and I have been wanting to get that ever since it came out! Until now I have been purchasing individual patterns from ravelry. The only “book” I have is the one that I received from an old Norweigen aunt “The Complete Book of Knitting” 1947! She taught me how to knit.

  • http://twitter.com/elliesr13 Ellie R

    My favorite book is “The Principles of Knitting; Methods & Techniques of Hand Knitting” by June H. Hiatt, & I have the reprint. It is very thorough & if it doesn’t cover something then it doesn’t exist!

  • http://twitter.com/elliesr13 Ellie R

    Of the books mentioned in the podcast I like “Scarves, Shrugs & Shawls.” I’ve been making shawls for my female relatives & this book shows more ideas for more shawls & shrugs for the others.

  • Sheri Moon

    Would love to win any of these books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hollymsutherland Holly Michelle Sutherland

    I’d like to choose “Scarves, Shrugs & Shawls” if I win. Did you want us to tell you which book that we own is our favorite pattern book? The one I’ve knitted the most projects from is 101 Designer One Skein Wonders. There’s just so many good patterns in there!

  • S. S. D.

    If I won I would like anything about granny squares (if you are giving away that kind). I just started making them into scarves and am planning to make a blanket soon. I think granny squares are just about the most fun thing to crochet!

  • Susan Moten

    My favorite pattern book is Robyn Chachula’s Baby Blueprint Crochet! Thanks for your informative and entertaining podcast!

  • knitsew buddie

    I love Lily Chin’s two books, Crochet Tips and Tricks and Knitting Tips and Tricks. Since I am such a beginner I have used them many times.

  • Lindy

    I would love to win one of the books. I do quilting and card-making as well as knit and crochet so that would really give my craft budget a boast,

  • Linda

    all time favorite yarn crafting author is Nicky Esptein. What her books have
    done for self expression and artistic yarn crafting should nominate her for a
    Pulitzer Prize. She really has pioneered using embellishment in yarn crafting
    like no other designer I’ve ever seen as her techniques for using embroidery
    and designing from life: just look at her flower designs. In addition, her use
    of color is simply exquisite. Her Art background is truly evident.

    I need some creative inspiration, I always reach for one of Nicky Epstein’s

    trying to name a favorite book that she’s authored is sort of like trying to
    select a favorite child, so I’ll just cite the first Nicky Epstein book that I
    ever read, and that’s Knitting
    on the Edge.

    books are beautifully photographed, extremely well written, and instructionally
    sound. I know this because I design instruction for a living J.

  • Kesha Evans

    My favorite is 60 Quick Baby knits. Awesome. Itty-bitty toys a close second.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jackie.martin.3152 Jackie Martin

    This going to sound odd, but I love the book Vampire Knits by Genevieve Miller. It is the book that got me inspired to learn to knit, so I guess it will always have a special place in my heart.

  • MicheleR

    I always refer to my Stitch n’ Bitch books whenever I need help with a technique. I also love a number of the patterns included in the series.

  • sbfh

    The books I have used the most are some old school ones with basic projects. They are from Bear Brand/Beehive, etc. I used them for patterns as a child and have probably used them the most for actual patterns.

  • anne Josephy-Zack

    I still love the very first pattern book I ever got, Margaret Hubert’s “Hooked Bags.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlene.hughes.54 Charlene Hughes

    I would like to win the “100 colorful granny squares to crochet.” I love to crochet and I think it is hard to pick an absolute favorite book. I really like the Stitch-N-Bitch Crochet the “Happy Hooker” by Debbie Stoller. I found myself constantly checking it out of the library and writing notes in my craft idea book….eventually I thought to myself, “why don’t you just buy it if you like it so much!” It has a little bit of everything in it…you can always go in and find something to make that’s totally awesome in there!

    Side note, for your next episode: Colorful things that are my favorite to make
    1) Dishcloths! Can never make enough! They are simple, quick to make, and you can have as plain of pattern or colorful yarn or as fancy and complicated as you want.
    2) Scarves. Same as with dishcloths…you can use one color or 50. Make little squares or flowers or stripes or chunks. Love it!
    3) Purses. Also a small project. You can make purses as small or large as you want. They make quick gifts and for small change purses, I love using the brightest of cotton. The cotton makes it really durable. The color makes it fun and easy to pick out in the purse :)

    Love your podcast! Glad I got my wifi back so I can listen to every episode!

  • Abby Mroczenski

    I have a huge bitch crush on Stephen West. I love the WestKnits book one from him. it is amazing!

  • Carmen

    I love books by Patricia Kristoffersen. She has such complex, beautiful doily designs.

  • Mercedes

    I am really enjoying the books: Knits of Tomorrow and Boyfriend Sweaters. One has nerdy & geeky projects, while the other lets you fit garments for both men and women.

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