YarnCraft Episode 146 :: Knitting & Crochet Techniques Around the World

23 Jul

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YarnCraft Episode 146 :: Knitting & Crochet Techniques Around the WorldAre you inspired by Scandinavian stranded colorwork or Celtic cables? Did you ever notice that “English-style” knitting is also called “American-style” knitting? What is “Portuguese” knitting and why do they also do it in Turkey? Zontee and Michelle explore the fascinating world of knitting and crochet in this survey of the global influences that affect our yarncrafting.

Patterns discussed include:

For more about global techniques, be sure to check out Nicky Epstein’s Knitting on Top of the World.

Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we explore options for storing and organizing your tools and yarn. Click here for Lion Brand’s Pinterest board on organization solutions. Click here for designer Kristina McGowan’s blog post on storage solutions. Click here for bags and cases on LionBrand.com.

[Pictured: Knit Limelight Stirrup Socks]

Giveaway winners: Congratulations to Elliotts Crafty Creations and Debbie Z. on winning last episode’s book giveaway!  Stay tuned for future contests!

Join us in two weeks when we share some of our favorite YarnCraft interviews. What are your favorite interviews from the last 6 years? Tell us and you could be part of our next episode! 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
01:01 What’s on Zontee & Michelle’s hooks & needles
03:47 Knitting and crochet techniques around the world
21:31 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
33:02 Contest information
33:23 Thanks to our listeners

  • kroshaykel

    In response to yarn storage, you mentioned on the podcast about the vacuum bags… I also use them when I travel, but I also use the really big ones for storage at home for yarn that I know I won’t be using anytime soon… this is a great way to save a LOT of space and keep the yarn clean and dry.

    For organization of smaller items, I often try to use very small ziplock bags (snack size) or small makeup bags and put in a few stitch markers, a yarn needle and small scissors. That way, I can just grab one of those little bags that have all the items I need for a project, and know I don’t have to look up each item individually.

    I love the idea of displaying my hooks in vases… I had an idea for some of my ornate ones… I’d like to do a shadow box with some hooks and maybe even a swatch “being worked up” with one of those hooks to put on the wall of my (sigh) future craft room.

    Thanks again for another fun podcast!

  • deebee

    I have large mugs with sport team logs they are 7″ high and 4″ circumference. I use them for straight needles and Tunisian hook storage. A bonus is that each mug had a tee shirt in it.

    For favorite interview I vote for Franklin habit, Crochet Guy, Betty Hechtman and Michelle Edwards.

  • kim dawson

    I wanted to share some of my storage ideas. I wrote a blog post about them. http://yarning4asmile.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-little-getaway-room.html There is a previous post which I had yarn stored in colored crates… it was cute but my stash has grown! I am currently drawing up the design for my circular needles. I will share pictures when its done. I wanted to say thank you for asking my question on the Podcast

    oh and I wanted to share where I get some fiber. I was recently gift a Ladybug spinning wheel from my mom and dad- did I mention how great they are! Anyways I have a local Alpaca farm down the road to get wool from and a lovely aunt who raises rabbits like the Angora Lion heads and is saving all their fur for me!! I am super excited and love the art and how it plays into my knitting and crochet projects!

  • Anne in Scotland

    I was on a European tour in June and took along some socks to knit on the trip. I usually knit socks on 2 short circular needles but I need some dpn’s to turn the heel. I found out that my dpn’s fit exactly inside a travel toothbrush holder, another light bulb moment. Love the pod casts.

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