YarnCraft Episode 150 :: Inside the New Fall Catalog from Lion Brand, Plus Quick Halloween Patterns

1 Oct

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YarnCraft Episode 150 :: Inside the New Fall Catalog from Lion Brand, Plus Quick Halloween PatternsLooking to get inspired for fall? Join Zontee and Michelle as they delve into Lion Brand’s latest catalog (arriving in homes during the month of October, starting October 7!). The YarnCraft girls share their favorite patterns from this new catalog as well as an overview of the new yarns and colors that will be featured in this issue. Click here to view the catalog online.

Patterns discussed include:

Also mentioned are our Crochet-Along and this guest blog post by Johnny Vasquez.

Then Zontee interviews designer and author Amy Herzog, whose new book is Knit to Flatter. Visit her website for more about her classes and her new CustomFit website.

Next, on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Zontee and Michelle explore the spooky and spectacular world of Halloween crafting. Click here for Halloween patterns on LionBrand.com, and also be sure to check out the Halloween wreath tutorial mentioned by Zontee.

Join us in two weeks when we’ll be talking about fall afghans. Do you have any favorite afghan patterns you want to share with your fellow listeners? 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
01:19 What’s on Zontee & Michelle’s hooks & needles
08:28 Catalog Sneak Peek
18:51 Interview with Amy Herzog
30:54 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
38:22 Thanks to our listeners

  • Charlene Hughes

    Hmm…I have an etsy shop now…. http://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftsbyCharlene and I am trying to complete some special orders…as soon as I am done those, I would like to make some candy corn hot pads or little amigurumi halloween candies for my son’s class. As for yarncrafting nightmares….back when I was in college, I wanted to make a blanket for someone, out of granny squares. I had gotten about half way done, and I put it away for the summer. I know some people share my problem of loving to start new projects and I enjoy making quick items in the summer like washcloths (my favorite). When I went back to the granny square blanket in the fall, I couldn’t find the crochet hook that was with the blanket…It must have slipped out during my move back to my dorm room. Well, I took a guess and grabbed a hook and went right back to work. In no time, I had quickly whipped through all the squares and was ready to put them together. I sewed the first two squares and gasped! Yes, I had used my gold crochet hook. However, when I had started, I used a “G” hook. The rest of the squares when I returned to the project, I had used my gold “J” hook. Half my project squares were almost double the size as the others! I was so disappointed. I had to frog-it. All that work for nothing…..That experience, however, had me learn a very valuable lesson….Keep a journal of your projects….the yarn you use, how many skeins (in case you want to make again) and always record the hook size you use!

  • kroshaykel

    Loved the podcast, thank you Michelle and Zontee!

    A great “stash buster” scrapghan that I like is one that was donated to a charity group I run at my company. A volunteer donated this beautiful and intricate looking afghan. Upon closer inspection, I saw the simplicity and genius in the colorwork.

    The afghan was three strands of different colored worsted weight yarn held together, and single crocheted with a large hook (P? Q?). Say the first three colors were red, gold, blue and that the blue ran out. She’s pick up another color of a scrap ball and keep working, so red, gold, blue morphed into red, gold, purple. Then, when gold ran out, she replaced it with white making it red, white, purple and so on. It didn’t matter how much of each color she had… some colors were only in as few as 3-4 stitches, some went on for rows. The result was a beautiful “wave” of fading colors. The idea of just changing out one color at a time provided enough consistency that it was still pleasing to the eye. I loved the idea and I think I finally have enough worsted weight yarn to do an afghan like this myself! The question is… to keep, gift or donate it when it is complete :)

    Keep up the great work!