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Nominate the YarnCraft Podcast for a Podcast Award!

October 13th, 2009

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Liz & I love writing/recording/producing the YarnCraft podcast — it’s a fun activity on top of our regular jobs here at Lion Brand, and it’s always great connecting with you, our customers and listeners.

If YarnCraft is a podcast that you love, help us show the world what knitters & crocheters are all about! You still have 5 days to nominate us for a People’s Choice Podcast Award! Nominations are open until Oct. 18, and if we make the cut, we’ll let you know when official voting begins!

Nominate at:

How this works: You can write us in for EITHER People’s Choice OR Best Produced, PLUS one other category (Cultural/Arts probably makes the most sense). Simply type in our podcast name: YarnCraft and our URL: in those fields — then fill in your info at the bottom, and click “submit.” It’s just that easy!

And as always, share your thoughts, questions, suggestions, and more — we always love getting your feedback!

And of course, join us next Tuesday (and every other Tuesday) for a new episode of YarnCraft!

Discovering the Land of Lost Knitting & Crochet Tools

October 6th, 2009

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One of the best parts of YarnCraft, our knitting & crochet podcast, is that we get to hear from you — our listeners and Lion Brand users — and get stories, inspiration, and ideas from you to share with others. (My co-host) Liz and I always enjoy hearing (and sharing) your stories. This week, we got a great e-mail from long-time listener and active YarnCraft community member Josh:

Hi Liz and Zontee,

When you had talked about my post on an earlier episode regarding how my craft room is set up, I had written about the mythical stargate that swallows my tape measure and scissors. You took it a step further to liken it to the Island of Lost Toys, which inspired this article I wrote for Crochet Insider… hope you get a giggle out of it.

All my love to you both,

We thought it was so much fun we wanted to share the article with you. Click here to read it.

If you want to hear Josh’s original story, listen to episode 22 — Your Yarncrafting Sanctuary — by clicking here. Josh’s story is about 8:40 into the episode.

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Five Great One-Ball Projects from YarnCraft

September 29th, 2009

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Cable BagIn the special 50th episode of YarnCraft, our bi-weekly podcast, Liz and Zontee answer your questions! From entrelac to invisible seaming, this episode is full of great tips you don’t want to miss.

This episode’s Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life features lots of one-ball projects, perfect for fast gifts or stash-busting. Here are five fast patterns to get your fall crafting started:

To listen to the entire episode, click here [MP3]. For more information about the podcast or this episode, visit the YarnCraft blog. Join the YarnCraft ladies next week for an all-new episode featuring fantastic fall and Halloween crafts.

Yarn to Keep Your Ears Busy

September 1st, 2009

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The listeners of YarnCraft are some great people, and Liz and I just wanted to share a couple of the kind and amazing things they have been saying on the YarnCraft blog and in the Ravelry fan group. We want to thank our listeners for their kind words and for stopping by and tuning in twice a month!

I’m a weekend home remodeler. So while I’m painting, sawing, sanding and scraping I listen to your cast. This inspires me so when I’m too tired to paint and scrape, I pull out the needles and start knitting. […] Keep up the great work – who would have thought a yarn craft show would work audio only? Not me, but you keep me coming back twice a month. – Ellen

Hi Liz and Zontee…I have been listening to your podcast since the very first episode and love it. I have gotten so many ideas from you. Looking forward to another podcast. After listening to your last podcast I may try my hand at Entrelac, you have given me the courage to try something new. By the way my name is Joan and I live in NJ.

Hi Liz and Zontee,

Thanks so much for your terrific podcast, I enjoy every episode and eagerly look forward to the next one. My name is Lorraine, and I have been knitting steadily for a little over a year, mostly making socks and scarves […] Audiobooks and podcasts help make the commute back and forth to Staten Island each day bearable, so thanks for that.

This is Linda from Stoughton Massachusetts (a suburb of the great city of Boston Massachusetts). I live in the burbs but commute to the city (yarn crafting on the subway and the commuter rail every week day).

I want to start out by saying that I love your podcast and get lots of inspiration from just listening. In addition, I’m learning tons. Thanks for a great show to look forward to each week.

If you haven’t already discovered YarnCraft (our radio-style online show for knitters and crocheters), I hope you will take 30 minutes while you’re knitting, crocheting, commuting, or even walking the dog to check it out…and of course, feel free to leave comments on the YarnCraft blog. Click here for more on how to subscribe to the show.

5 Holiday Patterns from YarnCraft #46

August 4th, 2009

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It’s never too early to start your holiday crafting! In the most recent episode of YarnCraft, our radio-style podcast, my co-host Liz and I offer a wide variety of gift ideas so that you can plan ahead for December. We also introduce one of Lion Brand’s newest yarns, Holiday Homespun, designed in reds, greens, multis, and white, all with a gold metallic wrap — especially with the holiday season in mind.

It’s an episode that’s especially close to me and Liz, as we inevitably get stuck in that cycle of last-minute crafting. Beat the last-minute crunch and get a jump start with these 5 fantastic patterns:

To listen to the entire episode, click here [MP3]. For more information about the podcast or this episode, visit the YarnCraft blog. Join us today on the YarnCraft blog or on iTunes for a brand new episode of our special series, Summer Crafting with Kids. There are only two episodes left of this special series, so be sure to check it out.

AND join us next week for a brand new episode of our regular podcast, featuring a hilarious story by Michaela Murphy and tips on how to make the most out of your vacation or staycation.

Get Ideas and Inspiration on Your Commute with YarnCraft!

July 8th, 2009

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This summer, we are featuring shorter 20-minute episodes of our YarnCraft podcast, along with a special series, Summer Crafting with Kids, filled with tips for parents, teachers, scout leaders, camp counselors and babysitters for crafting with kids.

Load episodes onto your MP3 player, just like you would a song or audio-book and listen to episodes on the go. It makes for a perfect commuter companion, whether your hands are busy with yarn or not. Our most recent episodes?

YarnCraft Episode 44 :: Easy Ways to Sell Your Knit & Crochet Goods Locally
The latest YarnCraft episode is all about simple ways to sell your knit & crochet goods and make a little extra cash from this hobby. Click here for this episode guide.

Summer Crafting with Kids Episode 03 :: Teach Your Kids to Knit & Crochet
Our most recent Kids episode focuses on tips and techniques for teaching your kids to knit and crochet, from finger knitting and crochet to supplies to rhymes, we have great suggestions. Click here for the episode guide.

Summer Crafting with Kids Episode 02 :: Have Fun with Group Craft Projects
Get ideas for crafting with kids in groups, whether it’s for day camp, a birthday party, or just a group session on the blog, there are all sorts of fun and creative things that your kids can make with yarn. Click here for this episode guide.

Want to listen? Just go to the iTunes store and search for “YarnCraft” OR go to the episode guides above to listen to the episodes online. For those who want to load them to your MP3 player, but you don’t use iTunes or another podcatcher: right-click (Ctrl+click on Macs) the “Direct Download” link at the bottom of the episode guides to save them to your computer, then load them onto your MP3 player like a song or audio-book.

5 Beautiful Beach Patterns from YarnCraft #42

June 9th, 2009

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Make Stylish Projects for Summer & Quick Grad Gifts. Episode 42 of YarnCraft, our audio podcast, is the first of our shorter-format summer series — great for listening to on the go or for taking a 15-minute mini-break for yourself.

Liz and Zontee share great ideas for summer crafting, as well as special graduation gifts. The ladies of YarnCraft also share interviews with designer Lily Chin and the charity organization afghans for Afghans.

Here are 5 great projects for beach season:

For more summer project ideas, click here to listen to the full episode [MP3].

Join us today for the first of our summer miniseries, Summer Crafting with Kids. Click here to find out more.

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Spend the Summer with YarnCraft

June 3rd, 2009

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YarnCraft, our radio-style audio-podcast, is changing its format for the summer! Take a few minutes for yourself to enjoy our yarncraftings tips and secrets for 15 minutes every week.

We’ll be alternating our regular episodes with a special miniseries, Summer Crafting with Kids, which starts on June 9th. Create a family crafting corner and get great ideas for your children’s summer vacation.

Check out the YarnCraft page every Tuesday for a new episode this summer, or subscribe through iTunes.

Find Us on Ravelry

May 19th, 2009

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Are you a member of Ravelry? In addition to sharing your projects made with Lion Brand patterns and Lion Brand yarns, you can also join groups and connect with other yarncrafters with similar interests. We’ve got some great groups where you can share your projects, ideas, pictures, and more!

Want to know more about Ravelry? It’s a knitting and crocheting community that features forums, patterns, yarn information, and more. Sign up for free at

5 Gifts for Bridesmaids from YarnCraft Episode 40

May 13th, 2009

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Amigurumi Little Wedding CakeStart crafting for those summer weddings! In episode 40 of YarnCraft, our bi-weekly audio podcast, Liz and I share the perfect projects for wedding, whether the bride is your family member, your friend, or yourself! From bags and shrugs to afghans and amigurumi, we have great tips for making the big day extra special. We also share great questions and comments from listeners, as well as talk all about dyeing your own yarns.

Here are five great patterns that make great bridesmaid gifts/wedding party favors:

To listen to this episode, click here [MP3]. For more information about the podcast or this episode, visit the YarnCraft blog.

Join us next Tuesday for an episode about men who yarncraft and gifts for guys, with plenty of time until Father’s Day!