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5 Mom-Friendly Patterns from YarnCraft #39

April 30th, 2009

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Mother’s Day is almost here and in episode 39 of YarnCraft, our bi-weekly radio-style podcast, Liz and I celebrate the moms (grandmothers, aunts, etc.) in all our lives. We have great stories from listeners about the important women in their lives. Plus we share gift ideas for all types of moms–from Traditional Mom to Glamorous Mom, we have gift ideas for all the special women out there.

In our regular segment, Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we offer ideas for buying gifts for other yarncrafters.

Here are 5 of our great Mother’s Day gift ideas:

To listen to the entire episode, click here [MP3]. For more information about the podcast or this episode, visit the YarnCraft blog. Join us next Tuesday for an episode dedicated to wedding ideas!


5 Eco-Friendly Patterns from YarnCraft Episode #38

April 17th, 2009

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In episode 38 of YarnCraft, our bi-weekly radio-style podcast, Liz and I prepare for Earth Day with eco-friendly yarns and projects! We also answer some great questions asked by our listeners. Learn more about great products like The Knitter’s Block, our Stitch of the Week, and great listener websites like WooWork! In our regular segment, Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we share some useful techniques for using leftover yarn.

Here are 5 fabulous eco-friendly patterns:

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 all about Mother’s Day gift ideas!


5 Baby Patterns from YarnCraft Episode #37

March 31st, 2009

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Now that it’s officially spring, it’s time for new life and great new projects! On episode 37 of YarnCraft, our bi-weekly audio show, my co-host Liz and I share fabulous projects for Easter and for spring newborns. We’re also joined by our senior technical editor, Jackie, who gives us some great tips on projects that will be child-friendly and mom-friendly, too. In our regular segment Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we discuss great ideas for your baby shower. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who has a new baby coming into their life!

Here are five great patterns for spring babies:

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 all about Earth Day and eco-friendly yarns.


5 Spring Patterns from YarnCraft Episode #36

March 17th, 2009

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In the most recent episode of YarnCraft, our bi-weekly audio podcast, Liz and I look forward to spring with beautiful garments in lightweight cotton, including Cotton-Ease, Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton, Recycled Cotton, and LB Collection Cotton Bamboo. We also discuss how gauge, fabric density, and the look of your finished project relate to each other. We also talk about the Moderne Jacket crochet-along.

Here are five patterns to start your spring:

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 a new episode all about Easter and baby patterns for spring arrivals.


5 Cozy Winter Patterns from YarnCraft Episode #32

January 20th, 2009

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In episode 32 of YarnCraft, our audio podcast, my co-host Liz and I discuss how to keep warm both indoors and out. We also visit the Lion Brand Yarn Studio to see what the staff and customers have on their hooks and needles. Click here to listen [MP3].

Here are 5 great cozy classic patterns that we discuss:

Join us next week for a brand new podcast, including fabulous fashion advice and upcoming trends.


Special Evening with The Friday Night Knitting Club Author

January 14th, 2009

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On Monday, January 5, 2009 in our Lion Brand Yarn Studio, we had the pleasure of having guest author, Kate Jacobs, author of bestseller The Friday Night Knitting Club, read passages from its sequel Knit Two. She also answered questioned and signed copies of her book. The Friday Night Knitting Club is going to be made into a movie starring Julia Roberts.

Didn’t make it to see Kate Jacobs? Listen to interviews with her on two episodes of YarnCraft, our bi-weekly audio podcast.

And join us on February 5th for our next special event, featuring the popular and talented knit & crochet designer, Nicky Epstein. Visit the Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s news & events page for more information on how to RSVP.

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5 Last Minute Gift Ideas from YarnCraft #30

December 9th, 2008

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Crochet Ruffle ScarfIn Episode 30 of YarnCraft, our audio-podcast, my co-host Liz and I prepare for the holiday season by discussing great last-minute gift ideas. We’re joined by Cat, host of the popular video podcast Let’s Knit2gether, who tells us about how she started podcasting and about her holiday experiences with handmade gifts. To help with holiday stress, we share tips for relaxing while crafting for the holidays. Click here to listen [MP3].

As a sneak peek, here are 5 fast finish presents for the holidays:

  1. Cascading Colors Baby Blankie: This easy blanket works up quickly in stockinette stitch, but the colors make it look much more time-consuming.
  2. Crochet Ruffle Scarf: This fun scarf is great because it’s fast, it’s unique, and it only takes one ball of Homespun to make!
  3. Crochet Driving Gloves: These fingerless gloves keep your finger frees, and they whip up in no time.
  4. Easy Knit Mittens: These one-ball mittens are quick, cozy, and classic.
  5. Crochet Cottage Slipper Socks: These thick, warm slipper socks are a fast gift, perfect for cool weather.

Join us next Tuesday for New Year’s resolutions, new tips, and new ways of getting in touch with yarncrafters!

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5 Holiday Ornament Ideas from YarnCraft Episode #29

November 25th, 2008

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Amigurumi Gingerbread HouseIn the latest episode of YarnCraft, our audio-podcast, my co-host Liz and I focus on two very exciting developments in the yarn world. First, we take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the newly opened Lion Brand Yarn Studio, including interviews with staff and customers. Then we’re joined by Kate Jacobs, bestselling author of The Friday Night Knitting Club and the new book, Knit Two, coming out on November 25th, and she tells us how you can have her visit YOUR book-club next year! Kate will also be LIVE at the Studio in January, so check out the Lion Brand Yarn Studio website for more information.

This episode’s “Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life” segment focuses on holiday crafting with yarn. Here’s a preview of 5 patterns discussed:

  1. Crochet Snowflake Ornament
  2. Amigurumi Gingerbread Person
  3. Amigurumi Gingerbread House
  4. Knit Mitten Ornament
  5. Knit Stocking Ornament

Want to listen to the whole episode? Click here! [MP3]

Join us next Tuesday for last minute gift ideas and tips for de-stressing during the crazy holiday season!


Five 2-Ball Projects from YarnCraft #28

November 11th, 2008

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Thigh High SocksIn episode #28 — Gifts to “Wow” on a Budget — of our audio-podcast, YarnCraft, my co-host Liz and I prepare for the holiday season by sharing our top 10 gift ideas. We also discuss ideas for crafting with the whole family, so join us for this fun and informative episode! Click here to listen [MP3].

As a preview to the episode, here are 5 great gift ideas for a budget of two balls or less:

  1. Aran Cable Scarf – The classic cable design gives this scarf a timeless touch for any girl or guy.
  2. Thigh High Socks – These fun leg warmers make a stylish gift for a younger sister, cousin, or friend.
  3. Knit Wristers – Just one cone of LB 1878 is enough for many pairs! This pattern is easily customizable, so add stripes, lace, cables, or embroidery to make a personal statement.
  4. Basic Socks – You can never go wrong with simple, classic socks.
  5. Bath Collection – An assortment of washcloths makes a great gift, especially when presented with a ribbon and handmade soap.

Liked this episode? Join us next Tuesday for a brand new episode featuring a sneak peek into the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, as well as a special interview with bestselling author of The Friday Night Knitting Club, Kate Jacobs, whose sequel Knit Two comes out November 25th!


5 Fast-to-Make Toys from the Latest Episode of YarnCraft

October 28th, 2008

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In the most recent episode of our audio-podcast, YarnCraft, my co-host Liz and I chat about great toys for kids of every age, as well as toys for our furry friends. We also share an interview with Nicky Epstein, who tells us all about her love of knitting and crocheting for Barbie! Click here to listen [MP3].

Here’s a sneak peak at 5 fast patterns we discuss in the episode:

  1. Bunny Blanket – For a baby shower or a holiday gift, this item is a fast-finish project to knit or crochet.
  2. Amigurumi Gnome – A great “gag gift,” our friendly garden gnome is a gift with a sense of humor, and will only take an afternoon to finish.
  3. Best Bunny – Perfect for small hands, this little crochet rabbit will be a great companion for any child.
  4. Doll Hat & Muff – Classic and charming, this knit set is perfect for the little girl (or girl at heart) who still loves dolls.
  5. Amigurumi Doughnut – These darling sweets are calorie free, but make fun and whimsical favors.

And join us next Tuesday for our next episode, when we talk about great gift ideas for the holiday season!

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