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Now that we’re past holiday-crafting, treat yourself to a quick project just for you! Zontee and Michelle share some of their favorite project ideas and patterns for using up a single ball of colorful, luxurious, and/or hand-dyed yarn! It’s the perfect way to “cleanse the palette” before moving on to new projects in 2013.

Patterns discussed include:

Yarns discussed include: Homespun®, Vanna’s Glamour®, Bellini, Zpagetti, Fishermen’s Wool®, LB Collection® Pure Wool, LB Collection® Superwash Merino, and LB Collection® Silk Mohair.

Resources on dyeing your own yarn: 4 Yarns Perfect for Your First Dye Project; Yarn Dyeing: Selecting the Right Dye for Your Fiber; How-To: Kool-Aid Dye with a Microwave.

Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we combine yarncrafts with reading. Michelle shares some of her favorite fiction and essays inspired by yarn. Writers we discuss include Debbie Macomber, Rachael Herron, Maggie Sefton, Betty Hechtman (revisit her YarnCraft interview here), and Kate Jacobs (revisit her YarnCraft interviews here and here). Recommended by one of our listeners is Elizabeth Lenhard’s Chicks with Sticks series.

Join us in two weeks when we answer some of our most frequently asked questions about YarnCraft, Lion Brand, and more. Any burning questions you’ve always wanted to ask? 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

01:30 What’s on Zontee & Michelle’s hooks & needles

05:12 Lion Brand Staff Resolutions

07:46 One-Skein Project Ideas

18:38 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life

25:14 Thanks to our guest and listeners