April 5th, 2010

Ready Set Knit Episode 170

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Hi Everyone

Sorry for the delay in having this week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit uploaded.  We had a slight technical error and given that it was a holiday weekend, we had to wait until this morning to get things straightened out.

On this week’s show Steve discusses more of the yarns that we are featuring in this year’s 36th Annual Anniversary Sale.  Although he starts out reviewing more of the knitting yarns, he also spends some time highlighting some of the weaving yarns that are on sale as well.

Our guest this week is Marcy Smith, Editor of Interweave Crochet.   The new spring issue has just hit newsstands and it’s really a lovely issue:

For those of you who are frequent readers of the this blog and/or listener to Ready, Set, Knit you know that I have a soft spot for crochet so I was very excited to talk with Marcy.  The Spring issue of Interweave Crochet has a ton of great projects and I think Marcy and her team have done an excellent job with this issue.  

During the interview we were able to discuss a couple of the designs in the issue but there were several that really tickled me and I’m going to show you those here:

First up are the Chloe and Clarity Cardigans:

Marcy and I discussed these at length during the show.  What I found most intriguing is that although they appear to be the same sweater just different lengths, there is actually sizing and construction differences to both.

I also love the Kristy Cardigan:

If I saw this cardi at a clothing store I would buy it in a heartbeat.  I love the stitches used, I love the shaping, the cap sleeve, the neckline – I just really love this cardigan.  Plus, it’s crocheted using Blue Sky Alpacas’ Alpaca Silk!

I am also in love with this Shell:

The Abalone Shell has such a simple construction in terms of the silhouette but don’t let that fool you.  The crocheting of this garment does lean towards the more experienced crocheter.  The only part of this shell that I don’t care for is the shaping on the back of the armhole.  Maybe it’s just how it was photographed but it looks shallow to me.

The New Town Swing Sweater is another fave:

This one has the allure of the construction but the added benefit of really showcasing the yarn selected.

Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a little love to the Flower Power Pillow:

I can sometimes be a bitter regarding home dec projects and crochet.  They are often cliche and many of you may feel that way about this pillow but it’s done in our own Valley Yarns Southwick and I think it’s quite darling.

Lastly, be sure to check out the latest collaboration between Interweave Crochet and Crochetme.com - the Chain Reaction Afghan Project.

Enjoy!

Kathy

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  • GinkgoKnits

    I've never learned how to crochet, but I think that pillow is wonderful. It seems perfect since now that there are so many flowers outside, I want them inside too.

    I was glad to see the podcast downloading today — you all sound so very charming on air.