Happy 100th Episode!
Q: Vanna White has been such a cheerleader for crochet over the years, and her yarns with Lion Brand are amazing. But we all want to know what she's like in real life!
In real life, Vanna is one of the most down-to-Earth people you can imagine. She is really just passionate about crochet as her favorite hobby, and she loves making gifts. She’s told us that mostly she likes to make simple afghans and that she’s one of those people who likes simple projects for the repetitive, meditative nature of crocheting.
Q: I've heard some rumors that she has a new yarn line called "Vanna's Colors", what can you tell us about it?
Yes, she does! It’s just now starting to become available in-stores, but you can already see and order it on LionBrand.com. Like Vanna’s Choice and Vanna’s Glamour, Vanna’s Colors is also super-soft. It’s a wonderful bulky weight acrylic yarn that’s machine-washable and dry-able, a great value, and perfect for fast-finish projects. Plus, Vanna’s Colors is a variegated collection, in which every colorway subtly shifts from shade to shade, giving your projects a soft, gradient effect. It’s really lovely to work up.
Q: When you are talking with Vanna have you ever been tempted to say to her "I'd like to buy a vowel"?
Oh yeah, but she probably gets that all the time!
Q: Lion Brand has always had a soft spot in my heart because of your consistent support of charity programs, (most of my readers know that it was through crocheting for charity that I was able to overcome the grief of losing my mom) - how can knitters and crocheters get involved via Lion Brand right now?
LionBrand.com has a great database called the “Charity Connection” that allows you to find local, national, and international charities who are using yarn-crafting to support different causes. You can find a cause close to your heart and connect with them. For those who work with charities already, you can also help them by making sure they’re listed and their information is up to date in the Charity Connection. Lion Brand also supports many non-profit organizations and educational institutions, and in particular, sales of Vanna’s Choice and the yarns that we’ve developed with Vanna White have allowed us to donate over $700,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to date.
Q: Zontee, you always put together such amazing podcasts! Blogging is such hard work, I can't imagine what it must take to put together a podcast! Could you walk us through the process?
Liz & I start planning well ahead of the “publishing” date of each podcast. We brainstorm ideas for topics, and then I contact possible guests to arrange for interviews. We usually record interviews ahead of time because we want to accommodate the schedules of those busy designers and teachers, and sometimes we record on-site at events. I usually do some research and put together notes for the podcast, before we actually sit down together and record. In most episodes, we try to incorporate the comments and questions that our listeners have left us on our blog, on Ravelry, via voicemail, or via email—we like the show to be truly interactive. After that, I edit down the raw recordings to fit our 30 to 40 minute format, write the episode guides, and get them online. Then, Liz & I sit back, relax, and read the great comments from our listeners on our blog and on Ravelry—it’s really a fun process.
Q: We'll both be at the Crochet Guild of American national convention in North Carolina this fall, if I promise to behave will you interview me for a future podcast?
Definitely! Drew, you’ve been a great YarnCraft guest in the past, and we’d love to have you on many times in the future!