Happy 100th Episode!

My good friends over at Lion Brand Yarns have a wonderful podcast called YarnCraft, and they are rapidly approaching their 100th episode. In celebration they are having a blog tour leading up to that momentous event!

I had a chance to talk to Zontee, one of the hosts of YarnCraft and ask a few questions that I thought you'd like to hear the answers to:

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 GlamourVanna’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!


You can catch all the stops on the YarnCraft blog tour by going to their webpage here:

And you can listen to the podcast by going here, and you can download it from iTunes here.

What kind of blog tour stop would it be without a giveaway, right? So leave me a comment below and one lucky random winner will get a few skeins of Vanna's Colors sent to them!

Congratulations YarnCraft, may you have thousands more episodes in the future!!


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  • 9/2/2011 3:01 PM Jo Anne wrote:
    Me! Me! Me! My stash is getting woefully thin. We can actually walk in the bedroom now!
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  • 9/2/2011 3:05 PM Laurel wrote:
    I am very excited to see the new Vanna's yarn. I like bulky yarn alot.
    It is soft and springy and combined with a large hook things work up fast.
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  • 9/2/2011 3:14 PM javafiend wrote:
    I'm using Vanna's Colors now...I really like the way it feels...hope they come out with more colors soon
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  • 9/2/2011 3:17 PM Cheryl Clemons wrote:
    I love podcast YarnCraft and I love Vanna White's yarn...would love to win.
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  • 9/2/2011 3:19 PM betsy wrote:
    I love bulky yarn and would LOVE to try Vanna's new yarn!
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  • 9/2/2011 4:21 PM Mike wrote:
    Would love to add a new yarn to my very small stash... go male crocheters!!!
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  • 9/2/2011 4:40 PM Kim wrote:
    I would like to be enter in the give away. I can think of a few things to crochet with it.
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  • 9/2/2011 4:48 PM Tisha wrote:
    Love the podcast and hearing about different yarns, techniques, all that stuff! Can't wait to check out Vanna's new yarns, they look beautiful
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  • 9/2/2011 5:27 PM Andrea G. wrote:
    I love the Yarn Craft podcast. It is actually the first podcast I started listening to when I first found them years ago. Keep up the good work! And as for Lion Brand yarn, you can never have enough!
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  • 9/2/2011 5:47 PM Meg Platis wrote:
    Thanks for asking "the big questions," Drew! You knew that we all wanted to know about Vanna!
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  • 9/2/2011 7:04 PM Fracksmom wrote:
    how exciting, more yarn that we can afford. i use Lion Brand for prayer shawls, and I think this yarn will make very pretty ones.
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  • 9/2/2011 7:15 PM Terri wrote:
    Save me from my yarn diet!! Thanks!
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  • 9/2/2011 8:06 PM Nikki Baker wrote:
    I would love to try this yarn. I really love using Vanna's yarns.
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  • 9/2/2011 8:11 PM Maryann wrote:
    I've listened to yarncraft from it's very beginning, and I'm a big Crochet Dude fan as well. What a perfect first stop for your tour!
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  • 9/2/2011 8:31 PM Terri wrote:
    I love Vanna's yarn and I can't wait to add the new line to my collection, er, stash.
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  • 9/2/2011 9:09 PM Gillian McMullen wrote:
    I love Vanna's yarns, I use them non-stop for amigurumi, the colors are lovely and there's such a wide range of them, PLUS they all go together. Can't ask for more than that! I'm working my way through every single color. Can't wait for new ones.
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  • 9/2/2011 9:47 PM Ana Contreras wrote:
    Congrats, Yarncraft!
    Let´s keep the crocheting and knitting going...
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  • 9/2/2011 11:47 PM Wendy wrote:
    What a great interview! And, who doesn't need more yarn! Please enter me in the drawing.

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  • 9/3/2011 5:43 AM Connie Fish wrote:
    I'm so excited! Can't wait to try the the newest Vanna yarn! I love varigated colors!
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  • 9/3/2011 6:16 AM Tina wrote:
    Thanks for another great giveaway and Happy 100th YarnCraft!
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  • 9/3/2011 7:00 AM Marlene wrote:
    I love Vanna's yarn and can't wait to try her new yarn. Enjoyed the interview to.
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  • 9/3/2011 8:11 AM Kate wrote:
    What a great interview - way to turn the tables on Zontee! I'm looking forward to the new vanna yarn.
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  • 9/3/2011 10:43 AM Margo wrote:
    I have not used a lot of bulky weight yarn. I would love to try the new Vanna yarn.
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  • 9/3/2011 10:50 AM Patti Bodenhamer wrote:
    That was a fun interview. I love Lion brand yarn can't wait to try the new Vanna's color.
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  • 9/3/2011 12:13 PM CrochetBlogger wrote:
    Great questions about Vanna! Nice kick-off to the blog tour!
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  • 9/3/2011 2:28 PM Kathy wrote:
    I could really use some of Vanna's yarn to make something for my new grandchild!
    Congratulations on your 100th podcast.
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  • 9/3/2011 2:31 PM Knittingdancer wrote:
    I really enjoy reading your interview with Zontee. I love knitting with Vanna's yarns. I would like to try her new bulky weight (Vanna's Colors).
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  • 9/3/2011 3:55 PM Karyn wrote:
    Loved this interview. Vanna's Choice is one of my favorite yarns. It is an all around great acrylic . . .soft and warm.
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  • 9/3/2011 6:49 PM Devora Baronofsky wrote:
    I enjoyed your interview. Its great to see your website and all your publications. I enjoy making bags and I made one with Vanna's Glamour for my daughter's wedding.
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  • 9/4/2011 5:48 AM Christie Bowie wrote:
    Hey, this was fun to read, I dearly love Vanna's choice and I am trying to get up the nerve to try one of Drew's books out and see if I can make anything besides an afghan. I think I am ready for simple clothing... but I am nervous. Wish I could get to a crochet bootcamp, are there any offered in Indiana?
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  • 9/4/2011 12:04 PM Suzanne wrote:
    I am just getting back into crocheting after many years, so I can always use some yarn!
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  • 9/4/2011 10:30 PM yarnsnob wrote:
    I've never really worked with Acrylic, maybe if I win I can finally give it a try.
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  • 9/5/2011 4:25 PM Denise Cox wrote:
    As a newbie crocheter and knitter, I started looking for yarn at craft stores. It is really nice to have such a nice quality yarn with Vanna's for a beginner like me. She has a lot of colors to choose from and I am so happy with the finished project!
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  • 9/5/2011 7:53 PM Jackie Watson wrote:
    Always up for more yarn!
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  • 9/6/2011 9:53 AM Erica wrote:
    That was a great interview! I would love to try some new yarn
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  • 9/6/2011 10:20 AM Linda Bliley wrote:
    New Vanna yarn is always welcome! Thanks!
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  • 9/6/2011 11:45 AM mary wrote:
    first time to this blog, think I'll be checking it out from now on!
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  • 9/6/2011 2:24 PM Tagati wrote:
    Wow, great that there are some new graduated yarns available (especially for us colour challenged!).

    Thanx for the link and all the tips!
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  • 9/7/2011 9:29 AM Andrea wrote:
    I love the Yarncraft podcast! I listen to it and other knitting podcasts when I knit or crochet. I definitely second your wishes for them to have many more episodes.
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  • 9/7/2011 10:15 AM PAIGE HALES wrote:
    Congratualations on your upcoming 100th episode. I love the podcasts and can't wait to try Vanna's Colors.
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  • 9/7/2011 3:19 PM Dana Bincer wrote:
    I'm just getting into crochet. My sister makes so much fun stuff I got hooked. I just found your blog, thanks to YarnCraft. I can't wait to pour over your blog!!! Thanks for the great interview, too! I'm going to add your blog to my google reader! Definitely want to see what you create the minute you blog about it! =)
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  • 9/7/2011 7:01 PM Deborah wrote:
    Congrats to Lion Brand's continued success! Thanks for working with them. You do great work. I'd love to win some yarn. I have many ideas but never enough yarn!
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  • 9/7/2011 10:36 PM Bethany Woodward wrote:
    I love Vanna's Choice yarns. I actually started looming first about 10 months ago and then watched a ton of crochet instructional videos off utube.. IM HOOKED pun intended I'd love to add more of her yarn to my stash as her's was the first yarn I used for my first scarf project ever...
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  • 9/10/2011 10:43 AM Gloria Masley wrote:
    I really enjoyed your praise for Lion Brands Pod casts. I've been listening for years and am so amazed at the wealth of information they provide each program. I am also a great fan of yours and really enjoy your site. I hope that my stash can be increased by your wonderful gift in honor of their 100 episode. Thanks So Much!!
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  • 9/10/2011 5:40 PM Carmen wrote:
    Nice interview. I like Vanna's Choice yarns, so it sounds like Vanna's Colors would be another good addition to my stash.
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  • 9/11/2011 4:29 AM lee wrote:
    Thanks for the post and lovely giveaway. I love Vanna yarn!
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  • 9/12/2011 9:30 AM Erin wrote:
    Y'all are such inspirations to me! Loving the giveaway and this gal could always use more yarn! I <3 Lion Brand yarn!
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  • 9/19/2011 7:34 AM drew emborsky wrote:

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