YarnCraft Episode 113 :: 5 Spring Cleaning Tips (Plus Project Ideas) for Knitters & Crocheters

27 Mar

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On this episode of YarnCraft, Liz & Zontee share their favorite tips for spring cleaning–translate your regular spring cleaning rituals (like switching out your wardrobe or getting papers ready for taxes) into rituals that will help you get your knit & crochet supplies in order!

Plus get tips on throwing a stash-and-more-swapping party that will help you and your friends refresh and rejuvenate your yarncrafting spaces!

We also answer listener questions on: controlling the curl in your crochet scarf, and beginner-friendly knitting projects & cast-on tips.

Then Liz & Zontee also share their pattern recommendations for home decor projects to freshen up your space. Patterns discussed include:

On Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we talk about 3 brand new yarns from Lion Brand: Casey (a rayon-from-bamboo blend baby yarn), Chenille (a new take on this classic texture), and Kitchen Cotton (100% cotton, made in the USA, in smaller mix-and-match-sized balls).

Congratulations to the winner of last episode’s Knitting for Peace giveaway, Tammy Scott! To find charities in your area, click here to visit the Lion Brand Charity Connection database.

For this episode’s giveaway, leave a comment below about your spring projects by April 5, 11:59:59 EDT for a chance to win a copy of Crafting a Meaningful Home. Please be sure to leave your email address in the designated box. Open to individuals of the age of majority in their respective locales; void where prohibited.

On our next episode, we’ll be talking about warm-weather-friendly fibers & Mother’s Day projects. What fibers do you like to work with during this season? Share your thoughts with us!  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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00:12 Intro & welcome
01:13 What’s on Liz & Zontee’s hooks & needles?
08:02 Spring cleaning tips for knitters & crocheters
22:13 Refresh your home decor with fast projects for every room
27:52 Enter this episode’s giveaway
29:53 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
33:53 Thanks to our listeners

  • Cynthia

    I am using Lion Brand cotton ease to make some potholders and hot pads for my kitchen.
    I also want to start an afghan for warmer weather using a lighter yarn.   I am going to make
    some felted bowls and use up stash feltable wool.  Thanks for the giveaways and great
    podcasts and all the links. 

  • Jodiebodie

    I have just completed a pair of Irish Lace cushions and am embarking on the Lion Brand Ring Bearer’s Pillow for a friend who is getting married in April. I like to make light lacy cotton projects for Spring and Summer. One of my wips is a tank top made of a lacy floral motif in 4-ply cotton (fingering weight). It is perfect for taking with me when out and about. Doilies and jug covers also get a work out during Spring – perfect for keeping the insects out of the food & drinks at outdoor barbecues

  • linda.rumsey

    I’m knitting socks. Knit socks all year round. Have just started some cotton and bamboo ones for spring after spending the winter knitting thick wooly ones!

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  • Charlotte

    I’m nearly finished with a queen size knit afghan & a snowflake lacy scarf….then I can do some fingerless gloves.

  • Dee_bee

    Working on my New Years resolution that is  to finish at least 6 WIP before starting anything new. I have finished 5 items. I’m organizing my stash into  future project bags with instructions hooks or needles etc. In summer, I often work on embroidery and needlepoint projects, they’re lighter and more comfortable to hold. I plan on using teh new cotton to make some coasters pot holders etc.

  • Terri

    My sister & her husband are buying their first house, so I’m making them a set of fancy dishclothes in the new color scheme. And I just bought a ball of Sock-Ease with which to try out Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel!

  • Kathy

    Making bright Spring/Summer color bags for my Nook and cell phone. Have a couple of baby afghans to make, and still working on caps for the local food banks and shelters this fall.

  • Joanna

    I have started using up all my odds and ends making scarfs. I divided the yarns into like groups, homespun, Vanna’s Choice, etc. I have just finished on and am starting on another changing the color randomly. They are turning out very nice.

  • Sally

    I just finished a red and white cotton shell and I can’t wait to wear it.

  • Susana C Ortiz

    I am learning to knit with the cardi on the knit along. I’m a little behind but I’m glad I can read the posts at my own pace. I liked the idea of the bowls and I think I will make some with my leftover yarns! Home decorating and stash busting! Thanks for the great podcasts, they always inspire me.

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     Don’t forget to share a photo! We’d love to see it!

  • Pynoblem

    I am working on crocheting a purse with cables and bobbles.  I just finished a cotton scarf and pumpkin potholder.

  • joyce

    I am working on a couple of knit pillows for my daughter who is graduating in May.  Also, we have our first grandaughter in the family who I will be knitting sweaters and bibs for.

  • LL3Js

    Hi Ladies,

    Just finished your pattern called, Textured Topper. Used Vanna’s Choice yarn, and my Topper turned out great!

    Would like to make another Topper, but with sock yarn (super fine 1) this time around. Would you be able to tell me how to modify the pattern for this thinner yarn? I would so love to have another (or more) to be able to wear here in Florida.

    Thanks, and keep up the great work!

    Lynn Lopez

  • shari

    I am crocheting baby hats for photo props. Since our daughter deployed to Afganistan last week this seems to be a good way to keep my mind busy.

  • kroshaykel

    For this spring, I quickly whipped up a bunny hat with coordinating carrot rattle toy for my son.  They had a “bonnet parade” at his school.  I used Baby’s First for the hat since it is nice and cool being 45% cotton and then used Vanna’s Choice for the carrot.  Inside the carrot, I found a little plastic container to use and put some pop tabs inside so that when the container shakes it makes a rattling noise.  Put that inside the carrot with lots of stuffing, and voila!  A super cute parade outfit with a rattle made from recycled materials!

    Here is a picture of the cuteness:

  • nwalkie1

    I am working on crocheting a baby blanket for our upcoming addition to the family. I am also going to be starting on some of those plastic bag keepers to get a handle on our plastic bag situation.

  • Pamela_kean

    This past few months I have been knitting for charity – four scarves, three headbands and some mittens for our local senior center gift shop, some socks and sock slippers for gifts, and continuing to work on my lace shawl. I’m a new weaver and have just successfully warped my new rigid heddle loom and have a scarf on it, with cotton yarn ready to go on next for dishcloths. 

  • Janet

    I knit to give it away. Crafts for the home fits perfectly with that!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bwemyss Bonnie Wemyss

    I love to knit sweaters and custom design them as well to fit me (I’m tall!)!  My spring projects is going to be a three-quarter length raglan sleeve cardigan with Lion Brand cotton yarn!

  • Karyn Settles

    Work in progress gets a going through this time of year, and I start to look at projects for warmer weather

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com YarnCraft Podcast

     So adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelly-Adams/100000814433838 Kelly Adams

    My current projects include Easter toy bunnies for my grandaughters.  Thanks for all the free patterns!

  • Jodiebodie

    The Ring Bearer’s Pillow is completed. I have shared the picture in the Yarncraft Ravelry group.

  • Sally

    I enjoy your podcast, Thanks

  • Nenita_ny

    I haven’t yet began my spring projects since I’m behind in my x mas projects! :) but when I do, I will start with some socks.

  • Abby M

    Apparently I’m feeling the need to knit a million Baby Surprise Jackets.  1 done, 1 on the needles.

    I also am going to be teaching at my LYS – SOCKS!  So I’m working up samples! :)

  • Maureen Chandler

    I am totally into knitting baby items lately!  We have a new granddaughter who is four months old and she has a lovely collection now of booties and MaryJanes!  We just found out that another son and his wife are expecting twins so I will be doing double knitting now!  Here come the sweaters, hats, and booties for the new babies!  Very exciting!!!

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     Hi Lynn, we’ll be talking about your question in tomorrow’s podcast, so be sure to tune in, but in the meantime, we wanted to give you a little bit more of a detailed answer here. Basically, we talk about how with your gauge swatch and the pattern’s schematic in hand, you can “write” your own pattern.

    You’ll want to swatch the stitch pattern (in this case, the Checks Pattern) in your new yarn. Once you figure out how many stitches per inch you get gauge-wise, you’ll look at your schematic and where the cast-on edge is (in this case, the right sleeve).

    Since that sleeve is 13 inches, you’ll multiply the stitches per inch by 13 inches, then round to the nearest multiple-of-6 plus 2 additional stitches (since this is the multiple for the stitch pattern) for your number of cast-on stitches.

    You’ll cast on in your first color and work it for about 2.5 inches (based on the original gauge in the pattern and 15 rows the pattern specifies, I calculated that it’s about 2.5 inches in the first color). You’ll keep working until you have the whole first sleeve done (7 inches total according to the schematic). Then you’ll need to cast-on extra stitches for the body. Again, you’ll multiply your personal gauge (from your sock-yarn swatch) by the number of inches you need for the size you’re making. Again, round to the nearest multiple-of-6 (this time you don’t need the two additional stitches, since they’re already added to the sleeve stitches). Then you can keep working until you bind off those stitches for the left sleeve.

    This will get you through the whole back of the sweater…you’ll make similar calculations for the two fronts.

    Hope this helps and gives you a sense of how you can basically make your own pattern by following the schematic and your own gauge swatch!

  • AnnDS

    I have to respectfully disagree about cast-ons: long-tail cast-on is completely teachable from the start!  I have great success teaching complete newbies the LTCO.  I REALLY break it down for them — I show them how I put my thumb and pointer together thru the yarn strands — grab the yarn with the rest of my fingers, open up my thumb and pointer, and then I s-l-o-w-l-y do the maneuver.  I have them do the maneuver while I hold the yarn; then, finally, they do it all.  I haven’t had a newbie yet who didn’t catch on very quickly by teaching them this way, broken down slowly. I have to say the backward-loop cast-on is easy to do but is a bear to knit off, and too frustrating for new knitters.