YarnCraft Episode 114 :: Tips on Picking Warm Weather Yarns, PLUS 5 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

10 Apr

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On this episode of YarnCraft, Liz & Zontee talk about warm-weather-friendly fibers and yarns. Not only do they talk about fiber qualities that make certain fibers more cool to the touch, but they also talk about how you can adapt certain patterns to use lighter weights of yarn to create garments that are less bulky and more comfortable.

Find out how you can re-write a pattern using the original schematic and your gauge swatch.

Yarns discussed include:

Patterns discussed include:

Again, we want to congratulations to Joyce, who won our random giveaway for episode 113!

Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we share ideas for Mother’s Day presents you can finish in the next month. Patterns discussed include:

On our next episode, we’ll be talking about projects for prom, weddings, and formal events. Have you knit or crocheted something for a special occasion? 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
01:11 What’s on Liz & Zontee’s hooks & needles?
11:46 Tips on warm-weather-friendly fibers & yarns
20:34 Congratulations to our giveaway winner
21:16 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
28:31 Thanks to our listeners

  • Coneyhotdog2004

    I made the bridesmaid purses for my daughter’s wedding. I made the pattern from your website. I did change up the colors on the front so the girls could tell their purses apart. They were made out of Vanna’s Glamour in black and white with silver. Turned out well. Also made a shawl out of blue Moonlight Mohair for myself. Looked very fancy and formal.

  • Dee_bee

    I totally agree with going to web sites and print magazines for new pattern ideas. I am making a summer scarf in Baby soft and a shawl in Vanna’s choice from patterns that I found in the recent edition of Knit Simple. The best is that eh yarn was from stash!!!!

  • Damelinen

    I agree with the comment made by A.  Seleh regarding saving labels for future reference.  I always include one of the labels from the yarn I used when knitting a gift – that way the owner can reference the label for washing instructions.

    C. Firlik

  • http://profiles.google.com/wzrdreams Grace Jones

    I’m getting married! I want to knit a lace shawl for the special day. I’m probably going to go with a silk cashmere blend. I’m thinking about one of the Elizabeth Zimmerman Anniversary Half PI Shawls.

    Regarding the new yarn Casey… I was very excited about the rayon/nylon blend in DK weight until I saw the very specific color pallet. The confetti-color-splotch colorways appear to be marketed for baby items are not to my taste, even for the infrequent occasions when I knit for a baby. As color is my only regular caveat when chosing Lion Brand yarns I was wondering about the process for color developement for new yarns. I would love hear more about how colors are chosen (research, developement, marketing, etc…). Does Lion Brand ever retire colors to introduce new colors? Has Lion Brand ever conducted a customer color poll or asked customers to vote on new colors?

  • Olena

    I crocheted a blue garter for my wedding. Also, made these cute birds for a cousins’ wedding. 
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  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com YarnCraft Podcast

     Congratulations Grace! We’d love to see what your shawl looks like as you progress.

    As for Casey, it is definitely intended as a baby-specific yarn, and I think that we said as much on the show. Each yarn line has a different color story, depending on what we imagine it will be used for, although as a yarn ages, sometimes it gets additional color palettes. We definitely do retire colors based on popularity and introduce new colors, and we’d be happy to talk more about how colors are developed in an upcoming episode. In the meantime, we’re actually about to start recruiting for a new consumer panel, so be sure to check the Lion Brand Notebook tomorrow for more information about how you can participate in sharing your feedback.

  • http://profiles.google.com/wzrdreams Grace Jones

    That is so exciting! I would love to participate in the panel. I am VERY opinionated ;)

  • http://nikkisstudio.blogspot.com/ NikkisStudio

    Just in time for Mother’s Day!
    I made these quick, cute and heart-warming Beaded Family Wrist Warmers (pattern on Ravelry) using Lion Brand LB 1878 and size 8/0 glass seed beads.

    You can mix and match the individual figures (father, mother, son, daughter, dog and cat) to create your own family line-up. :) Love it!

  • Maryann

    Zontee was looking for a hat for her mother which wouldn’t mess her hair. I love the Scallop Lace hat by Ruby Submarine–it’s a slouch hat, but not too slouchy, a pretty lace pattern, and fun and fast to knit. You can find it on ravelry–I highly recommend it!

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

     They look awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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

     Thanks for the suggestion!

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  • NeedleArtista

    Hello. I just “found” your podcast today. Episode 114 I believe it was. Just wanted to let you know that I crocheted a high-necked, long-sleeved top for my wedding dress. It had ruffles at the neck, sleeves, waist and V-shaped on the bodice, I also sewed a floor length fishtail styled skirt to go along with it. Very Victorian looking.