YarnCraft Episode 135 :: How to Make and Care for Heirloom Projects

19 Feb

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YarnCraft Episode 135 :: How to Make and Care for Heirloom Projects

Make a project that marks a milestone! In this bonus-length episode, Zontee and Michelle share pattern ideas and customization tips for special events throughout your life. Plus we share stories from listeners about the special heirloom projects they’ve given and received over the years.

Patterns discussed include:

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We also share two interviews recorded at Vogue Knitting Live with designer Nicky Epstein and craft blogger Haley Pierson-Cox. These industry insiders give us their trend outlook for 2013.

Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Zontee and Michelle share tips on cleaning, caring for, and storing your knit/crochet projects and yarn. Find out what to do when bugs get in your fibers and how to prevent them in the future. Learn how to rip out a project and prepare the yarn for reuse.

Join us in two weeks when we talk about projects to ring in the spring season. What do you love to make for spring? 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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Theme music is “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine, from the PodSafe Music Network.

00:11 Intro & welcome
01:26 What’s on Zontee & Michelle’s hooks & needles
09:51 Heirloom projects
26:13 Interview with Haley Pierson-Cox
29:58 Interview with Nicky Epstein
33:16 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life Intro
48:07 Thanks to our guests and listeners


  • KnittingMama73

    Zontee, I know you are a crocheter (and I love both knitting and crochet) so was wondering if you could help get the Baby Tree of Life afghan “translated” into a crochet version?  I knit the Baby version but would also love to crochet one as one of my daughters is a real crocheter!  It would become a family heirloom!  One daughter gets the knit one and the other crochet!  Thanks for your help with this one!   :-)  As always, love to listen to the podcast!!

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Hi KnittingMama73, since we already have the Tree of Life (larger version) in crochet, the best thing to do is to start with that and adjust accordingly. Since the full-size version of the crochet pattern has 3 tree repeats (and the baby knit version has 2), we know we should adjust to have 2 tree repeats. 

    Get the crochet pattern here: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90360AD.htmlFollow the pattern (starting from “Afghan”) as written except making it less wide: Chain 97 (2 tree repeats plus 1 stitch for your initial “height” of the row), and then follow the tree chart for 2 repeats (96 stitches). Then you’ll do the Divider (just follow the directions as written). Then you’ll do the Flower Panel (rows 1-13 and then rows 2-6, so you get a total of 5 rows of flowers like in the baby knit version). Then the Divider again, and then the Trees again.Then you’ll follow the directions for the trim as written. Hope that helps!

  • http://twitter.com/rainah rainah

    I had a blanket that my bubba (grandma) made me when I was younger it had pink yellow and white and green colors with a navy border I buried my dog in it when she died now I wish I had that blanket for my own 2 year old

  • Kroshaykel

    For spring, I’m looking forward to crocheting something for my son to wear for his “bonnet parade” at school. Last year I crocheted a “bunny hat” (complete with ears that stood up) and the carrot from Lionbrand.com. I’m trying to come up with a cute, slightly masculine idea for him again this year… Any ideas?

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Hi Kroshaykel, personally I love the Fox Scoodie that’s a new set of patterns on LionBrand.com (it could be adapted to all manner of animal): http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/patternFinder.fcgi?search=Search&searchText=fox+scoodie

    I could also see taking our Loopy Hat (without the Vanna’s Glamour and the pom-pom) and adding ears for a cute sheep/lamp hat:

    Hope that helps!