YarnCraft Episode 57 Transcript :: 12 Months of New Yarns New Patterns

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Zontee:  Welcome to YarnCraft. It’s episode 57 on January 5th, 2010. Thanks for joining us for our first episode of the New Year. This is Zontee.

Liz:  And I’m Liz. And we are the hosts of YarnCraft.

Zontee:  Visit YarnCraft.LionBrand.com for more information on subscribing, a list of patterns, products, and websites we talk about on today’s episode, and more. While you’re there, you can also leave your comments, or leave your comments by giving us a call and leave a voice mail at 774‑452‑YARN. That’s 774‑452‑9276 begin‑‑of‑‑the‑‑skype‑‑highlighting 774‑452‑9276 end‑‑of‑‑the‑‑skype‑‑highlighting. We always love sharing your comments and your stories on the show.

Liz:  As usual, we’re here at the Lion Brand Design Center in New York City. And on today’s episode, we’re thinking ahead for 2010 and outlining you 12 months’ worth of yarns to try.

Zontee:  And on “Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life,” we’ll be talking about different tools and what they’re good for. What’s better for my products, DPNs or circs? What’s an afghan hook? Find out all this and more next on YarnCraft. [music]

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Zontee:  As usual, we want to start off our episode talking a little bit about what is on our hooks and needles. And I have, over the last couple weeks, during the holidays, been able to take a little time for myself and actually really work on that sweater of mine in the Superwash Merino. It’s coming out nicely.

Liz:  Oh, what color did you decide on?

Zontee:  The Wild Berries.

Liz:  That is the correct choice. [laughter]

Zontee:  And it’s turning out really nicely. I’m really looking forward to getting more done on it. I’ve made quite a bit of progress so far, but as you know, with a top‑down sweater, you get to that point where suddenly you’re like, “There are so many stitches on my needles. When will it end?”

Liz:  Yes. It’s all about powering through, from that point until when you divide for the sleeves and put them onto waste yarn, and then it gets so much better. [laughs]

Zontee:  Yeah, that’s what I’m hoping to hit soonish.

Liz:  Yeah.

Zontee:  But, in the last couple weeks, right before the holidays, I also got a last‑minute request from my father for a hat. So, I managed to power through that instead of working on my own projects, so I’m not as far as I could have been.

Liz:  That’s very kind.

Zontee:  Oh, and here’s a funny fact for you. I realize that there are a lot of good uses for yarn the other day, when I noticed that one of the vases–ironically enough, the vase in which I keep all my little balls of leftovers from yarn projects–was shaking. And it’s because the bottom of the glass vase wasn’t totally even. So, because of the vibration of cars driving by my apartment building, it would kind of jiggle and make this little clicking noise. And I was like, “What is that?” When I finally figured out it was this vase, I said, “I have to put something underneath it.” So, I whipped out some extra yarn ‑ from the vase, of course ‑ and made myself a little trivet to put underneath it. And that solved the problem.

Liz:  Yarn is good for everything.

Zontee:  It is. It saves the day.

Liz:  Yes.

Zontee:  I’m sure we could come up with some more crazy uses for yarn. I’ve heard some great stories from customers and listeners in the past. I’m sure there are more out there. So, if you have any, listeners, please share them with us.

Anyway. So what have you been working on, Liz?

Liz:  I don’t know why, I always wear skirts. I never wear pants. And this has been true for decades now. Somehow I’ve never quite had my feet get so cold as they’ve been getting this winter. So, after I got my little bit of holiday knitting finished up, I started on some just very simple leg warmers for myself.

Zontee:  That’s good. That’s a good project.

Liz:  So, hopefully, I will get those done before winter ends so I can keep my feet from freezing. I don’t know why this year, which is not that much colder than normal, but for some reason, my feet are freezing.

Zontee:  It has been kind of windy and brutal these last couple of weeks. I think it just got so cold so quickly…

Liz:  Yeah. I didn’t acclimate.

Zontee:  Exactly. Exactly. New York has suddenly gone from relatively mild to suddenly cold, and it’s been a big change for us.

Liz:  Yes. [music]

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Liz:  In our last episode, we talked about getting your yarn crafting life organized for 2010, and Zontee and I have been really captivated by this idea. As we both came down to just before the holidays, realized we hadn’t really done any holiday knitting, and maybe we hadn’t gotten to knitting all those things we’d wanted to do in the past year, we want to shape up and make a yarn craft plan for 2010. [laughs]

Zontee:  I think that’s a really good description of what happened. I also went through my own stash and just tried to kind of neaten it up, and I have, I think, gotten it kind of under control. But, I also realized that I have a whole lot of yarn that I bought for things that I will not get to for a very, very long time.

Liz:  Exactly.

Zontee:  And there are a lot of yarns that I want to try that I haven’t tried yet. And so, what we’ve basically planned for this episode is yarn by the month. We’re going to recommend a yarn that you might want to try for a particular month of the year. And we encourage you, if you haven’t tried some of these products before, to go out and have fun with them. I actually like the idea of a one‑skein product every month, because that’s really manageable. I could do that.

Liz:  And then, at the end of the year, you’re going to have 12 great, finished objects.

Zontee:  That’s perfect. You could even do this for gifts.

Liz:  That’s what I was just going to say.

Zontee:  For next holiday season. So there you go. You could start now, and by December, you’ll be good to go.

Liz:  All right. It is January 5th. I’m going to make my holiday yarn crafting list and start on it. I’m going to. I’m going to.

Zontee:  Definitely. Let’s do it, Liz, you and me.

Liz:  All right. All right.

Zontee:  All right. So, listeners, let’s start off, of course, with January. And the yarn that I immediately thought of for January, because it has been so cold here in New York, is our LB Collection Organic Wool. It’s really warm, it’s in classic winter colors that are very, very stylish, and they make great accessories and garments for just about anybody.

Liz:  Yes. It’s just such a classic weight. It’s really soft. And I love the stitch definition. So, it’s great for not only trying out a new yarn but trying out some fun stitch patterns.

Zontee:  Absolutely. A great example of that is our Harbor Scarf. This is a new pattern from our brand‑new catalog that should be arriving in homes just about now. And it has a beautiful honeycomb pattern, and I think that it’s really attractive. And who couldn’t use another scarf in this cold weather?

Liz:  Exactly. It’s a little bit more than one skein. It’s about three skeins.

Zontee:  Yeah, but you see, I’m not sticking too closely to the one‑skein rule for the patterns…

Liz:  OK. I just wanted to make sure that that’s very clearly. These are not one‑skein projects.

Zontee:  These are not one‑skein projects. But, I’m saying that if you wanted to only use one skein per month, you could do that. In fact, if you did only use one skein for this pattern, you could actually make a small scarflette and actually add buttons…

Liz:  Some buttons. Yeah.

Zontee:  And that would be a really great way of just doing one skein.

Liz:  And you can also check online for any of our worsted‑weight hat patterns. You could probably do most of those in just one skein, of the Organic Wool.

Zontee:  Oh, definitely. And I happen to have some eggplant and some dark teal in my stash of Organic Wool, so I might be making something pretty soon.

Liz:  All right. And once February rolls around, it gets kind of rough. You’re kind of ready for winter to be over, but it’s not even close to over.

Zontee:  Definitely not.

Liz:  I mean, no matter what that groundhog says. [laughter]

Zontee:  That groundhog is a liar. That’s what I think.

Liz:  Yeah. So, why not lift your spirits with a little bit of cashmere?

Zontee:  Agreed. I think, for the depths of dark, cold winter, you’ve got to brighten your day with something soft and warm.

Liz:  Exactly. We’ve got a great pattern for hand warmers. With just two balls, you can make a very luxurious pair of hand warmers that will keep you cozy, even in these last, dreary days of winter.

Zontee:  I really wish I had a pair right now. I’m cold.

Liz:  I know. The room we are in right now is cold.

Zontee:  It is cold, listeners. [laughs] So, we hope that you’re keeping warm wherever you are.

Liz:  Yeah. We hope you are somewhere warm while you listen. [laughs] Another great one‑ball pattern we have for the cashmere is a pair of baby booties that I think is great, too. If you know that sometime in the next year, a baby is going to be coming into your life, or someone close to you’s life, this is a great way to get prepared with a cute little present.

Zontee:  That’s a really good idea. I also have some cashmere in my stash that I’d better start thinking about what to do with. I have a lot more yarn in my stash than I think I originally realized. We’re going to have to think about that.

Liz:  Yeah. I try really hard not to think about my stash, for this very reason.

Zontee:  [laughs] So, moving on to March. Once we start heading back out towards spring, I wanted to think about something that’s going to be a little lighter‑weight, maybe something that will carry you in between. It’s still going to be warm, but lighter.

Liz:  Yeah.

Zontee:  So, we’re recommending that you try LB Collection Silk Mohair. And we’ve got a gorgeous shawlette pattern that takes two balls of the Silk Mohair called the South Bay Shawlette. And I think that this is just something nice to kind of throw over your shoulders and keep you warm, especially in the office when you’re still doing a little bit of layering.

Liz:  Yeah. It’s a very beautiful crochet lace stitch.

Zontee:  Definitely. This is a pattern I really want to try. I think that there’s so many beautiful crochet shawls on our website.

Liz:  For the knitters, we’ve got a very simple, one‑ball cowl pattern in the Silk Mohair. I’ve made one of those for myself, and it is so versatile. I wear it all the time. It’s a great layering piece as Zontee was saying. So I recommend checking that out as well.

Zontee:  And that’s in that beautiful Sunbeam color which I just love.

Moving into April, as we get into the warmer weather and we start wanting to think about beautiful, kind of springy colors, I thought that it might be fun to play with palettes, and Vanna’s Choice is the perfect yarn for that, with so many colors–over 50 different colors. We’ve got some new tweeds in it as well. So, it’s going to give you a lot of different options.

Liz:  A great pattern for showing off a unique color palette is our Modern Alchemy Afghan from the new catalog. It takes eight balls, and you can really play around and make your own individual color palette to really go with your mood or the season or your décor.

Zontee:  Yes, and again it’s a great ripple afghan with a fun crochet stitch. So I think it’s a nice piece for your home.

Liz:  And if you haven’t tried Vanna’s Choice before and are interested in experimenting in just one ball, we’ve got a great Lacy Crochet Scarf pattern that only takes one ball on the website.

And May, the weather is getting warmer, all the baby animals are frolicking about. It’s the best time of the year, Zontee, with the baby animals and the frolicking.

Zontee:  I’m sorry. I’m laughing softly to myself. I’m just enjoying the image of frolicking animals that Liz so beautifully put forth.

Liz:  And so maybe there are some human babies getting ready to frolic in your life. I know probably there aren’t actually more babies born in spring, but somehow in New York it always seems like it, because they’re finally coming out and about and it’s adorable.

Zontee:  Definitely.

Liz:  …after the cold winter. So I always think May is a great time for some baby projects and our Babysoft is an excellent choice.

Zontee:  One product that I think is really great and would be good for children up to the toddler age is the Flutter Baby Top. It’s kind of like a baby Bolero. And since it’s open in front I think it will be easy to slip on. And it’s crocheted in Babysoft in Cream. But, you can make it in just about any color.

Liz:  Yes, it’s a really, really cute, very modern style. It’s really great.

Zontee:  Yes. Again, good for layering, because children, you know, get warm very quickly. But you still want to make sure that hey have something to keep them warm, especially into the spring.

Liz:  Exactly.

Zontee:  Next, as we move into summer proper, June is a month where I think it would be really fun to play with Cotton‑Ease. Again, as we’ve said many times before, something that’s great about Cotton‑Ease is that because it’s a 50‑50 cotton‑acrylic blend, it’s lighter than just your plain cotton and it has a beautiful drape, making it great for tops, accessories. And I think that a lot of people feel like summer clothes are not something that you can do with knitting and crochet, but they totally are.

Liz:  Absolutely.

Zontee:  And there are so many beautiful things available commercially, why not make something yourself?

Liz:  Exactly. For example, our Sea Breeze Top from the new catalog in Cotton‑Ease is a really beautiful crocheted top that’s got a little bit of an empire waist with an A‑line shape to it and sleeveless. And it’s just really wearable, really comfortable and is going to look great in Cotton‑Ease in July.

And I realize as we’re going through these, this is definitely skewed toward the northern hemisphere, so, if we have any listeners in the southern hemisphere, you may just have to shift all these months by six months.

But, in New York, in July it is hot.

Zontee:  Very hot.

Liz:  Hot, hot, hot. So one of the fibers that is going to be able to keep you yarn crafting through all of the hot, sticky hotness is our Cotton Bamboo. It’s very cool to the touch, very silky, excellent drape. It’s going to keep on sliding through your fingers, even in the heat.

Zontee:  Again, thinking about summer garments, we recommend that you check out the Serene Top, it’s a beautiful crochet top in the Cotton Bamboo and the beautiful Hyacinth color. And I think it’s just a really peaceful, beautiful shade that is going to go with a lot of different skin tones. And it’s a nice sleeveless top that you can really wear underneath a jacket in the office and over a pair of jeans on the weekend.

Liz:  In August, hopefully, it’s starting to cool down wherever you are, or warm up, for those of you in the southern hemisphere. But, you’re probably still going to be wanting to focus on the cottons. And why not give Recycled Cotton a try? It’s really, really soft. It’s got so many of those great properties of Cotton‑Ease. It’s excellent drape, machine washable, nice and light weight. If you’d enjoy using the Cotton Bamboo back in July, you might want to try our Spring Essentials top, which combines one strand of the Cotton Bamboo and a strand of the Recycled Cotton to make a very cute, v‑neck, T‑shirt look.

Zontee:  Yes, I really love that. It’s such a casual style top that you can wear over the weekend. It’s a great beach top. I think it’s really lovely.

Liz:  Yes. And the Recycled Cotton is also a great choice for wash clothes and dish towels. So, those are some excellent one ball projects if you haven’t tried this yarn before and want to start small.

Zontee:  Definitely. Or if you want to start medium, there are some great bag projects in that yarn as well.

Liz:  Yes. Loyal listeners may remember I made a bag out of that for a friend of mine who absolutely loved it.

Zontee:  As we move in to the fall months, September is a month where a lot of people are going back to school and so we thought projects with school colors. And what better yarn to do school colors than Hometown USA? It’s made in America, it comes in great brights, and the palette is really perfect for those primaries that you see for so many school colored accessories.

Liz:  And for those of you who may not be in school, or have someone in school to yarn craft for, sports teams also. Excellent color choices for that as well.

Zontee:  Definitely. As you move in to the fall, it’s the start of football season. It’s the end of baseball season, lots of teams to craft for.

Liz:  We’ve got great Striped Hat and Striped Scarf patterns on the website as well as some Ripple Afghans, Granny Square Afghans. And if you’re interested in again, giving something a try with just one ball, check out our Yorkshire Cowl, just released, a bold, crocheted cowl. It takes just one ball, but it will give you a great, dramatic look.

For October, loyal listener may know, we are all about the Halloween yarn crafting. And one of our go‑to favorites for that is Lion Wool. It’s feltable, so that gives you so many options for constructing your Halloween décor. It’s also available in the classic Halloween trifecta of orange, black, and purple.

Zontee:  Absolutely. And you’ll find that we have tons and tons of Halloween patterns that use that use that yarn. So check those out on LionBrand.com.

Moving on to November, we just want to encourage you to try one of our newest yarns. And we mentioned it one or two episodes ago. It’s called Amazing. And it is a beautiful, self‑striping yarn that has these very long, subtle color waves that just kind of reveal themselves as you work.

Liz:  Definitely. There’s just no end of projects that it’s great for. You can make yourself a small hat or scarf with just one or two balls. Or you could make a hoodie for an adorable baby in your life. In our new catalog we show our Colorplay Hoodie in the Aurora color, so it’s nice and bright. So the item is amazing, but we’re also really excited about the photograph, because it is shown on our IT guy Michael’s adorable little baby girl. And she is so cute, you have to check it out. Page 12 of your catalogs, people.

Zontee:  Yes. And please share your comments about how cute you think she is because I think Michael would appreciate it.

Liz:  She’s so cute.

Zontee:  She’s so crazy cute. If you’re like us and appreciate cute babies, we’re just saying….

Liz:  Yes, you don’t have to. No obligation.

And then for December, for those of you who, despite your best intentions right now in January, maybe have not gotten quite as much holiday crafting done as you would have liked to, December, your yarn is Wool‑Ease Thick & Quick.

Zontee:  The great thing, of course, about Wool‑Ease Thick & Quick is that it does work up so fast. There are so many projects you can get done with a snap of your fingers practically when you’re using this yarn.

Liz:  We’ve got a lot of great new cowl patterns on the website that if you’re really desperate, one is three strands and so that can help you get that gift done in no time at all.

Zontee:  Absolutely. And of course, if you want a one ball project, Wool‑Ease Think & Quick is definitely the perfect yarn for a hat, a fast hat.

Liz:  Absolutely. And of course, as we go through the year there will be new patterns all year long.

Zontee:  Definitely. And that’s a great reminder that if you haven’t already signed up for our Weekly New Patterns newsletter that should be starting just around now, you should definitely go to our website, go to your accounts page and add it. And then you can find out every week, what are the new patterns on our website.

Liz:  It’s going to be awesome. [music]

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Liz:  On today’s “Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life,” we thought we’d do a little overview of different kinds of tools to go with our overview of different yarns to try in the coming year.

Zontee:  Yes, we have always gotten a lot of questions about metal versus wood versus plastic, and what are the pros and cons with each kind. And everyone has their own personal take on these things, because of course, everyone has different preferences.

Liz:  Yup. So, let’s just talk about needles and hooks in general, the different materials they can be made of. The most common you’re going to find are metal, wood and plastic. The main difference in any of these are how they feel in your hand and how they interact with the yarn. Metal, it will be cold in your hands, at least at first, and it will be pretty stiff and unyielding, but the yarn will not catch on it. It will be very slick. Wood, slightly flexible, and warmer in your hand, definitely less slick. Some yarns can get a little… it’ll slow down the yarn a little bit. For plastic, plastic is going to be the most flexible in your hand most likely and is going to be the most light weight, but also can have a bit of a drag against the yarn.

Zontee:  So you may be wondering, “Well, what does that mean for me, and when should I use one over the other?” Mostly, it really is about personal preference. If you find that, say, wood slows you down too much, you might want to switch over to metal, but this also may be affected by the specific yarn you’re using. If you’re using a yarn that has a halo, and it’s a yarn that you are worried about catching on metal; it will definitely give you a nicer…

Liz:  Experience.

Zontee:  …interaction.

Liz:  Yeah. So, for example, using our Amazing yarn, you might want to choose metal because it does have that brushed, slightly halo‑y look. But, if you’re, for example, trying a new stitch pattern, preferably something lacey where there are a lot of yarn‑overs and decreases and increases, you may want to try wooden or plastic needles because it’ll make it less likely that you’ll drop a stitch, and will kind of make things a little bit more manageable.

Zontee:  This is definitely true because I have definitely done the thing where sometimes you knock the needle right out of your stitches. With something that’s lacy, once you lose those yarn‑overs and things, it’s very hard to fix, you’re just going to have to rip out.

Liz:  That’s also true if you’re using a finery yarn than you’re normally used to using, you may want to start out on a wooden or plastic needle, again, just to keep things a little more manageable. Or if you’re a daredevil like me–and I just have so little time to knit, I want to get as much done in that time as possible–I almost exclusively use metal needles, and sometimes, yes, I knock out all the stitches, and it’s tragic, but you know, that’s the risk I choose to take.

Zontee:  [laughs] I find that there are certain tools that I prefer over others. Like I like my metal crochet hooks for a lot of products, but as I get into larger crochet hooks, I prefer plastic because I just think that it gives me a little bit more control. At that point, I think it’s more comfortable, actually.

Liz:  Now, for knitters, we often get questions about straight needles versus circular needles versus DPNs. What’s a DPN? A double pointed needle.

Zontee:  Those are those needles that you see being used in sets of four or five where you’ve got four needles sticking out of a project–great for socks or mittens, wrist warmers, that sort of thing.

Liz:  So, this is another situation in which you’re going to want to match your needle’s type to your project. If you’re knitting something that’s flat like the front of a sweater that’s going to be seamed later, or a scarf, or a panel for an afghan, you can use either straight or circular needles, just turning at the end of every row. So, even though your circular needles are connected to each other, you’re not using them to knit something in the round.

Zontee:  Right. You can use them back and forth. This is something that a lot of people also like for larger projects when having all of the yarn shifted over to one straight needle can feel like it’s very heavy. A circular, since the heads are connected, will allow the projects to stay in the middle always, which can be more comfortable for, say, an Afghan or a larger sweater.

Liz:  Yes. If you’re making a winter afghan like the Winter Lace Afghan, that’s all done in one piece, it’s going to be very difficult to find a straight that can hold that number of stitches. So, you’re pretty much going to have to use circulars for that.

Zontee:  But never fear. It’s just the same experience. Just turn at the end of the row just as if you were knitting on straight needles. It’s very, very simple.

Liz:  I know as a veteran subway knitter, I prefer circular needles because they’re easy to maneuver in small spaces because again all the excess stays in your lap versus off to one side. [laughs]

Zontee:  Definitely. That’s something that I think actually holds true for the double‑pointed versus circs debate, at least for me, is that when I’m on a subway or I’m traveling, and trying to work on needles, I prefer the circs because the stitches are less likely to go somewhere, whereas with my double pointed needles, there are several different ends off of which they can fall.

Liz:  So circulars versus double‑points: what are we talking about? Circulars and double‑points are useful when you are knitting something that’s a tube as opposed to a flat piece of fabric like a hat that you’re not going to seam, or a sock, or a wrist warmer that you’re not going to seam.

Zontee:  Or those legwarmers you were planning on making.

Liz:  Yes. A circular needle can only create a tube with a circumference larger than the length of the needle. So, to make an 18 inch hat for a baby, you’re going to need a 16 inch or smaller circular needle, whereas with double pointed needles, you’re really not limited at all. You can make something that’s three inches ‑ a three inch tube or a 30 inch tube with the same set of needles.

Zontee:  So, there are definitely pluses and minuses on both sides. I think that, again, it’s mostly a matter of personal preference, but something that I like about new circs is that there are now a lot of available circs that are sleeve‑sized. So, when they’re only eight inches long, it really allows you to do a lot more. I just tried a pair of those very recently and I really liked working with them a lot.

Liz:  Yes. I also just recently got‑‑did you get yours at the Studio? I got mine at the Studio. [laughs] That’s what I’ve being using it for. Even though I am, in general, devoted to my double‑pointed needles, I generally don’t like using them for larger projects because when you have three or four needles that are sitting idle while you’re just working on two, they get very heavy in the larger sizes, even if you’re using plastic.

Zontee:  That’s a really good point. I am on the other side of that debate. I’m very much devoted to my circs. I use them as straight needles. I use them for projects like anything with tubes. Actually, I like the magic loop method where you use extra long circulars, and actually kind of manipulate them around so that you’re almost using them as flats on different parts of your tube. I find that that makes my life easy because I only need one set of circulars and I can do lots and lot of things with them.

Liz:  Yes, it is good for that reason. I just find that for smaller circumference tubes, it’s just way too fiddly. I’d just rather get my double ‑point needles and go, go, go all the way around…

Zontee:  Fair enough.

Liz:  … and not stop and adjust every 20 or 40 stitches or so.

Zontee:  For crocheters, now that we’ve talked a little about knitting implements, there are a lot of tools out there, such as not only you’re regular crochet hooks and all those different materials, but also the afghan hooks out there, and also, double headed crochet hooks or sometimes called cro-hooks.

Liz:  Yes. One advantage I think crochet definitely has over knitting is that you can crochet either flat or in a tube of any circumference just with your regular tool. So, you only need these special items like afghan hooks with long cords on the end if you want to create large pieces of what’s called sometimes Tunisian crochet that is a special square stitch that evolves working each row twice, or two passes on each row, and gives you a very square stitch that’s a great base for embroidery later.

Zontee:  It’s a great technique that a lot of crocheters are discovering or rediscovering at this point. So, if it’s something that you’re interested in, definitely go on the web, do a search, and read up on it because it’s great for big panels of fabric as well, that gives you kind of a flatter thinner fabric than regular crochet.

Liz:  What does the cro-hook do?

Zontee:  So a cro-hook is a double‑headed hook that you can use for things like projects with two passes. There are a couple of different techniques you can do with it.

Liz:  Pretty spiffy.

Zontee:  They tend to be, for some of those different techniques, a little bit more pointed on the head of their hook so that you can really jab into those stitches. So, some people may find them a little bit easier to use, if you find that you’re having trouble grabbing those stitches as you go along.

Liz:  That’s a great tip.

Zontee:  Finally, we want to remind you that there are, of course, also lots and lots of ergonomic shapes out there for both kinds of tools. So, if you’re finding that the tools are uncomfortable for you in any way, definitely check out some of the great things available. For instance, we have a great Ergonomic Crochet Hook Set on our website that has a wooden egg that allows you to transfer more of the pressure into the palm of your hand, instead of on the finger where it can rest. I know that’s a problem for a lot of people because I certainly do it, then I end up with that little bump right on my index finger.

Liz:  Mm‑hmm. The ergonomic kind of egg‑shaped hooks seem a lot more comfortable.

Zontee:  Definitely. For knitters, you’ll find that there are lots of different kinds of needles out there. Some of them you will find even have a little bit of a crook in the circ so that it can do a different kind of control.

Liz:  Absolutely. So, that’s a general overview of some of the differences in the common knitting and crochet tools. If you have any other questions about a specific tool or technique, write them in, and we’ll tackle it in a future Stash This. [music]

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Zontee:  We want to thank all of you for joining us today.

Liz:  Join us again in two weeks for a new episode. Also, take a minute to share your comments photos, and questions with us on our website, YarnCraft.LionBrand.com, on Ravelry, or by leaving us a voicemail at 774‑452‑YARN. That’s 774‑452‑9276. As usual, our music was “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine, from the PodSafe Music Network. [music]

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