YarnCraft Episode 61 Transcript :: Spring Ahead with 10 Patterns for Layering

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Zontee: Welcome to YarnCraft. It’s Episode 61, on March 2nd, 2010. Thanks for joining us today. This is Zontee.

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

Zontee: Stop by YarnCraft.LionBrand.com for more information on the patterns and products that we talk about on today’s episode. While you’re there, you can also leave comments or give us a call and leave a voicemail at (774) 452-YARN — that’s 9276. We always love sharing your stories and suggestions on the show. We haven’t gotten a phone call in awhile, guys, so we’re just saying call in and we’d love to hear your voice.

Liz: As usual, we’re here at the Lion Brand Design Center in New York City, and today we’re looking forward to some warm weather with the approach of spring, because, it’s got to come soon, right?.

Zontee: It’s got to show up one of these days.

Liz: We’re ready. It can come any time. We’re going to look at great patterns for you to layer with, and even some cute items for the kids in your life.

Zontee: And on today’s “Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life,” we’re going to be talking about all of the resources on LionBrand.com and beyond that you can check when you’re stuck on a pattern or a project. You know the saying about giving a man a fish versus teaching someone to fish? Well, let’s just say that we’re going to be teaching you how to fish today and I think that that’s a really good way of getting you started, because it’s always important to know where to turn when you’ve got a question so that you can get your question answered right away.

Liz: I don’t know about you listeners, but I seem to always have my pattern problems between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM That’s when things go horribly wrong, and I need help, and no one’s open then.

Zontee: So, stay tuned for warm-weather projects and more next on YarnCraft. [music]


Zontee: Before we hop into our spring subject for the episode, I think that we should quickly go into what’s on our hooks and needles.

Liz: I finished one of my twelve granny squares for the baby blanket I’m making for my friend’s baby. It’s really, really cute. I love working with the cotton bamboo. It’s the first crochet project I’ve done with it and it’s turning out really nice. You see the pink — the light pink and the dark pink — and the orange and the green, and I’m really liking how they look together, but then after I finished that first square, I put it off to the side because we had a blizzard, and I realized I maybe want to finish some of my winter weather hats and projects before it’s officially springtime. This baby isn’t going to be born until June, so I’ve got a little time.

Zontee: Yeah, you have plenty of time. I’ve, unfortunately, had to put my sweater on hold for a little bit. I’ve been doing a lot of practice knitting for a very exciting opportunity that’s coming up later this summer. I don’t want to give away too much at this point, but let’s just say that you might get to experience me on more than one kind of media very shortly.

Liz: Stay tuned. Hint, hint.

Zontee: So, in the meantime, we also wanted to share some of your questions and comments that we’ve gotten on the blog and on Ravelry. Let’s go through those.

Liz: On the YarnCraft blog, from the last episode, DCAlaneKnits had a question. She says she has an issue with ladders when ribbing and using DPNs, and she wants to figure out how to get rid of those, because she would like to try socks later on this year. First of all, you should do it, Alane. Try socks, socks are awesome, come to the sock side. There are a couple of different techniques to address ladders when using double-pointed needles. The very first and easiest one is ignore them, because chances are once you wash your finished item, it’s going to smooth out and you’re not even going to see those ladders anymore.

It might look really obvious as you’re knitting, but once the fibers get all wet and dry out, the tension is going to even out and it’s going to look fine. This is especially true if you use a fiber with a lot of wool in it, so if you were to try our Sock-Eease for your first pair of socks, you would find that the ladders would be virtually unnoticeable after the first time you wash.

Let me say, that’s a technique I use. I often get ladders as I’m knitting, but I just ignore them. Then when the finished project is done, you never see them. But, if you really want to try and minimize them even while you’re knitting, I find it helpful to always keep the needle that you just finished knitting off of, on top of the needle holding the stitches you’re knitting off.

That way, the empty needle isn’t pulling down on the fabric. It’s supported from underneath, so it’s not causing any stretch there.

Zontee: Oh, that’s a good tip. I wouldn’t have thought of that.

Liz: Yeah.

Zontee: Of course, you know me, I just prefer circular needles.

Liz: I was going to say, that’s the third option, is to try — using socks — either using Magic Loop, which is one long, circular needle, or with two circular needles. If you’re using two, your circulars can be of any length. That way, you’re only going to have two potential spots where ladders could form, and even if they do form, they tend to be less noticeable than with DPNs.

Zontee: Very true.

Liz: So, good luck. Try out socks; you’ll be hooked.

Zontee: We also want to just quickly give a shout out to some of our Rav fans who’ve shared some of their great projects. I was really excited that Queen Ginseng got back to us with her Amazing project that she made out of her ball of Amazing that she won last month in our story raffle.

Liz: Yes, I was very excited to see that our shipment of Amazing made it all the way to Germany and to QueenGinseng without any problems.

Zontee: Me, too. I was also really excited to see the beautiful Vanna’s Choice cowls that Kala made, and she’s publishing a pattern called “Slippedy Do Dah Cowl.” What I love about it is that she’s paired really bright colors of the Vanna’s Choice with black to give a high-contrast look. I also love that it uses slip-stitch color work, because that’s a technique that I’m really enjoying, and they just started teaching down in the studio. It’s kind of fun to see what people are doing with that.

Liz: I have to admit, I’ve actually not done a whole lot with slip-stitch color work. I’m going to have to give that a try.

Zontee: Something to try.

Liz: I would also like to give Kala bonus points for incorporating a pun into the title of her pattern — well done. Zontee and I both appreciate puns.

Zontee: We do like puns.

Liz: Yeah. Inkstain shared a great photo of her Super Manny Hat, which is very manly. It is, as modeled on a rather fetching young fellow, which try to send more of that. Keep sending those photos in.

Zontee: That’s why we like seeing the photos.

Liz: Yeah.

Zontee: We also love kid photos, and that’s why it was really fun to see a photo from mikit, and she sent one of the Paint the Town scarf that she made for her daughter’s birthday, and it looks super cute on her. She looks very proud.

Liz: Yeah, the best part is how into the scarf she is. That’s very exciting. And WickedStash — oh, that’s funny. I wonder if she’s from Boston? She showed us the great chunky-knit cowl she made in the Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Denim, and I just love how voluptuous that it. That looks like it’s going to be really, really warm.

Zontee: Definitely. So, thanks again to everyone for sharing their questions and comments and, of course, photos. Keep sending them in; we love to see it. [music]

Liz: So, as we eluded to in our intro, up here in the Northeast, we cannot be more ready for spring.

Zontee: Winter is too long here.

Liz: Yeah. For some reason – I don’t think it has actually been that much colder or that much snowier…

Zontee: It hasn’t.

Liz: …than normal, but for some reason everyone I know is just kind of done with this winter.

Zontee: Well, I always tell people that it’s about this time of year that I am really, really sick of any kind of cold weather, and it’s about this time every year that I contemplate moving somewhere warm year-round.

Liz: Yeah.

Zontee: So, to curb that chill in our bones, we’re going to be talking about projects that are going to be helping you to transition into spring. Great for layering – as you know, that’s a thing that I really enjoy. And of course they are going to be really cute throughout the spring. So good, versatile pieces.

Liz: I always have aspirations of being the sort of knitter who is able to plan ahead, who is able to say, “All right, it’s February now and it’s still really, really cold, but I know that it’s going to get warmer, and I’m going to want a layering piece, so let me start on it now.” I am not that kind of person.

Zontee: Neither am I. I am not that kind of yarn crafter. It’s just never going to happen.

Liz: But I — see, I haven’t given up yet. One day, one day I will be that on top of things.

Zontee: I just hope that I will finish my things at some point, and then I will wear them in the season appropriate. I will just put them in my closet and leave them until it is the right time of year. It’s OK by me.

Liz: OK. Well, if you are ready to get a jump start on some spring pieces, we’ve got some great suggestions. Our first one is our Cotton-Ease Summer Swing Jacket. It’s a really flattering shape. It’s a crochet cardigan with a fold-back collar and raglan sleeves. It has just one button, right at the neck, and then an a-line flare shape. So this is that kind of jacket – you can leave one in your car, you can leave one in your office, you can have it just wherever you might get a slight chill, and it’s going to be there and ready for you.

Zontee: Definitely. And we have this pattern in a lot of color ways, which will really allow you to get a sense of which colors you might personally like, because I find sometimes it’s nice to see the pictures.

Liz: Absolutely.

Zontee: And of course, Cotton-Ease comes in some really beautiful colors that are neutral. We have some brights, we have some paler colors, so you’ll definitely be able to find something that will match your wardrobe.

Liz: And if you’re somewhere, maybe, even further north than us where spring is even farther off, we have a very similar style called the Matinee Jacket in Homespun, and that is going to be maybe a little warmer version of this, and again, so many great color options in Homespun.

Zontee: Absolutely. For those knitters out there, we have the Weekend Retreat Cardi in Recycled Cotton. I like the cottons for spring because they’re still going to give you a little warmth because of their full coverage, but at the same time they’re a little bit lighter. What we’ve done in this photo is actually pair it with a turtleneck, and I that that that’s a really good idea for this time when it’s still cool. But as it gets warmer, you can start pairing it with a camisole or a tank top, and it will really work for the whole season.

Liz: Exactly. The great thing about cotton for transition weather is that it’s breathable. Because I know, for those of us who commute on the subways or buses, you’re kind of cool when you’re walking down the street, but then once you get on the subway, they probably still have the heat on, and so then you’re boiling. Then you get back off, you’re cold again. You’re hot, you’re cold, you’re hot, you’re cold. Cotton: cotton is the answer to that problem. [laughs]

Zontee: [laughs] Moving on, it always seems appropriate to throw in a couple of shrugs when we’re talking about layering because, again, they’re a little bit lighter, and they work great with outfits like dresses, but they also work great over jeans and a t-shirt or, again, a long-sleeve shirt to give you that extra warmth. So lots of different ways of wearing them.

Liz: One of my favorites is our Ruffle Shrug in Vanna’s Choice. It’s got an all-over ribbed texture, so it’s going to be warm. It’s going to have some coziness to it, but it’s short-sleeved. So again, depending on what you wear underneath it, it’s going to be great for a lot of different weather conditions. And the ruffle edge, it’s really subtle and forms a really flattering collar around the face.

Zontee: It is a really flattering collar, and again, with all the colors in Vanna’s Choice, you can find so many different ways to make this work for your wardrobe, whether you want something really vibrant in jewel tones or whether you want something in neutrals to maybe wear to work.

Liz: Exactly.

Zontee: I also love the Simple Crochet Shrug. It’s a relatively new pattern that we’ve just put up, and it’s made in Homespun which, like Liz said earlier, has so many great colors. What’s really nice about this piece is that it has a looser, larger-stitch appearance, so it has a dressier look to me.

Liz: Absolutely. It’s very drapey, and the stitch pattern has just a little bit of texture, which is very sophisticated.

Zontee: Yeah, definitely. But again, I think that if you wore this with a t-shirt and jeans, it could be a really nice weekend piece.

Liz: Absolutely. And it’s a little longer, which is a great option for shrugs this time of year.

Zontee: I agree. And I think that then a longer shape can be very flattering on a lot of different body types.

Liz: And as you were saying before, it looks great with dresses. The longer shrugs, especially.

Zontee: Our next category is shawls. And I think that shawls are a really great piece for the spring because, as Liz said, sometimes you can experience a lot of temperature changes, and these you can just throw over your shoulders. A great piece to keep at your office or in your car, and we have so many beautiful patterns in so many different yarns. So if you check out the patterns that we’re talking about today and they’re not for you, don’t forget that there are tons of shawls on our website.

Liz: That’s so true. There are so many different ways, based on the stitch pattern or the color you choose, to make a scarf completely individualized. There’s just really no end of different looks you can create. One of our new patterns that I really love is our water lily wrap in Cotton-Ease It’s shown in very neutral colors, and it’s a ripple stitch with eyelets, so it’s got a nice open look. But what’s unique is that instead of having the ripples run horizontal, they run vertical along the length of the shawl, so a very slimming look.

Zontee: Oh, yeah. And I think that this is just such a beautiful shawl in general. It’s photographed on the beach, and that’s really what those colors remind me of. It has that kind of beach glass, sand, sky kind of color palette, and it’s so pretty.

Liz: Let’s go to the beach, Zontee.

Zontee: Let’s go to the beach.

Liz: Yup.

Zontee: Also staying with that sort of neutral palette, which I think is nice for transitional pieces, but again, you can pick whatever color makes you happy. We have the shawl of gratitude. It’s in Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton, which is so soft and luscious. And we’ve made this in one of the very neutral colors.

Liz: But the great thing about Nature’s Choice is it comes in so many wonderful neutrals, like Almond, which is a very creamy white, all the way to through to Walnut, which is a deeper beige. But also, we’ve now introduced some more vibrant colors: Spice, Mustard, Olive. So you can punch it up, too, depending on your look.

Zontee: I just really love the stitch pattern of this shawl. It has a really wonderful textural quality to it.

Liz: And it’s very, very simple, though, to create that texture, so this would be a great project even for a beginner.

Zontee: Wow, that’s great to know.

Liz: And I know we’re all looking forward to the days when we can put even our transition pieces aside and go out in a t-shirt. That seems just unfathomable that that ever happens, but it does. It will. So, I love the Spring Essential Top, which is made using the Recycled Cotton and the Cotton Bamboo held together. So that gives you a very interesting color effect and a beautiful feel to the fabric.

Zontee: Oh, I’m sure. That sounds really lovely.

Liz: And it’s just a very simple V-neck top with cap sleeves and nice deep ribbing at the waist. So versatile for any kind of outfit.

Zontee: Yeah. I really like the detail at the neck, too, with that little scallop edge. Very cute. Another great top that we have is our Sea Breeze Top made in Cotton-Ease, and it is a beautiful crochet sleeveless top that has an empire waist. And what I like about it is that construction is really simple, but the effect is really stunning. It’s very flattering on the body, and I think it’s really cute. And with both of these items, actually, if you make them now, and it’s still a little one the cool side, again, you could actually layer them. Wear something underneath it, and it would be great for the office.

Liz: But especially the sea breeze top. I think that would be a fantastic cover-up for a bathing suit going to the pool or the beach.

Zontee: Oh, that’s a good idea.

Liz: Yeah.

Zontee: I like that.

Liz: Can you tell I’m really focused on going to the beach? I would like to go the beach sometime.

Zontee: Liz, let’s just run away, and we’ll go to the beach, and we can podcast at the beach.

Liz: Yeah, we can podcast from, say, Hawaii. We could do that. That could happen. So stay tuned, maybe our next one will be coming from tropical paradise.

Zontee: And before Liz and I run off to tropical paradise and escape the cold weather, we want to share with you two projects that are great for kids, because they deserve a little bit of the layering action, too. And of course, as we all know, kids are very finicky about body temperature, so it’s good to have pieces that you can throw on and take off.

Liz: And the cotton, again, is going to be one’s friend in this regard, being that it is such a breathable fiber.

Zontee: And washable.

Liz: And washable. Our Recycled Cotton Playtime Hoodie is an excellent choice. Kids really love how soft the Recycled Cotton feels, and this is just a really classic hoodie shape, so you don’t have to worry about a separate hat during – if it gets suddenly cold, you could just pop the hood up, and get a little warmer.

Zontee: Yeah, I really love the classic look of this hoodie, and I love the little buttons, and what I like about Recycled Cotton is that it comes in such great bright colors. You could make this in green, pink, yellow, and it would really pop.

Liz: Absolutely. And even if you’re not interested in making a children’s hoodie at this time, you should all go check out the photo online, because it is our vice-president Ilana’s grandson in this photo, and he’s really, really cute.

Zontee: He is really cute. And actually, just as one more thing, don’t forget that kids’ sweaters are a great way to practice sweater construction if you’re feeling like you’re not quite ready to take on an entire adult sweater yet. A kid’s sweater is a great way to build up your skills, get comfortable with shaping, understand how to do things “at the same time,” and set in sleeves. So, all great techniques that you’ll probably want to practice anyway.

Liz: Yes. I wish I had thought to practice on a child-size sweater before I started my first adult sweater, because then maybe it would not have taken me the excessive amount of time it took to actually finish it.

Zontee: [laughs] Don’t worry, my first sweater took me forever, too. And one more great choice for a kid’s sweater is our Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton comfy colors cardigan. And this is made in color blocks, and I think that it’s, again, really, really adorable, because it’s using to its advantage those bright colors.

Liz: Exactly. And color blocks are just really fun. They look great on kids, and again, depending on the wardrobe of the child in your life, you could go with a very traditional boy color way that we have here, which is light blue, green, and dark blue, or you could get a little wild with some of our oranges and bright yellows and pinks.

Zontee: Yeah, I totally agree.

Liz: So Zontee and I are going to be looking through these patterns and figuring out what our spring crafting plans will hold. We want to hear from you. What are you hoping to make right now, looking forward to spring? Let us know.

Zontee: Definitely call in or comment or email us. [music]


Zontee: I think that today’s “Stash This” is going to be a really useful one.

Liz: Everyone loves tips and help on confusing things. We all get confused from time to time when we’re working on a pattern or working with the new yarn, and so we’re going to give you a little bit of a guide on ways to get help when it’s late at night and there’s no one else you can call. [laughs]

Zontee: Yeah, exactly. We were really inspired by a blog post done by Laura, who is our pattern support specialist. Recently on the Lion Brand Notebook she wrote a post called “Don’t Panic: A List of Resources.” And that really is the message that we’re trying to spread here, that it’s important to just realize that there are resources and you don’t have to freak out. It’s knitting and crocheting and yarn crafting. It’s going to be OK. Don’t tear out your hair. Take a deep breath and just relax and then hop on the Internet.

Liz: Yeah. I am someone who has been known to perhaps freak out and perhaps yell at a yarn crafting project from time to time. Sometimes, before you hop onto the Internet, maybe you’re going to need to put the yarn crafting project down on a table, walk away, maybe walk around the block, then come back and make a plan for approaching the problem with some of these resources we’re going to talk about.

Zontee: Exactly. So, first off let’s go over to LionBrand.com, and the first resource you’re really going to want to look at is the Learning Center. This is the place where we have our guides to learn to knit and to learn to crochet. And if you’re saying to yourself, “Well, obviously I already know how to knit or crochet,” stop and just take a look at it when you get a chance, because there are also tips for things like joining a new ball of yarn, seaming up your project, working with multiple strands of yarn, and a lot of other information that might just be useful for you as you’re working on patterns of varying difficulty levels.

Liz: And the great thing about the instructions is that they’re all very clearly illustrated. So sometimes you might not understand what the pattern is telling you to do, just might not understand exactly how to execute that. It’s great to see it drawn out very clearly.

Zontee: I really agree with that. Another great resource in the Learning Center is our list of abbreviations. And not only does it list out all of the common abbreviations that we use on the site, it also allows you to click on them so that you can read a more detailed explanation if you need that extra help. And some of those also have diagrams or drawings, so they’re really helpful when you don’t know exactly what to do. And you’ll find that on the bottom of all of your Lion Brand patterns, when you’re on the website, we also list those abbreviations, and they are clickable, so you can click on them and it will take you directly – it’s a shortcut – over to that abbreviation section.

Liz: I did not know for the longest time that they were actually linkable to the explanation, but they are, so that’s a really good tip. [laughs]

Zontee: And my third thing in the Learning Center that I think is really useful is the FAQ bank. And FAQ, of course, stands for Frequently Asked Questions, and being that Lion Brand has been around for over 130 years, we’ve probably gotten a question or two before. So if you are having questions, just go to the FAQ bank, click on FAQ, and in the middle of your screen you’ll see a little search box. Enter a few key terms or just browse the list that shows up, and you should be able to find the answers to a lot of common questions. For instance, hook and needle equivalents, especially, for listeners who are not in the US. Our hook and needle equivalents list is a great resource for figuring out exactly what size hook or needle you need. It also has a guide to how much yarn you need for a specific type of project if you’re free-styling it. So, estimates for that.

Liz: There are some great tips on felting in – that gives few different approaches for felting projects.

Zontee: Even things like certain embroidery techniques or basics of blocking, all available in the FAQ bank. And speaking of hooks and needle equivalents, now that I think about it, sometimes you may be wondering about yarn equivalents. Again, really useful for our listeners in the UK or Australia or New Zealand where the terminology is a little bit different. If you go over to — not in the Learning Center — but go over to “Our Yarns” on LionBrand.com, and the second option that comes down in the drop-down menu is “Yarn by Weights.”

And if you click on that, it lists all the UK/Australia equivalents, as well as other terms that are commonly used for these different weights of yarns that we categorize in the US by the CYCA standards.

Liz: And what’s really great about that chart is it also groups all of the yarns of a similar weight together so you can see what your options are for substituting one for another.

Zontee: Yeah, that’s really important. And, of course, if you happen to just be working on a project and you realize that you don’t remember the care instructions for your yarn, or maybe you’re just not sure about the weight because you realized that you need to make a change or something, don’t forget that if you click on that “Our Yarns” button, it will also take you to all of the current Lion Brand yarns. And there’s a drop-down menu in the middle of the page that will — actually, this is a good secret tip.

Liz: Yeah, this is a secret tip. I know I use this all the time when I’m looking up information on some of our historical products.

Zontee: It will actually take you to the pages of discontinued yarns in the last several years so that you can actually see their information as well. So if, say, I was looking at a pattern for Fancy Fur and I want to see what the equivalent is, I can go to that dropdown menu, pick Fancy Fur, see its weight, and now I know what I can sub into that pattern.

Liz: Exactly. And we know there are lots of people out there who still have lots of Jamie in their stashes. So you can look up the care instructions, recommended gauge, yardage, and pattern suggestions for those yarns.

Zontee: Super useful.

Liz: One thing we hear all the time from people when they have a question or are confused by the technique is that they are visual learners. They see what is being written as the explanation, but that’s not cutting it for them. Well, that really makes sense because yarn crafting is a very visual pursuit. So we’ve been slowly but steadily building our YouTube channel to contain a lot of how-to instructional videos.

Zontee: It’s a really great resource for the basics as well as increasing and decreasing. We even have a whole tutorial series on how to make socks. So if you want to get started and join the little club of people who are like Liz — not so little, I suppose.

Liz: I was going to say, who are you calling “little, ” missy?

Zontee: [laughs]

Liz: We are many strong, us sock-knitters of the world.

Zontee: And so if you need some help getting started, we have a great video tutorial series for that set of skills, as well as some great videos for things like picking the right yarn for your project or matching colors together.

Liz: Most people know that we have over 3,000 free patterns available on our website, but they might now know that we offer a great tool called the Pattern Finder, which is a really convenient way to sort through the patterns so you can find very specifically what you’re looking for.

Zontee: Yeah. What’s great about it is it has a whole bunch of menus. So if you go to LionBrand.com, click on the Patterns tab, you’ll go to the Pattern Finder, and you can say – select knit or crochet as your craft. You can select who you’re making it for: an adult, a child. You can select the yarn. You could even, instead of the yarn, select the yarn weight category that you’d like to search in, and various other things as well including the type of garment. And so you can get results that are really just right for you.

That’s really in addition to our generic search box that’s on the top of every page where you can find patterns just by keyword. So I could put in “crochet child hat” and it’s going to give me all the crocheted children’s hats in the system, which is really fantastic.

If you need a little extra help understanding how to use both of these tools because you’re new to search or you just want to get a better feeling for it, go to YouTube.com/lionbrandyarn, and we actually have a video that shows you exactly how to do this step-by-step.

Liz: I recently ran into a woman who, we got to talking, and I said I worked at Lion Brand, and she immediately started telling me about how much she loves the website and how easy the Pattern Finder is to use, and how much she loves it. And it was very exciting to realize that she knew exactly how to use it and she really enjoyed it. And of course if you’ve gone to lionbrand.com and looked around but still haven’t found the exact answer you need, there are a ton of options on the Internet at large. One of our favorite resources is About.com. There are a lot of articles that are very thorough, usually with photo examples of different techniques and different issues in yarn crafting.

Zontee: And if you need some more visual guidance, for knitters there’s KnittingHelp.com where they have some great videos, and for crocheters there’s NexStitch.com, where they can get some great crochet videos for both regular crochet as well as Tunisian crochet.

Liz: And you could also try just doing a general search on YouTube for the specific technique you’re interested in. A lot of people have very kindly taken the time to put up little video tutorials on a wide variety of techniques.

Zontee: Another great resource is, of course, Ravelry, which many of you are on. But if you’re not, it’s a great time to go ahead and explore it. Because not only can you find great resources by searching the forums, but if you really do get stuck and you feel like you have a question that hasn’t been covered or hasn’t been covered sufficiently for your needs, there are actually forums where you can post your own question, and since the members are from all over the world, chances are someone is going to be in your time zone and actually get back to you in a pretty timely fashion. And finally, our last but pretty important tip is, honestly, to do a general Web search on your search engine of choice for a couple of keywords. We get questions, oftentimes, for techniques that we may not necessarily cover on our website but are readily available with many tutorials, descriptions, photographs, and resources on the Web already.

Liz: For example, one of the techniques we get a lot of questions about is Magic Loop. That’s not something we’ve made a video on yet, but if you put “knitting magic loop sock video” into your search engine, I know you’re going to come up with a bunch of great options.

Zontee: So, we wish you good luck. Again, we remind you that a knitting or a crochet or a yarn crafting project is not something to freak out over, so once you’ve had your initial moment of panic…

Liz: [laughs]

Zontee: Take a deep breath, come back to the computer, and we promise you, you’re going to be able to find a lot of resources out there for you, no matter what time, day or night.

Liz: If you have a website or part of the Lion Brand website you find very helpful, let us know, because we want to share that with the rest of our listeners. Just leave us a comment. [music]


Zontee: We want to thank all of you for joining us today, and as usual we want to thank those of you who shared your stories, questions, and comments.

Liz: Join us again in two weeks when we talk about baby projects. Yes, we are suckers for babies in the springtime. Or maybe it’s just because my friends insist on having baby girls in June year after year after year.

Zontee: There you go.

Liz: Either way, we are going to be talking all about baby projects, and we want to know: are you yarn crafting for any new arrivals? If so, let us know. Leave a comment on our website, yarncraft.lionbrand.com, on Ravelry, or by leaving us a voicemail at 774-452-YARN. That’s 774-452-9276. And as usual, our music was “Boy With a Coin” by Iron and Wine from the Podsafe Music Network.


Find the links to patterns and websites we discussed on this episode by going to the episode guide.