YarnCraft Episode 62 Transcript :: Oh Baby! Make Irresistible Projects for Your New Arrival

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You’re listening to YarnCraft. [music]

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Zontee: Welcome to YarnCraft. It’s episode 62 on March 16th, 2010. Thanks for joining us today. I’m Zontee.

Liz: And this is Liz, and we are the hosts of YarnCraft.

Zontee: Stop by yarncraft.lionbrand.com for more information about the patterns and products that we talk about on today’s episode. And while you’re there, you can also leave your comments or you can give us a call and leave a voice mail at 774-452-YARN, that’s 9276. And we always love sharing your stories and suggestions on the show.

Liz: As usual, we’re here at the Lion Brand Design Center in New York City and today we’re going cute and cuddly with patterns for the littlest ones in our lives. We’re looking at baby projects, from toys to blankets.

Zontee: And on today’s Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we’re going a little bit more seasonable and we’re going to be talking about spring cleaning and giving you useful tips for everything from using your leftover yarn scraps…to what you can do if you discover some unwanted fiends in your yarn.

Liz: Stay tuned for darling projects and useful tips next on YarnCraft. [music]

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Zontee: Of course, we want to start our episode off with what’s on our hooks and needles. Recently I was at the Stitches West Show, so some of you might have actually seen me there and I want to thank everyone who stopped by the booth for stopping by. And I want to give a special shout out to Karen and Bonnie, who stopped by several times and who we love here. So thank you so much. And one of the things that I was able to do while I was at the show was actually get some knitting done while I was in the booth. I’ve been working on my Superwash Merino sweater and I thought that I was making such great progress. Isn’t that right, Liz?

Liz: Yes. She was super exciting because she got a lot of the increasing done. First buttonhole, too. First buttonhole down.

Zontee: Yes, yes. I’m feeling really good about that. But I get back from the conference and guess what? Both of our interns in my department have finished their Superwash Merino sweaters in their entirety. And I’m kind of feeling a little bit like I lost the race.

Liz: Clearly the interns have too much time on their hands. [laughter]

Liz: We need to be working them harder.

Zontee: I guess so. Anyway, so they’re both wearing their sweaters today and they look amazing.

Liz: Yeah, they both look really great. I was very impressed.

Zontee: Yeah. In the meantime, I’m chugging along, I’m chugging along. What about you, Liz?

Liz: I got totally side-tracked off my blanket, just finishing up some other projects. And, you know, people always ask for new projects to be matched for a scarf. And got to figure out what I’m going to do for that for a friend. But I just found out that we’re starting to schedule the baby shower for the friend who this blanket’s going to be for baby. And so that kind of put me into a panic, so I got to get back on making my squares.

Zontee: You can do this, Liz.

Liz: I kind of was using the baby’s due date, which is late June, as my deadline. But who knows when the shower is going to be. It could be like next month.

Zontee: That does put a little more pressure on you.

Liz: I’m kind of freaking out.

Zontee: Don’t freak out. You can do this.

Liz: OK.

Zontee: You can do this.

Liz: OK.

Zontee: So getting back for one second to Stitches West, I just wanted to say that one of the people that I was able to talk to while I was there was Dr. Gemma from the Cognitive Podcast. And she was so kind to do a quick interview with us. So we’ll be sharing that now. [music]

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Zontee: I’m here at Stitches West and I’m with Dr. Gemma of Cogknitive Podcast. And she’s been so kind to stop by the booth and share some of her thoughts with us. So we just wanted her to say hello and tell us how she’s doing in terms of enjoying the show.

Gemma: Hi, I’m Gemma, and I’m a big, big fan. Liz, you’re not here. I miss you, too, OK? I love you, too. I’m having a fantastic time here at Stitches, otherwise known was Disneyland for knitters and crocheters. And by the way, your booth is lovely. As always, I’m admiring the wonderful work that Lion does. You guys always have every I dotted and every T crossed. You guys are just the perfect displayers, a lovely, lovely company. You are still among my favorite things. Thanks for letting me talk.

Zontee: Well, thanks so much for stopping by.

Gemma: My pleasure. [music]

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Zontee: Before we get into our episode proper, we want to of course give some shout outs to our great fans who’ve been sharing their products on our Rav page. We’ve got some great photos and people have obliged us with baby photos. So let’s go through them quickly.

Liz: Yes, thank you to KnittingDreams on Ravelry for sharing, among other photos, just about the cutest photo of a little baby in the Trellis Baby Sweater, done in lime Cotton-Ease. And I love the bedding in this crib and the color on the wall and the socks on the baby. It’s just very well styled. This is a very stylish child. Very nicely done.

Zontee: I like it a lot.

Liz: And the sweater looks great.

Zontee: It does.

Liz: The rosy cheeks, I mean, come on. Look at the rosy cheeks.

Zontee: Who couldn’t resist.

Liz: I know.

Zontee: KnittingDreams also shared a baby blanket in Homespun that’s stroller-sized and she says that she loves the color and I agree. I think it’s just a really beautiful blue purple. And it’s probably so cuddly soft, I bet you that’s a really wonderful baby blanket to have.

Liz: Yeah. That’s great for the stroller. And HookX4, or Hook Times Four, I’m now sure how one would say that, shared some great sweaters that she did in Wool-Ease that they just look fantastic. One is a crop style that buttons off to the side, so an asymmetrical front. And the other has a nice sort of Mandarin collar with cap sleeves.

Zontee: Yeah, both really stylish.

Liz: Yeah. And I was just talking upstairs with Jackie, our technical editor about how great a yarn nWool-Ease is. Talking back to our last episode about transitional ware and spring projects, Wool-Ease is a great way for a early spring cardigan. Because it’s not going to be too heavy, it’s not going to be too warm, but it’s still just that 20% wool. It’s going to be warm enough for if a sudden cold spell hits.

Zontee: Yes, and it does come in some really nice colors that are good for transition. I’m thinking that really blushy kind of rose color.

Liz: Yeah, that’s beautiful.

Zontee: And of course we have such pretty linen colors as well and the Wool-Ease. So definitely some nice pieces that are going to bring you into your spring wardrobe. We also got on Ravelry a great tip from Jen in Danville, Virginia. She says that her best organizational tips since we talked about that is post-its. Post-its for everything. She uses one to keep her on the pattern row that she’s on. And then she sticks them in her magazines so that she can remember which ones she’s interest in using. And she even keeps them around her house so that she can always write notes for herself wherever she is. So some by the bed, some by the kitchen, all over the place.

Liz: Jen, I could not agree with you more. I have a deep, deep love affair with post it notes. I use them in various sizes for just about everything. I have them all over my apartment, all over my desk.

Zontee: It’s a good time. Moving over to comments from our blog. We heard from some of our wonderful listeners who got some inspiration from our last episode. Tina says that she really enjoyed the episode for spring and she loves the knit Ruffle Shrug and the Water Lily Shell and the knit Spring Essential Top. And she can’t wait to try them.

Liz: Yeah, the Spring Essential Top was apparently a really big hit, because our wonderful and regular commenter Grace also really wants to make that as soon as she finishes up her summertime UFOs, which I understand. Sometimes you’ve got to finish before you start the next one.

Zontee: I actually think that’s a really good mantra. I believe every once in a while you have to say, these are my unfinished projects, I am going to get them done. And then, guess what, they’re finished and they’re no longer UFOs and you never have to worry about them again. That makes me feel good.

Liz: Yeah, that’s something I need to work on.

Zontee: [laughs]

Liz: I keep starting new things because people keep having babies. I don’t start new things — no, that’s not true. I do sometimes start new things for myself. But mostly for other people and their babies.

Zontee: Sure, Liz. I believe you.

Liz: Well, it’s true. Christmas knitting and the babies. The only new thing I’ve started for myself was leg warmers, which I started when it was freezing outside. I have now lost steam on that now that it is finally, maybe, getting a little warmer, maybe.

Zontee: A little bit warmer.

Liz: Maybe.

Zontee: A tiny bit.

Liz: Hopefully. Fingers crossed.

Zontee: We heard again from DCAlaneKnits. She thanked us for the tips from the last episode. She mentioned that she started the lavish booties for a few new baby girls in her life and she substituted Vanna’s Glamour in Onyx. I love that idea. Really glamorous little Mary Janes for a little girl, that is so adorable. I love that.

Liz: That’s so precious.

Zontee: It really is.

Liz: I may have to steal that idea for this. Maybe I can finish those for the baby shower.

Zontee: That’s a good idea.

Liz: And then give the blanket to her later.

Zontee: Oh, that’s good. That’s good.

Liz: OK, I may do that.

Zontee: OK.

Liz: Thank you, DCAlane. Thank you.

Zontee: Yes. Now she wants a pattern for baby boys. Lucky for you we’re doing an entire episode for great patterns for kids. So stay tuned and we’ll have some ideas for you coming up next. [music]

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Liz: So we’re talking about baby projects for both boys and girls. We’re going to start with some larger projects, if you’ve got some time before the baby your crafting for is going to arrive. But then we will move to some medium size and then some quick last minute projects, if you’ve procrastinated or, for example, had a surprise baby shower thrown on you months ahead of schedule, for example.

Zontee: [laughs]

Liz: Hypothetically speaking.

Zontee: Or not so hypothetical. [laughs]

Liz: Yeah. No, not at all. So DCAlane stay tuned. We are going to talk about booties when we get to those small projects.

Zontee: Started with the big projects, we want to, of course, talk about sets. Especially for christenings or just for bringing home the baby from the hospital. There’s some beautiful things on our website. For instance, we have a crochet baby christening set in Baby Soft in the very traditional white. And it has a beautiful textured — what would you call this?

Liz: It’s almost like a waffle weave stitch.

Zontee: It is like a waffle!

Liz: It’s very dimensional. It’s cozy.

Zontee: Yes. And I love that it has a simple lace border around all of the pieces, as well. The eyelets add something and it makes it very charming.

Liz: Yeah. But because the waffle weave texture is so geometric and the eyelets are very regularly spaced and almost a triangular edging, it’s still going to work very well for a boy.

Zontee: I agree.

Liz: It’s not overly feminine in any way.

Zontee: I agree.

Liz: It can really work for everyone. For knitters we have another christening set, this time in our Vanna’s Choice Baby, that also features a blanket, hat, and cardigan. Very simple seed stitch base on all of those and then a leaf inspired boarder.

Zontee: Again, really charming, just adorable pieces. And, of course, you can grab the patterns and just make one of the pieces, if you so chose.

Liz: Yeah. And I personally think that the leaf border is pretty gender neutral. But if that didn’t work for you, you can just leave that off and the pieces are still going to be very nicely finished with a rib edging on all edges. And so that could be more masculine if you felt the need.

Zontee: Yes. I definitely agree with that in that christening pieces tend to be cream or white, but we’ve kind of balanced that off with some great pops of color. So, we’re talking about the Fresh Colors Baby Afghan, which is one of our giant granny throws. It’s crocheted. Each round is in a different bright color, and we’ve made it in Vanna’s Choice Baby which has tons of beautiful, bright colors which makes it very fun. You could make this in colors for a girl or a boy, or you could pick just bright colors in general if you don’t know the gender of the baby yet.

Liz: Yeah. I love this because it’s so easy, so you’re going to be able to move through it very quickly, but you can get so creative. We’ve shown just three colors in this version, but if you had a lot of yarn in your stash that was of a similar weight, you could do every round in a different color for a rainbow look. Or you can really play around. It’s just a great basic pattern you can get really creative with. If you know the colors of the nursery, you can include some of those. I know some people have baby showers where the gifts are all themed around a color pallete. This would tie in well for that. It’s so versatile.

Zontee: Very versatile.

Liz: Another really versatile choice is our extremely popular Baby Love Diagonal Baby Blanket. Right now, Zontee and I are looking at the photo of a charming little baby with a version made in Pound of Love, but we have patterns on our website for everything from Thick & Quick to Vanna’s Choice double-stranded to Cotton-Ease. Really, you can take the basic pattern idea and do it in any yarn that you have, any yarn that you want. It’s very simple. You start off in one corner and you increase. When that is as big as you want or when you’ve used up half your yarn, it’s usually how I end up measuring these things.

Zontee: There you go.

Liz: You’d start decreasing to the opposite corner.

Zontee: Exactly. And I like that it’s made from a diagonal corner and then across because it really does give you that flexibility of making it as large or as small as you want. Finally, one more baby blanket. It’s our Twin Lakes blankie. This is made in Cotton-Ease, and it’s a really simple basket weave blanket with a nice border all around. And what I really like about this is that, again, it’s very simple, very geometric, classic and you can make it in any color. So, it’s going to be a piece that really is versatile and will go a long way for both boys and girls.

Liz: I think baby blankets are a great arena. A few episodes ago we talked about how to take a stitch pattern that you like and scale it up from just a little swatch to a full size project. I think baby blankets are a great way to put that into practice because they’re not too big. You’re not doing a full size bedspread or afghan, but it’s a great way if you want to make a solid color afghan and still make something really beautiful and kind of heirloom quality. Well, as you know, I think no child’s life is complete without something bunny themed to cuddle and love, and our Eco Bunny Blanket is a perfect choice for that. This blanket, this Bunny Buddy, is so popular.

We have, by popular request, made it in a variety of different yarns, everything from VelvetSpun to Fishermen’s Wool to our Recycled Cotton. I think the Recycled Cotton is a great choice for spring and summer babies because it’s so soft and cool. It’s just going to be a really great companion.

Zontee: I agree and what I love about this blanket, as we’ve talked about in the past, is it’s got the cute little head that gives it that stuffed animal quality. But at the same time if you tuck it in the stroller with your baby, it gives them that extra warmth. You can kind of wrap it around them if you need it when they’re smaller. When they’re older they can still kind of carry it around and stuff it in their bag. It’s a bunny.

Liz: It’s a bunny blanket. It’s both.

Zontee: It’s both. Since that was a little bit more of a medium size project and we’re moving into medium projects, let’s take a look at some cute cardigans because that’s a favorite baby project for me. I think that it’s really charming. Babies, you want to keep them warm so I think that it’s always a nice piece for everyone.

Liz: Yes. I’ve been told by mothers that the way you want to go is definitely with a cardigan and not a pullover, for ease of dressing.

Zontee: Agreed. Probably, a child will fight you much more with a pullover.

Liz: Exactly.

Zontee: [laughs] So, let’s take a look at some great cardigan patterns. First off is our Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton Bellflower Baby Hoodie. This is such a sweet piece, and the Nature’s Choice is such a soft and comfortable cotton. I think it is going to be really wonderful for your child, and it comes in such great colors as well.

Liz: Yes. We’re showing it in the soft Strawberry Pink, which is great for a little girl, but there are two blues in the Nature’s Choice, the Blueberry and the Dusty Blue, both of which are gorgeous.

Zontee: Definitely. As well as some really nontraditional greens and browns, and some beautiful neutrals as well.

Liz: For crocheters, we have our Little Princess Cardi. This one just might be for the ladies.

Zontee: It is a 3/4 length little jacket, with a cute little collar. It really reminds me of our adult Matinee Jacket in a lot of ways.

Liz: I was just going to say, you could do a little “mommy & me” matching version.

Zontee: Oh! That would be so cute.

Liz: Yeah.

Zontee: Since this is such a simple stitch all throughout, you could actually embellish it with some embroidery on the front or on the back, and then you could do that with the adult one. Oh, my gosh! That could be really, really cute.

Liz: Yes. So, if you are looking for a crochet cardigan pattern for boys, we have a great basic one in Nature’s Choice in one of those Dusty Blues. It is very similar, but a more boxy cut, styled more for the gents.

Zontee: Now, for those of us who are a little bit more of the last minute crafts, or if we just have friends that failed to tell us that they are throwing parties for babies very shortly. We have some great last minute projects. These are really wonderful for both boys and girls, because they are just totally charming. Any baby, as well as any parent, would really appreciate any of these items. Let’s start over at the bibs.

Liz: Yeah. The bibs are great. I love them. They are crochet bibs, and we have a whole series where they look like little animal or creature faces. There is a pig, and a duck, and my favorite is the robot.

Zontee: The robot is my favorite too!

Liz: Yeah. They are pretty awesome. They are a great way to use up small amounts of yarn you may have in your stash, because there is just one main color, and then little embellishments for the facial features in the contrasting colors.

Zontee: That is a good idea. I think that doing your embellished pieces in scrap yarn is a great way of using them up.

Liz: Yeah. They are just so cute. I mean, kids need to wear bibs. Why shouldn’t they be adorable and hilarious?

Zontee: I agree. Of course, we have made them in Cotton-Ease and other cotton yarns, which makes them really great for washing, and they’re hard-wearing, absorbent. So, definitely the way to go when it comes to bibs.

Liz: Yeah. Cotton-Ease is a great choice for that.

Zontee: Drawing Inspiration from DCAlaneKnits question and her adorable Lavish Booties idea. We are highlighting the Simple Garter Stitch Booties, and these are pictured in an adorable blue in the Vanna’s Choice Baby. They’ve got cute little ties and tassels on them, which I think makes them really charming, and they do look very much like little shoes.

Liz: Yes. They remind me almost of the tasseled loafers, which is why I really think these are a great, adorable choice for boys. So, the booties are a great choice, but don’t forget about socks. While we are talking about babies that are not walking yet, a sock is just as warm and cozy as a bootie. We have some adorable patterns in Wool-Ease that feature different striping techniques, or contrast heels and cuffs. A lot of great options there.

Zontee: Yes. Our children’s sock series is really cute.

Liz: Again, you only need a tiny little bit of yarn to do children’s socks, so a great way for odds and ends. Kind of last, but not least, don’t forget about toys. Toys are fun for everyone. Fun for you to make, fun for the parents to open, and fun for the kids to play with.

Zontee: Absolutely.

Liz: In our most recent catalog, we showed our LB Collection Superwash Merino Babycakes Blocks, which I think are really — if you had a friend who was a knitter and who was having a baby, I think these would be a perfect gift, because each side of the block features kind of a different stitch pattern or color work technique. So, I think a fellow yarn crafter would really appreciate this.

Zontee: I just had my hands on these, and the stitches show where we actually had them. They are really sweet and cuddly. I think that children really enjoy tactile toys, things that they can throw around and play with, and kind of examine all of the sides. So, I think a block is a great project. If you really want to customize this, you can actually take this idea and extend it to even using up your various swatches, and actually make little blocks made out of all different sides with different swatches, and then you just stuff them.

Liz: That is a great idea.

Zontee: Finally, we want to talk about our Carrot Rattle. I love rattles for babies. I think it is really charming. I am sure I only think that because I am not the parent, so when your child is rattling around, I go, “Oh! That is so cute, ” and you’re thinking to yourself, “They’ve been doing that for the last two hours.”

Liz: [laughs]

Zontee: Anyway, this Carrot Rattle is super-cute. We have done it in the Lion Wool, and it is just a really, really simple choice.

Liz: It would also work fantastic in Vanna’s Choice.

Zontee: Vanna’s Choice would be a great choice for it as well.

Liz: Yeah. Excellent, carrot colors there. For the child who is quite fond of the Bunny Buddy, why not a Carrot Rattle?

Zontee: Oh! Bunny Buddy and Carrot Rattle, that is perfect. That is adorable.

Liz: Yeah. Definitely check out our website. We have got a lot of fun toys. Remember, all of our Amigurumi, if you take precautions with what you use for the eyes, all are also great choices for kids projects and baby projects.

Zontee: Agreed. Of course, don’t forget about our Sock Critters that we have talked about a few times. Those are a really cute knitted series of animals. Again, we had them at Stitches, and people could just not resist them. We showed them with little felt circle eyes, but you could actually embroidery the eyes with yarn, so that the baby can’t pull them out.

Liz: Exactly. [music]

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Liz: On today’s Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, we are going to talk about spring cleaning. I know that is a topic, I am really jazzed about. I really want to spend some time spring cleaning my whole apartment, which definitely includes my stash.

Zontee: Yeah. Liz, was just describing to me the extent of her spring cleaning plans. It’s very ambitious.

Liz: Yeah. We’ll see. We’ll see what actually happens, but I do have ambitious plans. I moved over the summer, and I just kind of unpacked the yarn into wherever it would fit, and now I want to get it organized and sorted out. So I think that is the very first step in spring cleaning your yarn crafting life is get all your yarn into one place, and start sorting. Figure out what you want to keep. Figure out what you want to donate, and figure out what is just scrap yarn that can maybe be used for other projects.

If you want to take it to the next level, you start to plan out projects to go with the various yarn you have in your stash, and maybe either print out the pattern or photo copy it if it is from one of your books or magazines. Or take a hint from Jen and just write it down on a post-it note what you have planned, and maybe put all that yarn together into a blunt bag, so you know what it is for.

Zontee: That is a good idea. So, let’s start with the yarn that you keep, in terms of organization. Some people like to organize by color, or the yarn contents, or the yarn weight.

Liz: I am strict believer in organization by yarn weight, because I feel like for me that influences the kind of thing I am most likely to make with yarn, but your process might work a different way. So, think about what works for you.

Zontee: Exactly. How do you pick a yarn for a project? That is probably going to influence you most heavily. Then once you have kind of figured out how you are going to do it, I would certainly suggest that you figure out the containing units for your yarn. Sometimes, people perhaps like me, like to just shove everything in a bag, and hope that you don’t see it for a while. But, then again, maybe you want to be more like Liz, and actually put them into organizers, shelving units, drawers. One lady who I spoke to at Stitches actually mentioned that her husband offered to build her a block unit with those plastic cubes that you can actually buy in the stores to display her yarn, and backlight it to make it look even more exciting.

Liz: That guy is a winner.

Zontee: He is a winner.

Liz: Does he have brothers? I think our listeners need to know.

Zontee: [laughs] I’ll have to look into it. Liz. Yeah. For yarn that you want to donate, there are so many options. We really advise you to first start locally, see if a school in your area has any sort of knitting or crafting club. That is always a great first choice.

I know at a school my husband used to teach at, there was a Knitting Club for the high school students. I was always able to donate to them, but unfortunately his new school does not have one. So I’m going to have to look for some other options.

Zontee: Also, look at local organizations like nursing homes, or charities that are making projects for animals, or for hospitals in the area. There are a lot of great causes, who can always use more yarn. So, check out our charity finder at LionBrand.com. Go to the “Community” tab, and click on the “Charity Connection” button, and locate organizations in your area who could use your donations.

Liz: Then I suggest, depending on the size of what you have, taking a Ziploc bag, or a big freezer bag, or a larger bin, and putting all the scrap yarn in there. Yarn that is maybe definitely too much to throw away, but not necessarily enough of one type or color to donate to anyone. Because that’s a great choice for either donating to kids classrooms, or a girl or boy scout troop, or if you have kids of your own, great for them to kind of own as their as their place to go for yarn crafting supplies.

Zontee: I agree. I think that especially if you have your own kids, giving them their own supply of yarn will guarantee that their little hands stay out of yours.

Liz: Exactly.

Zontee: It also gives them their own collection for making all sorts of projects. Of course, on our website we have great ideas for that. Everything from wrapped bangles to making stamps, to actually create your own stamped papers to simple bookmarks, and all other sorts of wrapped projects on our website. So, definitely look for the “Craft Project Patterns.”

Liz: You can check out our old BK4K newsletter archives, or the archives of our new Yarn Play newsletter that features lots of craft projects that are good for kids. Once you are focused back on the yarn that you are keeping, you may find projects that are your UFOs, that you realize that you’re never going to finish, and you want to rip those out. So if you’re perhaps like me and have certain projects that have been sitting halfway knit for literally years and you decide to rip those out, you may unravel the project and have a big, big pile of curly, crinkly yarn.

So before you put that back in your stash, I recommend wrapping the yarn into hanks. If you have a swift, you can use that, but you can also just wrap it around the back of a chair into a big hank.

Zontee: That is just one of the big old loops of yarn.

Liz: Yeah. So, you wrap the yarn all the way into a big loop, and tie it a couple places around the loop, so it stays untangled. Then you can go ahead and wash that yarn, according to the instructions on the label. For most products you’re going to be pretty safe to use lukewarm water, and a little bit of a wool wash, even if you are not using wool, and just gently soak it, rinse it, and then hang it to dry over the bathtub on a hanger. Then it should dry relatively straight, clean, ready to go back into your stash.

Zontee: This is also a great thing to do, if you haven’t been good about your storage of yarn, and you have perhaps little dusty yarn, or if you put it too close to one of your craft tables and you have spilled something on it. Any kind of situation where you need a light cleaner of your yarn. These are the steps that you are going to want to take.

Liz: Yes. As you are going through your stash, you may encounter something that is a little difficult to even talk about, which is bugs in your stash.

Zontee: Yes. While most of us won’t have to deal with this, every once in awhile it does happen to even the best of us. My friend, Alex, she had this happen recently in the last year or so, where she one day went into her stash bag under her bed, and guess what? Carpet beetles. So, if that sort of thing happens, first of all, we all feel for you.

Liz: Yes.

Zontee: Second of all, what you are going to want to do is pull out everything. Sort out the things that look like they are relatively undamaged, from the things that are in fact damaged. Honestly, if the yarn is damaged and it has been eaten away in various places, it is going to be very weak, and you probably wouldn’t want to work with it anyway. So, I would highly recommend that you throw out those things.

Liz: Yes.

Zontee: Clean out your containers. Make sure to vacuum them thoroughly, and take the yarn that is good and put it in Ziploc bags, and stick it in your freezer for a couple of weeks. That’s actually going to kill off any residual bugs, and then you can go through the washing process that we talked about earlier just as a precaution, and then your yarn should be relatively safe. One thing if that thing happens to you, or honestly if you are just one of the people like us here in New York who experience quite a bit of dust, you may want to consider sealed containers or Ziploc bags or storage units for the future, so that nothing can get in and harass your yarn.

Liz: Absolutely. Yeah. If you have any yarns that have picked up any sort of odors, maybe there was dampness in the container you were using, so they smell a little musty, a great way to clean them out is just to find a sunny place, maybe in front of a window on a table, and really spread them out. If they’re in a hank, untwist it and lay it as flat as possible. If they’re in a skein or ball, take the label, and just let them sit in the sun for a day or two. Sunlight is a great, natural resource for killing odor.

Zontee: Yes. Agreed. So we hope all of these tips help you through your spring cleaning process if you have one, or inspire you to do a little spring cleaning of your own if you have never done it before. I think it is a really worthwhile way of kind of getting your drums started for these warmer months, when many of us are not quite feeling as crafty. So, reenergize yourself by starting fresh, new clean, and just being able to say to yourself, “Wow! I have a clean, beautiful crafting space that makes me feel exciting.”

Liz: Absolutely. Any kind of spring cleaning or de-cluttering project can seem daunting before you start, but the important thing to remember is have a plan, and then take it one step at a time. [music]

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

Liz: Join us again in two weeks, when we talk about “Must Have Projects for the Season.” We’ll be talking about the pieces that every man, woman and child will want in their wardrobe in 2010. What are you working on currently, or what is your dream project for the rest of the year? Tell us, by leaving 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.

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