Dyeing your yarn is a great project for the warmer months of the year, and can blossom into a hobby that you’ll enjoy year round! When you want to try dyeing your own yarn, here are a few tips that will help you choose the yarn, dye and tools you’ll need to have a successful project:
What tools to use? The first step in dyeing is assembling the right materials. Make your you have a non-reactive pot to heat the dyebath in (try steel or enamel pots), tongs to move the yarn, and protective covering/clothing in case of spills. If you’re working with kitchen-safe dyes, then you can use the pots you cook with, but in general it’s a good idea to have a separate set for dyeing.
Group crafting can be a lot of fun because you get to chat and form new friendships, find new inspirations, or even become someone else’s source of inspiration. It’s also beneficial to knit or crochet in groups if you find that you need some help with a project or with understanding certain techniques. To help make it easier for you to find knit and crochet groups/clubs in your area, Lion Brand Yarn created a database to search possible options near your area.
Hello everyone! Hope you all are doing well on the first part of your Glittery Shrug! If you decided to start the lower half last week and didn’t get through it all, that’s ok! It’s the most time intensive part, but working on both pieces together helps to break up working all that single crochet.
One thing that I hadn’t mentioned last week about the lower part of the shrug is the border edging. When you are done with the lower half, you are ready to move onto the border. The border is super simple and is worked across the bottom edge of the lower half (the straight edge that measures 26 inches). If you kept the underarms sloped, then this measurement will be from the marker to where you start decreasing for the right sleeve. The border is just one row of single crochet, then one row of double crochet.
All month long, we’re featuring patterns that use 1, 2, or 3 balls of yarn, making them perfect for a quick summer project!
Market totes and reusable bags are some of the most popular projects for the summer. When you make your own reusable bags you’ll get to use comfortable, cool yarns for the season (like cotton and cotton blends), you’ll get to use the finished project right away (unlike a sweater or scarf), and when you use it you’ll carry a light handmade bag instead of a heavy purse or plastic bags. Making a smaller clutch-style bag is a good idea too, that way you can keep your wallet, keys and sunglasses separate and easy to access.
Here are some of our most popular patterns for bags made with one, two or three balls of yarn each. Click on the image of the one you like best to download the free pattern!
(Interested in making the Mini Market Tote in the image to the right? Click here for the free pattern.)
Everybody needs a helping hand sometimes. If you’re stuck on a pattern and reach out to us, you might get the chance to chat with Laura! She’s one of our resident experts, and I’m always impressed with her encyclopedic knowledge of all things yarncrafting. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Check out this sweet email from Diane:
Over the past couple of years, since I’ve gotten back into knitting, I’ve run into pattern problems that I couldn’t figure out for myself. You have been such a tremendous help, talking me through the rough spots and making it possible for me to finish several sweaters for our two sets of twin great-grandchildren and one teenage grandson. All of the patterns I used were labeled “Easy,” but in each I needed a little assistance. I appreciate having a support line, and most of all I appreciate knowing that you’re going to be there for my next question.
Thanks so much for your email, Diane! Remember, if you need help with a pattern, please reach out to us! You can call 800-661-7551 on weekdays or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the changing of the seasons, it seems that a lot of people are making the transition to knitting or crocheting with fibers more suited for warm weather; cotton is definitely a popular appropriate spring/summer yarn. Additionally, with the change of the seasons, there’s usually a change in the types of projects you work on – maybe you create more dishcloths, or knit/crochet small, portable items to seam together into one large piece later. I’ve been seeing some beautiful projects online made by crafters such as yourself that I’d love to share. Take a look at the projects below and maybe you’ll find some inspiration for your next project!
Val, over at Val’s Corner was inspired by the bright colors of Kitchen Cotton to yarn bomb her sweet little chair for a fun summery look. I love her color combinations, and the choice of leaving some of the white wood exposed was perfect; the contrast really allows the colors to pop!