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Monthly Archives: January 2012

  • Math + Yarn = Great Results (or 7 Articles to Read About Adjusting Your Pattern)

    When it comes to improvising knit & crochet designs of your own or adjusting patterns, there's almost always a little math to be done. Don't be intimidated though! A little arithmetic will take you a long way, allowing you to make sure you get the results you're looking for.

    To help you on your way, here are jut a few blog posts you'll want to read before adjusting your patterns.

    Improvising/Adjusting a Rectangular Project

    Want to use a stitch pattern to create a scarf, shawl, or afghan? Read this article. Want to adjust an existing scarf/shawl/afghan pattern? Read this one.

    Book Recommendations

    Beyond all of this, there are a ton of great books out there that teach you how to make different sweaters, hats, gloves, and more based on basic formulas, including the Ann Budd's The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, and Knits Men Want by Bruce Weinstein.

    There are also a lot of books that teach you how to adjust patterns to fit your body measurements including Knitting Plus by Lisa Shroyer, Custom Crocheted Sweaters by Dora Ohrenstein, and Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel.

    With a little knowledge, a little practice, and a little math, you'll find that you can make just about any pattern work for you.

    Have you adjusted patterns to fit your needs? Share your tips in the comments!

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  • Get Ready for the Super Bowl with Team Color Yarns

    Can you believe the Super Bowl is on Sunday? The New York Giants and the New England Patriots are playing in Indianapolis, and there's still plenty of time to yarncraft in celebration! To help get you started, we've pulled yarn color suggestions that best match each team. Since both teams have very similar official colors, we selected colors for the jerseys each team will be wearing that day -- away colors for the Giants, and home colors for the Patriots. Use these suggestions to whip up a quick hat, scarf, or can cozy before the big game to show your team spirit!

    Yarn New York Giants (White and Blue) New England Patriots (Navy and Silver)
    Vanna's Choice WhiteSapphire
    White and Sapphire
    NavySilver Heather
    Navy and Silver Heather
    Hometown USA New York WhiteSan Diego Navy
    New York White and San Diego Navy
    San Diego NavyDallas Grey
    San Diego Navy and Dallas Grey
    Wool-Ease White FrostIndigo
    White Frost and Indigo
    NavyGrey Heather
    Navy and Grey Heather
    Jiffy WhiteDenim
    White and Denim
    NavySilver Heather
    Navy and Silver Heather
    Lion Wool Winter WhiteMidnight Blue
    Winter White and Midnight Blue
    Midnight BluePearl Gray
    Midnight Blue and Pearl Gray

    Are you yarncrafting for the Super Bowl? What are you making? Let us know in the comments!

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  • How to Host a Yarn Swap & Stashbusting Party

    YarnA swap party is the perfect way to spend quality time with your yarn-loving friends, and unload a lot of unwanted yarn cluttering up your stash. At a yarn swap, all the swappers bring their unwanted yarn to unload and hope pick up a few new treasures.

    If you want to host your own swap party and unload some yarn clutter, here are 5 useful tips on planning your party.

    Make sure you're ready to let go of your yarn when you bring it to the swap.
    If you'd be comfortable donating your yarn to charity, then you're ready for the swap. If you're not ready, put the yarns in a box and mark it "check in 6 months." Chances are in 6 months you'll know if you want to hang on to it. Then you can have another swap!
    Make your invitations clear so that your fellow yarn lovers know what to expect.
    Will you be swapping only luxury fibers like angora and cashmere, or can you can bring any yarns you like? Telling your guests what will happen will help everyone get prepared for the swap and know which yarns, foods and entertainment they can bring.
    Have a clean, large surface to spread the swapping yarn out on.
    A dining or coffee table is ideal, but if you have enough yarn to cover the floor (lucky you!) spread a sheet or afghan out to keep the yarn clean and dust free. Make sure to keep food or drinks away from the yarn during the swapping.
    Organize the swapping so that everyone gets a turn choosing yarn.
    Making everyone comfortable is key to a successful swap. One popular way to coordinate the swapping is to have swappers draw numbers and select yarn from a central pile of  donations. This way everyone has a chance to look at the yarn and no one has to feel rushed. Go in as many rotations as you like till the yarn runs out!
    Tell your guests that any unclaimed yarn will be donated to charity.
    Tell your guests that unclaimed yarn won't be wasted, it will go to helping others. There are lots of organizations that would be thrilled to accept yarn donations. For help finding one near you, check out our Charity Connection.

    A swap party is a chance to spend time with your fellow yarn lovers, enjoy one another's company and clean out some yarn clutter taking up space in your stash. You might even take home something exciting that you'll know exactly what to do with; and it will carry the memory of good friends and fun.

    Have you ever been to a yarn swap? How was it organized, and what tips would you share? Tell us in the comments below!

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