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5 Tips for Crafting Outside in the Spring and Summer

Fall and Winter are busy seasons for knitting and crochet; after all, we'd be pretty chilly without the hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters, and cowls that we make every year!

Take your Knitting and Crochet Outside

But what about crafting when it's warm outside?

These simple tips will help you pick the patterns you'd try this spring and summer, choose the perfect yarns for your  projects, inspire you with some new techniques to try and (most importantly) get you ready to enjoy the warm weather headed your way! (Want to make the flowers in this picture? Click here for the patterns from 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet by Lesley Stanfield.)

Warm seasons are perfect for smaller projects. Small projects are easier to manage, won't heat up your lap too much and can be great projects to expand your skill set. Have you ever wanted to try lace, or socks, or even taking up a new yarn craft? Now is the time! Small projects and swatches are also easy to take with you on trips and to work on outdoors.
Plant fibers and blends will keep you comfortable. Lighter yarns made with plant fiber (like  Cotton-Ease and LB Collection Cotton Bamboo) have a cooler hand that makes them easier to work with even in warm or humid climates. Plus, you'll be able to wear or use projects made in these yarns right away and still stay fresh and cool. For patterns made in yarns like these, click here.
Dyeing yarn is a great project to do outside. If you've wanted to try dyeing yarn, now is the time! Get kids and friends involved in the process and play with different colors and fibers. Taking your hot dye baths outside and means you'll keep your house cooler and reduce your clean-up time! For more dyeing tips, you can click here for help picking the right dye for your yarn, and click here for a guide to dyeing your yarn with Kool-Aid.
Don't forget about projects for the home.There are lots of projects to make beyond garments. Try a fun beach bag or market bag for errands and family trips, or make some dish cloths or wash cloths to stock up on and give as gifts. Aprons and kitchen projects make perfect host and hostess gifts for picnics and barbeques.
Project bags and pattern protectors are here to help! Taking your yarn outside means leaving behind the supply shelf, so pick out a project bag you love and tuck everything inside. Bringing along a book of patterns or computer may not always be possible, so try printing out a copy of your pattern or making a photocopy. then you can slip it into a plastic page-protector and be ready to go!

Do you celebrate the warmer weather by taking your projects outside? What tips would you share with yarn-lovers who want to craft in the great outdoors? Leave a comment below to share your tips to help others get started!

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