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Five Tips from YarnCraft Podcast #12

In each episode of our podcast, YarnCraft, we feature a segment called "Stash This--Ideas for Your Crafting Life." It's a chance for me and my co-host Liz from our Design Department to share with you some interesting tips about knitting, crocheting, and yarncrafting.

In podcast episode about "Selling Your Knit/Crochet Items on Etsy & Tips on Customizing with Color," our "Stash This" was about working with color, the meaning of colors, and personalizing patterns. Here are five tips from episode #12:

  1. Don't be afraid to swap out colors in patterns. Make yourself a chart, noting which color you've used for each letter. For example, I might be making the Simple Earthy Squares Afghan, but want to swap out some of the colors. I would write at the top of my pattern to help me remember: Color A = Wood, Color B = Barley, etc.
  2. Choose colors that have personal or cultural meaning for you or your recipient (for example green is always popular for St. Patrick's Day; red is considered lucky in many Asian cultures), and include a note with gifts that explains the color choices.
  3. Think about colors that look good with your skin-tone or your recipient's skin-tone. Are you an "autumn" or a "spring"?
  4. A wonderful gift is a birthstone-colored afghan. Homespun is a great yarn for this purpose, because of its jewel-like tones. Take a simple afghan, perhaps one of our 5 1/2 hour afghans, and make it in a color that coordinates with your gift-recipient's birth month.
  5. Personalize a project by making it in your or your gift recipient's school or sports team colors.

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For more ideas, check out the podcast every other Tuesday by visiting, and tell us what are some ways you've used colors to personalize a project!

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