ArtBin Yarn Tote Review

ArtBin Yarn Tote review by Underground CrafterIf you like to crochet (or knit) big projects using several colors of yarn, I may have found the perfect project bag for you. Read my detailed review of the ArtBin Yarn Tote for more details!

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ArtBin Yarn Tote review by Underground CrafterMy dad is an artist and my mom works with commercial artists, so ArtBin is brand name that I’ve known and trusted since childhood.When I first saw the ArtBin Yarn Tote at Creativation, the annual trade show for the craft and hobby industry, back in January, I had high hopes.

ArtBin Yarn Tote review by Underground Crafter | ArtBin booth at Creativation 2018ArtBin’s parent company, Flambeau, reached out to me after the show and then sent me the ArtBin Yarn Tote to review. I liked it right away, but I’ve been fooled by project bags that fall apart with a little use before, so I decide to put it through some serious usage before sharing my review with you. After using it regularly for six months, I can definitely say that it’s as solid as it appeared when I first received it!


Let me tell about the what I like about the bag. There’s a removable yarn sleeve that you can fit 8 large skeins of yarn into with each skein in it’s own pocket. This sleeve has bag handles, so if you have a smaller project, you can take out the sleeve and carry it around by itself. Since I only have 4 skeins in the sleeve in this picture, the other pockets collapse into the side so they don’t take up extra space in the tote.

ArtBin Yarn Tote review by Underground Crafter | ArtBin Yarn Tote removable yarn sleeveThe base of the tote is flat, so it doesn’t sag and cause the yarn to roll around. Instead, it provides support for your yarn and project. There are grommets for each skein of yarn on the sides of the tote, so you can work on a large, multicolor project, like an afghan or blanket, tangle free.

ArtBin Yarn Tote review by Underground Crafter | ArtBin Yarn Tote grommetsThe front pockets are really deep, which is helpful for packing sharp scissors, your wallet or even the semi-enormous smartphones of today for easy access when you’re traveling with your tote.

ArtBin Yarn Tote review by Underground Crafter | ArtBin Yarn Tote front pocketsThere’s a magnetic closure on the top, so your yarn doesn’t get snagged on the fastener.

ArtBin Yarn Tote review by Underground Crafter | ArtBin Yarn Tote magnetic closureThe tote is made from a lightweight canvas, so even though it’s super roomy, it isn’t heavy. In this picture it’s holding 4 skeins of yarn, another small project with yarn in the small bag, a crochet pattern book, and my folder and it still has plenty of room.

ArtBin Yarn Tote review by Underground Crafter | Inside of ArtBin Yarn Tote with 4 skeins of yarn, pattern books, and suppliesOk, so how did I put this to the test? All the features I’ve described are great and they have lasted. I’ve worked on several multi-color projects with no yarn snags and few tangles. But the real test was when I used this bag because of its larger size and flat bottom to help me carry stuff around New York City that is much heavier than yarn. I’ve used it to carry my Cricut Cuttlebug and EasyPress 2 (at separate times) while still in their boxes to another location to film an “unboxing.” I’ve used it to carry yarn, paint, tripods, camera equipment, my laptop, quilting mats and rulers, and more to do photo shoots. I’ve used it to carry nearly completed blankets on the subway so I could finish crocheting projects during my commute. Through it all, the bag has held up and the straps have stayed strong.

If I had a magic wand (because I’m me), the ArtBin Yarn Tote would be available in a few more Caribbean-themed colors. The grays are a bit drab and just call out for customization. On the other hand, if there’s only going to be one color, it’s better that it’s neutral! I’ve gone back and forth in my mind about padding for the straps. When I’m carrying yarn projects, it isn’t needed at all. But when I’ve carried big boxes in here (because they fit), padding would have been nice. However, it would just add to the weight of the bag, so in the end, I feel like the folks at ArtBin made the right choice by keeping the bag as lightweight as possible. If you have 8 skeins in there and half a blanket, you don’t really want any extra weight.

ArtBin Yarn Tote review by Underground Crafter | ArtBin Yarn Tote on chairIf you like to crochet or knit large projects, or if you do a lot of crafting on the go, I think you’ll love the ArtBin Yarn Tote!

40 Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Shawls and Wraps That Make Great Gifts | Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas Week 2

40 Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Shawls and Wraps That Make Great Gifts via Underground CrafterThis is the second in a series of 12 weeks of roundups for the handmade holidays. I’m sharing 40 free crochet and knitting patterns for shawls and wraps! This roundup includes lacy, cozy, striped, and solid shawls in a variety of shapes. You’re sure to find your next project for something special for you, or to gift.

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Shawls and wraps are great accessories. They can really add a handmade touch to a “blah” outfit. They can keep you warm. And, they can be really fun to make! I searched the web to find 40 beautiful patterns to share with you today.

40 Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Shawls and Wraps That Make Great Gifts

Roundup by Underground Crafter

40 Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Shawls and Wraps That Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter28 Free Crochet Patterns for Shawl and Wraps

These patterns include light and lacy options as well as comfort shawls and wraps for cold weather.

40 Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Shawls and Wraps That Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter - 25 free crochet patterns collageLeft column, from top to bottom:

  • Soft Easy Shawl, free crochet pattern by Joy of Motion Crochet: This lacy, asymmetrical triangle shawl is beginner friendly.
  • Amazing Grace Angel Wings Shawl, free crochet pattern by Beatrice Ryan Designs: This pattern is part of Elena’s Amazing Grace pattern series to raise awareness of breast cancer.
  • The Olivine Ruana, free crochet pattern by Hopeful Honey: This oversized project is embellished with tassels and includes a photo tutorial.
  • Peacock Petals Shawl, free crochet pattern by Suvi’s Crochet: This lacy shawl is designed for an intermediate crocheter.
  • Fire and Ice Shawl, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter: This simple, rectangular shawl uses a self-striping, metallic yarn.

Second column, from top to bottom:

  • Autumn Jewels Wrap, free crochet pattern by Pattern Paradise: This stunning shawl pattern is available in four parts.
  • Abstractly Chic Shawl, free crochet pattern by Marly Bird: This triangular shawl is available in sections and includes video tutorials for each step.
  • Aska Shawlette, free crochet pattern by High Strung Crochet: This Tunisian crochet sampler shawl includes photo tutorials for the different stitches.
  • Romantic Wrap, free crochet pattern by Nicki’s Homemade Crafts: This pattern includes video and photo tutorials.
  • Stripe Me Shawl, free crochet pattern by Wilmade: This triangular shawl features perpendicular stripes.

Middle column, from top to bottom:

  • Tea Time, free crochet pattern by Jessie At Home: This shawl features progressively smaller stripes.
  • Connected Bows Wrap, free crochet pattern by Wilmade: This wide shawl with details in the middle can be styled several different ways.
  • Spring Shells, free crochet pattern by Jessie At Home: This triangular shell shawl uses a self-striping yarn to make the colorwork easy.
  • Tasha Shawl, free crochet pattern by Divine Debris: This asymmetrical triangular shawl uses Tunisian crochet.
  • Soft Pebble Shawl, free crochet pattern by ELK Studio: This shawl is crocheted with a sparkly, self-striping yarn to make the colorwork easy.

Fourth column, from top to bottom:

  • Breckenridge Wrap, free crochet pattern by Left in Knots: This textured, striped triangular shawl includes a photo tutorial.
  • Tuscan Moon Shawl, free crochet pattern by Moogly: This pattern is the triangular companion to the free crochet pattern for the Tuscan Sun Wrap.
  • Dreamer Wrap, free crochet pattern by Mama in a Stitch: This oversized triangular shawl with fringe includes a photo tutorial.
  • Dixie Charms Wrap, free crochet pattern by ELK Studio: This open work shawl includes a written pattern and international stitch symbols.
  • First Triangle Shawl, free crochet pattern by Winding Road Crochet: This beginner-friendly design can be easily customized to your preferred size.

Right column, from top to bottom:

  • Phoenix Wrap, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter: This long, rectangular wrap pattern is available in three parts.
  • Magical Shawl, free crochet pattern by Olive + Brook: This oversized shawl is made with a self-striping yarn.
  • Plaid Triangle Scarf, free crochet pattern by Whistle and Ivy: This cozy plaid scarf includes links to a helpful video tutorial.
  • Autumn Falls Wrap, free crochet pattern by Creative Crochet Workshop: This sampler rectangular wrap pattern is available in six parts.
  • May Flowers Shawl, free crochet pattern by Highland Hickory Designs: This floral motif triangular shawl includes instructions for making the pattern in ten sizes from child through 5XL.

Not Pictured:

  • Stauffer Shawl, free crochet pattern by KT and the Squid: This Tunisian crochet shawl is easy to customize with additional increases.
  • Stairstep Wrap, free crochet pattern by Linda Dean Crochet: This simple repeat pattern uses just one skein of yarn.
  • Wrapped in Jewels Shawl, free crochet pattern by YARNutopia: This triangular shawl includes a video tutorial.

12 Free Knitting Patterns for Shawls and Wraps

These patterns include striped and solid color options in a variety of shapes.

40 Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns for Shawls and Wraps That Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter - 12 free knitting patterns collageLeft column, from top to bottom:

  • Brighten My Day Wrap, free knitting pattern by Nancy J. Thomas for Red Heart: This striped shawl is perfect for making while you binge watch your favorite shows.
  • Oversized Shawl, free knitting pattern by Julie Hines for Red Heart: Make a bold statement with this mitered square shawl in contrasting colors.
  • Lacy Stripes Shawl, free knitting pattern by Lisa Gentry for Red Heart: This elongated triangular shawl uses a self-striping yarn to make colorwork easy.
  • Shifting Stripes Shawl, free knitting pattern by Carissa Browning for Red Heart: This striped shawl uses two self-striping yarn colorways to create a beautiful effect.

Center column, from top to bottom:

  • Pear Sorbet Shawlette, free knitting pattern by Marly Bird for FaveCrafts: This feminine, lacy shawl includes two charted sections.
  • Marina Shawl, free knitting pattern by Petals to Picots: This asymmetrical shawl uses slip stitches to make simple colorwork.
  • Soft Shoulder Shawl, free knitting pattern by Sam Leaver for FaveCrafts: This lacy shawl pattern increases from the start to the midpoint and then decreases to the end.
  • Knotted Lace Triangular Shawl, free knitting pattern by Premier for FaveCrafts: This pattern can easily be adjusted to make a larger shawl.

Right column, from top to bottom:

  • Moebius Wrap, free knitting pattern by Marilyn Losee for FaveCrafts: This simple pattern is one of 27 in an ebook of beginner knitting patterns.
  • Emily’s Circular Lace Shawl, free knitting pattern by Blue Peninsula for FaveCrafts: This intricate lacy shawl includes four charted sections.
  • Rainbow Baby Wrap, free knitting pattern by Balls to the Walls Knits: This pattern includes a video tutorial for the i-cord bind off.
  • Turning Leaves Brioche Shawl, free knitting pattern by ABC Knitting Patterns: This stunning shawl alternates between brioche and garter stitch sections.

Need more shawl inspiration? Check out these roundups!

50+ Patterns and Tutorials for Shawls, Wraps, Capes, and Ponchos That Make Great Gifts

50+ Patterns and Tutorials for Shawls, Wraps, Capes, and Ponchos That Make Great Gifts via Underground Crafter, including 6 sewing tutorials, 32 crochet patterns, and 16 knitting patterns -- all free!16 Free Crochet Patterns for Stunning Shawls and Wraps

Collage of 16 crochet wraps and shawls | Roundup: 16 Free Crochet Patterns for Stunning Wraps and Shawls via Underground Crafter15 Free Knitting Patterns for Shawls and Wraps

Roundup: 15 free #knitting patterns for shawls and wraps, curated by Underground Crafter | Are you looking for a great gift, charity project, or (gasp!) selfish knitting for you? You're sure to find something perfect in this roundup of shawls and wraps.

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament | Craft Lightning Hot Glue

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground CrafterAre you looking for a quick gift for your favorite yarn lover, or perhaps something to announce your own love of yarn to the world? I’m sharing a tutorial for how to make a handmade yarn with knitting needles ornament. With just a few supplies, including leftover yarn from your last crochet or knitting project, you can make this easy peasy ornament in less than 15 minutes!

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - finished project in handThis project is part of Craft Lightning Hot Glue edition.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Yarn for this project was generously provided by Red Heart. A free review copy of Hot Glue Hacks and Crafts: 50 Fun and Creative Decor, Fashion, Gift, and Holiday Projects to Make with Your Glue Gun by Angie Holden and Carolina Moore was provided to me by Ulysses Press. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Before I share the tutorial, let me tell you a little about me and hot glue.

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - finished project styled with artifical trees and jingle signGrowing up, I had three main creative influences:

  • My dad, who is a painter and photographer. He taught me basic painting and drawing skills.
  • My maternal grandmother, who was an expert in all things needlecrafts. She taught me to crochet, sew, and embroider, and tried to teach me to knit, too. From time to time, we’d do some other crafts, like latch hooking.
  • My mom, who is a masterful seamstress and can flip beat up old furniture into like-new beauties. She would decoupage from time to time, too.

Nowhere in my childhood did I experience hot glue. As a relatively clumsy teen and then adult, I continued to avoid it. It seemed like I’d be tempting fate to put heat and glue anywhere near my flesh.

Then, in January, I went to Creativation, the annual trade show for the crafts industry. Before the event officially kicks off, Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Carolina from Always Expect Moore and 30 Minute Crafts host a night out for crafts bloggers. They had a hot glue project planned, and they patiently took me from life as a hot glue newbie into the world of the anointed.

I didn’t burn myself (or anyone else) and I was pleasantly surprised by the results (and the speed). I’m sharing this story because Angie and Carolina recently came out with a book for hot glue newbies and pros alike! It’s kind of like having them both there with you, so if you’re intrigued by hot glue, pick yourself up a copy of Hot Glue Hacks and Crafts: 50 Fun and Creative Decor, Fashion, Gift, and Holiday Projects to Make with Your Glue Gun!

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - Hot Glue Hacks and Crafts book coverHot Glue Hacks and Crafts starts off with Glue Gun Basics, which tells you everything you need to know about different types of glue guns, glue, and accessories, while also sharing some great tips like how to avoid those little strings of glue that seem to trail off everywhere. The rest of the book is filled with projects, which are organized by type (for kids, home decor, holiday, jewelry, and entertaining). There’s also a Glue Gun Hacks section which shows you how to make stencils, stamps, molds, and faux geodes with hot glue, as well as how to etch with hot glue. This section includes a project for making your own stand, too, which is really helpful (and safer) if your glue gun didn’t come with a stand. There are also templates in the back for some of the projects.

My favorite projects in the book are the lampshade, the stencils, and the stamped pillow. All of the projects include detailed progress pictures — just like what you’d expect to see in a blog tutorial — so even when the project isn’t something you plan to make, you can still pick up some hot glue tips and tricks. If you’d like to have the ability to make some quick handmade gifts for friends and family (and yourself), but also to learn how to really maximize your hot glue gun, I highly recommend Hot Glue Hacks and Crafts!

As you might have guessed by now, the book is the inspiration behind this edition of Craft Lightning, where a group of bloggers share 15 minute craft projects. Here’s what I made with my glue gun!

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How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground CrafterNow that you know where to get more information if you’re a hot glue newbie like I was just a few short months ago, let’s dive into the project! This yarn and knitting needles ornament works up quickly and it’s great for decoration or a gift. I got all the supplies I needed at Michaels using the Buy Online, Pick Up in Store option.

Materials

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - supplies

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - finished project on wood with jingle sign

Instructions

Prepare the knitting needles

  • Split one dowel in half. I used a scissor to make indents around the center and then cracked it in half, but you could also use a small craft saw.
  • Using the pencil sharpener, sharpen one end of each piece of the dowel to a point, like a knitting needle.

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - sharpening dowel to make knitting needles

  • Preheat your glue gun.

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - hot glue gun

  • Glue the beads to the un-sharpened end of each piece of the dowel and let dry.

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - making knitting needles from dowel and beadHow To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - glued beads to needles

Attach the knitting needles to the ornament

  • Glue the first knitting needle to the ornament and let dry.

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - glued first knitting needle

  • Glue the second knitting needle to the ornament so it appears to cross the first, by actually doesn’t touch it. Let dry.

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - glued knitting needles

Wrap the ornament with yarn

  • Glue the starting tail of the yarn to the ornament. Let dry.

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - glued yarn tail before wrap

  • Wrap the yarn around the ornament, starting by covering the knitting needles, and being careful not to cover the ornament loop. Continue wrapping until the entire ornament is covered.
  • Cut the yarn and glue the ending tail of the yarn to the ornament on the back. Let dry.

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - glued yarn tail after wrap

That’s it!

How To Make a Handmade Yarn with Knitting Needles Ornament with Hot Glue - tutorial by Underground Crafter - finished project styled with jingle signI’d love to figure out a way to make a crochet hook version that doesn’t involve whittling wood. If you have any suggestions for making a mini crochet hook, let me know!

If you enjoyed this project, you may like my DIY Locking Stitch Markers for Crochet and Knitting tutorial.

DIY Locking Stitch Markers for Crochet and Knitting Tutorial by Underground Crafter | Make your own custom stitch markers with supplies from Oriental Trading! I used the Dia de los Muertos enamel charms to add color and an autumn feel to this set.

How To Work with Hand Dyed Yarn by Karen Whooley | #Crochet #TipsTuesday

How To Work with Hand Dyed Yarn by Karen Whooley for Underground CrafterToday’s #TipsTuesday post is a guest post from Karen Whooley, the crochet designer, author, and teacher. Karen is going to share her tips for working with hand dyed yarn and introduce us to her new book, Coastal Crochet. If you love the beauty of hand dyed yarn but aren’t quite sure how to work with it, Karen’s three tips will give you the confidence to use up those beauties in your stash!

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About Karen Whooley

How To Work with Hand Dyed Yarn by Karen Whooley for Underground Crafter - Karen WhooleyKaren is an award winning, internationally known crochet designer, author, and instructor. She develops patterns and teaches classes for crocheters who want simplicity and elegance wrapped up in adventure.

Karen is the author of Coastal Crochet, A Garden of Shawls, Crochet Rocks Socks and 17 other books as well as many patterns published in books and magazines.  Her classes both online and live are some of the most sought after in the crochet genre. Crochet is her passion and she wants to take that passion and inspire her students in any way she can. Most importantly, Karen wants to bring each student self-confidence and enable her students to take what they have learned so that they can happily create whatever spurs their own crochet passion.

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How To Work with Hand Dyed Yarn

Guest Post by Karen Whooley

Hello everyone! I am thrilled that Marie asked me to do a guest post on the blog today! I am looking forward to chatting with you all!

I am Karen Whooley and this year marks my 20th year as a crochet designer and instructor. I develop patterns and teach classes for crocheters who want simplicity and elegance wrapped up in adventure. I am the author of 21 books as well as many patterns published in other books and magazines. Crochet is my passion and I want to take that passion and inspire crocheters in any way I can. Most importantly, I want to bring each crocheter self-confidence and enable them to take what they have learned from my designs and classes so that they can happily create whatever spurs their own crochet passion.

How To Work with Hand Dyed Yarn by Karen Whooley for Underground Crafter - Coastal Crochet coverIn my new book Coastal Crochet (and also, last year’s book, A Garden of Shawls), most of the patterns are made with hand-dyed yarns. I love indie dyers. I always want to support small businesses as I am a small business too. I think it is very important to support each other in this way. I am always on the lookout for new hand dyers to work with!

How To Work with Hand Dyed Yarn by Karen Whooley for Underground Crafter - Shorline from Coastal Crochet
Shorline from Coastal Crochet by Karen Whooley

But taking care of hand dyed yarns can be tricky sometimes. If the color isn’t set properly, it can bleed into other colors that may be in your project. Sometimes there are special fiber blends, such as silk or linen (or even milk or corn!), that may require you to take some extra special care when laundering your project. Today I want to talk to you about how to make sure your yarns stay as wonderful as the day you got them!

Colorfastness

I have a little trick I do to let me know if a yarn’s color has been set correctly for colorfastness. I cut a small piece of the yarn off and let it soak in a glass of water. If the color bleeds into the water changing the color from clear to something else then you know that you might need to be cautious on how you deal with the yarn. Put the hank in a lingerie bag and wash it in a gentle cycle in your washing machine or hand soak for a bit then lay flat to dry. I use a bit of wool wash but you don’t necessarily have to do that. If you are still having bleeding issues, especially if you are finding that the color bleeds on your hands, contact the dyer for other recommendations.

How To Work with Hand Dyed Yarn by Karen Whooley for Underground Crafter - Elemental Fiberworks Star Stuff Sock
Elemental Fiberworks Star Stuff Sock yarn

If you are using colors such as red or black, or any dark color with a lighter color, always check the colorfastness. Prepping the yarn before you start crocheting or knitting will save you heartache later!

Working with Hand Dyed Yarns

Each hank of hand dyed yarn is unique. Sometimes the color varies from hank to the next.This can be a problem when you are crocheting or knitting along and you add the next hank. All of a sudden on section of the project is darker than the other,

How To Work with Hand Dyed Yarn by Karen Whooley for Underground Crafter - Cove from Coastal Crochet
Cove from Coastal Crochet by Karen Whooley

This color difference is normal because everything is done by hand! Although the dyers try hard to keep the colors the same, there are always some sort of difference. To avoid having this obvious difference in color on in the project, make sure you work two hanks at a time.

This is how I do it:

  1. Work two rows with the first hank.
  2. Pick up the next hank and work two rows
  3. Pick up the first hand and work two rows
  4. Keep going back and forth in this manner to blend the two hanks.
How To Work with Hand Dyed Yarn by Karen Whooley for Underground Crafter - Deep Blue Sea from Coastal Crochet
Deep Blue Sea from Coastal Crochet by Karen Whooley

Laundering Your Hand Dyed Yarn Project

The type of fibers in your hand dyed yarn is going to determine how you launder your project.

Animal fibers can be wet soaked in a sink. I don’t recommend putting the item in the washing machine the first time you wash the project, unless you had to do some additional prepping before you started. Always wash in cold water and use a wool wash or a gentle detergent. If you soak the piece, lay it out on a towel and roll it up and press to get the excess water out. Always lay flat to dry, shaping or blocking as you need to.

How To Work with Hand Dyed Yarn by Karen Whooley for Underground Crafter - Beachside from Coastal Crochet
Beachside from Coastal Crochet by Karen Whooley

If you have a yarn that is in some form at least a part linen or silk, I do not recommend soaking or machine washing at all. If the project is in need of cleaning, I would bring it to the dry cleaner and carefully instruct them about what fibers are in the piece. If you just need to block the piece, do a steam block with a hot iron or steamer, making sure you get the project damp but not soaking. And make sure you do not touch the piece with the iron or steamer. I have found you can melt fibers that way. (ask me how I know)

Cotton is a beast of its own. I recommend a steam block but others will soak or machine wash on a gentle cycle If in doubt, take to the dry cleaners.

If there is a specialty fiber like bamboo, milk, corn or something else, I would recommend reading the label and contacting the dyer if you are still unsure what to do.

How To Work with Hand Dyed Yarn by Karen Whooley for Underground Crafter - Inner Yarn Zen Gradient
Inner Yarn Zen Gradient yarn

I hope this little post answers questions about working with hand dyed yarns! If you have any other questions on this topic, I am glad to answer them! You can contact me directly through my website.

© 2018 by Karen Whooley and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This article is for personal use only. Do not violate Karen’s copyright by distributing this article or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the article, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2018/08/07/how-to-work-with-hand-dyed-yarn/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Crafty Love Link Party #36 (August, 2018)

Crafty Love Link Party 36 (August, 2018)It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. I’m getting back into making yarny gifts for the holidays. If you’re thinking ahead, too, you may want to check out my latest crochet-a-long, the Phoenix Shawl CAL.

Phoenix Wrap Crochet-a-Long with Underground Crafter, Lion Brand, and Sue Rock Originals Everyone, Inc

If you’re looking for something more holiday-specific, you may want to see this teaser post for the fourth annual Holiday Stashdown CAL, which starts in September.

2018 Holiday Stashdown Crochet Along with CAL Central - 15 designers, 15 free crochet patterns, great prizes!

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Welcome to the Crafty Love Link Party!

Welcome to our thirty-sixth Crafty Love Link Party! Every month, the Crafty Love Link Party will open up on the first Thursday at 1:00 a.m. Eastern and close on the last Thursday at 11:55 p.m. Eastern. Share your latest crafty projects, patterns, tutorials, tips, and WIPs, and be sure to stop by and leave comments on other projects, too!

These are the five most clicked posts from last month’s party, including free crochet and knitting patterns.

Crafty Love Link Party 36 (August, 2018): Collage of 5 most clicked posts from last month

  • Sunny Bolero by Joy in Motion Crochet: Janne’s free crochet pattern makes a beautiful lacy top that’s perfect for the rest of summer.
  • Mock Orange by Yarn Diet: Mary shares the inspiration behind her free knitting pattern for the Philedelphus Shawl, published in Knotions.
  • Everything Beachy Bag by Nana’s Crafty Home: Tonya’s free crochet pattern makes a crossbody sling bag.
  • Rainbow Hearts Bottle Holder by Goddess Crochet: Joanna’s free crochet pattern makes a decorative tote for carrying around a water bottle.
  • Gingerbread House Crochet Along by Nicki’s Homemade Crafts: Nicki’s crochet along is over, but you can still get the free crochet pattern for the Gingerbread House.

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  • Visit your favorites and leave comments. Next month, we’ll feature the posts that had the most clicks!
  • Have fun and spread the word to your crafty friends!
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