Lorna Miser: new look for hand dyed yarns

Lorna Miser returns to Knitting Today to teach a whole new way of working with hand dyed yarns. Join us on Wednesday, June 26, Saturday, June 29, 10-4 to learn how this special technique makes your knitting look as if it is painted in vertical stripes with brush strokes. Here’s Lorna’s description about the class:

Here’s a fun technique to use with hand dyed yarns that will make your knitting look as if it is painted in vertical stripes with brush strokes. The colors will align and flow like a gentle watercolor. And all of those individual colors in that skein you love will all be seen separately, not get blended nor pool unattractively. It’s magical!

Other things you will like about this workshop:

  1. No gauge swatch required.
  2. It’s easy and fun!
  3. Project is a scarf or cowl. Very quick knit and will fit anyone.
  4. No counting required. You may never need to know how many stitches you cast on!
  5. It’s a whole new look for hand dyed yarns!

Odd rules about this class:

  1. You may not knit this in the dark or with your eyes closed.
  2. You may consume adult beverages while doing this technique if you are inclined (meaning it is not difficult).
  3. If you own a interchangeable knitting needle set, this is the time to use it!
  4. You won’t get bored.
  5. If you do get bored, we can make it more interesting by adding lace or stitch patterns.

To register online: http://www.knittingtoday.com/product/class/lorna2013.html

Questions: call Lea-Ann at 260-351-2260 or via email lea-ann@knittingtoday.com

faux painted knitting swatch

 

Colors galore

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Friday before the long weekend and all is well! Look at lisa trying to decide what color she likes best. Mountain colors Crazyfoot is one of our favorite yarns for both socks and shawlettes. I think I may have found my colors for the Color Affection.

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I’ll have the colors in the website for ordering soon!

Shopping experience at http://www.knittingtoday.com

Hi everyone, I’m working through trying to improve the shopping experience on our website at http://www.knittingtoday.com . . . . would love some feedback. Are you finding what you came for? Is there useability issues? How about the checkout process?

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Where do you expect to find information from Knitting Today? How do you want it delivered?

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The loom moves on

We’ve enjoyed the company of Day Carr from Mt. Pisgah Handwovens the past several months. It’s sad to see the loom empty ready for move out day. And the “wall of wovens” will be repurposed for the next artist. Here’s a glimpse ….

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Fo Friday: watershed

Almost done. Just the collar and armholes to complete.

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And now for the wrap-up. When it came off the needles on Thursday morning, there was a try on session. The result was a lot of dissapointment and tears on both Tara and my part. It just didn’t look as good as either of us had imagined. It was too wide, the armhole was too big and it didn’t drape right. Ugh! Since there wasn’t time to get anything else, we decided to go ahead and finish it.

So, Thursday night she ran Mystery Yarn Club while I picked up around the armholes to finish it off. Can you see the tape meaures? The simple armhole treatment took in two inches! It was pick up, purl a row and bind off. I did deviate from the instructions In that i used a needle two sizes smaller which resulted in two tight of an armhole so ripped out the bind off and redid it on the regular needle size.

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Yeah! I’m so please to share this finished object. Yes, it was done in time, even steam blocked and for those of you who know me, YES! The ends were woven in. Tara sewed the dress with the help of Mary some afternoons at the store and she found the perfect crochet shoes from Tom’s. what do you think!

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And, now it’s on to the next adventure …. What shall it be? Give me some suggestions.

Here’s our graduating girl! Go Tara! Hard to believe twenty years ago we chose for me to work for home and here we are.

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P.S. I used most of two balls of yarn, 440 yards. Maybe I need one?

Read the instructions

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Whoever said it was important to read instructions completely, circling all of the instructions that refer to your size? Me? Nah, because obviously I don’t practice what I preach. It’s disheartening to get to the end of the project and realize the lace pattern is four rows off because of one little sentence.

“For sizes S, L, and 2x: Work Rows 1-4 once.”

Ugh! I didn’t do that because the length was long enough, not thinking the reason the designer did this was to set up the eight row lace repeat so it looks right at the neckline. Are you all laughing at me now?

Since I do not have time to rip back, I’m in recovery mode. I have to finish the knitting today (this is the sort of play on words Tom intended when he named the business) so I can take time to block it on my day off tomorrow. I have to finish the neckline and the armholes.

P.S. I am at the end of my second ball of yarn. Would be really nice if I don’t have to get into the third. Do you think i’ll make it?

Knit swirl! Mary’s

So glad to,share the first finished knit swirl from our local Thursday night sweater group. Great job, Mary! She used douceur et soie and Boku.

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Order of operations?

Progress is being made. Deadline is 7 days away. I ended up making some modifications to make the picked up front edges match.

The next question is, how deep do the armholes need to be before adding on stitches for the sleeve cap? I’ve never constructed a sleeve this way. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Mystery Yarn Club – Yarn 1 arrived!

And I can’t reveal until May 1 . . . oh, it is soft, and warm, and snuggly and well, luscious!! There are a dozen more description of this luxury yarn that Tara and I say as we walk by and pet it. I had one design in mind when I ordered it, but they sent me samples of a pattern booklet and a leaflet and now I can’t make up my mind!!!!

I wish I could tell you all what it is, but then what’s the mystery? All I can say is oh my! It feels sooooo good! Only five spots left as of today: http://www.knittingtoday.com/product/class/YarnClub2013.html