Spun Yarn 101
Before we begin, I have some very exciting news about an Adventure Knitting Camp I'll be hosting this July!
...Hah! I optimistically wrote that particular sentence nearly a month ago!
Somehow, as we're trying to establish our new routine, time seems to be more
fragmented all the time, but we're getting there.
I've finally begun scheduling regular new releases of videos to my Lucyknit YouTube channel and establishing a habit of pattern and newsletter writing, backing up my laptop, and tackling the bookkeeping, etc. I've even gotten started with my Christmas baking and am remembering to exercise regularly!
John has thrown himself into home renovations and maintenance challenges with a vengeance: seriously, anyone's home or boat will do. It's been wonderful. As a result, I now have additional roof insulation, my window frames caulked, one chimney capped (it looks cute with a saucepan lid on the top) and the other swept at my house on Big Tancook Island.
As we are now free agents, we invited John's mum to Nova Scotia for an extended visit. We are three weeks in and enjoying our lovely guest. It's going very well, but it does make a huge difference to what one can get done, what with trying to provide some entertainment and outings.
Knitting on the Wild Side camp
in September, my needles have been twitching most insistently.
I've been awaiting a beautiful new yarn base with which to launch a new
set of colours, however, the yarn hasn't yet arrived. I was trying to
wait until then before committing to a new large project. You know how
In light of this, I thought I'd do something small, maybe knit a pair of Grenfell Mittens from the new book Saltwater Mittens by Shirley Scott and Christine Legrow. They could become a useful gift!
I launched forth with some available yarn, grabbed some
needles and got on with it.
After a couple of inches of the palm, the first mitten looked like it would fit perfectly... as long as I was knitting for a large guy with hands like pizza paddles!
The tape measure came out... oops, my gauge was significantly off! I knew I'd been gambling in the first place and decided to treat this bit as an UTS ( or Ultimate Tension Swatch-- my term for a garment piece knit in optimism and then regarded as a gauge swatch)
I ripped back to the cuff, grabbed some smaller needles and carried
Mitten number two followed. However, in comparing the two, the rib on the first mitten was noticeably sloppier; not bad on its own, just not up to its companion's appearance.
I happily found myself with a
I could have cut the mitten just below the
increases and ribbed downwards, but would have then ended
up with an extra row of stripes before the ribbing began.
So I opted for my old favourite: I knit a new replacement cuff plus the increases and topped it off with 5 rounds of brightly contrasting, similar weight, waste yarn. I would graft the new cuff to the second pattern round of the mitten with stitches of Round 1. This I did, all whilst filming it for my channel! Several of the possible mistakes actually occurred (and were successfully resolved) during the recording. I hope thes videos, if you have to patience to watch Part 2, will convince you of the power of waste yarn in complex grafting situations!
Although I am hesitant to mention it aloud... the holiday season is almost here. I'm eagerly looking forward to seeing the Californian contingent of my family again. I had hoped to visit them this year but, yet again, no time was available. They arrive home next week, and we'll all enjoy Christmas together!
Wishing you all the very Happiest of Stitches until next time,
Later in the year, from October 4-6th, 2019, I'll be teaching at Knit East at the historic Algonquin Resort in beautiful St. Andrews-By-the-Sea, New Brunswick. I've taught at this event and have always enjoyed myself there! A number of well-known knitwear designers will be there, and the yarn marketplace promises to offer lts of gorgeous fibres, tools and fibre-craft related items.
Finally, on February 26th, 2020 I will be teaching and cruising with Melissa and her fun-loving knitters on a 14 day Craft Cruises tour from Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand. I haven't visited that part of the globe yet and am very excited for this trip! For more details about this journey, email Melissa email@example.com (please tell her that you heard about it from me)!
John and I are hoping to resume our personal boating adventure shortly after
this trip - so we'll be going from a Holland America Line vessel to a
narrowboat: quite a contrast!
Double Layer Single Decreases
I demonstrate an easy paired decrease in double-knitting to remove one occasional pair of stitches
(one from either layer of the fabric).
Repairing a Hole in Finished Knitting will show you how to analyze a hole in knitting and make a nearly invisible repair.
Finally, Replacing a Mitten Cuff, Part One and Replacing a Mitten Cuff, Part Two show a rescue technique for replacing the lower edge of a piece of knitting. This technique can be used in many tricky situations.
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