Thursday, March 9, 2017

Some thoughts about variegated yarns (Post# 129)

Perhaps you are tired of hearing about my sock knitting,  but it is due to many socks I have knitted so far (and will be knitting in the future), that I thought to share with you about the look a variegated yarn gives your knitting and how to avoid pooling of colors which may be more of a problem when knitting garments.
First, a definition of variegated yarn (from Wikipedia):
"Variegated yarn is yarn dyed with more than one colour. It can produce effects that vary depending on the technique of the crafter, the pattern used, and the frequency of colour change. These effects include "flashing" (lightning-bolt effects) and "pooling" (patchy or marbleized effects)."

Here are a few pairs of socks I knitted without considering how to break up the colors:

The yarns used (from left to right) are Crazy Zauberball by Schoppel,  Frolicking Feet by Done Roving, CoBaSi byHiKoo, and again CoBaSi by Hikoo,  Innovation Sockenwolle by Strauss, and last but not least CoBaSi by HiKoo.


If you want to break up the colors, the simplest way is to alternate between two different skeins making sure you don't start at the same point of the color sequence.

Another way is to choose a stitch which breaks up the sequence.  A slipped stitch is ideal for this.
I am presently working on two pairs of socks and I am using slipped stitches in both.

  • For a very dramatic effect you may want to choose this Quilted Lattice Stitch from Barbara Walters.
    Using Sock Yarn by Hedgehog Fibres color "Tremble"
The slipped stitch stretches over two rows and I think it looks really pretty.
The sock pattern by Linda Jo Park is free on ravelry:  Mexican Waters Lattice Socks

Here is the 8 row repeat for the stitch:
Rnd 1: *K1, sl5 wyif. Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 2 and all even numbered rnds: Knit.
Rnd 3: K3, *insert needle under loose strand and knit
next stitch, bring stitch out under strand, k5. Repeat
from * ending with K2.
Rnd 5: K4, *sl 5 wyif, k1. Repeat from * ending by
slipping 3 sts at beginning of rnd 6.
Rnd 7: *K first st under loose strand, k5. Repeat from
* ending with k first st under loose strand.
Rnd 8: See Rnd 2.

The only problem I ran into since I am not using the sock pattern, but my favorite FLK heel, is that due to the slipped stitches the top of the foot does not grow in length at the same speed as the sole.  I simply decided the heel turn on the length of the sole and it is giving me a perfect fit.



  • The other stitch I am using is the Waffle Stitch from Project Peace which is also a free pattern, this one by Christina Campbell on ravelry:  Project Peace
The stitch is a 4 row repeat:
ROUNDS 1–2: P1, slwyb, *P2,
slwyb, repeat from * until 1 st
before marker, P1, sm.
ROUNDS 3–4: Knit around.

Using Frolicking Feet Sock Yarn by Done Roving Yarns color "Mercury"

On other news:

My Caesura Tuck by Asa Tricosa is fitting beautifully (I tried it on).  The only concern I have now is the width of the shoulder straps, but if I cannot fix that with vigourus blocking, I will pick up stitches around the arm hole and work a few short rows to get something between a strap and a cupped sleeve.
This picture is not showing off the piece  well, but I didn't want to take pictures when I tried it on; so, keep posted :)

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Socks and Summer Tops (128)

This is going to be a little brief as I am working from a different device but just have to share with you about my latest knitting adventures.

Socks

I just finished these socks for my husband, playing around a little with color.  These are knitted up again in CoBaSi, a yarn which wears really well; the cotton/Bamboo/Linen blend feels lovely on his feet.  Tony had picked out the gray and I added red which I had left over from a previous pair of socks for the toes and the heel.  In the end I decided to add a little in the final cuff ribbing.  Here is a link to my notes on ravelry:http://ravel.me/Strickliese/flkh7

Summer top

I am also working on a Summer top.  In my desire to use up stash yarn, I am combining two lace weight yarns to have a heavier fingering weight to use for the Ceasura Tuck by Asa Tricosa. The yarns are Artesano Silk Lace which I had bought in the little wool shop in Formby (UK) two years ago and the Juniper Moon Farm Findley.
I started on this last week during one of the snow storms and it turned out to be the perfect project to sink my teeth in and learn a few new tricks while thinking of Summer and the warmer weather.
One problem I ran into is that you have to decide pretty much in the beginning whether or not you want a deeper neckline.  I added two inches in depth and have second thoughts about it now.  I put lifelines in the rows I definitely want to keep and am deciding if I want to cut , unravel and then Kitchener stitch.
It is a really nice pattern but I thought the neckline was a little too high and you are given choices in the pattern.
One thing I am certain of is that I will not unravel everything and re-start...
Again, here are more extensive notes and you can follow my progress on ravelry.
http://ravel.me/Strickliese/ct

Until next time; hopefully by then my computer is running properly again and I don't have to borrow my husband's laptop.

2.28. UPDATE:  I worked the left front and joined the left and right fronts, then tried it on and I am very pleased to say that the neckline comes to just below my collar bones which is a perfect fit :)  So, no more fretting, but I am just happily continuing (of course there is still the issue of whether or not I need bigger armholes...).   And on another issue: yes, my PC works fine again ! :)
 

 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Rolling, rolling, rolling... (127)

I seem to be on a roll

Remember my "Candle Flame Scarf" pattern was translated into French.  Soon after that I received an inquiry for permission to translate it into Danish!!  I will keep you posted about that.  
In the meantime, if you speak the language, check out Marianne's website here: http://marianneholmen.dk/
And a link directly to other patterns she translated into Danish:  http://strikkeglad.dk/

In other news

I had come to like the yarn shop "The Good Wool Shop" in my husband's hometown when we last visited there a little under two years ago.  I connected with the owner, Isabel, especially because we had a German connection as she lived there for several years with her husband teaching at one of the universities.  When he transferred to Liverpool, she opened the shop, but has to close this month after just two years as it was just not profitable.  She has some great sales going on, but is closing on the 18th of this month.  Stop by if you can!  She has some great British yarns in stock!!! Here is her website:  http://www.thegoodwoolshop.co.uk/

Conclusion

This is what I love about the knitting community:  You can connect regardless of Nationality, Language etc, etc

<3This brings me to wish you all a very happy Valentine's Day <3  



Friday, January 27, 2017

Stuff happens... in my knitting life (post 126)

Sometimes things happen with no or at least no conscious effort on one's own part.  And when those are good and happy things, the world seems right and I feel like I am at the right balance with the Universe.  Everything resonates without discords.

Two such things happened to me during the past two weeks (at least).
  • For one, I knitted a linen vest effortlessly incorporating my own vision of it ( I wanted it longer, less bulk around the neck, some short rows in the back...).  I tweaked a pattern I had previously used for a store sample Design 9+10 by Magdalena Neuer from the pamphlet "Lana Grossa Olympia Classic". This is how the store sample vest  which I had knitted at the time, looks like: 

I am pleased to say that the end result of my new vest knitted in Shibui Linen is just like I envisioned it and I am very pleased and looking forward to wear the vest come Summer.

My Linen Vest on ravelry
Sometimes it really is nice to "just go for it" and follow your intuition like I did previously, too, with the blanket for my sister and also the bar stool cover for the shop.
Blanket

Stool Cover

  • The other thing was a total surprise.  I woke up Sunday morning to a message that my Facebook page "Knit With Doris/ Discover Your Inner Knitter" was tagged by a post from Titlili's Facebook page "Les reas de Tit'Lili".  At closer inspection, I saw that Titlili had translated my Candle Flame Scarf pattern into French!  This is a free pattern I had written some years back.  This made me very happy; what a spectacular nice thing of her to do!! 
I will be adding the translation to the pattern on ravelry shortly (perhaps I have already done so by the time you will read this post).  Here is the link to the pattern in my ravelry store:  Candle Flame Scarf.

Life is Good!

Friday, January 13, 2017

I learned something new!!! (125)

It is always so exciting and fun to learn something new!

I knew how to do Brioche, I knew how to do 2-color Brioche, I knew how to do both right leaning and left- leaning Increases and Decreases, but what I didn't know was how to do right-leaning and left-leaning Increases and Decreases in 2-color Brioche!

You may remember that I started Srephen West's "Building Blocks Shawl" for the shop (click on the link for the pattern).
I had put it aside during the past month, because it was far too busy in the shop to do section 5 which had something new for me to learn :) (All in all that was a good thing as it gave me an excuse to work on some of the gifts during store hours).
If you choose to do section 5 in the Brioche Version , you run into the problem how to incorporate the brioche stitch into the right- and left-leaning increases and decreases. 
Earlier this month I picked the shawl back up and watched and re-watched Stephen West's instructional videos on YouTube (they are a lot of fun to watch and I don't mind watching more than once).



Once you understand it, it is really very logical and you get that "of course! moment" , as if a light bulb goes off in your head. 



And here is the proof, that , indeed, "by George I got it"!

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I encourage you to look over my Class schedule again and see if there is something new you would like to learn.  There are openings in all classes and all classes have a maximum of three students.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year/ New Classes

New Year/ New Resolutions
New Classes/ New Skills

A new year often starts with several resolutions ( loose the few extra pounds, do more charitable work etc..) why not start your new year with the intend to learn a new knitting skill and let me help you with that.
 
These classes are all about learning new skills while knitting a hat. 
As the saying goes “There are many ways to knit a hat” or is it “skin a cat”? 
I definitely prefer knitting hats (not that I ever skinned a cat) and I am sure you do, too.

All classes are two hours long and give you a new skill and get you started.  Additional help is offered at no extra cost as needed.  The cost is $50 per class with a 10% discount if you sign up for more than one class. Patterns are included in the class fee; materials are additional.

Classes are on the dates indicated. 
Thursday classes are at the shop from 12-2pm (Please note this class is on a Wednesday instead of Thursday in the third week of January).

Saturday classes are at the shop from 10am- 12noon

Tuesday classes are at my home from 6:30-8:30pm

Thursday, 1.12. / Saturday, 1.14./ Tuesday 1.17.                                           
·         Super Quick/ Super Bulky
You will need 1 skein Loopy Mango #5, #15 needles 16” circular

Wednesday,1.18./ Saturday,1.21./ Tuesday 1.24.
·         Beginners Hat (knitted flat, then seamed).                                      
You will need 1 skein of Cascade 128 and # 10 needles.

Thursday,1.26./ Saturday,1.28./ Tuesday 1.31.
·         Simple hat (pattern by knitbot).  You will learn how to knit small circumferences in the round.
You choose from 3 yarn weights (DK, Worsted or Bulky) to go with #5, #7, #10 circulars 16” respectively.





 

Thursday,2.2./ Saturday,2.4./ Tuesday 2.7.                                                         
·         Cabled Hat
You will need 1 skein Cascade Lana Grande and #15 circulars 16”



 
Thursday,2.16./ Saturday,2.18./ Tuesday 2.21.
·         Learn to do Lace/ Tivoli Hat
You will need 1 skein Cascade Yarn Tivoli, #9 and #10.5 circular 16” needles


Thursday,2.23. Saturday,2.25./ Tuesday 2.28.
·         Color Work/ Fake Isle Hat
You will need You will need 1 skein Noro Silk Garden and 1 skein worsted weight solid color and # 8 circulars 16”









 



 

 

 

Thursday,3.2. Saturday,3.4./ Tuesday 3.7.
·         Entrelac
You will need about 220 yards of worsted weight color changing yarn and #9 circular 16”



Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 In Review/ Happy New Year 2017

During this past Year I have finished close to 50 mostly knitted projects.

Under each picture is a link to more project information, including the pattern (if I used a pattern).  

You can really get lost in today' s blog post :)

I hope you may find some inspiration and perhaps an idea or two for your own next project. 
Try something new in the new year. 
  • ONE NEW PATTERN
TIDES Cowl


  • GIFTS
Aurita

I-Cord Bracelet


Jacket
Spectrum Pin Cushion

Turkish Bed Socks for Matthew

Blanket

Easy Peasy Socks

CoBaSi Socks

More Socks


Socks for me and Socks for him

Maritime Island Mittens

Maritime Island Mittens

Brooklyn Mitts and Boot Liners



Don't Blink (Dr Who)

Warmest Mittens

Stickle Cowl

Block Island Gansey Hat

Quick Washcloths

More quick washcloths

  • STORE SAMPLES 
TIDES

Pebble Beach Shawl

Codex

Milton


  • SWEATERS AND OTHER TOPS
Tullamore Cardigan

Hitofude

Sommer

Spring Garden Tee

  • AND OTHER PROJECTS 
Simple Straight Skirt

Ethereal Wrap

Miya Shawl

Nuntucket Throw

six different coasters; some knitted , some crochet
Park Lane Coaster, Super Fast Coaster, Simple Circle, The Almost Lost Coaster, I-Cord Coaster and Yet another coaster
Elementary Watson Socks

Socks

More Turkish Bed Socks

Stool Cover

#12 Skirt

Teddy

War and Peace Socks

The Doodler

Silence

Maritime Mitts
Project Peace

Forget Not