Not sure about the needle holding position.
Otherwise this is totally me!
Not sure about the needle holding position.
Otherwise this is totally me!
When a local yarn store, Knot Just Knits, was going out of business last year I bought only a few items. One of them was Mimi Yarn by Lotus, and distributed by Trendsetter, advertised as 100% Mink.
Recently, I pulled out this yarn, wound a ball and decided to knit a shawl with it for a gift. Part way through I was thinking that I would like another skein to allow me to make the shawl larger. That’s when I found this:
Apparently, there never was any Mink in this yarn, just wool, angora, rayon and nylon. It is very soft, but not mink. I was wondering how this could be at the given price. Trendsetter was offering a rebate to your local yarn store (out of business) provided you sent back the original yarn and your receipt. Who keeps yarn receipts? So, without that I thought that I would most likely not get a good response from Trendsetter, and since I was already part way through my shawl, I opted to continue, and just kept weighing the yarn to make sure that I was going to have enough to finish.
Haurni is the pattern that I knit up. and luckily, the designer was very clear that when you finish Part A, Part B uses about 50% of the yarn. Years ago I had knit this shawl, and remembered this part, I just was not certain how close it was going to be. I was able to add an extra repeat in the shawl to make it a tad bit bigger.
The pattern is fun, well written, and easy to expand. You can check out my previous version of this shawl HERE. and HERE, I had forgotten that I have made this twice before!!! And I did have enough yarn to finish, not a ton left, but not a scary nail biting finish.
The shawl really comes alive when it is blocked. I had a specific person in mind for this, I will have to see how I like it when the blocking is finished.
This is a good blog post about the Fake Yarn. Well, a country that poisons their own babies with tainted formula, our dogs with bad pet food, and substituting plastic for rice! I am now even more committed to purchasing yarn that was first grown and spun in the US, and second from a reliable Scandinavian or European country. Or back to spinning my own from fiber of local farmers, the best solution if I have the time.
Careful people, the USDA now allows all of our meat to be sent to China for processing.
Our local Stitch ‘n Bitch group had a yarn destash party on Friday night hosted by Barb. Everyone brought books, yarn, knitting bags, etc that they were happy to part with. We all drew numbers and took turns picking one item, or one group at a time until everyone had enough. And the leftovers were donated to a local charity resale shop that has a knitting/sewing section.
A good time was had by all, and everyone left with some “new to them” book or yarn. I was really happy with what I scored. Although when I left home I was hoping to not return with any yarn. It is exciting to think about what to make with what I have acquired.
My favorite is KnitPicks Palette in beautiful colors, with black, brown and white as neutrals. 9 balls at 231 yards should give me lots of options.
This yarn has been floating around the group for awhile. It was donated to Jane’s charity knitting first. 9 skeins at 225 yards of beautiful wool, spun at a small mill in Wisconsin. I think enough for a sweater. The color is reminiscent of camel.
Also in the first photo are 4 balls of Rowan Cotton Glace in a bright orange, 4 skiers of Dale of Norway Tiur in a beautiful eggplant, 1 skein of Berroco Inca Gold in a chocolate brown, and 1 skein of Berroco Peruvia in Chocolate Brown, and a skein of multi colored sock yarn.
One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure.
Recently I was looking through my needles to loan pair of #3 40″ circulars to a friend. In the process, I went through a stash of knitting needles that I purchased from a friend a couple of years ago. And, I found these:
This spiked my curiosity, of course I knew about knitting for the war, and socks being a favorite. I had read the book Knitting America, by my friend Susan Strawn, and in that book she talks extensively about the War knitting efforts.
Researching online, I could not find any examples of these intact needles for sale. I did, however, find fun graphics, and of course the pattern for the socks that were to be knit with these needles.
There was also a book published in 2012 with WWI and WWII knitting patterns. I was interested until I saw the resell price of $432!!!
If you are interested in knitting some of the Vintage patterns, this site has some free examples.
And… I also found these cool Vintage needles in my search: Clover, Susan Bates and Boye. All will be on display and loved for the history. The small Clover ones are from Japan, and only 8 1/2″ long, I do not know how you would knit with them, or what they are used for.
Louise from my SnB knitting group introduced us to the German Short Row technique. She made the shawl Good Vibrations, and I decided to do the same, as it would give me ample practice in this new technique. I am in love with it! I will never do short rows any other way now.
My shawl was made with some stash yarn, the variegated color was Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn (the ball band says it was from Chix with Stix in Forest Park, and that it was $20. I can’t imagine that I paid full price for that, perhaps was purchased when they were going out of business). I love the colors, but would have never used this as a sock yarn, I do not think that it would have worn well as it is a single ply and goes from thin to thicker, but works great for this shawl with the long color repeats. The white accent, where all the short rows were done, is Regia Silk sock yarn, a really soft yet durable workhorse of a yarn. The combination of the two is luscious. So wonderful and soft to put around your neck.
Here is a detail of the front of the short rows:
And the back
I would suggest using this technique for everyone, it is so much quicker than a wrap and turn, and as you can see, creates a much better fabric as a result. This is one of the many reasons that I love my knitting group.
Here is a great tutorial on the German Short row Technique.
I have to say, that I did NOT put my yarn to the front when I was pulling the stitch back on the knit side. I do think that my technique looks better on both sides.
And, in my quest to understand this technique (which is basically shortening up the turned stitch), I also found this video on Japanese short rows. However, I do think that the Germans won out this time. I am now anxious to try this with my afterthought heel which has some short rows in it.
For those of you. like me, who need to see it demonstrated in different ways, here is another good German Short Row video, and it demonstrates how to use it in the toe of a sock.
When my daughter first brought her boyfriend home to meet us, he arrived at the door with her carrying red wine and knitting patterns for me. A friend of his is a knit designer, and it was for a hand towel and dish rag. I recently got on a dish cloth binge, trying to use up the Peaches and Cream yarn that I had in my stash. So, I made some dish towels as gifts, and then made the ones on the left for their Bridal shower last weekend, using the patterns that Mark had given me.
I think he’s a keeper!
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The other day it was intimated that all I knit were socks. Well, reading tis post, one might think that is the truth. The reality is that they are very portable, which works great for taking in the car, to knitting night or the poolside in the summer. And yeah, I do knit a lot of socks.
These are called Sorority Sisters. My Junior Year of college at the University of Michigan, I lived in a women’s co-op owned by the Women’s Alumni Association, Henderson House. It was there that I made a few great lifelong friends. The house was situated on Hill Street smack dab in the midst of Sorority and Fraternity row. We were the polar opposites of those houses. I remember that the women who came out of the sororities all dressed exactly the same, and the favorite colors were pink and lime green (is that still true?). We swore that there was only one closet in each of the houses, with a few different sizes, and everyone reached into the same wardrobe. I really thought that the pink/green color combination was atrocious, and still do. Somehow I ended up with this variegated yarn in my stash, it must have been gifted, as I do not see how I would have purchased it. And, immediately, those days on Hill Street came to mind, I knew that I had to elaborate on that pink and green. I changed out the heels and toes to give it a bit of flair.
And I am working on the afterthought heels for this pair of striped socks. The yarn is from Vesper Sock company, and it is a pleasure to knit with. The stripes work out nice and even, so I did not want to work my traditional slip stitch heel. Hence, the Thought-out Afterthought Heel, and I needed to refer back to my blog post where I originally discussed how to make this, as it is only the second time that I have done an afterthought heel.
Now, I am thinking that I will employ this technique more often, as it really makes the sock fit nicely. My husband particularly likes the socks that I made in the above referenced post, as he has narrow feet and a narrow heel, so he says that they fit really nicely. For this sock I am using a bright orange accent for the heel, there is a kelly green cuff, both that I purchased as mini skeins from Vesper sock, I am hoping that there is enough for the toes in orange also.
Lastly, I am knitting socks with the Mrs Crosby’s yarn that I won at YarnCon.
It is a single ply, which gives me some pause as to durability in socks. I must admit that I am not loving how this is knitting up, both in the handling of the yarn, and in the way the colors play together. I will say that it is a very very soft sock, knit in a 1×1 twisted rib. The toes and heels will definitely have to be knit with a much sturdier yarn, and I think that they will be for my husband. Some fun contrasting colors are in order.
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I have the best husband ever!!! Last week I had arranged to have AT&T come to upgrade our internet service, it had gotten very sluggish, and now we both work from home. (Not sure it is that much better…but). I was at school all day, and asked Dan if he could wait and meet the technician, my assumption was that he would just plug in a new box and be on his way. No. The upgrade required a new line to the house, new service box, and new plug in for the router, and then a new router. Problem is, the router lives in my knitting room, and was located behind the bookshelf that housed all of my knitting books (well almost all). Dan had to remove all the books, he carefully laid them out on the floor, with a note indicating which shelf they came from. Then he labeled the shelves, so that I could put everything back where it came from.
This took him quite some time. I felt really bad, and apologized for all the books that he had to move. His statement was “You love knitting, I am glad that you have the things to support your craft.” I didn’t have the heart to tell him that there were 2 more new books sitting upstairs…
Having the books all out and in piles gave me the opportunity to relocate the books to a different area. The room had gotten too crowded to work in, it really needed to be twice the size. So, I stayed up working on the book relocation until after midnight. Still have a few more things to do, but the room is much more manageable.
Knitting has not been anything too exciting as of late. I am working on miles and miles of iCord for the shawl that I recently knit. This is going to take quite awhile.
Last Friday we finally made it to the exhibit at the Chicago Art Institute, Van Gogh’s Bedrooms. (I think that I would have titled the exhibit Van Gogh’s Bedroom, singular, as he set up his bedroom for the first painting, and copied from the first for the other 2) The exhibit had been receiving rave reviews, and had been on our to-do list for quite some time. Word had it that the exhibit was very popular, and it seemed more so as it was in the last few days. It was very crowded, and hard to move through. We did a prolonged tour, reading all the story boards and looking at the paintings as best we could. Then, we went to the Art Institute courtyard to sit and had a couple of glasses of wine under a gorgeous blue sky. About 30 minutes before the exhibit was to close, we went back again, this time to really get a good look at the paintings. It was a brilliant plan, as there was hardly anyone in the exhibit at that time.
The premise of the exhibit was to compare the various versions of Van Gogh’s bedroom painting. There were of course leading photos and background information on his work. He really only painted for a few years, but was incredibly prolific. There were 3 versions of the Bedroom painting, one that resides in Amsterdam, one from Paris, and of course the Art Institute version. It was really interesting to see them side by side.
They had even recreated his tiny bedroom that he had painted.
But, the most intriguing thing to me was the collection of Yarn Balls that he had in a small red lacquer box.
The one at the exhibit was a copy, and so it got me interested in how this compared to the real one. I had never heard about this before.
I felt that much of the yarn from the exhibit looked like modern commercial yarn, and that the curators could have done a better job of matching the yarn to what was really in the box. I feel like they did not do a great job of replicating the yarn. I wonder if I am the only one who noticed that.
It was interesting to hear that Van Gogh used the yarn for his color theory.
One of the most curious objects preserved at the Van Gogh Museum is a slightly battered Chinese red lacquer box containing 16 colourful balls of wool and a few loose strands of yarn. Some of the balls are a single colour, a golden yellow, or an intense blue-green, while others combine two or three colours of twisted yarn, such as dark violet and bright yellow, or yellow-orange and light green. It is known for certain that the balls of yarn belonged to Vincent van Gogh because his close friend, the artist Emile Bernard, mentioned them in an elegiac article on Van Gogh written shortly after he died. Bernard noted that during a visit with Van Gogh in Paris he saw on a table, along with some Japanese crépons, a few ‘balls of wool whose interlaced strands played a surprising symphony’ of colors.
When I look at his paintings, I can almost see the brush strokes as pieces of yarn laid side by side. This gives me a new appreciation for his work. He has always been one of my favorite artists. Now, with a renewed attraction. Fiber.
Starry Starry Night really evokes the feeling of yarn to me. Perhaps that is why it has always been a favorite.
What a gifted, yet tortured artist. What would he have produced had he lived longer.