Newsletters

Cables and Lace!

How to knit cables, Hearts Lace stitch, and joining a ball of yarn.

Welcome to the 18th issue of the online SpinCraft Newsletter, and thanks for being my subscriber. As always, if you don’t want this newsletter, or don’t remember signing up for it, please don’t spam me. Instead, click the link at the bottom to unsubscribe. I appreciate your kindness in that regard.

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Spring Knitting
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It’s been my experience that many knitters are also gardners and love the outdoors (hence the need for lots of hats and scarves). So it would not surprise me if you are finding less time for knitting these days, and are being captured by those occasional perfect sunny days.

As knitting season winds down, and summer opens up, this news letter will, likely, become a bit sporadic in schedule. In fact, that has already happened as I missed last Tuesday! As the Christmas and fall knitting bug starts to hit later in the season we’ll gear up again to be faithfully sent on Tuesday mornings.

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Joining Yarn
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Of course I’ve joined a million balls of yarn in my time. But I always enjoy watching how someone else does it. The questions is: Is there really a right way?

Most of the time I leave a long end, so that I have something to work in so that the ends can never ravel out. Sometimes, though, I’m knitting along with some store-bought yarn and find that they just joined it with a little knot with the ends clipped short. Heck… if they do that, why can’t I?

Most of the time I tie a knot with my old ball and new, because it gives extra security. But sometimes I an knitting something that is fine, and the knot will be in a visible place. Then I knit the two yarns together for a few stitches, leaving a smooth join.

In this issue we are featuring a video from Knitpicks using the “knitting in” method . She shows how to join by knitting the strands together. The nice thing about this method is that you don’t have to work the ends in later, just clip them off when convenient.

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Heart Lace
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Nadelspiel.com brings us a video on how to knit “Hearts Lace Stitch.” It looks very complicated and makes a nice lace with little hearts, but it is really quite simple.

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Knitting Cables
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We have a very simple video by Fayme Harper demonstrating how to make a cable stitch. She shows a basic 6 stitch cable… with some beautiful tan yarn!

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Back to Work
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And it’s back to work for me! So much to get done.

By the way… did I mention that one of my many jobs is doing tech support for a guy who puts out a computer “How to” newsletter and website: Ask Leo! You can ask Leo questions about your computer and tech problems, and he gives great answers. He also has a newsletter that is published weekly: get it here: Ask Leo Newsletter.

As always, happy spring and happy knitting!

Connie Delaney
www.spincraftpatterns.com
www.knitknitting.com 

 

Blustery Knitting

Finishing up projects, fingerless gloves, and the Yarn Tamer…

Welcome to the 17th issue of the online newsletter. I don’t know about where you live, but here in Idaho we are having a blustery cold spring! I feel quite stalled on my gardening and orchard pruning projects I started a few weeks ago. But I have decided to take advantage of a few more indoor days and finish up those last few projects on my needles.

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Knitters Finishing Techniques
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Right along that line is a good book by Nancie M. Wiseman on finishing techniques. Finishing techniques are what can turn a dumpy “homemade” project into something we are proud to wear. It’s very important for items we are giving away as gifts as we want them to be warmly received!

Amazon.com has a very good “Look Inside” feature for this book, and I was able to learn a lot just from reading the first chapters.

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Fingerless Gloves
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I love fingerless gloves. They are so fun to wear, and a quick project to knit. Here is a video with a beautiful set made with a patterned cuff and bobbles. This is a 3-part video series and gives you all you need to know to start making these for yourself.

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The Yarn Tamer
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My yarn seems to start out so nice and controlled, and then it quickly works up into a huge mess. Especially if I am doing something with multiple colors or unusual yarn. So I was very excited to find this little video on the “Yarn Tamer.”  At first I thought it was going to be some sort of dispensing tube, and was very surprised to find out it incorporates ideas from the spinning wheel to manage the yarn. Very interesting.

Watch the little video, and if you are a handspinner (like I am) you’ll quickly see how your spindles and lazy Kate’s can be used to dispense yarn like this!

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Short but sweet…
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A short newsletter today… but hey! We need to be finishing up those projects and not reading on our computer!

Happy Knitting to all

Connie Delaney
www.Spincraftpatterns.com
www.Knitknitting.com

Knitting News

Outside chores are starting to call my name, and I am feeling the call of spring. Less time to knit these days as I am busy pruning the apple trees and beginning to clean up the garden. But I am also finding it to be the perfect time to line out new projects. I find the biggest challenge to my productivity is to actually finish off projects I’m working on (down to clipping the last worked-in string) and planning the start of the new. Sometimes I will find myself stalled for weeks or months because I just don’t know where to begin. So I like to have several new ideas laid out at any time. This week’s newsletter has both finishing off with the applied I-cord bindoff, and starting anew with socks!

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Applied I-Cord Bind Off
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Starting off this week we have a video teaching the applied I-cord bind off. This is a very tidy way to end a garment as it makes a nice curled and pliable edge. Perfect for the end of a top-down hat. The edge is very pliable because you are actually increasing and binding off at the same time. Very cool.

Click here for: Applied I-Cord Bind Off

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Inspiration
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Need a moment of inspiration? Here is a short video that does just that. Etsy shop Tracce has put together a wonderful collage of round scarves, cowls and mobius. The colors and simplicity are wonderful. Sometimes I get stuck in thinking that really beautiful knitting has to be fine yarns and lace, but she has some wonderful thick scarves that must be so quick to make… and yet very beautiful.

Click here for Tracce Video

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Starting Socks
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Learn to knit socks! This video is the start of a 6-part series on knitting socks. If you’ve ever wanted to work through all the mysteries of socks this quick lesson will help.

Click here for: Learn to knit socks, part 1

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Kettle Dye Yarn
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Learning to dye your own yarn opens the door to unlimited colors. Particularly, if you master the art of blending, you will be able to express any idea in knitting. Here’s a great video on how to get a mottled effect that is evenly spaced throughout the skein. You can make delicious blends of variegated yarns that don’t make the weird patterns that often appear in “precise” store-bought varieties.

Click here for Kettle Dying Yarn

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Traditional Alpaca
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Finally, we have a little video that is really as sales video. But I love anything that shows the traditional ways, and this is a nice glimpse into production from the Peruvian Andes.

Click here for: Traditional Weavers

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…back to the orchard
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And it’s back to the orchard for me. No rest (or knitting) for the weary until I get all those branches I pruned off yesterday picked up and carried to the burn pile!

Happy Knitting

Connie Delaney
www.Knitknitting.com
www.Spincraftpatterns.com

End of February

Spindle spinning, concealing wraps, baby blanket video, wavy rib st and more!



Welcome all. We’ll start this week’s newsletter with the importance of knitting a swatch to get a good gauge… and a few tips for cheating on that if you want! For the record, I’ll confess to being a swatch hater (or more accurately, I’m just lazy). I do all sorts of strange things to keep from knitting the swatch, and have actually created some great patterns that don’t need a swatch because it sizes as you go. But none of that is to negate the importance of a swatch. Your gauge is what makes your item fit. Period. Without it you are lost.

It’s not so much that I dislike knitting the swatch, as that I don’t know what to do with the little thing once I’m done with it. I can’t stand to throw them away, and then they hang around in my basket forever.

I learned a good tip in one of today’s videos though: keep that swatch through the whole project, and then if you end up needing a bit more yarn at the end, rip out the swatch and use that (I’m always running just a tad short on my castoff and have to pull out a row.)

One other, little mentioned, need of a swatch is consistency. You should stop your work occasionally and make sure you are still knitting the same gauge that you started with. Otherwise you could end up with a strange sag in your item, or even something terrible like sleeves that stretch into impossibly different sizes in their first wash!

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Concealing Wraps
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Wrapping and turning is a great way for shaping a garment. I’ve done it on everything from fancy scalloped bind offs to noses on knit bears. We are featuring another video by Cat Bordhi on how to conceal the wraps when you turn.

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How to Knit a Baby Blanket
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Baby blankets are very fun. Mostly because they are usually knit for a baby coming into your life: be it for you, family or friends. But more than that, it is a simple rectangle that can have unlimited variations. Our knitting tips video this week, with Allison Isaacs, covers the basics and the fun of knitting baby blankets.

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This Week’s Stitch
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This week we are featuring the Wavy Rib Stitch, which gives a different twist on the traditional rib pattern. It pulls in nicely for a cuff, and would make great hats and mittens.

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Respect the Spindle
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I love spindles, and found a book just full of them. Like most of the books I list in the newsletter, this one has the “see inside” feature on Amazon.com. So you can take a good look at the yummy pictures without spending a cent!

Spindles are an often overlooked tool for spinning yarn. Yes, it’s true that spinning wheels can spin faster. But a good spindle, wielded by a good spinner, can whip out a lot of yarn! Spindles more than compensate for being a bit slower by being a million times more accessible. A spindle is lots cheaper than a spinning wheel, and it is small and portable. You can fit it right in your bag and enjoy spinning anywhere.

I highly recommend that all knitters learn to spin on a spindle. It is very easy to graduate from spindle to wheel should you want to go into yarn production, but knowing how to spin opens up all sorts of possibilities for great knitting. On top of that… spun yarn can be very inexpensive. And, last but not least, when you make something with spindle spun yarn you have truly made it “from scratch.”

On yes… and of course I also included a link to buy my how-to book on spindle spinning.

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Back to knitting…
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And enough for today. It’s back to knitting before it really warms up around here and I am called into the garden!

Sincerely,

Connie Delaney
www.spincraftpatterns.com
www.knitknitting.cmo

More Reversible and DP Training

Don’t drop those double pointed needles, knit reversible, spin cotton and more…

Knitters BioWelcome all, to another issue of SpinCraft Pattern Newsletter. Hope the first hints of sping are starting to grace the air in your area.

I know that soon the garden and spring activities will be calling for my attention, so I am focusing on finishing up projects.

I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time picking up a project that has been neglected for several months. It’s hard to figure out what I’m supposed to do next, and get it done. So it is now time to plan for the inevitable call of the outdoors.

This week we have some fun techniques and tips to keep up that interest through the end of the project.

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More Reversible Mobius Knitting
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We have a great video by Iris Schreier showing a different way to cast on to the double pointed needle for a mobius. This uses the traditional long trail cast on, instead of the simple loops we’ve learned in previous videos.

She also shows an amazing mobius collar that follows the mind boggling concept of two patterns on a mobous. I can’t figure out where the one starts and the other stops, so am very anxious to keep knitting these until I get it.

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Knitting In The Round
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Continuing with my passion for sharing how easy it is to knit with double pointed needles, we have a short video showing the transfering of the needles. Because she is talking as she does it, you don’t really get a sense of how fast it is.

Here are my biggest tips for knitting in double pointed needles.

  1. The number one problem is stitches falling off the needles. Make sure you have rubber point holders to put on the ends when you stick your project in a bag, this will keep it safe.
  2. Don’t knit too loosely, this will also help in keeping stitches from falling off, or worse… an entire needle falling out of its stitches.
  3. Focus on smooth transitions: once you get to the point where you flip from one needle to the next, you’ll wonder why you ever though double pointed needles were hard!

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Baby Hats and Edgings
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More baby stuff with this  cute knitting baby hat from Erika Knight. it has the cutest edging on it, which brings us to the new book I had to buy: Knitting on the Edge. Amazon.com has a bunch of used copies of this book and I had to snatch one up to get more edging ideas for my mobius cowls.

 

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Handspinning Cotton
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I love to spin cotton, it is very challenging, and takes a lot of spinning to get enough yarn for a project, but I think that’s what makes me like it. I love a challenge. So I was excited to find a good tutorial video on spinning cotton.

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Comments
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on http://knitknitting.com/how-to-do-a-4-stitch-crochet-cable/

 Marty says:

Thank you, watching this being done makes it so much easier than trying to read the pattern and going by it alone.

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… and back to knitting
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Enough for today. Time to get back to knitting. As always, please feel free to come to www.Knitknitting.com and list your comments or questions.

Until next week, keep those needles clicking!

Connie Delaney
www.spincraftpatterns.com
www.knitknitting.com

Knitting to Warm Up

Crazy mobius video, when drop stitches go good, twin leaf lace, four needles and more:

Knitters BioFor those of us in the northern climes, February often starts to seem long… every once in awhile we get a hint of spring, and then the cold sets back in. Maybe that’s why they set up this month with less days than the others, so we don’t go crazy!

For us knitters, though, it’s still a good excuse to cuddle up with some wool and keep working on our projects. The garden is starting to beckon, but there is still time to relax with our needles.

This week we have a short newsletter, and just a few projects to look at. After all, who wants to be in front of the computer when we can be knitting?

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Knitting With 4 Needles
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One of my passions is making knitting easy and fun. Learning to knit with double pointed needles is one of the most essential skills for increasing both the fun and the ease of knitting. Yes, there are lots of ways to knit tubes on circular needles, but the DP is so fast, and such a carefree way to go, that I always like to promote it.

We are featuring a video this month with a great look at four needle knitting. Not only will you get to see how easy it is, this gal is knitting an awesome leg warmer with a cable stitch!

Click here for Knitting With 4 Needles

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Knitted Lace
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We are starting out with a beautiful book on knitted lace.  I usually like to feature books from Amazon that give us a good look inside, and am especially partial to great pictures (because we at least get a free look at something inspiring that way). But this is an older book and doesn’t have those features. I selected this book both for the subject, and the fact that Amazon has a bunch of used copies through outside vendors. It’s a great way to inexpensively upgrade your lace skills.

Click here for A Creative Guide to Knitting Lace

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Drop Stitch Tutorial
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Susan Banderson works us through a beautiful stitch for a “Taiyo Reversible Scarf” with a drop stitch. She takes what we usually think of as a mistake, a drop stitch, and turns it into a beautiful pattern.

Click here for Drop Stitch Tutorial

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Twin Leaf Lace Scarf
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This is a very short little “show off” video that is worth a minute to watch. A long long long lace scarf with beautiful twin leaf lace stitch pattern. I believe the pattern is available from Vogueknitting, but they don’t bombard us with any advertisements… so it’s safe to watch for pure inspiration!

Click here for Twin Leaf Scarf

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The Difference Between a Standard
Tube and Mobius Tube

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This is a very goofy video, and it’s about crochet, but gives a good idea of what happens when you add that half twist to make a mobius. This video demonstrates one thing I haven’t experimented with yet. What happens if you knit a mobius tube without a reversible stitch?

That’s a big question because if you are knitting a pattern that has a front and a back, but are knitting it in a mobius tube that has no front or back… what happens?

I’m still not sure I get it, and this video has weird starts and stops, but I’m very glad I watched it. It kind of made my mind go a little crazy trying to imagine how it would work to knit it, and so now I’m going to have to try!!!

Click here for: The difference between a standard tube and a mobius tube.

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Beautiful Yarns
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We have three beautiful yarns to showcase this week: a crazy pink mohair that will fluff up to a huge halo, an off white with little wheat speckles, and a beautiful grey mohair that looks so so soft. Man! Is this stuff scrumptious!

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Keep the Inspiration Coming!
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Thank you all for subscribing to my newsletter. Sitting down and putting this together each Tuesday gives me such a great look into the wonderfully evolving world of fiber arts. I hope my finds each week keep you inspired with your creations. As always, you can leave comments on any of the posts at www.knitknitting.com.

Happy Knitting!

Connie Delaney
www.SpincraftPatterns.com
www.Knitknitting.com

February Knitting News

Shimmering Yarn, more reversible cables, Norwegian knits, circular tubes and the Knitting Song!

Knitters BioHappy February everyone! Hope your knitting is keeping you warm.

This week we have feasts for both the eyes and ears. You’ll be able to listen to Bill Oddie singing the “Knitting Song” while you browse through shimmering colors and textures.

It’s one of those sad realities of life that we can’t knit everything! Fortunately, it is often as satisfying to look and feel all the wonderful creations. Praise to Youtube and beautiful books and magazines to help us feast our eyes! I find that my best ideas are compilations of things I see, so I always love to look.

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The Knitting Song
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What a great find from Youtube! Bill Oddie singing “The Knitting Song.” This is so funny with everything that can rhyme with “knit” and sung instructions on how to pull the loop.

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More Reversible Cables
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Beautiful stitches for scarves are rare, because both sides of scarves will show while wearing. Both sides don’t have to be exactly the same, but they do have to look great! From Youtube, this week, we have a truly reversible cable pattern that looks the same on both sides.

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Norwegian Mittens & Gloves
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I have loved Norwegian patterns since I was a little girl.I had an old Norwegian knit book from the 20’s and slowly tried to knit through them all. I love the way the colors form under my hands and how perfectly it all comes out!

So you can imagine how excited I was to find a book full of Norwegian mittens and gloves.  Click on the “Look Inside” link on Amazon.com. They are very generous with free pages from this book and beautiful photographs.

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Shimmering Yarn
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I love those fluffy yarns that grow the more you wear them. Lion Brand has a lovely eyelash yarn that is very cool. We are featuring a lovely rust color… but that is nothing compared to Beaded Mohair and Sequins yarn from the Impressionist Collection! Get ready to shine!

-or- if you have an urge to make your own… Here is a book on spinning your own fancy yarns:

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Circular Tubes
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Some people hate to knit with double pointed needles. I don’t know why, because they never seem all that hard to me. But I grew up with double pointed needles and experience always makes things easier.

One great technique that has come along to help avoid the double pointed needles, and still knit small tubes, is done with two double pointed needles. We have a great video showing how it is done.

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Till We Meet Again…
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I can’t get everything done that I want, but fortunately the life of knitting is soft and rhythmic. I think the real moral of knitting, and of handspinning too, is goes slow; it takes a completely different pace than the rest of our lives.

So here’s to the next stitch, and as the Knitting Song says, “But me, I’m gonna just sit down and knit!”

Happy Knitting!

Connie Delaney
SpinCraftPatterns.com
KnitKnitting.com

 

 

 

End of January News

New baby, shawl collection, skein markers, hand dying, the magic loop and more…

Knitters BioIt’s the end of January, and I hope everyone has been enjoying the winter as the best time to knit! You may have noticed that I didn’t manage to get a newsletter out last Tuesday… but I have a great excuse. My first grandchild was born in Boise on the 21st, and I was lucky to be helping my daughter with the big event. So we were up all night too many nights in a row and I figured I could just let it go. After all, babies are more important.

So welcome to the world baby Brayden. Someone else to be knitting for! And of course, he is the cutest and best baby ever!

I am now working on patterns for diaper soakers. I’m a big proponent for bringing back the cloth diaper and teaching our young adults how to have a baby without going into the poorhouse during those diaper years! The frugality of cloth diapers is as important as not filling up our landfills! Even learning to use cloth diapers for half the time would save young couples thousands of dollars a year. So we’ll be exploring the use of wool soakers in the coming months.

Here’s a picture of both beautiful daughter and baby. Yes, that’s Brayden’s one week birthday cake!

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Inspiring Shawls
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I found a wonderful video with some inspiring shawls. These are not your typical triangle or rectangle shawls, but wonderful lace loops and mobius twists. This little video also has some killer music and is very inspiring to watch:

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Hand Dying
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We have so many beautiful and creative yarns and fibers available to us as spinners and knitters these days, but still, there is nothing as creative as dying your own yarn and fleece. We’ve found a wonderful book on the art and science of bringing out the best colors in yarn.

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Yarn & Organization
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We tag our rows of vegetables to remember exactly what they are… why not do the same for yarn and fiber! Here’s a great little thing: writable tags for yarn, skeins, and roving. And speaking of yarn, how about some beautifully colored recycled cotton? Lion Brand yarn is now available on Amazon.com.

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Technique and Knitting Pattern
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Our newsletter is not complete without learning some cool technique, and this week is no exception. We have a video on using one long circular needle to knit any tube, no matter how small. This is called the “Magic Loop” and is done by knitting off the two tips with the back sides of the tube hanging on the loop drawn through. Good thing there is a video because that description was just confusing!

Here’s something I just love… a stitch called “Mistake Rib.” Goes to prove there must be other knitters out there who are not afraid of the happy mistake and turning it into something great. This is a very pearly looking stitch that lies flat and is reversible, so it’s perfect for scarves and shawls.

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Comments & Questions
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Helen asks:
Hello: Enjoy your website – looking for a little girl’s (1 yr. old) earflap knitted hat. Can you help? Thanks so much!

Thanks Helen. Fortunately I have a great ear-flap hat pattern over at SpinCraftPatterns.com that can be knit to any size.

http://spincraftpatterns.com/content/11ht-ear-flap-hat-knitting-pattern

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Till We Meet Again
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And enough for today. I hope you are all well, have plenty of fiber, and are not ripping out too much!

Happy Knitting
Connie Delaney
SpinCraftPatterns.com
KnitKnitting.com

Knitting in the Snow

Beautiful yarn, reversible cables, two socks at a time, and knitting without tears.

Knitters BioSnow is starting to blanket the land here in my area in Idaho. Sounds like a lot of people are getting storms, so I hope everyone is warm and well. Of course, knitters know how to keep warm! We snuggle up in the wool and all is well.

I have been experiencing a special treat. Cleaning through my closet revealed an old bag of yarn spun by a friend years ago. I have a basket of lumpy skeins in fabulous bright colors. It’s all turning into my newest fad: Mobius Scarves! I’m having tons of fun blending all the brightness.

That’s the good news, the bad news is that I’ve been suffering a computer crash, and it has really hampered my productivity. So we get a nice short newsletter today.

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New on Knitknitting.com
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I’m enjoying my beautiful yarn so much that I found a ton of colorful skeins available on Amazon!

My passion for mobius scarves has me fascinated with reversible patterns. So I am very excited to find a video on reversible cables. What a great idea… and so beautiful.

Here’s another good idea. Knit socks on circular needles… two at a time! I do have to say, though, that knitting two at a time inside each other (as we explored in a previous newsletter) is still more cool. All the same, the whole idea is fascinating! And great news! It’s also available in Kindle edition!

And finally, my favorite favorite!! Knitting Without Tears. This is one of the most important books in my knitting careers. It’s what taught me how to think about how my knitting was shaping in my hands, and start designing my own patterns.

Ever bind off and then find it is too tight? Here’s a great video on a surprisingly stretchy bindoff.

Thanks for reading and Happy Knitting! And here’s to a more productive week next week!

Sincerely,

Connie Delaney
www.spincraftpatterns.com

 

On a Cowl Kick

Mobius cowls, addicting jazz video, sock masters, twisting a skein & beautiful yarn.

Knitters BioGood winter to all! We are deep in January now, and it is great knitting time! I am fortunate to be spending the winter in a house with a cozy wood stove. So I am enjoying curling up in my favorite chair while I am toasted by the wood fire, and knitting on my new addiction of mobius cowls! Not something that can be done down in the city, but I am holed up right now in the woods of Idaho where I can enjoy a few old time back-to-the-land amenities.

The cowls I am knitting are really short infinity scarves with a mobius twist. I have invented two very easy reversible lace patterns that are great for distracted knitting and those of us who want no short term memory challenges! Here are the patterns, quickly below. Charts and good writeups to come later.

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Reversible Lace Patterns
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Basketweave Lace (multiple of 6 sts) Written as if in the round.
Row 1 & 3: k3, p3 around
Row 2: k1, YO, [Sl1 K1 PSSO], p3 around
Row 4 & 6: p3, k3 around
Row 5: p1, YO, p2tog, k3 around

Short Feather & Fan (multiple of 6 sts) Written as if in the round.
Row 1: YO, K1, YO, K1, k2tog, k2tog around
Row 2: knit around
Row 3: YO, p1, YO, p1, p2tog, p2tog around
Row 4: p around

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Addicting Knitting
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Beautiful Cowl Video

KnitKnitting.com has found us the most amazing video cowl gallery. Click on the pictures below to see…. but…

Warning! Do not watch this video if you suffer from any sort of fiber envy…. because if you do, you’ll launch into a mobius cowl knitting frenzy from which you may never return!

As a warning I give the following two pictures. Oh yea, and if you love cool jazz, you will really have a great time becoming addicted to this!

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Treat for Beginners
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We have a nice video for beginning fiber artists: How to twist a skein. This is something that us old hats take for granted, so it is nice to remember to pass on both how easy it is, and how cool it is to twist a skein!

Click here for: Twisting a Skein

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Final Treats
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Until We Meet Again
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Once more, thanks for reading the newsletter. Hope you are having plenty of time to knit and are inspired by our weekly knitting treats.

Sincerely,

Connie Delaney
www.spincraftpatterns.com

Christmas Week News

The true twist on mobius, two-sided lace, swirl sweaters, calendar time,  and more double-pointed knitting.

Knitting News

Knitters BioHappy Holidays! I hope everyone had a great weekend and are recovering …  because New Years is next.

As I’ve been traveling to visit family, eating and sharing I’ve also been knitting happily away on mobius scarf projects. I’ve figured out the ins and outs of the twist, and over the next week will be putting together instructions and videos to make it easier for everyone to understand.

That’s how we’ll start the new year with Spincraft Pattern Newsletter. Mobius is addicting. So if you haven’t tried it before, be ready for a whole new adventure.

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Understanding Mobius
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There is a lot of information on the net about knitting mobius scarves. I have come to find that some of it is right and some not quite so right.

Mobius is a mathematical anomaly. The simplest form is made by taking a strip of paper (or a flat scarf), giving it a half twist, and taping the ends together. If you do that you’ll notice that there is no front and back of the strip.  Follow the two edges with your finger and you’ll see that there is no beginning, end, right or left to the edges either. That’s because it wraps around and around, always coming back to the place it started.

There is the trick right there … it has to be a half twist or the edges aren’t joined right and then it is not a mobius.

There are actually three things I found when I was searching the web.

First is the Infinity Scarf: What is typically called an Infinity Scarf is not a mobius. Usually an “Infinity Scarf” is simply a circular scarf with no twist. You give it a twist when you put it on, but other than that it can be folded flat.

Full Twist Scarves: There are a lot of patterns that say they are a mobius when in reality they are full twist scarves. These are made by knitting in the round, but instead of following the usual instructions to “Join, being careful not to twist sts”, you join being careful to give it a twist. Problem is that this gives the scarf a full twist, and brings us to the real mystery of the mobius.

Half Twist True Mobius: All the information I found on the true mobius was very difficult to understand. It’s this crazy cast on, around and around a long circular needle. The instructions are clear, but the why is mysterious. I intend to demystify the why.

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Mobius right and wrong … We have two sample videos on KnitKnitting.com that show the full twist and half twist ways of making the scarf.

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The True Mobius

This is a short video, and link to a pattern that shows a true mobius with a half twist. This is a crochet pattern, but I chose it because it shows the twist so clearly.

> Click here for the Crochet Mobius


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Full Twist Mobius

Here is a video that shows a mobius, or infinity scarf that is a full twist.

> Click here for the full twist version.

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Below is a picture of a scarf I made following the “join with a twist” instructions. In my scarf you can clearly see the full twist. This is a beautiful scarf made with a great two-sided lace that I will be sharing next week. But it’s not a mobius. It’s a full twist circular scarf.

My second example is a beautiful full-twist scarf made with a soft wool in 6 st seed stitch. It’s folded around once like you would wear it on your neck. Very beautiful, but not a mobius!

Stay tuned for next week when I’ll share the how and they why to make it happen properly. I’ve figured out a way to explain it that is going to make sense!

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Tina says:
December 20, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I must be the only person on the planet who prefers to learn new stitches from charts rather than videos. Does anyone have a chart for this? It’s a very cool stitch and I’m on a Mobius kick at the moment. If not, I’ll chart it myself and ask Connie to post it somewhere…

cheers – Tina

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Thanks Tina for the reminder. I also think that charts are the way to go. It’s time consuming to make them right, though, so anyone who wants to help make charts for any of our stitch patterns, please jump in and help. I’ll post them.
Connie
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Meanwhile, we also have the following items to share.

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Time for a calendar… and of course you’ll want a knitting one.

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Double Pointed Needles
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One more shot at double pointed needles if you didn’t get it last week. Here’s another video.

> Click here for Double Pointed Needles

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Till We Meet Again
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Thanks again for reading, I hope you enjoyed my first dabbles into mobius and looking forward to more to come.

Happy New Year and  Happy Knitting

Connie Delaney
www.SpincraftPatterns.com

 

Middle of December News

Learn to Finger Knit, Baby Blanket & Booties, Easy Instructions on Double Pointed Needles and the beginnings of Mobius.

Knitting News

Knitters Bio
Greetings everyone and Merry Christmas. Here’s hoping that all your projects are coming out all right and on time!

This week, as one of our featured videos, we have Finger Knitting. Not sure how many useful projects we can come up with using this technique, but it’s a little trick everyone should know. Finger Knitting uses your fingers as a small knitting loom. It’s quick and can be done anywhere without any equipment. The video is quick and clear.

For those heroes out there spreading fiber knowledge by teaching in schools, finger knitting is a perfect tool. Kids learn it very quickly and love to make friendship bracelets for each other. Those little tiny fingers make a nice size stitch!

Click here for: Finger Knitting.

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    This week’s treasures…

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    Double Pointed Knitting
    Don’t be afraid of the double pointed knitting needles! They are an essential tool in the knitting arsenal. Double pointed needles help you knit all those small tube items: fingers, thumbs, little bears, tops of hats, socks.

    We are featuring both a training video and needle sets for sale

    The training video takes all the mystery out of managing double pointed needles. As Kathleen Sams carefully explains, the only difficult part is getting started. After that you just knit until the needle runs out, then go on to the next one.
    If you have any trouble learning double pointed needles take a tip from our Navajo sisters. When the Navajo teach spinning and weaving to the next generation they do not go from the beginning of project to the end, like we do… Because getting started is more difficult. Instead they start new fiber artists off with plying or beating, and work down to drafting and warping. So go ask a friend to start your double pointed needles for you. Have them get the ribbing started for an inch or so to create some stability, and then you finish up. By the time you are done with your first project you’ll have all the necessary skills and confidence to start the next one from scratch.
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    ArtBin Yarn Drum 12-inches round by 12-3/4-inches high, RaspberryYarn Storage: I’m finding more great yarn containers. Here is one that’s called the “Artbin.” It not only holds your yarn while knitting, but has lots of pockets and a shoulder strap for carrying.
    It’s lightweight and holds up to 8 skeins of yarn… or an almost-finished sweater! It also looks pretty indestructible, and that bright pink will help you not lose it.
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    Books: Two great books for your fiber library.
    1. Chicks with Sticks have a fantastic “Guide to Knitting.” More than 30 simple chic projects with step-by-step instructions.
    2. The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook”. Learn about all the different fiber types. This has more than 200 Fibers from animal to spun yarn.

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    Hallelujah!!! I did it! The baby blanket is finished:  knit, ends worked in, washed blocked, photographed, written up as a knitting pattern, wrapped and shipped off to my daughter (who is expecting in January). It’s already sitting under her Christmas tree… To Baby from Santa!  It’s now available as a knitting pattern on SpinCraft Patterns.

    Basketweave Baby Blanket

    Quick Baby Blanket with Basketweave and Seed Stitch

    Good thing this pattern was quick, or Baby wouldn’t have her pre-first Christmas present! I guess the big question is… am I spoiling already!!!?

    I made mine with a soft cotton yarn. This is a quick and relaxing project with a simple basketweave pattern for the body of the blanket. Edging is picked up and knit in a double seed stitch.

    Click here for: Basketweave Baby Blanket

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      Cute! Cute! Cute! This goes right along with the baby blanket pattern that I just finished! These adorable baby booties have clear instructions in a free .pdf file, and a very useful video from Youtube.

      What I love about this baby bootee pattern is the nice fit with the broad curved toes. The nice little top strap helps keep the bootee on those kicking little feet. There is nothing like beauty and practicality both together in one package!

      Click here for the Baby Bootee Video

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        Even though I am not done with my Christmas presents, I am starting to plan for January! My youngest daughter has informed me that Mobius Scarves are very popular right now, so I am going to spend a month exploring the mobius. This is simply a joined scarf, or neck cowl with a twist.

        Pictured is a very simple one I am making for her with a 5-st seed stitch. Hoping to have it done by the time we drive off to see her this Friday.

        The easiest way to make or understand a mobius is to cut a strip of paper, give it one twist and tape the ends together. Go ahead and try it with some of that leftover wrapping paper sitting around your house! Both surfaces are now one continuous field.

        A Mobius Scarf does not have a front or back, which creates a challenge in coming up with a variety of stitches. Most of our prettiest patterns (cables, lace, textures, colors even) have a front and back side. If you want a great pattern for a mobius strip it has to be reversible! and it will also need to lay flat and not curl on the edges.

        I want to knit Mobius Scarves that are less boring than seed stitch!

        Please Help With Some Ideas

        So! I am on the lookout for reversible lace and texture stitches! Help from all you talented readers would be greatly appreciated.

        I found one fantastic reversible lace pattern on Youtube, (pictured at left) and have featured it on the newsletter site: www.knitknitting.com. I have yet to try it in a mobius though, so we’ll find out in January if it workd!

        Click here for the Reversible Lace Stitch.

        Meanwhile, please post your findings and swatches over at www.Learn-To-Knit.com in the Swatch Swap Forum.

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        Do something for yourself, your hubby, and all those friends dealing with the day-to-day complexities of the home computer… Ask Leo Your Tech Questions!

        My friend Leo Notenboom answers tech questions online and publishes a weekly newsletter. Unlike many of the Geek persuasion, Leo is a great writer and easy to understand. Not only can you get his newsletter free, but you can go online and ask him questions personally about your tech difficulties. Newsletter subscribers shoot up the daily queue onto his “Priority” list! On a bad computer day that can be better than Santa’s “Nice List.”

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          Till We Meet Again
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          Enough already!  Thanks and Merry Christmas again to all of you who read this far! But let’s get back to our projects!

          Until next time, Happy Knitting

          Connie Delaney
          www.SpincraftPatterns.com

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