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

A Creative Guide To Knitted Lace

A Creative Guide To Knitted Lace

A Creative Guide To Knitted Lace
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The basics—knitting, purling, following charted patterns, finishing off edges, storing completed works. The “pattern library” in back gives plenty of ideas for adding beautiful lace borders to towels, tablecloths, and more, and eyelet and textured patterns make spectacular sweaters.

Drop Stitch Tutorial


Rating: 4
Today I am demonstrating the drop stitch that is used in the Taiyo Reversible Scarf. I am wearing this scarf, which I love. The pattern is available for purchase on my blog, susanbanderson.blogspot.com. Thanks for watching.

#27 Twin Leaf Scarf, Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2010


Rating: 4
Heather Carlson’s long scarf, in Bergere de France’s “Bambou,” carries a cascading twin-leaf lace pattern bordered by a perimeter of seed stitching.

Difference Between A Standard Tube and Mobius Tube


Rating: 5
I am demonstrating the difference between a standard and a twisted tube. SEE THE DIFFERENCE!!! Visit the link – www.etsy.com

Knitting With 4 Needles


Rating: 0
This is a short video showing what it looks like to knit on 4 double pointed needles.

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Yarn (402) Wheat By The Each

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Yarn (402) Wheat By The Each

  • Content: 86% acrylic/10% wool/ 4% rayon
  • Unit of Sale: Each

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Yarn (402) Wheat By The Each

List Price: $3.28

Your Price: $3.28- Lion Brand Wool-Ease Yarn (402) Wheat By The Each

This 4-ply worsted weight wool blend yarn has the feel warmth and softness of wool and the easy care of acrylic. This yarn features tiny black and camel strands intertwined. Pattern for knit vest included on inside label requires 4-5 skeins.

  • Recommended Knit Needle Size: US 8 (5 mm)
  • Gauge: 18 sts X 24 rows= 4” (10 cm)
  • Crochet Hook: J-10 (6mm)
  • Crochet Gauge: 13.2 sc X 16 rows = 4” (10cm)
  • Meterage/Yardage: 180 m/ 197 yds
  • Ball Weight: 3 oz/ 85 grams
  • Plied texture Worsted weight

 

 

Classic Elite La Gran Mohair Positively Pink 61532 Yarn

Classic Elite La Gran Mohair Positively Pink 61532 Yarn

  • Medium Weight, Mohair Yarn
  • Each skein is 90 yards, 42 grams
  • Fiber content is 76.5% mohair, 17.5% wool, 6% nylon
  • Yarn gauge is 4 stitches to 1 inch using US 9 knitting needles

Classic Elite La Gran Mohair Positively Pink 61532 Yarn

List Price: $8.99

Your Price: $8.99- Classic Elite La Gran Mohair Positively Pink 61532 Yarn

Medium Weight, Mohair Yarn. Each skein is 90 yards, 42 grams; 76.5% mohair, 17.5% wool, 6% nylon; 4 stitches to 1 inch using US 9 knitting needles.

 

Feza Yarns Cyprus Mohair Grey Black #104

Feza Yarns Cyprus Mohair Grey Black #104

  • Needle: US 10.5
  • Yards per ball: 176
  • Grams per ball: 100
  • Fibre Contents: 85% Acrylic, 15% Mohair
  • Care: Hand wash cold
  • lay flat to dry
  • Do not tumble dry. Do not bleach. Warm iron. Dry Cleanable.

Feza Yarns Cyprus Mohair Grey Black #104

List Price: $17.50

Your Price: $17.50- Feza Yarns Cyprus Mohair Grey Black #104

Cyprus Mohair from Feza is an extremely soft and cuddly self striping yarn, sure to get compliments from all your friends.

 

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

 

 

 

Bill Oddie – "The Knitting Song"


Rating: 5
(c) 1965 – Parlophone Records. A great piece of 60’s rock’n’roll by Bill Oddie which came out 5 years before he started The Goodies.

Eco Shopping Bag Market Tote Purse Crochet Pattern EBook Download Needlecrafts

Eco Shopping Bag Market Tote Purse Crochet Pattern EBook Download Needlecrafts

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Handy Bag folds up to carry in your purse with it’s own pocket.

Materials: Knit-Cro-Sheen and crochet hook size 1/0

Handy Bag folds up to carry in your purse with it’s own pocket.

Materials: Knit-Cro-Sheen and crochet hook size 1/0

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