What does it take to make something? What skills do I need to start? To fit? To finish? This year’s program aims to answer these questions. The goal is to have all the skills you need by the end of May’s meeting to make a thing – any thing!
We’ve made it to the end of another Guild year! What better way to end it, than with a talk about finishing? Not just finishing projects, but endings (and the beginnings they come from, and in turn, bring about) in general. Our guest this month is Ashley Reid from All Strung Out Fine Yarns in Guelph. Not just a yarn store owner, Ashley has also worked at Harlequin, and has recently embarked on a new career as a Social Media specialist. When she isn’t knitting, deadlifting, or playing board games, she can be found spending time with her two adorkable Boston Terriers, named Bowser and Zelda (Zelda’s the girl).
As I finish up two years of volunteering as Programming Co-ordinator and hand the job to the very capable Cheryl McLeod, I am amazed at how much I learned while researching and preparing for each month. I’d like to give a huge thanks to all the speakers, members of the Executive, and Guild members who made this such a memorable and valuable experience!
Knit long and prosper!
Resources and links:
April – No Sheep for You – Amy Singer
March – Inspired Cables - Fiona Ellis
Mastering Cable Designs
February – Colourwork – Kate Atherley
Tutorials for Wrapping Your Floats:
Interesting/Educational/Helpful Blog Posts about Colour and Colour Theory:
“ColorWorks – the Crafter’s Guide to Color” – Deb Menz, Interweave Press
Knitter’s Graph Paper and Online Charting Tools:
http://itsastitchup.co.uk/chart-tool/ – a beta test version of a chart drawing tool with proper stitch ratios
http://www.theknittingsite.com/knitting-graph-paper/ – a selection of pre-made graph paper to print
January – Knitting with Handspun – Danny Ouellette
Resources from Danny’s talk:
Ravelry - http://www.ravelry.com/
There are many examples of handspun yarns and projects using handspun yarns.
Knitty.com - http://www.knitty.com
They have a regular section about spinning that usually includes patterns
using handspun. Check out the back issues for more examples.
Interweave - http://www.interweave.com/
They publish books, magazines and videos about spinning and knitting. The
magazine Spin-Off often includes patterns for knitting.
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/
You can find many spinning and knitting related videos on this site.
Yarn Harlot - http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/
Sara Lamb - http://saralamb.blogspot.ca/
Sara is an amazing dyer, spinner, weaver and knitter. She has a couple
books and a video at Interweave Press.
The Fleece and Fibre Source Book, by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius,
Storey Publishing, LLC
Contains information on over 200 animal fibres, with spinning and knitting
suggestions. Focuses on many rare and endangered breeds.
The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook, by Lynne Vogel, Interweave Press
A great book on designing socks from the fibre up. It talks about fibre,
dyeing, spinning and knitting socks with handspun yarns.
Homespun Handknit, edited by Linda Ligon, Interweave Press
Many interesting patterns.
December Skills – Provisional and I-Cord cast-ons (Paula Reid), Entrelac (Catherine Williams), Cabling Without a Cable Needle (Cheryl McLeod), Short Rows (Alfie Galda), Picot Bind-off (Angela Blackstone)
You need a crochet hook in a size close to the size of your needle, scrap yarn(smooth cotton is best) and knitting needle.
Make a slipknot in the scrap yarn and place it on the hook. *Hold the needle and yarn in the left hand and the hook with the slipknot in the right hand as though crocheting. Place the needle on the top of the yarn. Holding the hook over the needle, crochet a chain st over the top of the knitting needle. Move the yarn under the needle.* Rep from * to * until you have cast on enough sts. Cut the scrap yarn and pull the end through the last loop. Begin to work with pattern yarn. To recover sts, carefully unravel crochet chain, catching each stitch on a needle as it is released. You will recover 1 stitch less than the number cast on.
CO 3 sts. Knit 3 sts, slip sts back to the left needle. *Kint the front and back of the first st, K2, slip 3 sts back to the left needle* rep rom * to * until you have enough sts.
(consists of a left side triangle, squares, and a right side triangle)
Right Side Triangle:
Row 1: kfb, turn
Row 2: p2, turn
Row 3: sl1, m1, ssk, turn
Row 4: p3, turn
Row 5: sl1, m1, k1, ssk, turn
Row 6: p4, turn
Row 7: sl1, k3, ssk.
(5 sts in left triangle)
Row 1: (RS) With right side facing, pick up and knit 5 sts along edge of next square or triangle.
Row 2: k5, turn
Row 3: P5 turn
Row 4: sl 1, k3, ssk, turn
Repeat the last 2 rows 4 more times. At the end of row 4, do not turn.
Repeat rows 1-4 three more times, turn.
When 3 squares have been worked, work a left side triangle as follows…
Left Side Triangle:
Row 1: (WS) Pick up and knit 5 sts along edge of next triangle or square, turn
Row 2: p5,turn
Row 3: sl1, k2, ssk, turn
Row 4: p4, turn
Row 5: sl 1, k1, ssk turn
Row 6: p3, turn
Row 7: sl 1, ssk, turn
Row 8: p2, turn
Row 9: ssk, turn
The remaining st will be counted as the first st picked up for the first square in the next tier.
Turn and transfer this st to the right needle.
(consists of squares)
Row 1: (WS), With wrong side facing, pick up and purl 4 sts along edge of next triangle or square. For the first square only, the remaining stitch from the last tier counts as first picked up stitch.
Row 2: p5, turn
Row 3: k5, turn
Row 4: sl 1, p3, p2tog, turn
Repeat last two rows 4 more times. At the end of row 4, do not turn.
Repeat Rows 1 – 4 three more times, turn. Three squares have been created.
Work Tiers 1 and 2 until desired length is reached, then work Tier 1 once more and work the Final Tier Triangles.
Cabling Without a Cable Needle
The picot bind-off is a very stretchy, and delicate looking bind-off. It can be used to edge anything from socks to shawls.
It is also very versatile, in that you can choose to make your picots (or little points) as large or as small as you like.
To make a 2-stitch picot, cast-on two stitches using the cable cast-on method, then bind-off four stitches in the usual way. Return the remaining stitch to the left-hand needle and repeat the cast-on bind-off pattern.
For a 3-stitch picot, cast-on three stitches, and then bind-off six stitches.
In this way, you can even vary the size of the picots in one bound-off edge, if you like, just as long as you remember to cast-off double the number of stitches that you have cast on.
November – Extreme Double Knitting – Alasdair Post-Quinn
October – Precious GEMS of Knitting – Amy Swenson
- Knitty.com: Suzyn’s Color Theory for Knitters: http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/FEATcolor.html
- Knitty.com: Technicolor Knitting: http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/FEATtechnicolor.html
- Knitty.com: Cheating at Color Theory: http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/FEATcolortheory.html
- Lion Brand Yarn: Color Theory Basics for Knitting and Crocheting: http://blog.lionbrand.com/2012/01/18/color-theory-basics-for-knitting-and-crocheting/
Colour palette tools:
- Tin Eye Multicolor Search: http://labs.tineye.com/multicolr
- Color Scheme Designer: http://colorschemedesigner.com/
- Kuler: http://kuler.adobe.com/
- PHOTOCOPA: http://www.colourlovers.com/photocopa
- COLOURlovers: http://www.colourlovers.com/
- Pencil crayons and crayons, art supplies, etc!
- Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors
- Color Grid by Gail Callaghan/KangarooDyer: http://www.etsy.com/shop/kangaroodyer?section_id=10946558
- Kaleidoscope: http://www.knitpicks.com/accessories/Teleidoscope__D80173.html