I teach a Strategies for Knitting with Self-Patterning Sock Yarns class. How’s that for a mouthful! One of the points I like to make is that your stitch pattern has to be really simple in order to do both the stitch pattern and the self-patterning yarn justice. The standards such as stocking stitch, garter stitch, reverse stocking stitch, and ribbing all look great. If you choose a really intricate stitch pattern it will probably get lost in the patterned yarn. Take a look at these cable and lace patterns and you’ll probably read more
As one of the contributing designers, I received my copy of Amy Singer‘s new book No Sheep For You in the mail today. Let me tell you, what a thrill! While I have self-published a number of patterns and I’ve had some on Knitty.com (Devan and Drunken Argyle for him) and in the Accord Knitting Pattern-a-Day calendars since 2005, this is my first design published in a book. read more
After carefully bundling the slippers in a pillowcase and then subjecting them to the hot water cycle in the washing machine, they started to shrink and felt. It took two or three cycles and they are somewhat uneven – I even tried to hand felt the sections that didn’t seem to be felting as quickly as the rest. All in all, I managed to felt them down to my size and the felted fabric is nice and dense without any stitch definition – just like my swatch. It actually worked! read more
The knitting is done. A quick knit although a little fiddly with the sewing together afterwards. I’m sure there must be a way to avoid that. I’ll save figuring that out for a future pair of slippers maybe if this felting thing works out. My happy model was willing to put on Mama’s ridiculously large slippers to show some scale.
The knitting for the felted clog is coming along quickly. I’m happy with my colour selection although I realised that I goofed with the amounts. The sole (orange) takes twice as much yarn as the upper (pink). I had one ball of orange and two of pink. Woops! A quick stop at my LYS one day and the project continues. I’m pleased with the difference between the felted swatch and my knitting. It looks like there’ll be hope for this project as long as I have faith in my swatch.
I’ve decided to brave the felted project again. After my past disasters I’ve decided to choose a yarn that has a good reputation for felting – Patons Classic Wool. I have some leftover from a bag workshop I took last year (well I ripped out the unfinished project and reclaimed the wool). I’ve also chosen another good standby for this project: Fiber Trends’ Felted Clogs. I need a new pair of slippers after the last fiasco (wish I had taken photos of the holes – oh well, that was pre-blog). read more
I’ve tried felting in the past without much success. My first attempt was a Cat Bordhi moebius bag. I had some undyed Condon’s on hand (woolen mill from the Maritimes that’s long gone out of business). To digress, when I was first weaving at art college the college bookstore sold skeins of Condon’s. I came across it again at the Co-op Store in Taloyoak when I was teaching jewellery in the high Arctic for Arctic College. I knew the mill had closed down quite some time back and read more
Every year the West Coast Knitters’ Guild knits mittens for a kindergarten or grade one class in New York City. One of our members has a daughter who teaches at an inner city NYC public school. These little kids go to school without proper clothing in the winter and it’s the least our membership can do to help out. Last month when Laura went to visit her daughter Annie for Christmas she was able to bring enough mittens for two grade one classes, thanks to our efforts. In read more
It’s time to join the blogging community of knitters. I have enjoyed reading so many knitters’ blogs and I have learned so much about knitting and how knitters think. It’s time to give back a little. A little bit about myself now … . I’ve been designing and self-publishing knitting patterns for about 3 1/2 years now for my business, Bee’s Knees Knits . I design children’s sweaters using self-patterning sock yarns because it’s just so fun to see the pattern develop on it’s own as I knit. I hope that knitters using my patterns experience the same thrill read more
Note the pattern number on the bottom right-hand corner of the cover page. The first number refers to the pattern and the number after the decimal is the numbered revision (e.g. #10.2 is Taylor, revision number 2). Corrections are listed by most recent revision number. Text in red is the corrected wording. #10.2 revised on August 3, 2006 MATERIALS 1 (2, 2, 2, 2 ) balls (50 g) self-patterning sock yarn (MC) … 1 (1, 2 , 2, 2) balls (50 g) solid 4-ply yarn (CC) …