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Episode #51: Color Knitting, The Easy Way

June 12, 2010

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  • May’s prize drawing for the Knit Kit went to Susan Nipp, Congratulations!!!
  • June’s Prize drawing: The Zauberball!  Leave a comment anywhere on this blog from 1 June to 30 June and automatically be entered!
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Book Reviewed:

(Transcribed from Podcast Episode #51)

  • Ch. 1 Understanding Color, pgs 7-29 All about Color Theory and how to combine colors and how to apply color theory into your pieces.
  • Ch. 2 Mastering Color Knitting Techniques Using Stripes, “Knitter’s create mulit-color patterns the exact same ay they do simple, solid-colored fabrics – one stitch at a a time.” In this chapter you learn techniques such as how to start a new color, how to carry your yarns, working color knitting in the round (jogs) and how to cope with yarn tails. Followed by common stripe stitch patterns such as simple stripes, ripples and miters.  Next is a brief section titled, ‘The Designer’s Workshop,’ covering things such as striping sequence, matching up stripes in garments (for sleeves).  The chapter ends with a  ‘Pattern Treasury for Striped Stitches’ followed by 4 projects which put those stripes into action, a striped and textured child’s pullover, an adult sized  zip up, hooded striped cardigan, a baby sweater and my favorite, a mitered blanket.
  • Ch. 3 Creating Color Patterns Using Slip Stitches, This chapter is all about the slipped stitches… how to create not only beautiful color with slipped stitches but also wonderful texture as well, by working in Stockinette, Garter and Linen Stitch and also by creating texture by manipulating floats in slipped stitch knitting.  This chapter also has a brief ‘Designer’s Workshop’ section full of suggestions on how to utilize slipped stitches in color knitting.  Included are several pages of fantastic slipped stitch color patterns, followed by 5 projects such as a heavily textured clutch, a men’s pullover, a child’s dress a wine cozy and a heavy jacket for her.
  • The final section of this book is one we have come to expect in knitting and crochet books, a General Techniques section.  This section is often overlooked unless you are a new knitter in need of learning how to SSK or a seasoned knitter who has forgotten how to Kitchener.  However, this book offers a little more.  In fact, aside from the excellent instruction on color knitting, the fantastic stitch patterns and suggestions, I find the first 4 pages of the techniques section of this book to be required reading for knitters.  These 4 pages are all about charts.  Melissa has broken down charts for the intrepid knitter.  She likens reading knitting charts to learning a new language.  Translation, Grammar, Vocabulary… these must be understood before reading a chart and THIS may be why you resist learning to read a chart.

Overall: A wonderful book.  I wish I had this book way back when I first started knitting in color.  And, though this book is about color knitting in stripes and slipped stitches,  one color at a time, many of the techniques and advice can be applied to stranded knitting as well.

This book might have been 3 skeins but because of the color theory information, excellent instruction and general techniques section (charts), I give it 4 skeins.

Other Items Discussed:

Product Reviewed:

Boye Electric Yarn Ball Winder

Overall: Pretty Nifty.  100-240v, dial switch, huge suction cup base, simple machine, thread it and go.  At first, I considered this a novelty item, something to review for You.  Once it arrived, I must say, I had a lot of fun with it.  My winding time was cut in half and each cake was perfectly tensioned.  Speaking of cakes, I just can’t bring myself to call the end product a cake but instead, a can.  Traditional ball winders create squat cakes, this electric ball winder creates longer cylinders, much the size of a 12 oz. can of soda.

I love this thing and might give it 4 skeins but it really isn’t a necessity.  If most of your yarn purchases are skeins (as opposed to balls), do yourself a favor and try the Boye Electric Yarn Ball Winder.

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Jesh, am I behind!?!

June 9, 2010

First, let’s announce the winner of May’s prize drawing…

Susan Nipp!

Susan has contacted me and her prize is on its way!

This month I am trying to organize my studio, to include The Stash.  This is only part of the why I am behind and the usual suspects round out the list.  I haven’t located it just yet, but this month’s prize will be a Zauberball by Schoppel Wolle.  I can not recall the color name or number but it looks a little something like this:

As usual, please leave a comment anywhere on this blog about anything, and you will be automatically entered in June’s prize drawing.  All entries are retroactive to 1 June 2010 and must be placed by 30 June 2010 to be eligible for this prize drawing.  Good Luck!

In other news, I have two podcast notes entries to catch up on, to include uploading the latest podcast episode.  I can’t even promise when this might happen and boy, does this bother me!  Still, I know you all understand as I read all your messages and appreciated every single  one, Thank You!