Sunday, August 30, 2009


We have some scrumptious yarn that arrived this week. Elegant Yarns Kaleidoscope. (if you click on the individual yarns, you will see a color sample)

Nine separate, wonderful colorways.

I found the perfect scarf pattern for this yarn. Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf. Check it out at Ravelry.

So I am knitting along and doing really great.

Then I stopped and looked at it. My knitting was turning. I pulled it out and started over. Doing just fine. Then I did it again.

I think I have it figured out this time. I am knitting the last row, instead of starting back with my increase and ssk row, after finishing my short rows.

I will let you know how it goes.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The lord of grafting stitches AKA Kitchener

Recently, we have had lots of requests dealing with the Kitchener Stitch. This is when you take two sets of live stitches and weave or graft them together. It is mostly used when you finish the toe of your socks.

Lord Kitchener developed this technique. According to Wikipedia "The knitted sock patterns of the day used a seam up the toe, that could rub uncomfortably against the toes. Kitchener encouraged British and American women to knit for the war effort, and contributed a sock pattern featuring a new technique for a seamless join of the toe, still known as Kitchener stitch. " has a great tutorial. I like this one for her pictures, thorough explanation, and also the pointing out that garter stitch kitchening is different than that for stockinette. If you prefer a you tube tutorial, Knit Witch has a good one.

Not knitting - Fuzzy Fuzzy Cute Cute

Ok, every now and then you've got to put the knitting aside.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Wrapping it up

I finished several samples for the shoppe.

Easy Lace Scarf using Claudia Handpainted Worsted 55. This took one skein of yarn. The pattern is by Clara Parkes of Knitter's Review and was very easy - just a 4 row repeat.

A shawl using Schahrazade from Henry's Attic. This is the same pattern we use for our Mountain Colors Merino Ribbon Shawl.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I learned a new cast on!!!!

As much as I like to knit socks, I am still a novice. And that is what is so exciting about the world of knitting - there is always something to learn!

Knitting Daily had a video posted the other day with Nancy Bush and a cast on that she uses for her socks. Check it out.

I am using it to knit a pair of socks with our new sock yarn, Crazy Zauberball.