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Twist Tidbits: Yarn Pots
Something new you'll notice in the upcoming Winter issue is what will not be there. We've decided to not run Tidbits as a regular feature because of the amount of confusion it seems to have generated among our readers and advertisers. Tidbits was never anything more than a small collection of things that I liked and thought were worth sharing. Some of our supporters felt it was an unfair (and unpaid for) focus of our editorial. This seems to be validated by the consistent language readers have used in forum discussions to describe things they have seen in the Tidbits section as "advertisements", so I am willing to admit the point, and pull the section from the magazine. But happily, this leaves me free to share such things on the blog as I find them, rather than wait until the next issue. So here's my first such offering.
There are any number of ways to secure your yarn while you knit, and this one appeals to me on several levels, not just because I like pottery, but because the yarn in residence suddenly becomes part of an artistic object, whether or not you're actually working with that yarn at the moment.
If you gotta have one, they're from Kelli. As an independant potter, she says that it's a challenge to get kiln time where she lives, so the pots become available when she can get them fired, and then she has a bunch. You can let Kelli know if you want to be contacted the next time they become available. Sign up for the mailing list by writing LumLumTree [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject “LumLum Tree News” and she will make sure to add you to the list.
Thanks to Stephen for pointing these out.
Paula in Color
Hi there. It's Kate (for once). Julia and I were talking last night about Fiona Ellis' Paula and how it's the prettiest pattern she's done for us yet... though Bonnie is neck and neck with it for me. We were wondering what it might look like in a color. The Valley Yarns Stockbridge comes in lots of great colors, so I thought I'd show you the possibilities.
And here are some colors:
Didn't even show you their Red Purple which is gorgeous but, sadly, backordered...
Ooh. Wonder what it would look like in a semi solid! Sadly that's beyond my photo editing skills. How would you want your Paula?
Guest Post: Choosing Yarns for Sundog
by Kristi Schuler
originally posted on Kristi's blog, Fiberfool.
My goal for Sundog was to make a fun-to-knit but relatively quick project that would work well for both boys and girls. Everyone I know who has had children in the last 5 years has had boys. We all know there are tons of fun girl patterns out there, but it can be more difficult to find a fun boy pattern.
I felt a splash of handpainted yarn would spice things up a bit without the result being overly flashy or needing to worry about breaking up any pooling or flashing. I also wanted a design that could grow with the child(ren) and get more than one season’s worth of wear out of it. This inspired the fold-back cuffs on the sweater. Many children grow taller, getting longer arms and torsos without gaining much in circumference. Since the sweater has no shaping, I suggest knitting the sleeves and torso to the perfect length right now, then add the extra border.
The cuff border is knit with the wrong side out so when folded back it matches the yoke and bottom body, but the wrong side of the stitch pattern is pretty as well so the following year the cuffs can be worn without folding back. Of course it is knit from the top down so you could also rip back and add more length to either portion as well! The really adventurous could even add more circumference to the sweater by steeking it at the sides and adding in gusset panels!
In my original proposal swatch I chose a yarn with short lengths of many colors for the handpainted yarn and a coordinating solid that appeared in the multi-color yarn. This created a softer look to the striping - almost a watercolor look. For the look in the magazine, coordinating — but not matching — colors were chosen. That is the look I would recommend for yarn with longer lengths of a given color (generally commercial handpaints with 4 or fewer distinct hues).
In general the yoke pattern will pop more if the solid is a complimentary color of one of the predominant hues in the handpaint yarn like the sample in the magazine (red and green are complimentary colors and pink is a tint of red). If you are not confident in choosing a non-matching handpaint to go with a solid or you want a little more subtle look to the yoke and borders you may wish to choose an analogous solid color of similar value to the handpaint.
The magazine sample is of course in girl colors, but the sweater works equally well in unisex or boy colors. Here are some possible combos. Originally I had ordered the solid from the first picture with the multi-color in the second photo. Upon seeing them in person I realized they were a near perfect match in color, and that color was probably a good 1/3 of the skein. That was going to be much too matchy and it would obscure the work that goes into the stitch pattern in the yoke. Any of the above combos would work. It just comes down to personal preference.
Of course you are not locked into using only Lorna’s Laces, the yarn called for in the magazine. There are a wide variety of yarns being used for the sweater. You just need the pretty standard worsted weight gauge of 5 sts and 7 rnds per inch. Lorna’s Laces is a great choice as it very soft, is superwash (a requirement of mine for kid knitting) and they dye both semi-solids and coordinating multi-colors. Many of the great indie dyers would also have working color combos in the proper gauge.
Guest Post: A Big Win for Barbara Parry
by Barbara Parry
I was a guest at Barbara Parry's Springdelle Farm this past weekend ahead of my hanging out at Fiber Twist, and while there I found out that there has been some lovely developments for her this late summer. So let's check in with our Yarn Farm columnist, shall we?
Tea's doesn't understand all the fuss — he already knows he's hot stuff. Here he is, looking rather George Clooney-esqe in this photo taken last summer. All it takes is field of grass to make his day. That and my Cormo ewes. What a guy.
A Drumroll for More Prizes from Elann
Wow, we're not done with the Anniversary celebration I guess, because at the bottom of the party hat, we found a few more lovely yarn pack prizes from the munificent folks at Elann:
Karin M. will be sent a yarn pack and pattern for Petal.
Diane H. will be sent a yarn pack and pattern for Little Liza Jane.
Beth G.will be sent a yarn pack and pattern for Cinquefoil in color #1, and
Suzanne P. will be sent a yarn pack and pattern for Cinquefoil in color #2.
Once again: Thanks so much to all our customers and to our generous advertisers.