Monthly Archives: July 2010

Design A Sweater, Lesson 7: Finishing!

Hi Knitters! This final edition of the sweater class is all about
finishing. In this week’s video and handout, I’ll discuss weaving in
ends, how to finish your turned hem, closing up the underarms, and
working the neckline trim! Whew! Each step goes pretty fast, but make
sure to take the time to do these steps right, as a well-finished
sweater will look a lot better than one with sloppy finishing.

Check out our tutorials on finishing, too–they’ll give you a
lot of information on how to execute the techniques discussed in this

Finshing Tutorials

Another resource I really like and use a lot is Nancie Wiseman’s Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques, which is a wealth of information on every bit of swea=ter finishing you could imagine!

And without further ado, here’s your handout for this week:

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A Bit of Fall Color


The leaves aren’t changing colors yet, but I can share some of the fall yarn colors with you!

I’m particularly excited about our fall yarn colors, I got to help pick them at my first color selection meeting!  This seems crazy, but it takes a really long time to plan a yarn line.  When we pick new colors, we love customer suggestions and feedback, we look at upcoming trends, and we try to round out colors that are missing in yarn lines.  The Knit Picks staff loves a really diverse range of colors.  When we opened the box, everyone clamored for their favorite colors! 



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Design a Sweater, lesson 6: Working the Yoke

The yoke is the most complicated part of a raglan sweater, but I think you’ll find that if you take it slow and work
carefully, it is not very hard at all! The trickiest thing is that the raglan decreases and neckline shaping will be worked
at the same time.This is also the most exciting part of the sweater–we are
nearing the finish line and for the first time, you’ll get to see your work really start to come together. Pun intended.
Let’s get started!

Read on for the videos and worksheet:

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Guess what?

It’s almost time for fall yarn launch!  

I know, it’s July, and it’s too hot to think about a winter sweater right now.  So I’ll start you off with a lighter weight yarn.  Stroll!  

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Interview with cheezombie

I think I’ve made it pretty much known to everyone that I love cheezombie‘s patterns.

When I first started as the IDP Coordinator, the program wasn’t open to submissions quite yet & an early part of my job was inviting interesting designers to submit patterns. cheezombie was one of the first designers I contacted – her designs are so much fun!
So of course I had to interview her…and her answers cracked me so much I …

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Overdyeing socks

I finally finished the socks I’ve been knitting from the sock blanks
I dyed with Kool-Aid. My husband and I are adopting 3 teenaged siblings
from Russia, and one likes pink, and two like red. I had dyed 3 sock
blanks: pink for Liza (watermelon cherry), red for Dasha (cherry), and
dark red for Max (black cherry). Three sock blanks. Three kids. No
problem, right?

3 Sock Blanks

And here are the finished socks!


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My Crochet Goldfish

Learning to crochet has actually been pretty fun. I made a little
goldfish cat toy that I saw on Ralvery and thought it might look good
made in our Canary Cotlin yarn. It was so fast to learn how to crochet.
After looking though a few books and watching crochet video tutorials,
I managed to pick up the single, double, and half double crochet
stitches pretty quick. I was able to crochet the body of the goldfish
on the plane to Palm Springs.

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Dyeing Supplies Shopping List

When we sent out last week’s e-mail, I mentioned that summer is a great time to take advantage of all the canning supplies that are available everywhere from Safeway to Target. Here is a list of what I keep on my dyeing shelves.

Hot Water Canner – This looks like a huge soup pot.
Jar Rack – Designed to hold the jars while the water is boiling. I use it the traditional way if I am dyeing small amounts of fiber or yarn actually in jars of dye solution. If I am steaming, then I turn the rack upside down and place the plastic wrapped fiber or yarn on it above a couple of inches of simmering water.
Wide Mouth Quart Sized Canning Jars – Wide mouth is really the only way to go. Easy to measure in dye stuff, easy to put in and take out the fiber or yarn and easy to stir around or poke as needed.
Wide Mouth Rings and Caps – I store solution in wide mouth jars so I need the rings and caps to put on the top.
Canning Jar Lifter – This is an item you might think you can ignore figuring you can use plain hot mitts. Don’t! It is so much easier and safer to use this tool.

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