Do You Love Yarn, Fiber & Color?

Yarn Addiction-Who Me?

How have you been, a good week? Settling into fall OK?

Do you have your costume ready for Halloween? I just thought of a great idea. Get a big clear plastic bag, or cling film. Make holes for your arms and legs.   Have your head out, I think that may help. Fill the bag with all of your stash, OK some of your stash. Place a half finished hat or scarf on, still on the needles, or hooks, this is good for either or, and then you could go as knitting or crochet. OK, may be not such a great idea. Only fellow yarnies would understand and I guess we don’t want to give away how much stash we really have.

Sonoma County Yarn Shop

Love Our Sheepies?

I will soon be placing another order for Sheepies. If you are interested in any one in particular, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can make sure to have them here for the holidays. If you are not familiar with Sheepies, they are wonderfully soft, baby, child and even our age safe, things to snuggle up with. Some may say a toy, I on the other hand think of them as companions. Trevor will be visiting the UK in late November and I’l have my Sheepie.

Knitting gifts Sebstopol

Gifts at Yarnitudes-Locally Made Earrings & Bracelets

Speaking of sheep, you know I love all things sheep related, after all what would we do without them. OK, alpacas, llamas, buffalo, the odd vegetation would work too. We now have some locally made earrings and bracelets for sale in the shop. Be sure to check them out for the sheep lover on your gift list. Were you able to knit up any pumpkins? At least with these you can have them out on display all Autumn and Fall, not like the jack o lanterns that are only really good for Halloween.

Here is a photo of some lovely miniatures sent to me by one of our knitters. She likes to call our knitting group her group therapy. We do have fun. Aren’t they adorable?

Sonoma County Knitting Classes

Marcie’s Question–Sequence Knitting

Sonoma County Knitting ClassesOK so on to a question from Marcia. Sequence knitting how do you use it?

The concept of Sequence Knitting is simple: take a sequence of stitches and repeat them again and again. Depending on how you repeat them, different fabrics can be created. While a few of these fabrics are familiar, many are new to the knitting world.

I found a wonderful book on the subject interestingly enough called ‘Sequence Knitting’. Beginning with 1 row patterns, it is possible to knit complex designs. This can be done back and forth, in the round and in shapes. The book is a great resource for the whole procedure with stitch dictionaries of over 190 fabrics many new and reversible. The author of this book is a local, kind of, she lives in Silicon Valley.

A basic form of sequence knitting is ribbing, and seed stitch This is a one row pattern. A 1 x 1 rib is just knitting 1 and purling 1 again and again across the row. If the amount of stitches you have on the needle is an even number and you are just doing the 1×1 you will just keep doing k1,p1, each and every row.   This would apply both to flat and circular knitting.

If you introduce an additional stitch this then becomes an odd number and doing the 1×1 rib now becomes a seed stitch, again this works the same flat or circular. The same thing applies if you add a little extra stitch or two to the rib, knitting the same thing k2,p2, or k1,p2, k3,p1. By knitting the same sequence over and over you don’t have a lengthy pattern stitch to remember and it can almost become quite brainless. Just by adding a stitch or two to the cast on amount will completely change the fabric made. This type of knitting is great for all types of garments that have pretty simple lines, although can be adapted. A great example would be scarves, or cowls. Perhaps a boxy cardigan or kimono.

 

Ravelry a Great Resource

RavelryThis is a very simplistic and basic account of the procedure. If this interests you and you want to know more might I suggest you invest in the book, I can order some for the shop. I will also have one here for reference. It is an extremely informative, well illustrated book. Trying to explain all there is to it in this newsletter format is nigh on impossible. I would also be happy to explain more to you one on one in the shop.

There are many examples of sequence knitting on Ravelry. If you do not have a Ravelry account or do not know what Ravelry is, we will be pleased to show and explain this to you at a later date.

 

As we are moving away from paper patterns, we now have a shop IPad that is available for you to browse at your leisure.

Well another newsletter comes to a close. Was it interesting? Any ideas or questions. I am always ready to answer as many topics as I can.

Please enjoy your week, take care and I will see you next time.

~Trudy