Yarn: Not much worsted (medium (4)) Red, White & Blue. I used Caron Simply Soft Solids Blue Mint, Red Heart Classic Solid White & Red Heart Classic Solid Jockey Red
Needles & Hooks: US 7 Double Pointed Knitting Needles
4.5 MM (US 7 or G or H) Crochet Hook
Notions: Tapestry needle
Gauge: Not important at all (my kind of project!)
Need to Know Knitting: Casting on, Knitting in the round, Increasing, adding a color, and how to chain in Crochet!
kfb = knit into front and back of stitch (increase)
k = knit
Crystal Palace Panda Silk
52% bamboo, 43% machine washable Merino wool, 5% combed silk
204 yds/50 gr.
Gauge (sts. / inch): 7
US Needle: 1
Fingering (27-32 sts/4 in)
The bamboo gives a great feel and a luster, the wool gives a soft feeling core and the combed silk gives it sheen and strength.
I don’t know about you, but I really dislike weaving in ends. I’m lazy and when I’m finished knitting I really want to be done with a project. And also, I’m always afraid that my weaving in won’t be enough and the ends will come undone and my entire project will unravel.
What I do is probably – if I did my research – something common. Here is what I do, especially with the fluffier yarns. The join with the smooth yarns (especially bulky) is more noticeable. But depending on what you are knitting and where the join is, it might not make a difference.
For those of you who are like me and don’t necessarily pay attention to your dye lots, this post is for you.
I never really pay too much attention to dye lot. Granted I do try to buy enough of the same dye lot to finish a project. But I usually say, if it looks the same then the dye lot isn’t too important. That can be horribly wrong.
This is my thoughts on Peaches & Creme cotton yarn by Elmore-Pisgah Inc. versus Sugar ‘n Cream by Lily. I tend use P&C more than SnC for 1 reason only – WalMart carries it and WalMart is close.
Personally I like SnC better. It’s softer. Other than that they knit up very similar. WalMart has limited colors, but they are very inexpensive and they are the closest to home. And with gas prices the way they are that makes it doubly cheap.
Stitch Pattern Ideas
Delightful Details – Episode DKNG-612
Here are some cute ideas for throw pillows.
Cushie – Episode DKNG-607
Show – To Hide and to Hold – Episode DKNG-506
Idea – headband with elastic yarn
In no particular order my favorite yarns are…
- Carron Bliss
- Red Heart Light & Lofty
- Trendsetter Liberty (discontinued!!!)
- Lion Brand Homespun
- Bernat Alpaca
There are more, but these are the ones that I can come up with off the top of my head.
Ok. You knit that really cool shawl for Aunt Cattie and now Aunt Bill wants one. You can remember the pattern but can’t remember the yarn. Here’s a tip for remembering. I keep all (I’m a little obsessive) my yarn labels. Eventually this can become really massive. Unless you use the same yarn over and over (which is very possible). I keep them in 2 Ziplock bags One bag has labels and the other has labels with a yarn sample attached. Some labels have 1 sample attached, some have more depending on whether there is a pattern or like in the case of Lion Brand Homespun is really cool when it unravels. I also write on the label with the sample what I made using that yarn. Use a Sharpie… and if it’s a really glossly label try to write on the inside. On certain glossy labels Sharpies aren’t as permanent as they would like you to think they are. This way you can take the label and sample of the yarn to the store to buy the yarn for Aunt Bill. Also if you have a favorite yarn, you don’t have to try to remember the name and the manufacturer. You can just go to your baggie and pull out the label and get some more. And that’s what it’s all about… more yarn!