Urge to Splurge

I’m on a 4-day stretch working at Eliza’s Buttons and Yarns in Barrie, ON. I generally work one day a week and then cover whenever Elizabeth is away. As you might expect being here for several days in a row does bring out the urge to splurge.

You might think that one day a week in a yarn store would mean I would blow every paycheque. Yes, I’d love that and that and that. The paycheque did disappear and I was happy, happy, happy. But after some time I started thinking “if it’s still there next week I’ll get it”. Then one week became another week and another week.

Longer stretches in the store are different. They make me want to buy what I want because I want it. You know what that’s like. I’ll find a great project for it later. I just really need to have it. This is pinky/red with black, happiness in a ball.

Ella Rae Lace Merino fingering weight

The more I know about yarn though, the more discerning I am about what I buy. Is this the best yarn for this project? Since I knit adult-sized sweaters this is not an idle thought. Any larger project needs more thought. You’re going to be working with this yarn for quite some time.

Mineville DK

Here’s a blog by Jillian Moreno about how the number of plies in your yarn affect your project. I was amazed. Even more information to take into consideration when you walk into the yarn store.

The Why of Ply by Jillian Moreno on the Mason-Dixon Knitting blog. One of my next projects is a cabled shawl so I need a 3-ply. Hmm, now to the shop.

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Work in between sizes for Top Down sweater

Last Wednesday I gave a “Make It Fit” workshop and talk at the Beacock Library in London, Ontario. The morning was spent working on specific techniques. In the afternoon we discussed why and where you might need these techniques. Because we all come in different shapes and sizes …Female-Body-Shapes Workshop (2)… the person who has to make your sweater fit is you. I know that puts a lot of knitters off knitting sweaters and I’m hoping that my talk convinced a couple more knitters to knit a sweater for themselves.

One of the questions asked was how to get a size in between the specified sizes on the pattern.  This is quite easy to do for a Top Down raglan sweater.

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Diamonds for big kids

The What If … Diamonds has grown up. I’m now knitting the Kid’s Diamond Pullover for big kids like you and me.  The Diamond neckline is formed by moving the standard raglan markers to be equidistant which forms a V in the front and back. Is this the easiest way to make a V-neck or what?IMG_5850

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What If … Diamonds

On your next raglan which you don’t want to be a raglan, you could try this:20180311_162222

Yes, you could.

I’ve written a new pattern based on this idea called Kid’s Diamond Pullover where I moved the markers from the standard raglan set up to new positions. I still worked the same number of increases every other round. Moving the markers changes the shape of the neckline and this set up will give you a slight V in the front and back of the neckline with no trouble at all.

Here is the standard raglan set up with 4 markers for the raglan lines and increases worked on either side of these markers. The 4 markers are set between the sections of this sweater: Front, marker, sleeve, marker, Back, marker, sleeve, marker, second Front.skew 20180408_091840

So what would happen if we just placed the 4 markers equidistant from each other in a pullover? There are still the same 4 markers where you will work a pair of increases every other round. The stitch numbers will work out the same. It’s actually not too much of a leap is it?

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