Monday, August 13, 2018

A History in Needles

Have you ever questioned your possession of certain needles?

Tonight, I've been busy working on a new design. Yes, I know... What about the six other unfinished projects you promised to work on Jesse? Hush! Strike while the iron is hot or the muse runs away. Beside all that, my mum wanted a pattern designed for her with certain specifications, and I aim to please. (HI Mom!)

For this particular project, I'm reworking an already familiar shape and structure with a significant shift in gauge, moving from a fingering to a worsted weight. This took swatching. Gauge swatches are important, and if you question this, check out the epic hat from my last podcast.

I started out on a US 8, but found myself disappointed in how poorly the texture was showing in the fabric I created. My natural response to poor stitch definition is to move to a smaller needle. I don't really understand this tendency. My thinking was that smaller = tighter = finer = more emphasis on texture. I guess I thought I could torture the look I wanted out of this yarn by pressuring it into submission on small needles. Sadly, a smaller needle was also going to cause a denser, less draping fabric, which was not going to work for this design, so I opted to go up a needle size before scraping the whole design.

An interesting thing happened. When I went up to a US 9, the stitch definition improved. The drape still wasn't quite what I wanted, but the result was encouraging. I soldiered on and moved even further up the chain to a US 10. We have a winner! The textured stitch was even more defined and the fabric had drape. This little experiment, of course, had me studying the stitch structure to understand why the definition improved. The answer is simple: with the larger stitches, there is more yarn with more room to move, and thusly, the purls can pop further in relief from the stockinette background.  But, I digress. This wasn't the most interesting feature of this exercise for me.

What interested me most about this little swatch exercise was my collection of needles. I was working with circular needles. I'm proud to admit to a significant and broad collection of tools. I love my needles; they make knitting a joy. However... When exactly, and for what project, did I obtain a 60 inch US 10 needle?!? I cannot think of ANY project in my past that required such a needle. I even took a minute to troop through my Ravelry project pages to try and identify what triggered that acquisition, and although I was unable to exact a history, tonight I'm thrilled to have it among my tools as it's the right tool for this job.

Clearly, it's past my bedtime when my curiosity is peaked by the history of an acquisition over the science behind an accomplishment.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 78 - Reflections



This episode is a reflective look at the podcast, how designs have developed and lessons learned, with a responsive projection of things to come.

Knit Up & Dye
Host: Jessica L'Heureux

Ravelry: jesseknits
Ravelry Group: Knit Up & Dye Podcast
Instagram: dyemonkeyyarns
Blog: www.dyemonkeyyarns.com
Email: jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com
Etsy: http://dyemonkeyyarns.etsy.com
Patreon: https://patreon.com/knitupanddye

Theme Music:
"Throw the Hammer Hard" - Bob Log III
Thank you, thank you, Bob for letting me use this!
Buy his music at www.boblog111.com

Online Events!

Design Along!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group.
https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knit-up--dye-podcast
Click on any of the "Design Along" threads.
Deadline is September 1st

Ornament Exchange!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group
https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knit-up--dye-podcast
Click on "Ornament Exchange" for details and registration
OR Visit www.dyemonkeyyarns.com
and click on "Ornament Exchange" to register.
Registration is open until September 1st.
Open to U.S. only - $7.00 participation fee

Knit Pals Community Mixer!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group
https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knit-up--dye-podcast
Click on "Knit Pals Community Mixer"
Registration is open until August 24th.


Please join this fantastic, loving, supportive community.
We'd love to have you.

See you next time!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Knit Up and Dye Episode 77 - Let It Be Enough



This time I explore being enough.
Stop letting yourself judge yourself against your idea of other people's standards and let you, your life, your work and your experience be enough. Be kind to yourself.
Also, announcements about the Ornament Exchange, Design Along and Knit Pals Community Mixer.


Knit Up & Dye

Host: Jessica L'Heureux
Ravelry: jesseknits
Ravelry Group: Knit Up & Dye Podcast
Instagram: dyemonkeyyarns
Blog: www.dyemonkeyyarns.com
Email: jesse@dyemonkeyyarns.com
Etsy: http://dyemonkeyyarns.etsy.com
Patreon: https://patreon.com/knitupanddye

Theme Music:
"Throw the Hammer Hard" - Bob Log III
Thank you, thank you, Bob for letting me use this!
Buy his music at www.boblog111.com

Online Events!

Design Along!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group.
https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knit-up--dye-podcast
Click on any of the "Design Along" threads.
Deadline is September 1st

Ornament Exchange!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group
https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knit-up--dye-podcast
Click on "Ornament Exchange" for details and registration
OR Visit www.dyemonkeyyarns.com
and click on "Ornament Exchange" to register.
Registration is open until September 1st. Open to U.S. only - $7.00 participation fee

Knit Pals Community Mixer!
Join us on Ravelry in the "Knit Up & Dye Podcast" group
https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knit-up--dye-podcast
Click on "Knit Pals Community Mixer"
Registration is open until August 24th.

Please join this fantastic, loving, supportive community.
We'd love to have you.

See you next time!

Knit Pals Community Mixer

At long last, it is finally here and I don't think I could be more excited!

This fall, I'm hosting a virtual community mixer event. The premise is simple. I'm going to dye up two skeins each in a variety of colorways. You register online HERE so that I have a head count and know how many sets to dye. Then, after registration, I open up an exclusive mini shop to the registrants, and you each get to purchase one skein of yarn at 30% off. When I ship your yarn out to you, I'll be sending you the contact information of whomever purchased the skein that matches yours. Likewise, they will receive your contact information. From there - may a new friendship bloom! You'll each have the opportunity to reach out to your "Knit Pal" to email, chat, share and interact as you see fit, with a common colorway as a jumping off point.

Want more information? Details are HERE and questions are always welcome.
Register HERE until August 24th!
Yarns will be available to purchase no later than September 9th.

Come, enjoy some yarn and make a friend! We'd love to have you! OPEN WORLDWIDE!