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November 28, 2017

From Susan — The Bold and The Beautiful

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 12:33 am

It’s big and it’s bold!  I wrote about my quest recently for the perfect yarn for my “even larger” Plaid Squared bag.  I found the yarn and started knitting the bag based on my diagrams.  I will put together my notes and send out the “recipe” as an addendum to the Plaid Squared pattern.  It will not be as detailed but it is based on the other bags so the directions are there.

The colors just aren’t right — the really dark color is actually a medium gray.  I will try to get better pics when it is done.  I ordered some leather handles and bought some lining fabric.  It turned out just like I pictured, so I am very pleased.

The miracle of felting!!

Now that that’s done, I can think about the next project.  I am starting a sweater with the slowest ribbing known to knitting kind.  I am barely able to slog through a row a day.

PS: the shawl in one shawl in a gold to gray gradient, called Reverse Psychology.  Sally and I both made it!

PS2 to Diane:  These are the handles I ordered – have not yet received them.  And these are the handles shown on the original red and black bag.

November 24, 2017

From Susan — Black Friday Give Away

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 10:58 am

Instead of a discount, I am doing a giveaway!  Buy my Snowfall Hat pattern and receive the Snowfall Mitts pattern absolutely FREE today only – until midnight!  You must buy the hat first, not the other way around!!  Just in time for holiday gift knitting – or for yourself…and sorry but it does not apply to previous purchases.  Don’t you just hate that! 😉

November 22, 2017

From Susan — Indie Dyer

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 9:31 am

Yes.  I am a new indie dyer of beautiful yarns.  Okay.  In the interest of full disclosure, I am the dyer of one skein of yarn!! 🙂

Last night the Minnesota Knitters Guild hosted their November meeting and we all got to dabble in dying yarn with Kool-Aid!  The meeting was a blast and extremely well organized!!

I started with a skein of KnitPicks Bare Palette (Peruvian Wool 440 yds, 100 grams, $5.99) that has been in my stash for years.  Pure animal fibers work best, I guess.

Soak the yarn thoroughly for at least 20-30 minutes.  Most of us brought in wet yarn.  Take a bowl of water (enough to cover the yarn) and add 1 package of Kool Aid for every ounce of yarn.  I used 4 packages of Watermelon (apparently I was inspired by the watermelon colored shirt I was wearing!).  My friend Kim dyed hers an intense Kelly green.

Add the yarn and swish the yarn gently in the Kool Aid water.  Make sure the water covers the yarn completely.  Microwave it 4-8 minutes, checking after 4 minutes.  The water should be clear, and mine was!  Rinse gently in very hot water to avoid felting the yarn.  Other people used very concentrated colors to paint their yarn.  That process is slightly different and since I didn’t do mine that way I didn’t pay very close attention.

My yarn is a gorgeous color, though there are some white areas.  I am going to over dye with additional watermelon Kool Aid to color the white.  I am more than fine with some tonality in the final product!  I think I will knit a lacy scarf with my beautiful yarn.  I am so pleased with how it turned out and will definitely try this again!!  Thanks, MKG!!!

PS: I did over dye my yarn  with more Kool-Aid, but did not find powder at the store I was at, so I bought the liquid.  I squirted the whole bottle into a bowl of water and repeated the process described above, making sure that the white areas were exposed to the color.  The white is gone and I don’t think the color changed much overall!


November 17, 2017

From Susan — Ten Million on Cuteness Meter!!

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 10:02 am

Sorry, could not resist Baby Tony!!

I have had a thing for hippos for YEARS and this one is way adorable!!  The tongue sticking out??!!  Gimme a break!

November 13, 2017

From Susan — Reverse Psychology Plaid

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 2:11 pm

You know how you get a bee in your bonnet over something?  I have had it in my head for a while now to knit a Plaid Squared bag in the same color combination as the Reverse Psychology Shawl (scarf??) I made earlier in the year.  I am teaching Plaid Squared as a class at The Yarnery right now, so this notion hit a fever pitch!  I dragged my poor shawl/scarf everywhere and hit almost every store in town.

The problem was that most of the stores that carry Cascade 220 and 220 Heathers do not have all of the colors (including The Yarnery).  I needed to see them together with my shawl.  Finally, at Lakeside Yarn in Excelsior Minnesota, I struck gold.  Literally, the Color Gold 9463B.  And they had the gray and “mixed” color I wanted: Charcoal Grey 8400 and Straw 4010. 🙂

The bag I am knitting is an even larger bag than the “Deeper Bag.”  I also have had this bee buzzing around for a while — can I make the bag larger and still have the bottom wrap around continuously?  I can and I am!!  I will add this as an addendum to the pattern as more of a recipe than a step-by-step tome.  Once you have made one of these bags, it would be easy to make the larger version.  More to come when it gets finished.

Do not ask the inevitable question: how many felted bags does one person need?

PS to Janetcc — I have thought about using two, lighter weight yarns for this.  The problem is also a limited selection, BUT when the combination of yarns felts, it does not do so evenly.  They would need to be twisted perfectly together to have an even felt.  Cascade did make their worsted in a tweed variety.  I have a black-brown combination that pairs perfectly with dark brown and black.  It is very dark so I deemed it unsuitable.  The brown-black does not even show up on their website any longer so I do not know if they still make it.

November 4, 2017

From Susan — Snowfall – the Pattern – Has Dropped!!

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 1:11 am

I have been sitting on this for weeks now, just waiting for all the pieces to fall into place.  Today I finally launched my most recent design.  Somehow I got this inspiration to knit a snowflake hat using beads to create the snowflakes.  Beads replace yarn in the colorwork and it is really fun knitting.

Snowfall Hat and Snowfall Mitts

Sally, friend Kim, and friend Shelley have been wonderful test knitters.  I see more beaded knitting patterns in my future – already ideas are blossoming!!

Here is Sally’s daughter wearing her “Snowy Snowy Night” version:

PS to Nancy: I abhor eight-sided snowflakes!!  How can they be even considered a snowflake??!!??  And the beads are super easy to do.  It’s just knitting.

PS2 to Karen: I really wanted to use dark gray Fresco.  They showed that it existed, but it is listed everywhere as being a discontinued color.  I knew it would be the perfect yarn for the gray version.

I contacted Classic Elite and here is what they replied, “We have discontinued the grays because the angora in the yarn was working its way up through the fabric and then pilling terribly. It seems to be a problem with the dark grays, I don’t know why.  The decision was made to discontinue the color to avoid unhappy customers.  Fresco is not going away. It is a great yarn and we see many years into its future.”  I am sure it will be fine for your projects and I am a bit envious of you using the gray.  But since it was discontinued, I just did not want to use it for the pattern samples.  They recommended Inca Alpaca but it is worsted weight and way too heavy.

PS3 – links to our bead source are included in the patterns.  We got ours from Fire Mountain Gems – size 6 sliver lined.

November 3, 2017

From Both of Us — The Rainey Sisters On the Road

Filed under: Updates — Both Sisters @ 11:01 am

We just returned from a road trip to North Carolina to attend an event for the National Inclusion Project (a very worthwhile cause).  Sally has been involved for quite some time, but this was Susan’s first time attending the gala and other events.

Here we are hanging out at a local pub:

Susan really is not a blonde bombshell!  We got very little knitting done, but had fun.  Susan met a lot of new friends – many from New York!  Whatta hoot that was.  They kept making fun of the Minne-soh-ta accent!!

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