Next Knitting Circle: Holiday Gathering at Kathryn's
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The afghan will be raffled off on 11/15/08 at UUFH's annual services auction (raffle tickets $10 each, 3/$25).
Thanks to all the UU Ewes who contributed squares: Frances, Dove, Carol, Kathryn, Maria, Liz, Gerri, Sylvia, and Ginny!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Summer Greetings from CARE TO KNIT! Once again we will be donating children's hats and mittens to the Brooke Jackman Foundation. Your handmade items will be included in "Brooke Packs" which will be filled with school supplies and delivered to needy children as they go back to school in September. Please send us your donations by Friday, July 18th. This year 2000 back packs will be filled!
As in the past we will be devoting the month of October to Breast Cancer Awareness and are encouraging our knitters and crocheters to "Think Pink". Chemo hats, scarves and blankets will be needed in every shade of pink. They bring smiles and much comfort to women undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.
We also have need for children's chemo caps in every color. Please check our website www.caretoknit.org to see the good work we are doing and for updates on our needs and events.
Our thanks for your support and interest in our mission. You continue to help us grow and extend our reach.
Our best wishes for a Happy and Safe Summer!
Ines Basso Glick
Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
The Name's the Thing
The yarn's name will be the first thing you notice. The name of the company will be prominent as well. These are the first and last names of the yarn and are matters of great importance. The naming of yarn is a critical part of the merchandising, and much thought is given to this process. It is the way knitters refer to the product and spread the word among other knitters whether the yarn is liked or not! The country of origin is displayed, and often the company address is offered. Some labels contain a Web site, which is helpful if the knitter has questions regarding the yarn after purchase.
Fibers Front & Center
Fibers used in the yarn are clearly shown, including percentages, if the yarn is composed of more than one fiber. This information lets you know what to expect in the performance of the yarn, both while knitting with it and when the final product is in use. If using wool of a special variety, the label will indicate that. Terms used are usually generic, but there may be specifics added to show special qualities, such as Sea Island cotton or merino wool.
Color & Dye Lots
The color and dye-lot designations are critical to note. Knitters are warned to purchase more than they think they might require of the same dye lot (the specific batch number of the color) because even minute differences in the batches can cause a glaringly obvious line when the two balls are joined in a finished product.
Weight is shown in grams and ounces, and the length of the yarn, frequently in both yards and meters, is indicated. This is critical information to the knitter, but be aware that there may be slightly fewer or more yards in the ball or skein. For that reason, it's always prudent to purchase one more unit of yarn than you think you will require.
The weight classification is prominently shown, as this is the information knitters use to make decisions regarding which gauge to use. The knitting industry has standardized the written descriptions of weights of yarn into a system more easily understood in the world market. Rather than the somewhat ambiguous terms knitters have used, the industry suggests that a number designation be used to determine the thickness of yarns, and therefore, the gauge range.
Using these symbols, the knitter can determine which yarn will be needed for the pattern she or he has in mind.
The symbols are now in use, but there will be a period of transition as knitters become accustomed to the designations. Newer patterns will incorporate these symbols, but knitters will need to make the translations when using older patterns.
What's Your Gauge?
The small boxes with numbers and needles relate to the needle size used to achieve the correct gauge with the yarn. As we know, gauge is a personal matter, and is among many factors which affect the final result. The suggested needle size merely offers a starting place for your swatch. Most domestic yarns will offer both a metric and U.S. version of the needle size. However, if the yarn is manufactured abroad, do not expect that the U.S. size will be shown. If the number is listed with a comma where it does not seem to belong (i.e., 3,5), it is a metric number, and you may need a needle gauge to determine the U.S. equivalent.
Along the bottom and side of the box are the dimensions (10cm x 10cm,
4 inches) as well as the number of stitches and rows your yarn will produce under the general tension standards. This is the part which will vary greatly. It does not matter what needle size you need to get the correct gauge, but you must achieve that gauge if the knit project is to fit.
Laundry instructions are suggested with a temperature limit inside the box. The yarn label will indicate whether the yarn should be dry-cleaned or washed by hand or machine, and will also indicate the best method for drying your project. Even the temperatures for drying may be suggested. This may be critical information, particularly when acrylics are involved. This fiber is sensitive to high heat, which can permanently alter the hand or drape of the fiber.
As you can see, the label can be a helpful resource of information when making a yarn choice. This article is not intended to be a complete discourse on the subject, but more of a starting point on the topic. For more information, please check out the data at YarnStandards.com, a Web site sponsored by the Craft Yarn Council of America.
(from the Creative Knitting e-Newsletter, May 23, 2008)
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Anyone up for a knitting picnic in the park? Could be fun!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
SNATCHES OF DIALOGUE
Kathryn: It's a baby sweater. It uses two different textures and five different colors of yarn. It's easy!
Maria: I hate this project, it's taking forever, it keeps slipping off the needles, I should have doubled the yarn, my dad isn't even going to wear it ...
Sylvia: Maria, do five rows on your Dad's scarf and then you can start your shawl.
Maria: Who knew Sylvia was such a martinet?
Chorus: What's a martinet?
Gerri: It’s a sock pouch. See? You carry your sock projects in it.
Ginny: I'm crocheting a cover for my umbrella. I'm starting it now and ... oh look! I'm done!
Chris: Maria, why do you keep working at something you don't like?
Maria: (grumble, grumble ... )
Someone: Dove, you’re a talented knitter.
Dove: ME? Oh, well yes, I've made numerous projects, including hats and shawls, but I'm not really very good ...
Sharon: (silently knitting away on her orange belt)
Chris: Look at my project! I love it! It's a wrap, it's a ballgown, it’s a SuperKnitter cape ...
Maria: I brought this brochure just for us to look at. It’s how to start an alpaca farm.
Someone: You know they breed alpacas on Long Island.
Maria: I do have a big backyard.
Gerri: I made a mistake. Right here. Can you see it? No? Good.
Chris: Knitting is a metaphor for life; you can't let the errors bother you. Let's go swimming, I'm hot.
Kathryn: Time for ice cream!
Everyone: Kathryn, we should do this every year!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Right now several of us have arranged an Intro to Lace class at Knitters Therapy in Northport on Saturday, 3/29 from 4-5pm ($30). Let me know if you are interested in joining us!
Monday, February 4, 2008
One error in a pattern can ruin the knitting experience. Digibabe, a knitting blogger, has compiled a substantial collection of links to errata in books and magazines. In addition, many publishers have corrections available on their web sites in PDF format. If time permits, print out the errata and insert it into the offending book! (Thanks, Sue DeM!)
As of MONDAY, 2/4 at 10:12 AM:
All of the afghan squares are now assigned, with the following exceptions:
#43 MOLLUSKS (uses cable needle) = NEED ONE MORE
#36, #37, #38 (two), #39, #40, #41, #42 (two), #44 (two), #45 = 12
TWO EACH of #39, #40, #44, and #45 and THREE OF #43 = 11
ONE OF #38, TWO EACH OF #39, #41, #42, #43, #45 = 11
#36 (two), #38 (one), and TWO EACH of #40, #41, #42, #44 = 11
ONE OF #37, TWO EACH OF #39, #40, #42, #44 = 9
#36 (three), #40 (two), #42 (one), #43 (two), #45 (three) = 11
#37 (two), #38 (two), #39 (three), #44 (two) = 9
#36 (two), #38 (two), #40, #41, #42, #43 (two), #45 (two) = 11
ONE EACH OF #38, #41, #42, #43 = 4
JUDIE G ("delano")
ONE EACH OF #41, #42 = 2
ONE EACH OF #37, #38, #44 = 3
TWO OF #36, ONE OF #37 and #44 = 4
JUDY G ("tutsah")
THREE OF #37 = 3
DEADLINE for the finished squares, for those of us who work best with deadlines: OCTOBER 1, 2008. This will give us enough time to stitch it all together in time for the auction in mid-November!