Monday, April 23, 2012

Threnody Shawl- Knitty Spring/Summer 2012

Threnody on Knitty I am so excited! I love this shawl with all the crazy twists and wrong side row cables. Alot like the books by DM Cornish.
Tirzah Manzanita It really looks harder than it is. But I love these stitches.

Threnody is a charachter from the MosterBloodTattoo books.

Some of you may recognize the first stitch motif is the same one I used on the Regency Socks. I love the way the diamonds flow in and out of eachother in this stitch pattern.

At Sock Summit I was first introduced to IndigoDragonfly. I believe she said Tardis and there was no hope for the Whovian in me. Kez3 This shawl is so warm and lush. Perfect for the crazy Northern Californian mountains in spring...which could mean snow, rain or 80 degrees and sunshine. All in one week.

Repeating myself again...When you find good things, use them often. Right?
Zem5 The purple "lavender buds" from Holiday Yarns was from our Couer D'Or sock kits.
It is always fun using Jennifer's yarn, you never know what she is going to dye next. Staying with her is a blast as well. Lots of Laughing.

When I finished Threnody, I had to wait and wait and wait for all the rain to stop. TleeTal3 We caught a bit of sun on the last day of Spring Break, which meant a semi-close road trip was needed. Burney Falls! We had alot of fun, the out takes were pretty great.

At some point running around with all the shawls, the girls broke into Fiddler On The Roof. This is only natural when one has a shawl to drape over ones head. Singing at the top of their lungs and running up and down paths, around the falls.

By far the best was watching a 43 yr old man run around saying Yente's lines.

The Amazing glass shawl pin in the pictures is from KnittingGlassGuy aka Chris. He does glass needles, hooks and a few shawl pins as well. This one is 2 pieces, an arrow and a heart. Glass Shawl Pin It held in place quite well. Never slipped out even with all the waterfalls and climbing. Zem2 I used a bunch of Leslie Wind's shawl pins in other photos, which are not pictured except in the lil thumbnail on the pattern index.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Better than a cookie sheet! - plus prizes to win


A few years ago while making a cabled sweater, there were all these posts on using a cookie sheet and magnets to keep track of where you were in the patterns.
Now there are some pretty fun ways to dress up a cookie sheet and make a chart tracker.
( Example A, Example B, Example C, Example D )

BUT: it doesn't fit in your knitting bag or a purse! Even those magnet boards in craft stores are not travel friendly usually. The magnets can get bumped around and slide off the line you are on if you do manage to squeeze it into your bag.

Luckily for us, there are many other options for our pattern keeping needs. (Even if you do not like to knit from charts, it will keep your patterns from becoming scraps of paper torn at the bottom of your project bag.)

Things I Have Found:
These are some of the creative tools that the Paradise Knitters and Spinners have found for their knitting bags.

Doc-It Flip N'Clip

I found this item at rite aid for about $3. It can be used vertically or horizontally. You can flip the cover up and move your post-it note around easily, then cover it up so it doesn't migrate elsewhere.

*Heavy duty patented report cover holds up to 25 sheets of paper
*Reports can be presented in landscape or portrait format
*With a flip of the clip easily rearrange pages

speaking of Post-its...
Post-It Graph Paper

This is great for when you are looking thru a stitchionary and need to jot the stitch pattern down and see what designs go together

Post-It Super Sticky Notes

No matter how often you move your postits around, they loose their stick and fall off your pattern at a crucial charting moment. These last much longer than regular postits!

Graph Gripper

Down Sunshine Lane is an online cross stitch shop. Where I discovered the graph gripper. It clipps to a cross stitch frame, TV tray. side of a laptop... and holds the snippets of notes, graph'd out sts on postit or index cards.... These are $6.25 each.

Knit Picks Magnetic Chart Keeper

The KP Chart Keeper is $14.99, a great add when you are trying to boost your cart and get free shipping from KP. :)
From our Knit/Spin group, Ariya says this about the KP Chart Keeper:
What I like:
-Magnetic closure clasp is reversible so holder can stand up like an easel
-Inside panels are also magnetic w/ magnetic strips to secure pattern & easily keep track of rows
-Comfortable size (not too big, not too small)
-Easy to use

What I don't like:
-External magnetic clasp occasionally gets pulled off in my bag

If you loose the magnets you can get replacements.

Erin.Lane Pattern Wallet

At Stitches East 2011, I discovered Lindsey of Erin.Lane bags. Her booth was a beam of sunshine with all the bright fabrics. My daughter needed one of her sock sized project bags....and it was a downward spiral into Joel Dewberry fabrics.
Erin.Lane pattern wallets are designed to be used with HIGHLIGHTER TAPE...did I mention Highlighter Tape? This is pretty cool stuff! But we also discovered that it works great with the static cling highlighter bookmarks. The edges are bound in ribbon which is not only elegant but adds extra durability.
What Kezziah says about her Erin.Lane:
"I love how compact it is and still keeps everything secure. It is cute. I can easily put it in my JordanaPaige Bella. Did I mention that it is cute? I like the plastic pattern cover, it makes it easy to read thru and flexible. I love the ribbon edging's texture and shine and it adds a pretty touch. It is super cute."

$25 and free shipping last I checked when you bought it from the etsy shop.

Highlighter Guides -static cling highlighter bookmarks.(pkg of 3 for $2.75)

Highlighter tape- $2.50-3.00

Slipped Stitches miPattern Wallet
The bright side of the dark side of Knitting!

Slipped stitches has some crazy amazing fabrics. My personal favourite is the ghastlies which has images akin to gorey sitting doing needle work. At Sock Summit I requested a custom chart keeper, sent Laura home with the fabric and quickly had my chart keeper and coordinating magnets. I have brought it with me on planes and car rides. The magnets are strong enough to have several layers of paper between them without sliding around. The new design has an extender so you can prop your chart wallet upright for a quick glance 9anti-glare plastic). The Notions Pocket allows you to safely, easily store your supplies in one spot out of the way, so it’s ready to go when you are!

What Sue says about her Custom Slipped Stitches miPattern Wallet:
"I love my pattern keeper and magnets from Slipped Stitches Studios! Especially since my baby is now crawling and into everything! Not only is my pattern sfae from ripping hands but also I always know where I am on the pattern with the magnets. She is an amazing seamstress who does a beautiful job and will take special orders."

What is wonderful about both Erin.Lane and Slipped Stitches is that you can coordinate all your knitting stuffs: Small-Large project bags, scissor fobs, pattern wallets... Choosing just one is where it gets tough! I will not admit publicly how many items I have from either one. :)

Electronic Pattern Keepers?
I adore my NookTablet!(Starting at $199-Member BN Discount available) The MicroSd card holds all my pdfs and I can easily keep track of where I am at with the EZpdf reader app ($2.99). On the Nook I also have several knitting books so I can easily find a tip or trick. The NookTablet is now even better with the various knitting magazines that can also be subscribed to.

Some Giveaways:
Slipped Stitches Sheepy Wallet, Erin.Lane Wallet. Doc-it FlipNClip, Graph Gripper

I have one of each to give away! The best part of enabling is getting to share the wealth of knowledge AND the fun products!

How to win?
Between now and April 23rd:
1-Follow this Blog and comment on this post that you did
2-Like YarnYenta Designs on Facebook and comment on this post that you did
3-Follow Yarn_Yenta on Twitter and comment on this post that you did.

  WINNERS! Talia with her broken hand, selected the following winners (you have to let a 6 yr old happy and let her pick winners ya know. it is better than random numbers.)
 Karenia- Wins the Erin.Lane pattern keeper
 Bobbie wins the Slipped Stitches mipattern keeper
 Vicki wins a Doc-It and a cool collection of knitting magnets 
Knits With Penguins wins a Doc-It and a cool collection of knitting magnets
Hannah wins a Doc-It and a cool collection of knitting magnets
MrsMizwins a Doc-It and Graphy PostIts
 Sue wins the graph gripper

 Thanks to everyone for playing along. I need some addresses, so keep and eye out for a message from me.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Reading along the dye pots

I recently picked up this book, Color: A natrual History of the Palette by Victoria Finay.

I really have enjoyed it so far. Wonder where did those colours originate? Victoria travels the world to find out. It is a pleasure to go on this journey with her, but I LOVE COLOUR!
The book is birthed from a childhood memory- “I remember my father taking me by the hand and telling me that the stained glass had been created nearly eight hundred years ago,” she says, “Today, he said, we don’t know how to make that blue. Sometime around about then I decided in my small but very determined heart that I would find out 'about the colors.' One day.”
Which reminds me to find those teachable moments with my own children. You never know what will spark their imaginations and put their feet in a specific direction.

Having some amazing friends who work with dyes and colorants, I knew a little bit about Indigo and cochineal beetles. Victoria has shared an incredible amount of information in this book in a warm, cozy way, as if you were sharing a cup of tea rather than sitting in a lecture hall.

There are quotes as well, which I also like to collect. Ofcourse, the Keats quote got the attention of the girls in the house. It was also one I could relate to. Knowing that colour is just light and how it bends and what we perceive colour to be. It does seem to take away the magic by “unweaving the rainbow by reducing it to a prism”. Victoria gives back a little of the magic in the myth, legends and colour lore that she discovers and weaves in with the historical and scientific bits.

Each chapter is based on a hue, and finally you reach "the end of the rainbow.
Come and learn the richness of the colours that we have sadly forgotten, in our hi-def and colour saturated world.

Thursday, April 05, 2012


This month I have been knitting for 8 years.
As some of you may know, I have a thing for numbers and meanings. Eight, shemoneh, is the number for "new beginnings".
I love new beginnings. This is near to the end of my "double chai" year, so I am enjoying it as much as I can. I can't wait to see what is up ahead.

Alot of new stuff is happening in my knitting, in my life, and in my family. (no new walker babies, so stop thinking that is the big news!)
Actually alot of it is secret, but you will get to see it soon. Some of it is knitting related, which may shock you.

In a couple weeks, I am going to do a fun celebration give away. So stay tuned.
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