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September 2009 Newsletter

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      Instructional Article - Joining in the Round  
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Knitting in the Round 101: Joining in the Round

Here in the shop we see quite a few projects, and we've noticed that about half of the projects we see knit in the round haven't been joined properly. What's this? There's a right and a wrong way to join in the round? Well, sort of -- like anything else in knitting, there's more than one way to go about it -- but some ways create a more seamless join, while others give something like a curb on your cast-on edge. Maybe you've done a project in the round already (and are nodding at the curb reference), or perhaps you've shyed away from projects knit in the round because (eek!) you have no idea how to 'join in the round'. Either way, read on and learn two of our favorite methods for joining in the round!

Method One: Slip over

  1. Cast on the number of stitches your pattern calls for.

  2. With the cast-on edge pointing away from you, slide the 1st cast-on stitch (if you did a Long Tail cast-on, this is the one in your left hand) to the end of the other needle (the right needle for a Long Tail cast-on).

  3. Slip the last cast on stitch UP and OVER the 1st cast on stitch - and put it on the opposing needle (Basically, the first and last stitches are just swapping places... the end stitch from the right needle goes to the left needle - and vice versa.)

  4. Pull both your working yarn and the cast-on tail tight. Begin knitting!

Method Two: Knit two together

  1. Cast on the number of stitches your pattern calls for, plus one (ie, if the pattern says to CO 15, you'll CO 16).

  2. With the cast-on edge pointing away from you, slide the first cast on stitch to the end of your left needle, and the last cast on stitch to the end of your right needle, so both are ready to be worked (similar to the method above).

  3. Slip the last cast on stitch off of your right needle back onto the left needle.

  4. Knit those 2 stitches (the last and first cast-on) together. This will bring your number of stitches down to the correct amount. Begin knitting!

Note: when knitting in the round, you will always knit from your left needle to your right needle (just as if you were knitting on straight needles). Also, if you set your knitting down be sure you always start out with your working yarn coming off of the last stitch on the right needle. Many a knitter has accidentally begun knitting in the wrong direction when learning to knit in the round!

You can view larger photos with this Joining in the Round knitting instructional article on our site.

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      Kit of the Month: Kathryn Alexander DooDad Scarf Kit  
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DooDad Scarf Kit
DooDad Scarf Kit
Originally $128
On Sale for $102.40

Whimsy your fall knitting with the Kathryn Alexander DooDad Scarf Kit -- one of the most unique scarf kits available! Plus, save 20% through the end of September! Everything about this scarf kit says fun, from the 32 hand-dyed colors to the 'doodads', and easy-to-follow instructions with color graphics. Knit primarily in blocks and rectangles with the triangles and doodads added later, it's a relatively easy knit with enough extra technique to keep your interest. I love them of course because I can't leave well enough alone, and I like to switch a color here and there to make mine one of a kind!

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      New Debbie Bliss Yarns And Books  
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So far this month, the shop has been abuzz with excitement over the all of the new Debbie Bliss yarns and books arriving for fall projects. Debbie Bliss yarns have been no exception, with four new yarns and a whole slew of books to accompany them. Actually, we've been salivating over a few of the books since early summer, but now that the yarns are here the temptation is unbearable! Ashley and Ambers' favorite is the Alpaca Silk Aran yarn. It's just so soft and snuggly! Victoria is eyeing the Fez yarn for its unique fiber content -- 85% extrafine merino and 15% camel! Each of the four yarns definitely has something to offer, softness, fiber content, and luxury -- all at affordable prices. Debbie Bliss isn't one to leave us without inspiration, either. Each yarn is featured in at least one book: Como, Fez, Rialto, and the Luxury Collection for Alpaca Silk Aran projects.

Debbie Bliss Como
$9.95 a ball
(Como Book Shown)
Debbie Bliss Luxury Collection
Alpaca Silk Aran
$8.95 a ball
(Luxury Collection Shown)
Debbie Bliss Fez
$8.95 a ball
(Fez Book Shown)
Debbie Bliss Rialto Book
Rialto DK
$8.95 a ball
(Rialto Book Shown)
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      Fun New Accessories  
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Cool New Needles and Accessories for Fall!

I'm not exactly what you'd call a gadget nut, but I do like tools that make life a bit easier (and more fun!).

Pocketflex LED Light
Mighty Bright Book Light

Perhaps you need a little more light while knitting? The Mighty Bright Book Light could be your answer. It is small, portable, and really works!

Regia ABS Latex
Regia ABS Latex

Personally, my favorite is the Regia ABS Latex to make socks less slippery. The ABS Latex allows you to make your own slip-free socks or slippers? I've almost slipped in the kitchen more than once wearing my knitted socks. You can either use one of their stencils to make fancy puffy-paint designs - or you can freehand your own designs. Either way is bound to be tons of fun and a great family activity - you knit the socks, Junior can decorate the bottoms... aha! what a great team gift for grandpa or dad... ok, now i'm rambling...

Sock and Lace Needle Gauge Pendant
Sock and Lace Needle Gauge Pendant

Jeanne and Sandy were first in line for the Debra's Garden Sock and Lace Needle Gauge Pendants. Of course, the Latex is more fun to play with!

Clover 9-inch Circulars
Clover 9" Circulars

Also, shorter circular needles are all the rage these days... we just received 9" circular needles from Clover, as well as 8" circular needles from Addi... After knitting a few rows with the 9" ones, i'm not quite sure yet how i feel about them - the quality is fantastic (the joins are flawless, the wood super smooth, etc..), but I just don't think i'll be throwing out the double points anytime soon. Take a look at some reviews of the Clover Circular Needles and / or some Addi Circular Needle reviews. You can also post your own and help out your fellow knitters!

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      New Books and Kits  
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Kathryn Alexander Thumb Only Work Glove Kit

Thumb Only Work Gloves
Thumb Only Glove Kit

All this talk about knitting in the round have you itching to give it a try? Kathryn Alexander's Thumb Only Work Glove Kit is a great way to practice your skills, and maybe develop a few more! Her kits are great because they always use hand-dyed wools, and have enough color to fend off any mid-project blahs (and we all know anything knit in pairs runs the risk of blahs -- think second sock sickness!). Though this kit incorporates Fair Isle, Kathryn firmly believes the determined and adventurous advanced beginner/intermediate knitter could tackle this pattern. I agree with her!

Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting

Book of Fair Isle Knitting
Book of Fair Isle Knitting

If you're one of us knitters who've been saving up your beloved yarn budget (or scouring every second hand bookstore in town) to buy a copy of Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting, wait no longer! It's back in reprint, and it's priced at $24.95! Though the originally sought-after copies are hardcover, this reprint of her book is in even more affordable softcover and is as fantastic as the original. Full of charts, techniques, history, and patterns, Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting pays homage to Scotland's celebrated craft in a way both beginners and seasoned knitters can appreciate.

Other New Books


It's the beginning of the Fall Season and that means tons of new books and magazines! To be quite honest, I haven't been able to knit very much since the Huckster was born (see photo left). The body of that kureyon sweater shown below is all i've managed to accomplish in the last 90 days... and I'm starting to feel a bit anxious about it. In fact, as I sit here and type - and look through all of the gorgeous pattern books that have come through the doors lately - my heartrate rises b/c I know that i simply won't have time to get my hands cracking on the projects inside. And here i thought that fiber was supposed to CALM me down - haha?! Well, enough of the pity party... I've heard rumors that I'll start to have more time for myself (and for my knitting) in about 18 years. In the meantime, I'm hoping that all of you will enjoy the patterns below on my behalf. :)

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      Sale Update - Save 10 - 50% on Grayson E Leather Handles!  
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We've just received a box of Grayson E. 2nd Quality handles, clasps, and base cups that are the best-of-the-best products of the dyeing mishap the company experienced last spring. Each piece is just as beautiful as the 'firsts', but is decidedly different. Officially, these gorgeous handles are called 'seconds', but I prefer to call them unique! To give you an idea of what we mean, the colors are different from the previous standard colors. The greens are more of a leafy shade and the Amber Long Rolled Handles have a great patina appearance. As always, feel free to give us a call or hop onto Live Chat to ask about specific items and colors. At 30-50% off, we're sure they'll sell fast -- and once we're out, we're out for good! (P.S. We're putting all of our 1st Quality Leather products at 10% off as well... and we're working on taking more photos of the 2nd colors - the shipment just arrived today, so it might take a few days - thanks in advance for your patience.)

In addition to the handles shown below, we also have the following at 30% off: Large Wide Handles, Large Wide Snake-Stamped Handles, Large Rolled Buckle Handles, Long Narrow Handles and more!

Base Cups
Base Cups
Save 50% a Pair
Was $39.50
Now $19.75
Small Rolled
Small Rolled
Save 30% a Pair
Was $31.95
Now $22.36
Large Rolled
Large Rolled
Save 30% a Pair
Was $42
Now $29.40
Save 50%
Was $28
Now $14
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      On Our Needles...  
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As promised, I've started Huck's Kureyon sweater. I can't believe how fast he's growing these days -- I've got to hurry up and finish! There's lots of fall knitting going on around the shop, but I think we're all trying to pretend winter isn't right around the corner. The projects most the girls are working on aren't necessarily for cold weather, though in one way or another they're fall-related!

Huck's Kureyon Sweater
Huck's Kureyon Sweater

OK, so maybe I don't have to knit that fast, I did decide to knit the 12 month size--it just seems to be going by so quickly (and at the rate I knit...well you get the idea). It's the Baby Pullover pattern from Knitting Pure & Simple , and it's been just that--simple! No fancy stitch patterns, minimal finishing--perfect for a new-mom knit!

Jeanne's Meringo Scarf
Jeanne's Meringo Scarf

Pink and knitting aren't two words Jeanne normally uses in the same sentence (have you noticed a tendency towards greens and yellows in her knitting too?!), but she's just started on this yummy scarf for her mother in law out of the Lana Grossa Meringo (on sale 25% off!). Meringo is 40% angora, giving it a unique lighter-than-air softness.

Huck's Felted Hat
Huck's Felted Jasper Hat

It got pretty chilly here in the Sierras the other day, so before taking Huck and the fellas (Buddy and Wiley) for a walk, I traded in Huck's summery bucket hat for a felted version. One of our customers knit and felted this earflap hat for him using 2 hanks of Berroco Jasper. Now isn't he just the cutest??! LOL.

Victoria's Comfort Apron
Victoria's Comfort Apron

Victoria just couldn't resist this apron from the hot-off-the-press Interweave Knits Weekend '09 Special Issue. She (wisely!) chose the Comfort yarn for her project because it is both machine-washable and dryable. It's made from 50% Superfine Acrylic and 50% Superfine Nylon, and Victoria says she loves the quality and durability.

Ashley's Pumpkin
Ashley's Cascade 220 Pumpkin

Ashley describes herself as a 'seasonal decorating maniac', so with fall on our doorstep it's no wonder she's working up a pumpkin! The pattern is her own design, but she promises that if it comes out well she'll share! She's using Cascade 220 on size US 6 needles, so that when she stuffs the pumpkin it will have a tight, uniform appearance.

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       Thanks for Reading and Happy Knitting!  
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