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|Some of the TKD crew enjoying the five minutes of sun we had this spring: Karen, Lucy, Kathleen and Susan.|
I'm home at last after some memorable and extensive travels. "Great, but what about the DVDs?", I hear you ask; "Were they not promised to us for May, or at least June?"
Yes, dear reader, they do in fact exist: the DVDs are very, very, ever so excruciatingly nearly ready to go into production. More on this sensitive topic later!
After a week of frantically working my way through the truly terrifying backlog of papers and notes in the office, I am just beginning to achieve some sense of order (delusional maybe, but it works for me). I am now fearlessly tackling long lists (both domestic and knit-related) and slaying "round-to-it"s with a vengeance.
Looming large on the domestic list is the reclamation of the front
sitting room for activities such as sitting and knitting, chatting and
knitting or listening (to music/books on my Pod) and knitting (all in an atmosphere blissfully
uninterrupted by the sounds of gunfire so popular in "boy's" movies): it is the room without a TV.
This bag accumulation has a direct connection with my travels on several levels: During the last and most desperate stages of departure fever, multiple projects MUST be packed for the forthcoming trip. Each project is required to be useful and further some design idea, and yet be sufficiently developed for on-the-go knitting. The early trial-and-error stages are not wise travel-knitting.
Then the appropriate receptacle must be chosen; I am lucky enough to have one of the foremost collections of knitting bags on the Eastern Seaboard of the continent of North America. I have deep ones, wide ones, pretty ones and ones with pockets; each emblazoned with the name of the guild, store or state from which it hailed, each with its own sentimental attachments. How on earth to decide?
Into the selected vessel I must stow my needles. The selection needs to be wide enough to cover all eventualities (including possible airline confiscation, which means duplicating the needles in the carry-on luggage, just in case). Yarns (in every colour that my heart desires or might desire tomorrow) and print-outs of any pattern notes thus far written. I naturally enclose far more of everything than I could possibly need (unless some catastrophe held me captive with my knitting for in excess of three years).
The chosen bag or bags then sally forth with me, their contents finding
favour or not, as the mood takes. Rarely can anything be completed on the
road; it is never the right moment, somehow. On my return, they are hauled out
of my cases and thrust into a corner of the Suitcase Transfer Station (the
only room in the house which isn't already chock-full of knitting). There
they sit full of expectation and promise.
Somehow or other I now have to find sufficient determination to sit down
with each bag in turn and examine its contents, re-file the assorted
needles, tape measure, miscellaneous notes, partial balls of yarn, pencils,
and other more esoteric items that have crept into the bags and are now long
forgotten. Just about anything could be lurking there! Maybe I should get
This whole process I find very hard to embark upon and I can find any number
of creative ways to avoid getting started; speaking of which, I am sure I should go for a hike right now! Have I
mentioned that I'm in training?
This brings us to the forthcoming influx of DVDs (which will also be looking
for space); however, we will be cheering loudly to see them arrive: we have
been inching ever closer to production for what seems like forever.
Just to state the obvious: we are now behind our anticipated release date. Happily, we are at the end of the indexing process; a long complicated (and expensive) process of linking the chapters to the topics, and topics to the examples, to enable you to navigate smoothly around the subjects. It is very tempting to rush these final stages, but I'm gritting my teeth and resisting. I am sure it will be worth the extra few days, although I can hardly wait to hear of your reaction to the Contented Stitch section!
We apologise to those of you who have prepaid orders pending and are
patiently waiting, needles poised: the addressed envelopes are all ready to leave as
soon as they are stuffed....
Since I last put fingers to keyboard I have become hooked on a new obsession: I-pod-itis. It started innocently enough, a good friend (very generously and trustingly, as I now know what a big deal it to part with one's pod) lent me her pod to listen to a knitting podcast. I was on the road and thus didn't have the chance to listen for very long, but the damage was done. This experience, coupled with our producer Colin's suggestion that we should market some clips of the DVD downloadable for pods have tipped me down the slippery slope to techno-dweebiness. I have (with help from tech-savvy friends) copied Knitting Essentials 1 to my pod and it plays remarkably well. In the fullness of time we hope to make sections of the DVDs easily available to poddists through www.theknittingvault.com. You can also find .pdf patterns from many designers, including me, available for instant purchase there. This a great postage- and time-saver for pattern purchases.
|For those of you who, in the last Spun Yarn, read about my daughter Holly's sudden metamorphosis into a serious knitter , I enclose a photo of one of her WIPs: she took the Domino Blanket idea and ran with it... as you might be able to tell, she too seems attracted to colour . It was also obvious that she has fully joined the knitting side when her response to having to wait a couple of days for her final Provincial chemistry exam was not to study like crazy, but to fall eagerly upon a ball of sock yarn and embark on a new sock!|
I must now say my farewells and get back to my frantic campaign for order,
before the lazy-hazy-summer-days inertia steals over me (mind you, if it
continues to rain as it has this last week, I should get a LOT of work done).
Have you ever noticed how your first day of vacation lasts a full 24 hours
packed with action, fun and new experiences, but every succeeding day passes
Wishing you all contented stitches,
PS. With order comes creativity (for me), so I'd better get things straight before I become overwhelmed with new ideas. I've done three of the infamous "knitting bags"... I'm not revealing how many more there are to go!
PPS. LATE-BREAKING NEWS: Just as this letter was about to shoot off into cyberspace, we were informed that the first two DVD titles are now at the production plant ready to roll. Time for a Happy Dance!
|Origami Bag (#870)
With a single fold this entire bag can be constructed with one piece of yarn! (Yes - only two yarn tails). A fun mini-bag with many uses, and so deliciously addictive. Great on-the-go gift knitting.
Size: Depth 4 - 7", adjustable. Width: entirely up to you and your yarn.
Yarn: Sport or heavier.
Techniques: Over-the-needle Provisional Crochet Cast-On, Unattached and Applied I-cord (Plain and Bi-coloured).
Price:Pattern: $6 Cdn
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Lucy's Knitting TipThis is all filmed on DVD Knitting Essentials 2 and Socks 2; the Origami Bag is a great design on which to practise this technique !
The most incredibly useful technique for the blossoming knitter is the Provisional Crochet Cast On:
This method gives a temporary cast-on edge which may be easily removed later to leave live loops (which may be used as stitches).
The method most often given in knitting books and magazines is to make a very loose single crochet chain in your temporary yarn and then to knit with your working yarn through the back of each crochet chain in turn. This the shortest route to the funny farm IMHO!
I reckon you have about a 1/3 chance of finding the back of the crochet chain, as it is tricky to identify, especially 73 times in succession. One mis-identified 'back of chain' will result in a jam. So try this method instead, it works beautifully.......
Starting position: Keep the slipknot loose on the crochet hook.
Hold the tail with the thumb and reach across and grab the yarn with the hook (from above or below as pictured).
Keeping a slight tension on the provisional yarn with the left hand will help to keep the yarn in the hook.
Pull the loop of yarn through the first slipknot.
Flip the working yarn back behind the needle and repeat from #2.
Five provisional stitches on the needles plus the unravel-me-from-this-end chain dangling off the needle.
Cut the provisional yarn and extend the last loop until the tail pulls through.
P. S. :For those travelling knitters looking for big city, bright lights and yarn:
Judy Fawcett is running a knitting trip to NYC in November '06 and has one or two spaces still available for more info contact Judy at Lloyds Travel & Cruises Ltd. Telephone 604-999-0075, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Judy is known to some of you as the travel organizer for my Adventure Knitting camps and she puts on a finely orchestrated trip: this should be a blast!)
Knit New York November 15 to November 20, 2006
Pack up your knitting needles and your walking shoes for a Six Day/Five Night Knitting Adventure.
Included in Your Knit New York City Adventure: Five nights deluxe accommodation, Five breakfasts, Welcome reception.
Tour Vogue Knitting Studio and meet magazine editor Carla Scott. Join audience at CBS Early Show and tour studio. Ride the Knitting Bus. VIP seating and Champagne Brunch at fashion show. Ticket to Broadway show. Dinner at New York City restaurant. Return transportation airport/hotel. Metro Pass. Tour of Manhattan yarn shops/opportunity to meet New York knitters. On site escort. Goodies and More ......
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