First for July, here is what you will need to have made and ready to go if you want to learn the following types of joining techniques at July’s Meeting. Su Fennern will be teaching these techniques to us.
From Su, please use a solid yarn for samples as it will be easier to see your work. I am suggesting size 7 or 8 needles to allow you to see the process easier.
3 needle bind off – 2 samples of at least 10 stitches and 10 rows knitted on 7 or 8 needles –do not bind off, place on stitch holders, leave about 2 to 3 yards of yarn attached.
Russian Graft – 2 samples of at least 10 stitches and 10 rows knitted on 7 or 8 needles – do not bind off place on stitch holders, leave about 2 to 3 yards of yarn attached.
Kitchener stitch – 2 samples of at least 10 stitches and 10 rows knitted on 7 or 8 needles – do not bind off place on stitch holders, leave about 2 to 3 years of yarn attached.
Weaving seams – 2 samples of at least 10 stitches and 10 rows knitted on 7 or 8 needles – these can be bound off as the sides will be use for joining.
There are other means of joining knitted pieces by weaving depending on the stitches used. You can knit weave, purl weave, garter stitch weave, or ribbing weave pieces together. If you want to try all these types of weaving together you will need to have samples in stockenette stitch, garter stitch and ribbing — do not bind these samples off.
Different color yarns to use for seaming than the swatch
Extra knitting needle, will be used for 3 needle bind off and Russian Graft
We had some yarn donated from Hanna Endresen. These skeins found their way to new homes and some day we will see them at show and tell as a completed project.
Our guest speaker, for June, was Judy Becker, who invented the Judy’s Magic Cast-on. Because our group was so large she was not able to teach us the cast-on but did have her book for sale that shows in detail how to do it and here is a link to a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pmxRDZ-cwo&feature=related done by Judy, or same thing done by Cat Bordhi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhBIS0AhhQY This cast on can be used for toe up socks or anywhere that you are asked to do a provisional cast-on.
Judy also told us about most of the items in her book “Beyond Toes” and had her samples for us to pass around. I saw many of you purchase the book and look forward to seeing what everyone will be knitting from her book.
Another thing she talked about was Jenys surprisingly streatch bind off and here is that in picture form from Knitty http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall09/FEATjssbo.php and also from Cat Bordhi in video form http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBhe-JYmgI
Now that you know these new cast-ons and bind-offs, what are you going to knit…….possibly something that you want to present at the fair to win a ribbon???? Well then this is your time of year. The State Fair is coming and you can enter your items to be viewed by all.
This link http://oregonstatefair.org/entry-form will get you to the first step of registering to enter your project. Kathy explained how after they have enough entries in a category they will then send you the next step in the process. If they don’t get enough in a certain category they will group some and then you can go to the next step. This does have a June deadline so don’t wait.
Did you all knit in public during the Knit In Public Week???
Our annual picnic will be in August this year hope you will all be in town to join us.
For our Spring retreat, at the coast, there is only one spot left. It is a double room, we can start a wait list too so if you have anyone else interested in joining us, let them know to contact me. (503) 930-4733
Happy Summer Knitting — and bring it to show and tell next month.