Monday, April 21, 2014

How I Manage Intarsia Tangles

Expanded from a picture originally posted to my Instagram page.

Someone asked me why I don't use bobbins in intarsia. I told them I would post a picture the next time I had a good example, which happened to be last night when I only had my phone with me. Please excuse the poor picture quality. 

I am working on a Christmas stocking for a client and, like most stocking patterns, there is some intarsia colorwork. Intarsia = Tangles, amirite? 
A lot of people successfully use bobbins for color work, but I never remember which way to turn my work to avoid bobbin snarls. I use butterflies instead. If you make yarn butterflies (wind several yards around 2 fingers, tightly wrap one end around the middle to hold the butterfly together) then you can easily pull out what you need. It looks like a rats nest, but everything still pulls free fairly easily. 

If you hit a massive snarl that can't be worked anymore, then you can easily detangle the mess by pulling the ends free one by one and rewind them back in to butterflies. This took me about 2 minutes to untangle, much faster than it would take me to untangle plastic bobbins.
Some people don't bother making butterflies. They work with short lengths of a yard or less and let the ends hang free.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spin All The Colors

I am embarking on a project to spin every color of fiber that is currently in the line up. My goal is to have it done before fall so I can make an all handspun color card. Alternative goals include getting a pile of handspun ready for the fall season (omg fall) and/or spinning up every color and make some sort of booth decoration out of it, like pennant flags, a huge banner, or string of mittens. Luckily, I have Scott to help me with the spinning. That guy can spin! Only 28 colors left to go.

Flamingos On A Croquet Lawn (Portuguese Merino), Themyscira (Portuguese Merino), Thunderboom (Merino)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April Newsletter - Waterloo Show, Fiber Colors, Counters

7 new fiber colors

New semisolid and tonal yarn colors were introduced a few months ago. Now it is time to introduce the most popular of those colors as spinning fiber. Here are the newest fiber colors:


Row Counters Restocked

The digital row counters have been restocked with new colors. This simple gadget helps you keep track of your rows without ever taking your hands off of your needles. See all of the available colors by clicking here.
Come see me at the Southern Illinois Sheep and Craft Show (pdf flyer) in Waterloo, IL this weekend, about 30 minutes outside of St. Louis. This cozy community event is hosted by the Monroe County Sheep Producers and offers vendors, sheep dog trials, an antique tractor display, sheep sheering demos, sheep bingo, a lamb lunch and other events.