Sunday, March 24, 2013

From skein to ball

Hi Knitters,

I bought a skein of Noro yarn a while ago and just decided to make something out of it.  But before the knitting, some pre work needs to be done.

What I'm talking about is the make the skein of yarn become a ball of yarn.  Otherwise, you can't knit.

And this is the way I'm using now.  Find a drawer handle with some wide.  Lucily I have a wardrode from IKEA.   Untie the skein of yarn.  Then slowly, and carefully separete the skein into a big circle.  The place the yarn on the handle.  Be patient please. 

Then find one end of the yarn and use it to wrap on your hand. (either one will do)  I usually only use four fingers and leave the thumb open.   Again, do it slowly and be PATIENT.

After a few rounds you can pull out your hand and wrap the few rounds of yarn (it doesn't look like a ball, not yet)  Keep wrapping.  Then you will see the shape of a round yarn ball coming out.  

Though it is not the only way to make yarn ball, nor is it the perfect method, it is one 'survival skill' for knitter when nobody is around you to help.  Please let me know your creative method for making yarn ball.   Oh, what an interesting topic!


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Slip Stitch

Hi Knitters,

Two days ago I uploaded a tutorial on YouTube.  It's about how to do a 'slip stitch'.  There are several variations of the slip stitch: some with further instruction and some just say 'slip stitch'.   This technique discussed here is the later one.  

1. Put the yarn in back as you knit.
2. Insert the right needle into the stitch purlwise: from bottom to up.
3. Remove the stitch from left needle to right needle.

It is in fact a very easy and useful technique.  Learning this technique enables you to knit Op. 7 hat.

Thanks for watching and reading.  Will upload more tutorials in the future.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Logo and BGM

Hi Knitters,

I'm so glad that we finally have a LOGO.

This logo is designed from a friend from Japan.  Don't you like it?  It totally fits our title..A sharp and smart LEMON and two needles for KNITTING. Look at that 'sexy' body of the lemon.  Doesn't it remind you a ball of yarn? Gorgeous work!  Thank you my friend!

Also, another friend who composed the background music for our YouTube Tutorial just uploaded some music in her SoundCloud account

Feel free to listen to her music.  As my friend mentioned, she has  made some alternation for the BGM.  It's very possible that I may used some of her music in the future for my YouTube videos.  

Anyway, I'm still working on the new tutorial....see you guys soon!


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Op. 8 Scarflet

Hi Knitter,

I'm too proud to present Op. 8 scarflet and it's pattern.  YEAH.

The pattern of this scarlet is now available on Ravelry and Etsy.  Another YEAH!
The structure of this scarflet is, as other scarlet, needs extra attentions to build.  Leaves on both side, neck part which can be extended and the loop part.

To be honest, the loop is not as difficult as some knitters image: just separate the stitches into two parts.

Material: SublimeLustrous Extra Fine Merino DK Yarn Color Way294 Folie 120 yards (1 & 1/4 balls)

Tools: A pair of US #6  (4.0mm) needles
          A set of  US #6 (4.0 mm) double-pointed needle

Size: Length 82cm
             Wide Leaf 17cm
                       Ribbing  18cm

Gauges: 12 stitches X 16 rows = 10 cm X 10 cm

And since it requires something useful and advance in technical means, I will make some YouTube 
tutorials which hopefully will give a little hand to some friend knitters.

Scarflet patterns, unlike scarf patterns, are not common available.  And I'm quite amused and a little proud that I can contribute something to the repertoire.  ^____^  Thank you for all your support.