Do I Get An Apple?

I will be teaching at two upcoming events. I will be teaching in Feb. at a knitting retreat at the Cherry Valley Lodge, and I will be teaching in the spring at a retreat that the foks at River Knits help plan.

I am going to be teaching finishing, Tips and Techniques at the Cherry Valley retreat, and I will be teaching Counterpanes at the one in the Spring.

When I have more details I will post them. Actually I have more details on the one in the Spring, but I don’t have them in front of me. They are on the River Knits website. The one at Cherry Valley I was contacted by a yarn store called Temptations which is in the Dayton area (not in Dayton, but a town nearby).

I love knitting with fine yarn, I am so happy finer yarns and more classics are again becoming popular. The finishing and tips and tricks should prove fun, and an opportunity to talk about the choices that we have to make before we start knitting that we might not think about. Finishing begins, oddly enough, before you start knitting. It progresses with the choices we make, like what cast-on are we using. Does the pattern call for a different cast-on? If not, that is your first choice that affects the finish of your garment.

Short rows, particularly Japanese short rows, have been popular classes at Stitches this year. Another application for short rows are when doing the neck shaping of a garment. Also shoulders can be short rowed.

Some people like to convert flat knitting to circular. What kind of yarn is being used? Seams are not always an evil chore, something to be done in the finishing. Seams can be your friend as they add structure to the garment. Think about how much give our knitting normally has. You may not want that at a shoulder. Maybe you want a seamless look but don’t want the shoulder to stretch out so you know you will need a seam. What to do then? There are ways to seam that shoulder so that it looks invisible or nearly so.

There are so many ways we can choose to do the same thing, or something similar. A lot depends on personal preferances. Attention to detail, even for a simple stockinette fabric, is important. Finish your garment with the same care and devotion you give to the creating of it. An excellent book for reference is Big Book of Knitting, by Katharina Buss, ISBN is 0-8069-6203-8. This has a wonderful section called Perfect Details, and another called Finishing. You can have very professional looking results with your own knitting.

Some people don’t understand that yes, you can purchase a sweater cheaper than you can make it, but that is not the point. There is a good measure of satisfaction in a job well done. In the tug of the yarn as it winds through our fingers and onto our needles. Many happy hours are spent dreaming of the project and then being able to wear it with pride as someone says “Did you knit that?”

Peace and Knitting, JoLene

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