A sampler scarf or shawl would let you know different stitches and how to read directions on different patterns, there are on line a lot of sites that will tell you how to learn every thing, just type learning how to knit or how to make knitted cables or lace scarfs and your scarf would look good and you would have learned a lot. Irene
I'd like to make a suggestion on yarn line colors. Right now, the color selection for each yarn isn't cohesive. It's hard to pick out more than two colors that would work together in a given yarn for most of the yarn offered. When browsing at a local store, or even online at Yarndex.com, it's clear to see that the colors for each season are carefully laid out to work together within a given yarn line. That doesn't seem to be the case with Knit Picks. Is it just poor photo quality in the catalogs? I've been trying to pick out a few colors of Wool of the Andes for a project, but even with my color card in hand, none of the colors really work well together. There are a LOT of colors available, but they seem to mix warm and cool undertones with abandon, which just doesn't make for a harmonious colorwork project.
We are working toward better coordination of colors in each yarn line. This is easy to do with new yarn lines, like Comfy, but more challenging with big, established yarn lines, like Wool of the Andes. Our customers would be upset if we discontinued ALL colors in the line in order to start with a blank slate, so what we've been doing each season is selectively discontinuing colors and replacing them with colors that will be good coordinates in the line to make it more well-rounded.
New suggestion for a Discussion. Have you thought about a Product Review discussion? I have visited several other sites, where customers can comment on products they have used. It is very interesting to see when one customer reallly loves a certain yarn and another customer has had problems. Hearing some one elses opinion can really have an effect on sales. In retrospect, this might be better to include on the page with the products themselves. Just an idea.
Needless to say, every yarn, needle, accessory, not to mention my Options (both Harmony and Nickle) are the best knitting products I have found any where.
My question is about dyeing. I knit a sample pair of bicycle leg warmers for my husband using leftover Wool of the Andes yarn in several dark colors. He likes them, and now I would like to know if and how I can dye them black. All of the dyeing methods seem to involve heat, and I don't want to shrink them.
You could definitely try immersion dyeing your leg warmers black using the Jacquard acid dyes. The trick with non-superwash wool is to avoid sudden changes in temperature - you don't want to go from hot to cold suddenly and shock the yarn into felting. At the end of the dye session, you want to let the yarn cool as slowly as possible. You'll also want to avoid agitation so that you don't felt them accidentally. The Jacquard dyes come with instructions, too, and we also have general dyeing instructions here.
Kelly has talked about Socks for Soldiers. I have a soldier going to Iraq within the year. It would mean a lot to me to send him off with a pair of socks,. What sort of socks are appropriate? Is there a pattern? The Socks for Soldiers website was not helpful, but maybe I was on the wrong website.