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Hi Melanie,

Are you on Ravelry by any chance? There is a forum group called "knit picks lovers" and there are people who organize different yarn samplers throughout the year, including palette. Usually one person organizes and then annouces the cost for one share plus shipping. I would check in over there, as that might be your best bet for getting in on a palette sampler. If you don't see a recent sampler for palette, you might suggest it in the group - I am sure you could find others interested there.

Thanks!

-jenny

Hey there Jenny,

thanks for the info. i'll jump on over there now.

Melanie

I have found a beautiful stitch on YouTube; however, the instructions are completely in Spanish and unfortunatly I don't speak Spanish.  I'm hoping someone here would be able to translate for me or maybe be able to find the stitch video in English.

I believe that the stitch is called Fantasy Stars (at least that is what Bing Translator translated it to).  I can follow her movements, but I believe that she is giving advice and I would love to know what she says.  I'm struggling a bit with the stitch, it's tight and I'm not sure why she knits in back vs. a normal knit.  I also knit English and she's knitting Continental, so I'm trying to knit continental.  I have done some color work and have knitted with yarn in each hand, so it's not too much of a change for me.

Here is the link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIonKCG76O4.

If anyone can help, I'd be very grateful.

Thank you.

Debbie

Hi Debbie,

I looked at the video. She really is not giving much advice. All she is is you must have a multiple of 3 plus 2 stitches for the selvage (I believe that is what it is called in English). 

At one point she says that she loosens a bit in order to pick up the yarn and uses her finger (rt hand) to push the needle down).

The reason she is knitting in the back is b/c I believe that is the way they do the knit stitch in some Spanish speaking countries. At least that is the way my mom does it.

I hope this helps. 

Best, Larry

Larry,  would you be able to translate the stitch directions?  I'm trying to write it out, but I don't think what I have is correct.

Thank you.

Hi Debbie,

This is what I got.

Although the title of the video is the Star Fantasy Stitch, she just calls it the Fantasy stitch

 

To do this stitch it is important to have multiples of 3 plus two stitches extra

 

This stitch has a right side and a wrong side

 

Right side

 

You first slip the first stitch (selvage)

 

Take 3 stitches together going to the underside of the stitches (this is how mom does the knit stitch)

 

pick up the yarn and pull through the 3 stitches

 

then do a  yarn over and insert the needle back through the original 3 stitches

 

pick up the yarn again and pull through and off the left hand needle onto the right hand needle

 

You should now have 3 stitches on your right hand needle

 

Continue this way until you have one stitch left and you knit it to the right hand needle

 

She says you can start with this stitch immediately or you can do a few rows then start this stitch, but it must be begun on the right side of the work

 

Wrong side

 

Slip the first stitch

 

Purl all stitches

 

Suggestion: keep the yarn loose enough so you can pull it through the stitches

 

 

I hope this helps. I just “started” knitting so I don’t have the vocabulary necessary to explain

 

 

Debbie, Yes, this is the star stitch... I thought I recognized it...in the version I have, it has you  knit through the front, back and then front of each set of 3 stitches, and do a k1 in between each set of 3... and always purl the back side.  You need very loose tension as Larry recommended.  I did this a while back and really liked it.  I think I like this version better. 

Larry, this is really nice of you to take the time out to do this.

Not a problem. It was a pleasure. Besides, I learned a new stitch ;-) 

Yes, thank you very much Larry.  I think I've swatched and then frogged and swatched again 4 times now.  Each time, it looked a little better, but I'm still struggling with this stitch. I'll try it a few more times and see if I get better.

I did find a variation of the stitch here:  http://theweeklystitch.blogspot.com/2011/07/star-stitch.html

I appreciate the time you took to write this out. 

Thank you,

Debbie

 

Hey all,

   Thinking about ball winders. I am going to start a project that calls for a total of  26 balls of yarn. Unfortunately the yarn comes in hanks.  I always have major tangle problems with hanks, probably my fault, but there it is. I am definitely going to buy the KP swift and hopefully that will cure my tangly hank problem.

Now to the ball winders:

  KP has two as you know. One is their own brand, very nicely priced! The is "Royal Ball Winder" is an "ouchy" $60.00. Does the Royal manufacturer charge more for the Royal just because they can, or is it really better quality, perhaps a  longer lasting product? I have been buying from Knitpicks for a long time and trust their products, but why do they offer two ball winders with such different prices? I don't want to pay for the Royal and then find out the KP is every bit as good, I'd feel like a fool. But yet I have this image in my head of being right in the middle of my 26 hank b all winding and having the KP break on me. Sorry to seem to doubt Knitpicks, I love them. But when it comes to my money, well, I think we're all like that. Thanks for any help. Cathy

I bought a Royal ball winder back in 2006, and it is still working fine.  No problems with it at all.  I got it on a half price sale from another company, which made it affordable for me.  I got a large umbrella swift at about the same time, again on a half price sale, so it didn't break me up... both are indispensable.

My daughter bought a KP ballwinder last year, and it seemed pretty sturdy to me, but after months of using it, it did break.  I'm not sure if that is typical or not, or if it was handled too roughly. 

I too love KP, love their needles, love their yarns, etc. But from time to time I do buy from other companies to get what at want at the discounted prices.  Shop around and spread your fiber budget as far as you can.

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