April Meeting Review!
without a doubt, Marilyn has been a fantastic teacher whenever she is asked (or volunteers!) She never fails to teach everyone something new in a way that is easy to understand and without making it feel complicated or impossible for anyone in our little group to try and tackle a new technique.
At our last meeting she demonstrated how to work with variegated yarns to pool the colors intentionally with the hope of creating a color work design that looks beautiful!
Below I have abbreviated her presentation a bit, share some photos of her projects, and share the link to the planned pooling website for you to use as a tool or guide to help you planned pool your next project!
Planned Pooling – Create fun Patterns with Variegated yarn
Review of A presentation By Marilyn Bryan for Clicks and Sticks
Yarn Selection Tips:
Each color at least 6” in length
Hand dipped yarn is a good choice
If color is too short, combine with neighboring color!
Determine Color Sequence:
Pick first full color in skein
Lay out subsequent colors in pools
|Here we have 4 colors: Fuchsia, Coral, Purple, Green|
Measure length of color, 1st, 2nd, 3rd instance
Is length of fuchsia the same throughout the skein?
Do this measurement for the other colors.
Make a Swatch
Cast on 40 stitches with needle size planned for the project.
On first knit row, start at the very beginning of first color in sequence.
Count number of stitches for each color through 4 instances.
Use removable stitch markers at the beginning of color count.
Record counts on paper and compute average.
Finish your swatch; did you make gauge?
Input colors & average stitches per color
Enter stitches in row
Select Type of knitting
Select best pattern for project
PRISM Yarn; Delicato
|Same Thing Only Different’, by Cheryl Schumer|
|Baby In vertebrae Jacket|
Think about continuation of pattern for your project.
Plannedpooling.com only displays number of stitches by same number of rows.
The start row on pattern diagram is always at the top with the first stitch at upper left.
I knitted beyond the displayed 40 rows, without readjusting yarn to start of first color sequence on row 41.
The 41st row did not synchronize well with the first row pattern, so the yarn laughed!
One Last Thing
I will be adding a few things the blog and trying harder to make sure that it stays up to date and current. My goal is to build up an events page sharing photos of things we do together, as well as adding a page dedicated to the projects our guild members do for charity donations.
Lets all improve together and always Knit On!