Make no mistake, Sealed with a Kiss has always been MY business. When I wanted to branch out from pattern design and open a shop, mom made it clear that she would happily HELP me, but she didn’t want the headache of owning another business. She’d “been there, done that” and only wanted to do the fun stuff.
Mom’s idea of “fun stuff” was technique. Lots and lots of technique. When Principles of Knitting was first published in 1990, mom pre-ordered a copy. When it arrived in the mail, she read the book from cover to cover, then read it again, and again. I have her original first edition, and the pages are dog-eared and falling out of the book.
Her research wasn’t limited to just one book. She read any technique book she could get her hands on. Some she found useful, others not so much. These are just a few of those she found worthy of saving.
She didn’t simply take any author’s word for the usefulness of a technique. Instead she applied the knowledge to various situations, took note when they performed as claimed, and took exception when they fell short of her standards. In the latter instance, she often toiled away creating her own technique – and nothing short of perfection would do. That was just how my mom rolled.
June Hemmons Hiatt’s Principles of Knitting was her favorite. When the new edition rolled through the shop doors back in 2012, I called mom before the UPS driver had left the building. Next thing I knew mom came flying through the front door, snatched one up, spun around and went back home. I didn’t know that she could move (or drive) that fast! The next morning she called and started rattling off everything that had changed from the first edition, any new material, and everything she took exception with. It was a lengthy list on all accounts. I think she must have pulled an all-nighter!
Another passion of my mom’s was making digital movies. Her interest grew from a desire to preserve old family photos. This threw her into a period of genealogy, along with extensive digital photo and video research. She eventually turned her attention from family videos to knitting videos.
I recently sat down and started retrieving data from older Macs that we had retired, along with mom’s personal computers. At one point I think I had around 16 Mac computers piled in my office. The volume of notes, illustrations, and videos on knitting technique she had created was mind boggling! She filmed much of it on an older Canon video camera, that was then uploaded into a very out of date version of Final Cut Pro. Some of the material is accessible; some is going to take a lot of work to retrieve and restore. Eventually I hope to start pouring through some of the raw footage try to preserve as much of her genius as possible.
Today I have several treats for you. Mom may gone, but she is still very much with us in spirit. Her legend lives on through the work she left behind.
adding a new yarn
From the archives, I bring you one of mom’s tutorials on adding a new yarn. Mom had a way of improving and simplifying something as very basic as changing to a new skein of yarn.
From Sherry. . .
So it’s time to add a new yarn. What to do? Again, no one answer, no one best method. Following are the methods I prefer. Which I use depends on the circumstances – type of yarn, stitch pattern, project, or just whim of the moment. They all work just fine.
Note: The following videos show the new yarn as a second color for visual effect only. The procedures would be the same for a new yarn of the same color as the old yarn.
You actually don’t have to do anything, just drop the old yarn and begin with the new yarn. You can use this at the end of a row or within the knitting (if the stitch pattern will allow tails to be woven in discretely).
I wouldn’t want to use this with slippery yarn or loose, open stitch patterns. There is always the danger that the tail could slip through (and that’s what I refer to as a 4 letter event.) Although if you leave a long enough tail, the yarn has some cling and the stitch pattern is nothing complicated, you should be fine. Just check it and snug it up if it has become loopy as you knit the next few rows. You can adjust any loose stitches around the yarn change when you work in the tails.
Most people aren’t comfortable with this method and I fully understand. Following are some methods I feel you’ll find more to your liking.
knitting last stitch of row with both yarns
This is simply securing the new yarn by holding it with the old yarn as you work the last stitch of the row.
Can you use this within the knitting instead of the end of the row? Well I don’t, but you could. There are just better ways to add a new yarn within the knitting.
joining with a slide
This comes real close to a knot, but it isn’t. I don’t recommend knotting yarns together but this slide works quite well and can easily be undone – or not. It’s up to you.
As you can see, both yarns need to be cut ends. In other words, you can’t add a new yarn to a yarn that will stay attached for use later.
tail to the front
(my favorite method to add yarn within the knitting)
This is the technique I use to add intarsia yarns. Naturally it can be used to add any yarn, it doesn’t have to be a color change.
- Tail between the needles with cut end to the public side of the knitting
- Interlock yarns
- Resume knitting with new yarn
To finish the tail, pull it through to the back and weave in. TaDa!
I know many of you may be wondering “what about the Russian join?” Mom was not a fan. Too thick. Or spit splicing? First of all, it involves spit. Second, it only works with certain yarns. Third, it did not meet her standards of perfection. These are really cool joins and I know many knitters love them, but they just weren’t her style.
Nifty Tips is a new feature on our website. We already have several tips posted, and will be posting more from time to time. You can find the link from the PAGES tab at the upper menu, or simply click here.
a nifty gadget
Have you seen these nifty new Swatch Gauges? This slip resistant gauge has little sets of teeth that prevent it from sliding around while you count. Mom would have loved these, and I think every knitter and crocheter needs one too.
Today one lucky reader will win a Swatch Gauge, along with this decorative maker quote. If you were fortunate enough to be a student of Sherry, please share one bit of wisdom you learned from her. For those of you who did not have the opportunity to learn from Sherry, please share a technique you’d like to learn more about.
You have until midnight tonight! Check back tomorrow to see who wins.
congratulations amanda shirley – you’re the winner of the gauge swatch and maker quote!
Please note that all prizes must be picked up at our shop no later than February 1, 2020. We do not mail or ship prizes.