We are happy to announce we have partial scholarships available for five spots in our summer club. Applications are open to anyone who might need a little help joining the club.
Thanks to a generous contribution from a knitter who wishes to remain anonymous, Andrea Rangel and I have been able to add five spots to our sold-out yarn + pattern club and offer partial scholarships towards the cost of those club memberships.
Andrea and I have teamed up again this year to create a collection of three knitting projects. Each month (July, August and September) we will send out an exclusive colourway and a perfectly coordinating pattern that lets the yarn shine. All the details are here.
Applications are open to anyone, worldwide, who might need a little help joining the club. The scholarship will cover up to 90% of the cost of the club. Recipients will be asked to contribute 10% - 25% ($20-$50 CAD), based on what they feel is most accessible to them. Our aim is to make the club more financially inclusive.
To apply, send us a note telling us a little bit about yourself and what the scholarship would mean to you. All applications should be sent to email@example.com with the subject line YARN CLUB APPLICATION. We will be accepting applications until July 14, 2019.
Applications will be kept strictly confidential. In order to respect everyone's privacy, we will not be announcing the names of the recipients. Recipients will be chosen by lottery.
Andrea and I would like to send a huge thank you to our anonymous knitter who made this possible, not only through a financial contribution, but by proposing the idea to begin with. We would also like to thank Caroline Dick for consulting on this initiative and for donating her fees back to us, allowing us to create the fifth spot in the club.
There are ten stripes in the sequence (5 greys, 5 tan/brown/peach for Saxe Point) and the sequence repeats six times. So there are 60 stripes in total. If you would like to divide the stripes into two separate balls, you can count the colour changes to find the halfway point.
UPDATE with instructions on how to wind the yarn:
Place the hank on a swift or around a friend's hands as usual. Start winding from either end and watch what's happening with the yarn.
If you the colours are changing every 4 m or so, you're at the self-striping end. Wind the yarn into a ball until the end of the striped section; all the grey will be in your ball and only the main and contrast colours will remain in the hank. At the transition from stripes to main colour, cut the yarn. Wind the main colour into a new ball. At the transition from main to contrast colour, cut the yarn. Wind the contrast colour into a new ball.
If there is a long section of a solid colour, you're at the contrast colour end. Wind the yarn into a ball; there's about 40 m of the contrast colour. At the transition from the contrast colour to the main colour, cut the yarn. Wind the main colour into a new ball. At the transition from the main colour to the stripes, cut the yarn. Wind the striped section into a new ball.
It's here! My Knit Outside collection with Andrea Rangel is available for pre-order!
Along with the original three projects from our summer 2017 club, I've created new colourways for all three patterns: Goldstream, Saxe Point, and North Shore.
I've also got a limited number of the beautiful print copies of Andrea's pattern collection. The print copy includes an ebook and is actually priced slightly lower than the ebook alone (thank you exchange rate!) so don't miss out!
It's time to share our July project from my summer yarn + pattern club with Andrea Rangel: Full Spectrum!
It's a reversible toque with two different approaches to colourwork - a self-striping rainbow on one side and stranded colourwork on the other.
It's a picture of a skylight, with the recessed wall reflected against the blue sky in the window. It definitely needs to be a shawl. A 2D shawl with the right colours and angles to create a 3D effect.
We talked about a few practical limitations - 600 yds of fingering weight, needs to be a wearable shape, stitch pattern should help emphasize the construction and the 3D effect. Nothing too fiddly, let the yarn do the colour changes for you.
Andrea did a few swatches while I worked away at a colour palette. I don't have pictures of Andrea's first swatches, but she started with a mitered square construction and then considered how to join in other colours without using intarsia.
For the colours, we both liked the blues and yellows in the original skylight picture, but they felt too close to North Shore, one of our club colourways from 2017. So instead I aimed for a sunset-inspired colourway.
A couple coffee dates later, we had these:
Not bad, right? I especially like that first one with the ribbing, but we didn't feel it had enough 3D oomph to it. A little more pondering and sketching:
We finally decided on a shape that had the effect we wanted, and that made sense on the technical side of writing a pattern and dyeing yarn.
And then some more back and forth, ironing out details. The two of us living in the same city made this collaboration possible - being able to physically touch the same samples and hand off skeins of yarn at the coffee shop made it happen.
And then, whala, a scarf! (Andrea is a fast knitter.)