Category Archives: knitting/crochet

Knitting with Slip Stitches – and another free pattern

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cowl-8-768x1024With this blog in mind, I often bookmark articles I’ve found online, to share with you.  This one, which I have edited slightly, comes from Interweave and was published on September 09, 2015 by Joni Coniglio

What is a slip stitch? Pretty much just what it says: you slip a stitch from one needle to the other without working it. In knitting, there are many reasons to slip a stitch intentionally. In colorwork knitting, slipping stitches makes it easy to achieve the look of more complex colorwork techniques with little more effort than when working simple stripes. If you’re working a color stripe pattern and you slip stitches on the first round of a color change, the color from the previous round will be drawn up into the current round and it will look as if you’ve worked with two different colors on the same round. But you can do much more than imitate other colorwork techniques. You can also create effects that are unique to slip-stitch knitting.

When you slip stitches without working them, the yarn must be carried from one worked stitch to the next, spanning one or more unworked stitches. The resulting yarn strand, or float, is carried either behind or in front of the slipped stitch (or stitches). If you slip a stitch with the yarn in front, the floats that are carried across the front of the work become a decorative element. (Just make sure to bring the yarn to the back of the work again when you’re ready to knit the next stitch or you’ll end up with a yarnover increase.)

If you’ve never tried slip-stitch colorwork, start with the simple polka dot pattern above. Before you know it, you’ll be hooked!

TRY THIS PATTERN FOR A POLKA DOT TUBE COWL – it will make a useful scarf for this winter.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PATTERN DOES NOT TELL YOU WHAT SIZE NEEDLES TO USE, OR WHAT YARN TO USE – YOU CAN MAKE IT UP FOR YOURSELF!

HOWEVER, TO CONTROL THE SIZING – IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO TRY KNITTING A SMALL SWATCH WITH YOUR CHOSEN NEEDLES AND YARN FIRST!

The polka dot pattern is a great introduction to slip-stitch knitting. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 16″ circular needle
  • at least two colors of yarn (but use as many as you like), a main color (MC) and contrast color (CC)
  • stitch marker

Note: Slip stitches purlwise with yarn in back.

With MC, and using a provisional method, cast on a multiple of 4 sts. Place marker and join in the round.
Rounds 1 and 2 With CC, *slip 2, k2; rep from * to end.
Rounds 3 and 4 With MC, knit.
Rounds 5 and 6 With CC, *k2, slip 2; rep from * to end.
Rounds 7 and 8 With MC, knit.
Repeat Rounds 1-8 for pattern, ending with Round 6.

Block and join the ends of the cowl using three-needle bind-off or Kitchener stitch and MC.

NB:  You can also try this sequence without using circular needles – to make a ‘flat’ scarf.  Choose the width you want the scarf, and double it – so that you can sew the two edges together.  The pattern above can be adapted in any way you want, and don’t worry about the ‘technical’ names of  knitting stitches – you can choose the way you like to cast on and cast off!

Start knitting this now and you could easily finish making your cowl or scarf in time to give it to someone as a Christmas present.

And – if you are looking for Christmas presents – have a look at my shop on etsy, and my listings on ebay.  If you are not registered with either of these sites, you are welcome to buy direct.

A couple of free xmas knitting and crochet patterns you might like

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Courtesy of Sheila Dixon’s Hand Spinning News for this month, I thought I’d pass on these FREE patterns she found!

strick-muster-Nikolaus-Stiefel-knit-pattern-Christmas-socks-013-3-1100x1100This one is to knit your own Christmas Stocking.  Of course the pattern is free because you are supposed to buy the exact wool from the German (I think) company that is giving away the pattern, but, as the final size is not all that important, I think you could easily use any 2 ply wool combinations, especially if you have spun them yourself.  The pattern on the socks is apparently Latvian.  You can find the pattern HERE.  You have to fill in a form to get it, but it is FREE!

The second free pattern is for making this rather interesting leaf garland.  If you crochet you will find it very easy – if you don’t, its worth having a look because there are very full instructions on how to make each piece, and you could probably make it yourself anyway!

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You can find the instructions on Lucy’s blog here, and the overview and background info HERE.  If you do make it, let her know, I’m sure she’d love to see your version!

For my Readers, all over the World – a re-blog of “Winding Yarns into balls by hand”….

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nostepinne woundI’ve been checking my stats recently to see how many people have been visiting the blog and where they come from and what posts they are reading – yes I can tell all that with one click!  (But be reassured, I can’t tell WHO it was, so you’re secrets are safe – smile)

I can honestly say that my readership is WORLD WIDE!  I think I have had readers from almost every country in the world – lots of you are, of course, from the UK, but almost as many are from the USA, and all over Europe, and recently quite a lot from Australia, China and India.

I’ve noticed that, apart from my post about the Ystalyfera  Landslip,  which someone else must have publicised on social media, without telling me – (over 100 hits in one day!) smile – the most searched for post is this one: Winding Yarns into balls by hand – with or without a nostepinne which is also listed under the i/sheets tab (an archive of my ‘information  sheets’ or free tutorials – which I haven’t kept up to date lately, by the way!)  And by now,  you must have realised what that picture on the right is doing on this page.

Anyway, to save you the trouble of looking for it,  I thought I’d just repeat it here for those of you that are interested – and as I have only just sold the last nostepinne I had, and wasn’t actually going to buy any more in at the moment – this is NOT a sales ploy! (But do have a scroll down to the previous post – smile!)

Originally posted in August of 2015 – 

HuH – I can’t find a way to copy the whole thing after all, but this is the most important stuff – especially the video!

This is a very useful tutorial I found via Sheila Dixon’s Hand Spinning News, which has a video that takes the mystique out of how to use a Nostepinne, or any useful stick, to allow you to wind hand spun yarn, or just oddments of wool into tidy balls, manually.

It is copied directly from Roving Crafters – she calls them “cakes” – and she says on her blog that it can be freely copied – so I have!

How to Hand Wind Yarn Into a Cake

Winding warn cakes Confession #1:

I like to wind yarn. Its fun. Its an excuse to play with my yarn and when I wind up other knitters’ and crocheters’ yarn (I’ve been known to do that) I get to play with their yarn too. But its more than just play time. A nicely wound yarn cake will save you headache and frustration and make for a more pleasant knitting and crocheting experience.

A yarn cake sits flat on the table. It has a nice easy end to draw out of the center. If its done right, the yarn won’t tangle up and the cake won’t flop or bounce around. A yarn cake as a great and wonderful thing and nearly every yarn shop in the world will wind up your yarn into a cake with their ball winder.

But you don’t need a ball winder to make a yarn cake. You just need a stick. A dowel will work. So will a broom handle, a fat knitting needle, or the empty tube from your next roll of toilet paper. If you want to be fancy-pants about hand winding yarn, you can get a nostepinne. But only really hopeless yarn-geeks bother with those.

Confession #2: I own three nostepinnes.

I also own a ball winder but sometimes I make yarn cakes by hand and not just for fun. If I only have a small amount of yarn, say 50 yards or less, I wind it into a little cake using a small nostepinne thin stick. That works out much better.

 

 

 

 

The Free Postage Offer on etsy ends on 20 October – don’t miss out!

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Just a quick reminder……

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Buy two or more items from my Etsy shop and pay NO postage!  

Click on this link to take you to the shop:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/julzcraftsupplies?coupon=NEWZFROMJULZOFFER

Your free postage will be applied automatically at checkout.  If you get to my shop by any other route, there is a box for the coupon code – please enter NEWZFROMJULZOFFER in the box to get your free postage.  I am offering this discount to all international customers as well as UK customers.

This coupon is valid from Friday 6 October to Friday 20 October only.

For more information, please see my earlier post HERE

Update: What I have listed on Etsy so far

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I am slowly  putting up listings on etsy for the stock I have with me in West Wales – the updated list is below.  I also have a couple of items on ebay – and will be adding more soon.  I’m glad to say I have already posted several orders from each site!

The silk fibres and silk laps are about to be listed, but I haven’t yet checked all the details, so I thought I’d give you an update now, and let you know with a follow up shortly – I have a few other unrelated things to do in the mean time – smile.
As I said in a previous post – if you are not registered on either site, you can still click the links – have a look, and let me know if you’d like to order something direct – I will send you a paypal invoice, so you have the same protection as on the sites.
Please use the “contact me” form if you are not already on my mailing list – which is now totally private!
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit - Spotty Hen 13in X 15in - Free UK Postage.
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit – Spotty Hen 13in X 15in – Free UK Postage.
£23.99
Hand Painted WOODEN CHICKEN BUTTONS - 3 Different Design Sets - will make any garment look special! Can also use as Badges
Hand Painted WOODEN CHICKEN BUTTONS – 3 Different Design Sets – will make any garment look special! Can also use as Badges
£4.75
Hand Painted WOODEN BIRD BUTTONS - 3 Different Design Sets - will make any garment look special! Can also be made into badges
Hand Painted WOODEN BIRD BUTTONS – 3 Different Design Sets – will make any garment look special! Can also be made into badges
£4.75
Hand Painted WOODEN SHEEP BUTTONS - 3 Different Design Sets - will make any garment look special!  Can be made into Badges too!
Hand Painted WOODEN SHEEP BUTTONS – 3 Different Design Sets – will make any garment look special! Can be made into Badges too!
£4.75
100 gm Ball of Natural Colour (CREAM) DISHCLOTH COTTON - Suitable for all crafts, home & garden - safe for tying up  the Sunday Roast!
100 gm Ball of Natural Colour (CREAM) DISHCLOTH COTTON – Suitable for all crafts, home & garden – safe for tying up the Sunday Roast!
£3.59
100 gm Hanks of RECYCLED  Blue and White SARI SILK for knitting, crochet, textile art, weaving
100 gm Hanks of RECYCLED Blue and White SARI SILK for knitting, crochet, textile art, weaving
£7.99
Sale Price Lot: 6 x 100 gm Cones of PURE SWALEDALE WOOL - British Sheep - for weaving and knitting
Sale Price Lot: 6 x 100 gm Cones of PURE SWALEDALE WOOL – British Sheep – for weaving and knitting
£39.99
100 gm cones pure MULBERRY SILK - BLACK Flecked with multicoloured cotton neps -2 thicknesses warp & weft yarn for weaving knitting crochet
100 gm cones pure MULBERRY SILK – BLACK Flecked with multicoloured cotton neps -2 thicknesses warp & weft yarn for weaving knitting crochet
£9.99
100% Black  Merino WOOL PRE-FELT - 1 Metre  x  Half a Metre - for quilting, dressmaking, wet and dry felting
100% Black Merino WOOL PRE-FELT – 1 Metre x Half a Metre – for quilting, dressmaking, wet and dry felting
£9.95
Bargain Lot: 800 gm (8 Cones) of Off White MACHINE WASHABLE Pure WOOL - British Sheep - knit a jumper or crochet, weaving- knits as Aran
Bargain Lot: 800 gm (8 Cones) of Off White MACHINE WASHABLE Pure WOOL – British Sheep – knit a jumper or crochet, weaving- knits as Aran
£35.00
Luxury  WOODEN SOAP CUTTER - Allows you to vary the thickness of your slices - robustly made - should last for years
Luxury WOODEN SOAP CUTTER – Allows you to vary the thickness of your slices – robustly made – should last for years
£29.50
KROMSKI'S Nicely Turned NOSTEPINNE - turns Handspun and other yarns or SKEINS into balls of wool for knitting
KROMSKI’S Nicely Turned NOSTEPINNE – turns Handspun and other yarns or SKEINS into balls of wool for knitting
£13.59
4 WOODEN Hand Turned DROP SPINDLES - made from Named British Woods - Great for Experienced Spinners and Learners
4 WOODEN Hand Turned DROP SPINDLES – made from Named British Woods – Great for Experienced Spinners and Learners
£21.99
TIBETAN Type DROP SPINDLE Unique Hand Turned and Beautifully Finished - 29 cm long
TIBETAN Type DROP SPINDLE Unique Hand Turned and Beautifully Finished – 29 cm long
£28.50
Pair of Stainless Steel Spinners and Felters MINI CARDERS - great for blending small amounts of fibres, right size for CHILDREN'S hands
Pair of Stainless Steel Spinners and Felters MINI CARDERS – great for blending small amounts of fibres, right size for CHILDREN’S hands
£28.50
IRON ON Personalised Garment LABELS - 4 designs, for your handmade clothes and gifts - pack of 4 (2nd listing) - Free Worldwide Postage
IRON ON Personalised Garment LABELS – 4 designs, for your handmade clothes and gifts – pack of 4 (2nd listing) – Free Worldwide Postage
£4.50
IRON ON Personalised Garment LABELS - 4 designs, for your handmade clothes and gifts - pack of 4 - Free Postage Worldwide!
IRON ON Personalised Garment LABELS – 4 designs, for your handmade clothes and gifts – pack of 4 – Free Postage Worldwide!
£4.50
2 Iron On Military looking BADGES PATCHES:  Eagle Wings and Sergeants Stripes - Heavy Metal Style!
2 Iron On Military looking BADGES PATCHES: Eagle Wings and Sergeants Stripes – Heavy Metal Style!
£3.99
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit - Frosty & Friend 13in X 15in - Free UK Postage.
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit – Frosty & Friend 13in X 15in – Free UK Postage.
£23.99
WHITE LACE ZIP - 35 cm length - for Wedding Dresses or That Special White Outfit - Dressmaking, Sewing
WHITE LACE ZIP – 35 cm length – for Wedding Dresses or That Special White Outfit – Dressmaking, Sewing
£5.59
100 gm cones of 3 thicknesses of pure TUSSAH WILD SILK - Cream Colour - warp & weft weaving yarn,  and great for knitting, crochet, macrame
100 gm cones of 3 thicknesses of pure TUSSAH WILD SILK – Cream Colour – warp & weft weaving yarn, and great for knitting, crochet, macrame
£9.99
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit - Ham & Eggs 13in X 15in - Free UK Postage.
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit – Ham & Eggs 13in X 15in – Free UK Postage.
£23.99
200 gm Pure COTTON WARPING Yarn, light cream, for Weaving Warp & Weft , Knitting, Crochet, Macrame etc
200 gm Pure COTTON WARPING Yarn, light cream, for Weaving Warp & Weft , Knitting, Crochet, Macrame etc
£8.99
100 gm cone of thick pure CHINESE WILD SILK - light Cream - warp & weft weaving yarn,  and great for knitting, crochet, macrame
100 gm cone of thick pure CHINESE WILD SILK – light Cream – warp & weft weaving yarn, and great for knitting, crochet, macrame
£12.99
200 gm cones of PURE LINEN YARN -  White, Vanilla and Gold - for weaving, warp & weft, knitting, crochet, macrame
200 gm cones of PURE LINEN YARN – White, Vanilla and Gold – for weaving, warp & weft, knitting, crochet, macrame
£11.99
2 Iron On Driving BADGES PATCHES: Motor Racing No 1 and Motorbike Skull and Crossbones - Heavy Metal Style!
2 Iron On Driving BADGES PATCHES: Motor Racing No 1 and Motorbike Skull and Crossbones – Heavy Metal Style!
£4.50
100 gm cones of Dark Pink, Emerald Green & Khaki PURE WOOL - Great for Knitting (hand and machine), Weaving, Tapestry, Felting etc
100 gm cones of Dark Pink, Emerald Green & Khaki PURE WOOL – Great for Knitting (hand and machine), Weaving, Tapestry, Felting etc
£6.99
Stainless Steel EMBOSSING RULER for Parchment Craft, SCRAPBOOKING, and Design Use - 6"- Free Postage
Stainless Steel EMBOSSING RULER for Parchment Craft, SCRAPBOOKING, and Design Use – 6″- Free Postage
£4.25
WOLF fabric PATCH Badge - iron or sew on your jeans,  jackets, caps
WOLF fabric PATCH Badge – iron or sew on your jeans, jackets, caps
£4.50
WELSH DRAGON and English Roses fabric PATCH Badge - iron or sew on your jeans,  jackets, caps
WELSH DRAGON and English Roses fabric PATCH Badge – iron or sew on your jeans, jackets, caps
£2.99

Back to Business – at last!

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new etsy bannerAfter upgrading my computer operating system, and having a panic about the email accounts – see my previous post – things are more or less working again!  I haven’t yet worked out how to use all the changes that Sierra brings – but it seems to be working fine now – thank goodness!

So, I am glad to say that I’m starting to get back to business!

I brought a couple of boxes of stock back from Ystalyfera a couple of weeks ago, and have started listing them in my shop, julz craft supplies on Etsy – click on this link to see them.

I haven’t yet got all the stock listed, and will be adding items to the shop continuously from now on.  I have to go back to Ystalyfera for a meeting about the landslip this week, and will get some more of my stock out of storage.

I started with Etsy, simply because they kept all my listings, even tho’ they were inactive, so it made it easier to just update them.  I will put some of the items up on ebay as well, but I don’t want to get muddled about keeping the listings accurate just now, as the quantities need to be updated on each listing when items get sold.

So, please have a look at the Etsy site, the page will display, even if you aren’t registered with them, and if you want to buy any of the items, without having to register, please just get in touch with me via the CONTACT ME form that you will find if you open that page.

I will be happy to let you BUY DIRECT – by sending you a Paypal invoice, which will give you the reassurance that should there be any problem, you can get your money back.

This is the stock list so far – just to give you an idea!  Full information is displayed for all the current listings.  If you want any of the cones of yarn, please order NOW as the supplier is no longer trading, and the stock listed is all I have!

I wil be sending out a “newz from julz” to all past customers on the mailing list, and hope that things will work smoothly from now on!  I can’t wait to be back to business – smile!

SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit - Frosty & Friend 13in X 15in - Free UK Postage.
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit – Frosty & Friend 13in X 15in – Free UK Postage.
£23.99
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit - Ham & Eggs 13in X 15in - Free UK Postage.
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit – Ham & Eggs 13in X 15in – Free UK Postage.
£23.99
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit - Spotty Hen 13in X 15in - Free UK Postage.
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit – Spotty Hen 13in X 15in – Free UK Postage.
£23.99
100 gm cone of thick pure CHINESE WILD SILK - light Cream - warp & weft weaving yarn,  and great for knitting, crochet, macrame
100 gm cone of thick pure CHINESE WILD SILK – light Cream – warp & weft weaving yarn, and great for knitting, crochet, macrame
£12.99
200 gm Pure COTTON WARPING Yarn, light cream, for Weaving Warp & Weft , Knitting, Crochet, Macrame etc
200 gm Pure COTTON WARPING Yarn, light cream, for Weaving Warp & Weft , Knitting, Crochet, Macrame etc
£8.99
200 gm cones of PURE LINEN YARN -  White, Vanilla and Gold - for weaving, warp & weft, knitting, crochet, macrame
200 gm cones of PURE LINEN YARN – White, Vanilla and Gold – for weaving, warp & weft, knitting, crochet, macrame
£11.99
100 gm cones of Dark Pink, Emerald Green & Khaki PURE WOOL - Great for Knitting (hand and machine), Weaving, Tapestry, Felting etc
100 gm cones of Dark Pink, Emerald Green & Khaki PURE WOOL – Great for Knitting (hand and machine), Weaving, Tapestry, Felting etc
£6.99
100 gm cones pure MULBERRY SILK - BLACK Flecked with multicoloured cotton neps -2 thicknesses warp & weft yarn for weaving knitting crochet
100 gm cones pure MULBERRY SILK – BLACK Flecked with multicoloured cotton neps -2 thicknesses warp & weft yarn for weaving knitting crochet
£9.99
Stainless Steel EMBOSSING RULER for Parchment Craft, SCRAPBOOKING, and Design Use - 6"- Free Postage
Stainless Steel EMBOSSING RULER for Parchment Craft, SCRAPBOOKING, and Design Use – 6″- Free Postage
£4.25
WOLF fabric PATCH Badge - iron or sew on your jeans,  jackets, caps
WOLF fabric PATCH Badge – iron or sew on your jeans, jackets, caps
£4.50
WELSH DRAGON fabric PATCH Badge - iron or sew on your jeans,  jackets, caps
WELSH DRAGON fabric PATCH Badge – iron or sew on your jeans, jackets, caps
£2.99