SKEINO’S TRIP TO EUROPE

As you might know SKEINO is a small but international business. We are a multinational staff and even though we sell mostly in the US a large part of our yarns have been traveling around half the world before they arrive on your doorstep being handed over to you by your friendly postman.

The h+h boasts 370 exhibitors expecting over 15,000 visitors.

In order to be able to offer even better products this weekend the SKEINO team will travel to Germany visiting the h+h trade show in Cologne. After that we will meet our dyer in the center of the country.

handcrafts-and-hobbies-cologne-2015

h+h is the “International trade fair for handicraft and hobby supply”, hence the name. We went to this show last year as well and we found a lot of interesting companies, met our business partners as well as old and some new friends. The h+h boasts 370 exhibitors expecting over 15,000 visitors so there a lot of things to discover! Oh, it will be great! We promise to take a bunch of photos!

However this will only be the first part of our trip overseas. Right after the show we will travel to meet our dyer in central Germany where we will talk about operations, new products and of course to greet the entire team.

SKEINO vendor dyeing yarn

We will post a full feature about our dyer in Germany soon.

Expect more about our trip in our social media channels (Twitter and Facebook) starting on Saturday as well as here in the blog. We will be posting a lot of interesting material about h+h trade show and we will be preparing an extended feature about our dyer in Germany so stay tuned for more!

For any questions, comments or suggestions please use the comment section below.

Note: Our thoughts are with the families and friends affected by the terrible plane accident that happened this morning in Europe.

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Knitting Harlequin for a better life!

We slightly changed Angela’s leitmotiv…

“Better Living Through Knitting”

…to be the title of this post because we think it’s awesome. Positive and motivating is what knitting is supposed to be! So who is Angela you may ask?

Angela Hockabout is a blogger, mom, wife. crafter, succulent gardener and co-op preschool parent. Her blog is called http://www.knitluck.com and she recently wrote a review about our Harlequin Yarn. The review is nice and detailed while being totally objective. There is lots of other cool stuff on her site too such as Learn To Knit, Gift Ideas and her favourite yarn shops. Hopefully Angela will add SKEINO to the latter! 🙂

We hope you will enjoy KnitLuck as much as we do!

Here is the link for the full story: http://www.knitluck.com/i-ve-been-skeino-d

SKEINO Harlequin Meadow KnitLuck

This is one of Angela’s photos of our Harlequin yarn. Click on the picture to read her review

As always feel free to comment below and share as much as you can! 🙂

SKEINO Explains: How To Knit In A Bias

Today we will be talking techniques. This might sound scary but don’t worry it will be an easy technique that you can quickly adapt and use on your projects: Knitting in a bias

To knit a shawl in a bias (diamond) shape always looks special. The shape creates a wide part around the neck and the shawl ends in a point to easily tie it without making it bulky. The shape also allows a longer finished size from the same amount of yarn.

Bias Technique

Knitting in a bias is fairly simple

The increase and decrease line will be in a 45 degree angle. Therefore the edges need an increase/decrease of 2 stitches every other row. The first/last stitch needs to be extra long otherwise the diagonal of 45 degrees will be too short.

The solution is to knit the edge stitches twice (K2x) as follows:

Knit the stitch, put this stitch back onto your left needle and knit this stitch again.

For a perfect edge follow these directions:

First Row:

Slip the first stitch as if to purl, K2tog, K2tog, work to the last three stitches of the row, make one, knit one, make one, knit one, knit the last stitch twice (K2x).

Second Row:

Slip the first stitch as if to purl, work to the last stitch of the row and knit the last stitch twice (K2x).

To do so it is very easy and good for Beginners. You will love the shape.

I hope this post will make you cast on and try this easy and beautiful technique. At SKEINO we designed these two items in bias:

8-COLOR BIAS SHAWL

Eight single skeins in a multicolor sequence are braided into this SHAWL KNITTING KIT. The basic Garter Stitch creates (through decrease and increase rows) an easy knitted on the bias shaped piece, good for beginners. This puffy Alpaca Boucle Yarn is feather light and it turns this shawl into a soft cuddling piece. The yarn changes are easy and you will finish this shawl in no time.

SKEINO 8-Color Bias Shawl

SKEINO 8-Color Bias Shawl

HARLEQUIN BIAS SHAWL

This BIAS SHAWL uses one ball of SKEINO’s HARLEQUIN YARN. The easy Garter Stitch knitting is great for beginners. The shape is designed by 2 stitch increases and decreases. To have a perfect diagonal edge, the last stitch of each row needs to be knitted twice. Enjoy knitting with the buttery soft yarn and watch the colors changing. We are sure you will enjoy this light cloudy shawl on a cool Spring day.

SKEINO Harlequin Bias Shawl

SKEINO Harlequin Bias Shawl

What do you think about knitting in bias? Let us know in the comment section!

Linda’s Arabella Shawl – Work in Progress

SKEINO customer Linda from New Hampshire sent us a charming, charming email about her Arabella-Shawl-project. She uses colorway “Raspberry Sorbet” and we think it looks just great. Imagine wearing that on a dinner out with your loved ones on a warm Spring evening!

Here is what Linda wrote to us:

“Good Morning Matt,

The colors are indeed beautiful and it’s such fun to transition from one to the next. I will actually be sad when this project is finished. I anticipate that this means I will have to purchase another colorway very soon. A good friend of mine just bought two different colorway sets from you after seeing mine in progress.

Of course you are welcome to use any photos of mine of the Arabella Shawl. Each different colorway gives the shawl a totally different look. So by all means, post any of my photos as you would like on your social media site(s). I added some beads to mine by placing a bead on every other eyelet just to add a bit of bling and sparkle. The total number of beads needed are only about 450.

I hear you will have some new colorways coming later this month. I can’t wait to see them. I think it’s wonderful that your team in Germany are being taught the creative process of dyeing these beautiful yarns. Please tell them that your customers very much appreciate and value their talents. I look forward to you posting an article about them on your site with pictures. It makes it all so much more special to meet them all, even if it is only a virtual introduction. Their lovely yarns provide us with hours of enjoyment in knitting the project and will give us a finished item that we will cherish for years to come.

I look forward to seeing all the new colorways in a few weeks.

Linda in NH”

Arabella Shawl - work in progress

Arabella Shawl – work in progress

Arabella Shawl Raspberry Sorbet

The colors change depending on the light. They can be either pastel-like…

Arabella Shawl Raspberry Sorbet

…or striking intense.

Arabella Shawl Raspberry Sorbet front side

Isn’t this a great accessory?

Arabella Shawl Raspberry Sorbet back

The white makes the colors pop out even more.

If you like Arabella Shawl you can find your favourite colorway here.

Thank you so much Linda for your appreciation and we wish you a great time wearing your Arabella Shawl once it is finished.

Do you also knit this project? What is your favourite colorway? Let us know in the comments-section!

The Sock Yarn Diaries – Part 3: Merino-Nylon Sock Yarn

Since SKEINO opened it’s doors we offered sock yarns to our customers. We thought it would be a good idea to let you know a little bit more about why we work with these yarns and give you some insight about the history, characteristics and unique facts of each of them.

At this time, we have a collection of four different yarns at SKEINO which are perfect for sock knitting: DONEGALCORRIEDALE, MERINO-NYLON and TENCEL. All four yarns are Fingering Weight. The 4 oz. skeins provide between 416 and 465 yards of yarn, which can be knitted up to make a good pair of socks with at least a 4 inch shaft. All of SKEINO’s sock yarns come in our opera colorways, named after the world’s most famous and beautiful operas.

In this announcement let’s take a closer look at the MERINO-NYLON SOCK YARN.

The Blend of 75% Wool and 25% Nylon is the most common fiber mix for Sock Yarn.

SKEINO’s variation of this blend contains a generous 435 yards of the 4-ply machine washable yarn and comes in many colors:

Our Merino-Nylon Yarn comes in 24 bright colorways

Our Merino-Nylon Yarn comes in 24 bright colorways

The Merino is a domestic fiber from different sources milled here in the USA. The 25% Nylon adds to the strength of the yarn and both fibers are very well blended and spun into a fine yarn. Four single spun yarns are plied together.

Nylon is a man-made fiber used commonly as a binder in wool yarns.

Nylon is a generic designation for a family of synthetic polymers known generically as aliphatic polyamides, first produced on February 28, 1935, by Wallace Carothers at DuPont’s research facility. DuPont is an American chemical company that was founded in July 1802 as a gunpowder mill by Eleuthere Irenee du Pont. Nylon is one of the most commonly used polymers.

SKEINO Merino-Nylon Yarn in Colorway Nabucco

SKEINO Merino-Nylon Yarn in Colorway Nabucco

SKEINO’s Merino-Nylon Yarn is easy to care for: Machine wash gentle and tumble dry low.

This yarn is not only good to knit a pair of socks. Many knitters prefer this yarn for Babies and for Children. It is warm, soft and the fingering weight creates nice thinner pieces. The easy care is very favorable for Baby or Children knits.

Closeup of SKEINO Merino-Nylon Yarn

Closeup of SKEINO Merino-Nylon Yarn

This concludes part 3 of your sock yarn diaries. We hope you are enjoying this series. Stay tuned for the next episodes of the series which we will publish soon.

Happy knitting and as always please feel free to comment on or ask us anything.