ENDS

My hand has healed and I could go back to the needles and make a new video for you. Today I will talk about weaving in or stitching in ends.

This is maybe not a knitter’s most popular task but it is an important part of the craft. The video comes with three sections. Here is a link to each part, in case you are more interested in one section than another or if you want to rewatch a certain part:

Part 1: Stitching in ends on the wrong side
Part 2: Stitching in ends on edges
Part 3: Stitching in ends on the bind off

We also increased our production value and we added some closeups so you can see what I am doing on the needles more clearly. I hope you like it! For any questions or commons plesae reach out down here or in the Youtube comments section.

…And as always: #happyknitting

Love,

Bjorn

THE SECRETS OF HAND DYEING YARN

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As you can see this week there is no video. I suffered an injury on my hand and I cannot knit well at the moment. Therefore I have this written post for you.

We receive a lot of positive feedback from our customers about the colors of our yarns. As with many things in life there are two important things about hand dyeing yarns: education and experience. In today’s blog post I will talk about dyeing different types of fibers and how to care for them.

The first and most important thing you have to consider is if a fiber is coming from an animal or from a plant. Due to the proteins within the fibers they will behave quite differently during the dye process. At SKEINO we work mostly with merino and alpaca yarns on the animal side and with bamboo blends on the plant side. We also use silk blends. They are not made from plants but they behave similarly to the latter. Here is what differences there are between them:

Merino Superwash Yarns

Merino yarns can be treated so that they become ‘superwash’, meaning that the fibers will lose the ability to felt. Finished products that have been knitted with a superwash yarn can be machine washed and do not felt. However be careful: ‘superwash’ does not mean you can just use any of the settings of your washing machine. Think about the skill, time and effort you have put into your handcrafted piece. Give your favorite shawl, jacket or socks a long life by choosing a gentle setting with less agitation and less temperature.

Superwash yarns from animal fibers are fascinating to me as a hand dyer. Dye powders react much more intense with them, creating wonderfully vibrant and brilliant colors.

I have experimented a lot with superwash yarns in order to learn their secrets and behavior. I learned that applying the dye liquid on very wet yarns creates different shades than on on dry spun yarns. I also found out that pastels only need very few dye pigments.

Very interesting is the fact that superwash yarns are able to go through a dye process twice without being damaged. I have over dyed several colors and they look stunning! However this will only work when dyeing a lighter yarn into a darker color.

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The colorway Crocus has been over dyed with the colorway Peacock. Note how perfect the result is

Blends

Merino wool blended with plant fibers (Bamboo or Rayon) will be quite shiny after the dye process. However the plant fibers in the blended yarn are not taking the dyes as much as pure animal fibres. The result is that colors are mainly on the pastel side.

Silks and silk blended yarns show the sheen of the silk. The more silk is in the blend, the more sheen you will see.

Alpaca fibers on the other hand are not as bright but very beautiful and they support the softness of the yarn.

Here are some examples of the different fibers:

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Merino supewash yarn: Note how brightly the colors pop

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Bamboo / Merino blend superwash yarn: the plant fibers (bamboo) are taking less dye pigment than the merino fibers. The result is a “silvery sheen”

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Tencel / Merino superwash blend: The Tencel (rayon fibers) takes very few dye pigments creating an even stronger and beautiful sheen

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100% Fine Merino Farm Yarn: While showing vibrant colors a “frosty” effect can be seen (burgundy part of the skein)

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Fancy Yarns (merino twisted with a nylon eyelash yarn): The nylon fibers are taking the pigments very well producing rich and vibrant colors

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60% silk / 40% merino blend: While still showing vibrant colors, the silk creates a wonderful sheen

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Alpaca yarn: Less vibrant colors but with a beautiful softness effect to it

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Feather light Alpaca: The colors are on the muted side but the softness effect is a lot stronger creating a fluffy look & feel

I hope you enjoyed this exclusive insight to the secrets of hand dyeing yarn. This post has a more technical approach to it but I tried to keep it easy to understand. If you are a hand dyer yourself, you might want to try one or two things I mentioned in this post. If you are a knitter this article might help you to understand why a yarn has a certain look & feel to it.

When designing a SKEINO knitting kit my starting point is always to choose the perfect yarn for the piece. Many things have to be taken into account such as the season of the year, weight of the yarn and intensity of the colors and how to combine them, just name a few.

I hope you enjoyed this rather long post. For any questions please use the comment section below.

And as always: #happyknitting

Love,

Bjorn

 

 

SKEINO AWARDED GOOGLE TRUSTED STORES BADGE

 

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SKEINO, LLC which offers high quality handpainted kniting yarns and kits, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the SKEINO.com website, shoppers will see a Google Trusted Store badge and can click on it for more information.

“We are extremley happy to be a part of Google’s Trusted Stores program. It helps us to connect  with our customers even better. The badge also gives us the opportunity to show that we go the extra mile when it comes to customer care.” Matt Lehmann Co-founder and CMO

As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google’s help, and Google will work with SKEINO.com and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases.

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Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like SKEINO attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the badge on their websites.

HOW TO KNIT WITH DIFFERENT YARN WEIGHTS WITHOUT CHANGING NEEDLES

As you might know I love freestyle knitting. In today’s video we will just do that. Yes, you can actually knit with 2 different yarn weights and still use the same needle. How this is done is not very hard to understand.

I have also created a new shawl design that is online on SKEINO as of today. The Kumari Shawl uses just the same technique and so I thought it would be nice to give you a short overview.

If you haven’t tried knitting with 2 different yarn weights without changing needles I encourage you to do so. It’s a lot of fun!

Click on the image above to watch the video.

Thank you for watching and I hope you found this video interesting. Please let me know what you think in the comments or on Youtube and please consider subscribing to our Youtube Channel.

…And as always: #happyknitting

 

Love,

Bjorn

 

HOW A STITCH SITS ON A KNITTING NEEDLE

In this episode I will talk about knitting basics again. We receive a lot of requests from knitters who want to know more about the way I knit and why I’m doing or not doing certain things.

This video talks about how a stitch sits on a knitting needle and what you can do wrong. I used our super bulky Donna yarn so that you can follow what I’m doing easily.

And remember what my grandma always said: “It’s all about not crossing the legs!” 🙂


Click the image above to watch the video.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s episode. For more knitting videos please subscribe to our Youtube channel. If you have any questions or comments please write your thoughts here in the comment section or directly on Youtube.

…And as always: #happyknitting

 

Love,

Bjorn

CRUISE SHAWL KNITTING TUTORIAL

We have received many requests for a full knitting tutorial featuring our Cruise Shawl. The pattern is really not that difficult and of course we will go the extra mile to make sure you have fun knitting the Cruise Shawl and so we recorded our longest and most complete knitting tutorial yet…

The tutorial has a total of 4 parts:

In the opening section I will show you the overall construction of the shawl and where the increase and decrease lines can be found on the finished piece. There is a total of 7 sections.

Now let’s get to the actual knitting and in part 1 we will jump right on the pattern and start a new Cruise Shawl in colorway Samantha. Part 2 deals with the set-up row and I will show you how the lace row is done in part 3.

Click on the image above to watch the video

I hope you enjoyed this knitting tutorial and that I could help you with any doubts you might have with the Cruise Shawl pattern.

Please let me know how you liked this new format and what I can make better for future tutorials. This is a learning experience and we try to increase the quality of our videos with each episode.

For example our friend John, who is a professional carpenter, made this great overhead filming rack for us. Fully hand made and customized for making our knitting tutorials we think it makes shooting our videoblog so much easier and your watching experience better.

Here is a glimpse behind the scenes:
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The building instructions for this rack can be found here.

…And as always: #happyknitting

Love,
Bjorn