HOW TO KNIT BOBBLES

In this episode I will talk about a fun subject: How to knit bobbles.
If you have never knitted bobbles or bubbles before you will find that it’s not too difficult. I’m using two different colored yarns so that it is easy to see for you.

I hope you liked this episode. As always any comments or questions are more than welcome.

Love,

Bjorn

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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

 

 

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

 

CELEBRATING SPRING PHOTO CONTEST

2 weeks ago we started our Celebrating Spring Photo contest. You sent us some wonderful pictures and we are proud to showcase them here in the blog. It’s really amazing to have such a great community and we couldn’t ask for more.

Watch the video below to see all the entries. If you have participated you will also see who is the winner of a free SKEINO product of your choice.

All of the photos deserve a prize but unfortunately we can only do that much. Thank you all for participating and for making our SKEINO community so great.

And now let’s get to the fun part:

Click on the image above to watch the video.

 

Thank you again and all the best from everyone here at SKEINO!

…And as always: #happyknitting

 

MEET THE CRUISE SHAWL

If you followed our blog you will know that I was on a cruise from Florida to Barcelona / Spain not too long ago. Even though the purpose of our trip was to relax a little I just couldn’t get the knitting out of my mind. The cruise was so inspiring that I came up with a new design project and the quiet days aboard the ship gave me enough time to finish it.

In today’s video I will present the finished design which is called the Cruise Shawl. This knitting kit is constructed in a star shape. In the video I will talk about why I chose that form for the shawl. On the cruise they had a daily knitting group and we met a bunch of wonderful ladies there. You can learn more about them here and here.

I felt that it would be a nice gesture to name our Cruise Shawl after our new knitter friends and so we asked everybody for their favorite color and we chose a Cruise Shawl colorway for every lady of the knitting group accordingly.

Click on the image to watch the video blog.

The Cruise Shawl is available as a knitting kit on the SKEINO website so you can have a look at each of the colorways.

I had such a wonderful time (not only when knitting) and I can’t wait to go on another cruise, especially when it’s so inspiring to come up with new designs!

What do you think about the Cruise Shawl? Please let me know in the comments section or directly on Youtube.

…And as always: #happyknitting

 

Love,

Bjorn

YARN INSIGHTS – PART 4: SILK YARNS

Yarn insights is a video series of 5 episodes where I will explain the different kinds of  yarns out there. We will publish a new episode every week so make sure to stay tuned to not miss anything.

This is the fourth episode of our little yarn overview. Today I will talk about some authentic luxury fibers: silk yarns. The yarn industry offers a surprising variety of silk yarns and I have quite a number of them in my stash. Right now at SKEINO we only offer our Splendid Yarn which is a silk blend. However I am already looking at some new silk yarns that will eventually find their way into our store.

Click on the image above to watch the video.

I hope you enjoyed the silk yarns I presented in the video. Please feel free to comment or ask here in the blog or directly on Youtube. If you haven’t done so already please do consider subscribing to our channel and never miss a video.

…And as always: #happyknitting

Love,

Bjorn

YARN INSIGHTS – PART 1: BASIC YARNS

Yarn insights is a video series of 5 episodes where I will explain the kinds of different yarns out there. We will publish a new espisode each week so stay tuned.

In this first episode we will start with the basic knitting yarns. These are the foundation of most yarn companies and SKEINO is no different. You might have heard of single, 2-ply and multiply yarns and I will show and explain each of them for you in the video.

Click the image above to watch the video.

I hoped you enjoyed this little introduction to textile design. Next week we will look into I-cord and ribbon yarns. At the time when all 5 of the Yarn Insights episodes are published you should have a good overview of the different knitting yarns you can use for your favorite craft.

Please let me know your thoughts and questions in the comment section and as always:

#happyknitting !

Love,

Bjorn