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!” ūüôā


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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

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YARN INSIGHTS ‚Äď PART 5: THE ITALIAN LADIES

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 5th episode of our mini-series Yarn Insights. In this final installment I will talk about merino superwash yarns. The ones that we use here at SKEINO are called the Italian Ladies. We partner with spinning mills in Italy and we named the yarns after the wonderful ladies at the mills.

We use the Italian Ladies superwash yarns for some of our most popular products, such as the Arabella Shawl and the Miss Grace Shawl. Ranging from lace to super bulky weight we work with a total of 8 merino superwash yarns¬†–¬†all of them have an Italian name.

This episode is a great watch if you want to know more about your favorite SKEINO shawl kit or if you would like to learn about the different merino superwash yarns you will find in most yarn stores near you.

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This closes our Yarn Insights video series. I’m a textile designer with all my heart and I love digging into a subject like this. I hope you enjoyed it too. When you go shopping for your next yarn you will be able to¬†use the information I gave you in these 5 videos to your advantage.

Please let me know your questions and comments here or directly on Youtube.

…And as always: #happyknitting

 

Love,

Bjorn

An Introduction To Yarn Fineness – The Harlequin Story

Today we are giving you a view behind the scenes of SKEINO. Our textile designer Bjorn is talking fibres i.e. he explains the development process of SKEINO’s newest product, the harlequin yarn.

in 2010 a soft ultra-fine 10 micron fleece, set a new world record in the fineness of wool fleeces.

Yarn fineness is measured in microns. These cones are about to get hand painted for SKEINO.

Yarn fineness is measured in microns. These cones are about to get hand painted for SKEINO.

Let’s start with some general information about the fineness of fibers: The finest bale of wool ever sold measured 11.6 microns in June, 2008. However¬†in 2010 a soft ultra-fine¬†10 micron¬†fleece, set a new world record in the fineness of wool fleeces. A¬†micron¬†(micrometer – a millions of a meter) is a¬†measurement used to express the diameter of a wool fiber. The lower the microns, the finer the fibers.

Clear price differentials exist for different fiber diameters.

The fiber diameter is the most important characteristic for all textile fibers. Most wool between 11.5 and 24 microns in fiber diameter is made into clothing. The remainder is used for other textiles such as blankets, insulation and furnishings. Clear price differentials exist for different fiber diameters and in almost all cases the price increases as the diameter decreases.

SKEINO's Harlequin yarn

SKEINO’s Harlequin yarn

In a general sense, the super fine Merino fibers are similar to cashmere. This is why we decided to choose the 19.5 micron fibers for the HARLEQUIN yarn. One ball contains 600 yards of worsted weight single spun yarn, long and random color repeat, 7 oz. (200 grams). While knitting this yarn, you can watch the randomly changing colorway, self striping. As always at SKEINO, patterns are free with your purchase. Click here to take a closer look at our Harlequin yarn: http://www.skeino.com/yarns/harlequin-yarn.html

We hope to have given you some insight to yarn thinness and why Bjorn chose 19.5 microns for our Harlequin yarn. As always please let us know your thoughts or ask us in the comment section section down below.

Become Skeino’s Fan Of The Week On Facebook

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Become Skeino’s fan of the week on our Facebook page. What’s in it for you? Your picture in SKEINO’s hall of glory and a 10% discount on your order! Become a fan on our Facebook page and click on “Fan Of The Week”. Good luck and have fun! ūüėÄ