Rhombolution

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November’s pattern is a double-knit scarf I called Rhombolution!  The exclamation mark isn’t really part of the scarf’s name, but seemed appropriate.

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I am loving the double-knitting at the moment.  It is such a nice way to do colour work without having to worry about the tension issues of stranded knitting.  And it just kinda feels clever.  Working 2 versions of the same pattern at once seems a little bit magic.

Rhombolution by EastLondonKnit 4

 

My biggest super-duper thanks to my beautiful model Linda, the wonderful indie yarn dyer of Kettle Yarn Co. yarns. I used her gorgeous Waltham yarn for the scarf, which was a pleasure to work with. For our photo shoot I went down to visit Linda at her new seaside location, and we amused the locals by artfully posing the lovely lady and scarf around all manner of picturesque scenery.

 

Rhombolution by EastLondonKnit(1)

We got this one just before the owner of the property tried to hit us with her car.

I designed Rhombolution with a 2 -colour tubular cast on and bind off, and a slipped stitch edging, but of course these elements could be left out if the knitter wanted to make the knitting as simple as possible.  I figure it’s better to put in more and let people take out what they don’t want.  Of course, I could be wrong about that–perhaps it’s better to include the most simple set of instructions.  Then the more experienced knitters could change things to suit themselves and the less-experienced knitters wouldn’t be intimidated.  Dear Reader: what do you think?  Do you have strong opinions on this subject?  I would love to hear them if so!

Rhombolution is available here for download on Ravelry, and comes with ‘How to Double Knit’ phototutorial.

Happy knitting!

R.

Rill Rill

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I recently had a pattern published in a real world, paper and ink knitting magazine, which is frankly pretty exciting.  We are all so digitized now, but you know, there is just something about the ability to flip through it and put it on the bookshelf that makes a difference. It is my first such publication, and I am pleased to introduce the Rill Rill Jumper!

Rill Rill Jumper by EastLondonKnit

Image copyright: Dan Walmsley for Practical Publishing. Used with permission.

 

Rill Rill is a seamless raglan pullover, gently over-sized, knit from the the bottom up, with lace column detail on the front yoke. The yarn I used is West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley Aran, which is not only a shocking bargain, but really gorgeous once washed. I called it Rill Rill for the rivulets of rain streaming down my windows while I was working on the pattern, and, I can’t lie, because I really love the Sleigh Bells song.

So many thanks to the wonderful Kate and the team at Knit Now Magazine!  Issue #41 November 2014 is available now from quality knitting magazine suppliers:)

Happy knitting,

R.

A sweater for him.

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I reckon the long-suffering love of my life is knit-worthy. So I wanted to make him a sweater–something he can wear to work, but likes enough to wear in his own time.  This began as the promise many months ago.  It was going to be a Valentines day gift, an anniversary gift, a birthday gift.  Somehow, there was never the time to do it, even though it was to be a machine knit, and therefore doable in a few days.  Finally, after months of dithering and knitting a piece here and there, I managed it.

EastLondonKnit's hubby sweater before

And the conclusion was that it was too short.

I found this conclusion somewhat aggravating.

I didn’t have the time to re-knit everything, so decided I needed to find some way of lengthening the body that wasn’t too invasive, as it were.  The best option was to make the hem longer.

So I knit some new, longer ribbing.ELK rib

And linked it on to the sweater, one row above the current too-short ribbing. (A mini-video of the linker in action is on the instagram feed, also, if you like machines, there’s one at work here.)

EastLondonKnit ribAnd in the end, we got there…

EastLondonKnit's hubby sweater after

 

And he likes it, which is lucky, because that is his knitting allocation for this year! If I start now, I may just manage next year’s anniversary/Christmas/birthday jumper….

Happy knitting,

R.

 

Stash & Pain

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It turns out one of the 7 deadly sins a hand-knit designer can commit is to design with discontinued yarn and it turns out I do this often.  I have only been designing hand-knit patterns for about a year, so I give myself a little leeway with the mistakes, but I have used discontinued yarn for at least 4 of the patterns I published this year.

I was reminded that I should do something about this sorry state of affairs as I was  listening the latest episode of knit.fm.  Hannah Fettig was all about the stash and her superb new Knitbot app and I was chivied into action to do something about my own.  So this morning, the only thing to do was an airing of the stash, ala Brenda Dayne.

So I tipped all the bins out and started sorting.

ELK stash before

before.

Compared to some, I realize this is small fry.  But for me, the issue of stash guilt is bizarrely real.  It drives me nuts to have all this lovely stuff, some of it for many years, and not have enough time or hands to make it All the Things.

I began the good work of sorting through what was truly loved and in significant enough quantites to design patterns.

the real ELK stash

In other words, the real stash.  There is something inherently beautiful and useful in each of these yarns.  There is luxurious Quince and Co., Heritage silk Cascade, but also a sweater quantity of Drops Alpaca and cascade 220. It all speaks to me somehow.  And none of it has been discontinued.  Yet.

So now I have this lovely little selection and want to know how to avoid putting this all back into a dark and unseen cupboard?  What are your stash display strategies??

Then there are the odds and ends.  Some beautiful, some cheap and cheerful.  I imagine in the near future I will be very organised and run knit-alongs with every new pattern I publish.  These will be some of the yarns that will go into goody bags and be the kind of random thing I could give to someone else to make something wonderful.

Give away ELK stash

Then we have the random swatching yarns, things I couldn’t quite get rid of, such as left over bits from projects that I loved.  These have gone back into the plastic bins…ELK Swatching stash

Which just leaves me with the last group.  The banished yarns. The full balls will go to Wild and Woolly‘s super Stash Depot.  So no problem there.  The other, much larger bag to the left, though, is a problem for me.

Stash to deport It doesn’t look so large in the pic, but it is around 5-10 kilos of odds and sods. Full balls without ID.  Many partial skeins and balls, even parts of garments.  The obvious answer is to just throw it away.  But this kills a little bit of my wish-I-was-an-eco-warrior soul.  I had a look on Ravelry, and none of the yarn collecting groups seemed particularly current, or nearby.  I am happy to send it/take it somewhere in the UK, but postage elsewhere would be too pricy.  I am open to suggestions.  If you know of any art projects/people who do amazing things with old yarn, please let me know!!

Happy knitting,

R.