Welcome to Project Knitway or should I say Project Renottaway? It's my cyberspace place to post my favorite things...thoughts about family and creativity and design. One of my favorite things is making stuff, specifically clothing and accessories from fiber and metal. So you'll see a lot about that here. I also love spending time with my family, so there will be a bit about that too. When I'm not with my family or in my studio, I am most likely at nextdoor, my store. I have always had a store ever since I was a young woman. I started with a weaving store called the niddy noddy in Waukesha eons ago. I ended with nextdoor in Brookfield. It's my dream store filled with great clothing, especially denim. Really nice women work and shop there, it's a fun place to be. You can find us there every day and online at www.shopatnextdoor.com So come for a visit here and there.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Stranded...Or Just Blend In?

Years ago when I first discovered weaving and fiber arts, I took a class with Malin Selander from Sweden. I loved her approach to color blending many fine yarns together to create an interesting fabric. In fact it led me to opening my first shop, a weaving store in Waukesha, WI called the Niddy Noddy. I wanted access to every color yarn imaginable and my shop made that possible. The Niddy Noddy was a wonderful creative gathering place for women of all ages. It led me to where I am today with my store, Nextdoor. Although I no longer sell yarn, I still make and sell things in my store. Yesterday I made this easy wrap on my knitting machine. I stranded three different yarns together: a teal bamboo, a teal cotton and a bright lime cotton. I let the strands twist and blend on their own, creating a soft variegated effect. The result was very pleasing. You can do this with hand knitting as well. Just purchase three skeins of fingering yarn and strand them together in place of a single worsted weight. Halcyon Yarn offers a wonderful selection of fibers in all colors and weights. Knitpicks also has a beautiful array to choose from. Both sell online and have nice catalogs. I'm saving up to purchase Knitpicks full palette of over 100 colors in their fingering weight wool for my fall collection. Once you start blending your own yarns together, you'll never use a solid strand again. So, don't just blend in with the crowd. Stick to your knitting!