Loose Ends, a concept for taking yarn from stash (or LYS shelves) and creating something unique
|Loose Ends are easier to measure and cut on a curtain rod.|
Last Monday, I met up with a friend known only from the internet, at a coffee shop. My family and my muggle friends think I take my life in my hands when I tell them I am off to meet a total stranger whom I met online through my life in knitting. They get a tad dramatic and insist I call or text to alert them that all is well and that I haven't been robbed or abducted. They are so funny... abducted?, don't they know we knitters are all some kind of crazy, but in a good way, like in world peace and domination and such? I have learned... now I don't relay the story until after I get back from the meet-up!
Imogen is a lovely woman who owns Fig Tree Yarns. (This link will lead you to Imogen's FB page, there you find a link to the website that will soon display the yarns available for order online). Her shop features many yarns from the States that are hard to find on the other side of the pond. I thought that this was a devilish business plan. Just think of the enabling you could do in the name of saving time and shipping? Not to mention your clients could brag on having yarns that are scarcely found in stashes over there. She often comes to Boston to visit her son, who is working on his Ph.D at Harvard. Imogen lives and works in Jersey (of the Channel Islands off the coast of England, not our stateside NJ Jersey). Imogen has a yarn shop tucked into a studio attached to her home (Imagine... ? I swoon...). She is an opera singer by training, and a voice teacher by profession. And she knits. Why not combine the two? I was imagining the change in acoustics with the addition of all that wool!
In one of the many topics we covered in our short time together, she shared that she had just returned from TNNA. I queried in my awe as to how it was, who she saw, what vendors she visited, and all that. (If you know me at all, you may have witnessed the rapid fire questions that ensue when I WANT TO KNOW!). She shared info about a class and I have renamed it Loose Ends, read on.
|Close up of colors and yarn weights as they vary.|
|Loose Ends Quaker Yarn Stretcher|
Yarns: Assorted worsted to bulky weights on size 11 needle.
I gathered the ends of many balls of yarn, some are from the swap tables at SPA and Fiber Camp. others are leftovers in my stash. I broke rule (or suggestion) number one in that my yarn weights vary. If you like that look, you can do the same, but I will stay closer to one weight in my next project. The other suggestion I took liberties with is the join; my new Loose End is joined at the edge of my work for a cleaner look.
|This Quaker Yarn Stretcher pattern goes so quickly, have you made one yet?|
Here are some patterns that might showcase the yarns well.
|ZickZack Scarf by Chrisy Kamm|
|Cattywampus Hat by Elizabeth Green Musselman|
|Quaker Yarn Stretcher by Susan Ashcroft|
|Yarn Optimizer by Susan Ashcroft|
|Ritalin Cowl by Shelley N Brander|
|Simply Rippled by Susan Ashcroft|
|Pleat Up! by Hanna Maciejewska|
|Union Square by JumperCablesKnitting|
|Bias Before and After Scarf by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas|
|These are the hues in my second Loose Ends project.|
|Cattywampus Hat, image imported from Ravelry pattern page.|