Weaving in ends – sneaky techniques with EastLondonKnit

EastLondonKnit has returned to the blog to help the speedy people already finishing up their Naloa in the ongoing KAL. Thanks Renee, and well done speedsters! 😉

(It is still not too late to start your shawl as the KAL runs till October 4th and there are many exciting prizes available for those who take part.)

I love how this technique hides the straggling threads and makes the weaving in seamless. So sneaky and clever!

Take it away, Renee…

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Hello!

Naloa features gently undulating stripes of colours in the lace edging.  Each colour change begins on a right-side row, thereby making an end to be woven in once the shawl is complete. (So if you’ve just completed a RS row, slide the work to the other end of the needle, and begin the next row from the RS again!)

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There are many ways to weave in ends, but when working with lace, you have to be more careful to keep it tidy and invisible.

I used duplicate stitch in Naloa. It’s a handy technique for  solving many different problems.  Check out this primer.

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First, thread a sharp tapestry needle with the end, and following the end from whence it came, trace the row back through 4-6 stitches, splitting the yarn with the needle.

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Although I wove in my ends before the shawl was blocked, many people prefer to do so afterward, to make sure they don’t tighten the edges of the shawl too much.

I can’t wait to see your beautifully finished Naloa Shawl!

Happy knitting!
Renee
Make sure to check out Renee’s other beautiful designs on Ravelry and find more  useful tutorials on her blog and follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

Little wayward tidbits

I have been on a bit of a break for the last few days and won’t be answering emails until the 16th as I take a proper rest!

Thought I would share some images of my Naloa in progress as I’ve just added my first contrast colour stripe…

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…and an image of my new, local, vintage habadashery Wayward in St. Leonard’s to amuse you!

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More soon!

Naloa KAL starting this Saturday Aug… 30th…!!

This last month has been a huge roller coaster ride for me as I have moved house/city and have relocated next to the British seaside! Your parcel of yarn-y goodness will now be winging to you from the lovely Hastings:

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Hastings castle on the day I arrived!

With all the moving palava I realised only the other day that I’d made an error on the Naloa KAL start date. Huge apologies for the confusion…  We will be casting on TOMORROW – Saturday August 30th, running to  Saturday October 4th.

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BEYUL fingering shown in ‘yurt’ and ‘turquoise tarn’ colourways , image © EastLondonKnit

There are still kits for the shawl on the shop

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Naloa by EastLondonKnit – detail, shades of BEYUL image © Kettle Yarn Co.

…and see the KAL group page for details of all the fantastic prizes!

I can’t wait to pick this project back up! The shawl will be my holiday knitting as I am taking a full 2 weeks off starting Sunday.

If you order any yarn after tomorrow please be aware that shipping will be delayed until September 16th while I am on leave.

 

Naloa KAL details – starts Aug 31st!

We’ve decided we need a bit more time before starting the Naloa Shawl KAL, so have bumped it back to the end of the month… there is still plenty of time to get your yarn and join in!

The KAL will run Saturday August 31st – Saturday October 4th.

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Naloa shawl by EastLondonKnit, image © EastLondonKnit

You can buy your kit for the shawl on the shop or pick your own colour combination! See the KAL group page for details.

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BEYUL fingering shown in ‘yurt’ and ‘turquoise tarn’ colourways , image © EastLondonKnit

Rules:

One entry per shawl – if you make more than one shawl you get more than one entry! 😉

All shawls WITH PHOTOS posted in the FO thread by Saturday October 4th 2014 will be eligible for the following prizes:

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Every mention with the hashtag #NaloaKAL on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram will go into the draw for 1 skein of Wimbledon Sport in colour ‘melon balls’ + a Kettle Yarn Co. project bag tag

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Best photo

This one is for the most interesting photo that shows your shawl in the best light. This doesn’t have to be taken with a fancy camera – just take a shot that makes your shawl look BEAUTIFUL to win a copy of Pompom Quarterly’s beautiful Summer Issue 9 + a Kettle Yarn Co. project bag tag.

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Randomly selected FO

This prize will be randomly generated and the person will win 2 skeins of the softest baby Camel DK + a Kettle Yarn Co. project bag tag.

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This is going to be SO fun!

Keep an eye out on your email for a special draw coming up exclusively for newsletter subscribers as well! 

 

 

Naloa shawl now available – and impromtu London trunk show!

Renee Callahan’s breathtaking Naloa shawl is now available for purchase on Ravelry! A simple, elegant shawl, this is a top-down triangular shawl with streams of stacked eyelets running out from the centre to wavelets of lace in the border. Designed to be knit with 2 skeins of BEYUL fingering, Naloa features a simple alternation of colour to bring out the beautiful flow of the lace pattern.

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As a little added bonus for anyone in the London area this weekend we are also holding at mini-trunk show at the EastLondonKnit studios for the annual arts festival Hackney Wicked:

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You can drop by, enjoy the festivities, try on the sample and even purchase some Kettle Yarn Co. yarn to start the shawl! Renee will have some BEYUL in studio for you to see and fondle in person.

 

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We are planning a marvelous Knit A Long (KAL) for this beauty which will start on Saturday August 9th and will run to the 13th September and will have some AMAZING prizes for various fun things. We’ll give you more details next week when we’ve worked them out.

Check the blog for details next week and get your Naloa Kit now in the shop while they last. I am planning on taking a bit of a break from dyeing through August, so skeins are limited for the time being!

Next up…Fibre East!

Barely recovered from the last, but gearing up for the next big yarn extravaganza of the summer – Fibre East next weekend! So excited!

Only an hour and a bit out of London in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, the show will be open Saturday 26th July 10am – 5pm and Sunday 27th July 10am – 4.30pm.

It will be my first time at this show, so once again, please do come by and say hello and play with me. I am in the middle of the ‘Shetland’ room, right after the main hall, surrounded by spinning and weaving fun:

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The amazing ELK herself, designer Renee Callahan– aka EastLondonKnit, will be joining me at the booth this weekend. We’ll be unveiling a new shawl design for Kettle Yarn Co. in my new yarn blend BEYUL – yak/silk/sw merino and showcasing her amazing patterns in the flesh!

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tiny sneaky sneak peek of new shawl in progress!

We’ll have a number of glorious samples at the stall so come and give them a twirl. I think you’ll be as smitten with them as I am!

I will also have some of my new autumn ISLINGTON fingering hues at the booth, like my new Neckinger Green:

This green is suitably dark and mysterious, hinting of murky hidden depths and secrets and is named after London’s subterranean River Neckinger, which in Victorian times ran past the notorious Jacob’s Island.

From Wikipedia —

Jacob’s Island was notoriously squalid from early Victorian times. It was described by Charles Dickens in 1838 as “the filthiest, the strangest, the most extraordinary of the many localities that are hidden in London”, and by the Morning Chroniclein 1849 as “The very capital of cholera” and “The Venice of drains”.

In the 17th century convicted pirates were hanged at the mouth of the river (the corpses were placed on display as a deterrent further downstream at Blackwall Point). The name of the river is believed to derive from the term “devil’s neckcloth” (i.e. hangman’s noose).

The environs are vividly described in Charles Dickens‘ novel, Oliver Twist as the place that one of Dickens’ best-known characters, Bill Sikes, meets a violent death in the mud of St Saviour’s Dock.”

Hope you are all enjoying the amazing summer as much as I am and looking forward to seeing some of you this weekend!

 

Unveiling my Veil

I’ve been knitting up a storm lately in preparation for the summer shows and  have gotten a bit behind with sharing. My most recent FO is the stunning Veil of Leithen shawl by talented designer Renee Callahan, otherwise known as EastLondonKnit:

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I knit this beauty up in less than one skein my new, delicious yak blend BEYUL in colourway Yurt  – which I still haven’t had time to announce properly, but will get around to it in the next few weeks…I promise!

This summer shawl is a lovely top down mesh which finishes in a subtle lace edging knit on all at once.

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A mix of the softest yak down, silk, and superwash Merino this blend is just perfect for this delicate shawl. You can see the delicate yak down halo and subtle lustre on the yarn in the photo below!

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Renee is currently hosting a KAL with prizes in the Unwind group Ravelry page so you can join in there to win and see FOs.  You can also wear your Veil of Leithen at Unwind Brighton on the 12th/13th July for a chance of winning a prize at the show!