Episode 88: Happy Holidays!
Filmed on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
Welcome to all our new and returning viewers! We are coming to you from Wet Coast Wools, a yarn store in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver, BC.
Episode Time Stamps:
Sweater Segment: 00:41:22:22
Store News: 00:56:34:19
Glenda is wearing Dasher, by Ann Kingstone, knit in double-stranded Holst Supersoft in Rosemary, Carmine, and Nougat, sized up from a kid’s sweater. The hat is Penny’s Santa Hat by Martina Gardner, knit in Baah! Yarn Sonoma in Burmese Ruby and some superwash DK in white.
The rest of my FOs are not here… 4 Items for the Warm Hands Network Knit-In. They have all been sent off, so I will post photos
Glenda’s Cascade Hat made with Cascade 220
Kelsey is wearing Ease by Josée Paquin knit in Hemp for Knitting #220 Hempwol in Florence. And Santa’s Ho-Ho-Hat by Jacquelynn Vance-Kuss knit in Custom Woolen Mills Mulespinner 2-ply in Red and Natural.
Mallory’s Christmas hat, knit in Katia Inca Colour 117
Socks for Chris, Knit in Timber Yarns Twin Sock in The Intelligent Eagle. This colourway was a second, so the warmer brown is normally a golden yellow.
Sea Fusion Toque, knit in Custom Woolen Mills Prairie Sea Fusion in Dark Grey, Natural Black and Natural White. This was a leftovers toque that I donated to the WHN. I knit it on 9mm needles.
Works in Progress
Christmas Socks for Chris, knit in Rellana Christmas Sock 2019 with sparkle.
Sarahjeandc has a Mount Pleasant top that is too short. She wants to know how to lengthen it.
Glenda: My suggestion for lengthening the sweater would be to cut off the bottom of the sweater about 5 rows above the lace and pick up the stitches on both the top and bottom halves of the sweater. Then you can knit a few more inches onto the top part of the sweater and finish by grafting the lace section back on to the sweater.
To do this, cut one stitch near the side seam, and slowly pick out the thread, placing the live stitches (both top and bottom) onto needles as you go (maybe these are the 2 needles you mentioned?). You can use the main needle for the body side, and a smaller needle for the bottom edge. Count all your stitches to make sure you haven’t dropped any! Once you have picked up all the stitches, knit the body stitches for the extra length you desire. Then use kitchener stitch to reattach the bottom part of the sweater.
Kelsey: Glenda is much more confident in her grafting skills than I am….. I have run into that issue a bit with my Mt. Pleasant and I honestly think I would just frog back to before separating for the sleeves and add the length I wanted and then finish the top as normal! :)
Not a sweater question, but you were talking about shawl shapes and it made me wonder… What shawl shapes do you prefer to knit/wear and how do you wear them? I’ve found that I can’t keep a circular shawl on my shoulders (which was annoying because that was a lot of knitting!) and that I love knitting triangular shawls but have to wear them bunched up around my neck bandana style rather than draped around my shoulders. Maybe my shoulders are just too steep and things that don’t attach around my neck (like sweaters, for instance) won’t ever stay put?
Kelsey: I seem to get the most wear out of my triangular shawls! I think, because I am tall, this shape not only keeps me warm but is flattering too! I most often wear mine with the point down the front and then wrap the arms around my neck and have them drape down in front, like a scarf. I sometimes use a shawl cuff as an accent or to help keep bulkier shawls secured around my neck!
My favourite shawl shape is probably a crescent. I like scarves more than shawls - I want to wrap it around my neck a million times. The crescent shape stays on nicely, without being too bulky on your shoulders. I’m not very tall, so a really big shawl can drown me a bit. Also, I want to be able to put a coat on over the shawl, so it can’t be too big on the back of my neck.
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WCW Bingo-A-Long 2020
We will be doing another round of Bingo for 2020! We are finalizing the new board, and it will be available for download in the final week of December (can’t have you pre-planning everything!). We will have 2 challenge squares again, and you will have to sign up and declare your challenges by the end of January.
WHN Knit In
You can read all about our day on the WHN Blog! We ended up with over 170 items. :)
Boxing Week Sale begins December 26th Online, and in-store from December 27th. We will have some great sales, so come check out the deals.
Please note that the shop will be closed on December 24th, 25th, and 26th, and on January 1st.
Happy Holidays everyone! Thanks for watching!