Friday, March 27, 2015

Weaving In CO and BO Tails

I've started contacting companies for the Yarn Tasting at our San Diego conference in July.  Responses have been very good.  So far I actually have yarn from Imperial, Shibui and Swans Island and more arrives every day.

I won't be posting next week as I will be out of town for a few days.  My husband will be home to collect packages.  Due to a snafu about a vacation, I will be flying to Phoenix to drive one of our cars to Las Vegas.  It is a long story but I love road trips so I won't complain!

Again, I like to remind my students to photograph their swatches before they send them to me.  My process is to review the swatches the day I receive them and then to send my letter and the next lesson by email.  Depending on where you live, it might take a couple of days to get the actual swatches.  If you have a photograph of your work, my letter will make more sense and you can get started on the next lesson right away.  I have been very lucky.  I think only one lesson has actually been lost and I have send out hundreds and hundreds of packages since I have started teaching correspondence courses.

This topic was requested by a student.  I've tried to track down the original request but I must have deleted it.  For anyone doing the Masters Program, you know that we recommend that you use the duplicate stitch method for weaving in yarn tails on the stockinette swatches.  When you weave in yarn tails, the goal is that 1) they are not visible on the RS 2) they do not pull free and 3) the fabric retains its elasticity at that location.  Most of the techniques I have seen do not fulfill all of these requirements.  

If you are working on a project where there are seams, the best place to work in the tails is in the seams themselves but if the project doesn't have seams (like swatches) you must place them in the fabric itself.  

One of my students was having difficulty getting started and wanted to know where to start.  That is the topic of this tip.  Here is a photo of the yarn tail at the BO edge.  The needle is in the location where you begin.  

Here is a photo of the CO edge.

Basically you start as close to the selvedge stitch as you can get.  After that you just use the duplicate stitch method.  I've done lots of tips on this method.  Just check the index.  Here is the link to the video:  Weaving in CO and BO Tails

Salon will be on Sunday from 2-4pm.  

I've started on the sweater front.  I have to pick up the pace.  I've got yarn for two more things I am doing for the Fall issue.

Here is the back.  It has been blocked.

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