13 Jul 2017

Trays tables, wet yarn and difficult decisions


I was faced with a difficult decision recently - shall I allow some scalding-hot tea go over my legs or soak my yarn instead... OK, only a knitter would see that as even a remotely sensible choice to be made, but when you're only one hour into a long international flight it seemed logical at the time.

We were on one of these new Dreamliner planes and had read ahead of time about how uncomfy the seats are so were prepared with extra cushions, shawls and so on. These were carefully stowed into the tiny spaces under the seats along with my knitting yarn and other flight essentials. 

I then unlocked the tray table which came down into place with a loud 'clunk' and a decided list to one side. I tried to make it go flat but when I placed a pencil on the table, it rolled off and went under my neighbour's seat. Not a good start. We retrieved it, had a brief conversation about how to get his overhead light on (not an easy task either) and I put the pencil along with everything else on my lap.

Soon our meal came along and I left my knitting where it was as I couldn't manoeuvre down to place it into a bag. The meal finished and a cup of tea arrived which was scalding hot. I held it on the sloping table for a while and then made the mistake of deciding it might be better if I folded the tray table over so it was slightly more stable.


It was at that point that I discovered that even folded, the table was not flat. This was just after I had let go of the cup. I saw the teacup tipping over and realized I had to make a snap decision as the tea was heading straight for my legs! But if I moved them out of the way it would soak my brand-new cotton-yak yarn, together with my bamboo needles, notes so far and the ill-fated pencil.

Good sense did, I am happy to say, prevail - but it was a close-run thing. The tea duly drenched everything in sight and I briefly looked at the sodden mass, before placing everything into a Ziplok bag and sealing it up. We dealt with as much of the tea as we could with the available paper towels and then I retired, as gracefully as I could, to the bathroom to try to dry my skirt out.

The rest of the journey was spent with a cold, wet skirt clinging to me and keeping me awake. I wouldn't have minded being awake if I had had some knitting, but with nothing to do the time dragged until we arrived at our destination.


Fortunately, my skirt was nicely dried by the time we landed but everything else was in a sorry state. The wood of the bamboo needles was raised and rough and the yarn was beyond saving. I am afraid to say that the combination of aircraft tea and yak yarn was decidedly unpleasant, especially after it had sat in a hot closed plastic bag for 10 hours! So I had to abandon it and come up with another solution for my holiday knitting. 

Fortunately, I found an excellent substitute, but more about that next time...

Until then, Happy Knitting!

Moira



Last Blogpost: Welcome to Kiku Knits


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6 Jul 2017

Welcome to Kiku Knits


Have I ever mentioned I like reversible knitting stitches? Well, yes, OK, maybe just once or  twice... Or perhaps I should make that three or four times! 

I suppose I am slightly obsessed with reversible patterns, but as I've said before, they just draw me in. I love the way the fabric drapes when you use a reversible stitch, their ease of use, their versatility, their range. 



And I know I'm not the only one who loves this category of stitches, judging from some of the lovely messages that you have been sending us after the publication of our E-Book, Reversible Knitting Stitches. Both Anna and I have been so pleased to hear your feedback, so many thanks if you have taken the time to write to us.

A few weeks ago we asked the question: any suggestions for how to make this even better? And one of the really interesting ideas was that it would be great to be able to go to a single source to see all the projects that are featured in the book, rather than having them split between my website and Anna's.
Kiku Knits
That suggestion came at a very opportune moment for us because Anna had just decided to set up a brand new venture, Kiku Knits, focussing specifically on knitting patterns. She is still selling her beautiful finished items in her Knitted Wonderland Etsy store, but now she has a specific venue for her knitting patterns

So, it only took a little bit of extra work for me to move my patterns into a brand new boutique store on the KikuKnits.com website - perfect.



So now if you go to the information page about our Reversible Knitting Stitches book you will see a link to view all the patterns available using reversible stitches from the book - yes, all 60 of them as of today's date! 

We're going to keep adding new pattern links into that collection so please go back and revisit it from time-to-time to get more ideas and inspiration for items you can make with reversible knitting stitches.

Thank you so much for that suggestion and for all your great ideas. I am happy to say the print version of the book is now in its final editing stages and we hope to be able to get it to the printers in the not-too-distant future. More news about that soon!

Until next time, 

Happy Reversible Knitting!

Moira



Pattern featured at the top of the blog: Scottswood Stole

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Reversible Knitting Stitches E-Book: Book details and pattern links.




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