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June 6: Knit So Fine (book) Blog Tour Here!

cover.jpgI am very excited to announce that I will be part of a blog tour for the book entitled Knit So Fine, by Lisa Myers, Carol Sulcoski, and Laura Grutzeck. On June 6, I will be “talking” with Carol on June 6 about some of the ideas behind this book, a yarn used in the book, and the project which uses that yarn. It’s also about color, a very good thing!

The first time I heard about this book (whose subtitle is “Designs with Skinny Yarn”), I thought it was about laceweight yarns. I imagined maybe it would also include some fingering/sockweight yarns.

Now I understand that they had a focus of DK-weight (5.5 stitches/inch for sweaters) or smaller yarns. In the UK (and I think Australia), DK is the standard weight for handknit sweaters. In the USA, we go up a size to “worsted” weight for a standard, which knits at 5 stitches/inch.

I am a socknitter for the most part. I am also a color-artist. Smaller yarns often give me more options for bringing color into my projects. Socknitters usually use “fingering weight” (for gloves/socks) yarns, also called sockyarn.

I happen to like “fat socks” (especially in winter). I have found that DK-weight yarn fits in my shoes and Brian’s shoes but is squishier and warmer. Most socknitters consider these socks to be unacceptably thick. DK-weight yarn is “fat” yarn to a socknitter! So I was not sure this book was for me, at first glance. I was quite wrong.

I love drapier knits. I love sockyarns. I’ve learned that if I hold two strands of sockyarn together, I get a DK gauge but with a much nicer drape; a flatter, more flexible fabric than I would get if I knit with one strand of a DK-weight yarn. I like both fabrics, but when you hold two strands together, you not only get a wonderful fabric… you can play with color!

Holding two colors next to one another creates a visual/textural pattern that is interesting without a lot of fuss. And holding two handpainted (often multicolored) yarns in the same colorway together, can often break up the “pooling” of colors that many of us do not like in some of these artisan yarns.

I look forward to June 6th’s discussion with Carol. The blog tour, however, is bigger than just my part. It starts June 2 and ends on June 15. You can get more information about the tour and the book on Carol’s blog, Go Knit in Your Hat, her May 19th entry.

Fun times ahead; stay tuned!

3 Responses to “June 6: Knit So Fine (book) Blog Tour Here!”

  1. Cindy Says:

    Lynn – wow! It’s so cool you are part of the blog tour. See you next week at TNNA – yea!

  2. Vicki Says:

    I just came back from the bookstore and a latte, I had looked at this book and almost bought it.
    I also love the delicate sweaters.
    Vicki

  3. lynne s of oz Says:

    Happy TNNAing!
    Yes, DK is the Australian standard for jumpers (sweaters), though we call it “8 ply.” Fingering/sock weight is “4 ply” and a light sport weight is “5 ply.” Baby stuff is usually knitted in a 3, 4 or 5 ply. Worsted or aran is “10 ply” and then we get “12 ply” which needs 5.5mm needles. After that all bets are off and we get “chunky” and other such names. :-)

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