Due to a scheduling mix-up, the promoted piece in the December 22, 2011 edition of The Journal Gazette was for Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 105, which is scheduled to be available on January 1, 2012. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy today's show.
This week, I chat with Kathy Zimmerman and share a simple pattern with an unusual technique.
Link Arms to Avoid Seaming
The Linked Arms technique is for the boundary between two colors, where there would normally be a seam. It requires a little juggling, but it's a way of working intarsia, in the round. So, this pattern actually uses the regular twist-when-changing technique of preventing holes in intarsia along with the Linked Arms, to avoid a seam. Increases and decreases, not special intarsia techniques, create the triangle motifs in the sleeve.
Instructions within this pattern are very precise (and kind of long), but here's the general overview of Linked Arms.
When you reach the stitch before the boundary between the two colors, drop the stitch off the needle, pull it out from under its wrap, and either purl it together or ssk it with the wrap.
Then, slip the first stitch of the other color onto the working needle, move the working yarn between the needles from the working position you have been using to the other side of the work, turn the work, slip the first stitch, move the yarn into position to work. Continue from there.
It's kind of fun. I'm going to test it with some other yarns and see if I can apply the technique more broadly.
Calendar of Hope
Fitterknitter on Ravelry asked me to spread the word for her. "Please mention the 2012 Calendar of Hope on your podcast and blog. This is our 4th year of publication and as a survivor myself, it's my way of giving back with the help of some very talented knitters.
Almost 100% of the proceeds go to the armyofwomen.com which is trying to find out WHY we get breast cancer.
You can read more about the calendar on my website www.fitterknitter.com"
Kathy Zimmerman has been a freelance designer since 1986 and specializes in cables and textures.
Some Info about Pat Trexler
The stocking I'm talking about is the Hollingshead Christmas Stocking, from show 103.
Petit Squares is the intarsia-belted sweater Kathy talks about.
The yarn she mentions, for that sweater, is Lhasa Wilderness by Bijou Basin Ranch.
I was talking about the Deux Cotes Shawl, and it did take me 3 skeins of yarn.