November 6th, 2010

Show 197: Interview with Lexie Barnes and the Austin Hoodie KAL

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Less than 50 days until Christmas! And less than 30 until Hanukkah!

Yarns

Guest: Lexie Barnes – Lexie talks about the new products coming out in her line, and also Twist Fair which is taking place in Northampton November 12th and 13th. At this year’s Twist Fair, there will also be a special vendor on Saturday made up of several kids who have created some fantastic projects for sale. They will be donating a portion of their proceeds to the National Arthritis Foundation to assist children diagnosed with arthritis.

Lexie also has a second book coming out soon. But, you don’t want to miss her newest collection of bags – Glitterati! Many of us at WEBS, including Kathy, love sparkle and these bags don’t disappoint. Two new bags are making their debut – Foxy and Queen B, plus a new notion bag, Pearl. They’ll be available in December.

KAL: Austin Hoodie by Connie Chang Chinchio knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

When you’re looking at sizing, Leslie Ann recommends no negative ease, so you’ll want to go for body size, or a bit of ease. She knit hers shorter, and is also going to shorten the sleeves a bit, so that’s something you want to think about.

3-5 skeins depending on what size you want. Leslie Ann made the largest size, and had yarn left. Our store sample was knit in the smallest size and used every bit of yarn. Make sure you purchase enough yarn, especially with a hand dyed yarn like this. The worst thing to happen would be that you have a skein left over. Better than not having enough!

Leslie Ann recommends you alternate skeins if using a hand dyed yarn like this. Knit 2 rows with one skein and 2 rows. Make the switch along one of the side “seams.” You simply wrap the yarns around each other so you don’t end up with a hole, and drop one and pick the other up. You’ll be very pleased that you did it so the colors will blend.

What You’ll Need:

  • US5 and US6 needles. LA used a 40″ circular and a 16″ circular and DPNs (for the sleeves)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch Holders, or spare yarn to hold stitches

Make sure you knit your swatch AND block it BEFORE you measure it because the yarn does bloom a bit.

The sleeves are worked from the top down with short rows, but make sure that you don’t let that scare you off. We’ll have lots of information on that, and it’s explained very well in the pattern.

Our 200th Episode is coming up, so stay tuned for details on the celebration we have planned for that!

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