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Stitch Maynia Day 29

Day 29 was actually a knit with me day instead of a stitch with me day. Laura Nelkin was releasing a new club pattern, and I needed to swatch the yarn and choose bead. So join me for a knit with me day!

Since I had made kumihimo jewelry in the past, I had built up quite a stash of size 8/0 and 6/0 seed beads. There is a n0-bead option with Laura’s N Club kits, so that’s what I’m getting, which means I had to choose from my stash for beads for this design.

I decided to rope my viewers in to help me choose beads. The best way to choose beads for a project is to see them on the yarn, and since we have to (really, we do have to) knit a swatch anyway, I incorporated the beads in to the swatch.

I love how all of the beads look, so I really was having a hard time deciding. Most of my viewers and commenters on Instagram liked the second one from the top the best. I still couldn’t decide, so decided to wait for Laura’s live Facebook reveal for Club members that evening. I knew once I saw how the beads were actually used, I would know which beads were best.

The design is called Caramelized Cowl, and it uses Kettle Yarn Co.’s Beyul Singles in an exclusive colorway called Praline. The yarn is a yak/silk/merino blend, and it is luscious! The design will do it justice. The pattern is exclusive for N Club members for the first year.

Caramelized Cowl with Laura Nelkin of Nelkin Designs for The N Club

The beads are just lightly sprinkled through the design, so I’ve decided to go with the one that most people liked. They are the ones that stand out the best, and to be honest, those were the first beads I thought of when I first saw the yarn.

Next step, I need to block my gauge swatch, measure it to see if I got gauge, and then cast on!

In the meantime, check in tomorrow when I’ll be returning to another WIP!

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I think I’ll try weaving

It’s all Pinterest’s fault. I happened across some interesting woven wall-hangings and before you know it, I was searching for more, looking an tapestries, and finding free-form wall-hangings incorporating beads, sticks, seashells and more. Yes! I have to try that! After all, I have plenty of yarn to experiment with!

So here I am. I’ve finished my first weaving and I’m quite pleased. Now, I’m lucky to work with a woman who has been weaving for years and teaches it at A Good Yarn. We also sell all kinds of weaving supplies, so it was easy to get the basics. I sat down with Laura last Monday and got started.

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From there, I just played. I had looked at so much on Pinterest at that point, that I knew what I wanted to try. I didn’t know the names of anything, tools or techniques, but I knew what looks I wanted to go for. Turns out, I did hatching, pick and pick, soumak and curved weaving.

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I also added beads, but I have since read about a better method for adding beads, so I’ll be trying that soon. I also plan on weaving with leather to see if that works.

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As you can see from the way the edges curve in and out, I need to work a bit on my tension. But overall I’m pleased with how this turned out and I can’t wait to try more!