I am making some progress on my second Bernadette:
As I mentioned before, I am knitting this on a U.S. size 3 (3.25mm) needle — a size that I have been using a lot lately. All of these fingering weight garter stitch shawls/wraps/scarves I am making have used this needle.
I’ve been knitting with my 24″ Signature Needle Arts stiletto point size 3. Because these pieces are knit sideways, 24″ is more than long enough. In fact, I’ve been finding it too long. Because I have more sideways shawls in fingering weight yarn planned, I decided to get a shorter needle: a 20-incher.
For the 20″ needle, you need to get the 4″ needle tip (my 24″ needle has a 5″ needle tip), otherwise the cord is too short to easily maneuver.
As soon as I got my needle, I transferred my work-in-progress to it:
Much better! The 20″ needle is just right for working my sideways designs.
Just for fun, I had the needle monogrammed:
Did you know you have that option with the Signature Needle Arts needles? Very cool!
I’m just a bit over halfway done with this piece.
There were a couple of comments on my last post that I decided to answer publicly. (Often I will email a response to a commenter.) First one:
Love Bernadette. Can it be made deeper in the back?
Good question! All of these sideways shawls that I have been making can easily be made deeper (or shallower). Or longer or shorter for that matter.
Could you publish a version of this that is not garter stitch but stockinette?
I could, but I won’t. This design would not work very well in stockinette. It’s the combination of garter stitch and short rows that gives the piece its character and drape.
. . . in an earlier post you didn’t seem to care for wollmeise (it was sock yarn)…saying it was string like, splitty, and liked to twist on itsel…though you loved the colors. Having never scored any of this yarn for myself…I don’t have an opinion. Has your opinion changed? If so what changed it? Is it worth trying to figure out how to best get on Sherry’s “good side” so she takes pity on my wollmeise poverty?
I vaguely remember the post to which this commenter refers. I think it was about my first experience with Wollmeise. It did seem string-like and was a bit splitty and it does tend to twist on itself. Yes, string-like while knitting (compared to a lot of the soft merino yarns I am used to), but it blooms beautifully when it is washed and blocked. Lately I’ve been having no trouble with splittyness, but I do use very pointy needles. Yes, it does tend to twist on itself a bit, but that is not a deal-breaker for me. The bottom line — it is lovely yarn with fabulous colors and I am happy to knit with it.
As far as getting on anyone’s “good side” to acquire it, you do know that the Wollmeise online shop is updated every week at a specific time, right? (Google “Wollmeise shop” to find it — there’s a version in English that tells you everything you need to know, and you can pay using paypal.) I’ve never had any trouble buying yarn directly from the Wollmeise online shop. Also, Sheri at The Loopy Ewe gets Wollmeise from time to time as well. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Ravelry to get notified when she has put some Wollmeise up for sale. And there is plenty of Wollmeise to be had via Ravelry de-stash, most of it at pretty reasonable prices.
This segues into another comment, excerpted here:
. . . Why oh why do you very public knitters use Wollmeise in test or other knitting. It will just start another round of maniacal buying and people complaining about not being able to buy it. Claudia does not need any more business and there are untold numbers of indie dyers in Canada and the United States who could benefit from increased business . . .
Well, I can only speak for myself, not for other “very public knitters.” I took inventory. I have 219 designs listed on Ravelry. Only four of them are knit with Wollmeise. This comment reminds me of one I received 6 or 7 years ago in response to my saying in my blog that I was planning to knit from my stash for a while. That commenter declared that I’d single-handedly bring down the yarn industry and there would be “blood on my hands.” Well, that never happened. And I very much doubt that my knitting something with Wollmeise will cause an international frenzy.
I am knitting this design for the second time — the first time I used Kauni. (Kauni is not a North American yarn either, so I am surprised that I was not taken to task by the commenter for using it as well.)
In my books I used yarns that are widely available. The publisher, quite reasonably, demanded this.
But this blog is my own little empire, my personal space. I am not working for a yarn company or publisher here. I am working here as an “indie designer” and I am free to use whatever yarn strikes my fancy for whatever I happen to be knitting. And just as important — you are free to use whatever yarn you choose. Just as you are free to ignore my patterns (or laugh at them). If you want to support designers who use yarn from North American indie dyers only, I encourage you to do so. There are many many beautiful yarns out there. Use whatever yarn you want. And knit whatever you want. And I’ll do the same.
“I thought this was my blog.”