CH 181: Yarn and design: how yarn inspired Amulet and Quill

Welcome to Camp Curious! This week in the series we are talking about how influential yarn is and always has been to my design process. I walk you through the yarn inspiration behind two of my shawls, and chat about the different aspects and qualities of a yarn that can impact the look and feel of the finished project, so that you can make inspired decisions in your own yarn choices and substitutions.

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What’s in the WIP:

Confetti by Veera Välimäki

Sprite’s Fen Mini KAL winners:

I’ve drawn the winners from the FO thread. They are:

Winner of the Julie Asselin Merletto prize:

MALK3 with Post #3

Winner of the Seven Sisters Arts prize:

Suennschien with Post #120

I’ve announced the yarn for shawl #4!

I chose Circus Tonic Handmade’s Fiesta Fingering

We’re having a fun little event in Sydney Australia, since I’ll be there soon.

Skein Sisters yarn shop, Saturday August 5th

There will be a trunk show with Circus Tonic Handmade and a cast-on for Shawl #4

Camp Curious:

If you haven’t made your post in The Big Participation Thread on Ravelry yet introducing yourself, now’s the time! You can update your post throughout the Camp Curious series with your scavenger hunt photos and be in for a chance to win prizes at the end of Camp. This week’s prompt is to share a photo of your favourite yarn with a few “design notes” about why you love it and how you’ve used it.

The Field Guide to Fleece by Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson

The Knitter’s Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes

Pure Wool: A Knitter’s Guide to Using Single Breed Yarns by Sue Blacker

Blacker Yarns

Here is a quick conversion chart for yarn weight terms in different countries.

This handy chart from Laughing Hens goes into even more detail, including gauge and wraps per inch.

My interview with Sue from Blacker Yarns

My interview with Sonja from Blacker Yarns

My more recent interview with Sonja from Blacker

My interview with Daphne from the Fibre Co

My interview with Clara Parkes

My interview with Benjamin from Hole & Sons

Radiance Shawl

Pigeonroof Studios Yarn

Amulet Shawl

Tosh Merino Light

Seven Sister’s Arts Matrika Fingering

The Book of Haps by Kate Davies

That’s everything for this week, Campers! Have a lovely weekend full of knitting and I’ll talk to you next week.

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