book about Double Jacquard fabric, yarn sale, BKreative sewing tips & techniques
- Inside this blog entry:
1. Have you seen the new BKreative sewing site?
2. excellent book for Double Jacquard knitting is available again
3. July yarn sale!
Has everyone seen Barb Kuklok's new webpages? Click here for a quick
peek: http://www.rhfusa.com/bkreative/index.asp And take a look at
all the great tips and techniques available on her "Finishing
Touches" cd for $17 +s/h.
There is still time to sign up for Sewing and Embroidery camp and
work with Barb in person: July 20-22.
For some reason, there is a big buzz about Double Jacquard fabric
lately. we had a feature about Double
Bed Jacquard in a 2004 issue of ROCKING HORSE NEWS (print edition)
and mentioned this book. The single remaining copy we had left
(other than our private copy that isn't for sale!) was snatched up
right away, and I've spent the last week looking around for a source
of more of these books.
Thanks to info from a reliable source, it seems that Mr. Ritthaler
wrote this single book in 1993 and dropped out of sight. Seems like
a "one hit wonder." It is a great book, and I've scrounged up
another half dozen or so more of them. I am expecting them to arrive
here from a former distributor in the southeastern US.
The book is divided into 5 sections:
1. Preliminaries (yarns, machine accessories, preparation for
knitting, getting comfortable with the color changer, special
instructions for electronic machines (i.e. KR switch), and special
instructions for punchcard machines.
2. The Fabrics (striper backing, bird's eye, tuck stitch jacquard,
basic blister jacquard, modified jacquard, and shaping instructions
for double bed jacquard)
3. Color Separation (Elongation method, combined color row method, 3
color double bed jacqaurd)
4. Knitted Projects (reversible afghan, blister jacquard scarf, self-
5. Cut and Sew (how to, neckline templates)
The book sells for $14.95 +s/h and our stock should be replenished
by early next week, until they run out. For those who request it, I
will include a copy of our 2004 Rocking Horse News article "All
About Double Jacquard" at no charge.
JULY YARN SALE:
Tamm Sport is on sale until July 31st. The sale price is
$14.30/pound cone for this excellent acrylic sport weight. Some
information from the manufacturer:
Approximately 1 pound cones, 1722 yards per pound
Suggested knitting tension: knitting tensions - 8 or 9 for
sweaters, 7 - 9 for garter carriage
Washing instructions: Machine wash gentle cycle (cool water and
mild soap) and dry (low heat).
Comments: The yarn is very comparable to Mary Lue's Symphony
and Bramwell's Roselan Double Knitting. This yarn is very soft,
similar to Tamm's Kitty yarn.
This yarn will be a great yarn for afghans and sweaters. Works great
on the garter carriage. The shades will provide you a lot of
flexibility and the softness will be pleasing to both young and old.
A total of seven pastel colors. There are shades of these colors:
blue, camel, grey, khaki, purple, rose, and taupe. There is also the
basic colors and some specialty colors
For afghans and baby blankets try 1 strand of Sport and 1 strand of
Cristal or Kitty at tension 10 - 10.2
And don't forget this:
"Attention Hand Knitters....
Our yarns are not just for machines.
Forget tying-in new ends of yarn.
Enjoy working with a larger cones!"