knitting with coffee filters.
A gal is visiting family
and the conversations turns
to making yarn out of trash--
as it does--
jumps up to fish a couple of
used filters from the compost bin,
rinses them off and sets them to dry
so that when you return from visiting a beloved cousin,
you can do a little spinning
and she--your lovely mum--
can take photos of the process.
were new to me,
so of course
it was extra interesting.
(I’ve written blog posts about spinning coffee filters but for some reason I can’t specifically link them while writing this on the road and in the weebly app so alas, you’ll have search a little to find them if interseted).
of the many wonderful people
who have started Somewhat Slanted
weren’t familiar with beginning a row
with a YO (Yarn Over),
so yesterday I plied the yarn
and took some photos on the back steps
to (hopefully), make it more clear.
(Please forgive all out of focus moments
as I was using my big toe to click the button
while my hands were occupied).
Yarn Over Increase starting from a single stitch:
1. make a slip knot and put it on the left needle.
(or, as my mother says, bring the Needle Under the yarn)
— you now have two stitches
Somewhat Slanted Guide
until it is time to decrease,
by which time the YO thing
should be easy as pie.
has to do with making color changes with the stripes.
This is not, alas, a thing I can do with coffee filter yarn
(surprisingly pleasant though it is to knit with),
as I only have one color just now.
Also, coffee filter yarn doesn’t felt,
and I used a Spit Splice (aka Felted Join)
which requires wool or a wool blend (not superwash).
I may eventually do some drawings about the splice
but hopefully the Interweave link above will work for you.
Or just Google Spit Splice
and you’ll find all kinds of info.
I imagine it would work
to tie the two colors together at the edge leaving long tails,
knit along as though they were spliced
then later untie the knots and weave in the ends to
form the YO loops.
But that is just theory right now.
Anyone tried it? Be great to know.
Also — has anyone knit more than a little square
with the coffee filter yarn?
It’s weirdly nice.
I might mess around with this little square
and see how it holds up.
Who EVER knows?