Decorating Plain Jane……

Some yarns are a very neutral colour and shade. On their own, some would call them a “Plain Jane”, no drama, no brilliance, nothing of any note to warrant attention. They are very useful when combined with patterning stitches, (think fairisle) using a more dominent colour or in the reverse, perking up a “Plain Jane” fabric.

Here is a sample that I worked up. It features the use of yarn and hand embroidery. I used yarn, but decorative threads, cords, satuche, cotton embroidary threads, silk ribbon, and beads can be used and would defintely have enhanced my “Plain Jane” hat.

Bits and pieces…..50 grams etc

I’m on a quest to knit up bits and pieces of yarns. Odd balls, that I have collected over the years.

Scarves can be produced using 50 gm of one yarn and 100 gm of another yarn. Pick a stitch sequence that is 2 row and alternate with a 4 row repeat.

This will produce a 150 gm scarf. The length and width will depend on the chosen yarn, needle size etc. In general this will work out well.

Hats too can be knit or crocheted in a similar manner. The hat was a 4 row colour change. I made a boo, boo. It wasn’t until I was blocking that I realized that I should have picked a better colour combination.

A nice surprise……….shawlette 

I purchased this yarn at a recent Knitters Fair. The acompanying pattern requested 12 mm needles. I didn’t have that size, but used 9mm. It was knit “Flat”. The stitch was “garter” stitch. (Knit every row). I knit until I ran out of yarn. Depth is approx 18-20 inches. Cast on 110-120 stitches.

The colours were as they came off the ball, even though it looks like 2 different colourways.

I receive many compliments while wearing it. It is Very comfortable in hot weather as it is cotton & acrylic mix.

A Knitters’ Fair….sharing my day.

The KW Knitters Guild hosted a Knitters Fair. Complete with speakers and Yarn vendors. 118 vendors as mentioned in the handout.

Yarn everywhere…….for me, it was a visual overload. The yarns were of every fibre, every colour and every price. Many hand dyed, variagated, ombre colouring, fancies, hand spun with beads in the strand. I wish that I had taken more and better pictures.

I purchased a couple of kits, one for a scarf and another for a loose cape like coverup. The best was that my daughter bought me a wonderful knitting bag. It sits up nicely……I love the design. It is made by a Toronto area artisan, who can make custom ones on request.


The event was held in Kitchener, ON. Canada in a Sports Arena (think hockey). This was only one section and the promenade hallways were also filled with vendors.

I met a fun couple of Artisans, she a spinner, he a potter and their baby in the baby carriage. They appeared to thoroughly enjoy presenting their wares. The buttons are of a very thin clay that happens to co-ordinate with my other yarn purchase. The handspun, just because. 🙂

Shawl in a ball……..rectangular shawl

Most items that I have seen using this yarn, seemed too heavy to my eye. I experimented by using a Chunky knitting machine, its patterning capability and a very loose stitch gauge. This stich can be duplicated on a manual machine.




As seen, it doesn’t look at all like the one in a brochure. Gauge matters. The yarn itself is a cotton/mohair mix with a strand of lurex glitter. The mohair keeps the space open between the stitches.

For those knitters who wish to duplicate, it was 30-0-30 needles, Tension dial 7, 330 rows. I knit until I ran out of yarn.

Finished size: 18″ x 80″