Last week my friend Bobbi left me a comment on this blog saying she is getting excited about Oregon being done. I hope she won’t get impatient, because, really, I am only about half way done. I just reached the end of the first 4 ounce skein of Zephyr Laceweight. Here is a picture of this monumental occasion:
I have been pretty excited about this, because it is a sign I am most likely to the halfway point on this shawl. The hardest part of knitting shawls is that it is difficult to judge just how much you have left to go. The beginning, especially for a shawl like this where you start with the center, and then knit in the round with the rounds getting longer and longer, goes a lot faster then the latter part. But I am still enjoying the knit, and very happy to report that I have attached the next skein.
How you ask? Well, there are a number of ways to attach a new skein.
1. Some people knot the new skein onto the tail of the old skein. I won’t do this, mostly because I don’t like any knots in my work. Knots are unreliable in my experience, coming apart when you least expect it. I also don’t wait until I am at the edge, which would be extremely difficult in this case, as I am knitting in the round. 🙂
2. One of my most frequently used methods, especially for sweaters, is to just knit the old and the new yarn held together as if they were one thread for 4-5 stitches, or about an inch. This usually is strong enough, especially if you also weave in the very ends afterward.
3. For shawls however, you need to be a little more careful, as it needs to be able to accommodate for the stretchiness of the pattern. The join I mentioned above would have a good chance of being pulled apart when blocking or pulling on the shawl. If the yarn is wool or other felt-able fiber, I like to use a spit splice. Add water to the two yarn ends, and rub them together, either between your hands, or between your hand and a rough fabric like jeans, until they felt together.
4. And I also like the Russian Join for shawls, like the Oregon Shawl. It is great for non-felt-able fibers, or slippery fiber, like silk or cotton. You weave the tail back onto itself with a needle. Here is a little photo tutorial to show you what I am talking about hopefully with a little more detail.
Stay tuned for my review of my new books later this week, provided nothing unexpected happens.