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A Delightful Chat With Mags Kandis (Part 1)

Sep 7, 2007

Modern Quilt Wrap

I love my job. I get to hang out online with all you lovely knitters, I get to sit here and write about knitting, I get to fondle the glorious original of the Modern Quilt Wrap (which is currently draped across my desk, at least until I have to give it back to the book people), and I get to talk on the phone with Mags Kandis.

Yep. I'm still bubbling about that last one. I was delighted when she called. Talking with Mags is so much fun, you forget that you have to hang up and go do other things. She is energetic and funny, one of those people who makes you feel more creative just by being around them.

The reason she called is that she had seen all the questions about yardage, weaving in ends, and color choice in your comments this week, and she wanted to give you the Designer Inside Scoop. (How lovely is that of her?)

Mags on Yardage: She confirmed that you can get two scarves out of those 9 balls of Rowan KidSilk Haze. (Whoo!) I know we had the individual yarn amounts worked up by the amazing Ms. L., but Mags went and weighed her leftover yarns, just as a triple-check. So go ahead, order that scrumptious KidSilk Haze, and admit it: you still want to make the wrap for your mom/sister/daughter for Christmas, but you also secretly want one for yourself!

Folk Style
Folk Style

Mags on Weaving in Ends: Mags weaves them in as she knits, in a technique similar to that used by folks doing two-handed stranded colorwork. She even provided a link to this photo tutorial online.

KnitALong!Finally, Mags invited any of you who are knitting projects out of the Folk Style book to come on over and play in the Folk Style Knitalong.




Pattern Correction, Block 4: Thanks to eagle-eyed commenter Pam M., we have a correction (wow! yes, you Knitting Daily folks are really on-the-ball!) for Block 4 of the Modern Quilt Wrap. We've updated the PDF, and added a note to the pattern detail page. Thank you, Pam, and thank you to Ms. L (again) for her speedy tech-editor magic!





Are you one of those folks who considers themselves not good with color? Mags has some Color Wisdom to share with you on Monday's edition of Knitting Daily.






Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.

What's on Sandi's needles? The Red Scarf, coming soon to Knitting Daily, is drying on my blocking board. The yarn for the Husband Sweater is on backorder and may not arrive for a while. I am in serious peril of ordering nine balls of KidSilk Haze for the You Know What. (Help me, Obi Wan).




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gemgem wrote
on Nov 24, 2007 10:22 AM
Love this site! I am a relatively new knitter since its been almost 20 years of being away from the needles. The sweater worn by Mags Kandis on the Needle Arts program #1703 is marvelous. Is the pattern available? Please say YES! GEM
BarbaraG@4 wrote
on Sep 18, 2007 1:40 PM
I picked my copy of Folk Style last week, and have hardly been able to put it down. Such glorious pictures and designs, but only one comment. The print is so faint..was that on purpose to strain my eyes (sorry Mags!) or is it just the way it was intended. Otherwise, it is truly a book to reasure and enjoy knitting some of the patterns, including the lovely scarf. Barbara Geerkens
Reet wrote
on Sep 12, 2007 10:48 AM
I am not able to download your free patterns selection
TamaraH@2 wrote
on Sep 11, 2007 8:28 AM
Hi, I too ordered my yarn from Jimmy Beans minus "Swish" and found out I can not wear Mohair so I sent it all back and substituted for fine gauge wool. The reason I am posting today is that I still have the color Swish,which I found at a lys and would be glad to sell it to someone if that is allowed. Sandi, let me know if this is ok. Hope this helps out someone.
Tamara H.
p.s. still wish I was using this yarn :-(
LauraT wrote
on Sep 10, 2007 6:43 PM
While you are talking to Mags, can you ask her what she suggests doing about the gold color (#578 swish). It has been discontinued, and there are NO gold or yellow colors in the new Kidsilk Haze pallette.

Laura Todd
KathrynT wrote
on Sep 10, 2007 6:21 PM
Sandi,
It is useless to resist, you must be assimilated into the Borg - get the 9 balls of you know what.
Kate
Mistyjae wrote
on Sep 10, 2007 3:19 PM
I am so happy to finally see a Modular Knit pattern. I love this type of knitting but see so few patterns. Thanks so much for including it in your delightful and informative newletter. :)
GeriP wrote
on Sep 10, 2007 10:57 AM
Sandi, thank you for your humanity, which I believe is one of the large spokes in the web we call "a knitting community". I work full-time, raise three teenagers, Chair a parent board....Knitting is my "oasis" and I only log in when I know I have a bit of time to read at my leisure and feel connected to the threads of others. Thank you for bringing this little bit of peace in the organized chaos of my day.
Geri
JoanS@6 wrote
on Sep 10, 2007 10:21 AM
Two issues: I would love to see a tutorial on weaving in ends with a darning needle in all different types of knitting (regular stockinette to lace). I have just started the Katharine Hepburn cardigan from Lace Styles and I am already worried about how to secure the ends (because I am using a slippery cotton yarn) so the end result looks really professional and not lumpy.

As far as "blog blather" goes, I always thought it was one of the positives of knitting blogs. It's a virtual knitting circle, where one discusses a little knitting technique or a project, while sharing a bit about one's life, joy and sometimes sorrow. I have learned so much from knitblogs and only about half of it was purely knitting-related. Is that not the whole concept behind a community?
on Sep 10, 2007 8:21 AM
a Friday cliffhanger... part two comes today gratefully. as to the yarn for the MQW I could not find it all in one place and after pulling a major balancing act I still would be short. So I opted for another way. I went to knitpicks and ordered their lace weight yarn and an assortment of jacquard dyes and I'm going to make my own colors for it. messy but I sure will have a one of a kind (well two perhaps as I want to make one for my SIL and one for my DIL). but I probably would have gone for the Kid merino at little knits had I seen that "comment" before ordering Sunday. No matter what you choose, what a lovely knitting project this will be. denise/deBRAT in Tampa Bay FL
Bthan wrote
on Sep 9, 2007 10:54 AM
FYI....The discontinued
"SWISH" is for sale on eBay. The seller has several balls available for $12.00 each with free shipping!
Junebug@2 wrote
on Sep 9, 2007 10:40 AM
I looked at the weaving ends tutorial and thought - hmmmm, might work. Last night I had to change skeins on the sweater I'm knitting and geve it a try. Wow! Easy-peasy and looks great!
RuthE wrote
on Sep 9, 2007 9:59 AM
Another less expensive option for this Modern Quilt Wrap is Crystal Palace Kid Merino (240 yds, 25 gm) at $5.20 (LittleKnits.com)! Now you can afford to make 4! Hehehe. . .
Joyceteje wrote
on Sep 9, 2007 6:54 AM
Do you have a version of weaving in the stitches for Continental knitting? I do not "throw" my yarn, I "pick" it instead.
I would love to knit this beautiful wrap but I am discouraged by end weaving.
Joyceteje wrote
on Sep 9, 2007 6:54 AM
Do you have a version of weaving in the stitches for Continental knitting? I do not "throw" my yarn, I "pick" it instead.
I would love to knit this beautiful wrap but I am discouraged by end weaving.
AlisonK wrote
on Sep 9, 2007 5:04 AM
I have also "cracked" and ordered the yarn to make this wrap. Like someone above, I found shade 578/Swish flagged as discontinued, although the online store I am using say they still have some in stock. I double checked by going to the Rowan site and looking at the shade card for Kidsilk Haze and sure enough Swish is no longer included. Which shade do people think they might choose instead? There's not much yellow/gold in the range any more at the moment. Certainly nothing which strikes me as an easy choice to replace Swish. My immediate thought (if my ball of Swish turns out not to be available after all) is to go for Ice Cream, Grace, Pearl or Fondant, but what do others think?
Elizabeth wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 11:51 PM
Thank you for the tutorial about working in ends! I am working on another Mags Kandis shawl and have been using a darning needle to darn in all those loose ends. This will be a lifesaver, since I love colorwork. Thanks, Sandi!
AnnaM wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 10:14 PM
Hi everybody,
This is really a first-day-of-kindergarten question, but could someone suppply me with a glossary of all of the short-cut acronyms that most of you-all use? I don't know what Tracy means by BTW, or Terry with BFF and DH---Help!
I love Sandi's postings, but I find the "gush" that Terry speaks of a bit old and definitely boring. The scarf IS lovely, but must just about everyone say so?
But then, in case it was doubtful before I asked my question, I am new to this blog bit.
TracyD wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 7:36 PM
Is the wrap smooth on both sides or does one side have ridges from connecting the blocks by picking up stiches.

BTW, I love this site. My best friend and I both have signed up and we call each other everyday to talk about what we learned on Knitting Daily. Thanks so much!
Adrienne C wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 4:20 PM
Re the "blog blather", I just wanted to say that I love your chatty conversational style of writing, please keep doing what you're doing!

Also, I am in love with this wrap, I must have it, and am in the midst of purchasing the KSH required. Good thing I already have a couple of balls in the stash! I am looking forward to Monday's post.
DianeD@2 wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 3:42 PM
Just wanted to add that I love the chatty, friendly tone of your writing.
StephanieG@2 wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 1:40 PM
Ha! It's good to know you're seduced by the beautiful pictures posted for the Quilt Wrap. I need to remind myself that I have too many things to do first! Keep it up, Sandy. I know some people don't like quirky anecdotes letting readers know how approachable designers really are, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who loves reading about your conversations. Your writing is very refreshing.
JanetP wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 12:06 PM
I am a newbie to knitting daily and I have to say that it is the absolute best thing to happen to someone who needs a bit of a creative push now and again. I have learned so much about ease that would have saved me hours of roving and re-knitting in the past. Knitting daily has given me new ideas about how to judge a pattern for my size and shape. Thanks for your daily enthusiasm and the fact that you make knitting for yourself fun for people of every size, shape, and gender. Now that I know that I can make two modern quilt wraps for $100 I am excited to buy the yarn. Thanks daily for your daily inspiration. Janet P
millie91 wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 12:06 PM
Re: correction in block 4 (for Angelika G.): in first version, block 4, last line, says (work) "Rows 12-22 with A." In corrected version, it says (work) "Rows 10-22 with A."
I think the other modif refers to addition of yardage amounts in description.
I'm busy substituting with leftovers to reduce cost. I can't wait till Mondays post on colours.
Bthan wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 12:00 PM
I have just purchased the yarn for the Modern Quilt Wrap and I am thrilled with the news that there is enough to make 2 scarves. Is anyone out there interested in spliting the cost? Please email me @ bethann113@aol.com
Bthan wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 12:00 PM
I have just purchased the yarn for the Modern Quilt Wrap and I am thrilled with the news that there is enough to make 2 scarves. Is anyone out there interested in spliting the cost? Please email me @ bethann113@aol.com
NoreenH@2 wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 11:20 AM
I have checked the stores that carry yarn and crafts and none of them carry the scarf wool, anyone have any suggestions on where a person in Northern Ontario Canada can order the yarn online. I started the scarf using Paton's Decor just to make sure I can figure out how to do it.
SharonC wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 11:16 AM
Well, it looks like Ruth said it first: Please don't change your style. I know you can't please everyone. But when I want ONLY technical info, I go to Vogue Knitting. This is so much more fun.
Eharper wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 10:50 AM
Right-on Ruth!! And Sandi... What ever happened to the bamboo tunic? Don't give up on that! It was looking gorgeous dahling!
millie91 wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 10:41 AM
Re: "blog blather": I too only want knitting-related posts but Sandi your comments are always relevant, even your cat's contribution. Please don't change your style, it's great as is. You are my little ray of sunshine every day. For those who don't like your style, let them log out or cancel their login. There are lots of other sites they can visit.
Carol@7 wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 10:17 AM
"Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book" has a chapter on color knitting that includes more info on weaving in the ends when changing color and managing all those colors.
ChrisB wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 9:53 AM
Thanx for your excellent work, y'all at "Knitting Daily". I succumbed to the temptation and have ordered the 9 balls of Kidsilk Haze for the wrap...!Can't wait to get started. Just to let Linda Wilkins know that Royal Yarns online store still have stock of the Swish shade.
slgjeg4 wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 9:23 AM
Ms. L. and Ms. Kandis thank you for the yardage. Sandi thank you for bringing knitters around the world together to share ideas. And thank you to all the knitters out there who shared their comments on substitutions. The ability to substitute is economically necessary for many people who would/do love to knit. For some to decide about substituting can be intimidating. Just think of the pattern as a "guideline" and create your individual product in colors and yarns that will look great on you or the recipient.
DD and I will be sharing and learning together.
Thank you all!

Jean
slgjeg4 wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 9:23 AM
Ms. L. and Ms. Kandis thank you for the yardage. Sandi thank you for bringing knitters around the world together to share ideas. And thank you to all the knitters out there who shared their comments on substitutions. The ability to substitute is economically necessary for many people who would/do love to knit. For some to decide about substituting can be intimidating. Just think of the pattern as a "guideline" and create your individual product in colors and yarns that will look great on you or the recipient.
DD and I will be sharing and learning together.
Thank you all!

Jean
on Sep 8, 2007 8:44 AM
Sandi, may I bring up an issue that may be controversial? I call it "blog blather." I have reached my gush tolerance level. Your BFF chatter is about at my tipping point. I just want the facts, ma'am.
I'm not alone here; blog blather has become an issue for many knitters I know. And it's not just the blogs (or the blog comments, double ick). The state of the online community in general--KALs in particular--can be dreadful to sift through. I love to knit, but I don't want to hear what row someone is on--every day, what they ate for dinner or would have eaten if their DH wasn't such a (charming) pill and isn't the weather hot in the summer, and oh, then there's the special ootsy-woosty cat... Sigh. I'd love to hear what you have to say about the project BUT I'm also busy; I have a life that really doesn't care about your cat; maybe I'm a little too midwestern Norwegian or maybe it's a generational thing -- but can you tone the gushing down a little? Stay a little more fact-driven?
AngelikaG wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 8:37 AM
Is anyone else having trouble with the corrections for this pattern? I already printed out the "old" pattern, and don't see any corrections in the "new" one. Block 4 was the culprit, right?
Beth02116 wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 7:48 AM
I am most interested in the winter colors from the shade card of KSH (Villian, Wicked, Pearl). Cant wait to hear Mag's advise on Monday. Thanks, this is the one email I look forward to everyday!
FranK@2 wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 7:44 AM
Will this work the same way on a circular needle?
AnnG wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 7:43 AM
I love the pattern, but 9 balls of KidSilk Haze at my LYS would cost $117.00!!! As much as I like that yarn, I can't afford to make a hundred dollar scarf.
KarenL wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 5:29 AM
Thanks so much for the link to the tutorial. What a time/nerve-saver! Who knew it could be so easy? Keep up the good work, Sandi.
on Sep 8, 2007 4:25 AM
HI

Many thanks for this wonderful wrap. I substituted your yarn suggestion for Sista. More colours and yardage. I'll make two of course. Monique in Toronto.
sockpr0n wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 3:22 AM
Thanks Mags and Sandi for sharing the link from my blog about weaving in ends while knitting :) I love it and am happy others think it will help them!
JenniferH wrote
on Sep 8, 2007 12:51 AM
In every day's posts there are questions which are very insightful. For those who would like to get a better general idea of designing sweaters, I recommend Maggie Righietti & Elizabeth Zimmerman! What freedom! Jennifer
BarbH wrote
on Sep 7, 2007 11:28 PM
There is a video clip showing how to knit in the ends with continental knitting on the site www.philosopherswool.com - this is the same method they use to knit with two colors with two hands.
Barb
TinaK wrote
on Sep 7, 2007 10:56 PM
I want to knit this. Then again, there are many things I want to knit. My biggest question is this: If you can create such fervor and zeal and make people want to do something----- when pulled over by a Police Officer (not that this ever happens of course) can you make him/her do anything as well? Perhaps you are tremendously gifted in persuasion in things other than yarn???????
KathyB wrote
on Sep 7, 2007 10:15 PM
Thanks to Mags for the weaving-ends tutorial. I have done it from under the new for a long time, but it is hard to keep the yarn tight, as the tutorial states. And I will not do a pattern to avoid lots of end-weaving because I hate it so much. Thanks, Sandi, for passing it on to us.
MelissaW@2 wrote
on Sep 7, 2007 10:07 PM
That is life-changing. Thank you.
CharlotteT wrote
on Sep 7, 2007 9:19 PM
I am allergic to wool and silk. Any suggestions for a good substitute for the Kidwilk?
HopeS wrote
on Sep 7, 2007 9:12 PM
I just went to the weaving end tutorial and my mind is completely blown. You have taught me many fabulous techniquest but this is the BE ALL and END ALL! Thank you. Here is a question for all you knitters - what do you think the best cast on would be for the beginning cast ons for the Modern Quilt Wrap. Thanks. Hope
HopeS wrote
on Sep 7, 2007 9:12 PM
I just went to the weaving end tutorial and my mind is completely blown. You have taught me many fabulous techniquest but this is the BE ALL and END ALL! Thank you. Here is a question for all you knitters - what do you think the best cast on would be for the beginning cast ons for the Modern Quilt Wrap. Thanks. Hope
AliceQ wrote
on Sep 7, 2007 8:35 PM
I was hoping for a link on "knitting in ends" that I hadn't seen already. I knit continental, so dominantly that I can't go more than 1 or 2 stitches throwing without reverting to my native style. And I can't manage to manage the tails properly when I try this. I'll think I've got it for a stitch or two, and then something happens to tell me that I don't have it.
LindaW@7 wrote
on Sep 7, 2007 8:34 PM
You might find this interesting. Two days after the Modern Quilt Wrap was featured in Knitting Daily, I ordered the yarn from a company called Jimmy Beans Wool. I rec'd an e-mail from them asking if I could enlighten them about the pattern that the yarn would be used for. Apparently, they rec'd 30 orders in 2 days for the same exact combination of yarn - and they were running out and had to back order some of the requests!

This wrap sure has captured the attention of knitters!

BTW - they also said in the e-mail that they just found out that the Kidsilk Haze - 578 - Swish has been discontinued, and wanted to know if I wanted to substitute. Not sure what I will do, I'm still hoping that they have a few skeins left.

Linda Wilkins
CaitlinM wrote
on Sep 7, 2007 8:27 PM
Am I the only one who's having issues with the Folk Style links? When I try to click on it from my e-mail, it gives me a "bad url" message.
Selvedge wrote
on Sep 7, 2007 6:21 PM
Sandi, you NOT be seduced by the dark force... at least not yet. Find an UFO. Make at a WIP, then an FO. AFTER Husband Sweater, you can be seduced again.... ( oh, yeah, right, like I follow my own advice. How do you think I ended up with MY stash? )
SharonC wrote
on Sep 7, 2007 6:02 PM
Thank you, thank you, Mags. And you, Sandi for a different picture of that scrupmtious piece of knitting.