3/15/17 Tonight’s Meeting

Source: 3/15/17 Tonight’s Meeting

Our morning meeting was a blast, but we did find out that there is more interest in some aspects of Ravelry, namely forums/groups & searches, than expected.

So, with that being said, we’re asking you to limit your Show & Share to 3 items. That way, all will be able to share and the presentation won’t be rushed.

Next month we will present Ravelry Stash & Projects.

Thanks, all!! Looking forward to tonight!


Russian Join in Fingering Weight Single Spun Yarn

This last month at Wichita Knitters’Guild Tami Carlson taught about weaving in ends in lace, and this join was a large part of the discussion so I wanted to demonstrate how fabulous (and so easy)  it is to do. 

First, I chose a needle just smaller in diameter than the yarn, with a very sharp tip. Both in this photo are acceptable, I’m using the longer needle for the demonstration just because I can ☺️

Next, I take my new yarn crossing it over the old in a t, then folding the ends back on themselves. 

Thread the needle in one end, it truly doesn’t matter which end of the two you start with. Now begin weaving your needle through the same yarn; new to new, old to old, for at least 3″ on each side. 

Do you see the loop at the bottom of the woven yarn, where the other end is laying through? You need to pull the tail of the yarn you wove back on itself to close that loop down on the other strand of yarn. 

Once both ends have been woven back on themselves, make sure both loops have been pulled tightly closed and feel smooth when you run your fingers across them. 

Pull both yarns,  letting the tails hang, testing your join, and at the same time, smoothing things out. 

Voila! Knit right on over that join. 

I like to wait to cut my ends until after my piece has been fully blocked,always remembering to cut them close to the fabric on the right side (public) of my work so the ends pop to the back if seen at all. 

Proud American Knitter

Yes, this is a political post.

I have many friends, students, and customers that may feel this is not the best place to post political views, but this directly affects every American, and many that are not American citizens.
I have been knitting pink hats for the PussyHatProject for the Woman’s March on Washington, and enjoying every second of it.

14 or 15 hats in total
(honestly, I lost count…)

They will be worn in 3 different states, by women, girls, men, and boys.
I am one proud knitter!

This is one of my oldest friends and her family ready to march in Sacramento, CA tomorrow and I could not be more proud!

I will be wearing my hat in solidarity tomorrow while I am working. I have half a dozen hats in the Wichita march, 10am meet at The Keeper of the Plains. I will be just around the corner at American Maid, hosting the iCT DeSTaSH SaLe from 9am – 6pm.
I love my country, I love my freedoms, and I love that I can stand up and be heard in a respectful, peaceful yet uber-strong manner. I love my right to speak up against what I feel, and know, to be an injustice for the American people. I own it.

Saturday, January 21st 9am – 6pm
Sunday, January 22nd 11am – 3pm

Get organized to start off 2017

We had a great first day of the sale, but there is still PLENTY of stash to shop from!!

…shop your friend’s stashes that you’ve been green with envy over!

To make things easier for shoppers, and sellers, I have extended the hours to include Sunday, 11am – 3pm.
(Sellers can still pick up Saturday evening, if desired.)
click for link to Google Maps

American Maid
1717 Briggs St
Wichita, KS 67203




  • Bring wallet, this is the most important detail ;o)
  • No cost to shop!
  • Cash, check ($36 returned check fee if NSF), Paypal, and, all credit cards accepted.
    If using Paypal you will need to have access to app to make payment.
  • Patience; sometimes the checkout process with marking inventory sold from different sellers can take a few minutes. Bonus, it gives you a few more minutes to browse!
  • Shoplifters will be prosecuted, fiberphiles don’t steal from other fiberphiles, EVER!!

*There is always a table to sit & knit, chat & visit.
*Free coffee &  hot tea.
* Feel free to bring your own beverage or food.



  • Pick up deadline: Pickup can be done any time you like during the sale Friday or Saturday, I will be in the space until 7pm SATURDAY evening & SUNDAY 11am – 3pm.
  • Your sales will be tallied within 24 hours. You will receive an inventory sheet of all that sold.
  • You have the choice to receive payment for your sold items in the form of cash, Paypal, or check for your payment. We’ll arrange payment pickup when you pickup your stash items after the sale.
  • 5% of all sales will be taken to pay for my time & work. It may sound like a lot but it works out to only a dollar+ an hour payment for my time.

    (Remember, by accepting credit cards & Paypal we are opening up more spontaneous sale opportunities.)

    ***IMPORTANT TO NOTE: the space is rented for the 2 days of the sale. Your items cannot stay in the space after Sunday night. If you cannot make it to pick up your unsold items, then you need to make arrangements with a friend that is selling or buying to pick up your items for you. Or, talk to me. I reserve the right to refuse to hold your items, I am also limited on space.

Any changes to the sale plans will be announced by email, on Firebrunette Knits.com, in the Firebrunette Knits Ravelry group, and on the Firebrunette Knits Facebook page. Lots of ways to get information!!

The more people we have involved, the more stash you clear out, the more new goodies you can take home. Win, win!!

Upcoming Events

Miss Grace Shawl Class Gauge Prep 

I’ve made a little video for my students in the upcoming Miss Grace Shawl Class to help with gauge. The pattern calls for a size US 4 needle and that’s what I’m using. 

I wanted my fabric to have a nice solid feel, not too loose,  but also not firm. I like how it feels on my needles and also the drape of the fabric.  

Our knitting is an individual experience. Gauge is a guide for us not to run out of yarn, to get the correct fit and sizing, and for the finished item to hang & drape correctly. 

That being said, you will come across items, like this shawl, where fit and sizing aren’t a huge concern, but running out of yarn is. The gauge in the pattern is not clear about whether or not it is before or after blocking so I chose to use the needle size as given in the instructions. 

I know that I knit a smidge tighter and usually move up one needle size. I started my swatch with the size 4 needles and found I liked the fabric. That’s my choice. Now, it will change after blocking and through my experience as a knitter, I know that the gauge won’t change immensely and I’m fine with that. 

I recommend a swatch to find the fabric you like. Just realize that if it is too loose you run the risk of running out of yarn. 

This is a beautiful shawl and a blast to knit, totally written out of the box. ☺️