Where creativity & imagination go hand-in-hand…AND Kumihimo too!

What a Knit ! is the place to come for ideas, inspiration, instruction, knitting patterns and Kumihimo kits & supplies. We have the best collection of Patchwork Knitting Patterns, a fun Kumihimo  Gallery and plenty of fun things to buy at our Knitting and Kumihimo Storefronts.

For many of us creating is our comfort- a time to imagine, a time of relaxation and a time to be with like-minded creative friends – the ones that understand why Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 11.25.48 AMyou need to buy one more ball of yarn when you already have plenty, the ones that empathize when you don’t know which yarn to take along on a trip, the ones that understand the universal simple words…”just let me finish this row”.

The definition of Knitting is the “act of forming a fabric by looping a continuous yarn”.  The definition of Kumihimo is “the gathering of threads”. And so it is with friendship – in our living, loving and laughing we gather and knit a fabric of friendship. I think Knitting and Kumihimo go hand-in-hand.

Recently I visited my mom, a passionate artist and knitter and the two of us shared our enthusiasm for color and yarn and creating and knitting. I met her creative friends, we took classes and they inspired me! What greater gift is there than inspiration? I hope you will find things on www.WhataKnit.com that inspire you! Thanks for taking a look!

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May 8, 2010 at 2:08 am 3 comments

Newsletter Archives – 2014

I hope you will find lots of fun stuff in the 2014 archived What a Knit Monthly Newsletters. If you aren’t on the list, click here to sign up for the What a Knit Monthly Newsletter.
January 2014
February 2014
March 2014
April 2014
May 2014

May 7, 2014 at 6:23 pm 2 comments

Kumihimo Tip #24

1031Need help with color selections? 

I was taught by my mother, who has a gift for putting colors together, that Mother Nature is our best teacher. If you look at something beautiful in nature and then think about the different color elements, you will see some amazing color combinations. Another resource that I recently learned about, from a Kumihimo friend, is Design Seeds. This is a free resource that you can subscribe to and you will get “color boards” (like the one on the left) emailed to you each day. You can subscribe at http://design-seeds.com.

Whether you are looking to combine fiber colors or bead colors, this is a super tool. Take a look at the combinations below that Design Seeds helped me put together for Petite Satin and 6/0 Seed Bead Colors. Imagine…a new color palette, or two, from Design Seeds each day!
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May 7, 2014 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment

Kumihimo Tip #23

1014Beaded End Caps are alot of fun and a great way to embellish your Kumihimo pieces.

I do not profess to be an expert by any means but I do enjoy adding beaded end caps to many of my braids.
Ann Benson’s YouTube tutorial helped me alot.

Purchasing a magnifying visor also made it alot easier to work with those itty bitty beads. My beaded end caps are Flat Even-Count Peyote Stitch and then they are zipped together to wrap the braid. I wish there were more hours in a day! There is so much fun stuff to learn.

May 7, 2014 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

Czech Pressed Glass Leaves

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12/7 mm Czech Pressed Glass Leaves

Amethyst ABCzech Pressed
Glass Leaves
12/7 mm
Amethyst AB
25 pieces / $3.50
Vitral AquamarineCzech Pressed
Glass Leaves
12/7 mm
Vitral Aquamarine
25 pieces / $3.75

Opaque Luster - GreenCzech Pressed
Glass Leaves
12/7 mm
Opaque Luster
25 pieces / $3.50

Iris Brown
Czech Pressed
Glass Leaves
12/7 mm
Iris Brown
25 pieces / $3.00
Iris Green
Czech Pressed
Glass Leaves
12/7 mm
Iris Green
25 pieces / $3.00

Iris Purple
Czech Pressed
Glass Leaves
12/7 mm
Iris Purple
25 pieces / $3.00

Bronze
Czech Pressed
Glass Leaves
12/7 mm
Bronze
25 pieces / $3.75
Hematite
Czech Pressed
Glass Leaves
12/7 mm
Hematite AB
25 pieces / $3.00

Bronze & Turquoise

May 1, 2014 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

Karen’s Kumihimo “Ribbon & Satin” Corkscrew Bracelet

Karen’s Kumihimo “Ribbon & Satin” Corkscrew Bracelet

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Springy, bouncy and lots of fun, this is the same as Karen’s Kumihimo Corkscrew Bracelet but made with Petite Satin Cord and Kumihimo Rayon Ribbon.  This combination is fantastic. The Petite Satin serves to carry a solid color along the length of the braid while the color repeats in the KRR add some awesome focal interest. The patterns gives guidelines for utilizing the color repeats in  the KRR,  how to start with an “interlaced” end and braid around a core. This bracelet is approximately 4 “wraps” and comes in two sizes; smaller and bigger. The smaller size is about 7″ around and the bigger size is about 7 3/4″ inches around. There is not alot of difference between the two sizes but if you are “bigger” boned then order the “bigger” size. There is also some flexibility as the bracelet is stretchy in nature. This kit starts you out with a basic spiral pattern but you can change the patterns and try your own colors once you learn the techniques for making the bracelet.

You will Need: 6″ Kumihimo Disk (use a 6″ disk rather than a mini), 8 Bobbins, Measuring Tape, Needle & Heavy Duty Thread, Glue (I like WeldBond) and Scissors.

You Should Know: Kumihimo Round Braid

Kit includes:
- 1 pkg Petite Satin Cord
- 1 pkg Kumihimo Rayon Ribbon
- 1 Corkscrew Wire with preformed tip & tail
- Hammered Barrel Bead
- Instructions with Photos
- Decorative beads on tails (not included use your stash!)
- 6 Colors:
Cost $17.50

April 30, 2014 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

SPRING CLEANING – SALE GOODIES!!

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Gemstone Donuts - 50% Off

#2Gemstone Donut
43mm
Black & Tan
$5.50
$3.85
$2.75


Beads, Beads and Beads…50% Off and more

Ruby faceted
Glass Faceted Bead

Ruby
12 mm diameter
4mm hole
$2.00 / each
75 cents each
Black Faceted
Glass Faceted Bead
Black
12 mm diameter
4mm hole
$2.00 / each
75 cents each
all gone….

Coral Faceted
Glass Faceted Bead
Coral
12 mm diameter
4mm hole
$2.00 / each
75 cents each

Handmade Lampworked Glass Beads

Becky Red Milifiori
Flame-worked Bead
Red Milifiori
5/8″ diameter
4mm hole
$6.00
$3.00

 

April 24, 2014 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Karen’s Kumihimo Corkscrew Bracelet

Karen’s Kumihimo Corkscrew Bracelet

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Karen’s Kumihimo Corkscrew Bracelet copyright 2014

Springy, bouncy and lots of fun, Karen’s Kumihimo Corkscrew Bracelet  is quick, fun and easy to make. The possibilities are endless. You will learn a quick tip for measuring circumference, how to start with an “interlaced” end and braid around a core. This bracelet is approximately 4 “wraps” and comes in two sizes; smaller and bigger. The smaller size is about 7″ around and the bigger size is about 7 3/4″ inches around. There is not alot of difference between the two sizes but if you are “bigger” boned then order the “bigger” size. There is also some flexibility as the bracelet is stretchy in nature. This kit starts you out with a basic spiral patten but you can change the patterns and try your own colors once you learn the techniques for making the bracelet.

This was one of our Kumihimo projects that we did in San Miguel de Allende and I thank my students for making me such great samples!

You will Need: 6″ Kumihimo Disk (use a 6″ disk rather than a mini), 8 Bobbins, Measuring Tape, Needle & Heavy Duty Thread, Glue (I like WeldBond) and Scissors.
You Should Know: Kumihimo Round Braid

Kit includes:

- 2 pkgs Satin Cord
- 1 Corkscrew Wire with preformed tip & tail
- Hammered Barrel Bead
- Instructions with Photos

- 8 Colors: Red & Dark Gray, Turquoise & Royal, Black & Silver, Peach & Caramel, Navy & Williamsburg Blue, Black & Coffee, Royal & Black, Black & Avocado

Cost $14.50

 

Click here to see all colors!

April 2, 2014 at 6:27 pm 1 comment

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