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

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

San Miguel de Allende – March 2014

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico IMG_0834
March 4 – March 18, 2014

San Miguel de Allende is a culturally, historically and artistically rich community located in the hilly highlands of central Mexico and this is where Bill and Irene York hosted the 2014 Annual Knitting Basket Knitting & Kumihimo Retreat. Over a course of two weeks, they brought 44 people, in two groups, to SMA where we explored, shopped, braided, knitted, laughed, celebrated birthdays, enjoyed spa treatments and ate magnificent food! Planned to perfection and not missing a beat, Bill did his usual great job. Irene inspired the knitters with her colorful knit “fantasy” cacti sculptures and Karen Huntoon led braiders on both Marudai and disk to create braided Kumihimo treasures. Thank you to everyone that participated.  You made both trips absolutely perfect. When I put this slideshow together, I had a smile from ear to ear recounting the very special times that we all shared. Thank you.

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March 26, 2014 at 6:14 am 2 comments

Kumihimo Tip #22

A Simple Tip for Counting Beads.

931This is a great tip if you are threading all the same color beads on a cord. We have all pulled out a pattern and looked at the part of the pattern that says, “thread 50 (and you’re lucky if it’s only 50!) beads onto each cord, tie a knot in the end and do this same thing to every cord”. You look at those little tiny beads and you think you can’t even see the hole. You wonder how you are going to count all those beads. You start stringing your beads and it’s not very much fun. You keep thinking, “I should get my reading glasses or at least turn on a better light”.

This is a trick that works great if you are threading all the same color beads on a cord. It’s simple but not everyone knows about it. First, you string 50 beads on the cord. This is the number I chose for this example. It could be 150. The first time around you need to count. Once you have threaded the correct number of beads, take out a measuring tape and measure the length of the strung beads. In this example, I now know that 50 beads is approximately 4″. On the remainder of my cords, instead of counting I just need to string 4″ of beads on each cord. That is alot easier than counting. If you go over it doesn’t matter. You just simply stop “dropping” beads when you come to your first cord without any remaining beads. From there, braid with cord only. Is that easy?!

How do you actually get the beads on the cords? Some things you can do include using the thread as a “self-needle” (very easy with C-Lon Tex 400 and also works with C-Lon BeadCord), you can use a wide eye needle and if you have a Bead Spinner you could use it. Need a reminder? You might want to take a look at an old Kumihimo Tip #18.

February 24, 2014 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Kumihimo End Caps

Ready-to-Go End Caps
End Caps come fully assembled and “Ready -to-Go”!

6mm Silver Fancy End Cap C6052
4mm Ready-to-Go #1
Lobster Claw End Cap
4.4mm i.d.
Rhodium Plated
Lead Free
Made in the USA
$4.50
4mm Gold Fancy End Cap C6053G
4mm Ready-to-Go #1
Lobster Claw End Cap
4.4mm i.d.
14K Gold Plated
Lead Free
Made in the USA
$4.50
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right now!

6mm Silver Fancy End Cap C6052
6mm Ready-to-Go #1
Lobster Claw End Cap
6mm i.d.
Rhodium Plated
Lead Free
Made in the USA
$5.00
4mm Gold Fancy End Cap C6053G
6mm Ready-to-Go #1
Lobster Claw End Cap
6mm i.d.
14K Gold Plated
Lead Free
Made in the USA
$5.00

8mm Golf Fancy End Cap C6051
8mm Ready-to-Go #2

Lobster Claw End Cap
8.0mm i.d.
Rhodium Plated
Lead Free
Made in the USA
$5.50
 

All-in-One Magnetic End Caps
4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm

IMG_82474mm All-in-One
Magnetic End Cap
3.8mm i.d.
15.6mm long
Silver Plated
$2.00
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5mm All-in-One 

Magnetic End Cap
4.7mm i.d.
15.6 mm long
Silver Plated
$2.00
IMG_8247
6mm All-in-One 

Magnetic End Cap
5.7mm i.d.
17mm long
Silver Plated
$2.00


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8mm All-in-One 

Magnetic End Cap
8mm i.d.
18.3mm long
Silver Plated
$2.00

IMG_82464mm All-in-One 
Magnetic End Cap
3.8mm i.d.
15.6mm long
Gold Plated
$2.00
IMG_8246
5mm All-in-One
Magnetic End Cap
4.7mm i.d.
15.6 mm long
Gold Plated
$2.00

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6mm All-in-One
Magnetic End Cap
5.7mm i.d.
17mm long
Gold Plated
$2.00

IMG_8246
8mm All-in-One 

Magnetic End Cap
8mm i.d.
18.3mm long
Gold Plated
$2.00

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This is called that “All-in-One” because the magnet is in the end cap. There are no jump rings, no extra parts. It’s also very secure with its sleek locking system. This new closure comes in four  sizes; 4mm, 5mm, 6mm and 8mm. The 6mm pairs perfectly with 8 strand petite satin round braids and the 4mm works well with finer braids like an 8 strand C-Lon Tex 400 round braid or a round braid made with 16 strands of embroidery floss. This end cap is easy to use. Simply finish the end of your braid, apply glue and insert into end cap. Give it a good chance to dry. Insert one end of the end cap into the other and give it a gentle turn to engage the lock. That’s all there is to it. Do the reverse to take it apart!


Super Sleek Magnetic Column End Caps
6mm

MGN09SP6mm Super Sleek
Magnetic End Cap
6mm i.d.
21.8mm long
Silver Plated
$2.25
MGN09GP6mm Super Sleek 
Magnetic End Cap
6mm i.d.
21.8mm long
Gold Plated
$2.25
MGN09CP6mm Super Sleek
Magnetic End Cap
6mm i.d.
21.8mm long
Copper Plated
$2.25


Constructed of base metal, the Super Sleek Magnetic End Cap has a very strong flush magnetic join, the receptacle for the braided/beaded ends is plenty deep. For those who are so inclined, this magnetic closure is perfect for embellishing with Peyote or other bead stitch coverings. This closure comes in a 6mm size and it is incredibly versatile. Like magic, it pairs perfectly with 8 strands of Kumihimo Rayon Gimp (KRG), 8 strands of Petite Satin cord and it even looks great with the 8 strands of C-Lon Tex 400 with 8/0 & 6/0 seed beads. This end cap is easy to use. Simply finish the end of your braid, apply glue and insert braided and/or beaded end into end cap. The magnetic ends will align and snap together when you bring the ends close to each other. Remember, to release the magnetic bond slide the magnets apart instead of pulling.  21.8mm x 6mm (id 6mm)

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All-in-One Hook & Eye / End Cap
3mm & 6mm

Silver Hook & Eye3.2mm All-in-One
Hook & Eye / End Cap
3.0mm i.d.
35mm long
Silver Plated
$2.00

Silver Hook & Eye
6.2mm All-in-One
Hook & Eye / End Cap
6mm i.d.
37.7mm long
Silver Plated
$2.00
Gold Hook & Eye3.2mm All-in-One
Hook & Eye / End Cap
3.0mm i.d.
35mm long
Gold Plated
$2.00
Gold Hook & Eye6.2mm All-in-One
Hook & Eye / End Cap
6mm i.d.
37.7mm long
Silver Plated
$2.00

Your cord ends glue right into the end caps. There are no jump rings, no extra parts. Buy both sizes and have them on hand for your different braids. (Silver and Gold Plated Base Metal)


All-in-One Toggle / End Cap
3mm & 6mm

TG55SP3.2mm All-in-One
Toggle / End Cap
3.0mm i.d.
40mm long
Silver Plated
$2.00

TG55SP
6.2mm All-in-One
Toggle  / End Cap
6mm i.d.
40mm long
Silver Plated
$2.00
TG55GP3.2mm All-in-One
Toggle / End Cap
3.0mm i.d.
40mm long
Gold Plated
$2.00
TG55GP
6.2mm All-in-One
Toggle / End Cap
6mm i.d.
40mm long
Gold Plated
$2.00

Your cord ends glue right into the end caps. There are no jump rings, no extra parts. Buy both sizes and have them on hand for your different braids. (Silver and Gold Plated Base Metal)


All-in-One Swirl / End Cap
3mm & 6mm

TG58SP3.2mm All-in-One
Swirl / End Cap
3.0mm i.d.
37mm long
Silver Plated
$2.00

TG58SP
6.2mm All-in-One
Swirl / End Cap
6mm i.d.
37mm long
Silver Plated
$2.00
TG58GP3.2mm All-in-One
Swirl / End Cap
3.0mm i.d.
37mm long
Gold Plated
$2.00
TG58GP
6.2mm All-in-One
Swirl / End Cap
6mm i.d.
37mm long
Gold Plated
$2.00

Your cord ends glue right into the end caps. There are no jump rings, no extra parts. Buy both sizes and have them on hand for your different braids. (Silver and Gold Plated Base Metal)


Crimp Style Hook & Eye / End Cap
4mm

AS35944mm Crimp Style
Hook & Eye / End Cap
4mm i.d.
26.5mm long
Antique Silver
$3.75

AB35944mm Crimp Style
Hook & Eye / End Cap
4mm i.d.
26.5mm long
Antique Brass
$3.25

The Crimp Style Hook & Eye End Cap is about the easiest to date. It looks great and it’s super easy. Just finish the end of your braid in your usual fashion, cut off any excess and insert the end of braid into the crimp style end cap. (You may certainly use a little glue at this point to make things nice and strong). Then take a crimping tool or other suitable pliers and compress the crimp into the braid. You are done. If you look at the photo of the Crimp Style Hook & Eye End Cap, you’ll see and indented area in the midpoint of each end cap. This is the area where you want to apply pressure with your pliers. The Crimp Style End Cap is 4mm. The assembled unit is 27mm in length and the diameter is 4mm. I have used this end cap with 8 strands of C-Lon Tex 400 and I have also used it with 8 strands of Kumihimo Rayon Gimp (KRG). The Gimp is quite a bit more substantial than the C-Lon Tex 400 but I have found that if I roll the Gimp (or other types of cording) between my fingers, I can often get the tip narrow enough to fit in the Crimp Style End Cap. You just need to experiment but this does give another option for finishing your braid.

February 19, 2014 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

Kumihimo Tip #21

“How many beads do I need?” I get emailed this question all the time. And there is no real simple answer. I usually suggest braiding a beaded gauge. You may need to read through this a few times!

The best comparison I can make is to knitting – depending on the type of yarn, the size of the needle and the stitch, for example, the gauge can change. And so it is with beads and braiding. The size of the bead, the thickness or thinness of the cord and the braid pattern will all influence the beaded braid. I braid with 8/0 and 6/0 Toho and Miyuki seed beads. Many of you already know that all beads are not created equal. Not all 6/0 seed beads are the same and not all 8/0 seed beads are the same. Braiding up a gauge is your best bet to determine your bead usage.

I usually cut 8 pieces of C-Lon (Tex 400 or Beadcord) and thread 10 beads on each cord. Then I braid about an inch, with cord only, next I braid and “drop” all of the beads and then I finish with a short length of braiding with cord only. I remove this from my disk, tie it off and use this as my gauge. Following is what I have learned and the info I use as a guideline:

1. The difference between using C-Lon Tex 400 or C-Lon Beadcord did not make a significant difference in my gauge. Depending on the cord you use, the size could make a difference!

2. 8/0 Seed Bead Guideline:  About 7 seed beads per cord = 1 inch of beaded braid.
For example, if I want 6″ of beaded braid,
I will string 42 beads on each cord (7 beads/inch x 6 inches).
If I have 8 cords, I will need 336 beads to create 6″ of beaded braid
(42 beads/cord x 8 = 336).

3. 6/0 Seed Bead Guidelines: About 5 seed beads per cord = 1 inch of beaded braid.

For example, if I want 6 ” of beaded braid,
I will string 30 beads on each cord (5 beads/inch x 6 inches).
If I have 8 cords, I will need 240 beads to create 6″ of beaded braid.
(30 beads/cord x 8 = 240)
So, now that you now how many beads you need how do you know how many bags or tubes to buy?

Knowing about bead weights helps you decide how many packages of beads to buy. Are they in tubes? Boxes? Bags? The human eye plays tricks on us and beads packaged in tubes look like a greater volume than is actually present. Especially beads in tall, thin tubes. I package my beads in bags and you get more beads in a bag than in a tube.

Japanese Size 8/0:  39 beads per gram (Miyuki); 43 beads per gram (Toho)
Japanese Size 6/0:  12 beads per gram (Miyuki); 15 beads per gram (Toho)

My 8/0 seed beads come packaged 11-12 grams per pkg (approximately 450- 492 beads/pkg). My 6/0 seed beads come packaged 10 – 11 grams per pkg (approximately 135 – 148 beads/pkg)

So, in the example above about how many beads are needed for 6″?

8/0: 336 beads/6 inches would take 1 pkg of 8/0 seed beads (with some extras)
6/0: 240 beads /6 inches would take 2 pkgs of 6/0 seed beads (with some extras)

Hope this helps you!

January 2, 2014 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

Newsletter Archives – 2013

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January 2, 2014 at 10:17 am Leave a comment

Back from School – Shop Open!

Off to school

Just wanted to let you know that I am “off to school” for a week participating in a week-long workshop taught by Rodrick Owen. Imagine, 5 days of braiding from sunrise to sunset. I will mail all orders received by late Friday night the 18th and I will resume shipping on Monday the 28th of October. You may place orders while I am away and when I return your orders will be filled in the order in which they were received. Plan ahead! Thank you.

October 16, 2013 at 11:38 am Leave a comment

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