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

Christmas Kumihimo Kits

Clunky, Funky & Fun Christmas Bracelet KitsCrystal & Glitz Bracelet

Isn’t this fun! The Clunky, Funky & Fun Bracelet is a combination of 4 x 7 Long Magatama Beads and 8/0 and 6/0 Toho/Miyuki Seed Beads. The fabulous Button and Loop Closure is a great technique and can be used in many applications. The nature of this closure allows for flexibility in sizing and allows for easy on & off. I love this and I am sure you will too! There are enough beads and cord in your kit to accommodate a variety of sizes. You will Need: Kumihimo Disk (preferably a new one), 8 Bobbins, Measuring Tape, Heavy Duty Thread, Needle, Glue (like WeldBond). You Should Know: Kumihimo Round Braid, how to “drop” beads.
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Kit includes:
1 Spool C-Lon Beadcord
Magatama Beads
6/0 Toho or Miyuki Seed Beads
8/0 Toho or Miyuki Seed Beads
Button
Barrel
Big Eye Beading Needle
Instructions with photos
(Button and Barrel Bead may vary from photos – will be equally as nice if not even nicer)!

Cost: $19.50 to $24

P.S. Please note that this kits uses C-Lon Beadcord which is a thinner cord than the C-Lon Tex 400. In order to maintain consistent tension on your cords, you should use a disk that is newer and has not been “stretched” out by larger diameter cords. I suggest the Mini Disk (below).

Silver #2
Clunky, Funky & Fun
Magatama Bracelet
Galvanized Silver
$24.00
Boughs of Holly Bracelet
Clunky, Funky & Fun
Magatama Bracelet
Green & Chartreuse
“Boughs of Holly”
$19.50

Peppermint Bracelet
Clunky, Funky & Fun
Magatama Bracelet
S.L Red & Matte White
“Peppermint”
$19.50

Crystal & Glitz Bracelet
Clunky, Funky & Fun
Magatama Bracelet
Crystal & Galvanized Silver
Crystal & Glitz
$19.50

 

MINI Kumihimo Disk 4.25″ by BeadSmith

The BeadSmith Mini Kumihimo Disk is 4.25″ in diameter and is made from a 3/8″ dense foam. There are 32 “slots” that hold your threads at a perfect tension. It’s great to have a few of these on hand.
$3.00 each 
$8.50 for three 


Kumihimo Braided Satin Candy Canes Kit

The Satin Cord Candy Cane Kit is a favorite and it’s very easy to make. The first time I made Kumihimo Candy Canes was for an ornament exchange in my book club. The ingredients are simple and the results are great. Once you’ve made a few, you can decide how you want to embellish your candy canes, i.e. add beads, little jingle bells, bows, etc. I’m giving you a start on the basics and I hope you add your own creative touches. Have fun!

The Kumihimo Candy Cane Kit contains enough materials to make 3 candy canes. The candy cane stick measures 9″ and when shaped into a candy cane the finished length is about 6 1/2″.

With this class-in-a-kit, you’ll learn how to start your braid with a Lark’s Head Knot, braid around a core (in this case a wire stem) and you’ll learn a versatile wrapping technique to finish off the tassel.

Kit includes:

- 30 yards of “Petite” Satin Cord; Red, Green and White
– Three 9″ wire stem cores
– Instructions with lots of step-by-step color photos
– Patterns for 3 different 12 Strand Spiral Braids

Kumihimo Candy Cane Kit (makes 3) $14.00 


Kumihimo Beaded Candy Canes

This is a super fun project. It takes a little more skill than the satin cord candy canes but if you take your time you will be successfulCandy Cane Brights. This kit provides enough materials to make 3 Kumihimo Beaded Candy Canes. You will earn how to start with an “interlaced” end and braid around a core (wire stem) . An interlaced end comes in handy when you want to start with a “finished” end. These are techniques that you can put in your Kumihimo “toolbox” and use in other applications. Follow the directions carefully and you will enjoy making your candy canes. When braiding /beading with the C-Lon Beadcord (finer diameter than C-Lon Tex 400, I find it easier if I use a disk that is new or newer with “slots” that hold the finer cord under tension. You can purchase the mini disks for $3 each (see below).

You will need: Kumihimo Disk, 8 bobbins, tape measure, scissors, heavy-duty thread & needle, Glue (I like WeldBond).
You should know: Kumihimo Round Braid and how to “drop” beads (if you aren’t sure how to “drop beads” see Kumihimo Tip #14).

Kit includes:

  • Materials to make 3 Beaded Candy Canes
  • 1 Spool C-Lon Beadcord
  • 8/0 Miyuki/Toho Seed Beads
  • Three 9″ Wire Stems
  • 3 Different Bead Patterns
  • Wide Eye Beading Needle
  • Instructions with Photos

Cost: $18

Colorway #1Beaded Candy Cane Kit
Color Way #1
Red, White and Green

$18.00
(3 Candy Canes)

Colorway #2Beaded Candy Cane Kit
Color Way #2
Pomegranate, S/L Green & Frosted Crystal

$18.00
(3 Candy canes)

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MINI Kumihimo Disk 4.25″ by BeadSmith

$3.00 each 
$8.50 for three 

The BeadSmith Mini Kumihimo Disk is 4.25″ in diameter and is made from a 3/8″ dense foam. There are 32 “slots” that hold your threads at a perfect tension. It’s great to have a few of these on hand.


July 27, 2014 at 7:10 am Leave a comment

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

Glass & Ceramic Beads and Pressed Glass Leaves

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African Trade Beads

ATB-1
African Trade Bead – 1
10mm x 10mm, I.D. 3.5-4mm
$.75/ea
ATB-2
African Trade Bead – 2
11mm x 11mm, I.D. 3-3.5mm
$.75/ea
ATB-3
African Trade Bead – 3
8mmx10mm, I.D. 3-3.5mm
$.45/ea

ATB-4
African Trade Bead – 4
15mmx8mm, I.D.3-3.5mm
$1.00/ea
ATB-5
African Trade Bead – 5
8mmx10mm, I.D.3-3.5mm
$.45/ea
ATB-6
African Trade Bead – 6
8mmx10mm, I.D. 3-3.5mm
$.45/ea

ATB-7
African Trade Bead – 7
10mmx10mm, I.D. 3.5-4mm
$.75/ea
ATB-8
African Trade Bead – 8
8mmx10mm, I.D. 3-3.5mm
$.45/ea
ATB-9
African Trade Bead – 9
15mmx8mm, I.D. 3-3.5mm
$1.00/ea

Glass Beads

Glass Beads - Aqua Glass Beads
9x6mm, I.D. 3.5-4mm
Aqua
5 beads / $1.10
Glass Beads - Bright PinkGlass Beads
9x6mm, I.D. 3.5-4mm
Bright Pink
5 beads / $1.10

Glass Beads - ChartreuseGlass Beads
9x6mm, I.D. 3.5-4mm
Chartreuse
5 beads / $1.10

Glass Beads - CobaltGlass Beads
9x6mm, I.D. 3.5-4mm
Cobalt
5 beads / $1.10
Glass Beads - HyacinthGlass Beads
9x6mm, I.D. 3.5-4mm
Hyacinth
5 beads / $1.10
Glass Beads - RedGlass Beads
9x6mm, I.D. 3.5-4mm
Red
5 beads / $1.10

Glass Beads - AmethystGlass Beads
9x6mm, I.D. 3.5-4mm
Amethyst
5 beads / $1.10
Glass Beads - EmeraldGlass Beads
9x6mm, I.D. 3.5-4mm
Emerald
5 beads / $1.10
Glass Beads - Capri BlueGlass Beads
9x6mm, I.D. 3.5-4mm
Capri
5 beads / $1.10


Painted Ceramic Beads

Painted Barrel - BluePainted Ceramic
Beads – Blue
12x9mm, I.D. 3mm
.75/each
Painted Barrel - PlumPainted Ceramic
Beads – Plum
12x9mm, I.D. 3mm
.75/each

Painted Barrel - YellowPainted Ceramic
Beads – Gold
12x9mm, I.D. 3mm
.75/each


More Beads….


GB-3
Furnace Glass Bead #1
9mm x 10mm, I.D. 5mm
$2.00/ea

GB-2
Furnace Glass Bead #2
11mm x 11mm, I.D. 5mm
$2.00/ea

GB-1
Glass Sparkle #3
16mmx16mm, I.D. 3mm
$2.00/ea

CB-1
Ceramic Bead #1
30mmx12mm, I.D.4mm
$3.00/ea

CB-2
Ceramic Bead #2
7mmx12mm, I.D. 5-6mm
$.75/ea

PGB-1
Painted Glass Bead #1
(inside color Yellow)
10mmx17mm, I.D. 5mm
$1.75/ea


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

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

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

Summer Sizzle – Sale Goodies!!!

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6/0 Toho & Miyuki Seed Beads – 30% Off

Trans-Rainbow Frosted Lt. Tanzanite6/0
Frosted Tanzanite
$2.50
10-11 grams/ $1.75
Transparent Frosted Sugar Plum6/0
Frosted Sugar Plum
$2.50
10-11 grams/ $1.75
Ceylon Grape Mist 6/0
Ceylon Grape Mist
$2.50
10-11 grams/ $1.75
Ceylon Smoke6/0
Ceylon Smoke
$2.50
10-11 grams/ $1.75
Lt Sapphire White Lined6/0
Lt Sapphire/White Lined
$2.50
10-11 grams/ $1.75
Silver Lined Milky Montana Blue6/0
S/L Milky Montana Blue
$2.50
10-11 grams/ $1.75
Montana Gold6/0
G/L Montana Blue
$2.50
10-11 grams/ $1.75
miy6-650-rustic-grey-alabaster 6/0
Rustic Gray Alabaster
$2.50
10-11 grams/ $1.75
Frosted Oxblood 6/0
Frosted Oxblood
$3.00
10-11 grams/ $2.10
tr-08-29b_detail6/0
S/L Gray
$2.50
10-11 grams/ $1.75
crystal-ab 6/0
Crystal AB
$2.50
10-11 grams/ $1.75
innocent-pink1
6/0
Ceylon Pink
$2.50
110-11 grams/ $1.75
Frosted Black Diamond6/0
Frosted Black Diamond
$2.50
10-11 grams/ $1.75
TR-08-302 Inside Color Jonqiuil : Apricot Lined6/0
Jonquil Apricot
$2.50
10-11 grams/ $1.75
TR-06-262_Inside-Color Crystal:Gold Lined 6/0
G/L Crystal
$2.50
10-11 grams/ $1.75
Silver Lined Milky Dark Peridot6/0
Milky Peridot
$2.50
10-11 grams/ $1.75
tr-06-307_detail6/0
Aqua Yellow
$2.50
10-11 grams/ $1.75
hybrid-frosted-natural-picasso 6/0
Natural Picasso
$4.50
10-11 grams/ $3.15
TR-06-39FS:L Frosted Tanzanite6/0
Frosted S/L Tanzanite
$2.50
10-11 grams/ $1.75
8:0 Matte Black AB6/0
Matte Black AB
$2.75
10-11 grams/ $1.95
Hybrid Jet Picasso 6/0
Picasso Black
$4.50
10-11 grams/ $3.15

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

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