Friday, October 5, 2007

A POLL with a chance at a PRIZE!

We interrupt the series on left-leaning decreases to ask a question...

Dear Readers: Right from the beginning, the sole point of this blog has been to infect YOUR mind with the knitting tricks which are desperate to ESCAPE mine. Two insistent tricks which have recently been knocking to be be let out involve sewing. So, here's the BIG QUESTION:

Would YOU be interested in posts which include
sewing techniques?

The specific ideas that really want out are these:

First, a series about how to line a sweater-jacket. A reader wrote a long time ago asking for such a series, but I've waffled shamefully because I wasn't sure that this belongs in a knitting technique blog.

This series would include everything, from start to finish: what materials to use for lining, how to use the jacket to create the pattern for the lining, how to add an underarm gusset, how to sew the lining itself together, and how to stitch the lining into the jacket.

Also included would be a couple of posts on putting a zipper closure into a garment. While handy for all genders and ages, experience shows zippers are especially attractive to kids and men. Kids are often too impatient or unskilled to operate buttons, and (taking a risk with stereotyping here) men who "don't like sweaters" will sometimes wear zippered ones when they might not wear buttoned or pull-over ones...

The second idea which keeps knocking to get out of my head is a series on a wonderful storage and transport system for WIP's--a sewn cover-bag with replaceable liner baskets. The WIP's live in the interchangeable baskets with all their parts--the pattern, the yarn, the needles (and depending on your age, your extra pair of reading glasses). The cover-bag fits over the baskets. When you leave the house, you throw whichever WIP suits the situation into the cover-bag--a simple scarf for noisy and distracting places, a lace shawl to keep you company while you sip coffee, a sweater with miles of plain knitting for the airport. The cover bag has handles and makes it easy to carry around the basket of work without spilling or losing anything, the interchangeable baskets mean you won't accidentally leave part of your project home..

You'll be able to follow these two series if you can do the following three things:
1) sew straight stitches on a sewing machine
2) sew zig-zag on a sewing machine
3) overcast (whip stitch) by hand
Any sewing technique harder than these (and there are very few) will be explained and illustrated just like knitting posts are: with line drawings and illustrations.

So... would you find these two subjects interesting, or does this sound like too much sewing?

To encourage response from readers who don't often comment (you lurkers know who you are!) and to reward those who do, there will be a


All readers responding before November 5, 2007 will be entered in a random drawing for one $20.00 KNITPICKS gift certificate. (Knitpicks is one on-line store where $20.00 can actually buy you something!--HOWEVER, if you are responding from outside the USA and your name is drawn--we'll figure out an equivalent prize that you can use--never fear...) The winning name will be drawn and posted on November 5, 2007 (TECHknitting's one-year Blogiversary!!) so if you've reading this in the archives, and it's before H-Hour... go for it.

With a big thank you for your feedback--



Blogger Sandykins57 said...

Sounds like it has something to do with knitting to me. Lining a knitted sweater is no easy task, so I think a tutorial on it would be great.

October 5, 2007 at 12:38 AM  
Anonymous Vintage Purls said...

This is your blog, you can and should do with it exactly as you wish.

Both your ideas sound interesting and entirely knitting relevant.

October 5, 2007 at 1:18 AM  
Anonymous Ühltje said...

Oh, yes please. I don't qualify for entrance yet, but I have just discovered your blog a week ago and have already bookmarked it as a reference for all things knitting and I think your ideas for sewing projects fit right in. I always find myself messing up finishing things, because I'm afraid of the techniques. Where I do not hesitate to rip back an entire cardigan to knit it again, because I do not fully like it, I will delay finishing things for two weeks and then do this one-hour -mess-up-job because I want to be done with it.

October 5, 2007 at 1:42 AM  
Blogger MrsFife said...

I'm a bad, *bad* finisher. So all things related to finishing are welcome. Also the cover-up sounds particularly interesting.

October 5, 2007 at 2:00 AM  
Blogger k a t said...

As a knitter who is getting into sewing I would love to read more tips about sewing with a knitting focus.

Bring it on!

October 5, 2007 at 2:00 AM  
Blogger Lois said...

i like the idea too. maybe something like "TECHsewing"?

October 5, 2007 at 2:01 AM  
Blogger Tasha said...

I think there's merit in doing one thing, and doing it (very) well -- I like Techknitting as it is. We know that each post in Techknitting takes a lot of your time; I'd hate to see your attention devoted elsewhere!

That said, your blog, your decisions, but I have no interest in reading about WIP bags, etc. I'm here to learn more about knitting.

October 5, 2007 at 2:16 AM  
Blogger bockstark.knits said...

Yes, absolutely!!! I would be extremely interested in it. But you shouldn't post it under "TECHknitting", it should be "TECHseweing". That would be awesome!

October 5, 2007 at 2:20 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I would be into both of those tutorials. Both are things that I've been interested in, but probably wouldn't have attempted. Thanks so much for offering!

October 5, 2007 at 2:36 AM  
Blogger verylisa said...

I'm a raw novice sewer, but your tutorial for a WIP system sounds like something I would try. Have the fabric sitting in my stash waiting for me to work up the courage to attempt a tote bag of some kind. A hand-hold-y type of tutorial would be excellent!

October 5, 2007 at 3:23 AM  
Blogger livnletlrn said...

Since lining or installing a zipper in a handknit has clear potential to be very helpful to knitters, and great ideas for storing/carrying knitting WIPs are always welcome, I feel all of these things would be great additions to the Techknitter blog. They might be sewing, but they're very much related to knitting!

October 5, 2007 at 3:27 AM  
Blogger Helga Finch-Fletchley said...

I think this would be a great idea. I have just struggled with sewing in a zipper for my Ribby Cardi, and would love more instruction on how to go about this, as well as lining a garment.

October 5, 2007 at 3:29 AM  
Blogger projektleiterin said...

Ha, what a cunning idea with the prize. ;-) But anyway, I do like sewing, so I'm all for it, just don't neglect the knitting techniques in favor of the sewing course as I would miss them sorely.

October 5, 2007 at 3:39 AM  
Anonymous GRAMMIECOOPIE said...


October 5, 2007 at 3:44 AM  
Blogger Susanne said...

I find both of your ideas fascinating. I have a hard time sticking to one thing myself so I wouldn't mind if techknitting went sewing for a while.

October 5, 2007 at 4:16 AM  
Blogger Eleanor said...

I would love to see such a series! There isn't enough knitting related instruction around! May I also suggest a knit (not felted) bag lining post?

October 5, 2007 at 4:22 AM  
Anonymous Emma in France said...

I think that they would be great. Putting in a zip would be particularly useful as I know that's something a lot of knitters struggle with.

October 5, 2007 at 4:47 AM  
Blogger Micki said...

I think a bit of sewing would be brilliant! So many knitters loathe sewing, probably because they've received too little guidance. And most knitted garments require at least some sewing.

October 5, 2007 at 4:56 AM  
Anonymous sulafaye said...

I enjoy the knitting content so much, I am quite certain that sewing content would be equally entertaining and informative! Thanks for asking!

October 5, 2007 at 5:11 AM  
Blogger Sue J. said...

Sorry, just knitting for me. I've never gotten into sewing. Of course, I'll read pretty much anything you blog about.

October 5, 2007 at 5:15 AM  
Blogger aija said...

Yes please! I am toying with the idea of sewing because I am a knitter (lining bags, garments; machine knitting steeks) so I think it's a natural subject progression.

It's your blog & we're *your* guests here though-- :)

October 5, 2007 at 5:17 AM  
Blogger zuzu said...

Sounds too cool! Both ideas sound so useful; I know I could use your techniques.

October 5, 2007 at 5:29 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

I'd be much more interested in a series on knit finishing. I know that lots are out there, but your tutorials are SO in depth and beautifully illustrated. I don't like to sew, and wouldn't do either project.

Of course, it is YOUR blog, to do with as you wish.


October 5, 2007 at 5:33 AM  
Blogger bellamoden said...

Sewing in a zipper for a sweater, oh yes yes please, both the machine sewing and the handsewing methods.

Lining a knit bag would be very helpful too!

Never occured to me to line a knit sweater though. Huh. Why would you do that? (I'm genuinely asking.)

The wip bag dealie is interesting but doesn't hold appeal for me, sorry.

October 5, 2007 at 5:37 AM  
Blogger ysolda said...

I'd also like to see a series on finishing, mainly so I can send people to it!

It seems like the lining and zip inserting could both be part of such a series or follow on from it. Right now though both seem like jumping forward without covering the in-between stuff of getting the jacket from bit of knitting to ready for lining and zip.

October 5, 2007 at 6:08 AM  
Blogger Breibeest said...

I'm biased here... I just started a sewing course. But YES, please post about those sewing topics (and more!); I think some basic sewing skills are very useful for any knitter.

October 5, 2007 at 6:08 AM  
Blogger Virtuous said...

I mainly come for the knitting techniques and would prefer that, but wouldn't be turned off it there was a good balance of both.

October 5, 2007 at 6:10 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Okay, I have been guilty of lurking here lately instead of commenting. But YES, I would LOVE to see those sewing related posts, and any other sewing ones that should come to you. I agree that those two sound like the perfect place to start, because they are still knitting related. I do sew also, but for those who don't, these might be the perfect tutorials to get them on their way. And even though I do know how to sew, I don't know how to line sweater-jackets or make a cover-bag. Bring them on!!!!

October 5, 2007 at 6:11 AM  
Blogger Eve said...

I think all craft is related and eventually you'll want to use one or another in knitting. And seeing that we do sew our knitted pieces together, sewing is not un-related.

October 5, 2007 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger CathyCate said...

Although not of as immediate or burning interest to me in particular, I would be interested in sewing topics that relate to knitting, like the first two you mentioned. As a reference.
Thanks for doing all this, it's great!

October 5, 2007 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger jennsquared said...

That sounds so interesting! I've been wanting to learn how to sew lining into a hat since, i don't know, forever. DH hates knitted garment because he thinks its itchy, but he ears ear muffs or hats for skiing and I think the series would be great! Also the zipper idea would be good too - I like zippers so much better than buttons, but I didn't know how to do it...

October 5, 2007 at 6:39 AM  
Blogger Gale said...

Most definitely!

October 5, 2007 at 6:41 AM  
Blogger kimbelina said...

Yes, please, on both counts. Both sound great (and completely knit-relevant).

October 5, 2007 at 6:47 AM  
Blogger Kamilla said...

Great idear!

Im already looking forward to the knittingbag.

October 5, 2007 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

another vote for finishing - sewing in zippers, linings anything "extra" like that!

October 5, 2007 at 6:49 AM  
Blogger Sheri said...

Hi, I've been lurking around reading your blog and have been enjoying it greatly. And I think your ideas about the lining and WIP project are good! Would the lining be on a knit garment? It would be interesting! Thanks for writing this blog!

October 5, 2007 at 7:02 AM  
Anonymous eadaoine said...

sure, I think it's knitting related

October 5, 2007 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Both strands sound good! We all need at least a little help with finishing which definitely includes sewing. And WIP's...well, they multiply like rabbits....

October 5, 2007 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Lynne said...

Please explain linings and zippers - they are complete mysteries to me. And keeping such weighty information locked in your brain may have unforeseen side effects. Better to let it out.

October 5, 2007 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Yes, very much. I think it is best when we can accent our knitting with other crafts. :)

October 5, 2007 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Melinda said...

I would love a post on sewing in a zipper!

October 5, 2007 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I think it would be great if you featured knitting related sewing skills. The topic and examples you mentioned are appropriate because these sewing skills will enhance your knitting.

October 5, 2007 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger jacquieblackman said...

The more tools I have under my belt for finishing the better! Personally a lined sweater isn't up my alley but that doesn't mean that technique won't inspire me to try a pattern I avoided before. And I also want to learn more (sorry, I mean learn something) about sewing. I have avoided any and all type of lining because I'm too scared (read: lazy) to try!

And a side note, if there is a consensus that sewing should be included than a tutorial on sewing a zipper should be included!

October 5, 2007 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger Mary Lou said...

It's your blog -- do what you want. But I think folks will be interested.

October 5, 2007 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Reluctant Penguin said...

Making a lining for a jacket is so far beyond my sewing skills that I wouldn't bother... but that isn't to say that other people wouldn't find it helpful. Writing a blog is a voluntary activity, and if you would like to do that, go right head... Reading a blog is also a voluntary activity, so if a particular post is not something in which we are interested, we are not compelled to read it. On the other hand, WIP solutions are always something I would be happy to read.

October 5, 2007 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger Katy said...

I vote in favor of posts about whatever technique you want to write, or whatever needs to escape your head. I would love a tutorial about zipper insertion, and the other topics (currently) fall into the category of "good for the archives", much like knitting magazines, I don't need to want the information right this second for it to be useful.

Keep on posting whatever it is that catches the attention of you mind.

October 5, 2007 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Sewing related to knitting is definitely of interest (like the sweater lining example or how to line a knitted bag/purse). Often FOs take more skills than just knitting.

October 5, 2007 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Knitting in Pink said...

That sounds like a great idea. I'd love to read about that. Then again, it's your blog so do as you wish!

October 5, 2007 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger QoE said...

I would love to know how to line a sweater and especially how to make the transport system.

October 5, 2007 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger shortoldlady said...

Oh - the storage and transport system for WIP's sounds wonderful!! And thanks for all the time and effort you put into this blog - the information is fantastic.

October 5, 2007 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Susanne said...

Would love to see your ideas and instructions on ANYTHING! Your delivery of techniques is brilliant and I say go for it!!

October 5, 2007 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

yes please. as a knitter and a sewer, i'd love to see techniques for marrying the two.

October 5, 2007 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger hannah said...

Yes, yes and YES! I'm so afraid of sewing up that I convert patterns to in the round (when I can) to minimize that task... I'd definitely stay tuned :)

October 5, 2007 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger JO said...

Yes, I'd love to read the sewing-related posts. I also agree with some earlier posters about doing a bag-lining post (though I'm sure some of the sweater lining tips will carry over).

October 5, 2007 at 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Miss T said...

Yes! I've never been particularly good with sewing, so I can get completely stuck with things like lining a handbag or a sweater.

October 5, 2007 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Bridget said...

I would love to see these sewing tutorials!

October 5, 2007 at 8:13 AM  
Anonymous KarenM. said...

um... YEAH... I loveewing and knitting, and am mediocre at both :-) technique is goooood......

October 5, 2007 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Lainey said...

Ok - delurking as requested - yes I'd be interested in the sewing side (I have a machine and use it to take up the seams on my trousers - ha!). So long as you don;t drop the knitting altogether then anything is fine by me.

October 5, 2007 at 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Kate K said...

Yes, definitely! They are related to knitting projects and the info is not necessarily easy to find in clear step-by-step form elsewhere.

October 5, 2007 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger maitai said...

i think that as long as it involves a knitted garment in some way (installing a zipper into a handknit cardigan, for example), then i think it is appropriate for your blog! but if it's just fabric and needles and thread, i think that's better suited for TECHsewing! i'd read it if you create it!

October 5, 2007 at 8:22 AM  
Anonymous jessie said...

I think sewing tips could be useful in the world of knitting. Go for it!

October 5, 2007 at 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

As vintage purls said, it's your blog. Go for it! And yes, lurker though I may be, I do love all the information you post. If you post it, we will read it. :)

October 5, 2007 at 8:33 AM  
Anonymous rukaya said...

I'd love to see the series on sewing on your blog!

October 5, 2007 at 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Marcia said...

I just spent a small fortune on a new Bernina...bring it on!

October 5, 2007 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

this lurker says "yes, please" and "thank you" for all that you've done

October 5, 2007 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Yes yes yes! Although I don't have any sweaters to line, I've got some purses and bags on my back burner that I'm dreading. In my mind, knitting and a sewing machine are like peanut butter and hot dogs - it freaks me out even thinking about it

October 5, 2007 at 8:45 AM  
Anonymous jen said...

I think that would be wonderful. That information is so hard to gather online. I end up trying to combine info that I have found on a sewing blog with information about knitting. I find your posts very informative and would love to hear more. Great idea!

October 5, 2007 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Kyle said...

As long as it's related to knitting, I think that would be great!

October 5, 2007 at 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Kelli said...

I'm knitting Celtic Icon, it requires a sewn in zipper or some serious change to make it buttonable. I would definitely be interested in the sewing tutorials.

October 5, 2007 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Vaedri said...

I'd definitely be interested in knowing how to bring sewing and knitting together in the *right* ways. I just finished a lined blanket that turned out okay, but I'm sure if I'd known what I was doing, it would have been a less painful process with a better end result.


October 5, 2007 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger May said...

To be honest, I wouldn't be very interested in a sewing series unless it's about sewing up knitting. I think a separate blog with sewing material that you have a link to from here would be good. who knows, maybe one day I'd want to read the sewing stuff!

October 5, 2007 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger ana said...

I've been lurking, I admit. And I appreciate your posts so much! And now the time to speak up has come, apparently: I would VERY MUCH like such sewing series as you describe. I'm sure to learn a lot, and I'm already looking forward to them.

October 5, 2007 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I like sewing so to me it sounds great, especially the sweater lining part!

October 5, 2007 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger lcobbe said...

Both of your knitting-related sewing ideas sound very helpful. Please do publish those.

October 5, 2007 at 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

I would love to read about both of these topics. I really appreciate all of your knitting knowledge, and learning more is never a bad thing. After all, if a reader is not interested in a particular topic, he/she can simply skip over that entry.

Thank you for sharing your experience, knowledge, and hard work.

October 5, 2007 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger jenni said...

i'd love the sewing tutorials. i don't have a sewing machine anymore, but it'd still be valuable to know about lining knitted items and such.

thanks for your excellent articles!

October 5, 2007 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

Great idea! I would like a series on sewing as it relate to knitted items.

October 5, 2007 at 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

Yeah! I have been avoiding thoes techniques just because I had no clue how to do them. That would be so helpful :)

October 5, 2007 at 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Kiku said...

Definitely! What a great idea!

October 5, 2007 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger jumi said...

Please, please please!

As long as your sewing techniques talk about how to integrate with knitting I'd _love_ to know them.

I probably wouldn't be as interested in learning how to sew a trumpet skirt however.

Thanks for providing such a useful resource!

October 5, 2007 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger lindsey said...

Yes Please! I have tons of projects deemed unfinished because they are waiting to be lined! Love your blog- Thanks for all the helpful information!!

October 5, 2007 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger ashpags said...

De-lurking to say I would be interested in the lining series, but not the WIP bag one. Thanks! =)

October 5, 2007 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger ames said...

Absolutely. I can't imagine knitters not seeing the relevance of sewing in a zipper, and I would think the process for lining a sweater would translate well into lining other knitted garmets. As for the WIP bag - sure! My WIP storage is a flimsy basket from Target that I got for a dollar, so I clearly need assistance in that regard.

October 5, 2007 at 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Nautical Knitter said...

Yes, please expand my horizons. I love your site and all your incredibly useful information. How do you store all that in your head?

October 5, 2007 at 9:41 AM  
Anonymous mimi said...

You are such a good technical writer, that I can follow easily. But the idea of machine sewing leaves me cold, not just because I can't aford to buy a machine. One of my favorite podcasts uses the first episode of each month for technical reviews of one sort or another. Perhaps you would consider a once-a-month sewing episode on your blog. Any hand sewing advice and techniques would come in handy for me, too. Thank you so much for your blog.

October 5, 2007 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

Yes, please share your sewing for knitting techniques with us.

October 5, 2007 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Kathryn Estelle said...

Sewing content would be fine with me as long as it is knitting-related.

October 5, 2007 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Tricia said...

I would love to see some sewing tutorials!

October 5, 2007 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger ak said...

Personally, I have to say I have very little interest in sewing-- that's why I knit! But as others have said, it's your blog, so definitely let those ideas free if the mood strikes you. Plus, from the tone of the rest of these comments it certainly seems like you have a captive audience. :)

October 5, 2007 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

I would love a series on sewing a zipper into a knitted garment. I'm fine with the sewing machine with fabric, but I'm terrified of messing up something I've spent a long time knitting.

October 5, 2007 at 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Emily said...

Ack, you outed my lurkerdom!

My opinion is that it's your blog, so do what you want.

If you do take up sewing stuff, I would be interested in how to line knitted garments/bags.

October 5, 2007 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Ilene said...

I don't think I'd ever line a cardigan or a sweater, but I'm really interested in the WIP bag.

Thanks for all the great tips, techniques and ideas you've put up - I've been reading your blog from day 1 and just love it. I've learned so much and my knitting has improved greatly.

October 5, 2007 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Dotty said...

As a quilter, I can sew so neither the WIP bag or the lining series would interest me. Learning how to install a zipper (properly)would be useful.

I think all the topics are knitting relevant (although, more on the fringes of knitting). You could use our input to decide which order to present them in.

October 5, 2007 at 9:56 AM  
Anonymous AJ, with no blog said...

Yes, I would enjoy both ideas. It seems all crafts tend to interrelate, and the more we know, the more we can do.
Thank you for all the information that you have already written for us - it is quite comprehensive.
aj, who is banphriosa at yahoo dot com

October 5, 2007 at 9:57 AM  
Anonymous ChrissyT said...

I would be very interested in seeing posts on all of the listed items. I am planning to make a zip-up lined sweater for a Christmas present so the timing couldnt be better!

October 5, 2007 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger normanack said...

Yes! Sewing and knitting are close sisters.

October 5, 2007 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Criosa said...

I'd love to see some sewing tips, especially if they apply to my knitting. (like linings and zippers and storage.)

there's a lot of us that are multi-crafty. and those who don't sew regularly might be encouraged to line a jacket (or whatever) if there's a great tutorial available.

looking forward to it!
christyknits AT criosa DOT com

October 5, 2007 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Charity said...

Yes, I'd love to see the sewing tips! :0)

October 5, 2007 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger La Petite Tricoteuse said...

I like the jacket lining tutorial idea. I am not too jazzed about the WIP bag, but I would still read the tutorial :-) (I have enough bags as it is). Incidentally since we are on the subject of sewing- do you know of a good resource for learning how to tailor clothes?

October 5, 2007 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger pacalaga said...

Yes please yes please!

October 5, 2007 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger KnittingMoose said...

I just recently found your site and am enjoying it very much!

Yes, I would love to see instructions on those two projects, particularly the bag, which sounds great!

October 5, 2007 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I would prefer it just be knitting content, as that is where I feel I have the most to learn. But you should do what you want to...

October 5, 2007 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger vtwopoint5 said...

I would love to see those things!

October 5, 2007 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger keiko said...

Yes, please share your sewing knowledge. I'm a lousy seamstress, so any sewing techniques you pass on would be most appreciated.

October 5, 2007 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Lovs2Knit said...

I think that a sewing series would be wonderful. Lining bags & jackets, sewing zippers in, etc. I haven't done any of those things but they are part of projects I have in my queue. I'd love to read about the sewing tricks that will help my knitting. This site has been an excellent source of information for me.

October 5, 2007 at 10:44 AM  
Anonymous orata said...

I'd love to read the sewing tips you suggested. They may not be knitting per se, but they are certainly knitting-related.

October 5, 2007 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger textilejunkie said...

Yes to both. I'm especially interested in the "how to line a sweater-jacket". The Phildar Swing Jacket has been on my must knit list forever - but I really feel it needs lining even though the pattern does not call for it. How to go about this exactly is one of my reasons for stalling on the start of this.

October 5, 2007 at 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Nessa Z. said...

Yes, TECHsewing posts would be most appreciated. I have a kit for a Dale sweater that needs a zipper in the neck, and I'm dreading that part. Also like to see optional hand sewing for those of us who do not have sewing machines (or like me, don't trust the one we have with our precious knits).

October 5, 2007 at 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Kim U said...

I think it sounds like an excellent idea - there are so many areas where sewing and knitting intersect and it's often hard to get info on that type of thing (ie sewing a zipper into a knitted cardigan, a lining into a knitted handbag, a backing onto a knitted blanket). But I also agree with others who have said write tutorials on topics that inspire you to write them!

October 5, 2007 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

First off, I love your blog. I always learn something and your tutorials are so well-written!

I like sewing information. If something is posted that is not something relevant to my interests, I can just skim it and forget. But you never know what will inspire you to pick up a new skill!

October 5, 2007 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger catmum said...

I love all your tutorials, so useful. And some sewing stuff would be helpful too, especially as related to knitting.

October 5, 2007 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Allison said...

Those would be extremely useful topics. Now being a sewer, I have things sitting around unlined and the idea of zippers scare me. Please do these topics!

October 5, 2007 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger lekkercraft said...

I think that both tutorials you've listed are definitely related to knitting. Plus, you have a great way of providing your lessons - I'd keep track of any advice you have to give no matter what!

October 5, 2007 at 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything you write & illustrate is interesting so I'll read even if I don't do. I sew and am comfortable with it so I just look to see what else I can learn. (Google never recognizes my password. )

October 5, 2007 at 11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy following your blog. I am constantly enlightened about the techniques of knitting - even on subjects I thought I knew. And then there are subjects about which I would not even know to ask. I am perfectly happy following your lead.

October 5, 2007 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Hilary said...

Hi! I would LOVE to read/use the sewing tutorials you described and would GREATLY appreciate you sharing them.

October 5, 2007 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Busymom said...

Sure! for both topics. I would think that any info that could get a knitter through a project would fit very well on your blog. Go for it!

October 5, 2007 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Joan said...

Oh yes please! I "know" how to sew and I "know" how to knit, but I'm always interested in perfecting my techniques!

October 5, 2007 at 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Erika said...

Personally, I try to avoid sewing whenever possible. I would like to learn how to properly sew in a lining - to a sweater, a lined scarf, a knit bag, whatever. But I would totally skip through the tutorial on how to sew a knitting bag.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't post it, though!

October 5, 2007 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger The J said...

Normally I avoid any "contest" entry posts, but content requests trump contest ones, so...

Those topics seem very relevant to your main theme, and I for one would love to see you tackle any theme - your attention to detail and clear explanations would have me interested in a whole variety of crafty things, even if I weren't already enamoured with them!

I should admit a prejudice here though - I happen to love sewing almost as much as knitting ;).

October 5, 2007 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger allergicmom said...

Absolutely, I'd love to read more about finishing techniques. I want to make a zip-up cardigan, but the thought of finishing it scares me. Your tutorials are so fabulous that I'm sure they'd give me the confidence I need.

October 5, 2007 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Jen (pieKnits) said...

Those both sound like Great ideas! Honestly though, anything you blog I'm sure would be great- your blog rocks! Happy Blogiversary!

October 5, 2007 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Amelia, belle of The Bellwether said...

A big YES! I'd love to learn about lining jackets; I have a sweater that I want to knit that needs a zipper; the needle case I made from some denim jeans could have used many words of wisdom -- so bring on the knitting-related sewing! pretty please!

October 5, 2007 at 12:27 PM  
Anonymous elise said...

i'm not terribly interested in lining (or knitting sweaters), but lining bags would be interesting. also, sewing a knitting needle or crochet hook case would be very cool

October 5, 2007 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Berry Gal said...

I think sewing ideas relating to knitting...
Lining bags, finishing techniques would be good.

But I like the pure knitting content because I don't sew.

Thanks for all the hard work so far.You are a wealth of knowledge.

October 5, 2007 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Oiyi said...

Yes, Sewing techniques would be great!

October 5, 2007 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Elena Murphy said...

I'd be happy to see, and read, anything that is remotely useful to knitting, even if it's not, itself, knitting.

October 5, 2007 at 12:52 PM  
Anonymous kittenchasesyarn said...

Yes, it sounds lovely. I like to sew too.

October 5, 2007 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Eva said...

Yes, please! Both projects sound great.

I would appreciate instructions for handsewing specifically, as I don't have access to a sewing machine.

My sewing skills are pretty lousy, so any sewing-for-knitters stuff will be welcome!

October 5, 2007 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

That would be awesome! I would be thrilled to see this happen. I think lots of us knitters could use more help on this topic and I bet your fabulous diagrams would help us all tons!

October 5, 2007 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Judy H. said...

Both ideas sound very appropriate for knitting. Add me to the 'yes' votes!

October 5, 2007 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger for said...

I think that both would be very cool.

October 5, 2007 at 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Mary said...

OMG YES! I took sewing courses a couple of years ago, but that was to sew garments from scratch and I would love to know about sewing techniques for knitted items!!!!!!!!! Love it!

October 5, 2007 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger fibersnob said...

Sounds great to me!

October 5, 2007 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Rena said...

While I have no interest in sewing as an activity in and of itself, I would find it very useful to know how you would attach linings and zippers and the like to knitted objects.

October 5, 2007 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Lurker here. Although I must admit to not always understanding your techniques (think slow-witted), I would love to learn how to line knitting of anykind. Even attaching grosgrain ribbon to a cardigan intimidates me. So, yes, please include sewing. That I know well.

October 5, 2007 at 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Maria said...

Absolutely! You do such a great job with the knitting techniques that I'm sure the sewing ones would be just as wonderful.

October 5, 2007 at 2:30 PM  
Anonymous i.d.d.a. said...

Yes! Teach us some sewing techniques. They definately belong with knitting!

October 5, 2007 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger lorinda said...

Heck yes! I'd be interested in learning sewing techniques that improve my finished knitting projects. Thanks!

October 5, 2007 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Yes, please! You explain things SO well. You could be teaching us how to make creme brulle and we'd love it!

October 5, 2007 at 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I would really like this. Your blog is a wonderful resource and to think that I could actually put a zipper in without ruining all my knitting hard work...Well, I'd be there!
Thank you for asking our opinion

October 5, 2007 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Maryann said...

Oh, what a fantastic idea! I think sewing in relation to knitted items would be really cool and entirely relevant. How about a series on linings, and then zippers, bag handles, combining fabric with knits... Now I just can't wait...

October 5, 2007 at 2:54 PM  
Anonymous whitney said...

Oh, yes, definitely! The jacket-lining series and the zipper-closure posts would be especially interesting to me, since both of those are things I intend to do one of these days.

I also think your idea for a WIP bag with interchangeable baskets sounds really, really intriguing and clever!

October 5, 2007 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

Yes, I would be interested in sewing topics. I used to sew quite a bit, but have fallen away from that craft. I might just be able to get back into it with some refreshers! Great idea!

October 5, 2007 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Harlem Purl said...

I'm a lurker and a sewrer so I would love any one of those subjects. Actually I'm a little bit partial to the sewn sipper in the sweater thing. I'm knitting a EZ Bog jacket for my little one and I'm dreading sewing the zipper in.

October 5, 2007 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Digital Leaf said...

YES PLEASE!!! Both ideas are great and would extremely helpful. I'm going to be lining my next cardigan and would love some pointers and good storage is always helpful.

October 5, 2007 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Sure, why not? It's your blog, and no one has to read it if they're not interested in what you posted!

However, what you described seems perfectly germane to me.

October 5, 2007 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger a.bumblingbee said...

Yes, please!

October 5, 2007 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Eve said...

I've been trying to figure out just how to line a knitted purse, so a post on lining sweater-jackets would be quite welcome (I'm assuming there are similar principles involved). I think most knitters are multi-craftual enough to take it.

October 5, 2007 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger manic knitter said...

Yes, yes, please! Especially the "putting in a zipper right" part. And lining a dressy knitted jacket would be the perfect finishing touch to make it look and be able to be worn in a professional manner. Besides, it'll really impress the muggles even more.

October 5, 2007 at 4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I'd love to see those series! They sound interesting and inspiring.


October 5, 2007 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Ya know what...whatever you want to teach me I'm eager to learn it.

I'm pretty good with the one eyed needle but how would I know if I'm missing some nifty tip or trick? Teach away, please, any and all things knocking at your brain.

October 5, 2007 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger laniered said...

Lurker as accused. Yes, the sewing sounds great, too -

October 5, 2007 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger SusanP said...

I'm sure whatever you share will be valuable, including anything on sewing!

October 5, 2007 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger monica said...

i would love to see some sewing . . . anything to improve my knitting, which this site usually does!

October 5, 2007 at 5:14 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

I'd like to see posts on both topics.

October 5, 2007 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Stella said...

I found you via Ashley of doggedknits and have loved sifting through your archives. You explanations are always clear and thorough without getting boring or lame, which is quite a feat -- so YES, PLEASE! on the sewing thing.

October 5, 2007 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Esoteric Knitter said...

I think it would be a fantastic idea to include sewing information. I love all you tips and tricks and will continue to read all the content. :) Thanks so much for being so sharing.

October 5, 2007 at 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Emma M. said...

I think that that sort of thing would be totally useful. Since a lot of us who knit don't sew at all, those techniques aren't so intuitive, so they'd be nice to have. I'd say go for it!

October 5, 2007 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

i vote yes! i don't have the capacity to sew at the moment (since i'm a college student) but i'm certainly interested. i would find a zipper tutorial especially useful.

October 5, 2007 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger catsmum said...

Write about whatever you want to. Personally I don't need either of those posts - just the description of the second idea was enough for me - but I'll defend to the death your right to write about whatever might be of use to even a single reader.

October 5, 2007 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

I love tutorials. The more the merrier.

October 5, 2007 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger AuntieAnn said...

I would be interested in those, especially the bit about putting in a zipper. I might not do the projects, but I'd read about them. And I will need to put zippers in, I'm sure.

October 5, 2007 at 7:36 PM  
Anonymous the boogeyman's wife said...

i have been diligently delurking since wednesday - apparently it can have good side effects! having said that, i am new to your blog but am enjoying the left leaning decrease series.
as far as sewing goes....the ideas sound very good. i, however, don't have a sewing machine and don't know how to sew, so i studiously avoid it. handsewing in dire need is the most i do. but do as you like, cuz you can't please everyone, and we'd get the feed and read it anyway!!

October 5, 2007 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger alt.ayu said...

Hmm I don't actually have sewing projects but if you're talking about finishing a knitted project, by all means~! I would love to see more tips on that, so it would be great~ Perhaps you could put it under your 'finishing' tab or 'sewing'. :)

October 5, 2007 at 8:21 PM  
Blogger bibliotecaria said...

Absolutely -- anything that is related to knitting is fair play as well.

October 5, 2007 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Yes! Coming up pretty soon I'll be inserting a zipper into a sweater and am dreading it because I don't really know how. On the other hand, I love your blog the way it is and would be happy to see it remain "pure" knitting, too, if that's what you decide. Choose what you want to do and go for it!

October 5, 2007 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Holy cow! Does a contest bring out the folks or what?! :-) I would like to have more information about both topics. My primary sewing machine doesn't have zig-zag capabilities but I can work around that item. Please share your information!

October 5, 2007 at 9:10 PM  
Anonymous moiraeknittoo said...

I found your blog via a knitting link just a few days ago. I don't sew at this time, but then again I said that a few years ago about knitting too. I say post away!

October 5, 2007 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger bookwoman said...

Yes, please! These all sound like great ideas.

October 5, 2007 at 9:51 PM  
Anonymous mishka said...

Of course it's your blog, and you should write about whatever you want. But since you're asking, I have to be honest. If I clicked into a posting and it was about sewing, I'd click back out again. I dislike sewing almost as much as I love knitting.

October 5, 2007 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

OH YES, those would be wonderful topics!! I wouldn't like it if your fabulous knitting blog transmogrified into a sewing blog, but the topics you've listed sound wonderful wonderful wonderful!

I don't agree with some of the previous posts that these topics would belong on a separate blog. Those topics are knitting related, after all!

October 5, 2007 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger Kenj said...

Yes, yes, absolutely yes! My knitting improves every time I read your blog, and if my sewing can improve, too, all the more reason to stick around!

October 6, 2007 at 12:28 AM  
Anonymous knitomi said...

Actually I am not interested in sewing tips,
but thank you for asking!
Of course it is your blog and as long as
you don't stop with the knitting tips . . . . . . .
all will be o.k. :=)

October 6, 2007 at 12:35 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I've been thinking of sewing again and of it sounds knit related to me,so...yes,yes,yes! By the way, I love this blog. Thanks for letting all that stuff out of your head!!!

October 6, 2007 at 5:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds lovely. Anything to sew a little better. Thank you for the chance to vote on this.

October 6, 2007 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger A Stitch In Thyme said...

I think sewing would be a great addition to your already wonderful blog.

October 6, 2007 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Elke said...

I would love to see this addition to your blog. So often I've hesitated to knit things because I knew my lack of sewing knowledge would ruin an otherwise wonderful knit.

This is a great idea!

October 6, 2007 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Estellika said...

Wow, would that be helpful. Not knowing how to do linings is a limiting factor in project choice. I am ready to brave it on my own, but with the TECHknitter there is no fear!

The WIP would be interesting and inspiring as well. Who doesn't love containers?!

October 6, 2007 at 9:36 AM  
Anonymous said...

I am always looking for sewing tips for knitting so would absolutely love you to do this. One more thing, if I could suggest would be a sewn buttonhole band.

October 6, 2007 at 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

If those are the ideas that are "knocking", I say go for it! I would love to read about the zipper and lining installation. Could you also include general lining techniques? I have a purse languishing at 95% complete b/c I am afraid to line the thing.

October 6, 2007 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Raveller said...

I like both of these ideas. I've had my eye on a lined sweater jacket that my friend's mother made many years ago. She used a very interesting loose gauge textured stitch all over the jacket and the lining she put in keeps the wind from blowing through. Very attractive and warm.

I also like the bag idea too. Right now I have a largish wip on my living room couch that has three skeins attached to it. I'd like to get it into a bag that I could use to a) transport it to another location, b) easily get it out of the way or c) take it out of the bag to work on without twisting all the skeins. I have been toying with the idea of a box. Wah!

PS. I love this blog. Sorry I didn't find it til now!

October 6, 2007 at 12:02 PM  
Anonymous livealytl said...

I'd be interested as long as it is knitting releated sewing. My tailor probably won't be too happy:>

October 6, 2007 at 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I think both ideas sound great. I enjoy reading your blog and always get something out of it.

I've never lined a knitted jacket, but I think it would be a great project. It would also inspire me to finish some things!

As someone who has WIPs in briefcases, Walmart bags, baskets and piled in various places around the house and in the car, I like the idea of the on-the-go type bags for organizing.



October 6, 2007 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Ronni said...

I would kill (ok, that's an exaggeration, I'd probably only maim) to learn about the knitting project storage and transport system. I'm interested in how to line a jacket too, but the knitting project management system is definitely an immediate need.

Ultimately of course, this is your blog and what goes into it is what you want to put into it. It sounds knitting related to me and if you want to post it then go ahead. You can always title the posts for any sewing phobics so they know they can avoid them. Or, if you're not comfortable putting the sewing content here but want to put it on the web somewhere you could either start an auxiliary blog for that info or I'm sure I'm not the only one willing to give you a guest post (or series of posts) in a blog to get that info out. Probably someone with more traffic would be better in that case than me but either way, if you're willing to share the info I'm certain there's a ton of us waiting to soak it up.

October 6, 2007 at 1:12 PM  
Anonymous Brenda on the S OR Coast said...

Yes! I would love to know how to combine sewing and knitting in a project such as a lining. Bring it on!

October 6, 2007 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

That actually sounds really interesting to me, but that could be because I really enjoy sewing as well. It's just not as portable as knitting. I would really enjoy learning about both of those projects.

October 6, 2007 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Vicki Knitorious said...

I think these topics are very relevant and would be quite welcome! There are very likely knitters who would have no use for this info tomorrow, but will feverishly search for it in months or years to come -- perhaps when they've knit a jacket that would benefit from lining.
; )


October 6, 2007 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

I really like your tutorials, your passion for the techniques is obvious and highly enjoyable. So, I will read them, whatever subject you chose to cover.

October 6, 2007 at 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Clair St. Michel said...

Go for it! Sounds good to me! (And happy almost-blogiversary!)

October 6, 2007 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Jerry & Maxy said...

Yes, please. And thank you for asking and getting me to de-lurk.

October 6, 2007 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I don't sew, and I tend to skip sewing entries on other knitting blogs. That said, the first idea (sweater lining) sounds much more like something I might do. Finishing details often elude me, and can really make or break a project.

October 6, 2007 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger laxmom4x said...

Sure! I could use help there too!

October 6, 2007 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Little Old Liz said...

A heartfelt "yes - oh yes!!" to the mentioned projects. I'd worship you forever if you could come up with a project to hold all the circular needles sets I've been squirreling away, too.
Oh, and since it's your Blog, you get to do whatever you want with it. It's Good to be Queen.

October 6, 2007 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger RC said...

I think its an awesome idea!

I'd really like more info on your inerchangeable baskets

Go for it!

October 6, 2007 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

You brought me out of lurkdom! Yes, I would definitely be interested.

October 6, 2007 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger janna said...

Lining a knitted anything is definitely a skill that would be handy for all knitters. And the bag is certainly related, too. So yes -- do it!

October 6, 2007 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Paula Lynn said...

I have been reading your blog from the very begining. You give us lots of thoughts to ponder on, and lots of useful tips that I have found have increased my personal knitting knowlage.

If you choose to add finishing tips, that would be marvolous, it will be an extention on the techniques that you have been sharing with us all along.

Storage and transportation of knitting would just be one more extention to what you are doing.

I personally think that your blog would make an execelent knitting "mag" or if organized in such a manner an instuctional book of your "uninventions".

Your Awsome.

October 6, 2007 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Sheri said...

Sounds like a great idea to me. I knit more than anything else but I do sew also.
Sheri in GA (a lurker)

October 6, 2007 at 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Maryann said...

I'd be interested in learning how to put a zipper in a sweater, as well as any other tips on finishing sweaters. Lining a knit bag might be interesting to learn, though I doubt I would try it myself. I wouldn't bother reading about making a WIP bag, since that would be sewing only, which I find frustrating.

October 6, 2007 at 11:31 PM  

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