Little Lessons: Stepping Up Your Intarsi-game

January 11, 2021

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  • This is SO helpful but I can’t find the save symbol to let me keep it.

    • Hey Sally, are you logged into your account? If you are, then the bookmark button is on the right just under the very top picture. Happy knitting!

  • I want to join the ZOOM today. Where is the link?

    • I’m also looking for the zoom link for today’s talk!

    • Found it Sally. It’s in Saturday’s Snippets post!

      • Although I had actually worked all this out for myself it is really reassuring and helpful to have these clear videos. I have book marked it as I am beginning to teach my husband how to knit! He say “if you can’t beat her…..!”

  • I’m unsubscribing from MDK. I’ve given this a lot of thought since your post on January 7th. You certainly have the right to say whatever you wish on your site, but I was not here for political commentary. I can find that and get that on other sites. I was here to see and hear about knitting and other non political topics.

    • Cheryl, sometimes events are just too overwhelming not to talk about and will occasionally be more important, just for that moment, than knitting.

      • I was a bit surprised at it also but I think it was okay to mention. It was quite an overwhelming event that took place. I agree with you Nancy. We are all so very blessed to have such a creative aversion to all events of 2020.

      • Absolutely. I understand wanting knitting to be a haven but that would be your own knitting. In a public forum I believe it would be irresponsible if not ridiculous not to at least mention that our government was under siege.

    • Everyone has a different view of events. If you are going to politicize MDK remember that we don’t all watch the same news channel. CNN, MSNBC will say something different than NEWSMAX or even FOX. Different viewpoints for different politics. The news channels put different “spins” on the news, not report just the facts.

      You weren’t at the Capitol. You watched it on TV. Stick to what you KNOW, which is knitting and knitting supplies and leave current events to those who have the facts.

      • Kip, MDK isn’t your personal site, it’s Ann and Kay’s. They get to decide what they talk about, which has pretty clearly always been about more than knitting & knitting supplies. If you don’t enjoy what you read here, then your solution is to go elsewhere—but to try to dictate to Ann and Kay what to say or not say is arrogant, to say the least.

  • Great videos, Jen. Very helpful. Thanks.

  • Could someone repost the link from Saturday’s snippets. Deleted it. The one for today’s event. Thanks!

    • It’s also in today’s email – we can’t see it; it’s just a hyperlink for me.

  • Thanks for sharing the different colors “background”. It makes such a difference in the look of the piece. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine. Great article, as always.

  • This forum usually does not discuss political events and doesn’t post most close to all commentary but the attack on the Capital disturbed many of us and I agree with Kay and Anne some recognition of the act was required. The name of the game now is tolerance, compromise, and kindness for all people including those who have a difference of opinion from our own. Nothing is accomplished through dis-information and violence. Knitting should bring us together, which this forum does but like 911 some Acts require acknowledgement.

  • Thank you for this very clear tutorial. I haven’t done any color work yet but this makes it much less scary. I’m now excited to try when I find the right pattern for me. I’m considering making something up based on the cityscapes pattern for a pillow, we’ll see.

  • The tutorial was very helpful but I hope that most people will notice eventually that this technique is much faster when one just holds the yarn in the other hand and brings the yarn forward of the needle instead of dropping the yarn and making the motion that much slower/bigger. I kept hoping she would show that.

    • Agree! The best thing I ever learned as a knitter was how to carry yarn as in Continental style knitting with my left hand and English with my right when making a beautiful Fair Isle sweater years ago. Now I knit Continental always except when doing two colors.
      I also notice she is using lengths for the main colors instead of carrying floats. Guess I will go that route when I start my cowl. (Yarn arrived yesterday, yay!)

  • I’m dying to jump into the Intarsia after denying myself for several weeks!
    Any idea when the bundles will be in stock? What’s my alternative to finding them, my LYS?

  • This is a very timely tutorial! I started a temperature wrap this year, but am not liking the pattern. So I’ve decided to use a smaller-scale version of this intarsia motif to mark out the day’s high & low, with the little square to indicate if it’s sunny, cloudy, rainy, etc. I’ve been playing around with a swatch and have not been entirely happy with how the diagonal line looks, but this tutorial should I think help. Off to swatch again!

  • Is anyone in the Zoom meeting successfully? All I see is that “the host has another meeting in progress”.
    It’s past 4 and I fear I’m missing out.

    • I am having the same issue!

      • I’ve logged out and logged back in to a different Zoom account and same issue. Maybe the “room” is full :(.

    • I’m seeing the same thing you are. FOMO!!

    • I’ve been having the same problem I’ll

  • I can’t get into the Zoom. It says the leader has another meeting in progress. Is the meeting full? Drats!

    • try the link in the banner at

  • I’m so sad that I was unable to join the Kaffe-along. When I clicked the above link I got a message “The host has another message in session.”
    Nevertheless, you have stirred my interest in intarsia and I am interested in trying a project from Field Guide No. 16.

  • I can’t get Zoom to cooperate either, must be them, not us, darn!

    • It’s definitely “them” not “us”

  • Help I cannot get in!

  • KEEP TRYING! It took me a few tries to get in but it finally worked. Darn zoom.

  • I had the same problem trying to get in. Use the link in the banner at the top of the post, not the link in the italics.

    Come on in, the water’s fine!

  • Unable to get into Zoom meeting. Having same issue as other comments above. Does that mean there is limited space available?.

  • As Amy wrote, it works at, there’s a banner at the top with another link

  • Try to join the zoom meeting but unable to do so. I tried the links a few times. What am I doing wrong?

  • The above indicates 4 PM CST time which is 2 PM PST time but it continues to show that the owner is in another zoom meeting was there a change?

  • I have not been able to join your zoom group using the link provided. Help!

  • The Zoom was so encouraging. Please continue to do them. Just listening to you chat and share others questions was so nice. There is a wonderful community out there of like-minded makers/artists/creators with so much to share. We desperately need this wonderful connection. Thank you so much!!!