OK, I give! Several people have asked, through comments and Ravelry mail and personal emails: How do I change colors when knitting with a magic ball?
There are two points at which you will be connecting colors. The first one is when you are making the ball itself. I just knot the ends together kind of loosely because I want to keep my editing options open. ("What do you mean, 'editing'?" I mean that, for example, if two colors of the same value are spending too much time together in the knitted item I will break off one of the colors before it is done and move to the next color on the ball.)
Now, the second time when you connect colors comes when you are knitting. The general answer to how to handle color changes is pretty broad: It depends on what fibers you are using and what you are making.
- You can knot the ends together, leaving the ends hanging on the outside. This is especially effective when you are combining different textures in your magic ball and when your color changes are rather frequent.
- You can knot the ends together, leaving the ends hanging inside the garment. Kaffe Fassett shocked the knitting world with this method! By the way, although Kaffe did not invent the magic ball method, he pioneered it as an artistically controlled way to use color spontaneously.
- You can spit splice, if you are using wool yarns.
- You can weave in the ends as you go.
- You can weave in the ends when you are done with your project.
- You can knit both colors together for a stitch or two or more, and then weave in ends later.
- You can make a sewn splice (sometimes called a Russian splice).
Here's how I do it:
- I spit splice.
I'm happily playing with this technique--next up, a double-knitted hat!
Upcoming Feral Play Date
I'm sorry to say I'm going to have to cancel the December Feral Play Date. The holidays have conspired to eat my schedule--as I expect they have in your lives as well. Come next year we'll figure out some times to get together.