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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Speak to Me

Over the weekend, I plyed the singles from the Spinner's Hill Batts. At Maryland last year I got some teal, bluey green batts and some not-quite-royal-blue batts. I got an equal amount of each so I could ply them together and knit a sweater from them. I had spun up 2 ounces of each as singles and here is the finished yarn after plying. Because the blue and the green are so similar both colorwise and valuewise, the barberpole effect is very subtle. I knit up a swatch yesterday to see what the yarn feels like knitted and you can see how it came out - the two colors together give the knitted fabric an almost iridescent quality. I love the way the yarn looks. I love the way the yarn looks knitted. I love the feel of the knitted swatch. I love the drape of the knitted swatch. So, what's the problem? The yarn isn't speaking to me and telling me what it wants to be. I know it will be a lightweight sweater: more for Spring or Fall than Winter. I know it will be soft and drapey - there's not enough structure to it to be super fitted or tailored. I don't know what kind of shape the sweater will be. I don't know what stitch I'll use for it (although I'm loving the way it looks in Stockinette Stitch). I will get back to spinning more yarn now that I know I'm happy with things, but I hope it starts talking soon. Until then, I'll be the one walking around with a knitted swatch, mumbling to myself.

5 Comments:

Blogger CareBear said...

I know you didn't ask for opinions...

BUT

how about trying this little number? I just bought the yarn for it myself yesterday!

http://knitandtonic.typepad.com/knitandtonic/2006/02/if_someone_aske.html

10:30 AM  
Anonymous StarzAbove said...

Gorgeous! I can't wait to see what you make from it. You have me intrigued with the whole 'spin to knit' process.

12:54 PM  
Blogger CareBear said...

Oops! Sorry, the whole link didn't post!

http://knitandtonic.typepad.com/knitandtonic/
2006/02/if_someone_aske.html

3:29 PM  
Blogger Tallguy said...

It's just my own opinion, but I always feel that to show off the yarn you should use a simple texture stitch. It looks good in stockinette.... a pattern will fight the delicate texture of the yarn, and guess which one will win?

I have a large batt of dark green/blue/touch of red/touch of yellow --- I wonder what it wants to be?

2:51 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Love your yarn. Very pretty. Looks soft and lovely. It does take a while for yarn to speak sometimes, and let its wishes be known. I have some gorgeous red 100% merino yarn that I bought quite some time ago. I swatched it numerous times. It just couldn't decide on a pattern. Then finally I found a pattern that the yarn liked, and it knit up like a dream. I love the sweater. I even have enough yarn left over for a shell to wear under the cardigan I knit. But I'm waiting, yet again, for the yarn to let me know which pattern to use. This yarn is amazingly recalcitrant!

4:16 PM  

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