Wednesday, July 2, 2014

There's always a story, am I right?

This yarn is so delightful, a bamboo fiber with colors ranging from bright yellow to purple to fuschia, and my favorite, lime green. The yarn was given to me in a de-stash by Becky, from the Charlestown Knitter's group. She had two hanks of floppy, shiny fiber; the hues put me in mind of jellybeans. The story is, this yarn evolved in a spiral fashion, from the hank to the current format.
Rae
Pattern: Rae by Jane Richmond Pay for pattern, download on Ravelry for $3.80.
Yarn: Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnets Oinling, two hanks in the Sea Lily colorway, knit on size 8 needles.

My first intention (and my second) was to make Rae, a pattern by Jane Richmond. It came highly recommended; I am ever so easily swayed by my friend Julie. She has made a few and loves the pattern. I love the pattern too, but I need a scale. No, not a bathroom scale, a digital one. As you work this scarf, you weigh your fiber and when you knit down to the half way point, you begin to do the decreases. Twice I tried to make this pattern and both times, I ran out of yarn 6-8 inches from the end.
To the frog pond. Twice.

Skinny Mitered Scarf
Pattern: Skinny Mitered Scarf by Susan Mills
Yarn: Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnets, Oinling on size 8 needles
This is a great pattern and I love how it minimizes the pooling effects of this dyed yarn. It was interesting to knit and I will definitely make it again, but it didn't suit this fiber. The drape wasn't drape so much as flimsy flop.  Swatching might have helped me discover that, but I didn't knit too far before I realized I had another miss. The other issue was the scarf was too narrow, I think between that and the drape it would have been sloppy to wear.

The Age of Brass and Steam
Pattern: The Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn
Yarn: Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnet Oinling
This ended up being a perfect match, the drape is nice, the size is larger than the pattern calls for, and it will go with so many of my clothes. The pattern is free and it is easy enough for a newbie to try. One tip, you might want to periodically count stitches so that your center rib is evenly balanced.

Pooling but not so bad that I would frog it.
So there's the tale of the de-stashed yarn. Does it offer proof to my stubborn Irish streak? I was not going to let two hanks of bamboo get the best of me..... Share if you have an interesting saga of the progression from hank to FO.

1 comment:

Let's Talk About Me said...

Gorgeous colors! I can't count how many times I've started something, hated how it was looking, ripriprip it goes! Makes the FO that much better once I settle on a pattern. And much more gratifying that I finished a project too :)