Day One: A Tale of Two Yarns
Part of any fiber enthusiast’s hobby is an appreciation of yarn. Choose two yarns that you have either used, are in your stash or which you yearn after and capture what it is you love or loathe about them.
The first yarn that comes to mind, is from a shawl that I am wearing today. I have a bad habit, I love varied yarns, but at the same time, I tend to love patterns that are all about stitch definition and look best (in my opinion) in a solid colorway.
Take This Madeline Tosh Merino Light. I saw it, and scooped up two skeins sure I would make some sort of accessory with it. I looked at patterns for, hats, gloves, scarves, and shawls. Hats and Gloves were the first to go; with the scarves and Shawls nothing quite fit.
I wanted something simple, that would show the colors of the yarn to the best effect. A really simple lace scarf, showed that the concentration of K2Tog and YOs had a strange effect that muted what I loved best about the colors. The slow shift from one to the next.
I frogged and stared at the yarn for a while, working on a few other projects including a lace shawl, with a large bit of garter work. And while this shawl was a solid color I was hit with inspiration, many shawls had a section of St or Garter before going into a lace pattern for the edging, I was working on such a shawl though that particular pattern I feared would have much the same effect that caused me to frog the scarf.
I searched for patterns until I found one that did exactly what I wanted.
Deirdre a shawl that jumped at you for the colors with some interesting texture as well.
Meanwhile the second yarn I want to talk about had pretty much the complete opposite reaction from purchase to needle. And it’s the SAME BRAND.
Madeline Tosh Merino in Malachite.
From the moment I picked up the yarn it was destined to be a cabled hat. Possibly Celtic cables, but this yarn would be a hat. I settle on Habitat rather quickly.
And knit this hat in about a week of bus trips to and from work. This was a feat for two reasons, I did not own a knit hat, I have knit plenty of hats for my father, as Christmas and Birthday gifts, but somehow had never made one for myself. So my first hat for myself came together quickly and easily.
Fun fact I am wearing both the hat and shawl today.
Yarn is an adventure for me, not only because I have the bad habit of saying “ooo pretty, project later” (why yes I have a stash that scares some, why do you ask?) but for the times when all the pieces seem to fall into place and make me put aside other projects just to get it done.
Some yarns nearly shout what they will be when completed, and others are coy. With both I’m happy to learn what they will be, and enjoy working on them, even as I’m pulling my hair at the yarn, saying “yes, but which cabled hat,” or “what are you supposed to be?”
These are just two of my knitting stories. I look forward to sharing more this week and reading of others. Happy Knitting and Crochet Blog Week Day 1 to all participating and to all reading! I’m sure I’ll be following a lot of new blogs once the week is out.