Sunday, September 23, 2007

Swatched and started

I'm afraid my intended yarn combination won't work. That's the 2/6 yarn (reads as light grey) at the bottom of the swatch. The bluer portion is 2/9 wool carried with my Kauni. That's a lot closer to the required gauge, and the yarns are balanced, so nothing jockeys for position. This swatch was knit on a 4 mm needle.

Of course, I couldn't stand it anymore, and had to cast on. (Never mind that I have two sleeves on the needles now from my 'current project'. That's kind of a problem, because sleeves are SOOO boring.) But I wanted to see what it would look like, and how the colors go.
This pattern isn't all that hot. The sleeves have little "wings" (yeah, like maxi-pads) to give them shaping. That's good design right there, I'll tell ya. (Insert eye-rolling here.)

I am sorely disappointed with this yarn. The texture is as expected, the weight is as expected, but I feel like I could have done the color mixing on my own. With color runs 100 yards long, I could just spit splice entire balls of yarn together, and knit them up. Look at the freaking joins on Noro Kureyon, and tell me that's not so.
Boo-hoo, yeah, I know. I wasn't expecting any sympathy.

9 comments:

Joan said...

LOL at your label.

I don't see what's so offensive? It looks good to me. You weren't expecting pops of color, right? The yarn is muted. Perfect for Fall & Winter.

junior_goddess said...

No, I just expected a more rapid sequence. Changing colors every hundred yards? Ptttbp!

Lisa W. said...

hmm,i like it, but you're right, especially for a coat, you want some symmetry with your striping and it'll take some finagling to get it there...and those looooong color runs...boooooring....imho....nothing to help assuage the knitters ADD there....but a pleasant gray scale nonetheless....so what are you gonna do about it...enquiring minds wanna know.

Minnie~Knits said...

I feel your pain. I love color changes and you're right; 100 yards is quite long. VERY long.

Suzann said...

100 yards per color change is way too long. Cut and spit splice your own color changes? I dunno Betsy. Is this the yarn all the Prima Bloggerinas are nuts about?

junior_goddess said...

Yes-and it's only good for one thing-Norwegian style sweaters. BOOOO! Or Kafe Fassett stuff, but that does not help me in my quest for the shit hot entrelac sweater coat. I think I will do this sleeve, cast on for the fronts and the back, join the side on the second row so I can have little vents for my wide load (in case I toot) and then knit until it's time to match a sleeve. Then keep going. I would think it one or two rows of squares should eat up a 100 yard color change pretty well, don't you?

Anonymous said...

I like that swatch and the pattern a lot. I just know you'll make it turn out gorgeous...

Marta

Svetlana said...

I really like the swatch, I think in entrelac the colors supposed to be long, because that's when you get that effect of squares changing colors. No? Besides the colors in your yarn are suddle, not drammatic like in Noro. I'd continue.

Anonymous said...

The long color runs are good for folks like me who have a hard time putting together colors. The sweaters I've seen with 2 balls at once are stunning. - ScullyKnits