It’s been nothing but new beginnings and failed finishings around here, so I have no FOs to show today. My socks with the linen stitch toe were a bust, turns out I forgot to factor in how much linen stitch compresses the fabric vertically (all those slipped stitches). Instead of a normal sock toe, I had a mutant little splash of linen stitch along the very tips of my toes. It was… not flattering. My toes looked like hunch-backed monsters. So rip, rip, rip! I’m undecided about trying the linen stitch again (decreasing at a slower rate) or just knitting it plain. But no matter, I have a shiny new project to distract me from toe-related decision-making.
Remember the Kelpie shawl I raved about in this Inspiration Saturday post? I debated the merits of no fewer than 6 different color combinations of the lovely and intriguing Brooklyn Tweed Loft yarn… and I just couldn’t decide. I thought I had resigned myself to yet another color combination (Snowbound for main color with Tent and Thistle for contrasts) but something held me back from placing the order.
I had received this beautiful gradient set for Christmas and was itching to find the right project for it. When I saw SmokingHotNeedles’ project page on Ravelry, I knew just what to do. She paired her gradient set with a solid skein of the same yarn, but I still wanted to give loft a try, so I ordered a few skeins of the Sweatshirt colorway and anxiously awaited their arrival until I could cast on.
Oh teeny, tiny shawl beginning, I am smitten already. The Loft yarn has a really fascinating texture. Most commercial yarns are worsted-spun, meaning they are smooth and dense and strong. (Remember my guest spinner post, all about worsted vs. woolen differences?) Loft is woolen-spun, so it incorporates a lot of air, is a bit more delicate and elastic, and has a really neat sponginess to it. The novelty is fun and I bet it will make a really warm fabric. I don’t normally knit with metal needles, but with such a sticky/grabby yarn, would recommend it. I can’t wait to see what the finished fabric looks like!
Sometimes, new beginnings can be just as fun as finishing. This explains my WIP pile, I suppose!
Love the gradient!
Linen stitch is really dense. I was reading Kiwiknits and she had come up with a solution to a linen stitch that was too dense. She added a knit row in between each slip stitch row. (Here’s the post if you want to have a look. http://kiwiyarns.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/bo-and-paua/ )
This post is total yarn porn: I love it! 🙂
The yarns in the middle photo are just gorgeous!
Forget the FO’s, these are much better! I love that fabric you are getting with the gray – I think the woolen spun yarn looks like fun. And I’m sorry about the socks, but I know you will figure it out when the time is right.
I can’t wait to see how this pattern works up in the gradients. Just looking at those colors are making me want to cast one on, too.
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