Monday, January 15, 2007

so, i'm a big liar

ivory buffalo front
Originally uploaded by Needleworks, Inc..

Remember when I said I would only be knitting from the top down from now on? What happened to that?

I'll tell you what. The Urban Naturalist commissioned a very particular sweater from The Works and I had no choice but to knit it in pieces. Unless you know of a really simple way to do intarsia in the round. If you do, please tell me!

This is the front of the sweater. (The back will have an ivory buffalo on it.) I'm using Wonderful Wool from Steadfast Fibers in colorway "sahara." This stuff is amazing. It's actually 85% wool and 15% mohair. It's hand-dyed and just so,so yummy.

I'm knitting on size 8s and getting about 4 stitches to the inch. The most amazing part? Each skein had 190 yards and this piece that you see here, this men's size medium sweater front, only took 2 skeins! I'm absolutely beside myself with excitement! I have an entire bag of Wonderful Wool and I'm thinking I might get a sweater for myself out of it! That would truly be wonderful.

The only thing that's bugging me a little - the whole hand-dyed thing. It's really obvious to me where I started the second skein. I guess I should have been stranding them the whole way, but I figured it would turn out just fine because the whole bag is from same dyelot. Think again.


Macoco said...

That's a bummer about the different colors between skeins. Is stranding where you knit one row with one skein and then switch to the other skein with the next row.

Rebecca said...

That's totally what stranding is and it's recommended with hand-dyed yarn. Oh well.