Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Much Happier Yarn

Before I get into all things yarny today, I just wanted to say thank you.  Thank you for the support and encouragement that you've given me over the last two horrible months.  I can't tell you how much all your comments have meant to me.  Even though I responded to very few, please know that they were a very welcome part of my days.

Okay, on to all things yarny.  Remember the snobby yarn from yesterday?  It's gotten over it's hoity-toity ways and has now settled into a much happier lifestyle.

I chose to make Mystere by Cecily Glowik Macdonald.   There are still cables in this pattern, but they are incredibly subtle ones.  You can just see one in the center of the project above.  These aren't the tight kind of cables, but loose and flowing.  The little you see above is the beginning of the back of the sweater that I did this morning while re-watching the movie Twilight.  Doesn't look like much yet, does it?

There is also lots and lots of reverse stockinette, but instead of making this a dreary pattern, it's keeping it fairly lively.  It's very simple (which this yarn was craving) and full of lots of texture.  I'm pretty stoked about it and I think it's just what the doctor ordered this time around.  Something simple, quick and still has cables.  Yes! 

Monday, January 03, 2011

Loose Yarn

I started a new project the other night.  One that I really like, but I'm afraid that the yarn that I chose has decided that it's just too good for the project.  Snobby yarn.  It's too loose and fancy free for a multi-cabled project I'm afraid.  The stitch definition just isn't there.  I also got gauge, but it feels way too loose and limber.

This is what it looks like currently:

The cables just aren't defined enough and the fabric feels loosey-goosey (that's a technical term.)  I got through 32 rows of the front right side and decided that it just wasn't doing it for me.  I adore the pattern (Ravelry link), but not with this yarn.

Not wanting to give up on the snobby yarn, I went looking through the Ravelry database in search of just the right pattern for it.  Ya know what?   I didn't find one single thing that thrilled me.  So many bloomin' patterns there and not one raised it's hand and spoke up for the yarn.  So sad.

As soon as I hit the publish post button here, I'm heading back to Ravelry to go through the patterns some more.  Maybe I wasn't in just the right mood last night or was looking at overly complicated projects.  This yarn wants simplicity I'm thinking.  We'll see.

Two others in the house weren't bothered a bit by my frustration last night (the traitors):