If I’m mentioned in two blogs, isn’t that 15 seconds of fame, twice?
And I discovered that my new Yarn Train friend Sandi is a blogger, too. She chronicled our yarn crawl here.
What else is new? Working, working, working, and no daylight pictures. But here’s a book I bought before going to TNNA.
It’s The Knitter’s Guide to Hand-dyed and Variegated Yarn by Lorna Miser. I borrowed a copy from the library, and liked it so much that I had to buy one. I have a prickly relationship with variegated yarn. They’re so pretty in the skein, but they don’t always do what I want or expect them to do when I knit with them. Sometimes you get this:
These are all the same yarn; the only thing that has changed is the length of the row. Crazy, huh? I remember a lovely yarn that I used for a shop sample. I wasn’t anticipating this:
The book first goes through how to predict what might happen based on the length and frequency of color patterns in your yarn. It then gives all sorts of stitch patterns and ways of combining yarns that might mitigate some of the craziness in variegated yarns. There are also patterns for garments that show how this is done, if you don’t want to figure out your own. I’m using some of the ideas in a super secret design project that I’m working on. I’ll show it to you…someday. For now, I’ll keep showing you my new books. There are several more!
Do you like variegated yarns? How do you use them?