30 seconds of fame, and a book

If I’m mentioned in two blogs, isn’t that 15 seconds of fame, twice?

This week Beverly from Yarn Intercept interviewed me for a feature on her blog. Click here to visit Beverly’s blog and find out 10 things about me and my knitting!

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?

11 responses to “30 seconds of fame, and a book

  1. You are feeding my book addiction! Now I MUST buy that one!

  2. That’s one of the books we got! So excited!!! I want to know secrets!

  3. i certainly like variegated yarns more now that i’ve seen that picture in the book. i had no idea!

  4. Love variegated yarns, but sadly — have not worked much with them yet! ;D I like the self-striping ones too. I may need to check that book out — I have a hankering to find the perfect pooling yarn to do the Peace Sign sweater that was on Knitty a while back.

    I *like* that sock! I think it’s kind of fun how the color patterning changed over the course of it. The pattern in the entrelac echoes the zig-zagging of the foot portion (or vice versa). Then again, when I go for color, I fall rather hard. 😉

  5. Thanks for the interview! As for hand painted yarn, I love it! Well, I love it and hate it. I designed a couple of socks myself with the intention of breaking up variegated yarns – doesn’t always work, but they are still fun to buy. I’ll have to check out that book!

  6. Surely it must be worth at least a minute. ;^)

    I’m with you on the variegated yarns. Finding patterns to make STR workable was a nightmare and I’m so much happier with my solid and semi-solids. Although, it sounds like Lorna’s book is very interesting indeed.

  7. You read and knit? How is that possible?

    Very fun interview. Even though I read your blog, there were a lot of things that I didn’t know before.

  8. I love variegated yarn in the skein, but kind of hate it knitted up. I don’t like ANY pooling or striping. So I’m learning not to fall for the gorgeous balls of color, and stay with the semi-solids at most.

    I’m getting so excited for Madrona – less than a month away! I wish you were going…

  9. What a great idea! I always presumed there was a very mathy way to figure out what a variegated yarn would turn out looking like, based on row length. Sometimes yarns can stripe perfectly for socks and then pool for longer rounds in sweaters.

    A great method to combat this too is to pair a variegated yarn with a matching solid yarn, which will break up any potential pooling that might occur!

    • Yes, you are exactly right! There are tips about working with variegated and solids at the same time, too. They look great. Other suggestions were slipped stitches, tuck stitches, float stitches. Anything to move the yarn out of sequence. It’s a great book; I’m glad I bought a copy.