Oh, yarn, how I love thee…


…but not just any yarn. My favorite yarns these days are those with a long slow color change like many of the Noro yarns, the Crystal Palace Mochi line, Crystal Palace Taos, and Knit Picks Chroma. I’ve been designing with entrelac lately, and these yarns are perfect for it! I think you’ll agree.

Infinity Entrelac Infinity Scarf in Noro Silk Garden Lite

mochi cowl
Infinity Entrelac Infinity Scarf in Crystal Palace Mini Mochi

lacy midwinter
Lacy Entrelac Infinity Scarf in Knit Picks Chroma

athena 4
Athena in Crystal Palace Taos

I’m not the best at choosing colors that work well with each other. (I picked colors for my parents’ house once; what should have been vanilla and tasteful pine turned out more peach milkshake and garish green…) These yarns have the colors already set, and the entrelac makes it look like I changed colors as I was knitting each section, but really the yarn did all the work. Clever!

My other favorite yarns are semi-solid, tone on tone yarns for lace. I’m working on a design project now, with these lovely stormy gray yarns from Knitted Wit (individually, not together).


And here are some other semi-solid lace projects I’ve knit.

My Pacific shawl, in Malabrigo Sock yarn.

Evelyn Clark’s Shetland Triangle in Painted Skeins’ Merino Silk & Silver

Ysolda Teague’s Ishbel in Malabrigo Sock Yarn

blue ishbel
Ysolda Teague’s Ishbel in Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Silk Lace

One color at a time. Safe, right? I love the way handpainted variegated yarns look in the skein, but I’m not always happy with the way they knit up. I find color pooling at the ankles of my socks irksome. That’s not going to happen with a semi-solid! Oh, here’s a picture of one of my least favorite projects, a Frankenstein’s monster of variegated and entrelac. Not a good combination. Check out the pooling/flashing, and general awkwardness. (This is not a handpaint, BTW)


Lesson learned. Long slow color repeats for entrelac!


13 responses to “Oh, yarn, how I love thee…

  1. I agree. I love Noro for entrelac. But, I especially like your Lacy Entrelac Infinity Scarf in Knit Picks Chroma. I’ll need to check that yarn out.

  2. Wow, the colors on the scarves are awesome! I was going to compliment your amazing ability to choose colors that go well together, but there’s nothing wrong with the yarn picking them out for you… 🙂

  3. I love it! Your the first blog I’ve found that has Noro down in the “Love it” category.

    That’s it, my next project is going to be entrelac! Was the entrelac sock hard to make?

  4. I love the color changing yarn with the entrelac. I have not done any entrelac but your work inspires me!

  5. I love Noro in entrelac! The color changes look so beautiful, it really mixes up the colors in interesting ways!

  6. Pairing the right design to show off these gorgeous color changes is a skill. You sure is a master at that as exhibited time and again 😀 And I am not shameful to admit I love Noro…and all the ones named here too. I am still patiently waiting for the beautiful shawls in the making 😀

  7. I love this game! It’s so interesting why people like yarns. One kid is down and there other is about to go to bed then I get to post!

  8. As always, your entrelac is knitting porn!

  9. I love the look of that Chroma yarn. I’m intrigued by those gray, sparkly ones. Are they soft?

  10. Do you have any tips for keeping the right side of the entrelac straight?

  11. WOW! Beautiful yarn. I love the scarves and shawls.

  12. I might be the only person who likes the socks! The Noro entrelacs are lovely, but I think the socks have a certain sort of crazyass hippie charm.