Thursday, August 12, 2004

Silk Garden, from my point of view, and DPN's

I had an appointment at the hair salon today. That means horrid waiting time so I always take along a knitting project. Rather than work on my WIP's or UFO's, I started the Silk Garden Hat. You knew I would didn't you?

Before I left, I decided I'd like to try to wind the yarn into a center-pull ball. Apparently I didn't watch the Knitting Workshop Video very closely because the center-pull wasn't operational. I discovered this long before I had rolled the entire skein, so I just unwound the ball and rewound it around the yarn remaining in the original skein. Not a pretty sight it's still functional.

The yarn made my fingers itch, not a good sign. Determined to make the hat anyway, I put the yarn away until I got to the salon.

Knitting with Silk Garden wasn't as bad as winding it into a ball. I had already removed some odd matter so areas that were extremely scratchy are now simply scratchy. The yarn definitely has thick areas and thin areas, which was a new experience for me. I am, however, thrilled with the way the colors change within the skein. This is my first experience with hand-dyed yarn but not my last.

I used the pattern from And She Knits Too because I wanted to try to finally learn double pointed needles and because the style just appealed to me more.

To tackle the dpn's I did a lot of research on the internet but finally found real help at Knitty. Theresa Vinson Stenersen and Knitty, please consider this my heart-felt, public, and formal thank you! The instructions were very clear!

I'm feeling pretty comfortable with dpn's now. That's a good feeling.

In terms of working with dpn's again, I know that I will, especially for socks, but I think I'd rather use circulars whenever possible. With dpn's, there's just so much potential for disaster.

Here's a shot of the lovely yarn I am using, in decent but not great light, before I opened the skein. My son picked out the colorway. I let him choose it for me. He's so proud!

Will my Klaralund be knit from Silk Garden? Well, I'm not sure, but I'd hate to disappoint my only child.


Blogger Michelle said...

Your son has great taste in colours! Is it still making your hands itch? Good to hear you're mastering dpn's. but I don't blame you in the least for wanting to use circs whenever possible.

August 13, 2004 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger caramelknits said...

Double-points. Ugh. Have you tried the double circular method yet? I just learned not that long ago, and I much prefer it over dpns. I avoid them like the plague! :P I DO love the colors of the Silk Garden though. So beautiful!

August 13, 2004 at 8:40 AM  

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