I’m starting a new job this week! Which is great: wonderful opportunity, great people, challenging, fun, etc. But this vastly reduces Phydeaux time, which means big changes around Phydeaux HQ.
I’m focusing on dyeing yarn and designing patterns, not necessarily in that order. With less frequent updates, given that there are only 24 hours in a day and seven days in a week, with most of my weekly allotment going to work, sleeping and kitties. 🙂
Which is actually really great news for you, because I’ll be more about quality vs. quantity, with more time sharing ideas and tips and tricks. And free patterns (yep, you heard me right).
When it comes to knitting, I’ve always ALWAYS wanted to knit – and design – sweaters. I looove sweaters, particularly sweater sets. I never had time to dedicate to learning the art and craft of knitting beautifully intricate sweaters. Until now! Last night I cast on Leaving by Anne Hanson using my own hand dyed superwash wool.
Here’s what I wanted: a cardigan with twisted rib (love!) and lace and texture, but with enough stockinette to showcase my yarn, but not enough stockinette that I’d want to choke myself.
I think Leaving is just the ticket!
If you’re not used to knitting with hand dyed yarn, you might be tempted to do what one normally does with commercially milled and dyed yarn: knit one skein, attach next skein and knit that skein, and repeat.
But you really do need to alternate rows with at least two skeins of your indie dyed yarn.
Case in point above. I dyed six skeins in the same kettle for this colorway (“burnished”). Four looked pretty identical, two looked a little less identical, and one is definitely not related at all (luckily, I only need five skeins!).
I thought that the two skeins you can see above and below would be the most identical. Depending on your monitor, you can see that one is much more goldenrod/amber and the other more mustard/bronze.
But as I’m alternating skeins every two rows, the colors are all there, just in totally different order and concentration.
I was worried that by alternating, I’d have TOO much striping. Instead, I’m getting a nice subtle stripe.
I know you’re too smart to not alternate skeins, but JUST in case …
I’m still on the ribbing for the back and need to decide if I’m going to knit the pull over or cardigan (I’m leaning toward pull over right this second). Any suggestions??