Well this weekend I’m working on a test knit but there’s a bit more to the story. My friend Becky from the Knit Actually podcast hosts an event called Knit Knosh which sounds like so much fun! She combines wine tastings, with food, and a little yarn tasting (aka a mini skein) from 4 local indie dyers. I was explaining this to my non-knitting friends last night and they thought you actually tasted the yarn, sigh, non-knitters what are you going to to do???
Anyway, Becky came up with a quick little pattern for a coffee cup sleeve to give out at the event that would use a mini skein. I have some mini skeins but haven’t decided what exactly I want to do with them so instead checked my scraps. I keep larger leftovers in a clear bin and smaller bits and bobs in a clear vase. I found a mini skein’s worth of a mystery rainbow yarn that had been around for awhile. When I was still a newer knitter I did not quite understand the importance of keeping ball bands which makes for a lot of mystery yarn in my stash. But I thought I might have made a scarf with it and lucky for me I had put it in Ravelry. The yarn is Crystal Palace Sausalito which is a fingering weight 4 ply yarn that is 80% merino and 20% nylon so it was perfect for this project!
I also found the scarf and started to remember how it came to be. Ravelry tells me I made this in 2011 so I’m amazed at how far my knitting and knowledge of yarns has come in 5 years and even though I still sometimes struggle with techniques or counting I know that I’m so much improved. I attribute this to my blogging, reading blogs, listening to podcasts, Ravelry, and just generally delving deeper into the knitting world.
My LYS had stocked this new yarn and I love anything rainbow. I wanted to see how it would knit up so I bought a skein. I realize now that I could have just looked it up on Ravelry to see it but I just didn’t know that back then. There was a free pattern for a scarf that went with the yarn so that’s what I did with it. (It did not help that the skein only had 198 yards on it).
But when I look it at now I think it’s either an overly large necklace or a too small scarf – it’s just weird. I may have to find a small child who may enjoy a rainbow scarf.
The other thing that bothers me about this is the way it stretches out the color repeats of the yarn. Considering it was put out by the yarn company I would think they would want to make the yarn look great. It’s just too long for the way the colors are dyed, in my opinion. It just kind of makes the colors all blend together and are not as rainbow as I might have hoped. It’s knit long ways instead of across which really stretches those colors out. It may even look better if it were knit the other way.
The coffee sleeve has a much smaller circumference and I think really makes the color repeats shine so much more. I love the chevrons that Becky added in and I think I’m going to love the finished object.
It’s hard to believe this is even the same yarn. I’m so glad I found this particular scrap and was able to look back and see how far I’ve come in knowing about yarn, color, and pattern selection. The gradient look that is going to result from this pattern is really going to make me happy. And, when I get frustrated with my knitting I will remember this and know that it’s all part of the process.