After yesterday’s total perplexity over my ‘plan’, did you really think I would launch into a new project, swatchless, and unforewarned?
No. Neither did I.
I tried the Debbie Bliss cotton angora at a different gauge – the one recommended for another Whitle Lies design, Madeline. This would be a very loose, floppy gauge for this yarn, and I was very underwhelmed with the result:
Ripped before it was three inches long. It looked sloppy and unsophisticated, and the yarn seemed tired before I’d even begun.
I tried swatching the yarn hoarded for the aran lace cardi for Stardust (Knitty, winter ’07). This is the long-discontinued Rowan Silken Tweed, which arrived in my stash courtesy of the also now long-defunct Destash blog (on which I made a net stash gain, I’m pretty sure). I think this is a precursor to Rowan’s Summer Tweed; it’s a similar fibre mix, but more cable like and far less nubbly-tweedy in texture. It does, however, have a similar lack of stretch to the aforementioned Summer Tweed.
It’s very different to the original yarn used for this design, but I think I like it. The fabric has a lot of body and crispness, and the ties in the original design may or may not work as a result, but I think I’ll see what happens when I get there…
Then, I swatched some mystery yarn. Well, not a mystery; more of an unknown…
Huh. Well, I thought it was an unknown; here’s a Ravelry link to the stuff… I got ten balls in each of three colours at Easter, when I visited my folks. The yarn is a superwash merino, and I seem to have lucked out, because each of their other yarns (as listed on Ravelry) contains acrylic. This is (as the label states), pure merino, and appears to be made of five counter-plied strands of very fine two-ply yarn. It is incredibly soft and lofty, and it kind of feels like you’re knitting *nothing*. Imaginary yarn.
It’s somewhat splitty to knit with, but I adore the surface texture it creates. It’s a bit like Rowan Wool Cotton, I think, and I think it would take texture very, very well. I’ve been totally unable to do it justice by my feeble camera attempts:
I think I’m going to knit Knitty’s Spring Fling in this coffee colour… The green I think might be destined for Ungranny Smith, and the plummy colour… well, I have options. For now, though, all plans seem to be off.