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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

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Lookie what I got

I was in New Hampshire this past weekend visiting my mother, and since I was in the general vicinity I just had to visit Patternworks, and you know what THAT means... Goodbye, resolutions. Hello, yarn.

However, I did have a very good reason for breaking my resolution against buying more yarn. I'm competing in an Olympic event! Yes, it's the 2006 Knitting Olympics, hosted by Yarn Harlot.

I have decided to make Rogue for my main event. The yarn I bought for it is Bartlettyarns 2-ply 100% wool in the color called Scotia. I just LOVE this color. The pic does not quite do it justice -- it's darker in person.

The yarn is a bit rough, but I was thinking that a more rugged yarn might work for a hoodie like Rogue. I did a little swatch to check gauge (right on with a US7) and to check that the fleckiness of the yarn doesn't overwhelm the cable pattern. I think it might be OK, but I'm not sure. Anyone have any experience with this yarn or care to comment about how well cables show up in a flecky yarn? Looking for some input here...

According to the official rules of the Knitting Olympics, I'm allowed to swatch, but I can't actually cast on until the start of the Winter Olympics on Feb 10. So I have some time before I need to make a final yarn decision.

Check out the other lovely items I got for myself while at Patternworks -- a new knitting bag and a matching circular needle case. Oh, and the 4th Barb Walker book at half price. Now I will no longer be toting my projects around in a dirty old canvas bag.

Leave a Comment 3 comments:

Melissa said...

Tammy that bag is gorgeous. I want that bag. And I want one of those circular cases so I am not hauling mine in baggies and a little wooden Grey Goose vodka box.
As to Rogue, I think Rogue needs to be a little scratchy, rustic. I do not think your fleckiness overwhelms your cable at all, and I can't wait to see the color in person We should swap swatches.
Mine is natural in color with some warmer toned fleckiness about it, and I will make a nice swatch today and blog the sucker.

Liz said...
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Liz said...

I love how the cables look with that yarn! I'm making Rogue for the Knitting Olympics too - definitely a challenge.

Can't wait to see how yours turns out!