|Like The Queen
Whatever happens to strike my fancy, but surely some sort of fiber content.
Or maybe that yarn doesn't want to be Flidas? Just a thought... ;-)
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I have heard yarn vendors recommend Tresseme' (sp?) hair conditioner for softening up scratchy yarns like Noro Kureyon. Surely it can't hurt to try it on the Flidas yarn?
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Thursday, November 15, 2007 Ha! I thought there were some Victoria fans sisters out there. Isn't it nice to see it back again? Hope you had a chance to read the link to the MediaLife article. I like the direction they seem to be taking, with more articles about women who strike out on their own to follow their Bliss.
posted by Bess | 7:21 AM
So – I am blissfully pawing through my stash on a hunt for my next project. For some reason I'm reluctant to start on Flidas2. I don't like any sort of production work and I have a sneaky suspicion that recreating something smacks a little of re-production. Or it may be that the yarn just isn't soft enough – maybe I didn't wash out all the manufacturer's oil or maybe I did get it all out and I'll have to deal with its present state of scratchiness – maybe soak it in fabric softener. That future state of wetness doesn't prompt me to wind any of the skeins into balls and cast on – even to swatch.
Though the holidays are looming, I only have one obligatory sock left to knit. (and yes, the obligation is all mine, not imposed from outside – it's my conscience that's pointing its demanding finger at me.) I'm in the mood to knit something for myself. I'm in the mood to knit a somewhat, but not too mindless sweater on nice easy medium sized needles.
One possiblity is a collection of 12 balls of Schoeller Stahal Merino Stretch – a very interesting merino/acrylic/polyester blend I picked up last year from the Knitters Review Retreat stash table. It's a sort of fade-into-the-background neutral dark olive green – probably looks sort of dark grey on a monitor. It's exceedingly stretchy, has a very nice soft hand, the merino really conquers any plastic feel. The ball band is all in German except for the Made in Italy stamp. It claims to get 4 stitches to the inch using # 6 needles, which is good since I can't find a single #7 needle anywhere! I'm swatching it now with a set of lovely #6 Addi Lacetips.
To such a dark neutral yarn I could add a little oomph with these 2 skeins of Brown Sheep Handpaint in a color called Strawberry Fields. Especially if I did something with flowers – something like these ideas from More Sweaters by Lise Kolstad and Tone Takle-my favorite colorwork knitters of all time.
(thank you ladies, for the charts)
But that Inspirations Yarn would go very nicely with the leftovers from my Decadant Shawl – I am thinking here, of a long stocking cap – which would need something with more crimp and grip than either of those silky mohair yarns. - Maybe matching mittens and hat ...
There is also some alpaca in grey that really ought to be knit into a Pi shawl. But before I knit that shawl I want to make a triangular shawl out of this:
It is swatching time. Seeya later!