Buying yarn is a fun thing, you find a pattern you think you are going to love, you invest in the yarn and then it sits in your stash because either the pattern doesn't work for you or you don't really use knit bags or like wearing colorwork mittens.
That is how I ended up with a far too large stash of KnitPicks Palette. It is amazing yarn for colorwork, however I don't enjoy colorwork, I spend too much emotional energy making sure my gauge isn't too tight or stressing over the fact that I use needles several millimeters larger than called for to make it work.
I was able to destash quite a bit of it to fellow Guild members back in February, however I still held onto some of it for some odd reason and now find myself drowning in yarn I'm not interested in using and not valuable enough to go to the effort to destash through Ravelry.
However, after washing this scarf, I think the yarn has found its calling, it is soft and drapey and the colors are just amazing. I think colorwork is far more fun when I don't have to worry about gauge and floats.
That's not to say this scarf was without its challenges. Because of the warp seperator I've been using on my loom I managed to shred one of my warp threads, way back at the back apron beam, and so I decided to cut the scarf off the loom early and sacrifice the rest of the warp to either future striped scarf or for the compost bin. I should have narrowed the scarf and retied it to the front beam, but I was fairly discouraged and started cutting the warp off the back beam before I had really thought it through. Oh well, live and learn.
Also, let me know how you like these pictures. I have been watching the Craftsy class Shoot It on product photography by Caro Sheridan of Split Yarn so I have been trying out her techniques. Tomorrow's FO post has my old photos, but the one on Friday has new pictures, and I'm pretty proud of those.
- Details -
Project Name: Baby Sophisticate Scarf
Draft: Grab and Go Bag by Liz Gipson in Weaving Mad Easy
Recipient:Baby Nico (who got the baby knits earlier this year)
Yarn: KnitPicks Palette in Bittersweet Heather and Salsa Heather
- Altered Sett: Modified from Worsted Weight to Fingering Weight yarn
- Two color weaving: This was my first time using two shuttles at the same time. I'm still not sure I understand how to make my two selveges look the same, but I was really getting into the houndstooth flow when my warp snapped/shredded.
- Alternate warp stripes: To warp the houndstooth pattern I started each of my colors at opposite ends and direct warped alternate slots in both directions. This worked wonderfully, and I ended up not having to cut too many ends and my warp didn't get funny from sliding off the apron rod from having too much tension on one side but not the other.
- Yarn: It's Palette, so the colors were amazing but because of my warp separator I had my one edge warp thread shred. I should have been smarter when warping and now that I'm on my second scarf like this I haven't warped too close to the edge and used paper rather than plastic to separate my warp.
- Draft: Easy and straight forward, but I LOVE the effect. I see many, many, many herringbone scarves and yardage in my future.
Re-Weave?: Totally, I already have my next one on the loom and a few inches into weave (although my currently garter mania and the Tour de Fleece are keeping me from really getting much weaving done).