Saturday, September 19, 2009

Nature Abhors A Vacuum

What have we here? An empty drawer? Totally, entirely empty? How did such a thing happen? Excessive efficiency on the part of the drawer owner, perhaps. Tsk, tsk, this will never do.

Ah, much better. Drawers, as we know, are meant to be filled with yarn (or fiber). There's room for more, of course, but this will do for now.

So, let's take a closer look at the contents (which just arrived in today's mail, huzzah!)

First we have Knitpicks Gloss in the Winter Night colorway. The picture makes the yarn look as though it has multiple shades of blue, but no. All one solid color really. Must be the way the silk picks up and reflects the light. This yarn is intended for the Strawberry Pie Shawl.

This lovely stuff is Knitpicks Suri Dream in Fennel, which is a mix of dark olive, light yellow-green, beige, and everything in between. It is mostly alpaca (Hi, my name is Rita and I'm an alpaca addict.) with a little wool and nylon thrown in. It is – I hope – going to become the Simply Garter Vest from Cheryl Oberle's "Folk Vests," but I couldn't swear to it. I might end up swearing AT it. Here's why.

Although Knitpicks classifies Suri Dream as a "super bulky" yarn, I learned from trolling Ravelry that it is more DK-ish. Without the surrounding fuzz, the core of the yarn is actually thinner than fingering-weight Gloss. So, there are a ton of options when it comes to choosing needle size; depends entirely how you want the fabric to look. If it doesn't work out for the vest, though, it will make a fabulous shawl. I mean . . . alpaca. What's not to like? And it was ON SALE!!!!!


Sheila said...

I haven't really understood the system of yarn weights. Some of the yarn that are bulky weight really don't look bulky. Maybe it blooms after knitting. Your yarns look super.

AlisonH said...

Enjoy! Would you forgive me for saying my later patterns, the shawls in the book, I think are designed better? They hang perfectly one side to the other; that one's a bit boomerangish shaped. Okay, I'll be quiet, it's a perfectly good pattern! And that is lovely yarn.

Sharon said...

Look forward to their incarnations - I have been very pleased with my Knitpicks acquitions.

Life Looms Large said...

Nature abhors a vacuum and so do I! (Bad anti-housecleaning joke!)

Beautiful yarn. I'll be interested to see what you do with the Suri. I have an old yarn from Knitpicks that they said was bulky, but that really isn't. So I haven't figured out what to do with it yet.


Knitting Linguist said...

Alpaca on sale! It just doesn't get much better than that. Even if it is definitely not bulky. I guess it could fill in the space in a bulky sort of way if it wanted to, but it looks a lot like Kid Silk Haze to me, and I've knitted that as a lace weight... Either way, the yarns are gorgeous, the space is available, and the patterns are excellent. Time to cast on! :)

Luni said...

You've got my approval with that green yarn, and I agree, you can't go wrong with alpaca. Nice drawer!

Marjorie said...

I have the same problem with empty plastic boxes. They just call out to be filled with yarn. It is a good thing that the Container Store is a 45 minute drive from my house and a trip there requires a commitment to a half-day of shopping.

Nice choices. I've been puzzled of late by yarns rated as "worsted". Many seem only slightly heavier (if that) than the stuff we used to call "sport yarn". Until now, I thought the unfortunate U.S. name "sport yarn" was equivalent to DK.