Friday, November 27, 2015

Tales of my stash: variegated yarns

I used to have a weakness for beautiful variegated yarns !!!! They look gorgeous in a hank and promise a range of equally amazing finished products! When I started knitting again after my long 10 year hiatus, I was obsessed with Three Irish Girls Yarns!! I loved how Sharon McMahon, the former owner, used to blog about her colorways, her knitting life (I really miss her blog Yarnista) and everything in between.
As a result, most of my stash is composed of Three Irish Girls yarns and it took me a while to try other dyers.

 How do I use these beautiful variegated yarns?

Truth #1: As much I hate to admit, it can be tricky to find the right project because of pooling!
 A dear friend makes socks especially plain stockinette and experiment with different heels. I opt for textured cowls with lots of ridges.
Pattern: Caring Cowl by Alexis Winslow
Yarn: Three Irish Girls Springvale DK "Forest Primeval"

Pattern: Creel by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Three Irish Girls Wexford "You are my sunshine"

Small shawls with stripes or using a solid contrast color is another good choice! In fact, Carrie from IrishGirlieKnits has designed several shawls to maximize that combination of variegated and solid yarns.

Truth # 2:  You can never go wrong with baby items!
I looooove knitting baby items!  It is the perfect space for me to experiment with new techniques without feeling overwhelmed or use up that skein of variegated yarn.

My first to go pattern is "Virgil" by Sorren Kerr! A simple tee that allows the yarn to speak for itself!

Yarn: Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock "Amazonia"

Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock that Rock Lightweight "Christmas Balls"

My second to go pattern is the Spiral Blanket of Awesome by Sharon McMahon. I have made at least 8 of them and I plan to make more! It is perfect to variegated yarns!!

Yarn: Yarn Love Amy March DK "Oh Happy Day"

and my new experiment is a baby sack. 

Pattern: Barrel O' Monkey by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Yarn Love Amy March Worsted "Sunshowers"

 I am not sure if these are useful as you can't leave a baby in there without supervision. Maybe as a prop for the newborn baby pictures? Even though I had fun knitting it, I will frog it in the next weeks or so for a new Blanket of Awesome!

Truth #3:  Tastes and color sense change over time! This past year, I am more drawn to solid colors with subtle variations and less variegated yarns.I am also making less shawls,less cowls and more garments. I plan to use up most of my variegated and/or acquire more solids as I explore the world of solids and semi-solids yarns.