Cone if-erous with needles
Friday May 10th 2013, 10:46 pm
Filed under: Knit

This is when a designer recommends buying an extra cone or skein for a project: not everybody has a scale to measure down to those last few nailbiting grams (and this is all I had from Colourmart’s silk mill ends. Made it!)

With apologies to those who’ve read this description before: buying yarn on the cone means having to wash the mill oils out, an extra manufacturing step that yarn-store yarns have already gone through. The oils, more like hair mousse, gray the color out somewhat and are to keep individual fibers from blowing all over the machinery; they come out with a hot scouring. Softness and brightness bloom!

And merino can shrink like crazy. Which I’ve done quite deliberately with some of their fine wools, hanking and scouring and shocking with cold water and scouring some more and only then knitting at the very new half-felted gauge–but silk, you just knit it as it comes on the cone, skip the hassle, the yarn is the size it’s going to be.

Lace. Shawl. (Between the baby projects.) How did you guess?

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Congrats on making it! And thanks for the pictures. Very helpful.


Comment by RobinM 05.11.13 @ 6:21 am

LOL! I’m glad you had enough yarn. What a beautiful hue. I’m sure it’s a lovely shawl too.

Comment by Channon 05.11.13 @ 6:29 am

I do love that color — and did you have to knit faster and faster so you wouldn’t run out of yarn?

Comment by bev 05.11.13 @ 8:06 am

Gorgeous color! I’m trying to remember where I’ve seen Bev’s comment before. Something about painting, I think. Tom Sawyer?

Comment by Donald Meyer 05.11.13 @ 10:03 am

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