Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Something Finished!

Fine Sand is finally finished!

I cast this on in June 2015.  At least it was less than a year.  I really wanted to use this yarn, and although all three skeins were from the same dye lot, you can never be sure . . . it's quite easy to tell where I changed all three times.  It's noticeable when it's wet (blocking).  I'm hoping that it will be less noticeable when it's dry because I didn't notice any difference in the body until it was wet.

I know, I know, I should have alternated skeins the whole way through, but I truly hate doing that.  With a passion.  For as much as I love hand-dyed yarns, I usually only use them for single skein projects for this very reason.  Kinda glad that the darker skein is around the bottom  ;-)

Washing this project was gross.

Although that water looks sort of like it was dye in the photo, in person it just looked filthy  :-S   It took two rinses before it wasn't dirty.  By the last vinegar rinse, the water was a pale clear pinky/purple, which I know was dye and not dirt.

This yarn has sentimental value and I've been trying to find the right project for it for some time.  Years ago one Christmas, my cousin, (the one of "knitting bee" and "Let me get the Bail Money ready" fame) gave me a gift certificate to a local yarn store (that is, unfortunately, no longer around).  Doesn't sound like a very big deal until you take into consideration that this cousin is an extremely busy professional who went out of his way to first, actually find a yarn store; second, find a yarn store that had exquisite yarns; and third, knew that that was a present that I would really, really love.

And this Blue Heron Beaded Rayon yarn (now discontinued) was what I got:

Three skeins of it, which was 1,575 yards.  Finding the right pattern was challenging, but last year I settled on Find Sand.  I think that it will be a little small for me at the moment, but it will fit well by the end of summer.  I wondered about using Rayon for a sweater - it is a bit heavy, and it's likely to stretch, but I really liked it and it has knit up beautifully - kinda like a gradient . . .  That's my story and I'm sticking to it  ;-).


and Back:

So that's another off The Big List  :-)  I'm all happy   :-)

In addition, I finished up my Apothecary Cuffs on Sunday afternoon.  They've been lingering on the needles since October . . .

I really don't know why I waited so long to finish them.  It only took me about an hour and a half.  The yarn is my handspun.  It's Merino and Silk - I blended it on my hackle last year as part of a guild project.  I'm happy to have made something with it, and I think there might even be enough left for a hat  :-)   I had to forcibly restrain myself from casting one on  :-D

And last night I cast on for the second sock of Fly Away Home - another from the Big List.  It's been languishing with only one sock done since July 2014.  Geez.  I don't usually have Second Sock Syndrome, but for some reason on these I got the first one done in record time and then just never cast on for the second.  I'm hopeful to be done with it by the end of the month so I can greet April with something new on the needles  :-)


Michelle said...

In the hanging photos, your cardigan looks gorgeous and intentional, very much a subtle gradient effect. Wear and enjoy with pride and love!

A :-) said...

Thank you!! It's a little snug at the moment, but I will be wearing it happily by the fall. I think that the colors are good for any season - and I'm very, very happy with how it turned out :-)