More yarn

Still a little bit sick, runny nose, slight sore throat. Bah! But I really don’t feel awful so that’s good.

I just got back from Common Threads with two more balls of yarn for the Ravenclaw bag. Was able to match dye lots, thank goodness! And the yarn store lady said I should have been twisting the yarns at color changes in the shield area, so I think I’ll rip back and re-do that part. [edit: this turned out to be VERY bad advice. Paying more attention to float tension is what I should have done] It won’t take THAT long and if it looks better in the end it’s worth it.

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3 Responses to “More yarn”

  1. Rosemary

    Oh, hadn’t realized you had an even newer post.

    I just told Omly awhile ago that while many fair isle knitters will insist that the longer floats need to be twisted or caught, I don’t think it is completely necessary. It may help with the tension, but maybe not enough to be worth ripping back. And the lining will make it so that the long floats won’t be a catch-hazard.

    I had thought about putting something in the pattern about securing the long floats, but thought it might be a bit of overkill to have a fair isle lesson in the middle of a pattern :) Maybe I can make a small note about it though.

  2. kara

    Yeah, I figured securing the floats didn’t matter because of the lining. The thing was, the edges of the large color sections looked soooo crappy. The yarn store lady suggested actually twisting the yarns together (a la intarsia) at the color changes. I did rip back and am doing it that way, and it does look a lot better, and I know blocking it will make it look even better.

  3. Rosemary

    Excellent! I’m sorry you’ve had to work back though.. that’s a right pain. I shall endeavor to find a worthy prize for your hard work :)


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