Have you ever had one of those really pretty skeins of yarn that you just HAD to have and then couldn’t figure out what the heck to make with it because it’s ridiculously variegated?
Yeah, that’s me all over.
Here’s a prime example of said yarn:
Isn’t it so colorful and pretty?
It’s Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in colorway Swimming Pool. It was one of those skeins of yarn that when I saw it at Knitorious, I kept having to circle back to admire again. It called to me. Yarn-y folks know that call.
This yarn was such a pain to figure out what to knit it into.
At first, I thought I’d combine it with another close colorway, Rhubarb:
I started to make the Stitch Sampler Shawl . . .
I’m happy to say that it has since been adopted.
So, next I tried to use the Swimming Pool colorway as a test knit for my fave designer, Casapinka. She was working on a shawl pattern and I was knitting it to see what happens when someone (other than the designer) knits from the written instructions.
Then things got busy for the both of us and I set it aside.
When I picked it back up again, I just didn’t like the way it was turning out simply because the colors were pooling up unattractively:
Gads! It was awful! No wonder Casapinka didn’t want to finish it! :b
There ya go. MUCH better!
As you can see, there is still a lot of pooling, but it’s spread out a bit better with the way the pattern is knit up.
Sure, I could’ve used this yarn as a contrasting color in a two-skein shawl or something, but I just wanted to make it into something and be DONE with it!
So, finally, third time’s a charm. I’m pleased with how it turned out and I’m hoping someone will love it enough to give it a home. It has been added to my swap page (for registered Ravelry members only).
Until next time . . .