… try, try again.
As soon as I saw the Lorna’s Laces Solemate yarn, I wanted to work with it. There was a lot of appeal: there was the cleverly named color Zombie BBQ; the promised warmth of the insulating technology of the 30% Outlast® fiber content; and of course the endearing way Mr. Tamdoll called it “Soul – é – matte” when I pointed it out to him in the store… like it was something exotic and foreign.
Let me say now – these are not good reasons to buy 425 yard skeins of sock yarn when you have no intention of making socks.
My first project attempt (1) was a cowl. A lacy, intricate pattern that after 2 or 3 attempts I decided weren’t worth the effort because you couldn’t see the lace through the color changes of the yarn. And seriously, it would take a really, really long time to knit all that on size 2 needles. So after a few days of project seeking & brainstorming… even considering sock making!.. I thought of making the yarn into a cord.
I pulled out my little cord maker and figured that 425 yards would give me about 100 yards of workable, much thicker yarn. This is what I used:
Two movies and many, many cranks of the handle later…. I ended up with 29 yards of cord (2). Only 29!!!! Well, now I felt stuck that I would have to unravel it all, because what the heck do you make with only 29 yards? Well, you can see from pictures (3) & (4) that I made it work. For picture (3), I used size 50 needles, cast on 5 & knit away. It was too loose and ropy looking, so I tried size 35 needles for picture (4). Casting on 7 stitches worked perfect for it and now I have a roomy cowl to keep me warm.
I am so, so pleased! It’s really unique this way, but I’m beginning to wonder with all the thinking, winding, knitting and re-knitting, if working all 425 yards on size 2 needles would have been quicker in the end?
I think that I came to the cord idea by looking at lots of projects made with chunky yarns, and I had the Embellish-Knit!nearby on my desk. Somehow my brain put the ideas together & I’m glad it did. Do you ever come up with ideas and don’t know where they came from? or use your materials in unexpected ways?