After a few hot weeks, we’ve settled into drizzle and cold…and are back in the routines of school and work. These hues of lavender and navy and gold lean fall for me, I enjoyed tweaking the suggested hues to make the greige a little more sage, and made a bit more pop with pink undertones in the purple.
The yarn is MCN 100, the cashmere toning it a bit cream which helped with the warm feeling of this yarn. It’s low immersion pour dyed, so there is a fair amount of variation between skeins where each created a resist for itself. It’s regular enough to make spiral stripes, with enough variation to keep it interesting. You could have fun trying a planned pooling project, or do a faux ikat on your rigid heddle loom. I think mine will become socks, as I’m wanting a number of new pairs. To that end, I did some swatching.
This is all the same number of stitches around, 64. I started at tension 7 on my Brother 930 knitting machine, which gave me about 7 stitches per inch, then decreased to tension 6 and finally to 5. I like to knit socks as tight as they will comfortably knit as they will last longer. I’m pretty happy with the size and hand of the tube at this tension, and the patterning is much more stripe-like than spiral. Experiment with your gauge, stitch number, and pattern to find what makes the yarn do something you find pleasing.
The fiber for August is Superwash BFL. I knew it would take these deep colors well, and play nice with the contrast colors next to each other. I dyed this ‘there and back’ in a variegated pattern. Feel free to tear it up and spin them in the order that makes you happy.
Join the fun! I have one Fiber Club spot, and a few Sock Club spots open through September 15th.