Thursday, February 09, 2006

Nervous Newbie

Hi all! It's getting down to the wire, and I'm having last minute jitters. My first swatch is refusing to unravel, I've decided I don't like this yarn after all, and I want different needles. I'm doing mine (whether I like it or not) in Brooks Farm Duet which I bought at the Taos Wool Festival last year specifically to do clapotis. Amazingly soft and stunning colorway, but the splitting is going to drive me nuts. Must go stock up on red wine and chocolate.....

5 Comments:

Blogger Lauren said...

Cool, I'm using Brooks Farm as well, and I also bought it specifically for a Clapotis!

I am using Harmony though, which is mohair/wool/silk, and I didn't have any splitting problems on my swatch.

Also, there's a button for a Knitting Olympics "Team Merlot," which I've placed on my blog just because it's so true! Wine is a great knitting fuel.

12:15 PM  
Blogger jackie said...

mmmm, wine and chocolate sound fabulous. and i am obviously going to have to check out this brookss farm yarn--i have never heard of that brand before...

12:30 PM  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

Lauren - I can't wait to hear how you like the Harmony. I was looking at that yarn for my next Clappy. What color did you choose?

4:57 PM  
Blogger jackie said...

hey paige, maybe you want to try some sharper tipped needles if you are having trouble with splitting. i know that a couple of times, using boye or lantern moon needles has saved me when clovers and addis have been splitting my yarn all over the place. i think lauren's using some rosewood neeldes that look pretty sharp, too. just a thought...

6:13 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

My needles are pretty sharp, and they are the perfect ratio of grip/smooth- knitting my swatch was so smooth, it was like the best foreplay ever. Rosewood and harmony make beautiful music together!

I'm using Brooks Farm 100% mohair for a shawl and that is a little splity, but I'm using blunter addi turbos, so I think the sharpness helps.

The color is not on their website- I got it at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last May. I'll post a picture with some decent lighting over the weekend. It's a gold/white/periwinkle combo that's much prettier than it sounds.

11:02 PM  

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