April 18, 2006
I Can Get Used To This
So yeah, it's still all Saffy all the time.
|cardigan fronts always look so tiny to me!|
I've now knit a full ball of yarn (just over 100 yards). They're not kidding when they warn you about the dye coming off on your hands. Look! After I realized how much dye was on my hands I stuck the yarn in a ziploc bag and was careful to watch what it touched. So far so good.
I've heard that denim yarn can be hard on your hands. I haven't experienced any of this yet, but I don't often get wrist or arm pain while knitting. So I'm not sure I'm a great barometer for those kinds of issues.
I was tempted to go with Elann's Den-M-Nit because the price was so good. But since this is my first denim project I thought I'd try Rowan's version first. I got mine on eBay from Jannette's Rare Yarns. At $4 a ball I thought it was worth giving it a try. Even though Jannette's is in the UK it only took a week to arrive (I've ordered from her before and had the same experience). She ships as fast as you pay.
I know this won't be my last Denim experience though. Denim People has so many nice patterns!
I've always liked Delta, but Rowan got lazy and only did the pattern in one size. I know why they did it--they didn't want to bother calculating out how to knit those two triangles to meet up properly for multiple sizes. But seriously Rowan...isn't that why I buy a pattern to begin with?
ticking is one of my favourites from that book. although raspy will probably get my attention first.
i remember an evening a couple of years ago which involved my knitting a denim jumper for my ex. my flatmate at the time and i were sharing a couple of bottles of white wine and the longer i was knitting the drunker i was getting. in the morning i woke up to see blue finger prints all over the fridge from the times i had gone to refill my glass.
Posted by: jacqueline | Apr 18, 2006 6:59:39 AM
You're Saffy is looking lovely. You'll be done in no time.
They are not kidding about the dye. Sadly, I did not believe them and got some dye on the couch cushion. Oops.
Posted by: diana | Apr 18, 2006 7:52:14 AM
Thank you for writing up your thoughts on the yarn. I just love that book, and there are several patterns that are calling my name (Saffy among them!) and I think I will spring for the Rowan yarn too.
Saffy is knitting up very nicely. Looking forward to more progress shots ;)
Posted by: Lolly | Apr 18, 2006 8:06:19 AM
Don't you think with all the money Rowan charges for their yarns that they could afford to pay someone a little overtime to adapt the pattern. Seems a little snobbish if you ask me. (though I still love their patterns)
Saffy is going to look fabulous!
Posted by: Kate | Apr 18, 2006 9:05:14 AM
I realized the same thing about Delta when I saw it. You would think they could spring to have a designer design more than one size!
Posted by: Stacey | Apr 18, 2006 9:43:13 AM
The Cucumber Patch is another good resource for those yarns :)
Posted by: pixiepurls | Apr 18, 2006 10:05:16 AM
Your sweatery progress is very inspiring. Makes me want to whip something other than lace off the needles...
Posted by: Jody | Apr 18, 2006 10:11:23 AM
Oooh, Saffy is so pretty! I dig the look of the denim yarn - it really shows off the texture. It's gonna look fantastic.
Posted by: Ann | Apr 18, 2006 10:56:42 AM
That is going to look so fantastic when it's done! I love the "fanciness" of the pattern, with the casualness of the yarn...
Posted by: Ang | Apr 18, 2006 1:15:40 PM
I saw Ms. Bestitched today, and she was sporting her Saffy - as fabulous as the day she knit it! You will love this sweater, it's a brilliant design!
Posted by: grumperina | Apr 18, 2006 2:51:32 PM
I ordered that book from Amazon, after oogling all the patterns online. Raspy and Saffy are my two favourites.
Now I just have to wait for it to be shipped.... I ordered the Yarn Harlot's book as well, and they're waiting for that before they ship. sigh. Instant gratification, dammit!
Posted by: Heather | Apr 18, 2006 4:19:49 PM
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