June 25, 2010

The yarn's decision

I got three skeins of Malabrigo Lace in a pretty pink color for a Whisper Cardigan. The skeins looked identical, until I wound them into balls. The balls are three different colors - so close it's hard to tell them apart but they are not the same.

I thought about using two at the same time, making stripes but the cardigan's construction doesn't really work so well with that. Also, I wanted an easy and relaxing project and I just know that the yarn would get all tangled and I wouldn't be relaxing at all.

So what to do with three skeins of Malabrigo that refuse to cooperate?

Το νήμα αποφάσισε

Πήρα τρεις κούκλες Malabrigo Lace σε ένα όμορφο ροζ χρώμα με σκοπό να φτιάξω ένα ζακετάκι Whisper. Έμοιαζαν ολόιδιες μέχρι που τις έκανα μπάλες. Οι μπαλίτσες είναι τρία διαφορετικά χρώματα, σχεδόν ίδια - είναι δύσκολο να τις ξεχωρίσω αλλά δεν είναι ίδιες.

Σκέφτηκα να χρησιμοποιήσω δύο εναλλάξ, να κάνω ρίγες δηλαδή για να ανακατευτούν τα χρώματα, αλλά η κατασκευή της ζακέτας δεν προσφέρεται για κάτι τέτοιο. Επίσης, ήθελα ένα απλό και χαλαρωτικό πλεκτό. Αν έκανα ρίγες, ήξερα ότι θα μπερδευτούν οι κλωστές και δεν θα χαλάρωνα καθόλου.

Οπότε τι να κάνω με αυτό το Malabrigo που αρνιόταν να συνεργαστεί μαζί μου;

Citron shawl

The yarn answered my question. You could knit a Citron with us, it said. It won't matter that we don't exactly match.

But I just knit a Citron, and I have three of you, I replied. What will I do with the rest?

The yarn replied, You could make a biiig Citron, use all three of us!

And that's what I'm doing. I'm making an enormous Citron. I'm a little worried that by the time it's finished, I won't want to see another ruffle for a long time. But I did get some practise with long rows from my Sweet Jazz Shawl so I think I can manage this.

Does your yarn talk to you or is it just me?

Citron shawl

Το νήμα μου έδωσε την απάντηση. Μπορείς να φτιάξεις ένα Citron, μου είπε. Δεν θα πειράζει που δεν ταιριάζουμε.

Μα μόλις έφτιαξα ένα Citron, απάντησα. Επίσης, είσαστε τρία. Με το υπόλοιπο νήμα τι θα κάνω;

Το νήμα είπε, μπορείς να φτιάξεις ένα τερααάστιο Citron, να χρησιμοποιήσεις και τις τρεις μας!

Και αυτό κάνω λοιπόν. Φτίαχνω ένα μεγάλο σάλι. Φοβάμαι λίγο ότι όταν το τελειώσω δεν θα θέλω να ξαναδώ φρου φρου για πολύ καιρό. Αλλά έκανα εξάσκηση με το σάλι Sweet Jazz και νομίζω ότι μπορώ να καταφέρω τις μεγάλες σειρές.

Εσάς σας μιλάνε τα δικά σας νήματα ή συμβαίνει μόνο σε μένα;


  1. The pink citron looks really cute. So cute that I might want a pink citron too. I think you're a lucky girl because your yarns have so great ideas. When my yarns talk to me, they always say "just knit socks because everything else you knit seems to fail" and it's so not nice.

  2. I wish my yarn would talk a bit more to me: I often pick a yarn and pattern combination that I later think isn't quite as inspired as I was hoping at the time. On the other hand I also start projects just to use up some yarn that didn't quite live up to expectation - that's when I often lose my mojo. My WIP count is through the roof.
    I really think I need to listen to my yarn a lot more!

  3. I'm so glad that your yarn told you what it want's to be when it grows up, because that's going to be one *gorgeous* shawl!

  4. Beautiful Citron. My yarn hasn't been talking to me in a while. I think we broke up.

    Thanks so much for checking out my blog. :)

  5. What a great idea! I wish my yarn talked to me.

  6. Nai nai, mou milaei oli tin ora to nima!
    Auto pou sou eipan ta Malabrigo einai polu sosto kai oraio, ti uperoxo Lemoni!

  7. I feel like my yarn is always telling me what it wants to be, rather than the other way around. But lately my yarn is simply saying, "Did you forget about me?!"

  8. Ya, mine talks to me, but often it just gives me a hard time ;)