Monday, January 11, 2010

good thing I looked...

At our Guild meeting this month, Linda gave us a workshop on Entrelac Knitting. Surprisingly, I had never knitted Entrelac, and was curious about it. After a couple of false starts (because keener that I am, I worked ahead of what she was showing, instead of PATIENTLY waiting for the explanation), I got it, and found myself enjoying it. I was working my swatch in a nice variegated yarn (Mille Colori? something like that) that I grabbed out of stash. As I went on, I thought it would make a nice scarf - a bit skinny, but it would block a bit wider and would be fine. I realized that one ball would make a pretty skimpy scarf, especially if it was going to be on the skinny side, so I went up to the stash and rooted around in the same area that I grabbed the ball from, thinking there was another ball of it. In fact, I was convinced there was another ball of it. I just couldn't find it. Maybe there was only one ball. Well, crap. so much for that idea. At least I found out before I got to the end of the ball. This way, it's still considered a swatch and practice piece, I guess, rather than a half assed scarf.
I did find some other options for an Entrelac scarf, however. I'm leaning to the reclaimed brown and blue stuff. It made a crappy sweater, but maybe there's hope for it as a scarf.

The rusty grey one is another option. Hmmm, fingering weight versus bulky. Since I consider scarves to be instant gratification type knitting, I'm thinking bulky.

The rusty grey one may become another 198 yds. of Heaven shawl - only made slightly bigger to use up the wool.

The merino-silk-linen blend FibraNatura is another option, but since I have about a sweater's worth of it - I'd rather make a sweater.

What really ticks me off is that I was sure I had another ball of the Milli Colori! I rarely buy individual balls of anything, so having just the one of this makes no sense. And I know I bought it a while ago, so matching the dyelot is a pipe dream...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I enjoy entrelac too.
With entrelac you don't need to worry about matching dyelots, especially with such a lovely variegation going on. If you wanted to use it you could match/coordinate it with another ball, alternating after each row of entrelac squares.
The other ball will show up after you've finished this scarf.
Marlyce

Lucky Canuck said...

I'm with Marlyce. That stray ball won't show its cheeky self until you've long given up.

TracyKM said...

I saw entrelac being done on the LK150 at the Creative Festival. I might give that a try for using up some yarns too.

Needles said...

I have yet to try it too. I was supposed to teach a class on it till I mentioned that I had not yet knit it. Squeeked out of that task by the skin of my teeth.

Love love, love the sparkly 198 yds of heaven. Love it.

Linda said...

Try waiting a day or so and then searching the stash again? sometimes I need to go back a few days later and search and what I knew was there but wasn't majically reappears.

I love the way entrelac looks but can't stand to knit it, myself. have fun.

Brenda said...

Your entrelac looks lovely in those colours. I have only done a brief patch of entrelac. The work is too fiddly for me. The stray ball will turn up about the time you finish the work in another colour.

Acorn to Oak said...

Too bad you couldn't find that other ball of yarn. It was turning out really nice! Entrelac looks so complicated! I probably should take a class on that someday and try it.