Tuesday, February 15, 2011

More ripping!

After the success of ripping out the denim sweater, I went looking for other "not so hot knits" to destroy, um, I mean recycle.
And I found one. I knit Tubey a while ago. I bought the hand-painted autumnal coloured yarn at the Kitchener Knitters Fair way back when - It was a see it, love it - have to have it kind of wool.
(seriously, is this not stunningly beautiful?)

There wasn't a ton of it, so I knew I'd have to match it with something. I had some Elann Peruvian Wool in Red Maple that matched beautifully. In concept, this was a great sweater. The colours matched, the style was good. But... it was just that little bit too short, and worse, I hate wool pullovers. I just don't work in an environment where heavy-ish wool is suitable. Cardigans, yes, absolutely. Pullovers - not really.
So this:

became this:
I realized while rewinding that I must have spit sliced the Elann, because that is one HUGE ball! I also realized that ripping out knitted fabric that was knitted alternating two balls is really a pain in the ass. Really. If wasn't so completely in love with this wool, I may not have done it. But I did, and I'm envisioning a cardigan of sorts, using both these wools. As much as I'd like to use some fair isle type colourwork, there's not enough of it to double up like that, so striping or colourblocking it will be.

Now, I just have to stop myself from dropping everything else and working on this...

6 comments:

Sel and Poivre said...

Can't wait to see its next iteration!

Brenda said...

You should surely win the award for recycle,reuse, re-knit.

Acorn to Oak said...

You're a ripping inspiration! I'm still leaning toward ripping out my shawl. I kind of want to find a new pattern for the yarn before I go for it. Or...maybe I should just do it! I really don't think I'll ever finish that dreadfully boring shawl anyway! lol Can't wait to see what you do with your "new" balls of yarn! :-)

MamaMidwife said...

I *heart* that yarn!! It is sooooo pretty. Love it!

I am glad you are finding a "use" for the non-used sweaters. :)

Can't wait to see it!!

Sigrun said...

That yarn sure has great colors. Looking forward to what you will do with it. With mosaic knitting you can get a 2-color effect, but that requires stitching into a row below evey so often, so it would eat up a bit more yarn.

Carol said...

I was thinking that myself, Woo pullover not so useful. Wool cardigan-WIN! So yesterday I cast on a cardi....