Let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him. (Oswalt Chambers)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Chat Back for March 26

Responding to comments left since the last time I did Chat Back.

Kathy B. asked . . .
Did you knit the purple gansey shown? IT is a marvel.
Thanks Kathy. It's one of the last things I knit for Children in Common before they stopped taking handknits. It's a Toddler size 4 knit with some left over project yarn.

Details here.

Dorothy asked . . .
What are you going to do with that lovely rainbow yarn?

Good question.

I've been tempted to buy some Zauberball several times because of the beautiful colors and color transitions, but I always talked myself out of it because it's single ply and I didn't think it would wear well for socks.

Now that I've won a skein (thank you Linda Jo) I can either give it a try for socks or knit a very colorful scarf or ???.

It does have a 25% nylon content and is machine washable, so maybe socks would be OK.

All that is the long way of saying I don't know what I'm going to knit with it. But, I'm having fun thinking about it. Any suggestions?

Susanne asked . . .
I know you have knit with several Knit Picks' yarns and I am wondering if you have knit with the "Wool of the Andes". My question is, do you or any of your readers know if it pills? I am thinking of using it to embark on a substantial garment, and certainly don't want any obvious pilling with such an undertaking!

I used Wool of the Andes for Autumn Song, details here. I've worn it occasionally for three winters now, and there has been no pilling. Stitch definition is good, knitting is pleasant, and after washing in baby shampoo I can wear it next to my somewhat sensitive skin with no irritation.

It was knit at a firm gauge, 5.5 stitches/inch, on #5US needles which helps to prevent pilling and promote stitch definition.

You didn't say what your project is or what gauge you want/need to knit. If you want to talk more about it let me know and be sure to leave your email in the comment or email me direct.


Vickie said...

For what it's worth, I made socks from Zauberball (the same color you won) and they are wearing very well. They developed a haze but no major pilling or problems for me. Actually, they've become one of my favorite pairs. I did find that I had to pay attention while knitting because it is so easy to split the stitches.

Dorothy said...

It's nice to see Autumn Song again. That's such a pretty sweater!

Sandy W said...

Someone in our knitting group is using her Zauberball to make a Baktus Scarf and it's very pretty. Good Luck!

Lisa G said...

I 2nd the baktus scarf, but take the ball and split it in 1/2. Then, knit 2 rows from each ball. There are several beautiful examples on Ravelry. I really love your skein! So cheerful after the dreary winter months.

NMjewel said...

Ooo. Autumn Song is beautiful!

thistledown musings said...

Take another skein of fingering weight yarn and make an Inspira Cowl. Check it out on Ravelry. Very nice. I just finished one with Zauberball and it is great!