Saturday, February 05, 2011

In which colour abounds

Well, a week without my computer (and it really is much, much happier now), and a few days sans-internet (this is still ongoing... lots of time at cafes to study...), and I am far overdue for an update.

I meant to post about starting the Beaumont Tam (also from Made in Brooklyn), but it was finished nearly before it was started! Knit in Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool (ecru) and Noro Silk Garden Sock (colours+), I think it took me all of five days to knit (and that was with some serious pacing: 5 rounds a day to make sure I would be able to bright it to knit night). Coupled with the three days it took to knit Grove, and... well, I'm starting to see a pattern.

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Colour, colour and more colour! The Elsbeth Lavold was lovely as always. The Noro... well I have a Thing (yes, a Thing) about Noro. In fact, I know many people share this Thing. Noro can be like a beautiful temptress, luring unsuspecting sailors (knitters) to the shore of her apparently beautiful paradise (the undeniably gorgeous colourways), only to reveal a hideous monster (the all too frequent shades of sick hidden inside the ball) lying beneath the glamer. And then there is the quality. Handspun? Sure, gorgeous, but do we really need to be faced with unseemly amounts of plant fiber, not to mention the unpredictable thick and thin nature of the yarn? Now, to be fair, this ball of Silk Garden Sock was not so bad; there weren't any thick points, and while I would not have trusted some of the thinner areas for socks, it was OK for a hat. And even the colour turned out alright! But a few more rounds and I would have been faced with a nice crown of sick at the tip of the tam...

Noro, I like you, and most of the time, you are just fine! But... the unpredictability makes me antsy to use you too often.

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I can't speak to the fit of the hat, as I have not yet found anyone to give it to! But the pattern was a delight to knit, the yarn was nice to work with... all around, a great knit!

Next... a blanket (finished mere hours after Beaumont), and maybe some gloves (knit in - get this - three days!)

Oh, and as an aside, I have begun hosting a small local knit night. If anyone in Victoria cares to come out, we've been meeting at the Cornerstone Cafe on Wednesdays at 4pm - we'd love to see the group grow.

6 comments:

Janelle aka Nelly said...

Love the hat.Have seen a fair bit of your work and think you are wonderful at it.
Makes me want to knit again but think I will wait for winter.

Janelle aka Nelly said...

PS dont you hate it when you are netless?

Siga said...

A very nice tam. And oh I do understand your thing about Noro. :)

Tallguy said...

For some reason, my net service has been sporadic lately. And it's the same across the country -- must be initiating the 25Gb rule! Bummer!

There is NO excuse for any handspun to be sloppy. VM should all be removed, and it should be consistent throughout. It's just laziness and carelessnes to be thick and thin. Yet they are so brazen to charge extortionist prices for lousy work?!! I will not buy Noro, no matter the colour. I can do better myself. Just saying.

Still, the tam looks glorious, you'll find someone to give it to, if someone hasn't already claimed it.

Kimboslice said...

Give it to me, give it to me! I think it's absolutely resplendent. Also, I know exactly what you mean about the Noro sick. I'm knitting a baby sweater vest right now in Riot and there are regular bands of sick between perfectly lovely colours. Oh well, I guess if a baby is wearing it the sick will blend right in.

Leonardo Ruivo said...

Uau!!! This is so beautifull! Congratulations!
Big hug from Brazil.
Leo