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Yikes! More Yarn!


Now that I've started knitting again I'm receiving donations of yarn.  This yarn came with no information about fiber content or guage but there is a small pattern book so I know it is Marnel "Tweedy".  And from the pictures in the book I know it was printed in the 80's.  But, that's about it.  Internet searches provided no help.

I cut off a snippet and waved it over a lit match.  It melted and made a horrible stink so it is all or part synthetic.  In some was it acts like wool so I suspect it might include some.

I've been knitting potholders and I'm ready to try something else so I've been looking for patterns.  The yarn calls for a delicate, lacey pattern.

Every time I'm in the library I check out the new book shelves:  fiction, cooking, self-help, crafts or anything else that catches my eye.  Lately there are tons of knitting books.  This time I picked up Yarn Bombing by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain.  It is about the knit and crochet graffiti movement.   I love the book and the projects but I don't know about the graffiti part.

One pattern did catch my eye - the Chevron.  I made a test swatch and found that it's a pattern I can manage.  In the spirit of Yarn Bombing I tagged a desk lamp.  I know, it's not that radical.  I'll probably have to work up to something more public.


My next task was to try the pattern with the Tweedy.



I love it!  The yarn looks great in that pattern and I think it will make a warm, lightweight and good looking scarf.

I'm still knitting when should purl and vice versa so the stripes are a bit random.  I don't think anyone will notice at all.


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