December’s theme was “superwash” and it included 5 samples in worsted weight. This seemed like a perfect time for me to practice my colourwork, since “do a small fair isle project” is on my craft goal list for this year, and I need practice with colourwork.
In addition to the yarns, there’s some pom-pom makers, patterns for wine bottle cozies, a packet of Soak wool wash, and a coupon for a discounted pattern (which I forgot about before it expired, alas!)
I took quite a few photos of this bag, but honestly when I’m looking for info on a bag I often wish there were more pictures rather than less, so if you’re curious, I put even more pictures up in my curiousity.ca/things I’ve made album on flickr.
Here’s some photo spam of the yarns:
Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash
This was the softest yarn of the bunch!
Madeleinetosh Tosh Vintage
This has the subtle colour changes that Madeleinetosh is known for, although they aren’t super obvious in my photos of the little ball.
Lorna's Laces Shepherd
This is a nice woodsy variegated with a looser, squishy ply.
Rowan Pure Wool Worsted
A pleasant heathered yarn. I particularly liked working with this one.
Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted
Another pleasant heathered yarn which was a great match for the Rowan.
My Fair Isle sampler
Overall, they all felt pretty similar, and it’s possible that difference in softness was a function of the dyes more than the yarn itself (although the different plying does make some difference). This was great for my purposes, since it meant they worked okay together!
This detail shot shows you two important things: #1, the variation in colour in the madeleinetosh sample. #2, the lesson I learned about fair isle samplers, which is that you *really* need to work in some sort of border to anchor the colour changes. I’ll keep this in mind for the next time I do a colourwork sampler!
Here’s the whole piece:
The patterns were taken from “Mastering Colour Knitting”
I’m not sure how I’ll fit this long sampler into my blanket made of samples yet, but I think I’m at the point where I should start putting it together rather than filing all my samples in a binder!