WIP Wednesday

As I anxiously await some recently ordered yarn, here is what is on the needles:

My Orange Socks are working up nicely. I decided to use an afterthought heel. I have never made socks with this type of construction and am eager to see the finished result. 

I got a little bored with the socks so I pulled a skien of Vanna’s Choice in Dusty Purple out of my stash and started a hat. This is totally a process pattern. I just started knitting and let it take me places. What are you knitting today?


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Workin’ the Wool

So I finally finished all of my custom orders. My customer ordered a simple stockinette beanie. Easy enough right? Well not really. She saw the hat below and wanted her hat to be the same colors. Problem is I had no idea where I bought this yarn nor did I remember the brand. Ugh.

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Inspiration Colors

I searched yarn.com  and I finally found Plymouth Yarn Boku in Color #10  (wool/silk blend). It was stated to be a self-striping yarn with gradual color shifts and this dye lot featured blues, teals, and greens. Yay!

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I have to say I ordered the yarn purely for the colors. I had never used this brand before and the content blend was not my favorite. I find that this type of wool can be scratchy while wearing it. However, the colors were perfect so I took the risk.

The plus of this yarn is the gradual color changes throughout the hat. Visually it looks so pretty. Kind of like sunset in the mountains. Yet, there were two major negatives that I could not get past. #1 the coarseness of the fiber and #2 the fragility of the yarn. Let’s  first talk about the frailness of the yarn. I am a tight knitter and this yarn made me very conscious of that. Three times I pulled too tightly and the yarn broke! Talk about extra ends to weave in *sigh.*

To tackle the roughness factor I knew I could soften up my hat in the blocking process. A little internet research affirmed my thinking and I made sure to give this hat an extra long bath. I soaked the finished hat in a cold water and shampoo bath for about 5 hours. Thankfully, when I checked out the dried hat today, it was much softer. Yay! I had my fiance try it on and he was not bothered by the wool texture. Let’s hope my customer’s son won’t be either.

So would I use this yarn again? Probably not. However, if you enjoy yarns like Noro then this would be a solid substitution.