New hobby: upholstery
April 14, 2004
I’m feeling so flush and clever about my newfound abilities with two-handed Fair Isle that I have rethought my current project, this Alice Starmore pullover. In a couple of weeks, at this rate, it’s going to be a rilly cool
Here’s the stunning proof that I have completed one pattern repeat of Keava.
What’s great about documenting every four rows of this sweater’s progress is that someday I will have a tender and complete record of its birth and early days. I look at it as something similiar to the first month of my firstborn’s life. I can pretty much make a flip book of the 4,000 photographs we took of David and relive his every diaper change.
Field Report from the Institute of Yarn Science
You know that friendly email from Nina asking about the Sassy sweater I made for you? Well, her question has been eating at me like a oozing, festering sore.
OK not really. But her question–can she substitute Rowan 4-ply Soft for Fine Cotton Chenille?–is the sort of thing I wonder about in a vague, unanswerable way. How far afield can a person go in substituting yarn? Can a smooth yarn work in a pattern that calls for a furry chenille? What is the meaning of life?
So I got out my Rowan True 4-ply Botany (4-ply Soft’s older sister) and had a go at it. And I quickly remembered why I hated chemistry class: accuracy counts! Keep variables to a minimum! If you’re comparing swatches, make the swatches the same size! Whatever!
These were both done on size 3US needles. They both come out around 26 stitches/4 inches. But they look totally different. The cotton chenille is not resilient at all, making the fabric lay kind of flat. The 4-ply wool is very stretchy, and I think it will block out nicely.
Verdict? I think you could indeed do a substitution here! Sassy would be a different sweater in 4-ply–lacy, more delicate–but I think it would be pretty. I am glad, however, that I did yours in chenille, because chenille disguises the many weirdo parts which I happen to know are lurking in your sweater.
Any other experiments you need me to do? I could see about substituting wood siding for brick on my house if you’re curious about that.