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Friday was a normal enough day. We got in a new shipment of yarn. We had it spread all over MDK World Headquarters, getting it ready to send out to knitters.
It’s pretty stuff. Lichen and Lace Worsted. It’s the second time we’ve ordered this from Megan Ingman. No two skeins are alike, despite the fact that they all have the colorway name Pressed Flowers. As far as I can see, each skein looks plausibly like Pressed Flowers.
So pretty. So hand dyed.
As Friday rolled by, I kept looking at this yarn, thinking about the sleeves of an Easel Sweater. You know: the pattern we cooked up for Field Guide No. 3 that allows mild-mannered knitters like ourselves to partake of the wilder yarns in life. A sleeve or two, a dosage we can all handle.
And that’s when it hit me. I thought:
Sleeves are not enough. I don’t want an Easel Sweater with wacky sleeves. I want an Easel Sweater with wacky everything except the sleeves. I want to knit six skeins of Lichen and Lace Worsted and
You know how unlikely this is. Gray has long been my favorite color for just about everything. A long slag of gray is always a good idea. There are so many grays. People don’t understand the great beauty of gray.
Well, on Friday, gray took a back seat. I grabbed six skeins, not aiming too hard.
When I got home, I immediately liberated them so I could see exactly what the deal was regarding the colors in each skein.
It was a mix, a melange, a variety show, an unfettered exploration of shade, tone, saturation, and value.
Seriously not gray.
There are splotches and speckles.
And one long stretch of a very beautiful, soft purple, an outlier in the six skeins.
The Easel Sweater is made in four pieces: front, back, set-in sleeves. As classic a sweater as you can imagine. In this wholly unpredictable yarn, each piece will be its own little experiment/art project/aria.
I wound yarn like a maniac.
I made a pilgrimage to Meg Strong at Haus of Yarn for fresh size 7s, just for good luck.
I swatched to make sure this worsted weight would match the gauge of the Easel Sweater. BINGO!
I started with the outlier purple swath skein for the back because I knew it would be different from anything else in the sweater. What I didn’t know is how it would look, knitted up.
It looks like clouds, or smoke, or vaporous Grape Fanta. This is totally a Rorschach test.
I knitted through Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday, and Game 4 tonight. Victories! Series is now tied 2-2. Nashville has gone completely insane. It’s really fun to have the city full of joy. I even traded a Tweet with the Pens Knitting Lady, despite the fact that she supports that Pittsburgh team and I am a bandwagoner Preds fan.
Skein 1 is done. I really love knitting this. What happens when I start skein 2? I don’t think I’ve ever knit this fast.
Update: We have again run through our stock of Pressed Flowers—we’re getting on our bicycle to Sackville, New Brunswick to bring back some more. Thanks to everyone who has adopted skeins of this lovely yarn. In the interest of science, we’re starting a thread in The Lounge for knitters to share their before and after photos of variegated yarn, “Variegated Yarn: Before and After.”