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Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Just for a something completely different, I decided to shoot my Pulli-in-Progress from the Inside Out ;p

Here you see all the loose ends waiting for Their Turn; all the Wrong Side stitches, as neatly formed as their Right Side brothers, but never to see the light of day in any way in the wearing. So let them Sing this afternoon and be topside—let them be happy just for the heck of it!

[Yes, I have Spring Fever. I saw a Robin. Yes I am giddy.}

Although I was hoping for a flash finish today, this project has stalled! Either I lost a skein of yarn, or, I got rid of it in a stash bust a while back and FORGOT! Now that I’m at the point where I get to pick up for the Hood, I’m realizing I probably am not going to have enough yarn to finish so I’ve stopped to look for some help.

Internet to the rescue!

I put out the call and the lovely Cindy found some Cotton Fleece in her stash in Rue and is posting it my way.

Here’s my dilemma. Most likely these yarns are not going to match. The solution everyone likes to use is to alternate balls of yarn for a few rows instead of a straight up swith between the different dye lots.

But I ask: should I alternate at the top of the Hood or at the bottom of the Hood? I am guestimating it will still be noticeable and perhaps one location would be more desirable than the other.

Around the neck the rest of the Hood will mainly cover it up unless the Hood is being Worn. But if I knit with the old yarn until it almost ran out and then started the new yarn, I might be able to squeeze more even tone out of the yarn I have.

Vote, s’il vous plaît…

Start blending at the neck
Start blending nearer the top
Knit a bloody collar already
Get a clue
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8 responses to “Tuesday, March 18, 2008”

  1. Deb says:

    How many balls are you going to need for the hood? Why not just do it all in the new yarn? If the shade difference is major, it’ll look like a design feature. If the shade difference is minor, it won’t be noticeable anyway as it’s physically a bit separate from the body.

  2. =Tamar says:

    I suppose you don’t want to do stripes. If it’s a major decision, why not test knit the hood with the current yarn and see how far it goes, then rip and redo? That way, you’ll know how much hood the existing yarn will produce, and can plan where the other yarn will be needed.
    I’d say use the odd color for the neck end, then it becomes a design element (a stripe).

  3. Bonne Marie says:

    You know, I thought about knitting until I ran out, then ripping, but, EEEeeeewww…

    No time to deal!

    The yarn would have to be re-skeined, washed, then balled, and re-knit. Bummer.

  4. Patricia says:

    Eek. I’ve done this before a few times with bottom-up sweaters (it’s gonna sound awful) – I would take off the bottom rib, reknit it with the new dye lot, then graft the new rib back on. Then I would reuse the ribbing yarn for the hood. Bottom ribbing, turtlenecks and sleeve cuffs are easier to “get away with” when mixing dye lots. But this hood will be a front-and-centre face-framing feature, so you don’t wanna be messing with incorporating new dye lots there.
    And that’s my (at-par) 2 cents, sweetie.

  5. Genuine_Lye says:

    OHHHHH, that is so pretty! (Followed your post on the wordpress thread on Ravelry to get here) I’m currently obsessed with blue and I love ribbing, and your sweater almost looks like some odd art piece, just because it is turned inside out. Nice photo skills, too. (I’m still working on mine!) Cool.

  6. Temperance says:

    Honestly I liked the turtle neck look and the off the shoulder look. The color is decadent though.

  7. Seanna Lea says:

    I can’t remember (and I’m too lazy today to check), but if the hood has an edging you can knit the hood in the new color and do the edging with what is left of the old color. From the front it will look all of one color and from the side the framing will look deliberate.

  8. Carol says:

    I’m with Seanna Lea! But ultimately, you’ll have to go with your heart :)

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