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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

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My little shell is growing as fast as the tulips coming up out of the ground in the yard!

The gauge for the Vittadini Betinna yarn is 14 sts / 21 rows per 4″ using #9 needles and it is much faster knitting than say, DK!!

The handling of the yarn is something else though.

It is a papery neon chartruese ribbon wrapped in taupe colored string, not unlike another yarn called Bastia (from ggh, discontinued, Rebecca pattern, no info available) that I made a favorite pullover from:
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I have to say, I had small expectations for this pullover, but even with repeated wearings and washings (it is cotton, wrapped with linen), it still looks good and is fresh

The Betinna is a little more bumpy and a lot more high maintenance to knit with. The string wrap causes it to bunch up on itself, (not unlike another yarn called Homespun!) until you have a pile-up of the base fiber. I believe it is time to re-skein the stuff and put it *on the Rack* ie. my little ribbon reeler! Maybe this will make it behave — anybody have success working with these types of wrapped yarns?

Call me crazy, but I find working with these alternate fibers very fun and challenging! A look over my portfolio reveals the use of mainline, traditional type yarns. I seem to be really drawn to the plain finish yarns: Jo Sharp DK, Cascade 220, Rowan Calmer, Tahki Cotton Classic, Sirdar Breeze…

It is refreshing to go rumble around with some other types of STRING.

Here’s a flash-from-the-past of garments made with ribbon-y yarn…
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From l. to r. 3XChic in Homespun, Pullover in Dolcino, Shell in Anny Blatt Bijou, Pullover made from a yarn called Venue

I have a whole lot of leftovers so we shall see what we shall see…

5 Responses to “Tuesday, April 8, 2008”

  1. bellamoden says:

    If you were gonna do 3x chic again, what yarn would you use? Curious!

  2. Bonne Marie says:

    Funny you should ask! I have seen many of these around the Nets done in a chunky wool…

    They look fab –
    Cascade 128 Chunky Solid / Tweed
    Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Chunky
    Patons Shetland Chunky
    Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky

  3. Marianne says:

    This is so pretty. I like wearing ribbon-y yarn garments as they really have a hand-knit, nubby look to them. I like the fresh green color too.

  4. Karen B. says:

    It’s coming out beautifully, b. Marie, but you’re a much more patient knitter than I when it comes to these ‘interesting’ fibers :o)

  5. Tracey says:

    I like the nubbiness of ribbon yarns, but find they are usually quite high maintenance to work with. Hope yours chills a bit.

 
 
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