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Tuesday, April 8, 2008


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:

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…

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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