Mixed metaphors and new yarn
|Posted by Megan Goodacre on Nov 21, 2011|
Like a magpie, I can't resist the glint of new yarn. I really, really, really don't need any more right now. So many projects on the go, it's that same feeling I get when I try to cook a huge meal in a tiny kitchen and I run out of burners and pots. In this (somewhat) laboured analogy, I think my brain is the kitchen and Tricksy Knitter is the meal and the stove is my desk. I don't know where the magpie fits in.
Mixed metaphors aside, who can resist a heathery artisan-style fingerweight wool? Not me, apparently. Ordered a little bit of Loft in the colour Sap from Brooklyn Tweed. (And a little Shelter in Pumpernickel, but haven't had a chance to wind that yet). Finally got a chance to try it out last night. And yes, this yarn does make me want to stand about in the mist on a hill with sheep in the background, like a Rowan model. The wool is pleasantly nubbly, but subtly so, so you can have crisp stitch definition with a handspun texture. The colour palette in Sap is broad and deep; (what do I mean by that? Well, that there are many saturated hues in one skein. For more fun with colour terminology, check out Color Theory Basics: Part I and Part II). The primary hue of Sap is a greenish saffron, with flecks of orange, grass green, rust and ochre. And the colour is so saturated, it reminds me of overdyed wool. After wet blocking, the fabric is soft and very lightweight.
And I appreciate the thoughtful write-up on the back of the skein label, which describes how the yarn is made and how best to care for it. It's all very thoughtful and lovely, and yet another reason to suspect that Jared Flood never sleeps. (See my earlier post He's all that and a bag of wool).