Thursday, December 10, 2009

Stash Appreciation Wednesday: Almost Finals Edition

Mmmmm silky wool. I bought a little more than a regular sweater's worth of this... oh man, probably my freshman year? It was originally intended for an Elsebeth Lavold pattern from one of the pattern support books, but after a while I realized that I wanted to try something a little different. A long jacket with a mandarin collar, frog closures, and some sort of light cable detail on the back (because I really, really love how this yarn looks with both cables and reverse stockinette) and contrasting applied i-cord edgings. I swatched for it, but didn't feel technically proficient enough to design and knit it myself, so this yarn has been sitting in my stash.

Also, I've noticed that both of the garments that I've built from scratch have ended up having applied i-cord. And, actually, both garments that I have yarn for and want to design in the future have applied i-cord edging. There's just something really great about a nice, clean, rolled edge that looks like dressed-up stockinette. Siiigh.

Anyhow. This yarn is strange in some ways; it's listed as a DK, but feels like a sport weight to me. I would hesitate to use it for anything that needs a lot of structure or weight (it's strangely light?), but it has such an interesting texture and an incredible color selection.

And, since it's just about finals time, all I want to do is pet my stash and dream about all the things I'm going to knit when I have a life outside of school. Which, conveniently, will be in about 10 days. I can't wait.

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