Many Tangled Threads

.. Beyond this, it’s advisable
to have a skill. Learn how to make something:
food, a shoe box, a good day.
Remember, finally, there are few pleasures
that aren’t as local as your fingertips.

~ Stephen Dunn, from “How to Be Happy: Another Memo to Myself,” in New and Selected Poems, 1974-1994

Remember, my life had once developed a colour theme? That idea marinated for a while, but now its time has come!

I present:  Tangled Yoke cardigan  from Interweave Knits Fall 2007.  I saw the cardigan and liked it, but felt no overwhelming lust. That happened after I decided to do the knot-work cables in another colour.

This is stranding and cabling at the same time, people! Not impossible, but soo fiddly! Especially since this pattern is not written for colour-work, and so has long stretches of background colour. I’m catching the floats wherever they become longer than six stitches. Thankfully, there is no need to worry about yarn dominance, since the cables make the greens prominent anyway.

The bottoms of the curves, with 1-into-5 increases, look pretty messy. But I’ve faced that with single colour knitting too, so I’m hoping to fix it the same way.  Anyway, right now the whole colour-work section looks messy, as colour-work always does before blocking. Nothing that a good bath won’t soothe and ease into place.

Silky Wool‘s intriguingly light and crunchy texture is so… different. There is much less memory in the fabric than in wool — stretched areas stay elongated, like clinically dehydrated skin — lesser memory than the other wool-silk blend I’ve used, and if it lost any more memory it could star in those old movies where the hero wakes up after an accident and says “Where am I” and sets the stage for the simpering heroine to nurse him back to health.

But we were talking of yarn, not old stories (ha ha!!) and Silky Wool has all the dry rustle and crunch of silk, knits into a beautiful light-catching-yet-shadow-casting fabric because of it’s two ply structure, and has the velvety denseness of old books with very thin pages gone slightly damp.

But will it hold a steek? Too late to ponder, I’ve nearly completed the cardigan.


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