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Annoying Yarn - Qualified Perceptions
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Annoying Yarn
So, I've been working on the biannual sweater for mjperson. It's a silk/mohair/wool blend, part Noro Kureyon (multicolor) and part blue. I think it'll be nice.

Anyhow, I miscalculated slightly and ended up needing to get one more skein of Noro Kureyon, and the only one left at Woolcott was awful! Okay, it's always been slubby and I don't personally like slubs, but this skein isn't just slubby, it's... stringy? There's these little tangly pieces of something more like thread, and the whole skein is infested with them. I spend 70% of the time pulling out the threads and only 30% knitting. Bah. If they had all been like this, I wouldn't have bought the yarn to start with.



It's not quite as horribly ugly in the knitted fabric as it is in the yarn:

Earlier (good) yarnLater (bad) yarn

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astra_nomer From: astra_nomer Date: March 1st, 2005 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe you could try another yarn store -- Wild & Wooly in Lexington and Knittin' Kitten on the Cambridge/Belmont border come to mind.

Personally, once Woolcotts changed ownership and they started focusing more on fancy frilly yarns I stopped going there. Its only advantage in my mind is that it's readily T-accessible.

It looks like a pretty yarn, though!
twe From: twe Date: March 1st, 2005 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Frilly yarn

Yeah, I've never been a fan of frilly yarns. They can be very pretty on the skein, but somehow a hairy sweater isn't any fun to wear, especially when it's dry and staticky.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 1st, 2005 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Frilly yarn

I'd mostly only make a scarf with a foofy yarn, but I got distracted by socks rather than scarves as my Short Project of Choice. :)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: March 1st, 2005 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
At least the Wolcott help seems nicer than it was. I never will forget one of my first experiences with them (circa 1990) when I made the mistake of letting slip that the wool I was buying was for a crochet project, and I got rather archly told that they did have a beginner's knitting class on such-and-such a night. Sigh. I was wearing a hand-knit sweater at the time.

Of course they really lost my business when they quit carrying Lamb's Pride.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 1st, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am also sad that they don't carry Lamb's Pride any more, though I've found some very nice basic wools there since (the pink Torso Sock was made from Gems, which I really liked, though I haven't seen it there more recently).

I do have a theory, though, that Lamb's Pride was difficult for a while - after Woolcott stopped carrying it, I tried to order some from Patternworks, and it came in dribs and drabs because they were very back ordered. So with two data points, I speculate that it was a supply problem rather than a store problem. But that was years ago and probably not relevant now one way or the other.
twe From: twe Date: March 1st, 2005 09:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I saw you picking them off the other day, and that seemed like so much work. I'm glad to hear the whole sweater wasn't like that.
mijven From: mijven Date: March 1st, 2005 10:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for labeling the pictures - apparently you've done such a good job thrashing your yarn that I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference based on sight!
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 1st, 2005 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
It's (I think) more evident in the real sleeve than in the picture, but then, I tend to notice things more obsessively (like dye lot mismatches) in things that I'm working on. :) But at least most of the egregiously huge strings got taken out.

(Mike kept looking at me funny as I would spit-splice the yarn back into a semblance of yarnlike after removing some of the more pesky strings. I can just see him thinking "ewww. I have to make sure I clean this sweater before wearing it.")
twe From: twe Date: March 1st, 2005 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
The good yarn knitting looks a little move even to me, but it's near enough that I could accept that the difference is just in my head.
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: March 1st, 2005 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Something in how you displayed these pictures eats my LJ page.

I can see the pictures no problem. But the mood, music, and comments line end up at the top of my page. Above other people's posts.

You have powerful mojo.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: March 1st, 2005 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Oops, is it better now?
visage From: visage Date: March 1st, 2005 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup, it's better now.
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