A change is as good as a rest?

So far today I have been resting my hands and ignoring the yelps for attention coming from my project bag. I have been winding yarn


and, departing from the habit of a lifetime,   swatching (even if I did swatch flat for an in-the-round project…)



It kind of looks OK.

It will do.

It will be a Rivington Cowl and will make a fine ferry knitting project.

I was swatching for colour, rather than for gauge, and to see if the difference in the texture and weight of the yarns would work together in a pleasing manner. I am happy enough.

Both yarns are a silk and merino blend. The yardages are very close for equal weight, but the Spice Road yarn is much thicker and loftier than the finer and more dense Chocolate Mousse. It works out, I think – the drape and handle will be similar and the added texture in the coloured lace section may give a pleasing effect. I swatched on 3.5 mm needles due to the fineness of the Chocolate yarn – this is the yarn that will be used for the lace edging so my needle size is weighted towards having a good looking lace section. The pattern calls for 4 mm needles. I may add a few extra rounds to compensate in the height dimension, if yardage permits.  Extra rows will most likely turn up in the Striped Lace stitch section.

I am feeling comfortable with this decision. Hurrah.

Next decision: shall I adapt the pattern and put a Möbius twist into it?

2 Responses to “A change is as good as a rest?”

  1. LizH 14th August 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Nice colours. The gradient in the pinky-orange works well against the grey.
    If you do decide on a Moebius, I hope you will do it the Cat Bordhi way.

    • SandaySpinner 14th August 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      Unfortunately that grey is actually brown…. I think it will be OK.

      I know no other way than the Cat Bordhi – unfortunately I have exceptionally poor spatial reasoning skills and can’t even work out what’s happening when I am knitting one, This means that I have zero confidence in my ability to adapt the pattern. It’s a nice idea – though will probably remain just that.

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