Actually, this week has been full of "new." (Like when I said, "Well, that's new," when I sneezed and was surprised by a wee bit of wee that squeezed out. Being pregnant just keeps getting better and better.) I am working on a new project utilizing a new yarn in a sock weight, which is also new to me. However, what is not so new is that it's a variegated yarn. I've had some bad experiences with variegated yarn (see blog post here)- it was the yarn I learned to crochet with and....well:
|Yes. I know. Shut up.|
This is the first round ripple I made:
I made it for my sister because she loves pink. That middle pink/red variegated yarn was one of my first yarn purchases (surprising, no?) and I loved it. However, I've always had a little "off" feeling with this blanket. Don't get me wrong- I was extremely proud of myself since I had just learned to crochet and made my first large item and my sister does use it. I like the stripe of variegated yarn that separates the colors, but that large puddle of variegated yarn in the middle has always bugged me. It just feels like it somehow doesn't quite belong there- center stage. Granted, now that I'm preggers, all I can see is a darkened areola on a large pink boob. I hope my sis doesn't read this post- all she'll think about is her boob blanket.
I've since learned how to use variegated yarn sparingly which has resulted in much better results:
|First purse I made for her- makes up for the boob blanket|
|Made 3 of these- one for me!|
Which brings me to today. I had won a skein of Zen Garden Squooshy Yarn as one of my Bobby Awards last year (generously gifted by DodgeCreations.). The colorway is Grape Burst and it's in purples (my love!) and pinks, so of course I fell in love with it right away.
|Purple AND Pink- swoon!|
So, imagine the knot in my stomach when I finally found a simple stitch pattern to showcase the purple and pink loverlies and, instead of self striping, I saw this:
|Et tu, loverlies?|
So, I'm going to continue on with this new project. I think it's going to be yet another stole/wrap. Yes I keep making them. No I don't use them. (Sadly, not even my L.A.D.Y. Stole of Transformation from last year. However, I actually want to add to its length but need some more Moda Dea Bamboo Wool, which just so happens to be discontinued. I contacted someone on Ravelry who wants to destash it, so keeping my fingers crossed that I'll get it.) Since I have just one skein of this Squooshy yarn, I'm a little concerned about the finished length. I'm sure blocking will help with that, and I do have an idea for it if it is too short. I'm hoping blocking will also help with the color distribution, as well. We'll just have to see how it ends up. Hopefully it won't be another variegated abomination that leaves another color puke stain on my crocheting career. (Deep breaths, Gege, deep breaths.)
Does anyone out there have some examples of good finished objects from variegated yarn? Anyone? Bueller?