in which Clara Parkes and I have a mind-meld experience with a yarn.
Since I am on this sweater kick, I decided to go ahead and swatch for the one I am making for Allison – my cousin’s daughter who is having a baby later this month. We agreed that I would make her a Fancy Card – an overlapping cardigan that can be flexible for size when one is dealing with a postpartum body that will be nursing.
The yarn is new to me: Holst Garn Coast – a lovely wool/cotton that namoriwesa on Ravelry used for a test knit of this pattern (project link – only Rav members can see). I ordered some from The Yarnery and it came licketty split. Then it sat.
On Easter evening, when I woke up from the extra-long pastor nap, I started swatching to Jesus Christ Superstar (omg, it was such a great production. You don’t have to be Christian to love it!). It’s a dry yarn, and not a lot of twist, but it knit up easily – although it looked pretty holey even though gauge-wise I was ok.
It says you can machine-wash gentle, cold water, so I threw the swatch in for a warm-wash short cycle (live dangerously!), with a cold rinse. It came out a completely different yarn!
The resulting fabric is soft and drape, yet cozy and with some halo – absolutely lovely.
And just as I was thrilled by my discovery, the yarn whisperer aka Clara Parkes, posted about the very same experience. We had pretty much the same opinion, she writes:
"I love yarns that surprise you in the wash. They make the whole knitting experience much more fun, forcing you to wait until the final blocking for the big reveal."
I’m now pondering a DK-weight summer cardigan, using the yarn doubled – I might even use two different colors held together? I know, yet another sweater.