My Swirl had been coming along wonderfully – but then I ran out of yarn in one of my colorways. My local yarn shop where I’m doing the knit-along doesn’t have any more, and the producer is out as well, so I’m left with a conundrum: wait until my LYS can get more once the producer has completed the new dye lots? Or find a skein elsewhere online and order it so as to keep the momentum going. Regardless, I won’t get a skein in the same dye lot I’ve been using, but it’s really more a matter of timing. I wanted to get this sweater done by the end of the month. I think I’ll check today with my LYS to see if there’s any estimate as to how long it will take.
The good and bad news is that the yarn is from Malabrigo. It’s bad news, as they do extremely small dye lots, and there tends to be a lot of variation between the lots. But, the good news is that, even within dye lots, there’s a lot of variation, so my Swirl is already quite vivid (the pattern is called Coat of Many Colors, so I almost can’t go wrong). Using another skein from the same colorway but a different dye lot probably won’t produce a startling result. And I’ve loved working with this yarn (Malabrigo Rios superwash merino).
I’m on welt 45 of a 61 welt sweater (five rows per welt), and the rest involves a lot of decreases, so I’m actually well over 3/4 of the way there.
I can always take care of weaving in some of the tail spaghetti to keep me busy until I can get that last skein.
And I also have my Om Shawl to work on. Last night I started on the second section of color work. After viewing some videos on two-handed stranded color work, I started using this technique, which is much more efficient than constantly stopping to slide the working yarn under the ball of yarn I’d just worked to get that twist in the two colors to avoid gaps. I’m very clumsy with the stitches knit English style, but I’m sure with practice, that will get faster and the stitches will be more uniform.
It was hard to get good photos today, as it’s a typical early March day in New York – cold, dreary and rainy. But I shouldn’t complain. The overnight low this coming Friday is forecast for 8 degrees Fahrenheit! Ah, March … but more on that later.