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Managing the colors in handpainted yarn

Date : 2011-03-02 14:45:54

DescriptionI love yarn, and I love colour. Handpainted yarns combine those two loves in a wonderful way. I have a collection of handpainted yarn that I fondle and want to put into a picture frame on the wall. However, handpainted yarns are notoriously difficult to work with. They can pool and flash unpredictably, making unwanted patterns up your work. Or, as you’re knitting up your project, the colours can blend unexpectedly, either lessening the impact of the colours we love, or creating what can fondly be called "clown vomit". Almost every knitter has this problematic skein of yarn in the stash: it has all of the colours you love, but when you try to knit it up, it turns into a garish mess. This article’s genesis was in a gift from my husband—a skein of Socks that Rock in the Husky colourway, which is yellow, white and purple. It’s a difficult, high-contrast colourway, and I knew that it would knit up into striping, pooling, and flashing socks—a look I didn’t want. ...

Name of InstitutionManaging the colors in handpainted yarn

Author(s) NameGiulia Macola

Added/Updated byGiulia Macola

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