February 09, 2006
My last entry was about the Jamieson Aran. I added to my Bainin swatch and it looked fine, then when I actually cast on the rib band (the whole thing - I'm knitting it in one piece to the armholes) it looked/felt like plywood. Obviously it was much too heavy. Then remembered a huge (outrageously expensive) hank of handpainted silk/wool I bought years ago and had never found the perfect design for. It was classified as sportweight (the old 5 st/inch designation), and I began swatching yet again. Well, I couldn't be more pleased. It's absolutely lovely. Now I know why all of you who have swatched the Cascade 220 are happy with it - the weight is quite comparable. The color is a brilliant blue-green, and any of you who have used Schaeffer silk/wool will see that this yarn is identical in weight and texture. As soon as I get a little further into the pattern, I'll post a photo to our gallery and give the address.
Posted by dicksie at February 9, 2006 12:54 PM
That yarn sounds beautiful, Dicksie. I'm a great fan of Schaeffer, myself. :) I'm planning on using Berroco Sensuwool in a great dark lavender for my Am Kamin--right after the Knitting Olympics!
Posted by: Annie Driscoll at February 9, 2006 09:47 PM