Monday, May 23, 2011

Doing Homework

Every once in a while you learn a lesson through experience that you wish you could learn by common sense and being observant.  I recently learned that lesson.

I have had the sweater Sprossling by Knitspot in my queue for quite some time and this spring I have really been itching to start it.  Spinning Yarns, one of my LYS, posted on Facebook that they had just gotten in a box from Madelinetosh in a couple bases including their Tosh Merino Light.  I thought it would be a pretty good match, so off I went to buy some.  I was able to get 4 beautifully matched skeins in Tart. It's a gorgeous color!
Now, this is where the common sense should have kicked in.  This yarn is actually thinner than most of the yarns I use to knit socks with.  On size 1 or 2 needles.  Did I REALLY think that this yarn would knit a fabric on size 5 needles, that I would be happy with for a sweater? Really???
Turns out the answer is no, not really.  In fact I pretty much hated it when I knit my swatch.  So much so that I didn't even take a picture of it before I ripped it back.

So I decided I had better go about this choosing yarn for this sweater task a different way.  I went to my leftover bin and picked out a few different fingering yarns and started swatching. 
These 2 swatches are Dream in Color Starry on size 4 and 5 needles.
These swatches from left to right are Hazel Knits Artisan Sock, Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga, and Handmaiden Casbah.
They all gave a much nicer fabric, or at least more what I had expected.  My favorites, honestly, were the Skinny Bugga and the Casbah, but the cashmere content in the yarns would make this a pricey sweater. I would also have to mail order them as I don't have a local source for them.  I also want to make Henley with a Twist, which I expect I will wear against my skin, so a luxury yarn would be a better choice for that sweater.

In the end, I decided on Dream in Color Smooshy.  I was able to exchange 3 of the Tosh Merino Light skeins for the Smooshy.  I'm happy with outcome and love the In Vino Veritas color I was able to get.
I cast on last week!  I think this is going to be a great light weight sweater that I can wear year round.
I'm hoping to have it done in time for Sock Summit!


  1. Ugh...bummer that the yarn didn't work out, but at least you found out early in the project.

    Good color choice too!

  2. That's too bad about the MadTosh Merino Light. I adore her Tart colorway. Nice save with the DIC Smooshy. It looks like it'll be so pretty when done.