Show Off

I’m beginning to think this yarn is a bit of a show off…

Probably about 1/3 through the knitting for this now.  I was already loving the darks.  But as I could see the yarn was graying, I couldn’t wait to get to the lighter shades too.

Kind of reminds me of a charcoal drawing.  Bearing down on the charcoal to get those rich, dark, velvety darks and then using your eraser to eat away at what you’ve lain down, only to find that the history of the mark still remains. Faint, yet still alive.

But this yarn isn’t just practicing the value scales. Can’t be because the shifts are simply flawless.

The yarn does, however, have one bite.  The micron count must be astronomical.  If you can see the hairs that are on that strand of yarn there, you will be able to tell why.

Once the knitting is completed, it’ll be taking a nice vinegar bath.

What a pretty yarn.


  1. Wait! Is this a tubular scarf? I’m loving this yarn, the subtle transitions between the hues… And you must inform me of this vinegar bath business. Never heard of that before. Do tell. 🙂

  2. Hey Libby! Yes, and no. It’s knit in the round. But then I just sew the two ends together using the tails or some extra yarn so that it lays flat. This yarn is nice! You should get some (hint, hint) ;). The color changes (or maybe value changes here) keep it fun. But, it is a very rugged yarn so that you can’t wear it very comfortably next to the skin without treating it first. It’s wool, a lot like our hair. Some people use vinegar and some use conditioner (and I’ve even heard of folks using both-I think I read that the yarn harlot does). But, the vinegar helps with the scratchiness of wools that have high micron counts or are coarser. Have you ever done an acv when you rock that natural hair of yours? The vinegar makes the cuticle lay down flatter. What vinegar will do to your human hair, it will also do to sheep hair (or the hair of other animals). It’s all protein in the end. But I use white vinegar on wool. Not sure that it matters whether you use white or acv? And, I haven’t tried condish on wool yet…but I would think that if you ever tried it, you wouldn’t want something with much oil in it. I tend to get conditioners that are heavy on the oils so I probably won’t be trying that any time soon, lol. But probably the kind that are used for co-washes would work. If you ever try it, lemme know your results. 🙂

  3. Goodness gracious! It’s beautiful! I love the gradients/changes… You’re giving me so many ideas, Stacey! Now all of a sudden I want to do gradient/change/shifting handspun. :)) It’ll take some planning, but may be worth a shot if I can get it remotely close to this delectable specimen of yours! Is it soft? It looks so soft… You take the most lovely photos. (You’re going to get sick of me saying that, lol.)

    • LOL! You should definitely go for it! I would love to see how it comes out! This yarn is really not that soft right in the skein. It’s going to have to be washed with something to soften it up a little. After Libby’s comment, I’m considering trying both just to see how that works out…I really intended it to be cinched up around the collar. But you never know what a person you’re knitting for is going to do with it once they get it. I figure I’d better plan him putting it on his skin sometimes too. You know I’m loving your photos on your blog! You make me feel like investing in some new lenses!

  4. Thanks for the info! Yes, I do ACV rinses, I just had never thought of that with wool fibers. Learn something new everyday. Thanks for being an informant. 🙂

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