Hello all! I still have an essay left to write (the deadline for one of them moved), but I thought I’d end my little blogging break and join in on the Second Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week. All of my posts for the week will be on the topics there.
The idea of today’s topic was to talk about two different yarns. Instead, I’m going to talk about two different versions of the same yarn.
Remember this stuff? If you look closely at the label on the white ball and the labels on the red balls, you’ll notice that they are slightly different. That didn’t seem horribly strange to me so I went along with my business. There were loads of comments on Ravelry that this yarn bled like crazy so I took the precaution of washing a skein first to get out any excess dye. I was expecting it to turn out looking like the Powerade incident I had with Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in which it leaked so much dye that the water looked like a brightly colored sugary beverage. Instead I ended up with clear water after washing the red skein. That really weirded me out, but I went ahead and knit my swatch. I washed that, half expecting it to jump up, laugh at me, and then stain everything red, but the water was clear again. I finally decided that with the new label, Rowan might have fixed the bleeding problem. I was pretty pleased about that because the yarn was pleasant to work with.
I got knitting on my project and I started noticing that something was up with the white yarn (rather than the red yarn I had been worrying over). The yarn was slightly fuzzy compared to the red yarn. It had random little fluffy bits that I could pull off of it while the red yarn was fairly smooth. I went on with my knitting, trying to ignore the fuzz and fluff. The above picture is what I ended up with. There is a weird sort of haze of loose white fibers over everything. It’s not the end of the world, but it is kind of annoying. The project is a crisp looking design so the fuzz doesn’t work well with it..
In conclusion, I’d love to work the red yarn again. The white yarn? Not so much. Since they’re technically the same yarn, there really is no way for me to tell them apart unless I buy them in person at a LYS and can fondle them. I won’t be buying anymore Rowan Pure Wool DK until I’m back to living somewhere with a LYS.
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