My favorite lapin maigre asked a question in the comments yesterday:
I have a question re Silk Garden (and all other Noro yarns): Do you roll it into balls before knitting? Or do you knit directly from the skeins? I rarely roll into balls but I’m wondering what the Yarn Protocol with Noro should be for obtaining best knitting results.
Short answer is: I don’t. But some people do.
If I were to wind my Noro yarn into balls, there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that I would drive myself crazy with it. My little experiment with pulling out the ends to see where they start in the striping sequence is as far as I will go.
But that Noro dude is sneaky. I was merrily knitting along on the left front of Butterfly, having joined in the second skein thinking “Oh, this is grand! Get me: I’m more or less following the color sequence.” when I saw looming up in the strand of working yarn . . . a knot!
[Insert ominous music here]
A knot that tied in orange right after green, thereby eliminating the stripes of fuschia, black and burgundy and screwing up the striping sequence.
If I had wound the skeins into balls, I would have seen this. There is a strong possibility that there are other knots lurking unseen in other skeins, just waiting to pounce.
Of course, I did know this could happen. It’s happened before.
But that’s okay. My personal opinion is that if I am going to knit with Noro yarns, I ought to embrace the randomness of them and not sweat it. I paid little or no attention to the striping sequence of the Silk Garden for my Klaralund, and I’m quite happy with the finished sweater.
But I do know that some people have rewound Noro yarns as they knit with great results.
What do you all think?
I finished the first side and started the second side. So far, so good!
Kitty Bed Project Update
I haven’t mentioned this is a few days, but the Kitty Beds for Petfinder.com project has really taken off! Some speedy people have already finished beds! I am not one of them. I’ve made a good start on my bed, but have a way to go before finishing. But I’ll have it finished in plenty of time.
The link to the Kitty Bed Project group is over in the sidebar — the cute little picture of Lucy in her bed.
And Now for Something Completely Different
A food discussion. One of the things I love about Erika’s blog is how she talks about food and recipes. Yum! So Erika, sweetie, this one’s for you!
Last week I was thumbing through Organic Style magazine and found an article on butternut squash. I love butternut squash. I LOVE butternut squash One of their suggestions for preparing is was to roast it with shallots and sausages and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
I felt weak just thinking about it. There was no actual recipe, so I made one up:
Spray a 9×13″ roasting pan lightly with cooking spray.
Peel a large butternut squash and cut into 2″ chunks, removing all seeds. Put the chunks in the roasting pan along with six sweet Italian sausage links (I used turkey sausage). Add a double handful of whole peeled shallots.
Drizzle 1 or 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar over all. Roast, uncovered, in a 425 degree oven for approximately 1 hour, or until the squash is fork tender.
Drizzle another tablespoon of balsamic vinegar over all before serving.
I made this for dinner last Friday night and Ian and I ate every last bit of it in one sitting. Oink.
Methinks that I should winkle this into a side dish recipe (sans sausage) for Thanksgiving dinner.
My, I was a chatty gal today, eh? Have a good weekend all, and may your Noro yarn stripe in a manner that is pleasing to your eye and cleansing to your soul.
I did sew up Fern, but my internet connection was out for most of yesterday evening and then it was too late for a photo op, so pix on Monday. October contest on Monday as well, so stay tuned!