(With apologies to Phyl for stealing her blog name.)
Wendy, did you have any problems getting gauge with the Alchemy? I love
the Hourglass, but find the 19-stitch gauge a little odd. At 110 yards per 50 grams, the Alchemy seems like a fairly exact substitution for the original Noro, but did you try any other yarns? If so, what happened? I’m trying to come up with a less expensive substitute for the Noro and neither worsted nor aran weight yarns are working out.
First off, an interesting note (well, it’s interesting to me): Every place online where I’ve seen Alchemy Synchronicity listed, it states 110 yards per skein, but on the ball band for the yarn that I have it states 118 yards.
I got gauge. Stitch gauge, that is. With the recommended needle size — a U.S. 7 (4.5mm). 19 stitches/4 inches, yup.
Row gauge? Another story. I get 6 rows/inch, instead of the stated 7. But I’m never one to worry about row gauge. I’m compensating in the pattern shaping, and doing the increases and decreases with fewer rows in-between so that the finished length will come out all right. Know what I mean?
But Wait, There’s More
A pattern modification. Whee. The pattern directs you to knit facings for the bottom hem and the sleeve hems. I thought that facings in heavy worsted yarn would be too clunky, so I am doing seed stitch borders instead. I’ve not decided yet what I’ll do at the neckline — I may do the facing there. Stay tuned. I know . . . the suspense is killing you, right?
Back to the Question of Yarn
Alchemy Synchronicity is, I think, a great sub for the yarn called for — Noro Cash Iroha. It’s a single ply like the Noro and very similar in how it looks. I’d be very happy with this sweater made in the Noro (and I may just have to make me a solid colored Noro version, if I like how the finished sweater looks on me), but I wanted to knit a sweater from the Alchemy. However it’s not a cheaper solution, but a more expensive one.
A yarn to try if you’re looking for a less expensive sweater: how about the single-ply yarn that Brown Sheep makes — is it Lamb’s Pride? I haven’t knitted with it for donkey’s years, but I did make a couple of sweaters from it in the 1980s, and I remember it fondly. It’s a wool/mohair blend and the recommended gauge is 4.5 stitches/inch.
Judging from a couple of comments and some emails I got, I think I wasn’t completely clear about the beading of the Dew corsage. I simply used the crochet hook to string the beads onto the yarn before beginning to knit, rather than apply the beads one by one using the crochet hook method.
Dew Block, Dew Block, De-e-e-e-ew Block, Dew Block!
Did you block Dew? If so, how? I’m working on my first project with Rowan Kidsilk Haze and am wondering if I should soak it, towel it and pin it out or just pin it dry and hold a steam iron over it and steam it.
What I did (as recommended in the pattern for Dew) was to pin it dry and hold a steam iron over it and steam it.
And here’s the best I could do for a modeled shot. Hard to do by yourself with the auto-timer. But it gives you an idea, anyhow.
Do I like this sweater? Why, yes, I Dew! Hyuk, hyuk, hyuk.
A shot of the sky this morning, complete with my office reflected in the window.
L-B’s Rainbow Sheep Sweater and her Inishmore both took first place in the Virginia State Fair! L-B is a star!! Woot! Woot! Woot!
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In Other News . . .
Rita? That is one huge, scary-looking hurricane. I’ll be watching the weather news and keeping my fingers crossed that it’s not as bad as they say it will be. Those of you in Rita’s path, stay safe!