I've got a theory, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Any yarn "knows" what pattern is right for it and what isn't. And when you get more and more into knitting, you'll get to "understand" what the yarn is "telling" you.
Now, I know this sounds crazy. But seeing that I'm called Krackers (instead of "madwoman") by my colleagues at work (and I'm not afraid of using it now, either), I'll just digress on this a little, if you bear with me.
At the moment, I'm quite into knitting prayer shawls. First of all, it's great to knit, seeing all you usually have to do is to hide away the ends of each new ball of yarn rather than laboriously sew the garment up. Not that I mind that too much, but if I can avoid it, why not. Secondly, there are so many lovely lace patterns out there that it gives me a chance to try them out eventually. Thirdly, it helps me stay "connected" through prayer and focuses my thoughts on what I wish for that person that the shawl is for. Finally, it gives me the opportunity to pass on the blessings that I'm receiving to my friends and people around me.
So what does that have to do with yarn "knowing" what pattern is right for it? Well, as most of us I do have somewhat of a stash - not too much, but enough yarn to see me through a few projects to come. But not much is actually laid out to make prayer shawls. So when I was looking for some yarn for my next project - a prayer shawl for myself - and that wonderful man of mine got that very concerned look in his face (my eyes must have gotten that glow that means £££££ to him - that's $$$$$ to my dear friends across the "pond"), I started going through my stash. And found some lovely red (or "cardinal" as the ball band reads) Stylecraft yarn that I had bought for a sweater.
Ugh - sweater - too hot. But hey, I can always buy some more of that later in the year when it's getting cooler again, right?
So what pattern to use? I have just finished the LaLa shawl in white for a friend of mine. And it really did come out nice (photos to come later this weekend). So that would be nice. But I so would have loved to make a Crystal Lake shawl, same as I did for my mum in law and doing for my mum. On the other hand, it looked so nice in the kid mohair yarn I used. Would it be the same?
Well, I gave the LaLa shawl a try. But it just wasn't right. Then I gave the Crystal Lake shawl a try (HATE frogging, but it DOES have to look right, right?) and - voila - it's coming out ever so nice. The yarn is real sparkly in the sun, otherwise it's a little darker. VERY red, but nice. I'll post some pictures later this weekend.
So how did the yarn know what pattern was right? I didn't know! I just gave it a try and found that the easier option wasn't the best one. Am I happy with the result now, though? YES!
So what'ya think? Pics will on my page soon.
Other than that:
What do you think? Have you had similar experiences? Let me know. I would really be interested.
Until then, happy knitting everyone!
UPDATE May 31st, 2:40PM (UK time): The pictures of the prayer shawls are now on my page. The blue one was finished around 2 weeks ago. The white shawl was finished yesterday. A picture of the red prayer shawl in the Stylecraft yarn will be on my page within the next 30 minutes.