It’s been a while since I had peace of mind for knitting, but I started again slowly after the new year. There is almost nothing more relaxing (to me) than knitting a few rows at the end of the day. The repetitive motion (and the added benefit of actually seeing your work grow!) are hugely satisfying to me.
I recently finished a couple of smaller projects (that I will show you some other time), but right now I am excited to start a new piece with one ball of yarn from my 100 Farbspiele (German for: “100 color plays”) stash. Those balls of yarn have a long color gradient ( > 500 yards per ball) and come in a variety of beautiful color schemes.
Long gradient yarn is kind of hard to find in the US (let me know, if you know of any source that has balls that run at least 700 yards), but I am lucky to get my supplies through my aunt and mom from Germany from a small business called “100 Farbspiele”. The yarn is hand-dyed, has 3 to 6 plies (strands) that are unplied (does that make sense?) and made to order, so it usually takes a while to get your hands on this yarn (processing time is about 4 weeks), but the yarn is so beautiful and fun to work with. In fact, it’s a bit addicting (I have four other balls of gradient yarn that I am dying to use.)
I’ve wanted to knit a Groovy, a triangle shawl, for the longest time and finally started a couple of days ago. The color scheme that I am using is called “Under Water”, which has beautiful blue and aqua shades.
The finished pattern will look like this:
This is my Mom’s work and she used the color scheme “Irland” (which is similar to the one I am using, just more green-ish). The fun part about this yarn is that you can start it from either end and that way you can decide how you want your knitted item to look.
I used to buy just any cheap yarn from Michaels or Joann’s, but I’ve become pickier over the years. I prefer lighter weights and higher quality yarns now, because they’re just more fun to work with and you’ll just get a qualitative better and more beautiful final piece.
What’s your favorite yarn? Are you working on something right now?