Saturday, June 04, 2011

What's in a skein?

Hello! Thanks for stopping by. I am going to give you guys the rest of today to jump on board to win that last yarn package--I'll draw the winner tonight and will post the results before I hit the sack.

In the meantime, I wanted to show you the results of a very recent FO...and it comes with a question for you.

See these two hats?
 Would you ever think they came from the same skein of yarn?
Well, they certainly did, and that skein is Noro Kochoran in the #57 colorway. The large-sized hat on the left is mine and it was knit first (sometime last year). The newer hat on the right came from somewhere around halfway through the skein. You can tell by what's left that I have about enough to make a baby hat, which looks poised to come out more like the first hat made from the skein. Ah, the wonders of long color repeats.

I churned out the medium-sized hat on the right in about two hours yesterday, thanks to the bulkiness of this yarn and the ease of using my Fundamental Watch Cap pattern, which has numbers for four yarn weights and sizes from baby to very large-headed adult. I needed a soft, warm, pretty hat and this yarn gave me just that. My hat made with this yarn is one of my very favorites and has been worn on many chilly morning walks--the angora (30%) component makes it soft and warm. The yarn made it a fun knit, too--watching the colors go by as you wend your way 'round and 'round is the best fun.

What in the world does this have to do with Junebugs? Well, this pattern and dozens and dozens more would not be so error-free and easy to use if it weren't for Junebug Tracey, my fabulous tech editor. I've been very fortunate to be able to work with Tracey for six years now. I don't know where I would be without her. Well, I have some idea--I'd be in tears from reading all the angry e-mails from frustrated knitters trying to work through my bad math, for one thing. Thanks to Tracey, we get the math done for you. She can also knit in her head. I can't do that, can you? Few people can, and that's just one thing that makes Tracey a rock star.

Happy Birthday Tracey! Have a wonderful day!

I'll be back tomorrow with a Junebug without whom I wouldn't exist! Yeah, more than mildly important. See ya soon!

1 comment:

Brooke and Jonathan kamke said...

That is amazing to see how different the two hats turned out. Here I was thinking you did some skein manipulation but no! Just knit it. So cool!