We took 128 to I-90 to I-91 to get to Webs last Saturday. I worked on the Sweet Tart socks on the way out of town but was glad to put them to the side after leaving Webs with lots of booty. My knuckles were aching from working on its size 2 dpns.
I immediately swatched up the Rowan 4 Ply Soft yarn I purchased. The color is Malachite (#399). I think this color would be considered a 'jewel' tone. It's luscious in its 100% merino wool goodness.
Not that it's noticeable, I used US size 3 needles to knit/purl the bottom half the swatch. I used size 4 to knit, size 5 to purl on the top half. This latter portion of the swatch looks better, but neither end "feels" right to me. I may try a size 2/size 3 combo to see if this generates the texture I was hoping to obtain with this visually striking yarn.
I have yet to finalize the sweater design I see in my mind for this yarn, so once the swatch was done, I quickly moved on to another yarn I purchased at Webs. By this time, we were on Route 2 and well on our way to the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamston, MA.
This second yarn purchase is of Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran. It is an Aran weight yarn according to it's name but unfortunately that is kinda meaningless to me because I'm still trying to find my way through the quagmire that is yarn weight descriptions. What I can say is that it is thicker than a worsted weight and well shy of bulky yarn. The yarn is a beautiful combination of 85% wool, 10% silk, and 5% cashmere. I chose the color Opal (#110). It glides across my needles with sweet abandon.
I purchased four skeins for a winter hat and scarf set. I had most of the scarf done by Monday but took a break to start and finish up the hat. Hubby tried on the scarf last night and I should be finished by the weekend if I don't get too sidetracked by the 4 Ply Soft sweater project.
This yarn knits up so beautifully in the round, my only regret is that it would be too heavy for a sweater for my plump frame. It's gorgeous to look at, to touch, and of course, to knit.