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Apr 29, 2014

Maybe This Time

Some days, I seriously question the whole knitting thing.

Take this yarn for example. No matter how it looks on your screen, in real life it's a rich, clear red without the slightest hint of brown or orange, something that's extraordinarily difficult to find.


It's been in the stash for years. I bought it at a deeply discounted price because it was the only skein, the label was missing and no one knew much about it. Theoretically it's a mix of wool and cotton, but if that's true, it contains far more cotton than wool (my guess: 90% cotton, 10% wool).

Now for the true confessions: I've spent countless hours trying to find a use for this single skein of bargain-buy yarn. If we ran a cost-benefit analysis on this particular investment, the numbers would be deplorable.

I thought it would be the ideal contrast to some lovely blue gray Cotton Fleece, which was slated for another reversible cable rib afghan. The colors were perfect together, but there just wasn't enough red yarn to make it work the way I'd envisioned. 

The strip was frogged, and the yarn was rewound.

Because it looked lovely in the cable rib stitch, I reknit it into a Last-Minute Cowl. I was so sure this would work, I used small bits of the one precious skein for accent stripes on my Last-Minute Mitts. The goal was to create a mix-and-match set consisting of the red neckwarmer and complementary fingerless mitts. As beautiful as this yarn is, it simply wasn't soft enough to snuggle around my neck on a cold winter day.

The mitts are worn regularly, but the neckwarmer was frogged.


So here we are. The yarn has been reknit yet again. Theoretically it's destined to become part of another Drumlin afghan featuring the reversible fluted ridge stitch. The last version featured gem tones, but if all goes as planned, this one will emphasize neutrals with a slim strip of red for a pop of color.

My rational knitter's head remains skeptical. Meanwhile, my delusional knitter's heart says ... maybe this time.


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13 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful red! I admire your beautiful knitting...You inspire me! Visiting from Frontier Dreams...Lori

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  2. It's a lovely colour, I think neutrals with a pop of red will look wonderful

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  3. This is so true - and funny ;-) I love it with the dark grey in the mitts. Wouldn't it be really nice with a soft and neutral light beige or off-white or light and silvery grey too?

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  4. It looks great with the colors on your mitt. I think it will work for an afghan as well.

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  5. Beautiful yarn, hope it work out with the afghan. The mitts are truly beautiful.

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  6. I love the red! Clear beautiful reds are great.

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  7. Man, I hate when that happens. You are a single skein of some kind of wonderful, but you can't quite find the right project for it.

    I wish you the best of luck.

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  8. I hope it works out next time. I totally know what you mean. I too have a yarn that no matter what I do it always ends up being frogged perhaps some yarns are simply there to be looked out

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  9. I'm watching to see what you do. I have a skein of blue:)

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  10. it's a gorgeous red - even on-screen!

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  11. I think we've all got at LEAST one of those yarns in our stash. For me it's an odd colored ball of Noro.

    Looks like you have found the right thing for it. The pop of red is very pretty.

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  12. i spend most of my days knit and frog knit and frog. sometimes its hard to get it right !! i love the reds.

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  13. I agree... the perfect red is nearly impossible to find... I have 3 skeins of a perfect red in a wool blend... and I hate working with it... so it's been started and frogged a few times as well... and still in 3 skeins. :-(

    Good luck with your latest adventure with it. ;-)

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