|Romney Yarn Naturally Dyed with Cochineal and Madder|
There are several things I think about when deciding upon the right pattern for a particular yarn.
1. Who’s turn is it to knit for? With a family of five, I must share my knitting, though I have knit more than my fair share for myself.
2. Which sheep produced the wool in the yarn? I used to think that all sheep were alike and that all yarn was the same. After visiting numerous sheep farms, before we ever brought our first flock home, I quickly realized that this was not the case. Each breed of sheep produces distinctly different wool. To learn more about the different breeds of sheep and their wool, Sue Blacker’s book, Pure Wool, provides an excellent description of how to select yarn according to breed.
My Romney yarn has lots of luster and a soft handle. When knit, it has a lovely drape. I have found that knitting shawls, sweaters, and vests, best showcase these qualities.
3. What is the gauge? I find it helpful to knit a swatch, especially if the yarn is one I have not worked with before. This not only tells me what size needle I need to use, but also shows me how the yarn will feel when knit. I know some people do not knit their swatch until after they choose a pattern, but I feel it gives me important information in knowing which patterns it is best suited for.
After answering those three questions, I am ready to begin looking at patterns. For this yarn, I am torn between two options-Deby Lake’s Raglan sweater or combining it with some of my dark gray yarn to knit a vest with color work in the yolk inspired by the Icelandic sweaters.
|Natural Gray Romney Yarn|
All of you at Ginny’s Yarn Along, I would love to know what you think should be my next knitting project!