Ever since Knit Picks introduced their Chroma yarn last year, I’ve been enjoying trying out the different colorways on small 1-2 ball projects. In the process, I discovered that while I love the worsted weight of this yarn, I am not so crazy about the fingering weight. All the worsted weight projects I tried turned out well. The yarn has a great feel, very soft and smooth. I learned some new techniques — mittens, a keyhole scarf with a ruffle, and more.
Best experience was an entrelac cowl. I actually had to learn entrelac first, but it wasn’t so difficult. The pattern (Lacy Entrelac Infinity Scarf by Michele Bernstein) was designed specifically for the Chroma yarn, so the changes in color were automatic rather than having to break off one color and start a new one. That made knitting it a whole lot easier. It became fun and addictive, and I took the project along with me to a conference where I worked happily away during the sessions as well as breaks. Cowl and I had a great time in Philadelphia.
Kudos by the way to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for a “green” conference. This meant no papers or handouts to carry around, thus room in my tote bag for more important stuff (like my knitting). More important, it meant that all the slides and session notes were available online after the conference, so I could knit during the sessions and not have to worry about hastily scrawling notes. This being a really easy pattern, I could focus my attention on the speaker. And last but by no means least, knitting in public at a conference is a great way to make acquaintances and “network.”
As for that fingering weight… I bought one ball and tried it out on what I call my “Up and Down Rainbow Sox.” The finished sock is Cat Bordhi’s basic sock (from Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles) knitted cuff down. I never do them that way anymore, so it was going back to the way I first learned. (Well, not quite all the way back — I learned on dpns. That was BC — before Cat.) I remembered that I did not really like doing up the toe with the Kitchener stitch, but the real annoying thing was the yarn. It has a thick-and-thin quality that didn’t work for making tight stitches on small needles. I decided to do the second sock toe-up, since Cat’s method makes a nice rounded toe, but the knitting isn’t any more pleasant with this yarn. Maybe it would work for a shawl or a scarf, but I would not use Chroma again for socks. Oh well, live and learn.