Thursday, July 22, 2010

Using thick and thin art yarns

This is a tale of two hanks of Dyeabolical Handspun -- Art Yarn Edition.

The first is a lumpy bumpy thick and thin with the occasional coil and super bumpy bits.

It knit up nicely in to a remarkably difficult-to-photograph, but attractive nonetheless, Purlieu scarflette. This piece has a warm yet avantgarde appeal to it. It isn't for everyone, but for the right person (ahem, me!) it is the perfect accessory for a chilly Saturday night stomping around from gallery to gallery with spikey hair and heavy combat boots (I wish!). 

The second skein is a pink yarn thread plied with a sturdy nylon metallic thread with an orange tint streaking through it. It, too, is thick and thin with coils and non-traditional elements. Color aside, this yarn is very similar to the yarn above, but in the hands of a different knitter it has a whole different appeal.

The knitter, the lovely Deborah, paired this pink thick and thin thread-plied yarn with 2 skeins of Rowan's Kid Silk Haze for a light weight and attractive scribble lace shawl. The addition of a large tassel adds weight and drama to this whisper thin shawl. As you can see, it looks stunning worn dramatically wrapped around the shoulders over an attractive ensemble.

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