Saturday, November 04, 2006

Hat & Scarf set, soy yarn

I've been asked to help out at a local elementary school's after school program. They have about 25 KK looms, and want to know more about how to use them! I'm knitting up some easy projects to show them as samples.

Some of my younger students at Michaels have made tube scarves, and brought them to my classes to show off. They've always been so pretty, and are a great project for even the youngest kids to make. This will be one that I will show. With the leftover yarn, I made a matching rolled brim hat.

I made this with the new soy self striping yarn, Patons SWS. It was wonderful to work with, so soft, and it slid through my fingers nicely. It was interesting to watch it on the loom; the yarn looks like a small diameter, like worsted, but it expands when given enough room. It also doesn't have much twist to it. This yarn is 70% lambswool, 30% soy, so it may felt pretty well too. The only thing I didn't like was that in each skein there was a very thin section of yarn that was several yards long. The wrapper does say that there are slubs and irregularities. The slubs were easy to remove. But the thin sections were extremely obvious in the knit piece, visibly decreasing the diameter of the tube, so I frogged that part of the knitting and cut out the thin yarn. It might be "characteristic" of the yarn, but with just one long section in each skein, those parts were unusable in my opinion!

The free downloadable pattern for this set is available on my website.


Blogger Looming Looney said...

I love the colors in the yarn.

11/08/2006 9:27 AM  

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