I’ve been doing a lot of swatching this week:
Upper left: two swatches of the Noro sock yarn held together with Knit Picks essential, one on #2 and one on #3 needles. Upper right: Reynolds Whiskey, which I’ll probably use in my next pattern-for-sale project. Lower left: Jo Sharp’s Silkroad DK. Lower right: Louet Gems Riverstone.
Isn’t that scarf beautiful? I want it. I want it so bad.
I didn’t think I needed a swatch of the Silkroad. In fact, I was all prepared to launch right into the scarf. But I like to keep a swatch of new yarns in my “swatch library” for future reference. So I dutifully knit up a swatch.
Good thing I did.
The Silkroad is so, SO beautiful and soft. But once you block your swatch, it both relaxes and halo-ficates such that any – ANY – stitch definition is lost.
Compare it to the Riverstone swatch. Both swatches have seed stitch at the edges. Look how much sharper those stitches are in the swatch on the right.
I was dismayed, to say the least. I went down a needle size, and swatched the Silkroad with some random cables.
OMGWTFBLECCH! I can hardly even tell which side is up! Can you?
Compare this to the amazing stitch definition of Cascade 220. Even after a few years of wear, and several washings, the cables on my Stulpens still really “pop.”
So… I don’t know. I’d return the Silkroad to the yarn store, but I love it so much. I just need to find a project that doesn’t require any stitch definition or body. Maybe some flip-top mittens, knit at a super-tight gauge in the round.
In other news, today was a really big day!
Earth finally tilted with the seasonal progression such that I had to shut the curtain at my office window in the late afternoon. Every year I mark the First Curtain day with a happy sigh.