For the It Takes a Guild KAL, or, Suzanne Bryan’s “knitting experience”, I brought along both swatches. You’ve seen the first one I did – the Berroco Ultra Alpaca:
This one is the most recent one and it’s Stonehedge Shepherd Wool.
I have crumpled and snuggled and felt these swatches for a couple of weeks and I think I’m going to go with the Stonehedge . . mainly because I love the blue. The bottom of the swatch was done with size 4 US needles and the top was done with size 5 US. I think I’m going to go with the size 5 US.
I’ll do a bit of math tonight and I think I’m ready to start knitting!
Suzanne Bryan says
I like your choice.
Carol C says
I got to visit the Stonehedge Fiber Mill a couple of summers ago when we were exploring Michigan. It’s a very small operation and the owner was happy to let us walk through and explain the process and I was totally enthralled at seeing the process—from someone’s animal’s wool received in whatever cardboard box or container they shipped, and on through til it’s yarn at the end (and spun according to what the owner wanted.) Only a few employees who were happy to let us observe and ask questions. The owner showed us the Winter Olympics sweater from _____–uh, don’t remember the year, which was made from fibers they spun there. There was a tiny retail shop on the premises and I bought a few skeins but have not used them. It was a Michigan memory that was so interesting.
Stephani in N. TX says
I love your Stonehedge blue, so pretty. What weight is it that you get such a close smooth knit on #4 needles? Loved your reference to Suzanne Bryan. Through her, I also picked up “Feral Knitter”. Both have such interesting ideas, tips and demos. Feral Knitter evidently is more into stranded knitting which I accidently did 40 years ago on an all-over ski sweater for my husband because I didn’t know I couldn’t do it. I had a sister-in-law also making one so she was a big help. Now it scares me. Maybe not for long. Love the Internet for furthering my knitting and quilting interests, and all the blogs you have posted regarding both.
I agree with your choices, and reasons, but I would probably have agreed if you’d gone the other way, because that’s a beautiful green, too!
Nelle Coursey says
I love them both, but I am with you, I like the blue.