Rethinking the Plans
I got four skeins of “Tapestry Mohair” yarn from Flying Goat Farm’s booth at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival this year. Long term readers may recall that I have a complicated relationship with mohair yarns in general, but I also have a weakness for locally produced fiber, and I just fell in love with the colors (I think I’ve been going on a brown-orange kick lately).
Naturally, when I got home, I went to add my new prizes to my Ravelry stash page. Unfortunately, this yarn hadn’t (and hasn’t) yet been entered. I opened one skein enough to plop a ruler down by it and guestimate 12 WPI, which would make it sport weight yarn.
Fair enough. 400 yards of sport weight mohair should make a really cute felted bag. I did a pattern search, found a pattern for a no-sew felted bag, which called for worsted weight yarn but listed sport, figured it would work, and popped it in my queue.
This morning I decided it was time to at least skein, if not cast on, the project. So I took out my trusty nostepinne…
The distance between segments is one inch, so it’s pretty clear that this isn’t 12 WPI. 16 to 17 is more like it. Which would make it light fingering to laceweight yarn. The Ravelry database still hasn’t been updated. I went to the Flying Goat website, and didn’t find a listing for the yarn, but there was a blog post which mentioned tapestry yarn. What she describes certainly looks like what I have, and it’s a light fingering. So now I’m not at all sold on using the pattern, at least not as is.
I realized I have to swatch and felt before I make up my mind. I really don’t swatch as much as I should, so something that forces me to do it isn’t all bad. It’s just a different process.
There are two large projects I’m considering once my self imposed summer yarn diet is over. One is a cricket sweater for my husband (he’s a ‘universal’ sports fan, and the Peter Davidson is “his Doctor”), the other is the Aidez sweater for me. I’ve already priced out the yarn for these projects at my LYS, and planned to use my accrued ‘frequent customer’ discount for both.
Craftsy currently has both these yarns on sale for 40% off. I was very briefly tempted to break the diet, but when I compared the sale price to the LYS price with discount the totals (for each project) were within a dollar of each other – not counting shipping. So I’ll stick with plan A.
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