29 August 2014

Narragansett

I'm currently on my way to Massachusetts for a much needed vacation. I plan on getting some relaxing knitting and spinning finished, visiting my alma mater, going hiking, spending time with my family, and making my yearly pilgrimage to Webs!

I recently finished my Narragansett sweater, it was a very quick knit and super relaxing. Only halfway into this knit, I found myself thinking about which yarn I would knit it in next. I think this will be a repeat project for me, it was simply that nice.

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The pattern is Narragansett by Thea Colman. It is knit top down and features gentle cables from the neckline all the way down the sleeves, as well as down the waist (I decided not to knit that particular detail). The pattern is well-written and straight-forward, just how I prefer them. This is such a pretty design, I'm surprised it hasn't been more popular. 

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The yarn I used has a special story. It was some antique yarn that my mother discovered recently back home in Kansas. The old, decaying labels provided enough information to know that the yarn had originally come from Massachusetts and that it is 100% wool. My mother knew that I would appreciate this and gave me some in black, light blue, and dark blue. In all, probably enough yarn to make six sweaters in my size! 

It was a little scratchier than I generally prefer, but very warm and certainly precious. 


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Have you ever been gifted yarn with a special story?

15 comments:

  1. No special stories sadly, but my aunt is always bringing me yarns from her travels, which are so much fun. That sweater is gorgeous on you and I am always jealous of your photos!

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  2. Great sweater! The story behind your yarn is really fantastic, also. A while back, a friend told me that she soaks her scratchy wool sweaters in a bath with a bit of hair conditioner in them to soften up the fibers. I tried it and have been a convert of the method since. It definitely makes a difference!

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  3. How wonderful! My Fiasco likes to gift me yarn on special occasions, and I like to pick some up as souvenir yarn when we travel, but that's about as 'special' as it gets!

    I'm heading to Mass this weekend too! Going to be camping and going to the Renaissance Faire in Carver.

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  4. Love the sweater. I wish I had special yarn stories, maybe someday!

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  5. Lovely sweater, so glad the yarn was still in good condition, I was given some very old 100% yarn and it just fell to pieces when I took of the ball band and pull it out, broke my heart to chuck it out

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  6. That sweater looks fabulous on you! Perhaps the cable features is why the pattern is not that popular but others don't think beyond them and look at the style.

    No special yarn stories here. Enjoy knitting with the vintage wool. (Try some hair conditioner the next time you block the sweater. It should calm the wool a bit and make it less scratchy.)

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  7. I love it! I just added it to my queue!

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  8. Oh boy I wanna steal this sweater of yours although it wouldn't fit me. I Iove the possibilities of layering it with chambray or plaid! Oh, and with a statement necklace.

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  9. Beautiful sweater! Wish we knew more about the origin and story of the yarn. I think omitting the waist cables was a good choice; they seem rather abrupt in the original pattern.

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  10. absolutely perfect sweater....and you are ready for fall!!!!

    special yarn story.....a blog friend (who I only know virtually) gifted me some fabulous laceweight yarn when I mentioned that I had fallen in love with yarn. (turns out it was discontinued---which I didn't know, and she wanted me to have more. sweet, sweet, sweet.)

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  11. I have my eye on that specific pattern for a long time now....
    Great yarn story.

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  12. Very pretty! I don't wear mine as often as I should. I'm not sure why. It's a really great sweater.

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  13. That pattern has a great neck line.

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  14. What a beautiful sweater and story. I have to say the the "heirloom" yarn I've come into has all been acrylics from the 1970s!

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