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« on: January 20, 2006 01:36:58 PM »

I'm knitting Jaywalkers in some handpainted yarn from a lovely company (Fyberspates) and the first sock came out beautifully with half-rows of pink blending with half-rows of green so that it is striping down the sock.  The second one has some severe pooling though.  The yarn is made up of pinks and greens, and at the moment, the green is on one side of the sock over two neighbouring needles, and the pink on the other side.  Now that I've started the main stitch pattern, it does seem to be varying slightly, with some striping on the edges of each colour block, and at the start during ribbing there was a slight move of colour in the direction of knitting, as if it would make a big long fat spiral round the leg and foot.

So, can I fix this pooling, or do I have to take it as inevitable in the nature of handpainted yarns?  Can I change the pattern of colour by casting on from a different point on the yarn?  As I said, the nature of the pattern encourages a little colour variation and striping because of the increasing and decreasing, but is this likely to help the colour move along in order to stripe more?

Any advice is greatly appreciated, as usual!


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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2006 04:35:22 PM »

handpainted yarn is prone to the pooling.  i've heard that, if you vary rows from 2 different skiens that it limits this, but i've never tried it personally.
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2006 01:38:41 PM »

Thanks for the suggestion - I don't have much of the first hank left (about 15g of 50 after making the first sock), so I'll still have some pooling around the toe, but maybe less give then the decreases.  I've done 3 inches now, and am not fond of the method, but still it is better for the sake of having some slightly more matching socks Smiley


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