more gray

I’ve definitely been developing an obsession with this particular gray yarn (ISPE Padova Serenada). Which is kind of unexpected seeing that I didn’t buy the yarn on my own initiative at all. I had bought a huge quantity of it when I was struggling with making “the male scarf”. The recipient had requested gray and this was the best gray I could find, and since it was fingering weight I bought double the amount with the intention of getting my intended gauge by holding it double. After experimenting with it, though, I was not happy and abandoned the yarn completely, regretting my purchase and hoping that some day, a long time later, I could find some use of it, but not really believing that I would.

Then came along the Little Sister Dress and the recipient again requested gray – I was happy that I could use at least some of my stash and plodded along. I still wasn’t terribly impressed. But once it was finished, the magic of blocking decided to interfere. Something happens to this yarn after you give it a nice warm wash. The stitches seem to bloom a little and hug each other tightly, the fabric becomes smooth, the texture pops out. I know these are things you could say about blocking most yarns, but something very tactile happens here, I can’t really explain it without letting you touch it. In the end, it’s it’s what made me fall in love with it after all that time. (I guess all this speaks, as so many other things do, of the importance of washing and blocking swatches – something I’m afraid I still fail to do.)

(The white spots are not colour variations – but remnants of weighing the sweater in our kitchen scales… It’ll have a proper wash soon.)

This particular pattern called for a fingering weight yarn to be held double, something I had never seen so expressly requested in a pattern before, but since I was so eager to use this yarn again, it was the perfect match. And of course, held double the knitting flew by. It came out looking just as I thought it would and I am so pleased that my beloved gray yarn has been turned into another charming toddler item. As you can tell, I haven’t been too keen to get on with the finishing, but when I do, I’ll get better photos and be sure to tell you more about the pattern as well.

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I started knitting completely by accident, when I was visiting my parents for a holiday in 2008. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I decided to dig through their stash of books to see if there was anything interesting to take back to my apartment. A knitting manual happened to be one of the books I found. I got curious, my mom immediately dug out her old needles and yarn stash (which she hadn’t used in a decade at least), and in a few minutes we were both casting on - she by memory, I by following the instructions from the book… :) Since I normally prefer learning from books, this was ideal.. I took the book home with me, and very very soon - I was an addict.

15 thoughts on “more gray

  1. I love gray and find that it is really a very subtle color (if I can call it a color). Really great post today, Fridica. Your thoughts about how to use this yarn and the magic of blocking really speaks to why we all love to knit.

    • Aw, thanks! I was kinda feeling that the post wasn’t all that great and that I could’ve done a much better job of conveying my ideas – so your comment really makes me happy :)

  2. Thanks for pointing out that adorable pattern. This grey sweater is going to turn out great. I love your sunshiny yellow walls:)

  3. Ja sam štreber, pletem probne uzorke i iste blokiram. Čak mi je to zabavno.

    Kad već spominješ ISPE, o njima bih cijeli roman mogla napisati, uglavnom o njihovom načinu poslovanja koji je svjetlosnim godinama udaljen od uobičajenog internet poslovanja danas. Prije par godina sam s njima imala totalno besplodnu prepisku u vezi inače dobrog konca za heklanje, ali teško dostupnog.
    Prije neka 2 tjedana dok sam boravila u Padovi otišla sam u njihovu tvorničku prodavaonicu gdje sam u kategoriji pamuka našla uglavnom Unitasove konce, žalim reći po daleko, daleko jeftinijoj cijeni nego u Rijeci npr. U kategoriji vune izbor je što se boja tiče bio jako veliki, a što se sastava tiče gledala sam samo čista prirodna vlakna. Počastila sam se kombinacijom merino, devine dlake i mohaira (4.90 euro/50 gr), a pored 100% merino u različitim debljinama (cijena od 2.5 – 3.5 euro/50 gr), bilo je i lijepih kombinacija kašmira i vune, vune i svile, angore … sve u svemu trgovinu se isplati posjetiti ako se ikad nađeš u Padovi. Može se i naručiti vuna od njih, ali daleko od jednostavnosti koju inače ističem kod internet kupovine.

    • Ja njihovu vunu kupujem u duanu Na dom u Maksimirskoj ulici u Zagrebu, nemaju velik izbor ali dovoljan… Nisam ni znala da je mogue naruiti preko interneta, jer ne volim tako kupovati vunu. Jedini put da sam kupila vunu preko interneta je bilo kad mi je trebalo jo par klupaka vune u istoj boji koju sam ve imala, inae volim otii u duan i sve pipkati i gledati sto godina i onda kupiti :)

  4. Fridica, I have to tell you that gray is one of the colors that is always good to knit with. You can wear it with any other color and it’s better than black!
    The pattern looks very interesting and I can’t wait to see it finish!
    I never make swatches, I wish I would do it, sometimes it’s necessary.

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