the score is 3 nil and the aran tweed is winning

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Jo Sharp Silk Road Aran Tweed in Spring, dyelot 69

I just cannot get gauge with this yarn. Either it really is me or all the yarn manufactured around the same time is dodgy and I ma having really bad luck. I just ordered 10 skeins of Rowan Magpie Tweed in Brazil from Germany. If I haven’t sorted this out before it arrives then I will use it to make Rogue, if not 10 skeins will be heaps to make something else at some future point. Heck it could be enough to make Jesse something, though that is probably pushing it.

I really don’t know what to do about the Jo Sharp Aran Tweed though. The first lot was definitely wrong and both Wendy at Jo Sharp’s studio and the nice folks at The Needle Nook confirmed this. If I can’t get gauge with either the second lot of Posie or the Spring is it still the yarn or is it me? I am thinking of posting the two balls, with their swatches to Jo Sharp and asking if they are able to get gauge with those balls of yarn. It’s driving me nuts not knowing whether if I just did something better/differently this would all be ok or whether it really is the yarn. The Spring colour was much nicer/easier to knit with but it has still come out at pretty much 16st/4in. Every swatch I have done has clearly wanted to be knit up at 16st/4in.

Swatching Jo Sharp Silk Road Aran Tweed in Spring, dyelot 69


Comment by jo on 31/7/2005 @ 7:17 am

It seems that the gods are telling you to go Magpie. I can send you an old ball of Aran Tweed (in diff colour), and maybe can dig up enough leftover posie from Rocket’s hat for you to check and see if you are going mad or not, but if you get gauge with those balls, I’m not sure it would leave you any better off. You’d know that it was possible, but obviously not with what appears to be on the shelves at the moment. If you did find a difference it might be enough to justify a big consolation bag (of any yarn but aran tweed!) from Jo Sharp though…

Let me know if you want those other balls.

Comment by Kay on 7/6/2006 @ 9:21 pm

About that good old Aran Tweed… I still don’t understand what you mean about the gauge- if you want a certain number of stitches to the inch/cm, why don’t you try different sized needles?? I always just knit to my natural tension and get the size of needle that makes the pattern fit, maybe even in a different size of pattern if I find I’m way different from the gauge required. I have knitted Jo Sharp Aran tweed and her DK tweed to various tensions on different sized needles, depending on what I wanted- loose weave/tight weave etc. It seems very strange to me to get a different brand of yarn. Jo Sharp wool is so much softer thn Magpie, and I like that- maybe you like firmer?

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