Project Update: My Nuuk Sweater

I am so grateful that our morning temperatures are still nice enough to let me enjoy knitting and breakfast out on our patio before I start work.   This morning is exceptionally nice and I’m loving the cool breeze while I sit here writing my blog post.  

I am still working on my Nuuk Sweater and divided the sleeves on Sunday.  Since I want to use the color Fossil for the top portion of the sweater, I went ahead and finished the sleeves and the neckline.  I really love the twisted rib for the neckline and sleeves, great finish for this design!


Yesterday I got my order from Wool & Co. for three skeins of needed Shelter in the color Snowbound.  My goal is to finish the Fossil, then join the color in Snowbound and then end with Soot.  This gradual change of color should end up perfect and a versatile addition to my fall/winter Arizona wardrobe.

The remaining part of this knitting is straight stockinette, making it a great project this week for work.  I used the Wet Splice method to join each skein of yarn, which only works with those yarns that are feltable.  This type of joining worked great with the Shelter yarn as it really is a “wooly wool” and felts together nicely.  If you haven’t tried this method of joining yarn, it is one method to consider.  It knits up nicely and you cannot see the join in your finished knitting.

The following is courtesy of Yarnsub.com, this page has a wonderful listing of “yarn joins” and a great source to bookmark!

Wet splice

Wet splice

Also known as: spit-splicing, felted splice

How to do it: Overlap the old and new ends of a feltable yarn in the palm of your hand, by about 5cm/a couple of inches. Wet the palm of your hand (you don't need much liquid, hence it's also called spit-splicing, but that makes me too queasy, and I always use water!) Rub the ends together between your palms, until they have felted together.

Further details: Video tutorial from WEBS.

Pros: Makes a join that looks good on both the front and back of the work with non-superwash wool, especially when it's fingering/4-ply weight or below. No ends to weave in.

Cons: Not suitable for any fiber that doesn't felt, and makes an ugly join even with some that do—I wouldn't use it for alpaca or llama. For heavier yarns, the join is visible on the right side of the fabric. Not suitable for a color change. The felted area can be seen, especially with heavier-weight yarns.

When to use: This is my favorite method for non-superwash wool and cashmere, for yarns that are 4-ply/fingering weight or below. I also use it for single-ply wool right up to super-bulky weight. For plied DK-weight yarns and above, I use the staggered splice method.


I haven’t made any progress on my modified Flax Sweater, but plan to start working on it this coming weekend.  I hope to have this sweater finished by the end of May, we will see if that plan works.

Until next time, be creative !
Tina

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