Sparkly Indian Silk Yarn

IMG_5384This is why people hire yarn de-tanglers, isn’t it? This is fingering weight silk, a skein my husband brought me from India, and at one point it was neatly caked. Then the puppy happened. Thank goodness Grace didn’t chew on it, just played with it and turned it into this mess. This happened a few months ago and it’s been in time-out ever since. But I spotted it last night and remembered how much I love this yarn and want to use it. I don’t have a current WIP calling my name, so I decided to give it a shot. Let me tell you, I would NOT want to be a yarn de-tangler. This is a big pain in my butt. I’m making progress, though, so I’ll keep going. I’m just stubborn enough to win this battle.

This wasn’t even why I was in my craft room. I was up there perusing my stash because I’m obsessed with the Because I Love You wrap. I keep seeing them on Instagram (check out #becauseIloveyouwrap) and they’re gorgeous!! People are using fantastic color combos, and I do love stripes. At first my mind was going nuts, thinking of all the gorgeous yarns I wanted to buy for this wrap, but then I came to my senses. I HAVE YARN. I HAVE GORGEOUS YARN. I HAVE GORGEOUS FINGERING WEIGHT YARN. No purchase required! I think I found the perfect match-up, too. Check it out:Β IMG_5377The pattern recommends picking yarns with a strong contrast, and this fits the bill. I have some solid purple that would work instead of the teal, but it would be much more muted. Plus, I love that both these yarns have some sparkle. (Side note: this teal yarn is the same yarn as the pink. THIS is what got me thinking about the pink.) So now I have a project planned out, and it’s so far out of what I normally do. It’s fingering weight yarn, not bulky. It’s a paid pattern, not free. It’s a large shawl, not a quick hat. But I can’t stop thinking about it and that means it must be knit, no matter how long it takes. Today I will be winding some silk and casting on!

Have you ever had an unusual project that called your name, something out of your comfort zone?

IMG_5381“Please rub my belly, mom!”

13 thoughts on “Sparkly Indian Silk Yarn

  1. What a gorgeous lump of wool barf! How long did puppy have to live outside? πŸ™‚
    Just consider untangling this like some extra quality time with your wool or maybe a wooly meditation πŸ˜‰

    • LOL not too long because the same puppy likes to dig under the fence, so she doesn’t spend long stretches unsupervised! She’s a challenge, that’s for sure!

  2. Love that yarn combination. I have plans to knit that pattern as well after I knit three of the #wendyskyshawl I hope that by now you have your pink yarn barf in order and that your puppy isn’t looking for a new home. πŸ™‚

  3. I’m not sure about a project calling to me… Probably my skeleton key, and my Captain America sweater. I definitely know exactly what you mean man about the pink yarn though. One of my puppies (it was never determined which) got into my zipped backpack, chewed up the spine of a knitting dictionary, ruined a needle, and tangled my yarn. Thankfully it ended up much the same as yours.

    • Oh boy. Grace isn’t quite that bad, but I had a dog before that was. Those kinds of dogs really test your patience, don’t they? Glad yours had a (relatively) happy ending too!

      • Yeah, they were both young, the book was saved and the yarn was quite easily rewound. That was the only time either of them got into my knitting, so maybe it wasn’t as much fun to fling yarn as they had hoped? πŸ™‚

  4. I know you said you wouldn’t like to be a professional detangler, but how about popping by my place and do that to a handspun singles yarn I made the mistake of not wrapping around a cone? I’m so hating myself for not being able to salvage it…
    How did your de-tangling go? πŸ™‚

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