I went to Joann yesterday for one thing, just one skein of green acrylic so I can knit a cactus. (Or crochet. I haven’t decided. Can you believe I didn’t have the right color in my stash? I can’t!) But of course I had a $10 coupon so I had to get something else, and I happened upon some lovely lavender Bernat Velvet. It is SOFT. Soft is comforting, and I like comforting right now. But I’ve also learned that when working with novelty yarns like chenille, it’s easier to hold another yarn with it, so I grabbed some Paton’s wool in almost the same color. And since I finished a project this morning (it’s blocking, pics will be another day) I decided I need to cast on something new and soft and snuggly.
I tried crochet first, but it didn’t give me the depth and texture I wanted, so I switched to knitting a 2×2 rib. Hopefully I can avoid the chenille “worms” I learned about when looking at Ravelry projects with this yarn! This is for me of course (it’s purple!) so even if I get a few worms, I figure I can deal with it. I just might have to call them something else! Have you had worms in your knitting before?
I only crochet with it so have not had this problem, but my frustration is with ends unravelling or not staying sewn in. Tried Fraystop but it just makes a rough end. Not what you want in this yarn.
Oh that’s good to know! I’ll make sure to leave long tails to weave in,
I’ve not tried it but I wonder if you can strip some excess chenille from the twisted core and then untwist and tie the core. Must try that.
I haven’t knit with chenille in so long that I forget if I’ve had any problems with it. I guess if you’re aware of it you’ll be better equipped to take steps to avoid the worms? That or just embrace them as a design feature. 😉
Side note, I went into my JoAnn’s today for some buttons. But they’d renovated recently and I hadn’t been in since then, so of course I visited the yarn aisle also, and I came home with some new sock yarn. Because sock yarn.
Of course sock yarn! I actually picked up some sock yarn while I was there (the fun Mani-Pedi colors) but was good and put it back when I found the velvet.
The Mani-Pedi is exactly what I picked up! My mom likes getting presents of handknit socks, and I like making them, so it’s a win-win. 🙂
I have two colors of it that I ordered a few weeks ago, but they’re for me so I have to finish my gift socks first!
Ooh it looks so squishy!!
It is!!! 😀
I had to click your link to learn that there’s apparently a term for that frustration! You really have me wanting to knit a cowl! I think it would be great for dog walking!
It would! Especially a nice thick one that you can burrow your chin into to stay warm!