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Old 02-03-2012, 09:04 PM   #11
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I don't have one, and am not sure where the shawl is at the moment. But it'll come to light as I expect to move in the next couple weeks and I'll get a picture with the phone and post it to ravelry.

I don't care for garter stitch with variegated yarn, it looks better in a solid or heather color I think.
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:44 PM   #12
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I have to say...I agree with Antares. Read below:

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I wouldn't frog it, though, since you don't think you'll use it for anything else. It's more usable at this point as a completed shawl, which by the way, is gorgeous!!!
The yarn is gorgeous, however, I know whatcha mean! I've been in a similar situation. I didn't frog the sweater. I wore it a couple time, but was never elated with how the colorway worked out. I thought it would be more dark blue/and/azure blue...but instead, the tans were more dominant. Oy!

I gave it to a girlfriend who is ecstatic!
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Because I'm attracted to color like a parrot is attracted to a mirror, I have bought many, many busy, overly excited colorways that I don't really like once they are knitted up.

The best way I have discovered to resolve the issue by what I call a "yarn marriage": knitting with 2 strands held together as though they are one. I use one plain yarn and my busy yarn. (in your case, a nice medium grey would calm down the rest of the colors and make it look more like a tweed with pretty flecks.) The plain yarn calms down the overly excited yarn!

Yes, this makes the twin yarn a larger weight. If you are using two fingering weight yarns, you'll get something very close to a worsted weight in the end. And yes, you'll have to find a different project to use your married yarns on, because now the gauge is off. But it spares the yarn from being scrapheaped and you'll likely wind up with a project you love and will enjoy wearing rather than one you won't give two hoots about in a month.
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Originally Posted by MoniDew View Post
Because I'm attracted to color like a parrot is attracted to a mirror, I have bought many, many busy, overly excited colorways that I don't really like once they are knitted up.

The best way I have discovered to resolve the issue by what I call a "yarn marriage": knitting with 2 strands held together as though they are one. I use one plain yarn and my busy yarn. (in your case, a nice medium grey would calm down the rest of the colors and make it look more like a tweed with pretty flecks.) The plain yarn calms down the overly excited yarn!
This may be the best advice yet! I got to the point where I realized I was really, really not going to wear that busy shawl/ wrap, and I put the yarn and project (still on the needles) away in my stash. I think this weekend I will actually frog it, and when I am ready, try knitting a few swatches in different stitch patterns AND with a carried along yarn husband to see what looks best. I could easily get 2 scarves out of that much yarn, maybe three.

Thanks for all the advice, everyone!
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