|Etna yarn by Mondial|
So, what's the problem?
The problem revealed itself when I tried to crochet the sport-weight yarn. This yarn is lively. It's springy. Drape is not part of this yarn's repertoire. The construction is difficult to explain, but let me try. It is a cotton (66%), nylon (32%), metal (2%) blend. Imagine the nylon as a sheath surrounding a core of cotton. The metal is interwoven in the nylon.
I wished to make the beautiful, simple, elegant Sprout Chains Shawlette by Kristin Omdahl, but when I started stitching, I just got more and more frustrated.
|Can you see why I was frustrated?|
Was blocking going to help this mess? (And it was a HOT MESS.)
I felt it was a cape worthy of a poodle, but I myself had no desire to emulate poodle style, no matter how adorable my dear, sweet doggie is.
After stashing the yarn away, and wondering what the heck I could do with it for months, I had a brainwave! What would happen if I combined the problematic fiber with an easy-going cotton? I had about 3 spare balls of Omega Trigo, which is available in Mexico. It was already in my consciousness because I had forced myself to "finish" my Lacy Cropped Cardi by Robin Chachula. For the entire traumatic story (which starts in 2009) see my Ravelry page.
But I digress. I put together the Trigo and the Etna, and magic happened. The yarn was thick enough to complete the Gypsy Duster by the Double Stitch Twins. The color combination was beautiful. I had a problem with the pink alone. Could I bear an entire sweater out in that pink mess? The lavender mellowed it out and also gave it enough weight to have a beautiful drape.
I still have a couple of balls of the Etna, but I'm no longer worried. I am thinking a market bag or even a hat would be perfect!