Sometimes a yarn decides it wants to be something else than what you originally intended.
Patti from Sweet Grass Wool sent me some skeins of her luscious Targhee to play with.Â I had a fingerless mitten pattern in mind, with sinuous cables curving back & forth (never crossing, so not sure if I should call them cables precisely, but regardless), a little asymmetric, dividing the mitt into moss, garter & stockinette stitch sections.Â I thought it sounded nifty, and the charts definitely looked neat.Â I decided to try her single ply hand dyed skein.Â I did a little swatch of a cable and some moss stitch (really just to verify needle size) and it was scrumptious.
I cast on.Â The yarn loved the broken rib ribbing.Â However, when I got to the main pattern, the yarn said no.Â It liked the moss stitch (a lot), and it liked a little bit of the waviness, but the rest? Nope.Â Not one bit.Â It wanted to be simpler, more…manly.Â Which is actually fine — there aren’t that many manly mitt options.
I’ll be looking for a couple testers in the Ravelry FPT group in the next few days — if you’d like to be a test knitter, watch for the post.