Tuesday, November 21, 2017

post 7: yoke colors

Old yokes! Vintage yokes! I dug out two sweaters I knit for Dave and me when we were twenty-something. A while ago. They have seen a lot of wear and serious staining.  Mine was partially felted in the 90's--it seemed like a good idea at the time. Lopi patterns although I knit in mostly Brown Sheep Lambs Pride. That was the wool most available near where we lived at the time, in rural eastern Connecticut. (No internet ordering !? Seems weird now.)
The bodies are stained and ill-fitting --but I kind of want to save the yokes. Any suggestions? 
Well, that's easier on the eyes for tender knitters, right? Choosing new yokes! I spent the weekend with dear and talented maker friends.  Jani Estell, the  dyer and yarn maker and owner of Starcroft Yarns brought her whole palette so we could choose colors for a pattern we are all testing for Kirsten Kapur , who was also there. It's the sweater she's wearing in that link, and we all have a personal connection to it--but that is her story to tell. . The center natural is a ball of the fabulous Doc Masons Wool by Ellen Mason, who was our dreamy hostess. Plus had the patience and chops to coach us through sewing one of her wonderful designs. This table has a Lazy Susan top, so it was a game of roulette color picking.
 
I highly recommend this method if you are amongst the indecisive.
Not like there are any bad combinations.......

9 comments:

Carole Julius said...

What a fun way to choose colors for new yokes!

Kirsten said...

Can't wait to see all of these color combos in action. The SeptemberNovember House crowd is so inspiring. xx

Kirsten said...

PS I love your old yokes. I wish I still had the Lopi sweaters my mom knit for all of us in the 70's and 80's. I say frame the pair and hang them over the couch. ;-)

Mary Lou said...

Steeked pillows?

Kym said...

LOVE color roulette! (And you're right -- looks like there could be no bad options there.) Your old sweaters are great -- but I have no ideas on the what-to-do to save them. . .
XO

Bridget said...

Well that would be a really fun roulette, if you ask me! I haven't ventured to knit a yoked sweater yet, but I'd love to try one.

Nicole said...

Awesome color combos! I love the yokes on the old sweaters, too. Some day I will knit a sweater with a pretty yoke like that. I have no idea how you can save these for future wear, unless you want to knit new sweaters from the yoke down. Not sure how well that would work, though. I probably couldn't still fit sweaters I wore in my 20's.

Phyllis Rowley said...

New colors, new yokes, new sweaters! Seems to me that trying to add onto a slightly felted yoke is a direct route to gauge agony. Far better to make them into cushions.
I turned a too warm Lopi sweater into a bag, sewed the neck closed and ran it through the washer a couple of times. Great bag....

AsKatKnits said...

I love this method of color selection! And, I seriously love Lopi, it is the best! As for the saving of the yokes - what about sewing them onto a sweatshirt or something similar... I think that would be so beautiful!