Wall Sweater or A Mysterious Case of the Disappeared Yarn

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Wall Sweater or A Mysterious Case of the Disappeared Yarn

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Happy Wednesday! If you remember several days ago I shared with you my inspiration for a new machine knitting project that I had in mind – a fun and colorful cotton sweater inspired by the colors of the beautiful wall found in the downtown. The good thing is that I am still inspired by it and can’t wait to get to the project. The weird thing is that the aquamarine yarn that I bought together with the deep dark green one is gone!! I have no idea how it is possible – I looked everywhere (and when I say everywhere, I mean it – even the refrigerator, well, just in case πŸ™‚ ). The yarn has mysteriously disappeared! After days of turning my home upside down, I finally gave up and decided it was not meant to be, until I found this very very old crochet WIP.

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As far as I remember it was supposed to be a crochet dress, but I overshaped it or something and had to frog it, but what attracted me to it this time is the color of yarn – a deep royal blue that looks so beautiful next to the green!

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It won’t make a bright, fun and colorful sweater that I initially planned, but I love this subtle and slightly gloomy color combo even more! The shades are so deep and noble,Β I think they will create a very interesting fabric. After rummaging through my leftovers I found some extra blue skeins – so, this one is definitely meant to be!

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I am still not sure which way to go and how to combine the colors – I tried classic color blocking, stripes, tried mixing two yarns together… The way I see it in my mind is a fabric that looks like weaving, where there isΒ no visible contrast between color changes, where the colors are blurred together.

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The green yarn, which is a combed cotton, had such a beautiful slight sheen and creates beautiful contrast with matte deep blue…

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I am really excited about this small project andΒ happy to be working on my machine again – it’s my first project since Sand Sweater that I finished back in June!

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I hope you are having a wonderful week and enjoying your projects!

See you at Yarn Along.


By | 2017-05-23T05:42:25+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Machine Knitting, Work in Progress, Yarn|31 Comments


  1. Melissa October 12, 2016 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Those colors! so saturated and rich. I’m so curious about machine knitting–your projects make it look fun!

    • Alina October 12, 2016 at 6:39 am - Reply

      Yes, the colors are so so delicious!!! Thank you! I hope to convert more people into machine knitters – it is so much fun!!!

  2. Amy Putkonen October 12, 2016 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Oh, this is gorgeous. That previous item’s got nothing on this! It goes perfect with the green!!

    • Alina October 12, 2016 at 6:47 am - Reply

      Oh, thank you, Amy! I also think that the aquamarine yarn was lost for the reason – I would never thought of putting these colors together!

  3. AsKatKnits October 12, 2016 at 6:58 am - Reply

    I would never think those deep colors would pair well together, but wow – they are truly stunning!

    • Alina October 12, 2016 at 7:04 am - Reply

      Me too, until I put them together! I definitely have to experiment with my stash more and play matching games πŸ™‚

  4. karen October 12, 2016 at 7:01 am - Reply

    I wonder where your yarn went to? I hope you do find it and it’s in the most craziest place of all for you to share with us. The current project you are working on is quite beautiful πŸ™‚ happy hunting!!

    • Alina October 12, 2016 at 7:04 am - Reply

      I have NO idea πŸ™‚ It is so bizarre, I never took it out of the house! Thank you, dear Karen!

  5. SarahD October 12, 2016 at 8:17 am - Reply

    That is so crazy about your yarn disappearing! It drives me a bit mad when things vanish like that. The new colors are really stunning too though and I expect that whatever you decide to do with them will be incredible, as all your projects are!

    • Alina October 13, 2016 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Sarah! I love this color combo even more, so the yarn disappearance happened just in time, I guess πŸ™‚

  6. Laura G October 12, 2016 at 10:49 am - Reply

    Those colors are so rich! I too have looked in the refrigerator (and even the freezer) for misplaced yarn. You never know. I’m sure it will turn up when it wants to be used!

    • Alina October 13, 2016 at 7:33 am - Reply

      I also think so! Well, if not, let it be πŸ™‚

  7. Akiba October 12, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Dearest Alina: I have lost things before that drove me crazy too but whenever I let it go, they always appear. Sometimes it comes to me in the middle of the night or a vague memory will surface. It will be interesting to see when and where it will turn up. In the meantime, happy knitting.

    xoxoxo Akiba

    • Alina October 13, 2016 at 7:34 am - Reply

      Thank you, my dear Akiba!! Will write you a proper email this weekend to let you know what’s happening here πŸ™‚

  8. Elizabeth October 12, 2016 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    You had a great inspiration. Hold onto it. Who knows. But the way the creative fairies work…when an idea we really think is going to be just “it”, is really the genesis of the project that was all along meant to be. What is important is an open mind. And, more than likely when this beautiful spruce and navy (which reminds me of a forest against a night sky) sweater comes off your machine, the mysterious missing yarn will magically appear. It just has a way of happening that way. The fairies play in our studios like that sometimes!

    • Alina October 13, 2016 at 7:35 am - Reply

      Oh, I love the creative fairies idea! As they say – Each snowflake falls into its own place… Thank you, Elizabeth, for stepping by!

  9. Becki October 12, 2016 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Oooh, those two colors do look good together – just like you’ve done. I always love reading about your creative processes. πŸ™‚

    • Alina October 13, 2016 at 7:36 am - Reply

      Thank you, dear friend! So curious to see where this machine knitting experiment will take me – it’s been awhile since i worked with colors.

  10. Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 13, 2016 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Aw bummer. Disappearing yarn is the worst! Ever knitter’s nightmare for sure. I am sure it will turn up the DAY AFTER you finish this project.Right in plane sight.

    • Alina October 14, 2016 at 7:39 am - Reply

      I also think it will appear in the mot unexpected place, when I don’t need it anymore πŸ™‚

  11. Elizabeth October 15, 2016 at 2:32 am - Reply

    Ah man that lovely bright yarn! It will turn up somewhere odd!

    • Alina October 16, 2016 at 8:12 am - Reply

      I know πŸ™‚ I’ve never lost yarn like this!

      • Elizabeth October 17, 2016 at 4:28 pm - Reply

        I am missing two skeins of Noro Silk Garden in a colorway that is discontinued. I have gone through my shelves, my studio, just about everywhere I can think of! I made my sister a shawl and needed 1 1/4 skeins for fingerless gloves. Sigh, it will probably turn up just as I have finished making gloves for her from some other yarn. Maybe I am meant to use another yarn, just as Alina is using in her project!

        • Alina October 20, 2016 at 8:01 am - Reply

          How crazy is that?!!! So weird to lose yarn like this!

  12. kaydeerouge October 16, 2016 at 3:26 am - Reply

    How very strange about that missing yarn! – one day it will turn up suddenly, and you will think: oh yes, of course! but those colours you are working with are just gorgeous together – really look forward to seeing your finished knit πŸ™‚

    • Alina October 16, 2016 at 8:14 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Katherine! Looking forward to working on it! I have to add more color into my neutral knitting phase πŸ™‚

  13. Julie October 17, 2016 at 7:11 am - Reply

    That drives me crazy, when I know I have a certain yarn SOMEWHERE but can’t find it anywhere!! That means I thought I was being really clever putting it somewhere safe, and it bit me in the behind by going completely MIA. I’m loving what you are working with now, though- those colours are great, and that is a blue so rich, you can swim in it.

    • Alina October 17, 2016 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      I know, it’s so so unsettling to know that it’s somewhere in the house, but out of sight πŸ™‚ Oh, I love your metaphor – you can swim in it… Exactly what I feel when I look at it!

  14. Monica October 27, 2016 at 11:06 am - Reply

    I love that colour combo! Sometimes things happen for a reason, though disappearing yarn is every knitter’s nightmare.I am curious how your knit will turn out, I have always loved the idea of cotton, but I am always concerned about how it keeps it shape after a few wears….. And the fabric you are using for your background, could that be a Gap dress? Because I own one in the exact same fabric…..if that is the case….great minds think alike!

    • Alina October 29, 2016 at 8:44 am - Reply

      It IS a Gap dress πŸ™‚ I got it on a summer sale during my trip home! As for your cotton concern, it depends on what type of cotton you use and what you make with it. For example, cables in 100% cotton will stretch the sweater, because they are pretty heavy. But light, even slightly textured sweaters will keep its shape perfectly! Just don’t let it hang, especially wet. I have a skirt in pima cotton from WATG that I made almost two years ago and it’s still in pristine condition! Sand sweater that I’ve made on the knitting machine, that is covered in textured tuck stitch is also like new, I’ve even washed it in the machine 5-6 times already – it is still perfect! Cotton was my first fiber love, so I am a huge advocate for it πŸ™‚ One of the huge advantages of cotton over wool is that it doesn’t pill at all, so the fabric looks like new for a very long time!

      • Elizabeth October 29, 2016 at 9:20 am - Reply

        For hand knitting I love cotton/wool blends. Cotton Fleece by Brown Sheep, Noro Taiyo, Rowan and Debbie Bliss each have a blend. Mission Falls had a wonderful cotton that knitted up beautifully that had a lot of bounce. Their colors were wonderful. I was sad to see this company disappear.

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