Monday, October 13, 2008

Knitpicks Bare - Review

Remember the hex jacket? For those who don't, it was/is knit with handspun and custom-dyed Bare from Knitpicks. Yesterday I decided it was time to get off my ass and block the skirt and finally sew the thing together. (My motivation is, in part, with the idea of upcoming neurologist and chronic pain specialist appointments. When the docs start in on how I need to do continuing physical therapy, it is handy to be able to say "I spun and knit this jacket." They usually shut right up and skip on to other topics. It has worked before.)

So, I swish the skirt of the hex jacket through some water, pin the bitch out on my blocking squares, and what do I find?

Holes. Multiple holes. That's them, pinned together so they won't unravel down to China while the damn thing's blocking.

I immediately checked the whole sweater, bodice and skirt, for more holes. No holes in my handspun. Holes in the Knitpicks. I'm assuming it wasn't moths; they would have eaten straight through, not singled out the one yarn; both yarns are pure wool and both were dyed with the same chemicals. The only variance between them is the spinning process.

So, my review of Bare? IT SUCKS. From now on I will buy other natural-colored yarns for dyeing. It isn't low priced because the dye process was skipped. It's cheap because it's low quality.

Anyway, unraveled the holes out to more 'solid' yarn, which created a lovly, three-row deep hole that delighted me beyond words.


What I did, basically, was graft it together, in multiple steps.

Unfortunately, the knitting is loose and so the eleventy-million ends I had to darn in do show a little bit on the front. The husbeast was kind of impressed, though, so that's something.

I'm never using this shit again. Is it so much to ask that I get to WEAR an outfit before I put holes in it??

12 comments:

amy said...

Oh, that sucks. I just got some to Kool-Aid dye with my 6yo. I'm teaching him to knit, and I thought he'd like the idea of picking colors, dyeing yarn, and knitting something with it. We'll still use it, but I hope it doesn't fall apart on the kid.

What other naked yarns do you recommend?

deirdre said...

Ohhhhh, how frustrating - you did a great patch-up job, though - I think you're the only one who can see the flaws you mention...

Carol said...

Was it superwash Bare? I have a box full waiting to be dyed, both fingering and worsted superwash Bare. Now I'm thinking I shouldn't waste my time. But what do I do with it all?

Amy Lane said...

Wow--holy crap that sucks. So, were you like, nalbinding to get that to work? Just wondering, because the patch job looks a.maz.ing.

Liz said...

Great rescue job on the three-row grafting, but there's something seriously wrong with that yarn. I've only dyed the Bare laceweight (they don't ship here, so you have to choose stuff you're never going to see and make a pact with a friend in the US...) and it was fine; which was this?

Lauralness said...

That sucks royally. Your fix is awesome but I'm still sorry that you had to do it in the first place.

cedar said...

stunning fix job, i am impressed...what I would do is email knit picks...they don't want to have it known that their product is f...??!!@ so now the internet news travels so fast, they will want to repay you or do something before the bad news spreads...I found they very good with broken needles etc. their customer service is good as nothing is so bad as bad press with such a knitting following they need all the good press they can get...so perhaps you can get something for your hard work....

RobynR said...

You handled that nicely. In my house there would have been tears, cursing, and finally a lovely leaping hot bonfire in the yard. Or felting . . . the felines can always use something new to ignore.

Bells said...

Fabulous patch up job Julie! Wow. Nice one.

I haven't worn any of my knit picks yarn though. I'll see how well Sean's sock wear and make up my mind then!

Donna Lee said...

I can't see where you patched it. I doubt anyone will notice. It does suck that you had to pull out that particular skill even before you wore the sweater. And I like the idea of telling the doctor "I spun and handknit this sweater" when they start questioning your need for meds vs therapy.

Roxie said...

Exquisite patch job. Invisible mending with knobs on.

historicstitcher said...

Just dawned on me, right now, at work, that the KnitPicks thing could have been from your carpet moths getting to the yarn!

All it would take would be a few choice bites, like in the lace yarn!!