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??