February 23, 2012

Not a joiner

It looks like knitting on the Saroyan has stopped. 

You see, I came across a knot. I have spent over a week trying to join together the yarn so that I could continue knitting. So far nothing works.

Malabrigo Silky Merino is a single ply yarn so I am unable to use a braided join.

I tried a Russian join but could not get it to secure. It just slips apart. This yarn is like taking a cotton ball, pulling it apart, and then trying to stick a needle through the middle. Add in a bit of silk and you have quite a slippery combination. There really isn't a "center" in this yarn.

Knotting the yarn will be my next try but I am not too confident that it will work. Plus, there is the whole idea of having a knot right in the middle of my knitting.

I have never been so disappointed in a project before. Actually, I am not so much disappointed in the actual project but more disappointed in myself.  Mom's birthday is tomorrow and there is no way this will be done by then.

I can't be the only one that has had trouble with this yarn. People use it every day and I know the Russian join has worked great for them. I have watched every video and read every online tutorial I could find and I still cannot complete what is considered a simple join with this particular yarn.

So here I am.....whining. Big time!

I hope that as soon as I post this complaint, I will magically come up with a join that will work with this yarn. Keep your fingers crossed for me, okay?

Saroyan




7 comments:

Don said...
There isn't a way to unknot it without having to go through these trials?

Friar Don, OBR
http://exposeyourbblog.com
Don said...
(PS, your comments break frames!! Please go to http://www.exposeyourblog.com/phpBB3 to learn how to fix that!)
Anji said...
I hope that someone sees this post and helps you out. What about working with double thread to merge the old and the new together?
stefani said...
@Don,
The knot in the yarn has been removed. The hassle now comes with trying to attach two ends without using a knot.

PS - the breaking frames issue should be fixed. Let me know if it is still a problem.
stefani said...
@Anji,
I hope to eventually find something that works. This yarn is so thin and slippery.
Alissa said...
i know you said you fixed this, but what about a felted join?
stefani said...
Hi Alissa,

I had thought about a felted join but when I asked around the info that I got was that a felted join would not be good for this particular yarn due to its silk content. So I didn't even try it.

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