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Jun 11, 2013 18:12:50   #
lneighbors3
 
Hello y'all,

I am thinking of making a shawl using a color changing yarn. I know about Noro and Knitpicks Chroma.

What is your favorite? What size? Why?

Thanks,
Lynne
 
Jun 11, 2013 18:18:28   #
Judyh
 
I will be watching as I too am looking for a long color change yarn.
Jun 11, 2013 18:28:38   #
dwagner
 
lneighbors3 wrote:
Hello y'all,

I am thinking of making a shawl using a color changing yarn. I know about Noro and Knitpicks Chroma.

What is your favorite? What size? Why?

Thanks,
Lynne


I just finished a pair of socks, with Painted Desert. As I was knitting I realized just how long the color change was. Not wanting to frog it, I just continued, however I couldn't get the pair to match,which sorta gripped me. Back to the yarn, I thought to myself how beautiful the Painted Desert yarn would be worked as a shawl. Which is now on my 'to do list'. :wink:
Jun 11, 2013 18:36:59   #
Peggy Beryl (a regular here)
 
dwagner wrote:
I just finished a pair of socks, with Painted Desert. As I was knitting I realized just how long the color change was. Not wanting to frog it, I just continued, however I couldn't get the pair to match,which sorta gripped me. Back to the yarn, I thought to myself how beautiful the Painted Desert yarn would be worked as a shawl. Which is now on my 'to do list'. :wink:


dwagner: What brand of yarn is Painted Desert? I too am looking for such a yarn for a new shawl pattern.
Jun 11, 2013 18:39:58   #
ompuff
 
I'm currently knitting a ball of Angora Designs from Ice Yarns and it has nice long color runs. Working up beautifully. It's a blend of angora, wool and acrylic.

Of course, when ordering from Ice you have to order 4 balls--unless you can find it somewhere else such as ebay.

:) :thumbup:
Jun 11, 2013 20:44:36   #
dwagner
 
Peggy Beryl wrote:
dwagner: What brand of yarn is Painted Desert? I too am looking for such a yarn for a new shawl pattern.


Painted Desert is made for Knitting Fever, Inc. Another one I have that I really really like and will for sure do a shawl with is Cascade Yarns, Heritage Silk Paints, it has long color changes.85% merino superwash wool/15% mulberry silk. . .YUM :thumbup:
 
Jun 11, 2013 21:27:45   #
linzers
 
How about Zauberball and Zauberball Crazy? I made a beautiful Wingspan last year with this yarn. Not only were the color repeats long, the changes were gradual as well.
Weren't people disappointed with the number of knots that can be found in Noro? Correct me if I'm wrong on this one.
Jun 11, 2013 21:31:46   #
maureenb (a regular here)
 
A fairly inexpensive yarn that I used quite extensively for my Wingspans is Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable,it's very soft and works up great.I have also used Bernat's Mosiac,but do not care for the yarn texture.(see my post of wingspans to see color changes)
Jun 11, 2013 22:32:48   #
maureenb (a regular here)
 
maureenb wrote:
A fairly inexpensive yarn that I used quite extensively for my Wingspans is Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable,it's very soft and works up great.I have also used Bernat's Mosiac,but do not care for the yarn texture.(see my post of wingspans to see color changes)




Jun 11, 2013 23:14:00   #
lneighbors3
 
Thanks for the replies so far. I had forgotten about the Zauberball - thanks for that reminder.

I definitely want a wool or wool/nylon or wool/?? something blend for blocking. I have even thought about some silk or cashmere, but I have not seen any of those with long color changes.

Here is the shawl I am planning to make with it (at some point):
[http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bermuda-scarf]

I bought the pattern several years ago and actually lost it in my craft room :oops: :oops:

Lynne
Jun 11, 2013 23:19:53   #
dwagner
 
lneighbors3 wrote:
Thanks for the replies so far. I had forgotten about the Zauberball - thanks for that reminder.

I definitely want a wool or wool/nylon or wool/?? something blend for blocking. I have even thought about some silk or cashmere, but I have not seen any of those with long color changes.

Here is the shawl I am planning to make with it (at some point):
[http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bermuda-scarf]

I bought the pattern several years ago and actually lost it in my craft room :oops: :oops:

Lynne
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Nice pattern. Resembling ocean waves would something for my daughter who loves the ocean. She and her husband fish off shore several times a year. A perfect wrap for her. Thanks for sharing. :thumbup:
 
Jun 12, 2013 00:36:48   #
MamaBonz 55
 
lneighbors3 wrote:
Hello y'all,

I am thinking of making a shawl using a color changing yarn. I know about Noro and Knitpicks Chroma.

What is your favorite? What size? Why?

Thanks,
Lynne


I don't have an answer for you, but I l went over to Ravelry to check it out. What a lovely pattern. I was amazed at the number of entries in the Project Gallery - 584! Many of them have notes about the yarns used; also in the Yarn Ideas for that pattern. These might be helpful. Best of luck with your shawl. Be sure to how it to us!

Happy Knitting. . . .
Jun 12, 2013 06:37:16   #
linzers
 
lneighbors3 wrote:
Thanks for the replies so far. I had forgotten about the Zauberball - thanks for that reminder.

I definitely want a wool or wool/nylon or wool/?? something blend for blocking. I have even thought about some silk or cashmere, but I have not seen any of those with long color changes.

Here is the shawl I am planning to make with it (at some point):
[http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bermuda-scarf]

I bought the pattern several years ago and actually lost it in my craft room :oops: :oops:

Hi Lynn, I love this pattern. I haven't purchased it yet, but it has been on my to do list for a while. If you pull the pattern up on Ravelry, and click yarn ideas you will see that Silk Garden Sock has been used 109 times, Taiyo Sock has been used 68 times. Sift through the pictures of projects sorted by yarn choice. You should be able to get an idea of color distribution, intensity, and variation by manufacturer. This feature always helps me when I am matching yarn to project. This may also have been where I understood to expect knots with Noro...here and in "Clapotis". Similar design features are in "Thinking of Waves" and "Sunny Delight". Please post pictures so we can see what you have decided, not meant to pressure you. I know I can easily be stuck in this part of the planning phase for months while I work on other things.

Lynne
Thanks for the replies so far. I had forgotten ab... (show quote)
Jun 12, 2013 06:47:11   #
courier770
 
Zauberball, as previously mentioned has long color runs but don't forget the JoJoland yarns. Very gradual color changes that are perfect for shawls. JoJoland has a fingering weight and a DK weight. The selection of colors is quite large too.

You can find their yarns at many on line retailers.
Jun 12, 2013 07:53:35   #
Loramarin
 
Kauni is another similar to Zauerball. It feels rough when knitting, but softens when washed. Freia is another fabulous color changing yarn: http://www.freiafibers.com/store_flux_lace.htm
Wolle's creation is mostly cotton.
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