Skeins of Road to China Light yarn in Topaz.

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Skeins of Road to China Light yarn in Topaz.Ahhh…new yarn!  If shopping for clothes in Helena is tough, finding beautiful yarn is even harder. We have a small local yarn store and I try to buy yarn but it is all SCRATCHY….and there are never enough skeins in the same colorway for a sweater.

The plan for my next project was to make a Junegrass Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge. A couple of weeks ago, I bought the pattern and started selecting yarn online. After picking out the yarn I wanted, I asked my friend about the yarn and without hesitation she said NO!

Picture of Jamie of Fancy Tiger Crafts wearing Junegrass Pullover
Photo from Fancy Tiger Crafts

Feeling like I needed to see and touch the yarn, I decided to hit the road in search of yarn. Those of you who follow me on Instagram (@domesticstrata) may have seen my trip last week, down to Ennis, MT.  It all came about because I needed YARN.

Sign in Nevada City, MT, reads CHEAP CASH STORE
The opposite of this yarn….

I instantly fell in love with the Topaz colorway of this Road to China Light yarn from The Fibre Co. and even though my pattern called for a DK weight and this is a sport weight, I decided to risk it. This yarn is so soft and amazing. It is a mix of Alpaca, Silk, Camel, and Cashmere and feels incredible.

Swatch knitting gauge test for Road to China Light in Topaz colorway.

The risk did not pan out and I could not get the proper gauge. Now I had yarn, but not a pattern.  I headed over to Ravelry to search. Since I had made several swatches for Junegrass, I knew that the yarn looked great at 24 sts/32 rws. After a ton of browsing, I ended up selecting Flax Light by Tin Can Knits.  I picked this pattern mainly because it fit my gauge perfectly, I successfully made the Flax sweater last year, and it is a FREE pattern.

Tin Can Knits, grey Flax Light Sweater.
Photo from Tin Can Knits.

I am going to change things up a bit. Instead of doing ribbing, I am going to work a seed stitch on the edges. I plan on leaving out the garter section on the sleeves because I don’t want all my hand knit sweaters to look the same and will probably shorten to ¾ sleeves like the Junegrass Pullover.

Casting on my Flax Light sweater in Road to China Light Topaz yarn.

Have a good Monday,

Madeleine

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