When I saw the Wingspan project on Ravelry, I just had to make it! It’s my colours, it’s a challenge, it’s knitting, which means it’s going to take a long, long time for me to complete… but wow is it going to be worth it!!
What you’re looking at is a practice piece that I started after I ordered the yarn for it.
I went with a custom dye job of 4-ply Bluefaced Leicester from ChimeraCrafts for my project. The reason was simple: Yardage. I wanted to make the largest size of the three in the pattern, and that needed more yarn than there is in a standard 4-ply variegated yarn cake, so I sent a photo from the pattern to Beki, and she said she would custom dye some yarn for me so that I could make it! I’m fairly sure the smaller sizes can be made with Scheepjes Whirl, but I couldn’t take the chance that there wouldn’t be enough for the large.
All the Colours!
I was practicing the pattern, which required me to learn quite a few new stitches, and when I found out my yarn had been dispatched, I immediately cast off the existing Wingspan practice piece so I could be ready to cast on as soon as I got it! I was not disappointed. What beautiful yarn, and such beautiful colours! Also, I must tell you, they arrived in hanks which need to be wound into balls, and I do not yet own a yarn swift, which you would use to hold the opened hank for winding. This has historically presented a problem and I end up with hours and hours of untangling just to wind the ball, but this time it was different!
I don’t know if it was the care with which these yarns are wound onto the hanks or what, but I was able to wind the first hank completely without incident just by hanging it around my neck!
More photos as I progress with this beautiful design in these beautiful colours!