Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Yak

This was knitted using the garter carriage on a Brother 940. The yarn is 100% Yak hair, 2/14's used double. I bought the yarn in Hamburg, Germany. It has set in sleeves. I am especially pleased with this sweater. It is very soft. It fits me perfectly. I am particularly pleased with the collar. It fits just as I hoped it would. Hugs my neck. Also the roll is at it should be. The trick is to knit it on as low a tension as you can. This was knitted on tension 4 whilst to main pieces were on tension 8. I have washed and tumble dried on hot. The shrinkage was taken into account before the sweater was knitted. I washed and tumbled the swatch before measuring.
The washing machine now needs to be cleaned out as this did shed a lot! However, the sweater is now very soft and fuzzy. A bold garter stitch pattern was designed for this reason.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! I bet it is very warm.

cit said...

It is beautiful, naturally, Colin, but I like very much the OX/N sweater. I shall read again all
that was said about it on this site.

loulou said...

Hi Colin,

Still waiting for a "failed" project from you! ;-) .
Everything is beautiful in this sweater!

anne said...

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Anonymous said...

Beautiful work!
ullis

Anonymous said...

Colin,
The detail in your work astounds me.
You must be the best dressed man where ever you go and turn many heads.
You have much to be proud of.

And let me tell you the photo of Tantra with her head cocked to one side is one to be framed and hung. It just talks to you.

thanx for the inspiration
Linda

nat said...

Colin,

It looks soft and beautiful! Does it itch the skin?

ol said...

Hi Colin,

A very lovely sweater, well made and I like your garter carriage pattern
too.
Well done, another successful creation.

Anonymous said...

Nice one Colin! Really like the collar - how is this done?? I have a neck like a giraffe and love high collars but not bulky polos.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, as always, Colin. I really like the patterning. I have a question for you, tho. When you are designing a sweater with a pattern such as that, or any other all-over pattern (like multiple cables, eg.) how do you figure out how to adjust the number of stitches for the overall sweater?

elaine said...

Colin.I truly enjoy watching your creations. They make me happy.

ghisflorin said...

"Well, Colin, you're so talented that I'll end up being full of complexes. I'm a beginner knitter and I admire your work.

Anonymous said...

Colin, that sweater is just beautiful as are all of your sweaters. this one
looks really "hugable" like you could just melt into it. It even looks soft
in the photos. Love the sort of basket weave pattern also.
DEV

cat said...

That sweater is gorgeous. It looks very yummy and soft. Was the sweater made on machine or did you knit it? Do you live in Germany or where you visiting?
Hugs!

dot said...

Well done Colin, It is very elegant looking.
Did you block this? Have you tried it on?
Looks like it might be a bit scratchy (but I hope not)
Again, well done.

Mary-Lou said...

Very nice! - looks quite similar (in texture) to the buffalo yarn I saw at Ally Pally last month. Is it as soft as it looks?

Anonymous said...

Colin... the sweater is so beautiful and soft looking, I ache to touch it. Congratulations on a superb project..!

... Nancy

Jill Schaefer said...

You do really good work! :-)

Jenn said...

Love the pattern you used for this sweater, it looks really warm and comfortable! And the rolled neck is a nice touch....

JoLene Treace said...

Colin you have some exceptionally beautiful knitting. Good job. Lovely dogs, too.

Mary Beth said...

Love the rolled neckline, Colin. Eye Candy!

Dana said...

Hi - I am actually a weaver and I am looking for yak hair to weave with. Your blog came up when I googled yak hair - any suggestions on a source?