December 20, 2006 1:46am CST
I love the effects of self-striping yarn. The idea behind it is you can have a garment that looks like you've used several different yarns, but it's all one long piece of yarn so there are no ends to sew in when you are through. The only downside is self-striping yarn is expensive. It's great for making striped socks. It's not the same as ombre yarn because the colors happen in random order.
22 Dec 06
I love self-striping yarn! But can you believe it - I've not actually used it yet! You see, I mostly make socks for my father, and he's really not a wild stripe or pattern type of guy. His favourite type of potato chips is regular, for pete's sake. :) And I've not splurged on some cool self-striping stuff for me yet. Recently my mon bought a few balls of Noro Kureyon for me to make her a pair of felted mitts, so I'm really looking forward to working on this! They are more varigated than self-striping, but the colour way has very long lengths of the same colour so the result is nice wide stripes of the same colour in whatever your making. Yay! ~Wyrdsister
• United States
26 Dec 06
I have seen this in the store, but I am skeptical of it. How do the stripes work out when we would sometimes be making items of different sizes? I can't see how it wouldn't get thrown off and not actually make stripes sometimes. On the other hand, I hate to change yarn colors and so I almost exclusively make solid color items. I use a little bit of varigated (sp?) to add in some color. Sometimes I'll do that in the border of a solid color aphgan. But I can't stand changing to a bunch of different yarns in a project.
• United States
7 Oct 11
i love this kind of yarn also i am currently in the process of knitting a sweater using this kind of yarn the colors consist of red burnt orange different shades of green and dark yellow and brown it reminds me of the colors of fall i have been working on it for like two years i like this yarn because it gives whatever you are making colorful i think it is too much of a pain to have to keep switching colors so this kind of yarn comes in handy if you can find a color scheme that you like
23 Dec 06
I sometimes dye wool like this to use in socks. Its quite tricky to do it so it stripes properly, you have to make a very long skein, almost 40 foot for big stripes, and dye sections of it. Usually I make a shorter skein before I dye it and just go for random splodges and speckles of colour rather than solid stripes. Its good fun to knit with