Sally just shared her beautiful Vitamin D so I thought I would also share mine. “Imitation” is defined loosely: we used the same pattern – Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier – and the same type of yarn – Madelinetosh Merino Light – but the results are very different.
My “D” is striped and long and has long sleeves. Some of you may recall that I bought some MadTosh at Yarnover:
The colors are Worn Denim and Grove. I loved the Worn Denim and tried to find 4 skeins so I could knit a Vitamin D – alas, they only had three so I opted for the skeins shown, thinking I might make a 2-color shawl or something.
I found more Worn Denim on Webs, so I ordered 4 and asked them to match them as closely as possible. The color was NOTHING like the Worn Denim I already had — nothing. It was much lighter, more variegated and had beige and green tones in it. I loved it, but it was not the dark denim I expected. Three of the skeins matched really well and the 4th was too light and much more beige.
I knew I needed at least 4 skeins to make it the way I wanted. I first tried alternating the lighter skein with one of the “medium” skeins. It looked very striped. So. I decided to start knitting with the three matching medium skeins and hope for inspiration.
Stripes kind of stuck with me, but I did not want it to look unplanned — or like I had run out of yarn and threw in stripes out of desperation (we’ve all been there)! I decided the darkest skein would look nice striped with the lighter shade. But the green made it all “pop,” so I ultimately used all of the variations.
The top strip in the picture is actually the body color — the ‘medium’ Worn Denim shade. Then comes Grove (the green stripe). Next is the dark Worn Denim — I then used the lightest skein (the oddball) so that the contrast would be the greatest.
I also opted to twist my yarnover increases in the bottom section because I thought there would be way too much going on with the holes every which way in the striping. I haven’t truly blocked it yet either, but I may not bother. A light steaming is all I did and that may be enough.
All told I used 4.5 skeins = 1890 yards! A lot of knitting. But really worth it. This one I will wear all the time!!
Yarn: has to be reduced for aggravation!! B+
Addendum — I am watching the Big O-Games opening program and enjoying it immensely…great knitting backdrop!