I bought some Sari Silk about a year ago off ebay and got a fantastic deal. When I got it, I was in awe of all of the colors and how beautiful the yarn looked, trying to ignore the terribly musty and icky smell.
I thought it would make a neat clapotis or shawl. So I casted on for the clapotis. However, as I was knitting with it, I noticed how dirty it was. (I have blog posted about this before.) It took awhile to wind the yarn up into balls, so the thought of winding the balls into a hank and washing them just seemed a waste of my time.
As I would knit with it, my throat would feel scratchy and I would start to think about the possibility of getting some weird illness from dust or dirt from the other side of the world. Silly, I am sure, but other people handled this yarn and it was dirty. I would find fingernails and other odd things spun into the yarn. Gross, but I tried to be open minded. It is just yarn and these were probably nice people spinning it, but still…
So I put the clapotis down and told myself I will either frog it or one day finish it.
This was over a year ago.
A week ago, I decided that I needed to knit some of my novelty and misc yarns into scarves. I have a few things I am doing soon where I will need gifts and thought big scarves would be perfect. I will have to talk about the novelty yarns I used in another blog post. It is interesting. But that isn’t what I am posting about today.
I decided to try the Sari Silk yarn again and just make a simple garter stitch/drop stitch scarf. Again, the yarn was dirty, smelly, and made me squirm. I knit with size 17 needles and in less than 2 days I had a nice long scarf. I bound off the scarf and threw it in the washing machine on gentle.
I had read that this yarn softens up real nicely after washing it. I put it on a long soak. The washing machine smelled like gasoline. GASOLINE! My scarf!! How crazy is that? Tony said it smelled like a tire store. I thought it was gas. Tony has a bad sense of smell and rarely can smell anything.
After it washed, I looked at it and there was a huge gaping hole. Not only that, but the yarn some how sealed itself off, so I can’t find the ends. I have thought of a few ways to fix it, like taking more of that yarn and trying to sew the hole closed. I don’t know. That would require me to touch the dirty yarn again.
I suppose I could wind it all into long hanks and wash it…
ps…it is pretty, isn’t it…even with the hole…