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it’s (almost) gansey time!

I’ve got another swatch for y’all. This time, for something that is not striped:

gansey swatch

What you see there is Schoeller Stahl Morea, a sport-weight yarn, on size 3 needles, which gives me a gauge of 7 sts./inch. This is the yarn I’m planning to use to knit my modernized version of a gansey, with waist-shaping and set-in short sleeves, during this year’s Tour de France. Because what says “French cycling race” better than a traditional British fisherman’s garment? Nothing, that’s what I say! You can see the beginnings of my (not very good) sketching underneath the swatch. I’m still thinking through exactly which designs I want in my gansey, but I’m quite eager to get started. I’ll do my best to hold off until July 4th to actually cast on, but I’m not sure I can manage the wait. I’m looking forward to le Tour de Gansey, part trois!

Speaking of ganseys, thanks to a tip from Sarah, I now have a beautiful colorcard to play with:

frangipani colorcard

It’s from here. They are revitalizing gansey yarns with a whole bunch of gorgeous colors, and I am now seriously tempted to order a cone or two, now that I’ve gotten to see it first-hand. I’m envisioning not just ganseys, but also colorwork yokes (of course!). We’ll just see.

18 thoughts on “it’s (almost) gansey time!”

  1. The yarn has such wonderful twist and color selection. I agree that it would make a lovely colorwork yoke. I’m looking forward to watching the gansey progress, too!

    1. I am indeed! It’s actually the same mountain theme as I used in my gansey last year, but it will have very different patterns surrounding it.

      -whitney

  2. Nice plans! Following on Yarndude, a mountain theme on the front would mean you could say British Gansey during the French Tour, right?

  3. Can’t wait to see what you come up with. I have a Danish Nattrojer on the needles in the Frangipani – the Claret colorway. Great yarn, and Jan is wonderful too!

    1. Thanks! The gansey is almost all charted out now. I am really looking forward to getting a cone of the Frangipani one of these days.

      -whitney

  4. Ive always loved the look and the stories behind the traditional ganseys. It will be very interesting to see how your modern gansey goes- really looking forward to seeing pics:)

    1. Thanks! I’m hoping that the combination of a more modern, fitted shape with traditional gansey techniques and motifs will be a good one.

      -whitney

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