Unable to resist a bargain, I pounced on a pack of end of dye-lot yarns at a local shop. The shopkeeper had very cannily teamed the random grey and maroon with a dark purple and a soft raspberry. Once I was home I fished the grey mohair out of my huge wool stash and thought for a few days about what I should make.
Now I am well on the way making a cardigan. This is the first item I am knitting myself for years. Will it be ready to wrap up and surprise myself with at Christmas?
Although I love random yarns, I can't help controlling them. They have a nasty habit of falling into solid blocks of colour, and arranging themselves differently according to the number of stitches in a row. Casting on and working the first two rows of rib in dark purple contains the random effect; also, because the purple is 100% acrylic and the grey random is slightly thinner and 75% acrylic and 25% wool, the purple will give a more hard wearing edge.
The rib is worked on size 10 (3¼ quarter) needles.
For the main part of the knitting, I have changed to size 8 (4 mm) needles. The stitch is my favourite basket weave, with the plain and purl rows worked in the grey mohair, and the knit 2 purl 2 rows worked in the grey random, purple and raspberry in a sequence of stripes. The effect is textured and lightly fluffy, with the colour showing to best advantage on the front...
...and the fluff being thrown mainly to the back.
I am already dreaming up a matching hat. Or would that be too much?