Introduction to Planned Pooling - Sock Summit 2011
Introduction to Planned Pooling Gladys We and Karla Stuebing | Ravelry IDs: wenat and statnerd Planned pooling lets you take full advantage of the beautiful hand-dyed yarns in your stash. In this lecture, we’ll look at many kinds of pooling and talk about how you can create your own planned pooling projects with your handpainted yarn, as well as some dyeing options if you’re a dyer. First, let’s look at some hand-dyed yarn. As you can see, they come in a wide range of dyeing techniques and skein lengths. Task 1: Figure out your dye pattern Your first task will be to figure out if your yarn is dyed-in-the-round (as the Zen Yarn Garden on the left of the photo above) or across-the-skein (as the other yarns in the photo). The type of yarn you have will determine the kind of planned pooling project you can do. If you have a dyed-in-the-round skein, it will look best when knitted up in the round: a neckwarmer, or a shoulder wrap, though it will also pool flat in argyles. If you have a yarn that’s dyed across-the-skein, you can do either a round pooling project, or a flat project such as a scarf or a stole.