I promised you some close ups of why I do not recommend this yarn. Here’s the thing — this yarn is hard to photograph! It has a sheen to it that prevents the full effect of the cabling as well as the flaws to be picked up by the camera, especially when you are a point and shoot gal like me who can’t stop the flash from going off. Anyway, I did manage to get some of them and fortunately they show up more on the wrong side of the work which for some reasons photographs better anyway.
The yarn is RYC Rowan Cashsoft DK. Each skein had numerous areas where it seemed to be underspun and undyed. They look like little fuzzies that could simply be picked off, but they are a part of the yarn’s structure and cannot be eliminated. I have heard from other knitters that there is an acceptable industry standard for flaws/knots etc. and I would not be surprised if this falls within their ranges.
I happen to be a lethal combination of both stubborn and lazy. These spots showed up from the word go and I should have simply put the project on hold and returned the yarn. But I really wanted to get this vest knitted and certainly didn’t feel like hassling with packing the skeins back up, and making a trip to the post office to send them back. So I knit on, hoping that they would mostly work out to be on the wrong side of the vest. I see now that this was a poor strategy.
I counted them up and there are eight such spots on the wrong side and nine on the right side!