Monday, February 23, 2015

Diving into Planned Pooling

A customer came in the other day asking about Planned Pooling. She had been watching  Knitting Daily. I had only heard of pooling as something bad

 and my limited imagination only let me extend to sock yarns and maybe how Noro behaves in entrelac.

  Let me tell you, Planned pooling can do so much more!

With the help of Google, I found a Pooling Planner. I am creating the link using the name of the web-site so as to keep the details clear. 
What opens up is simple (a blank slate until you enter your colors)

To get the best use of the planner, Use a yarn with distinct color changes like the Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn, and be aware that the design starts top to bottom.

Our shop is participating in an Indiana yarn crawl, Roving Indiana, and the feature yarn is a specially dyed lot of Lorna's Laces. I thought this would be the perfect time to experiment. 

My biggest help learning about pooling was from Dayana Knits and Twist Collective. They were enough to get me started.

Looks like I have quite bit more practice before a true argyle appears.

What have your heard about or experienced with Planned Pooling?