Unisex Zip Revisited

It’s happened again. Soon after a book gets published, it seems that a yarn gets discontinued. The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters is no exception. The base yarn for the handdyed Briar Rose Legend that I used for the Unisex Zip is no longer available. Fortunately (I guess), this sweater is in the modified-drop shoulder chapter that is currently only available in the electronic version of the book (that chapter was cut from the print copy due to page constraints), so many of you may not even be aware of the problem.

I learned this sad news from Chris Rosien, owner and dyer of Briar Rose at Clara Parkes’ Knitter’s Review Retreat last month. But, there is a substitute! Glory Days, which is 100% bluefaced leicester (500 yards/8 ounces) should make a perfect match.
To test it out, Chris sent me four (4!) skeins of a beautiful handdyed red.

I plan to knit a substitute with it. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.