I’m currently paused between projects. I merely have to install the orange zipper in the freshly lengthened gray Ribby Cardi. I feel shameful having a sterotypical unfinished object sitting there, staring at me, reminding me about itself being unfinished.
In the mean time I’ve been swatching some yarns I picked up at a fire sale at Hilltop Yarn in Seattle. Everything in the store was 50% off, the line went out the door, down the block and around the corner, inside was packed to the point where nobody could move. Despite the crazy I came home with Rowan All Seasons Cotton and Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton, both of which I am loving.
I also swatched some Brown Sheet Cotton Fleece yarn. I’ve read that some knitters who find wool scratchy can wear Cotton Fleece with no trouble, but as I was knitting the swatch I found the yarn unpleasant to use, not quite scratchy but definitely not soft the way it feels when I touch the skein. So much for me and a little bit of merino.
I seem to have abandoned any immediate plans to use the Berroco Comfort yarn as it’s too drapey when knit at a Worsted gauge, just splitty enough to be discouraging and, in certain light, slighty shiny. I think I’m mostly afraid that it will look like acrylic yarn.
A friend mentioned that she has been knitting purl bumps into her swatches to indicate which needle size she used, which think is brilliant, so I started doing it as well. Is this one of those knitting things that everybody does but has somehow escaped me?
The new Knitty came out and I am smitten with the Lace Ribbon Scarf. At first I found myself wondering how it would look if I used an Aran weight yarn, it seems to have slipped my mind that Fingering cotton yarns exist. This is one of those things Ravelry is excellent for, the yarn browser turns up fourteen pages of Fingering weight cotton. I have my eye on Rowan 4 Ply Cotton or Jaeger Pure Cotton.
My next sweater will be a modified Central Park Hoodie with a collar instead of a hood and maybe a little front crossover action for that extra-cozy feeling and the ability to make a front closure using a few large snaps instead of creating a button band. I’m currently liking snaps.