to knit with yarn that you don’t like.
The last time I touched this Baby Bolero was when I took this photograph.
The thought of knitting more with this yarn just didn’t excite me. It was hard on my hands, and hard to control the gauge because the yarn doesn’t slip along itself. Look at the wonky stitches on the sleeve. So I bought new yarn.
I started this on the weekend, and it’s flying along. The yarn, Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton, is a joy to work with. It’s soft and “buttery.” I love it! I still have a slight issue with a column of loose stitches between dpns (hey, it’s cotton, and not resilient and forgiving like wool), but I’m dealing with that by moving the gaps every round. I just knit a couple stitches more or fewer on each needle. The stitch definition is great.
Here’s the same motif in the Mission Falls 1824 Cotton. You can see the structure of the yarn is different.
The 1824 is a cotton center with a thin thread wrapped around it. The Pure Cotton is two plies of equal size, twisted around each other. It’s a lot softer than the 1824. I think I’ll swatch for Angela Hahn’s Sorelle with the Pure Cotton; I’ve been wanting to knit that but haven’t found the right yarn for it. Do I need a blend? Angela used a cotton blend, and also recommended some wool/silk blends. What do you think?
In other news, I went to the other side of the mountains this weekend. Mount Hood looks backwards from over there!
I was at Kahneeta with a friend and her mom, hanging out for Mother’s Day. It’s warm and dry on the eastern side of the Cascades.
Lots of lizards hanging out there, too!
I arrived home at 3 on Sunday. The Teen made soba for Mother’s Day dinner, and it was delicious. I hope you had a great weekend, too.