Ok, so it was a week ago… but I’ve been busy! My second year of blogging has passed, and I love it as much as ever! I thought I would try to turn last year’s feature into a tradition… one where I talk about how various yarns have held up in the sweaters I’ve made this year.
1. Printed Silk Cardigan in Frog Tree Pima Silk – I get a lot of nice compliments on this sweater. The yarn has stretched a bit, but nothing you wouldn’t expect for a cotton/silk blend. It’s nice and cool and light. I might not use this yarn again because of the splittiness (the memory has not yet faded) but so far it is holding up well!
2. Juliet in Cotton Fleece: One of my most favorite sweaters. I love the swingy shape that’s so popular right now. This color of cotton fleece has faded a bit – it’s more peach than terra cotta, but I still love it!
3.Green Gable in Knitpicks Comfy – I don’t wear this so often, because even though I added 2.5 inches to the body it’s still way short. The yarn itself is holding up ok – a little fuzzy maybe – but the real problem is that it catches every piece of lint in a room. It was lovely to work with, but I have concerns about it long term, so I wouldn’t use it again.
4. Thermal in Knitpicks Gloss – Everything they say about Gloss is true – it stretches insanely upon washing. I made my sweater too small, and now it’s a bit big, but it is lovely and warm, and I like to wear it on cold days. The yarn otherwise is holding up great – no pilling, and the color has stayed true through washing.
5. Tree Jacket in Valley Yarns Colrain – I love this sweater – it’s unusual but not crazy looking. Colrain is one of my true yarn loves – soft and shiny, and it holds up great! My sweater has no pilling, and I wore this all the time last winter. It does attract lint thought, but not too bad.
6. Tuxedo top in Berroco Naturlin – Like knitting with twine, but the results are so worth it. I don’t wear this much because I’m always cold, but whenever I do it makes me so happy! The yarn gets softer with every wear, just like they say with linen.
7. Briar Rose in Moda Dea Fashionista – The only sweater here that I do not wear. I cannot seem to figure out what to wear it with, and the yarn is pilling badly after only a few outings. It was strange to knit with, and I cannot recommend it for garments (but I bet it would make a lovely soft blanket!)
1. Something Red in Blue Sky cotton – Sometimes you have to learn for yourself – for instance, I had to learn that this yarn really does wear as badly as they say. I have worn this a lot (I always get tons of compliments on it) and it’s stretched out and really worn looking. I could live with the wear if only it would stop stretching – at this point it is far wider in the shoulders than I am.
2. Flutter Sleeve Cardigan in O Wool Balance – I wanted to try this yarn forever. It was a bit rustic to knit with – papery and full of twigs. But the sweater is great – lightweight and soft, and it holds its shape well. I find short sleeved cardigans hard to wear (as I said, I am a cold person!) but this is my favorite!
3. Vest Evereste in Cascade 220 heather – I love vests, why don’t I knit more? I will have to make one this winter (Victoria from the new Kim Hargreaves is first.) This vest has held up wonderfully – it has not stretched, and the yarn looks like new. I’m planning to knit Forecast with Cascade 220 this year, since this was such a success.
4. Comfy Cardi in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino – I didn’t love this when it was done, but to my surprise it is one of my favorite sweaters now. I love Baby Cashmerino. It’s more tightly twisted than the other cashmerinos, and it does not pill a bit. I’m planning to knit Ripple, from Kim Hargreaves Nectar, from this yarn.
5. Gathered Pullover in Naturespun Sport – I love the color and the sleeves fit me perfectly, but I do wish I had made the body with a normal hem – I am always pulling at the rolled bottom. Ah well – I wear it all the time. It has not stretched or pilled, surprising for a cheap yarn knit at a loose gauge.
6. Emily in Venezia Worsted – This sweater is so luxurious – the silk yarn has a nice weight and drape and the color is beautiful! It has not pilled, although I am careful with it because of the silk content. It stretches a bit, to be expected with wool/silk blends, but it’s still one of my favorites. I do love this yarn, and I thought the price was very good
7. Central ParkHoodie in Kathmandu Aran – My favorite sweater, hands down. I must have worn this three times a week last winter. I know some people think the yarn is too rustic, but I didn’t find it to be too bad – I thought it was quite soft, if not a smooth knitting experience. It has not pilled, and it has not stretched. I am planning two knits this winter out of this, one of my favorite yarns (28 Thirty and Bianca’s Jacket.) I am all about a soft tweed!
This year I have tried more complicated techniques – twisted stitches, cables, and lace. I have two sweaters nearly finished now, to make up for my slowness during the move. I hope the information on the yarn is useful to you all, I know I often wish I could know how a yarn does over time!
If you’ve read this far, here is a preview of the new color of our guest room (previously painted ceiling white everywhere with a hideous built in shelf.)
It’s a tad brighter in real life, a true french blue that I chose because it matches the french blue in my babette blanket (which will live in here as soon as I finish it!)