Damn you, Windows Update. Or maybe Live Writer. Whichever of you decided not to save my half-written post the other day when the computer restarted, you’re on notice!
That half-written post was pretty funny; it’s too bad that it was lost.
C’est la vie; we shall move on. So where did I leave off… Oh yes, the Great Summer Yarn Search of 2010 (for a Cardigan that I’m Not Even Going to Make Because I Haven’t Finished Lowell’s Sweater and even if I Did I Wouldn’t Be Able to Finish It Before I Leave on the 18th of May Because of All the Other Things I Have to Do).
I started this search by looking at the projects for the February Lady Sweater on Ravelry and seeing what yarn other people have used. This then led to checking out the yarn’s ratings on Ravelry and other projects made with this yarn. The problem was, most of the star ratings and comments didn’t say anything about how the yarn wears; they mostly mentioned how the yarn was to work with. And while that is very important (no one wants to work with a yarn that is so stiff that it hurts the hands), I really wanted to know if the finished object pilled or stretched or looked ratty after a while and how it feels to wear: heavy, warm, prone to snag? So I started searching the forums, then the web in general, for this info.
After a while, I realized that I don’t have a lot of experience with plant fibers when not blended in small amounts with wool. This surprised me, because I have cotton and linen and acrylic yarns in my stash. Every year when the weather starts to get warm and sunny, I buy some plant fibers to “try them out” for summer knitting. But apparently I never made that final step to actually knitting them and seeing how they behave.
So, I have excavated my plant fibers from my stash and added a few popular yarns from the LYS. I will swatch them, wash them, hang them, and wash them again to stress test these yarns. Pilling will be exposed! Splitting will be revealed! Sag will be analyzed! And out of the goodness of my heart, I will write about these swatches for you to read!
Stay tuned to hear about swatches knit from:
Cascade Cotton Rich DK (64% cotton/36% nylon)
Berroco Pure Pima (100% Pima cotton)
Spud & Chloe Sweater (55% superwash wool/45% cotton)
As well as:
Top: Knit Picks Shine Sport (60% Pima cotton/40% Modal)
Bottom: Knit Picks CotLin DK (70% Tanquis cotton/30% linen)
And a mystery yarn! (It’s only a mystery because I didn’t take a picture of it and now I can’t remember what it is.)