FO Alert

I’ve finally finished my Sunrise Circle Jacket!  Yippee!  I started it last September and it sat sleeping while I made Christmas presents and then socks.  I decided I had to finish it this weekend, and by god, I did.  I only cheated a little – I am using a child’s sized red chopstick as a closure instead of making crocheted loops and sewing on buttons.  There was already enough sewing on this thing!  Here it is:

I made this with Rowan “Summer Tweed” and I just LOVE the result.  I steamed it to block it and suddenly became this flat, soft lovely fabric with the perfect drape for this project.  I would definitely use this yarn again.  It is 70% silk and 30% cotton.  Unfortunately, I’m not heading to Amsterdam tonight for Stitch ‘n Bitch, but you can bet that NEXT Monday I’ll be wearing it to show everyone.  I’m so happy it’s done!

I’ve also been working a bit on the Spina socks.  These twisted stitches are hard on my hands.  I also had to frog the first foot section because I realized too late that I was supposed to knit the twisted stitches also through the back loop.  I ripped and started again.  Sigh.  I am a victim of my own perfectionism.

Now, I have to tell you something interesting.  I will be the person who says “The Emperor has no clothes!”

I do not like Wollmeise sock yarn.  There, I’ve said it.

I love the colors.  The colors are stunning and I still can’t capture that well with a camera.  But the base yarn itself is not nice at all.  It is overspun and twists up all the time.  I’m constantly untwisting it.  Secondly, it splits so easily it’s just ridiculous.  And when you are knitting constant twisted stitches on size 2mm needles (lace needles even), it’s easy to drop a stitch or start to lose a stitch.  But with this yarn it’s TERRIBLE to pick up again.  It splits into 9 little threads that look and feel more like cotton than wool.  There’s no crimp to hold it together.  I don’t know what all the fuss is about with this yarn.  Why are people paying crazy prices for it on eBay?  OK, color is great, but if you have to fight with the yarn the whole time, it’s just not fun anymore.  I have 1 other skein to make a pair of La Digitessa socks, which I will do, but then I think my love affair with Wollmeise is over.

So, dear readers, what is YOUR favorite sock yarn?  And what won’t you knit with ever again?

5 Comments

  1. Okay. Number one: I love the jacket and I’m sorry I won’t be there next week to see it, but maybe I’ll have a chance to see it some time in the future. It’s a great look for you and it fits wonderfully. Number two: I had some wool that kept splitting and wouldn’t act right. That’s why I turn my lip up at Lanna Grossa. It’s not all bad. It’s just that some of it has turned me off. Missed you last night.

  2. Your jacket looks fantastic, Ive admired that pattern on Ravelry for a while myself. I did a bit of sock knitting last year but none since..I do love Opal wool though and look forward to knitting it up in the Harry potter colourways I bought. I have only ever attempted the basic sock pattern but the wool itself is so interesting. I was sent some Cascade Fixation by an American friend which is 98% cotton and will be great for summer socks I hope.

  3. The Sunrise Circle is GORGEOUS! Congratulations!!!! I just love it!

    RE: Wollmeise: I agree, it’s really the colors that make it so special. The yarn base is not ideal to knit with– it takes a whole lot of patience, with all the twisting and splitting. And I often have to go down to 2.0mm/US0 to knit it, so sometimes the socks feel like they take FOR-EV-ER. But on the plus side, I really really like the knitted-up fabric. And I find that, unlike *a lot* of the “superwash” socks in my sock drawer, it really holds up it’s consistency and doesn’t felt at all over many washings. So yea, def def def pluses and minuses.

    A favorite sock yarn? Maybe that’s like picking a favorite child? Could never do it! 😉

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