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?