First, thanks so much to everyone for such lovely comments on my shawl! I’m really happy with it, and I can say, after it kept my shoulders warm in a freezing classroom last night, that’s it’s every bit as functional as it is pretty. Yay!
After the shawl, I was feeling good. I decided I’d cast on for a little, summery, cropped cardigan, and went to the ever-popular Anthropologieie-Inspired Capelet. I thought I’d use up the Rowan All Seasons Cotton I received with my membership; it’s a really lovely purple, and knits up well. I swatched and got a perfect 4 st/in gauge, and was well on my way.
Except I wasn’t. When I was knitting the swatch, I kept noticing an ache in the tendons on my left hand. I knit continental, so this was a real problem. However, being stubborn and dumb, I kept on plugging. I washed the swatch, measure the gauge, and cast on.
After one night of knitting, having to take pauses after every row to stretch my hand, I accepted the truth: this yarn, while a dream knitted up and quite pretty, is killing my hands. I don’t know what it is; I’ve knitted two entire garments out of cotton blend yarns and been fine. However, those were of Cotton Fleece (*love*), and I can only assume that it’s the touch of sproingy wool that made it bearable. This is a concern, as I’ve got some cotton/silk blends in the stash that I haven’t tried yet. Does anyone suffer when using cotton yarn? Does the silk give it any bounce, or is it painful? I guess I’ll wait and see.
So that brings me to this: Does anyone want this yarn? It’s pictured here(and on my Ravelry stash page). I’ve got three whole skeins that are untouched, and one that is partially knitted which I will rewind into a ball. The only part missing from that one ball is the swatch, which I am happy to include in case a yarn emergency emerges. I’ve been known to from my swatches in a moment of panic. The colorway is Pansy, a nice, somewhat muted, springy purple.
While this yarn was technically my free gift with membership for joining Rowan, I consider it expensive when one looks at the cost of a subscription. I still wouldn’t expect money for it, but I’d love to replace it in my stash. Would anyone want to swap? I’d consider lots of options: similar yardage of a cotton/wool blend, any kind of wool really, sock yarn, etc. Any takers? I’d hate to waste this yarn, as it really is lovely. Leave a comment here or message me on Ravelry (I’m Muchadored there, too) and we can figure it out!
Note: While this is a smoke free home, we do have cats, and they do shed a lot during the spring and summer. Only one skein has been out; the other three have been safely tucked away in my yarn chest with their friends cedar and lavender.