Like knitting with acrylic.
Friends shouldn’t let friends knit with crappy yarn…….
It’s hard to believe that at some point acrylic was the newest and best thing on the handknitter’s radar; a full-blown miracle fiber in its convenience and cost effectiveness. I like to think that I’m not really a yarn snob, having begun my stitching odyssey crocheting afghans in miles of acrylic, but knitting with this stuff is a little like huffing a dream gone sour. I imagine some over-enthusiastic spinner somewhere exhausted their pile of wool roving and thought to themselves: Hmmmm. What to spin next? Well, here’s a nice little pile of steel wool. Let’s try that! And though it’s been killing my hands, trying to cable with the stuff, I did it anyway. Why? Oh, because of this little conversation:
Mom: Do you think you’ll have time to knit a pair of those gloves for B. before she leaves for Alaska? It’s in a couple weeks. Remember. Make them man sized.
Me: Well, I thought we were going to go out and get some nice yarn for her first.
Mom: Oh just use that stuff we got at the garage sale. She says the colors match the interior of her truck.
Me: Oooookaaaaay…… Except that’s acrylic and I think an animal fiber would keep her much, much warmer. I mean, she’s going to Alaska!
Mom: Yeah, but that stuff I gave you is machine-washable [this is like the holy grail for my Mom; things aren’t worth much if you can’t put them in the washing machine]. And it’s soft too [I find that debatable actually; seems scratchy as hell to me].
Me: (Refraining from complicating things by trying to explain that there is such a thing as superwash wool now) Sure Mom, I’ll get those finished up for you as soon as I can.
Pattern: Fetching from Knitty Summer 2006
Yarn: Caron Dazzle Sports in Onyx Black (CC) & Red Heart Super Saver Multis/Ombres in Grey Heather (MC); about 1/2 skein of the MC and small amount of the CC
Needles: Size 6 Susan Bates dpn’s
Mods: Quite a few actually. I cast on with the CC and worked 4 rnds in 4×1 rib, did the cable round and then switched to the MC. I worked one extra 4×1 rib and cable repeat before knitting the 18 rounds to the thumb. After putting the thumb on waste yarn, I knit 5 rnds in 4×1 rib, did the cable round, then repeated those 6 rnds for a total of 3 times. At that point I joined the CC and knit 7 rnds in 4×1 rib before casting off with the picot edge. These are really really looooooong. But they’re not for me so that should be fine. The recipient has the longest skinniest hands on the planet so I’m hoping they’re perfect for her.
Comments: I have made so many of these now that I’m actually getting really bored with the pattern. I still enjoy the finished product though and despite being made in acrylic, these don’t look half bad. It’s the feel I don’t like. But then again, I don’t have to like them. They’re not for me.
Remember kids: Life’s too short to knit with crappy yarn!