Monday, February 11, 2013

For the love of cotton

Prior to this project I had only knit with cotton twice. The first time was a long, large heavy cabled jacket made of Rowan Denim. I came out of that thinking that cotton had certain characteristics: it was heavy and dense and made my hands hurt. It took a couple of years for me to approach the idea of cotton again, but I wasn't going to make a bikini out of wool. That would be silly, right?

And I found I really like the way working with cotton felt. It wasn't the cotton that had made my hands hurt in the first place,  I suspect it was the cables. And cotton is smooth and drapey and airy and wonderful, or at least it is as knit up the summer jumper I am currently knitting.

In fact, this has a drape and texture a little like the Wollmeise that I loved so much for Tempest.  I'm already thinking about my next cotton project. Maybe an 8ply jumper for Leon?

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