I still do not like knitting with cotton.
But I am enjoying working on the Watercolor Camisole, simply because the colors are so great, and the construction is so clever. It doesn’t take long to finish a diamond, and you are constantly changing colors and decreasing so there’s always something interesting going on.
But I hate the cotton itself, even if the colors are great. It’s Ironstone Flake Cotton, a thick & thin 100% cotton sportweight yarn. Held double. I feel like I’m knitting with nasty string. Ew, ew, ew. Not that there’s anything wrong with the yarn — I simply have an aversion to knitting with cotton.
But it sure looks purty.
I am making the 34″ size. That allows for very little ease, but I’m guessing that this puppy will stretch a bit, as is my experience with most 100% cotton yarn. And if it doesn’t, well, I’ll just look like a sexpot wearing it, right?
And While I’m Being Cranky
Could someone possibly invent a row counter that is both portable and works?
Maybe I’m being too picky, but I find that these type of row counters are very poorly made.
They sometimes take a lot of force to turn them, and I’ve had a number of them self-destruct after very little use.
I do have a couple of them that came with a knitting needle kit I bought ages ago in London. Straight needles, so I never use them anymore. It was made by Aero and came with two row counters, one large, one small. They were very nicely made, but over time became too easy to turn and would do so on their own.
It makes it kinda hard to keep track of what row you are on when your row counter turns whenever the hell it feels like it!
So I just bought one of these:
(From Elann, with my Smoochie yarn order, for those of you who are keeping score). More reliable, I think, but not something I can hang off my needle or pin to my work.
Speaking of Smooch, I got the pattern book in the mail yesterday. It was wrapped in this:
Purple tissue paper! Lucy is in ecstacy!
(By the way, in answer to a question in the comments, click on the Smooch button in my sidebar to find your way back to Alison’s blog, where I found out about the Smooch-Along.)
So if I can restrain myself until then, I’ll start the Smooch next week. It ought to be more fun to knit — the yarn has some acrylic content that’ll make it more pleasant to knit with.