I just went to check out “Luanne,” and I noticed that it’s knit with Debbie Bliss Cashmere Cotton (or vice versa). Can you let us know if you prefer one over the other? Rowan’s CashCotton vs Debbie Bliss’, or how they differ, if you like them both for diff reasons?
They are very different yarns. The Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere is 85% cotton and 15% cashmere and has 109 yards per 50 gram skein. Suggested gauge is 5.5st/inch on a US size 5 needle.
The Rowan Classic Cashcotton DK is 35% Cotton, 25% Polyamide, 18% Angora, 13% Viscose, 9% Cashmere, with 142 yards per 50 gram skein. Suggested gauge is 5.5st/inch on a US size 5 needle.
The Debbie Bliss yarn has a much higher percentage of cotton, so it has a much more “true” cotton feel to it. The cashmere in it gives it a lovely soft touch, however. If I picked it up and didn’t know what it was, I’d guess it was mostly cotton. Duh.
The Cashcotton is like no other cotton I’ve experienced. (“I dunno, lad. It’s like no cheese I’ve ever tasted.” Extra points to you if you can identify that quote.) If asked to guess its composition, cotton would not be my first guess.
While the gauge for the two is very close, they knit up into very different fabrics. The Cotton Cashmere knitted fabric doesn’t feel as fragile as that of the Cashcotton.
Which do I prefer? They each have their place in the Great Pantheon of Yarns, but if I had to choose between the two, I’d choose the Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere.
I’ve not used the Manos Cotton Stria, by the way, so I can’t comment on it.
I did, however, finish my Blue Sky Organic Cotton sweater, Mel.
I also sat down at the spinning wheel for the first time in over a month. A couple of weeks ago, Brittany gave me this:
Lovely Fleece Artist handpainted merino. It now looks like this:
Brittany, I’ll leave it at Knit Happens for you on Wednesday.
Holtz & Stein Needles
A couple of people have asked me where I get my Holtz & Stein needles. Mine were all purchased at least a couple of years ago. It looks like nobody has them any more.
Lantern Moon is manufacturing ebony needles, but just dpns and straights, as far as I know. Anyone have any idea if they are planning to make circs as well?
What’s a Chibi?
It’s a little plastic case made by Clover that contains darning needles. I bought mine to live in my “travelling” knitting bag, as opposed to the cache of tools that I keep at home (in a ZipZaps® Micro RC Pit Kit Carrying Case).
No, none of those are my auctions. I found them by searching for “Clover Pink Chibi” on eBay.