Thanks for all your kind comments on the Halcyon Aran! To answer a few questions . . .
I am curious about how you decide when you will backstitch your seams versus use mattress stich to sew your seams. I noticed that you use each technique at different times.
You are correct, ma’am!
One reason I backstitched here instead of mattress-stitching: I wanted a strong, firm seam at the shoulder straps, and I feel that backstitching is the stronger of the two.
I backstitched the side seams as well, because the seams are done on reverse stockinette stitch, and I don’t think my mattress stitch looks good on reverse stockinette.
I’m very pleased with the backstitch results.
Are you worried about how the sweater will wear if the yarn pulled apart so easily? Does it make a strong fabric?
Although you can pull the yarn apart very easily, it knit up beautifully in cables. With all the twists and turns and tugging, I didn’t have a single problem with the yarn. I think this sweater will wear very well.
Re: the vm in yarns, I’ve noticed a lot in Noro as well. This isn’t a yarn that I’ve used, but I noticed a lot of straw on the balls at the LYS, and heard some complaints about it too. Does it seem like they have a lot in their yarn too? Does any of it seem to come out with washing? I think this would drive me nutty(er).
I’ve noticed it in Noro Kureyon, but not a whole lot — when I’ve knitted with Kureyon, I’ve always managed to pick out any bits of straw while knitting.
Non-Wool Yarns for Arans
Thank you all for your great suggestions about non-wool yarns for Arans. I mentioned Rowan Calmer, but totally forgot about Rowan All Seasons Cotton, which a number of you mentioned. Doh!
There were lots of other great suggestions — visit yesterday’s comments to see them all.
I was particularly delighted to read this comment from Meg:
Jaeger has a new dk coming out this spring called Roma, which is a cotton blend with a little lycra built in. I had the opportunity to swatch it before ordering it for the store, and it is simply marvelous! Great stitch definition and feels like you’re knitting with wool.
I can’t wait to see and try out this yarn — it sounds perfect for me!
New Work in Progress
Contrary to what I reported last week, I’m not using the yarn I pictured for my current project. I started with it, but it wasn’t quite right for this project, so ripped it out and started over.
Louet Sales Gems Pearl merino fingering yarn in black and cream.
A Nordic-inspired pullover of my own design. I’m just beginning the bottom border! Eight stitches to the inch on size 2.5mm needles. Ahhhhh! I’m calling it “Rose.”
The beautiful variegated yarn I’m not using? I’ve got another idea for that!
Lucy’s not telling.