Last week, Rona commented:
After reading all your comments about Calmer I am very tempted to get some and try it. You one said you did not like to knit with cotton, and I have never enjoyed it much. It’s either too heavy, stretches out of proportions or whatever, but I have not had much success with cotton. Why have you changed your mind about cottons? How much Calmer would I need for a sweatshirt style sweater?
I haven’t changed my mind about cotton — I still don’t like knitting with it. But these days, if I want to knit a sweater that has a chance of ever being worn by me, it can’t be in wool. I haven’t worn a wool sweater in 3 or 4 years because I am too warm. You may have noticed that I’ve knit a heck of a lot of socks and lace in the past few years. But I still like to and want to knit sweaters. So at some point, cotton has to enter the line-up.
Rowan Calmer is a very pleasant cotton to knit, because it is a soft stretchy blend. It’s not hard on the hands while you knit it, like some 100% cotton yarns. I enjoy knitting with it very much. But because it is so soft, you have to be careful what you use it for. You wouldn’t want to use it for a very structured item, I think, because it would have a tendency to sag. This could be overcome somewhat by using stitches with a lot of structure, like cables and twists.
I think it is a great choice for something like the Mason-Dixon Daily Sweater, an easy sweatshirt style sweater. Incidentally, the size large Daily sweater takes 10 skeins of Calmer (to answer the second half of Rona’s query).
On to Rowan All Seasons Cotton . . .
This yarn is also a cotton blend: 60% cotton and 40% acrylic. But it is not nearly as soft as Calmer. But at the same time, not quite as hard on the hands as 100% cotton. Still, I can only knit it for short periods of time before I find my hands getting tired. Hence I’ve made only small progress on my Rib and Lace Cardigan:
The truth is that I did not feel much like knitting all weekend and only spent any serious time working on this yesterday afternoon.
Lucy seems not to be too pleased about the change to autumnal temperatures. She helped herself to my Colinette AbFab throw that is usually folded over the back of a chair.
“Would it kill you to close the window?”