Over the past week there have been a couple of questions in the comments about the denim yarn I am using for my current WIP.
A question that has been asked a few times — will it stretch with wear like most 100% cotton yarn does?
Well, time will tell. I’ve not used Rowan Denim before so we’ll see. I can tell you that the denim sweater I knit from Elann Den-M-Nit does not appear to stretch with wear. I’ll find out how the Rowan Denim acts. It will be a heavier sweater because if all the texture in the pattern, but I think all that texture will help keep it in shape, too. I plan on machine washing and drying the sweater after each wear (to encourage it to fade and soften), so that’ll help it bounce back.
Another question from the comments — how am I joining in new yarn? When I get to the end of a skein I leave a tail of a few inches and just start knitting with a new skein, leaving a tail of few inches as I start to knit.
After I have worked at least an inch above the point where I’ve started the new skein, I tug gently on each yarn tail to ensure that the stitches are not enlarged at the join and then weave those tails in on the wrong side of the work.
Once this baby is washed and dried (and shrunk) the first time, those woven in tails will stay securely in place. At that point I’ll trim any loose ends.
I’m working on the front of the sweater.
This weekend the weather turned a bit colder, so Lucy and I are at our annual stand-off about when I will turn on the heat.
“Would it kill ya to turn on the heat?”