My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


A Tale of Two Yarns

Here are two different yarns I have purchased to potentially be used for knitting non-wool ganseys:

The yarn on the left is Luscious by Kollage. It is a fingering weight blend of 63% cotton and 37% nylon. It looks to me like a heavy fingering weight. The suggested gauge is 6 to 8 stitches to the inch.

It’s an interesting yarn — even though it has a high nylon content it doesn’t feel terribly stretchy in the skein. The Loopy Ewe currently has it on sale because they are going to stop carrying it.

Anyhow, I thought it might be interesting to try for a textured sweater. I checked out the yarn’s page on Ravelry — it gets mixed reviews, but there are many projects made from it.

The yarn on the right is Skinny Cotton by Blue Sky Alpacas. It is DK weight and 100% cotton. It’s suggested gauge is 5 to 6 stitches to the inch. I’m really looking forward to trying this out as I’ve heard lots of good things about it. Here is its page on Ravelry — consistently good reviews with a couple of complaints about it being splitty. There are many many projects knit from it on Ravelry.

As far as current knitting goes, I am working on the front of Cromarty:

While Lucy watches from her perch.


  1. Very pretty colors@
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  2. I think like the Skinny Cotton a bit more than the Luscious – but it doesn’t really matter what I like. Have you knit/laundered/blocked a swatch of each? Wondering how differently the pure cotton behaves vs. the cotton blend.

    You are just whizzing you way through Cromarty. Enjoying the progress reports – thanks!
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  3. Cromarty is gorgeous – Lucy is more gorgeous LOL
    You have gotten me interested in knitting a gansey again. Several years ago I ordered 4 skeins of Lornas Fishermans in a gorgeous golden yellow called Butterscotch. I thought I would do one of Alice Starmores ganseys but something about the Lornas v/s the yarn Alice recommended did not jive – so I quickly moved on pushed my beautiful butterscotch back in the bag and shelved that idea – however you have reignited my interest and I need to get busy again and do some research.

    I typically love BS yarns but have not tried the skinny yet – I bought their beautiful new shawl collar vest pattern to give it a try but I have not visited the not so LYS that carries Blue Sky in quite a while – I need to see it in person and see the colors. Hope you like one of your new purchases.

    Merry Christmas to you and Ms Lucy. Can’t wait to see what Santa brings her.
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  4. Wendy, I am using Cascade’s Ultra Pima which is 100% cotton to make a Saroyan wrap. I’m enjoying knitting with the Ultra Pima. I love the rich color and the slight shine it has. I think it is about the same weight as the Skinny Cotton. I’m wondering if you have used the Ultra Pima and if so how it compares to the Skinny Cotton. Margaret

  5. Sharen Warren says:

    My knitting group knitted a charity afghan for which we used a variety of Gansey type patterns and CottonEase ( cotton/acrilic) yarn. I knitted the first square, and machine washed and dried it with great results. I had not knitted yarn with an acriylic component in years, but CottonEase actually has a similar feel to Calmer. I am currently knitting the Fisherman Sweater from the Classic Elite Boathouse booklet,, using CottonEase and size 5 & 7 needles to get the gauge for the pattern. The yarn and resulting fabric is cotton soft and resilient. I live in South Louisiana and we have some “cold spells”, but they don’t last long. Sometimes the weather changes mid day. I love wool, but since moving south I don’t get to wear it much. p.s. CE doesn’t split either.