Thursday, June 28, 2007

Missing My Guy

I'm naturally a quiet person. I like quiet in the house, lots of quiet, more quiet than I usually get. But after three weeks, I've had enough quiet at home. Oh, I can make it for another week OK, but I'll be mighty glad to see Mr S when he gets back.

I finished the Cotton Ease pullover and my final evaluation on the yarn is that I would use it again.

It's 50/50 cotton/acrylic, which makes it much lighter than 100% cotton in the same gauge (worsted/aran). This is a big plus to me. It was reasonably soft to work with (not cashmere soft, not merino soft, but reasonable for what it is), having a bit more give than straight cotton. I split the yarn on a couple of stitches (yes, I fixed them), but I would not call it a particularly "splitty" yarn. It has very nice stitch definition, and I would be interested to see how it looks cabled. The finished product took a trip through the washer (cold water) and dryer (low heat) and came out fine. Softened up a bit more in the process. I like the hand of the fabric. It feels as if it would be comfortable for me to wear.

I don't yet know whether it will sag or "grow" in wearing; and I don't know to what extent, if any, it will pill after repeated washings. If anyone else can speak to these (or any other) characteristics of this yarn, I'd love to hear from you.


Elizabeth said...

The sweater looks great.

I made my little guy a sweater from old Cotton Ease a couple years ago. It has held up pretty well. No pilling. He wears it next to the skin with no discomfort. It might grow ever so slightly between washings, but it tightens up again when washed and dried.

I hope you'll be at knitting tomorrow!

YarnThrower said...

Your sweater really looks nice! And I really like the detail on the neckline. Hang in there this week, until your hubby gets home!

Linda L. said...

I have two tops I made of the old cottonease, and both have held up well in several trips through the el-crap-o washing machines in our apartment complex. I do hang dry them, though, on big plastic hangers, after a few tugs to get them back into shape. I have some new cottonease in navy that I'm itching to get to... *sigh* too many WIMHs (Works In My Head).