I drew Knitty up late one night, and when my oldest daughter, age 7, came down and saw her the next morning, she gasped, and said, “I want to draw this picture!” I sketched out a quick Little Knitty, who resembled my daughter, and she colored her in, smiling and filled with glee. She’s a future knitter, that one. And probably a future artist, too.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about yarn snobbery. Part of my induction into knitting is wrapped up in yarn snobbery. I think if I had been taught by a user of 100% acrylic yarn from Michael’s, I probably would have knitted just a few things and then set the hobby aside. My teacher, a wonderful friend, took one look at the “skein” (I have to put it in quotes... it barely qualifies) of acrylic yarn I brought to my lesson and said, “Yeah... don’t use that.” She handed me a little leftover ball of Spud and Chloe Sweater which I squished joyfully in my hand, knowing I had found it: the hobby to end all hobbies.
So my first few projects as a novice knitter were made of Madelinetosh, Blue Sky Alpaca, Quince and Co. and a few other choice skeins. I don’t mess around. That said, I regularly receive the Knit Picks catalog (because I bought my interchangeable needles from them) and I noticed that their prices were a good bit lower. I thought I’d try it out, since the shrug I was about to start has an awesome project on ravelry made out of Knit Picks Comfy worsted, which is 75% cotton and 25%... um, 25%... sigh... It’s 25% acrylic. Not snobby. But it is called Comfy, so it can’t be too bad, I thought.
|I couldn't resist putting the beautiful knitting bag my husband gave me for Christmas in the picture. Gorgeous, right?|
This shrug - my first hand knit adult sized sweater, by the way - is almost done, and the jury is still out on this yarn. It is comfy. But it’s a bit squeaky and... well, flat. I can throw it in the washing machine and the dryer though, and making this shrug will have cost me about $12. That’s kind of unbelievable.
I hope to finish the sweater in the next few days and I’ll post pics. Right now I’m hoping that a few people other than my mom actually read this far. If you have, thanks for stopping by! Come back again soon - you know you want to see the finished shrug. ;)
Many thanks to Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting for including my knitting story on her podcast and thus inspiring me to start up a blog of my own. Thanks Alana!