It’s Friday and I’ve realized that I’ve been away from the blog for a longish time. Again. So, let me guide you into the weekend with a tale of horror and a semi-happy ending…
I’ve decided to never knit a sweater with superwash wool.ever.again. Here’s why…
You remember the sweater I mentioned in my last post? 28thirty in olive-green with stunning purple buttons? Yes, well, there’s a reason this FO didn’t make it into its very own post until now.
I used Drops Karisma Superwash in a lovely olive green. The yarn felt nice and smooth and had a slight sheen to it. In my mind, superwash until now equaled a yarn not prone to pilling and felting. Well, I was right about the not felting bit which meant I had to weave in a gazillion of ends – no spit splicing when attaching a new ball of yarn.
Despite this, everything looked fine before the soak. I found some lovely purple buttons, attached them and gave the sweater a bath.
It soaked, I pinned it and left it to dry. I unpinned it and tried it on and… (insert a horrified gasp here) realised it had grown. Not so much that I can’t wear it for fear of looking like I clad myself in a tent but still to big.
Now, I did knit a swatch and even washed it. I got gauge and the fabric looked and felt sturdy and tight. After the soak it has a lot more (unwanted) drape which means the collar won’t stay up.
See for yourself…
It is wearable but I fear this won’t be one of the knitted items that last for life; I can already see the first fuzz and pilling. Oh well, I’ll stay away from superwash wool and the two other projects close to completion both use nice and sturdy non-superwash wool!
So, it’s back to work now for a few more hours. I’ll be back with a WIP roundup and hopefully some Christmas baking to show!