Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Elasticity + super smooshiness = wowza

Okay, I don't want anybody to think I do nothing all day but knit hats, because I do have a very full roster of things I avoid doing by knitting hats. That said, here is what happened to me yesterday while working out the details on a hat in the gorgeous Cascade 220 Heathers green/chartreuse mix:

I knit a swatch for a second hat with some 100% superwash merino I bought from Biscotte's Etsy shop, in Watermelon (I can not resist pink and green together. Never) and Oh. My. Goodness.

I have never, ever worked with anything as springy as this yarn. Increasing by purling into the back and front of a stitch? No need to ream on that stitch at all. It just sproings right out and then scrunches back into place. It's like there's little rubber bands spun in there. Plus, the stripes are fabulous. The whole experience was just so, so nice. Even nicer than the Cascade, and even though I adore the hat I'm going to make with that, I think I might have to whip up a watermelon hat super fast.

By which I mean as soon as I can get my mitts on some double-pointed 3.75mm needles, the size I swatched, which has a perfect stability for the hat I dreamed up during said swatching. And if it works out I'll post it here as a freebie, because there are some experiences you just have to share.

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