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Cotton Yarn

Written by Sarah on March 18th, 2013 Posted in knits, yarn

Friday, I had a box of yarn waiting for me when I got home. It feels like Christmas when yarn is delivered, even if I know what’s in the package. I just can’t wait to rip it open and wind it up and then hide it from my boyfriend before he yells, “More yarn!?” as if he thinks I have “enough yarn.”

I can’t tell you much about what I’m making with it (I’m test knitting a pattern that I’m really enjoying so far) but I can tell you about the yarn!

blue sky

I’ve got a bunch of Blue Sky Alpaca Skinny Dyed Cotton. (Isn’t my yarn bowl pretty!? It was a gift from Jon’s brother and his fiancee. I’d never wanted one before but I’m a fan now!) I really love the color of this yarn. It actually looks like a building that I always look at out our living room window, kind of grey but a little purple too.

blue sky cotton

This year I’m all about mixing it up. I’m trying to work with new fibers and brands. I never knit with cotton. The test knit I’m making is more of a spring-time pattern (think 3/4 sleeve) so I decided that using this 100% organic cotton might suit it well. I honestly have never really liked cotton yarns, though I have to admit I haven’t worked with them that often. I love Blue Sky Alpacas, though. Their yarns always seem to take things to the next level. Like their Techno yarn which is thick and bulky but somehow also light and fluffy! I hoped that I’d find a similar surprise from this yarn.

And I have to say that I’m enjoying working with the skinny dyed cotton. I’m not a cotton convert yet but I like that it’s lightweight with a nice drape like some bamboo yarns I’ve worked with. It seems to hold its shape without being stiff like other cottons I’ve used before. The only thing I’ve had trouble with (which is not exclusive to this yarn, just the nature of cotton) is how fibrous it feels. It makes it a little tough to work with and sometimes I’m catching some of the ply of the yarn with some stitches. Okay, the other thing that makes it not my favorite is that it’s not soft the way that alpaca or silk or merino is. It’s different.

I can’t wait to work with this yarn more. The pattern is going to get much more exciting. And I can’t wait to reveal it to you!

Do you like cotton yarns? What’s your favorite fiber?

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Comments (4)

  • March 18, 2013 at 11:14 am |

    I too have mixed feelings about cotton yarn. I like it, but…

  • March 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm |

    I’m not much of a cotton fan. I like the forgiveness that wool has. Cotton is a harsh mistress with no forgiveness.
    Although I do like how cotton project come out, I would much rather be knitting with wool.

    I do look forward to seeing how your project comes out. Blue Sky skinny cotton has a nice feel to it.

  • March 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm |

    I want to like cotton and every now and then I try to knit with it again, but usually I’m just not feeling it. Blue Sky is such a terrific yarn company that I have a feeling Blue Sky skinny cotton might be THE ONE! Enjoy.

  • Laura
    April 1, 2013 at 1:59 am |

    I found this merino cotton blend in a local yarn store. I haven’t bought it yet, but thought that it could do a nice summer cardigan. http://www.knitrowan.com/yarns/wool-cotton

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