30 Day Knitting Challenge Day 14: What’s the worst yarn/fiber that you’ve worked with and why?
Risata sat in my stash for a few years before I used it to make toe up cabled socks that I improvised. It’s an elastic sock yarn, which makes tensioning it a little tricky. It’s also splitty, meaning the plies in the strand of yarn separate easily, and, as it turns out, it makes my legs itchy when I wear these socks. I would make these socks again with another yarn and a few changes and am glad (sorrynotsorry!) this yarn is discontinued.
SWTC TOFUtsies was my very first sock yarn purchase. I wanted something interesting to make a baby blanket for my nephew, the first on my husband’s side of the family. I was attracted by the machine washability and the fiber content of TOFUtsies: 50% superwash wool, 25% soy silk, 22.5% cotton, 2.5% chitin, made from shrimp and crab shells – how cool is that?!? I got 3 (4?) skeins of 3 colors thinking I’d make a baby blanket using the yarn doubled and use the leftovers for socks. Here is my first attempt, which just didn’t look attractive to me:
I decided that knitting the yarn double wasn’t going to work well, especially with the Tickle Toes colorway (the bright rainbow one) – it just looked fugly. So, I came up with this: a double knit baby blanket using size 2 (2.75mm) circulars to knit both sides simultaneously in the round. Aside from this quickly becoming tedious, I discovered that the yarn is super splitty and not all that easy to work with. Do you sense a theme in what I dislike in yarns? Yes, if it’s splitty, I don’t like it. I’ll work with it, but it will make me periodically angry (weird to be angry at a yarn, but there it is).
It took me 3 months to finish the project but I did it! Seven years later, my nephew still snuggles with the blanket every night, so it was worth all the aggravation in the end.