When I started knitting again back in 2006, I quickly became enamoured with yarn. Yarn in all its fibre possibilities, weights and textures. Any yarn interested me. Any yarn store was an instant magnet. Any place that looked like it might have yarn had to be investigated. I spent hours trawling the internet, looking at yarn, dreaming about yarn, reading about yarn… I was a “yarnaholic”!
I also quickly discovered a few things about yarn. Such as natural fibre was much nicer to knit with. And that what yarn you use for a project actually matters – fibre content and weight being very important considerations. And that some yarn brands were not equal to others… I became instead a bit of a yarn snob. I’m not ashamed to admit it.
In fact, my love of yarn is what inspired me to start my blog. Because I wanted to share the information that I had acquired (and discovered was not widely known).
I’d largely “forgotten” how important yarn is to a project because it’s now so integral to my decision-making process when starting a project that I don’t consciously think about it. Recently though, the yarn issue came home loud and clear. In a good way.
As you know, I’ve been doing an Autumnal Cardigan KAL with the sweet Evelyn. While she has been very diligently churning out gorgeous Christmas knit creations, and put aside her Autumnal until after Christmas is over, I have been impatient and finished Autumnal. Maybe it’s because it’s hot here at Christmas, but I never feel like giving knitwear at Christmas – it’s usually around April (our Autumn) that I start feeling the need to warm my friends and family with cosy woollen goodness. They get their goodies then, and I have a few planned which you’ll start to see in the next few weeks.
Anyway, back to the Autumnal… this cardigan is an easy knit. The only thing that’s a bit heavy is the ribbing. Miles and miles of it around the collar and fronts. It’s great for mindless TV knitting though, only I don’t watch TV. I realised that when I got to this part that the only thing that was keeping me interested in this project was the yarn.
This is Zealana’s Kiwi in Fingering weight. It’s a 40% merino, 30% cotton, 30% possum yarn. The mix is beautifully balanced. You cannot actually notice the possum fibre in this yarn, which is interesting as it’s a full 30% (almost the maximum amount of possum you can put in a yarn). Some possum yarns can get quite fluffy looking, but this yarn gives you a very matt texture.
The cotton has given my garment a lot of swing and lightness, the lightness being ideal for this time of year when you need warmth, but not weight. And the wool balances it all out, binds the fibres together and provides just enough give to make it comfortable for your wrists to knit. It’s the perfect yarn for this project.
Here is a sneak preview pic of the Autumnal. I’m waiting for Evelyn to finish hers before we do a joint ‘ta da’, so you’ll have to wait until she’s done before you can see the properly finished, blocked garment.
However, you can already see that the yarn has given this garment a lovely drape and polished look at the same time. It’s also a pleasure to knit with… which is what inspired this post in the first place!
At first, I wasn’t sure about this cardigan. Did I look ok in it? The garment lines are quite different to what I usually wear. Again, the yarn came to the rescue. It’s just too nice not to like. I’ve been wearing this cardigan every day. It’s that good.