I stood in the store and looked at the cardigan. It seemed like the perfect pretty summer cardigan to me. It had a neckline I wanted to check out, the right colour and shape and it was only $30. What could go wrong? I don’t have time to knit everything I want to wear sadly, and this seemed like a nice, lightweight number that I could buy and then concentrate my time on knitting other things that are more suitable for colder weather.
I went home and happily put on my new cardigan. The neckline was great – haha! I can now queue the Rosemary Cardigan with confidence to make a winter cardigan of the same shape!
A few minutes later, I started to feel strange. Clammy. Sticky. Irritable. What was this? I was most uncomfortable! I took off the cardigan, but started to feel cold. It definitely wasn’t too warm to wear it!? Then I realised: the cardigan was not made from wool. Or cotton. Or any other natural fibre. It didn’t even have viscose or rayon in it.
Lulled by the fact that I hadn’t bought any clothing ready made (with the exception of knickers, but you can’t knit them) from a store for over a year, I had fallen prey to a cardigan that was obviously pure synthetic even though it came from a high street shop that normally sells good quality clothing. I had forgotten do to my normal check on the label for some natural fibre content.
$30 may not seem a lot of money, but it equates to a fair chunk of yarn. In fact, depending on the yarn I choose, it is almost the cost of a hand knitted New Zealand pure wool/natural fibre cardigan that will not make me sweat, or feel sticky. It will also definitely last a whole lot longer than this piece I have bought, and which already sports several small yarn pulls!!
I should have known better.
And now, I’m going to have to knit that cardigan I wanted because there isn’t any other way to get it in a cost-effective fashion, or it seems, the quality I need!
I feel I should insert this qualifier here just in case I hear “what do you expect from cheap” next: I know this was a cheap cardigan, but I also have at least three expensive pure wool cardigans from designer labels from my richer days, and they are now so full of holes and darned patches as to be unwearable except for gardening and house cleaning. I decided that knitwear had to be knitted by me after that, and that I was not going to pay over $100 for any piece of commercial knitwear given how quickly it wore out.
So what am I going to knit? After much pondering on the patterns I’ve admired on Ravelry, and to find the one that most fits what I want, I think it’s going to have to be Tempest.
Next I thought, “oh no, now I’m going to have to buy more yarn!”, but I then I decided I had better have a look at what was already in my stash…
I went to the stash room, and look at what I found:
I’ve been looking for a project for this Knitsch yarn for quite a while, and I think I have just found it.
I don’t know why I even bother buying ready made knitted clothing these days. Making your own is so much better and more fun. It will just have to take a bit longer before I can have that cardigan!