I'm knitting my second of three baby sweaters and I spilt tomato sauce on the cuff. However, I am not worried because I spilt tomato soup on my first of three baby sweaters and it washed out, in a regular wash cycle in my washing machine, to be totally white and bright and wonderful. I've patted the affected areas with a soaked cloth but I know it will come out, and the dyes are strong enough that they won't fade.

I think this makes Estelle Cloud Cotton the *perfect* baby yarn, because in addition to being a natural fibre and fairly non-allergenic (I don't think there's many cotton allergies?), it's super-washable and felted just the right amount so that my woven-in ends didn't unweave in the washing machine. I reckon that most babies are at least as klutzy and messy as I am, too. Unfortunately at $9 a skein, this would be rather pricy for an adult-size sweater quantity, but it's not too bad for a baby sweater. (The 12 months size I'm doing for all three takes about 3 skeins, depending on the design.)

In contrast, the very pricy Blue Moon Fibre Arts yarns seem to be going to crap. The Haida yarn that Cheryl and I ordered for the Tanya scarf doesn't look very close to the colour on the website at all and it is apparently turning Cheryl's hands blue as she knits with it. Teri, another knitter acquaintance saw her jewel-toned socks turn pastel in only one wash. Cynthia at River City Yarn said that Blue Moon's quality control has become very spotty in the past year, and they aren't stocking these yarns as much. This is too bad, as I've been a big fan of Blue Moon Fibre Arts, mostly for their vibrant colours, and sock yarns I've bought in the past have been wonderful. But vibrant colours that only last one wash aren't much use.
kuri: (knitting - vintage)
( Apr. 29th, 2009 09:19 am)
Tanya is a server at the 3 Bananas cafe downtown, where my friend Cheryl and I knit and talk about capital S "stuff" (most often gender politics, the sex trade and reproductive issues) 2 times a week over lunch. Tanya is friendly and funny and indulges us a regulars, making custom pizzas for Cheryl who has a tomato allergy. In short, Tanya has played a large part in turning 3 Bananas from a merely convenient place to eat to a place where Cheryl and I enjoy being regulars.

Therefore, the idea of knitting her something came up a few weeks ago. I'm usually somewhat nervous about knitted gifts, because there's always a large risk of putting a lot of feeling and effort into something not very well appreciated. But Cheryl gifts her knits a lot and I think we choose a good project: a lace scarf, knit is two parts and then grafted together. This allows Cheryl and I to split up the knitting evenly. After browsing a few patterns we settled on the Orchid Lace scarf. Cheryl will do the grafting, as I hate grafting due to sucking at it.

As Tanya wears a lot of black, I ordered 2 skeins of 'Seduction' yarn (Merino/Tencel blend, weighted for 3.25 mm needles), in Haida from Blue Moon Fiber (sic) Arts. I'm pretty excited about starting this project.


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