I love wool and animal fibers. But right now it’s 75 degrees in Los Angeles and cotton has a lot of appeal. I'm sorry, I know it's still cold in parts of the states but it'll warm up there too. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like having wool in my lap on a hot day.
Have you worked with cotton yarn?
Cotton is a very different beast from wool. It isn’t nearly as hot. It can be cruel and get showy when you’ve got some gauge issues, or accidently stretch a stitch out. Cotton isn’t as elastic, preferring to relax and drape.
There are a lot of people who won’t work with cotton, and a lot of people who love it.
To me, there are certain projects, short sleeve (or no sleeve) tanks and loose flattering tops, that demand to be knit in cotton. We’ve got a few on Kitterly that I’ve been eyeing lately:
Erquy, a cute sexy top from Army of Knitters.
Alana Dakos’s Spring Garden Tee needs to be worn in a garden.
Hilary Callis Smith’s Aquae Tank is more for a beach trip I think.
The Challah Infinity Scarf from Pam Powers could be worn all year around.
All these kits are done in one or the other of two 100% cotton yarns we carry, both from Blue Sky. Their Worsted Cotton is the softest cotton we’ve ever felt. Their Skinny Cotton is a great DK weight yarn with beautiful stitch definition.
If you’ve never worked with cotton, give it a try.