About a month ago I wanted to make a special cloth for a friend who had just gone through breast cancer. I found the perfect pattern, a swan, and asked around for a good yarn that would make a nice and soft face cloth. I was told, that Bernat Cotton Tots would be my best choice and so, after finding a skein of soft purple at a local store I eagerly knitted the project.
After finishing the square, I set about washing it, to get it ready to wrap up and send to my friend. Before washing, I was very happy with the square. It was soft, and looked great. I was horrified and dismayed when I took the item out of the wash and after it was dried. It went from looking like a nice, new pretty face cloth to something that had been around for 5 years. It looked used, abused, and very sad. I couldn’t bring myself to wrap it up and give to her. I was afraid she would think I was giving her a second hand face cloth!
Most people I have talked to have expressed that their items come out looking great after washing with no problem, but I have heard of at least 2 other people who have had similar disasters that I experienced. My opinion: Beware of this yarn. It seems a bit unstable to use. If you do use this yarn, swatch and wash first! Especially if you are planning on using it in a baby blanket, or something larger than a face cloth!
On other news, I finished a baby Bonnet for a Baby shower on Tuesday. It was my first baby bonnet I knitted and I have to say it’s very ingenious. It’s knitted flat, and you turn the top as you would a heel for a sock and pick up stitches like you would a gusset. I love it and I think I may try and make another one in plain knitting.
Also, I promised pictures of my Clapotis in progress. I’ve been using both stitch markers and purling the stitch to be dropped. I found myself trying to twist that stitch if I didn’t. The yarn, is TLC Essential in High Plains colorway. I’m almost done with the first section. I’ve already noticed some pooling, but I’ll try not to let it bother me.