First, let me say THANK YOU to everyone who commented or sent me messages about Cher. My husband and I were both overwhelmed by all the love that surrounds her and us. It’s nice knowing the pictures and silly stories I share about her make other people as happy as they make us. We’ve been home monitoring her and she has definitely perked up since getting a shot of meds to reduce the fluid in her lungs…she’s also leaking a bit so we’ve doubled up on our waterproof blankets and she’s been (reluctantly) wearing a diaper. She’s comfy, eating and wagging her tail and as long as she’s doing that, I’m happy. But let’s get back to knitting, shall we?
I’m never a monogamous knitter and usually have several patterns in different stages going at once. I’m currently working on the 10 inches of stockinette body stitches on my Allison cardigan and that’s great for knitting on the Metro but I also like to be a bit more engaged with my projects. I decided to whip up a Trefann sweater using the superbulky Loopy Mango Big Cotton Yarn in the color Phoenix. Since these sweaters are typically written as one size, I added in a couple of extra increase rows and added stitches under the arms when I was separating for the sleeves. I didn’t care if the fit was precise because I wanted it to be a loose summer tee.
For the long sleeve sweater version, the sleeves are full and then taper slightly at the end. I like the look and would totally do this for a wool sweater, but for summer I kept the full sleeve and shortened it because I HATE tight tops around my arms. The yarn was soft when I worked with it and had a great feel while knitting. I know a lot of people feel like cotton is a bit rough on the hands. I washed and dried it on the gentle cycle but took it out while still damp and let it air dry. And when it was dry I had to use my Gleener to really shave all the bits of yarn that pilled off of it.
I tried to give a bit of a close up so you can see the light haze of yarn around it. It doesn’t look ragged but it’s not as clean as I’d like or for as much as the yarn cost. Would I buy this yarn again? Maybe but I’ve also got other cotton yarns in my stash that I want to try as well. But this was great for a quick knit over a 2 day period. Super bulky knits are just so satisfying. I’ll keep you all updated on the wear and tear of this as I plan to wear it all summer. What really matters is how the yarn holds up, regardless of how much you paid for it. Oh and to anyone wondering how Jellybean has been doing through all of Cher’s medical issues?
She is sure to demand hugs whenever she needs them. This tiny wild woman always makes her demands known.