I am rediscovering the joy of bulky yarn. It seems ironic that after being a knitter for over fifteen years I have returned to the yarn that I dismissed disdainfully so many years ago.
There was a time when bulky yarn was my friend. As I sat and cried over my stitches determined to get that needle through a loop, desperately wishing for a hook at the end of it and wondering what kind of sadist came up with the idea of knitting.
I was a crocheter who was learning to knit. For a sixth time. And I was going to get it this time! It was knitting or bust!
DH watched how I went to pieces as I discovered another lost stitch that was running away from me. I would rip and cry and cast on again. I am not sure why I stuck with it. I think I was simply too stubborn to give up. Yea, that. And I wanted a handknit pair of socks. Made by me.
Anyway at that time I mostly used bulky yarn on the principle that I will see stitches better that way. Of course the real reason was that ten stitches wide garter stitch strip in bulky yarn looks so much more impressive that the same ten stitches wide strip in sock yarn.
But the bulky yarn was so… well bulky… Increases and decreases looked ugly and left huge holes. And the needles I had to use had to be huge since I was a very tight knitter at that time.
And so I came to believe that bulky yarn was only good for blankets. But not for something anyone would wear.
About a year ago I had my traditional end of the year yarn shopping spree at WEBS and bought five skeins of nice orange yarn.
They were deeply discounted and I loved the bright color, so much that I did not look at the little details like yarn description. Only after I got my yarn a few months ago I realized that it was bulky and there was not enough of it to make a blanket. But I still loved the color.
It made me feel happy.
So about a two weeks ago, during a sleepless night I decided to start a sweater for DD #4, using this happy yarn. She is five years old and this yarn looked like it wanted to be HER sweater.
That night I started two more sweaters and a jumper. It was that kind of night.
I Cast On and then promptly put that sweater away because I was so busy finishing all the other things I started long time ago.
With the finishing marathon behind me I picked the sweater again up and decided that I needed to go down in size of the needle for that ribbing. Now I am far from the tight new knitter I used to be a long time ago. I actually knit fairly loosely. So I frogged the neck of the sweater and re-knit.
And that was it. Since then I have had a very hard time putting this project down.
I knit the first version of the sweater to the underarms, only to face the fact that cables did not look good on it. And I ripped again.
Now I settled for plain vanilla sweater. Without cables. But I sneaked in purl ridges around the increases.
As of tonight, with just three days worth of knitting the body of the sweater is done. The bottom and the neck bound off! Only the sleeves left to knit. This means I might be able to finish it tomorrow.
No, I got to say it like this – TOMORROW!!!
Now my problem will be all the not so little people who think they got to have a sweater too. Like my twelve year-old, who said that he was not stupid, he wants the sweater knit by Mom, not from the store.
What can I say?
I need more bulky yarn!