Monday, August 21, 2006
Smackdown: Sugar N' Creme versus Holly
Bum deal, my not liking knitting with cotton because I was really thinking I would love to make a cotton blanket for my bed using some sort of cotton--maybe something denim-ish like Rowan's Denim. I don't know if this will make sense to anybody besides myself, but I like the weight of the cotton washcloths and it seems to me that an entire sleeping blanket made of cotton would just be perfectly weighty.
You mentioned you've tried both the bamboo and the metal needles while knitting with cotton.
May I ask what brand of metal needles you've tried? I use Susan Bates and for me, knitting with them and the Sugar and Cream or Peaches and Cream cotton yarn is like running a hot knife through butter. They just seem to glide right along! :)
However I glided right along on the MD washcloth (p. 55) when I used my AddiTurbos, so don't give up just yet. (Mind you I am not saying go out and buy pricey needles, but maybe Karen is right about yarn.)
Also I prefer Peaches as opposed to Sugar, and am not quite sure why.
Another option, though not mercerised, is Bernat Cottontots. It is very soft and enjoyable to work with.
I hope you find the right combination of yarn and needles the blankets are worth the trouble.
Good luck finding your right combo. It took me a LONG time, but it's so much fun now (for me) to finally knit with cotton. ;}
I love Debbie Bliss Denim. I used it to make my kimono. The Sugar and Cream is much rougher and harder to knit with then some other cottons like Rowan Denim or some of the others. Debbie Bliss Denim did not feel much different to me than knitting with Cashmerino.