My sister-in-law, Kathleen, is a knitter. She recently finished a frock for her littlest babe (WARNING: cute, chubalicious, baby-in-handknit pic!) and is planning to make a jacket for her oldest girl. When Kathleen told me that she had decided to use Paton’s Classic Wool as an affordable substitute for the Debbie Bliss yarn the pattern called for, I had to speak up. The lure of affordable wool is strong, but my experience tells me that the Paton’s wool is not a good choice for sweaters.
Back in February I made my first Wallaby.
The yarn was Paton’s Classic Wool and having used less than two balls, the sweater was knit for about $10. A fun knit, as I recall, and also a useful sweater. But look at it now:
The pillage! I remember that even just the act of blocking this little sweater made the yarn begin to pill. As cheap as I am, I would much rather spend twenty or thirty dollars for the same amount of yarn so long as it holds up. It’s not even like Maggie has worn the thing a whole bunch. The sweater has only been worn occasionally; ten times maybe?
I can’t wait for Maggie to grow out of this so I can throw it in the trash. It’s useful in the meantime, and I must say it looks much better with the distraction of a cute body inside of it.
“You don’t like my hairdo?”
Kathleen is a busy woman with very little knitting time. I would hate for her to lovingly work on a big project only to be disappointed in the final product.
Have you had the same troubles with Paton’s or was this a fluke?
Just a few other things for today.
- Kaffe Fassett is going to be doing a workshop in a nearby town on Saturday. I’m going to call to see if there are any more openings left. It’s my birthday present!
- My birthday is Thursday. I will be 28. Some days I feel so young, some days I feel so old.
- Yes, that is a new sweater hiding under the Wallaby above. It’s still wet from blocking. Deets forthcoming.
- Nothing like knitting a quickie sweater for a small person to renew the mojo.
- Also good for the mojo? Admitting that the sweater for my sister is a pile of crap, then moving on. Apologies to Holly, but I think you’ll still get a sweater: