Husband Sweater: Slow and Steady

I’ve been working away on the sweater for my husband, and I’m starting to make progress.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m already to the armpits!  Woo!  Now I just have to do the rest of the sweater…

The yarn I’m using is a really lovely cotton yarn, and I’m totally in love with the finished fabric.  It’s crazy soft and luxurious-feeling (especially the swatch that I put through the washing machine)!  I know my husband is going to love it.

But you know what I don’t love?  Actually knitting with the stuff.  There’s something about cotton that is kind of hard on my hands.  I don’t know if it’s the fact that it has almost no spring, or if it is stickier on my needles than wool, but it’s a little bit of a pain to knit.  Instead of sitting down in the evening and working through several X-files episodes, like I usually do, I’ve been slogging my way through a couple rows per night, which is making this sweater rather slow going.

But, I think I’m really going to like the finished product (or at least I hope I will!)

Are there any fibers you don’t like working with?  Or am I just being crazy?

3 thoughts on “Husband Sweater: Slow and Steady

  1. chrisknits

    You are correct, it is due to the lack of give, spring, that you do not enjoy working with cotton. It hurst my wrists for some reason. I do find a wool/cotton blend is OK, and so is microfiber/cotton. But I steer away from all cotton. Which is a good thing I only have a little in the stash and it is from 2001!!!

  2. Sue

    Yes, I agree with you both, cotton is unforgiving on the fingers while knitting it.
    I just did a binky in bernat baby blanket, so soft and plush! Then I went back to a hat in caron simply soft, which now feels like twine, lol! Such differences in yarns! Endlessly fascinating!
    Love the sweater colors, btw . . .


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