Beware of Yarn Snobbery

It’s oh-so-easy to fall into yarn snobbery and not even notice. Snobbery of any kind if quite insidious and coming under its influence is a process so gradual, we may not even notice.

For the Baby Fair Isle jumper, I had been gifted the yarn scraps for the colourwork (thanks Sharon!) and only needed to buy the main colour. I decided to treat myself and took a trip to Woolarium, with a plan to get some lovely sock yarn or something similar.

The helpful shop owner and I went through my options, but they were fairly limited; none of the sock yarns suited the colours I had or were too variagated, and many of the solids weren’t machine-washable (a requirement of the giftee).

‘There’s always the Paton’s Dreamtime,’ the shop lady remarked.

Patons? I thought. But it so…generic. It’ll be overly processed and boring. It’ll be made in China. It’ll be the yarn equivalent of factory lager.

I had, in short, become a yarn snob.

Fortunately, there were two colours that matched the two sets of scraps I had, so I picked it up – and was wrong on all counts. The Dreamtime knit up gorgeously, it smelt deliciously sheepy, and is made in Australia. I ended up buying two colours, charcoal and dark fawn (one for each of the scrap sets), and am ever-so-glad that I did. The charcoal is beautiful, with a slight heathery appearance. There were no knots or breaks. And the price – while I’m all for paying people what their talents and labour is worth, it’s nice to be able to make a baby jumper for under $25.

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Baby Girl Fair Isle also a ridiculously cute pattern. It’s knit from the bottom up, with the body and sleeves added together at the armpits and the simple yoke knitted up after that. My only complaint is the construction is written a bit strangely with too much breaking of the yarn – I ignored the instructions for joining the sleeves on and did it the way I normally do.

It’s almost as beautiful on the inside!

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I will definitely be knitting this again and I’ll definitely be using Patons again. Well, I kind of have to, I bought the yarn to make a second!

Ravelled here.

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Heff Cardigan

Ever finished a knitting project and wanted to knit the pattern again straight away? Nope, me neither – until now.

The Baby Sophisticate cardigan is so quick, easy, and adorable that as soon as I’d cast off, I wanted to knit another one. I had to Instagram it right away, without blocking, sewing in the ends, or attaching the buttons. It’s that damn cute.

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The pattern – by Linden Down – is exceptionally well-written and the construction is super easy, knit top down for the body and sleeves, with the collar worked in short rows. I very rarely gush about a pattern, but this one is just gush-worthy.

Speaking of weaving in ends – as proposed after the mess I’d made of the ends on Chatty Cardigan, I really wanted to do a much better job on the Heff Cardigan. I read through (okay, looked at the pictures) Ysolda’s Technique Thursday weaving in ends post. I split the yarn as recommended, but took it under the entire stitch – it didn’t seem to make a bump on the other side. Perhaps I leave mine a little looser. Most of the yarns I knit with will felt ever-so-slightly, so I’m okay with a bit of looseness. The result is visible, but not by much:

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Because this cardigan obviously wasn’t cute enough, I added the cutest buttons I could find: lion buttons from Morris and Sons.

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And why did I call this the Heff Cardigan? Because it reminds me of Hugh Heffner’s smoking jackets!

Ravelled here.