Okay, so I admit that I've been dis'in' Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran yarn since I made Matt's second Wonderous Woven Cables sweater from it. I didn't like working with the yarn at all. I found that every ball was full of knots (and with only 100 yds per ball, that seems like a lot). There were some really poorly spun sections and since it's a superwash yarn, no spit splicing (trust me, I tried).
While I was happy with the results of the sweater and Matt loves the softness, I thought the yarn was too expensive for the quality issues. I swore I would only use it again if I found a good deal on it.
Well, I did. Ball and Skein had it on sale, so I bought some black for the back of my entrelac vest.
I have not found one knot or nub in the 3 skeins I've used. So maybe I just got a bad batch the first time? Maybe only 3 skeins isn't a good sampling, but the yarn is lovely to the touch and it's nice to work with.
Speaking of the entrelac vest... the fronts have all the ends woven in and I was past the armhole shaping on the back, but decided my armholes weren't deep enough, so I ripped back. Painful, but I want this sweater to be comfortable and I think I want 9" deep armholes rather than 7.5".
So it's progressing well, considering that it's black st. st.
Today I'm off to a knitting class at Old Peddler's Wool. I'm going to learn to knit continental. I sorta taught myself how to do with with books and trial and erro, but I'm hoping that having a class will make me more proficient with it (and I can get better gauge).
For those not on the Aran Knitlist, I've started a Yahoo groups for a Sam the Ram/Sue the Ewe knitalong. I'm just playing hostess on the KAL, as I've already knit Sam. I think this project is perfect for a KAL, so if you've been waiting for the right time to knit Sam or Sue, sign up for the KAL!
Well, off to decide what I'm taking to class to work on....