It took me a while to warm up to the thicker yarns. Sure, the accidentally trapezoidal baby blanket I knit for my son was worsted weight. I did knit myself a Lopi sweater, and the sweaters I knit for my loving but tall husband were not exactly fingering weight.
Then I noticed how much longer I could knit for the same amount of money if I used skinnier yarn. I worked happily for years using nothing heavier than sport weight and viewing chunky yarns the way I view meat dishes. They looked good, but they didn't inspire me.
Later, as a designer, I sometimes strayed into heavier weight projects. But I always came back to the fingering, the lace. The yarn at left is a rather large cake for these parts (meaning our house) and is for a design project soon to be revealed. But I have a lace tunic on my needles for myself.
Last year I received the book Hat Couture by Theressa Silver. Of course I fell in love with the top hat Marlene (as in Dietrich) and I immediately ordered the yarn, Cascade Magnum. I wound it last night, after allowing it to spend a mere 18 months in the cedar chest.
Whoa baby! This cake has an 8" diameter. With its light, roving-esque quality it weighs no more than the Green Sheep Worsted, but knitting with size 13 needles results in a fabric dense enough for Marlene.
I do think after this, I'll have to do something in Malabrigo Sock.
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