Well that escalated quickly.

I have a sad confession to make. I really am not crazy about Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. Not even the super wash version. I want to like it. I want to love it. It’s cheap, comes in some good colors.  I just don’t love it.  This yarn, y’all. It’s scratchy. Let’s put it this way. I’m 4 rows in and thinking that this yarn was spun from a sheep who spent her best years hanging out in biker bars, chain-smoking Camels, getting into fights, and shooting bottom shelf whiskey straight from the bottle*. Is all I’m saying. This yarn? This yarn is The House Of The Rising Sun in a skein. It’s a cautionary tale of lamb to mutton, of bad life choices, spun, plied, and wound up.

I’m really  in love with this darling Hyphen sweater and am currently knitting one for Miss Aubrey. The color I chose is the most perfect Aubrey-esque, coral-pink you could imagine. But…  scratchy.  This is not how I want Miss Aubrey’s handknits to feel. Let’s hope a soak in coconut oil hair conditioner wool wash helps…. after looking about at comments online and on the site, it does seem to be reported that washing and wearing softens it up, so I haven’t quite lost all hope.

Knit Picks, I love love love your yarn, as a rule but I’m disappointed in WoTA. Perhaps I just didn’t do enough research on this particular variety before I bought.

*I may be embellishing the sheep’s life story with a teeeeeensy bit of hyperbole.


About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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4 Responses to Well that escalated quickly.

  1. Wendy says:

    It also pills like crazy. The first wearing. Looks old when it’s new. Never again.

  2. Lee says:

    thanks for the giggles with my morning coffee.

  3. Lynda the Guppy says:

    If I’m doing a special baby sweater, I go MadTosh. Their DK and Vintage (Worsted) are both super wash, knit up beautifully, and it almost always takes less than 2 skeins. But I have to REALLY love the mom for that. LOL.

    But if I want something awesome but indestructible, then I go Cascade 220 Superwash. It’s soft and squishy, wears like iron, comes in a million colors, and at about $10-$11 a ball, it’s totally reasonable.

    And if you need buttons, I have an awesome source from Israel. He’s on Etsy and his buttons arrive faster than some I’ve ordered from the east coast. LOL

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