Yesterday, I borrowed a couple of books from the library, “Knit So Fine – Designs with Skinny Yarn” by Lisa R. Myers, Laura Grutzek and Carol Sulcoski, “Power Cables” by Lily Chin, and “ Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts – An A – Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration”. I wanted to read Knit So Fine because it is one of the few knitting pattern books that specifically focus on knitting with lightweight yarns.
When I was in the process of learning how to knit, the conventional wisdom was knit with bulky inexpensive yarn, and large needles. The reasoning is to get your fingers adapted to using knitting needle, and thicker yarn knits quickly. I learned how to knit with a pair size needles and a worsted weight yarn. In fact, I worked with worsted weight or larger for quite a few scarves until I started knitting with sock weight yarn to make a pair of socks. I discovered that a lighter weight yarn did not take much longer to knit than a thicker weight yarn. There is a good argument to be made for using a lightweight yarn, one being a better fit which you so not get with a bulky weight yarn because let’s face when wearing a heavier fabric everyone will look bigger than they are. The feel of a sweater done in a lightweight yarn is just softer to me and it always means that you will perspire less because with a heavier weight the hotter you will feel and more incline to perspire. Do not get me wrong, I like to see bulky weight yarns with certain items such as a car coat and a rug, but lightweight yarn knitted into a cardigan is a better feel to me and makes look thinner.
There is also a price consideration, lightweight yarns can be more economical than a bulky weight and it also depends on if you buy cashmere, alpaca, angora etc. will also affect the price. Elizabeth Zimmerman also expressed her opinion in the “Knitting Without Tears” (which every person who knits should have in their craft library) about making a sweater with a very fine wool in order to economize if you love to knit.
I think using a lightweight yarn for your sweaters and skirts is a good idea for a better and more flattering fit. I am a size DD in bra size and 45 in hips, so knitting my garments in a bulky weight does not work for me. I prefer to look like woman than the Pillsbury dough boy which is not a good look. I am going to enjoy reading the patterns in “Knit So Fine” and have a couple of projects in mental queue (making quite a few copies for my project notebook).
I cannot end this blog post without writing a little about “Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts”, and one project in the book stood out for me and that’s the glittered eggs. I love the glittered eggs and so much better than dyeing and they are great as a decorative touch for a dinner party. I also like the glittered snowflakes and think it would a great idea for a winter white wedding with white, silver and blue glittered snowflakes handing in the reception space and perhaps glittered candles within the space as well. I have to stop before I have a 10,000 word blog post with ideas. I am going to end on that note and write Ciao for now.