I never particularly liked knitting with cotton or linen – not enough “give” in the yarn for my taste. After I injured my hands some years ago, I became even more particular about yarns. Two people close to me, however, Thor and a dear friend, cannot wear any woolen fibers without displaying any variety and combinations of severe reactions: eyes swelling shut, wheezing with a slight blue-ish tinge to their lips, and/or getting nasty, drippy red rashes on their skin.
So what fiber could I use my dear friend for her upcoming birthday? It’s an important birthday; she’s turning 60 (and looks and seems much younger). After I explained my dilemma to the helpful folks at Nitro Knitters in Portland, a helpful clerk introduced me to Skacel’s HiKoo CoBaSi. CoBaSi is a combination of cotton, bamboo and silk. It is also 21% elastic, which makes this yarn enormously stretchy.
I bought the yarn, even though was sure I would despise the elastic feel. But, I reminded myself, my friend was worth it, so no matter how awful the yarn might feel, I would just have to suck it up and persevere until finished. (My grandfather’s words rang in my ears: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!”)
Lo and behold, once I got used to the elastic stretchiness, I loved it! I can’t yet post a picture of this project as my friend follows my blog. But I will after her birthday.