Looking for Stretch?

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.

Stretchy1So 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 Stretchy2Portland, 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.


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Fiber art devotee, author, and amateur artisan bread baker.
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8 Responses to Looking for Stretch?

  1. I took advantage of California’s mild weather when I was there and washed and blocked it outside on the veranda. I will post pictures and thoughts after my friend opens her birthday (60!!!) gift. 🙂


  2. Rebecca says:

    Gosh it is a world of brave new fibres! Sounds better than polyester for the wool allergic and it will biodegrade over time. A very interesting blend. I am keen to see what it makes.


  3. Well, yes. 🙂


  4. Definitely give it a try. I found it easy and painless to use. And it seems to have a very nice drape.


  5. I just washed, blocked and dried my friend’s guft. The yarn feels and looks great!


  6. I liked this yarn and the colors were fabulous, I should get some more and try wearing it myself, though, just to be sure.


  7. Susan says:

    That is awesome (and I’m not really a fan of that word) and good on you for going the extra mile for a friend…but then, that’s you isn’t it? 🙂


  8. darthmummy says:

    It causes me pain to knit in cotton and linen. I should try this!


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