I later had a question from someone who asked me if my saying that it felt a little like cotton was a compliment or not a compliment.
. . . because not everyone likes to knit with cotton.
Kitchen cotton is one thing; I actually find it rather difficult to wrangle, not to mention some of the colors are not my favorites, but a good cotton or cotton blend can be wonderful to knit and, if you match the yarn to the project well, it can and will make you very, very happy.
Problem is, the good stuff is hard to find. I do like Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton. I like the Spud & Clhoe Sweater (merino and cotton blend), too. I also like the Tahki Cotton Classic, which is mercerized (it is shiny).
So, the other day, I got a message from Figen Cakir who is the founding director of Figgi Yarns based in Turkey. She had read that I have troubles with my hands (I knit too much) and had cotton in her line that has a bit of silver in it and would I like to try it? I guess silver is associated with healing and has certain properites, and even though they make no health claims, why not see what the yarn is all about? They have other cotton yarns, too, at any rate.
It came in the mail and the first moment I saw the Sifa Silver (the natural and the green pictured), I decided to heck with knitting with this gorgeous yarn! This is screaming at me to weave it! These balls of yarn: They're my colors! Bring on the Avocado! Bring on the Burnt Sienna! This belongs in my house!
I instantly pulled out my Zoom Loom and made the most perfect coasters for a girl who yearns for a Harvest Gold kitchen . . .
And that girl would be me.
I am happy. I just wish that they distributed this in the states. Check out www.figgiyarns.com to see for yourself. Maybe if enough of us cotton lovers were to pay attention to this wonderful and not-your-typical-cotton we might see it become more readily available.
BTW: I decided that I needed to knit two huge rectangles on the bias. Yeah, yeah, I know; all the knitting is hurting my hands. I slapped the rectangles together and now I'm knitting some simple sleeves for it. I can't decide if I should add a cowl neck or not. . . (The Fibre Company Acadia in Sea Lavender.)
BTWBTW: Forgive my just-from-the-gym freshness.