I see on the board where others are allergic to wool. I haven’t chosen to work with it since it itches me a bit, plus I live in Mississippi, which is like a sauna most of the year. Even in the winter if it’s freezing in the morning, a wool sweater will, on most days, cook you once the temp goes into the 50s.
Another factor in my knitting life is that my budget is more suited to Red Heart Super Saver and Sugar-n-Cream than higher-dollar yarns. I also feel like it’s foolish to buy expensive yarns since I’m still mastering the basics. Of course, many patterns I see are designed to made with the nicer yarn. And if I use a different yarn, the gauge will be totally different.
For these reasons, I’m starting on dishcloths rather than hats and scarves. Very few people wear them down here. I am going to attempt an acrylic cap for my FIL in a camo print since he’s an avid hunter.
I guess I’m asking this: have any of you been down this road? I think I need to make a basic WW or acrylic cotton summer tank top rather than with Paton’s Grace at this point. Does anyone have any basic patterns using acrylic or cotton? Or do I just need to do the math on a pattern by using a gauge swatch then press on? Any other Deep South humidity/heat survivors for whom snow is something you only see on Christmas cards and the news? Well, I did see some in January when I got stuck at O’Hare Airport, so I have to respect those of you who live in the north!
I’d appreciate your thoughts on this.