Hi everyone! I’m about to attempt my first sweater! Okay, I really need to finish those birthday socks for my mom first…but then I’ll start!
I haven’t settled on a pattern yet, but I’m looking at doing a nice fitted cardigan of some sort that I can wear in the summer when it is cool or over layers in the winter. Can you all help me with yarn suggestions? I went to my LYS yesterday and it all looked so yummy (and expensive!) but I just don’t know what works well/holds up/etc.
Here’s what I’m looking for, generally:
*I haven’t picked a pattern, so weight can be pretty much anything (probably in the DK/sport/worsted range).
*Natural fibers or a natural fiber blend (wool/alpaca blends, or?)
*Very soft (maybe even a little fuzzy?)–but I don’t want it to pill like crazy. Pills drive me batty! But I’d like a fuzzier look rather than a lot of stitch definition.
*I’d prefer something I could machine wash (my seven-month-old just can’t help herself with those sweet potatoes!).
*I’m looking for an icy blue or blue-gray, but as long as there are nice colors, I’m not too picky.
*Big bonus if it is organic/fair trade/locally (USA) made/otherwise good for the earth and people. I’m willing to pay a bit more for that!
Any suggestions! I really appreciate all of your experience…all of the yarns seem great to me at this point!