I’m about to start my first sweater - which has been my ultimate goal since I started knitting in August… of course lace got in the way and stole my heart, but that’s a story for another time…
So here I am… getting myself all prepared for taking on the challenge of the Brigade pullover by Todd Gocken. The idea of buying 1500 yards of yarn for a huuuuuge project is really intimidating me. Combine that with my love of natural fibers and my extreme dislike of itchy yarn… and yeah… I’m at a loss.
So it suggests Cascade 220 which I’ve used a few times in the past and it’s fine to knit with, but I can’t stand having it on my skin for longer than 5 minutes… which could present a problem while trying to wear a sweater made from it in public.
I LOVE LOVE Malabrigo, but the worsted just pills WAAAAAAAAY too much for a sweater, and using the Twist (which is, in my opinion, barely larger than worsted) pretty much doubles the price (so from about $80 up to $160… yikes!).
So I present you fabulous people with my dilemma… I’d prefer to stick with a natural fiber that I can purchase from my LYS (if possible) that will last a long time, and will also be wearable. I’ve thought about an Alpaca blend, but I’m worried that the ‘fuzz’ of the Alpaca will make me less inclined to actually wear the sweater.
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions! :o)