FO: Presto Chango!

Well look at that! I have an FO! It’s become such a rare thing I’m actually surprised I managed one haha! Ok, ok, to be fair I did make a baby this year, so I guess I’m excused 🙂 I’m not sure if I ever mentioned this on the blog, but I have a hard time knitting for my babies while pregnant. I have a problem making any type of knitting happen to be honest, so I’m surprised I managed to finish some things at all this year.
Once they’re born, however, I’m knitting to keep them warm 🙂 Those baby knits are soo quick (mainly because I used 6mm needles, sssstt).

It started out as a way to test the yarn and I’m super excited about it alright! It’s the alpaca blend chunky yarn by Rico Deisngs, and I’m very pleased with the results. I have to say I’m starting to see the benefit of added synthetic fibers thb (stop shaking your head).

I’m not sure if I would’ve knit something like this in 100% alpaca. It would probably be way too hot and I’d never put it on the kid.

I know that it’s not a popular opinion, and to be honest, before having kids I would never have thought about something like this, but I’ve totally changed my mind on (SOME!!!) synthetic fibers in (SOME!!) yarns.

This yarn doesn’t feel like there’s synthetic fiber in it at all. If anything, it feels like a cotton blend (which it’s not). Like the fiber snob that I am, the first thing I do when I grab a ball of yarn is turn it around to find the label. I’ll read it and I’ll stick my nose in the air and look a bit miffed when I see something like “50% acrylic”. Before having kids I would probably have put it down and moved on. Honestly, my whole stash is changing.

First of all, I no longer have the time to knit myself a cardigan with sockyarn. Which totally sucks, because most of my stash consists of sockyarn and handdyed sockyarn. Then there’s a lot of laceweight yarn. Which I have no patience for at the moment. And then there’s a lot of rough yarn (which I won’t use for kids), in rather huge quantities. Think long winter coat in a gradient.

It’s not just the changes in my preference, but also the fact that I’ve had some of these things since I first started buying more ‘expensive’ yarns. Now, I know we’re not supposed to talk about stash, and I know that some of you have very impressive stashes, but I feel like I’m outgrowing my stash. Or rather, my preferences are changing and the way things are going I’m probably not going to use my stash for the things I was planning to use them for.

So to make matters easy I decided to throw every plan I had overboard and just finish all of my stash yarns for my kids. I don’t care what I have, what I bought and what I planned for it. It will all be used for kids. One skein at a time.

I need more of this in my life. A sleeping baby, some handknit stuff surrounding said sleeping baby. Once I’ve finished up my stash, I can buy some new things 🙂

I’m going to stock this yarn in the shop soon-ish. I LOVE the stitch defnition and the feel of the fabric it creates. I had already used it for a crochet hat (pictured below) and I love that fabric too 🙂

For the record: I’m not saying we should all move onto knitting with synthetic fibers! I’m just saying that some brands have made some excellent yarns that contain synthetic fibers as well, and that I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and the feel of the yarn/ fabric 🙂

In other (somwhat) unrelated news: another FO! The Seashell Pashmina Shawl! I blocked the sh*t out of it! It’s still drying so I’ll weave in the ends and see if I can get some pretty action shots tomorrow (or the day after).

Either way, it feels like I’ve achieved something by finishing some projects. I’ve already got waay too many projects lying around, so while it’s still here I’m going to be riding this finishitis wave a whlie longer 🙂

Happy knitting 🙂

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