Knitting Talk With A Side Of Whine

Calidez Vest: Not long for I think.

N is all settled in at college. The house is quiet. Myles is at loose ends wondering where his human is. We’ll all learn and grow from this experience or so I tell myself.

Now that Camp Loopy has ended I wasn’t sure what I wanted to knit. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of things I’d like to knit and yarn to use. The new semester of Loopy Academy has been assigned. We’ll talk about that when I figure out a plan. I decided to pull out the Calidez vest and reassess. I took no notes so the first thing I had to do was figure out which size I’d cast on and where I was.

I sat down and quickly figured out what was what and as I worked 8 or so rows I gave some serious thought to the yarn. It’s some vintage Reynolds Lopi I was given years ago. The color is a gorgeous deep purple, not a shade I’d ordinarily pick but truly lovely. But it is scratchy. Really scratchy. I’ve reread the inside of the label where it talks about how Icelandic wool like Lopi’s “essential characteristic is softness”. Huh? It feels like steel wool if I’m honest. So tell me, will this soften with washing and wearing? No. I didn’t make and wash a swatch. I don’t have yarn to spare. I’m 99% sure this is the last time you’ll see the beginning of the Calidez vest in this yarn. I’m thinking the Lopi might like to be a felted bag or some other none clothing item. Life is too short to be unhappy with my knitting.

In other knitting talk, I’ve got a baby sweater to knit and a tried and true pattern: Cardigan for Baby by Florence Merlin. I’ve got to stash dive for some yarn. While I’m digging through I’ll look for a replacement for the Calidez vest. Maybe I’ll have cast on something new soon.

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14 Responses to Knitting Talk With A Side Of Whine

  1. Lopi is soft as in cushiony, not as in non-scratchy.. I’ve washed my Lopi sweater with hair conditioner, which helped, but mostly it’s so warm I only wear it when it’s really, really cold and with at least one, maybe two layers under it. Back in the 70s, when Mom and I were knitting those sweaters, Lopi was softer then anything else commercially available – my, how things have changed! I’ve not knit with Lopi in a while, but I keep some in stash – those 40 – 55 year old sweaters are wearing out around the edges!

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  2. LDSVenus says:

    I’ve done that, set aside a sweater and then later tried to remember what changed I made and where I was, I ended up frogging it. ugh

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  3. sewadilly says:

    Scratchy yarn is not for me. Have tried to wear it … I look like a dog infested with flees .. holy moly could scratch just thinking ’bout it. ha ha ha ha

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  4. slippedstitches says:

    Lopi is never going to soft next to the skim yarn. There are two types the hairy kind or the woolly kind. The latter is the softer. Lopi can be lanolin rich. If all the lanolin is not taken out the wool can be almost brittle. Dying the wool can also make it less soft. Lopi is good for outwear and this is where you want some of that lanolin to remain in the yarn to resist water.

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  5. AJ says:

    I used Lopi for a cardigan and it did soften up, but only so much

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  6. life’s too short to knit something you hate. I can’t wear wool or work with wool – I got booted from the old yahoo knitlist because I kept making comments about how some of us are allergic and acrylic wasn’t made by Satan – or it might have been my snarky comment to the girl who loved a pattern but it “calls for red yarn and I want to make it in black, what do I do?” but we’ll talk about that another time.

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  7. Alissa Head says:

    I’m knitting a cardigan with Lettlopi right now, but I think it will be fine since I’ll always wear it over something and I like the feel of wooly wool. Yours is such a glorious purple. I’m sure you will find something lovely to make with it if your vest doesn’t work out. 💜

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  8. Beautiful color! I knit and felted a bag/purse with Lopi. Your description of steel wool yarn is spot on! My hands hurt while knitting it however it felted into a thick dense fabric. Even after softening up a bit I could not use the bag in the summer as it irritated my inner arm when carrying it over my shoulder. I still love it and is definitely a purse for cooler months when my arms are covered.

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  9. Stefanie says:

    Good call and ooh, an excuse to buy new yarn for the vest?

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  10. That is beautiful yarn! It will definitely make a lovely bag or pillow cover or something if you won’t be comfortable wearing it 🙂

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  11. Meg Hanson says:

    A felted project with the Lopi yarn sounds like a winner. And by the way, we were in Chicago for our son’s wedding so I am waaayyyy behind on reading blog posts. It was a wonderful weekend and now it is back to reality. I may have to just jump ahead.

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  12. cattknithat says:

    Love your posts. Hope you are doing well. 🙂

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  13. chrisknits says:

    I have never understood the lure of Lopi myself. Much prefer to knit with soft merino!!!

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  14. lawlady1 says:

    “Life is too short to be unhappy with my knitting.” *That’s* a motto we should all take to heart!

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