You’ve probably guessed by now that I love to knit. It has helped me relax, to focus and to quit smoking (not a cig since January). I love soft, pretty things, socks, sweaters, scarves, hats and shawls.

I also love yarn – the feel of it, the variety – it’s wonderful stuff. Since I’ve been knitting almost obsessively I’ve mostly used wool and its wonderful. Animal fibers. Ahhhhhh…. Lovely sheep-y wool, alpaca, llama, even exotics like opossum and cat. The feel of it and the warmth, it feels lovely on my hands and creates wonderful fabric.

Now I’m redoing that infamous lost gauge swatch using a yarn that I’ve never tried before and I’m not all that sure I like it, or that I’ll be able to even work with it. It’s called Sea Song and its made of cotton and kelp. It really intrigued me.

So I’m working my swatch and really struggling with this yarn. It’s very smooth, to the point of being slippery and I don’t like the way my stitches look. It’ doesn’t have any body and its – I don’t know, all I can think of it flabby. Plus it’s really stressing my hand. I had to put the needles down after only 20 minutes, how would I get through an entire sweater with this stuff? I don’t know if all plant-based yarns are this way, are they? Now Cascade 220 Sport? Beautiful, smooth, easy to work with. Like buttah. Madelinetosh? Heavenly. Plucky feet? Ahhhhhhh…. This Sea Song? Not so much.

So we’ll see if I get a sweater out of this or a whole new set of dishcloths.