Likes and dislikes are such a personal thing. Even more so when it comes to yarn. Sometimes, you get a yarn that is almost universally adored, except for that one person who just isn’t into it. Or you're that one person who adores it while most knitters wouldn't touch it with a ten foot knitting needle.
For me, it's very easy to forget the individual brand of yarn that I just don't like because I might knit with them once and never touch them again. If any of my long time knitting friends warn me that a yarn is just awful, I'm not too keen to run out and buy it. And, even though I rarely knit swatches in my personal knitting life, I do do all the swatch knitting for Knitty.com so I get to test drive a bunch of different yarns before spending money of them.
But with all that in mind, you know what I do dislike? ...cotton. Ugh! I will knit with it, I have some in my stash, but UGH!!!! I hate the way it disintegrates in my hands when I knit with it, and the way it sticks to the needles once my hands warm up. It splits, I get frustrated. To add to my disdain the one brand of cotton that I could bear the thought of knitting with was Mission Falls aaaaannnndddd now they're gone. (I'm not sure how big a deal that was outside of Ontario, but there was great mourning for the loss of them here.) Fortunately more and more companies are producing Eco-friendly yarn, so that will stop me from going on a 20 page tirade about the environmental impacts of cotton production. But really, I have yet to find a cotton that I want to pick up and put to my cheek, or throw myself into the middle of a pile of a roll around in. (I wouldn't want to have to pick all those little fibres off my clothes.) It just doesn't work for me. I want to like cotton. I try to like cotton. But alas, I just don't like knitting with it.
|Leave it to Reever|
And, if anyone out there knows a good cotton, pass the name on to me. I'd love to give it a try.