It's hard to believe, but our girl Kate is about to turn a year old. Whoo-hoo! Way to go! And what better way to celebrate than with some new duds?
Handknit duds, to be exact. How about a sweater? Since the bootie madness has died down around here, it's time to yank out my favorite childrens sweater pattern. The Child's Placket Neck Pullover from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. Why is this my favorite pattern? Because it's so easy to modify. I have yet to use the yarn specified in the pattern. Why? I refuse to knit a kid's sweater in anything but easy-care yarn. And to me easy care means machine wash and machine dry.
Late last week my quest began to find some Woolease. You might think that there's just about nothing that you can't find in Manhattan, and I would tend to agree with that. I'm here to tell you, however, that Woolease is not well represented amongst Manhattan yarn establishments.
Oh Windsor Button, how I miss thee!
Queens, however, wasn't about to let me down. We have a Michaels, and of course, Smiley's Yarns (which might form the closest approximation of WB to be had in the five boroughs).
Each of those places should be awash in Woolease. I can't tell you, however, because I never made it to either. Smiley's is closed on Sunday. The Michael's in Woodside required a subway/bus maneuver that I was loathe to attempt on a steamy summer day. A day which came hot on the heels of a very late night (yup, Subway Knitter's a bit of a party girl now and again).
What's a knitter to do? Remember that I blogged about the two yarn stores I discovered just blocks from chez Subway Knitter QNS? I almost forgot about them until Sven reminded me. (See? It's still not second nature to have these things in walking distance.) I struck out at Lamia's. Lots of Red Heart, but really icky colorways of Woolease. But there was Woolease on the shelves, so I can't complain.
Fabric Center is closed on Saturdays. So on Sunday, I stopped off there on (what I thought was) my way to Michael's. Lo and behold! There was no Woolease, but there was lots of something called Lazer by a company called Erdal. According to the label, it's 75 percent acrylic, 25 percent wool. Just about the same fiber content as Woolease. Score! While the label says "hand wash only" I'm not sure why (especially given that a nearby yarn, with the exactly the same fiber content and spin was machine wash and dry). It's soft to the touch, and I'm very happy with the colorways I found.
No more baby colors! We can't have Kate walking around (which she will be, shortly) in something that doesn't reflect the maturity and sophistication that one whole year of life confers.