I told you I was in Peru, Indiana a couple of weeks ago. Charlene Shafer and her family, the Knit Knack Shop, are the US distributors for TAMM yarns and Cotton Tale 8. It’s always so busy for me when at a show like that, I never get a chance to check out what anyone else is doing or selling. I heard they had revamped Cotton Tale 8 – my only experience with CT8 was like 15 years ago from the old Bonnie Triola Yarns days – never liked it, harsh feel, too many knots and lots of thick and thin spots. When I got home I checked the KKS website – wow, nice colour range and great price, $22 for a one pound cone. I also noted that it is close to the same yardage as Bonita cotton which I have used extensively and is now discontinued. I ordered white, black, red, silver and charcoal, thinking I could make a striped manfriend hoodie (not) or new girlfriend hoodie ;-)!
Got my parcel on Saturday afternoon and whipped
off a couple of swatches before dinner. I made the striped one at T8 (unwashed
gauge, 30 sts and 38 rows to 10 cm/4 in – after machine wash and dry, 30 sts
and 46 rows) and stockinette charcoal at T9 (unwashed, 28 sts and 36 rows –
washed 29 sts and 43 rows). Anxious to give it a good trial, I put both
swatches in a sink of hot water and dish soap and swished them around – definitely
colour safe! Rinsed them and rolled in a towel. Tossed them in the dryer on cotton/hot
setting with a load of tea towels and tablecloths. WOW! I am so impressed. This
is soft, silky, smooth and lovely, no pilling! I may have found my new favourite
cotton! I can hardly wait for you to see what I’m making!