Monday, May 5, 2008

Denim yarn experiment

Happy Monday! I've been wanting to try Rowan's Denim yarn for awhile now, reeled in as I was by the promise of finished garments that wash and wear like denim, shrink like denim, fade like denim. These are the Baby's Denim Drawstring Pants from Joelle Hoverson's Last Minute Knitted Gifts. These pants were in the four to six hour chapter in the book, but took me a little longer to make.

In the past, I've mostly stuck to wool yarn, so the cotton was a departure for me. Before washing, even my husband noticed that the fabric was a little uneven and bumpy. But after a trip through a hot water wash and a high temperature dry cycle, the fabric shrunk up nicely length-wise and self-regulated a little. The stitches now look uniform and the fabric is cohesive. Overall the denim yarn is pretty cool. I could see making a jacket-like zip-up cardigan for myself. If I made these pants again, I'd probably add a piece of elastic to the waistband as I was grafting it together to make them a little more wearable, as some Ravelry members have done.

I'm going to try to post every day this week to get back into the swing of it. We've been having some computer problems that made posting tough last week, but I hope we've seen the end of them. So I say tentatively: until tomorrow!

1 comment:

RobinE said...

Wow! Those pants look really cute and comfy for baby. I didn't even know there was such a thing as denim yarn.

Someday, I need to learn how to knit. :)