Monday, March 28, 2011

2KCBWDay1 Where I Compare Yarn To My Horse

Cascade 220 is a lot like my quarter horse.  He is a little plain to look at, but dependable as the day is long. What you see is what you get.  Pick out a navy Cascade 220 and it stays navy. No funky bleeding. Deep red? Same thing. Once you settle on the needles necessary to get 5.5 st. to the inch, in plain stockinette of course, you are good to go.

Off down the trail, you have an idea of how things will turn out.  Sometimes there is a little trouble along the way.  Shied at the bird? Dropped a stitch? No biggie, one sideways step and a little latch up will put it right. No complications, the stitches are easy to see.

Need a little fancy work to liven things up? Fine. The horse will listen and trot with cadence or do a little sashay. Cascade is a whiz at cables, with excellent stitch definition. Lace work is okay in small doses.  Too much and the yarn looks like it's trying to be something it's not.  My horse goes to rock and roll or a little country music. No classical music here, although maybe Wagner, but I can't do that.

Back at the barn, when the project is done, Cascade 220 cleans up well. No pilling under the arms or at the side seams. A good soak and air drying and it looks brand new. To work with a steady-eddy horse or Cascade 220 gives me great pleasure.

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