Knitter on Skates

Crochet thread? Isn’t that the same as… yarn?

Posted by Gina on Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ack, what is there to say? I haven’t been knitting… at all.  Well, a little, but barely. I’m jumping back into it, though. I’ve moved into a new home. Somehow, I overlooked the fact that I will need dishcloths. Luckily, I had some peaches ‘n cream stuffed into the very bottom of a bag of reject yarn and random textile scraps. Yay for baby blue dishcloths? I hate that color for yarn for some reason. But, it was necessity knitting, so it’s all good.

I’m still working on the triangle garter stitch blanket I started for my son… way back in August. It’s not going to be huge or anything, but I haven’t had a lot of time to devote to it. And it doesn’t help that it’s a boring stitch pattern. My fingers don’t long for it the way they do for more interesting patterns. My goal is to finish it this month. I’ll have a picture up after it’s washed and blocked.

The only other item I’ve had on the needles is what was intended to be the first of a pair of legwarmers for my daughter to wear under her dress on Christmas. Unfortunately, I didn’t start early enough, so I didn’t finish in time. I frogged it, but it wasnt a complete waste of time or effort. It gave me inspiration for a version that will be slightly improved the next time I try to make legwarmers. And, I discovered that my first impression of Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet Thread was completely wrong. It was three days before Christmas. It was late. I had to get started that night. Wal-Mart was open… and I was done with Peaches ‘n Cream. So very done with it. I decided on Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet Thread in black. It felt hard and stiff. It looked bland. Had I not been rushed and tired, I would have rejected it instantly. But it was the right color, the right fiber (cotton), it was available then and there at a low price, and it was NOT something I was tired of knitting with. I cast on, and knit a few rows. I wasn’t thrilled. The yarn didn’t move and stretch the way I was used to. But, the more I knit with it, the more I was able to feel the garment that was being created. The hard, stiff, non-springy, non-stretchy thread was turning into a rather nice feeling article of clothing. It felt surprisingly soft… not like silk, but like a comfortable hybrid of t-shirt and broken-down denim. It had a decent drape, and a decent, albeit very muted, sheen. It was actually visually pleasing! As I was knitting, I started thinking of the different types of projects that yarn would be suited for. Wonderful for weekend-wear type items, childrens clothes, and machine washable socks… So many future projects popped into my head. This yarn that I harshly pre-judged is solely responsible for bringing back my knitting mojo. I want to do more with it. And I will… when the time is right (er, when I have the time).

Speaking of… What’s the difference between “crochet thread” and yarn? Could someone enlighten me? Please?

I’ll be back soon with pictures, more revelations, new projects,  and the expected scattered rambling…


3 Responses to “Crochet thread? Isn’t that the same as… yarn?”

  1. Kerrie said

    I’m also wanting to knit with cotton thread, and planning on doing a sweater. What size needles were you using, and what size thread?

    • Gina said

      Kerrie, it’s crochet thread size 3. But don’t let the 3 fool you! It’s much finer than DK or light worsted. It’s more like somewhere between fingering and sport. I was using 2.75 mm (US 2) needles. I think you’ll enjoy knitting with cotton. It is one of my preferred fibers to knit with. However, THIS cotton was an entirely new experience for me. It feels very dense, almost as if it’s more tightly spun that typical yarn.

      MolfImmix, the name I don’t recognize, the off topic nature of your response, and the religious reference leads me to wonder if you’re my mom. hehe. (If not, I sincerely apologize). Regardless of who you are, thanks for the comment, and feel free to share the love any time!

  2. molfImmix said

    Nothing seems to be easier than seeing someone whom you can help but not helping.
    I suggest we start giving it a try. Give love to the ones that need it.
    God will appreciate it.

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