My socks fulled a little in the wash, but I guess the reason they didn't felt was because I used much smaller needles--as I usually do for socks--so they were very tightly knit. When I make something to felt, I use much larger needles. I love the yarn, though. I have a Scandinavian ski sweater in my head. I will probably use Telemark for it. --Peggy
I plan to knit an adult hoodie sweater, Twist by Chicknits. The sweater requires worsted weight yarn. The sweater is for my daughter and must be very soft as she doesn't tolerate wool that is scratchy or promotes itching. The yarn must be easy care, non or minimal peeling. I am concerned about alpaca and/or merino wool as they may sag, not hold shape. I eagerly await your yarn suggestions.
Hi all! I need help figuring out how much cadena yarn to buy if I want to make a long scarf (6 feet give or take). I am very new to knitting and can't figure out feet vs. yards, hanks vs. ball vs. skein. Any help is welcome and greatly appreciated!
Keep in mind that Cadena is a bulky weight yarn. It comes in 110 yard hanks, which means you will need to wind it into a ball, which takes a little time. Most of the balls of yarn from Knit Picks are about the same length as the Cadena hank. I would think you could make a decent scarf with 2-3 hanks of Cadena, depending on the width of the scarf and what type of stitch you will be using.
The care instructions have changed. Imagination was designed to be machine wash and dryable, but we've found out that it actually felts a little if you care for it this way. When we found that out, we changed the care instructions. If you look at older sources of information, you will see the original care instructions.
I truly hate to complain, as I've been so happy with all of my Knitpicks yarn and I love having Knitpicks as a yarn resource, but I'm actually rather disappointed about this situation. I bought several hanks of Imagination when it was first released and recommended it to my many sock-knitting friends. However, thanks to the powers of Murphy's Law, I found out about the change to the care instructions well after I had already finished a pair of socks that were meant to be a Christmas gift. Hand-washing socks is simply not something I find appealing, and I wasn't going to foist it upon one of my friends, either, so I didn't use those socks as a gift. They're simply gorgeous, and the quality of the yarn and its colors is truly remarkable, which makes it all the more disappointing that they'll be a chore to care for. Had I made a sweater or scarf or gloves -- anything that doesn't require such regular, vigorous washing -- I wouldn't be the least bit upset. But I made socks with this yarn, as was intended by the labeling.
I definitely understand that mistakes happen, but I think this is a pretty big one. For one thing, it seems that discovering that the yarn wasn't machine washable could have warranted a prompt e-mail to the Knitpicks mailing list alerting us all of the mistake. That may have saved a few pair of already-felted socks. Further, perhaps giving those who had already purchased the yarn a coupon offer for a limited time or the ability to exchange it for another product, just as an apologetic gesture, would have been nice. I suppose I just think that, in the world of knitting, we can all agree that incorrect washing instructions on yarn are about as cringe-worthy as moths or incorrect gauge. It's not a slightly mismatched color, it's the difference between caring for a lovingly-made garment and rendering it unwearable.
Imagination was advertised as a machine washable sock yarn and that was the only reason I purchased it. I'd have stuck with Essential otherwise. Imagination is a gorgeous and wonderful yarn to work with and I'm genuinely disappointed that I won't be able to use my remaining hanks as I'd initially planned. I'm honestly not even sure what to do with them, at this point, as I only ordered enough of each colorway for a pair of socks, but they do look gorgeous in my stash.
I do feel confident that the Knitpicks crew will do their utmost to prevent this sort of error in the future, but I still just can't help feeling let down myself.
I had the same problem. I knitted a lovely pair of socks with the yarn. I loved the colors and the hand of the yarn and was looking forward to enjoying my socks for a long time to come. After washing my socks according to the original washing instructions, they felted enough that I have to struggle to put them on my feet and the stitch definition is gone. I also believe that the Knit Picks administration should have sent everyone whoordered this yarn a bulletin of some kind
We are very sorry to have inconvenienced all of you with the care instruction change for Imagination. You can return your skeins of Imagination for a full refund or credit toward other items.
Thank you for your suggestions for handling this problem in the future. We will definitely try to get the word out faster and better should it occur again (although we also really hope that it never happens again!).