Now it's our turn...
you wool lovers. You mohair fondlers. You caressers
have no idea how lucky you are.
am allergic to wool. I'm not alone in this allergy,
but it's clear that us folks allergic to animal fibers
are in the minority. I was diagnosed allergic after
the usual multi-stick test given at my doctor's office
when I was a wee bairn. It was confirmed again in
my adulthood by a 2nd doctor's test and an experiment
of my own.
bought a ball of something Pingouin that was 50% wool,
50% acrylic. I figured I'd be fine and maybe it really
was just in my head. I started knitting a hat. And
within three days, I had a horrible cold. That was
enough proof for me.
years, it didn't bother me, really. I just avoided
woolly things. Cotton sweaters were all I wanted to
I picked up knitting again in the late 1990s, I automatically
reached for cotton yarns. And then, for the first
time ever, I stopped and took a look around the shop
and saw what I had been missing.
sock yarns were the first to make me physically wince.
Then the superthick wools, like Lang's MAX or Rowan's
Polar or Big Wool. The delicate softness of Filatura
di Crosa's Zara, in so many exquisite colours. Finally,
Colinette's Point 5 almost made me weep aloud in the
It's just not fair!
For the first time in my knitting life, I understood
what I was missing. I couldn't stand it. I just had
to touch! How bad could it be? Instantly, my hands
began to tingle, then burn. I dropped the stuff like
it was on fire. Damn.
last straw was felt. Not that crap you use in kindergarten.
The gorgeous stuff you make yourself. Our last issue
was full of it. Theresa's Fuzzy
Feet [which started a
revolution!] and Kathy's Suki.
Both gorgeous, and both untouchable for me.
But then something wonderful happened: spring! Take
a look around this issue and you'll see what I was
delighted to find. There is a world of choice for
non-woolly knitters, too! Rayon and tencel and silk
and cotton and flax and linen. All worked together
in different blends, in tempting textures and sumptuous
Fixation has gloriously satiated my desire for
self-patterning sock yarns. And there are so many
new cotton/acrylic super bulky yarns being introduced
each season that I no longer long for MAX.
will never be able to felt, but I can still surround
myself in things shimmery, soft-and-lush, nubby, thick/thin
and just about everything you wool people have. Ha!
again, we've made a magazine. Thanks go to everyone
listed in that dark grey box at the top of the page,
but special thanks go to Kristi Porter, K&K [the
s*bux editorial committee], and Megan Reardon &
Amy Swenson, coding coaches.
continuing to grow [slowly] and change [for the better]
and we're glad you're here with us. Stick around.
And if you haven't already, please do join
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that we've saved for afters, and you wouldn't want
to miss them, would you?