Every year, I knit about 5 or 6 things for charity, in between other projects for myself, friends, and family. It's very satisfying to knit for charity, because I know that what I make will be appreciated. Occasionally, I've spent hours knitting something for a family member or friend, and when I give it to them, they don't recognize the work I put into it. Very disappointing. But, when I knit for charity, I feel a wonderful glow in my heart EVERY TIME. Much more pleasing to the soul. ;)
Since the weather is cooler now, I would like to knit a warm wool sweater for a teenager. After looking through Bernat's yarns, I've settled on the one and only 100% wool yarn in the group - Bernat Felting. This yarn was created for making felted items, but I've seen it used for knitting warm sweaters by other knitters. It doesn't HAVE to be felted when you work with it.
When I received my yarn in the mail, I opened the box, and was greeted with the lovely smell of fresh wool. Love it! And the pattern book I've chosen was in the box as well - "9 Family Designs".
The booklet contains patterns for Bernat Softee Chunky, but I feel confident that the Bernat Felting will knit to the right gauge. Actually, I'm not that concerned with gauge, because I'm sure the sweater I knit will fit SOMEONE! The design I've chosen is the "Weekend Raglan". I'm making the smallest size, so it will fit a teenage girl or boy.
The Bernat Felting yarn has such a nice texture - very easy to knit. Of course, I had to try a couple different needles, until I found the right ones for this yarn. I have learned over the years that some needles work better with certain yarns. I started off this project with my favorite vintage plastic needles, but they gripped the yarn too much. Now, I've settled on some slick metal needles for this yarn. They work great!
So, if you're ever having trouble using a yarn, don't blame the yarn - just try different needles. You might be surprised!