So, about a year ago I was in the Unitas yarn store and there was this yarn that was calling my name. Literally.
Unfortunately, Sara is 100% acrylic. I bought it anyway, it felt really soft to the touch. In fact, I bought two skeins.
Yesterday I finally decided to use it and make a hat. As with all Unitas yarns, I encountered a gauge problem. The label says to use 4-4,5 mm needles, but this yarn knits too tightly in those sizes. Other yarns of similar thickness always call for at least 6 or 7 mm.
But here's what I was thinking: The people who made the yarn put the 4-4,5 mm on the label for a reason. So I used 4 mm for the ribbing, cheated a bit and used 5 mm for the rest of the hat. It's thick and not very stretchy, but I can live with that. At least it will protect my ears from the wind.
The pattern is Bonnie's Cable hat.
The hat itself turned out great, I love the color of this yarn, it matches my glasses. And therein lies the problem.
Sara, being the plasticky plastic that it is, has a squeaky feeling when you rub it in your hands. And when you wear it snugly against your head while also sporting plastic eyeglasses, it makes a sound. Squeak, squeak, squeak. Very annoying.
And that is why, if you're shortsighted like me, you shouldn't wear acrylic hats. Or if you insist on wearing them, you should probably switch to contact lenses. Or, you could just walk around without the eyeglasses, and hope you don't get hit by a car or something.