ideas for the future

two scrumptious yarns, but only so much money…

Two swatches: Anzula Squishy doubled to mimic the Cricket weight (left) and Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (right)

I wanted to make one more thing for my sister’s new baby, and decided on a jumpsuit of some sort. After browsing Ravelry for hours on end and falling love with all those little baby patterns, I settled on Eric’s Jumpsuit by Ainur Berkimbayeva, as I really liked its clean, simple lines, and the squishy all-over-garter stitch. But what to knit it in? My LYS doesn’t have any yarn I like for babies besides its cotton yarn, and I wanted something softer. I wanted something lush and smooth, with a tonal, gorgeous dye job, and Japan just doesn’t have much of that kind of yarn! All I could think of was that now is the time: to order a bunch of yarn from Purl Soho. Hey, if I order a bunch of other yarn I’ve wanted for a while, then the shipping costs aren’t so bad…

I’ve purchased Madelinetosh and Anzula Squishy from them before, and had a bunch left over so I decided to swatch to decide which yarn I’d go for. I really want Anzula, because it’s SO soft and wonderful, but Anzula in its sport weight would require me buying 3 skeins…which is like a hundred dollars… Madelinetosh is beautiful too, and a lot more affordable! I also liked more of the colors Purl Soho had available with Madelinetosh, and preferred its slightly fuzzier halo. I’d have to fiddle around with the pattern to change the gauge, but it could work.

But I swatched both yarns up, then washed and dried them in a dryer at the laundromat. And guys… you know what? Anzula just is the clear winner. The garter stitch is SO perfect for this yarn, and it is so thick and squishy. The Tosh Merino Light just doesn’t seem sturdy enough as a single-ply, and while both yarns will definitely pill, I think the Anzula will just wear better.

At the end of the day, I’m gonna be that crazy aunt that knits the baby whatever it wants. So that gives me the perfect excuse to splurge on yarn I would never buy for myself…

Anzula Cricket in Root Beer

I picked a golden honey brown, and will attach some ears to the hood. I might even make a little tail because my sister is so into the Wizard of Oz, so I could make it a Cowardly Lion type theme… Hmmm…

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