A couple of weeks ago I promised a little review of the new Cleckheaton Naturals Cotton (8ply/DK). I bought a couple of balls at Sp*tlight after seeing it for the first time – it felt so lovely and soft, for a cotton, and the natural colours really appealed to me (beige and pale green, with beige heather and pale green heather). I bought the pale green (col 004) and the green heather (008).
I couldn’t wait to try it out, and so I made a ballband dishcloth – I think because the colours matched my kitchen perfectly and because I really should have been knitting something else so only wanted a small project! I also used, for the first time, some rosewood straights which I bought when Tapestry Craft had a huge reduction on them. OMG I love rosewood needles!!
This cotton is really lovely to knit with. It is relatively loosely spun from a bunch of very thin strands (forgive me if I haven’t quite got all the technical terms right!!) so can be a little splitty, but with the lovely rosewoods, I didn’t have any problems at all. And it didn’t strain my hands and wrists like some cottons do when you knit with them for a while (dishcloth cotton and Rowan Denim, anyone?!).
The only problem I did have was that one of the balls (the green heather) had TWO knots in it – both right near the start of the ball. Gah! Fortunately, I found them both when I was at the end of a row, but this did annoy me a bit. It might be a one-off with this yarn, as the other ball has been fine so far.
Overall, a really lovely soft cotton, which also comes in 4ply
(fingering weight). Probably way too nice for a dishcloth, but would be very nice in a garment, particularly for those with very senstive skin, as the colours are natural, not dyed. Don’t ask me how they do that though! Oh, and nicely priced (for Australia at least) at around $4 per 50g ball.