contented cow syndrome

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

One of my dear friends kindly pointed out to me today that my problem is “contented cow syndrome” and she’s right. I am weirdly contented to sit and do nothing at all for hours at a time, and I do mean nothing, watching paint dry or grass grow would probably be considered entertainment at the moment. I think this is the main problem with my knitting.

I do have a knitting question for you though. Am I the only person in the world not in love with Koigu? I am loving the colours of the Koigu I am using for my Jaywalkers, but it feels kind of like string after the lovely soft yarns I have used for the last two pairs of socks. Will it get better with washing? Is that the secret of the great Koigu passion? I really didn’t expect to enjoy knitting with Pattons Patonelle more than Koigu.


Comment by Mary on 1/2/2006 @ 1:50 pm

I love that I’m posting a comment on January 31st to a blog entry that was posted on February 1st. Crazy time warp thing!

I’ve never knit with Koigu so can’t answer that question. The colors are pretty, but it doesn’t look very soft to me — maybe it blooms after washing?

From one contented cow to another,


Comment by Kelly on 1/2/2006 @ 2:05 pm

I really shouldn’t be commenting as I’ve never knit with Koigu, but I always wondered the same thing–it looks like string and it surprised me that it is so popular. Is it just all the colors maybe?

Comment by michele on 1/2/2006 @ 8:39 pm

I agree…I have a sock half started with Koigu and I find it hard to go back to it. I love Lorna’s Laces yarn and several others more. The colors are stunning though, you’re right.

Comment by manda on 1/2/2006 @ 11:12 pm

i made some gloves out of koigu about a year ago and while i was knitting them, i was kind of disappointed in the not-so softness. however, after a couple washes and plenty of wear, the gloves are super soft and in great shape. plus the colors are always fabulous. :)

Comment by Karen on 2/2/2006 @ 1:20 am

I haven’t made socks with Koigu but I did make a Charlotte with it. I don’t remember being disappointed with it while I was knitting with it though. I can tell you that it is one of my favorite knit items. I hope you like it after a wash.

Comment by Steph on 2/2/2006 @ 3:10 am

I’d love to have that syndrome! I find it so hard to relax at times, always feeling that need to do something or keep my mind and hands busy.
I had the same problem with Koigu when I used it for the Mata Hari socks, it was so stringy. But the wash did soften them up a lot, and Koigu holds its shape very well. They’re my favorite best-fitting socks now.

Comment by Julia on 2/2/2006 @ 4:51 am

I think koigu has a big reputation to live up to. I was hard on it for a while, but I find that I wear my koigu socks a lot and really enjoy them. It may just take time. Koigu is not my #1 favorite, and I don’t think it’s perfect for everything under the sun, but it is a nice yarn if you stick with it.

Comment by Adina on 2/2/2006 @ 8:16 am

Never knit with Koigu-but I keep think about it - good to know that it needs to “break in” a little.

I totally get the contented cow thing. LOL I could sit here and stare out the window and feel the baby bounce around and not do anything else.

Too bad I have to work and do a ton of crap! LOL

Comment by Michele on 3/2/2006 @ 3:12 am

I love knitting with Koigu, and love it even more wash after wash after wash. I’ve never found it ’stringy’. What is the fiber content of the Patonelle?

Comment by RheLynn on 6/2/2006 @ 4:32 pm

I get that ’stare at paint’ feeling when I’m tired.. which is a lot lately ;o) Your progress with socks is really coming along! As for the Koigu, :o( with no LYS I haven’t tried it. Instead I live dangerously through the blogs of others ;o) Have a great day!

Comment by Nik on 7/2/2006 @ 2:48 am

I’m not in love with Koigu’s price. I like the yarn, but I would only ever knit small projects with it because it costs too much.

Comment by Alison Chambers on 10/2/2006 @ 1:29 pm

I knit a lot with koigu. It’s the colors. Also, it’s superwash, so great for socks, hats, kids’ stuff. I wear plain, solid sweaters more, but prefer knitting with koigu.

Comment by trek on 14/2/2006 @ 11:37 pm

One of my knitting peeps says that Noro Kureyon becomes lovely after washing but I can’t stand the feel of what she’s knitting. It is a Lady Eleanor and the color blocks are working out very nicely - I just think it feels yucky.

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