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Knitter, Clothe Thyself - Diary of a Necromancer
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robling_t
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Knitter, Clothe Thyself
Would someone please explain to me the point of cotton sweaters?

Erm, backing up: the hideous-but-practical brown wool pullover that most of you who've met me in the winter are all too familiar with has met with an Unfortunate Accident, or, well, a series of them, that amount to the necessity for it being taken out back and shot. It was cheap, I am not heartbroken, but I am now in the position of needing a new warm layer if I want to go out of the house any time in the next few months, because nothing else in my closet has been surviving the first encounter with the Outside very well so far. (And if you're wondering why I, a confirmed knitter, am so short on warm garments, I would like to point out that I am A) enough of a plus-size that it takes quite a bit of time and yarn-money to cover the huge... tracts of land, and B) I live with a Mum who can pretty well be counted on to forget what doesn't go into the washer sooner or later, which is a strong disincentive to knit much of anything that looks like regular laundry.) But when we trundled out to look for a replacement, in the dead of February, what are the shops full of? Cotton sweaters. Which wouldn't keep you warm if you set them on fire.

This is, pretty much, how I ended up with the hideous-but-practical brown wool pullover in the first place, because sweaters tend to meet their Unfortunate Accidents somewhere in the middle of their wearing-season, which is apparently right about when the fashion world is gearing up for beach-weather. That godawful thing was hard enough to find, but I'd have been happy to see its even-more-hideous baby-blue sister this go-round, because the only thing even vaguely resembling a Warm Wool Sweater was a fairisle cardigan that was mostly white (IE, Shows Dirt Liek Whoa) and looked like something a yurt sicked up because it closed with inexplicable faux-Mongolian clasps. Very "...Um, no" from standpoints of fashion or function. So I am probably reduced to cramming myself into the shrunken remains of the hideous-but-practical brown wool pullover for the rest of this season, until 100-degree weather rolls around to trigger the shops into putting out the winter gear again.

Botheration.

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51stcenturyfox From: 51stcenturyfox Date: February 14th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Something a yurt sicked up? :D You're so funny!

I have a total of One (1) wool sweater(s), and it's navy blue and white and SUPER BOXY with massive silver buttons. You are right about nothing beating them for warmth.

Do you have an Army/Navy surplus where you are? Some of the sweaters are wool and warm!
robling_t From: robling_t Date: February 15th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Not to mention that then I would look like a yurt...
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: February 15th, 2011 12:27 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Would someone please explain to me the point of cotton sweaters?

wool allergies.

I wear cotton sweaters all winter, in layers.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: February 15th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)

Well... put your arms down when you get to school

We've had windchills of 30 below, if I tried to put on THAT many layers my coat wouldn't fit...
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: February 15th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)

Re: Well... put your arms down when you get to school

I have a parka. :-) It's a very nice parka.

We don't get to ... um, which are we using, F or C?

We probably have windchills of 30 below F sometimes.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: February 16th, 2011 04:19 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)

Re: Well... put your arms down when you get to school

F. It's... been a bad couple of weeks. It was 30ish (above) out today, and one of the cotton things I have in my closet does at least have enough of a rib to it to provide some R-value... the irony here being that it's the top from a halloween costume a few years back. (...No, not the jellyfish portion, the Jacques Cousteau jumper.)
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: February 16th, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)

Re: Well... put your arms down when you get to school

Yeah, it's been frigid here, too. I layer a lot, and usually wear a synthetic inner layer if I have to be outside for more than a few minutes.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: February 17th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)

Re: Well... put your arms down when you get to school

I had silk longjohns, which I loved, but "somehow" they ended up in the art-supplies and got cut up for the fabric when the seams started to go...
ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: February 15th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Modern fashion is hopeless. Even when it looks like real clothing, it turns out to be made of vinyl-polyester alloy or something.

S has good luck finding nice-looking wool sweaters at big thrift shops. The Brown Elephant is often a helpful one.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: February 16th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Hm, Brown Elephant is a thought... although they probably still have those Inexcusably Eighties Jumpers that I dumped on them a few years back...
bibliofile From: bibliofile Date: February 16th, 2011 11:07 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
There's also the Value Village (or whatever; Amvets?) at Elston & um that north-south street that goes near the Abbey Pub.... yeah, that shares a parking lot with the 24-hour laundry place. Close to the Abbey, just a block or two southeast. For some reason they seem to get decent quality clothes, possibly from the North Shore or something. Crap too, but worth a look.
catbirdgirl From: catbirdgirl Date: February 15th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
yes yes thrift stores.
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