I started the Damask shawl last night and posted a pic in the last post of a finished example, my yarn choice and the beginning few rows. Well, I'm in trouble. It's the yarn that is giving me problems. It is literally falling apart. It broke once during the winding process which I didn't think much of since the skein is one big single skein of 990yds. Its a lot of weight even on a swift as you crank the winder. But now it has broke three times while knitting.
Broke is to tense a word... it just disentegrated. My stiches are nice and loose. I could probably pop them on the next size larger needle and not have to stretch yarn to do so, so i'm not putting to much tension on it. My interchanchables from KA are securely tightened and the cable is intact and as far as I can tell not catching anywhere. All three times I haven't felt the yarn break but come back to it as I turn a row and find it. When I try to knot the break off it literally falls apart again. I have NEVER seen a yarn do this.
Its The Great Andirondack Yarn Co.'s bamboo fingering which is 51% bamboo and 49% cotton (it was so soft and luxurious feeling). My guess is the staple was just spun out to far. Either way I just gave up on it after the final break that appeared in the cast on edge 12 rows away from the row I was working.
Has anyone had such a problem with this yarn before? Any sugestions beyond just finding another fiber? Aiyiyi this sucks!