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[personal profile] firestar
But I'm looking to get into weaving with pre-spun yarn and I'm wondering if I would be working with 4ply, DK or finer yarns like 2ply, if anyone here can help me out with that.
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[personal profile] stormsong
Does anyone know where I can get fingering-weight yarn in this color? 

Link to Ravelry pattern: Citrus Coaster

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[personal profile] storyfan
I've never knitted anything that required a double thread until I picked up an easy afghan pattern. The pattern itself is no problem, but I'm wondering if there's a way to keep the yarn from twisting. After ever row I have to untwist the balls of yarn which is easy but annoying.

Right now I've got each ball in a separate box, but it doesn't seem to help much. I'm using giant balls of yarn (those super saver types that are 1 pound each that began as skeins), so could the size be the problem? Should I have left them as giant skeins?

I'd appreciate any advice. If this is an unavoidable problem, that's OK. In the scheme of things, it's not all that bad. :)
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[personal profile] daeseage
I decided ages ago that I was going to make my girlfriend a pair of mittens for her birthday, and recently settled on a pattern and some lovely wool yarn in red and cream. Unfortunately, I just learned that she is very allergic to wool, and I really don't want to give her a gift that will make her break out in hives! So now I need something fairly inexpensive, warm, ideally water resistant, and nice and soft, but I don't know if she will have a reaction to other common animal fibers. I thought about baby acrylics, but I don't know that they'd stand up to the abuse that a comfy pair of wool mittens undergoes, and I don't really care for working with them.

Is anyone allergic/knit for someone who is allergic and have recommendations for wool alternatives?

ETA: Thank you so much everyone for the ideas! She was willing to test out swatches (for science!) from scrap yarn as I had time to knit them, and it looks like alpaca will work for her. Those of you who thought it was the length of the fibers might be right, since the swatch of the wool I'd originally purchased resulted in hives. =[

For those of you that asked about acrylics, part of the reason is that I've had issues with using them in colorwork patterns, and also because there's a good chance that she'll be wearing these while around a stove or open flame. A singed mitten is a lot easier to repair and less hazardous than a melted one!

Free Yarn!

Aug. 7th, 2012 11:22 am
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[personal profile] sporky_rat
I have inherited quite a lot of afghan making acrylic yarn.

I'll pay postage if you take it off my hands. If nobody takes me up on it, it's going to Goodwill.

A quandary

Jun. 10th, 2012 05:48 pm
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[personal profile] pensnest
On my recent visit to the yarn shop, I found this wonderful thing:
cut for piccie )
kaberett: Blue-and-red welly boots on muddy ground. (boots)
[personal profile] kaberett
In my LYS the other day, I made the mistake of picking up a single 50g ball of Patons Fairytale DK #6382, which in this incarnation of that shade number is the perfect colour for Bigger on the Inside... but a quarter of the total quantity required.

Unfortunately, Patons are currently in the middle of rebranding the Fairytale DK range, and (worse still) they've already reused that shade code (6382) to be, well, less a solid navy and more a variegated spotted pastel thing.

I can't find the thing I'm looking for anywhere. I think I don't even really care about dye lot (though, on a desperate long shot, this ball is lot 30995). I don't have any idea what else to do with it.

I would be a tiny pathetic grateful creature if anyone can:
  • track down some more of this wretched yarn somewhere online (I've already turned to other people's google-fu elsewhere and had them not succeed any more than me), or
  • dig some out of their stash in exchange for suitable remuneration, or
  • ... suggest something else to do with 155m of navy DK...

Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuu. (Current project on the needles is Sooper Sekrit, after a fashion, as far as the Internet goes, but got admired a lot in public today and I look forward to sharing it with everyone soooooooooooon :D)
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[personal profile] taste_of_water
hello all!

I'm new a newbie when it comes to knitting clothes and after being caught out in the rain in my new-made bakers boy cap left me smelling like a wet sheep I'm wondering what kind of yarn you use for your outer wear projects?

thank you in advance for any input :)


edit: THANK YOU for all of your answers! I'll wear my wet sheep smell with pride in the future ^^
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[personal profile] aedifica
I've done a couple of shawls in sockweight yarn now, and I'm thinking I'd like to make one with laceweight yarn next. It turns out my mental image of laceweight yarn is the fluffy stuff, mohair and the like (for example this stuff), because when I looked at non-fluffy laceweight yarn something inside me was saying "that's not right!"

I've never worked with that kind of yarn before. Is it easy or hard to work with? Does it require special care?
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[personal profile] sporky_rat
So far there's 17 participants, some from the Crochet Side of the Weave, some from the Knitting Side of the Weave.

The Swap is open until 30 November 2010, so feel free to join us!

rules! well, not rules so much as limits and requests? )

I think that's it. Anyone have any questions or comments?

Yarn Swap

Nov. 20th, 2010 10:26 am
sporky_rat: A field of orange pumpkins. (autumn)
[personal profile] sporky_rat
Anybody else interested in a yarn swap for the 'End of the Year' Festivities?

Swapping out a skein or ball of yarn with someone else is always entertaining, really, and a good chance to try out something new! (Or get rid of that yarn you can't remember what you bought it for.....)

Come give it a try!
sporky_rat: dw sheep in santa hat dreaming of dw (winter)
[personal profile] sporky_rat
I know it's a bit odd, but I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a yarn swap for the 'winter' holiday of your choice.

If there's interest, I'd be happy to work up a list of conditions, rules, whatnot.
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[personal profile] to_love_a_rose
So, everyone loves yarn that's pretty and fun to knit with, but...

Last year I knit a hat using a very pretty thick and thin blue yarn. It was a single ply wool, and the finished project was lovely. (Pictures here on Ravelry.) However, before the winter was out, it had begun to pill pretty badly. I looked at it yesterday and while it's still wearable, it's pretty fuzzy. It also bled really badly when I washed it (cold water, hand wash, gentle detergent). I know that pilling and fuzz is a risk of using wool, and I'm willing to make the trade off to knit with natural fibers, but is there anyway to pick out natural fibers that wear well?

I've heard that multi-strand yarns wear better than single-ply? Anyone have any experience with that? Also, any suggestions for natural fiber yarns (specific brands or just general types of yarn) that seem to wear well?

(BTW, thanks to everyone for your help in planning my impromptu knitting class. I picked up a pair of size 8 bamboo needles and some Wool Ease in light pink for my friend. She'll either end up with a garter stitch scarf or a ribbed scarf for her first project depending on how quickly she picks it up. And, yes, I will be casting on for her. *g*)

Yarn Sale

May. 11th, 2009 01:12 pm
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[personal profile] beckyzoole
I wanted to share with you all that Rachel at Dyeabolical Yarns is having a moving sale now through Friday at 5PM CST. If you write "I like to move it, move it" in the 'message to seller box', you'll get a 23% discount.

I love Dyeabolical's handpainted and kettledyed yarns. I don't know which colorway to get, though -- another skein of Derbygirl, the awesome Firefly, or some of that eye-popping cotton slub?

Or Cordovan -- it doesn't look like much in the skein, but I think it would make awesome socks. I need some non-colorful sock yarn so I can try out some stitch patterns that get lost with self-stripers and eye-popping brights.

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