Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Happy Day :)

I have finished one fleece artist sock. My house is getting cleaner. My first two days of classes went well. But more importantly, I'm funded for a half time assistanceship! Money, and working with what I'm interested in! Yeah! Woo Hoo!

While I'm in a great mood, and I can remember to ask, what are your favorite yarns to knit large projects (such as sweaters) with? I really want to find good solid colored yarns to make some lovely lightly cabled or textured sweaters with. I'm partial to wool or wool blends, and decent yardage/price ratio is always nice. :) What yarns do you like? What yarns should I stay away from?

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At Wednesday, January 10, 2007 2:55:00 PM, Anonymous Rebekah said...

Well for great color selection and good value you can't beat Cascade 220. It's readily available and I've seen it anywhere from $5.95-$7.00 a skein for 220 yards.

I have also used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes and Merino Style and both are decent products for their price. The Cascade is nicer overall though.

At Wednesday, January 10, 2007 4:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plymouth Galway is another nice yarn as well and isn't very expensive. If you are going for a heavy sweater, Lamb's pride is nice; I used it for a fisherman's sweater with lots of cables and bobbles, etc and I love it. It's very warm though. And I have to agree with Rebekah about he Cascade 220.

At Wednesday, January 10, 2007 5:23:00 PM, Blogger ~Tonia~ said...

Yay for being happy. Congratulations on the assistanceship.

I really love Malabrigo, Renolds Whiskey, Blizzard, Jo Sharp Silk Road and Aran Tweed (or any Jo Sharp for that matter), Dale Baby Ull is really nice as well (Dale has lots of nice yarns).

My LYS has a line of their own wool that is nice and soft. It is called SOL at 220 yards per skein for $4.50. They have really nice colors. And they do mail order. :)

At Wednesday, January 10, 2007 6:12:00 PM, Blogger CygKnit said...

Yay! Money is good, esp. when used as yarn fund :)

While there are lots of yarns I like for knitting, I have to agree that the best for your criteria is the Cascade 220. There are about a bazillion colors, and they also make a superwash version. Amen.

At Wednesday, January 10, 2007 6:43:00 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Cascade 220, hands down for price, yardage and color selection. For the splurge......anything Debbie Bliss!

At Wednesday, January 10, 2007 11:44:00 PM, Blogger Diane said...

Congrats! Money and interesting work is always a good combination.

Wool? The colors in Cascade 220 are wonderful. Very solid value. Knit Picks Wool of the Andes is a really good quality too but the colors leave a lot to be desired.

At Wednesday, January 10, 2007 11:47:00 PM, Blogger needlefingers said...

Add another vote in for the Cascade 220. I have met the Merino Style from Knitpicks in person, and liked it very much, but the color range is a bit lacking. Not a problem with the Cascade 220.

At Thursday, January 11, 2007 1:50:00 PM, Anonymous Erin said...

Me loves the Karabella Aurora 8. But I hear that the 100% merino pills somethin' fierce, so take that into account for a sweater.

At Thursday, January 11, 2007 7:18:00 PM, Anonymous Kelly said...

Congarts! I favorite yarns for sweaters are morehouse merino, brown sheep worsted, I also just got some of knitpicks superwash merino that I'll be using for a blanket and it's really nice. I think it would make a super sweater!


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