View Full Version : CAN a girl have it all in one yarn??

11-30-2005, 01:52 AM
Im starting to research yarn for my first after-Christmas project...the Knitting Pure & Simple pullover. It calls for heavy worsted yarn, 4 sts/in on sz 9 needles.

Im hoping for something SOFT, first of all, so soft that I wouldnt have to wear anything under it, with mostly wool content AND machine washable AND with nice color choices.

Does that exist?? Ive been perusing yarndex & its just alot to look through. Im getting confuddled.

11-30-2005, 02:01 AM
Well, if it didn't have to be machine washable, I would say Malabrigo. :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:
Is that part totally non-negotiable??

11-30-2005, 08:16 AM
I know me...and I wont wear it very often if I cant machine wash it. :(

11-30-2005, 09:00 AM
The yarn I'm using for the Skacel yarn ad sweater is working up wonderfully. How negotiable are your requirements? I'm using two strands of Sirdar Denim Chunky for the sweater.
*The yarn is a 60/25/15 mix of acrylic/cotton/wool... enough acrylic to be washable, enough cotton to be soft, enough wool to be warm.
*Gauge on the label is 14S 19R on US10/6.5mm needles
*Yarn is machine washable delicate, no dryer; dry cleanable

I'm recommending this yarn because after a little stumbling out of the starting gate, I have fallen in love with working with this yarn, and am so pleased with how my project is working out. I would love to make more sweaters out of this, but at $10.99 per ball on sale at my LYS for a 100g/156m ball, it won't be happening again soon. *cries for a way to get cheap yarn without cross-border shopping*

11-30-2005, 10:20 AM
KK, I am the same. I must have machine washable stuff.
now occasionally, something maybe in handwash, but I really hate doing that. not the actual washing, but having to find a place to lay it out to dry. that's the headache!

11-30-2005, 10:25 AM
My yarn shop said alot of yarns can be done in the machine if you have a super delicate cycle.....

One of my co-workers buys alot of her yarns from here:


Some really pretty stuff.

Also check out Elann maybe they will have something.

11-30-2005, 10:49 AM
casecade 220 superwash!!!!!!!

11-30-2005, 10:50 AM
PS. you ARE waiting to start until after christmas right? like Dec 26th after christmas, or January after christmas? I'm trying to think ahead for KAL :-)

11-30-2005, 11:19 AM
The Skacel ad sweater I did up my sleeve/swatch for is a post-Christmas KAL.

11-30-2005, 12:11 PM
Wow kitkat, thanks for that link! There are some very interesting and pretty yarns there! (like I need yet another place to buy yarn!)

11-30-2005, 12:37 PM
Hildegard, can you post a link of where to get it?

11-30-2005, 02:16 PM
Cascade 220 superwash? The best price I've seen online is here (http://bopeepswoolshop.easystorecreator.net).

Jan in CA
11-30-2005, 02:24 PM
Cascade 220 super wash is on sale here (http://www.littleknits.com/products.php?cat=9).

11-30-2005, 02:52 PM
But...is the casecade 220 SW very SOFT? For some reason I didnt think it was.....

11-30-2005, 03:02 PM
Debbie Bliss yarns are often machine washable. How about Cashmerino Aran? (http://www.debbieblissonline.com/yarn/cash_aran.htm) Might fit the gauge, too.

11-30-2005, 03:05 PM
OOH! That looks NICE, Mer!! Off to stalk EBay!!

Im still interested in cascade superwash reviews, though...

11-30-2005, 04:48 PM
Thank you for the links. I may order some after my knitpick's order gets here.

11-30-2005, 04:50 PM
Kelly, my mom is knitting my DD a sweater in 220 superwash right now. I'll grab it and fondle it next time she's over. ;)

11-30-2005, 04:55 PM

11-30-2005, 04:57 PM
I think you just need to go to the biggest LYS and fondle some yarn. I have felt some of the superwash wools and haven't been super impressed with softness...but you would think at least one of them would be!

11-30-2005, 05:10 PM
We have no LYS around here after the end of the week and she doesn't have anything like that.

11-30-2005, 05:27 PM
yeah...I think you're right, Kempy. I was just thinking I could gain some direction from you wonderful yarn addicts here. :lol:

11-30-2005, 05:34 PM
I really haven't used superwash :oops: partly becuase of the feel and partly becasue I love to felt! I'll be interested to see if you can find one that meets your softness requirements.

12-01-2005, 02:10 PM
Ya know the softness factor might come out in the wash (pun intended) I mean theres lots of yarns I use that are OK when I'm knitting with htem but the I wash it and OOoh Laaa Laaaaaa let the softness begin!!! o ask at your LYS if they know if softness comes out with washing.

12-01-2005, 02:56 PM
Thanks, Femmy...I think that's exactly what Ill do!

12-01-2005, 04:21 PM
I asked my "blog people" about this and the two suggestions I've had so far are Lambís Pride Superwash Worsted Bulky and Wool Ease.

12-01-2005, 04:31 PM
OOH! I didnt know Lambs Pride HAD a superwash!!

12-01-2005, 04:38 PM
I guess they do :) I really like the rest of their stuff, so maybe that would be a good bet???

12-01-2005, 04:50 PM
Im gonna be up near one of my LOVERLY LYSs this EEEEEvening....I may just go cop a feel! :eyebrow:

12-01-2005, 04:54 PM
KK I have some superwash that I thought you fondled! I can lend it to you for your fondling/swatching :-)

12-01-2005, 04:56 PM
And I've never seen it on sale for less than 8.50, so Jan's link might be the best bet!!!!!

Jan in CA
12-01-2005, 05:22 PM
And I've never seen it on sale for less than 8.50, so Jan's link might be the best bet!!!!!

Whos the genius now! :roflhard:

12-01-2005, 07:50 PM
I dont remember fondling your 220 superwash.....I remember it was orange. That's all I remember. Would you wear it without a layer underneath?

The Oak Park LYS didnt have any Lambs Pride Superwash. I bought NOTHING. yay. :|

12-01-2005, 08:36 PM
it's not heavy worsted, it's DK. but it's 100% wool, machine washable, and softsoftsoft SOFT!!!

pic of prints:


this link has all the colors. I have a few solids and 2 of the twisted stripey ones, see my blog thread.

Zara Plus is worsted, but I've yet to touch it in person.

12-01-2005, 11:15 PM
OOH! That's PREEETY! Zara Plus doesnt say its machine washable, though....

12-01-2005, 11:17 PM
It says machine wash at the bottom of the product description.

12-01-2005, 11:17 PM
it does ;)
Product Information

Brand: Filatura Di Crosa
Yarn Name: Zara Plus
Fiber Content: Wool
Ball Weight: 50g
Yardage: 77 yds.
Texture: Plied
Yarn Weight: Worsted
Gauge: 18
(Stitches per 4.0 inches/10cm.)
Needle Sizes: 7-9 U.S. (4.5-5.5mm)
Care: Machine Wash & Dry Flat.

12-01-2005, 11:19 PM
ah, poop. The other Zara said it in the descriptive paragraph....so I looked there. Thanks for pointing out my stupidity and lack of detail orientation, Ingy. :P

12-01-2005, 11:26 PM
Debbie Bliss Merino Aran! (http://gallery.bcentral.com/GID4728469DD195592-Discount-Yarn/Discount-Yarn-Debbie-Bliss-Yarn/Debbie-Bliss-Yarn-Merino-Aran.aspx)

I bought it for my cabled sweater that I plan to make after, well after.

It's machine washable and I've been rubbing it on my neck and it's not at all itchy. Less expensive than the others, too.

12-01-2005, 11:42 PM
I was looking at the DB Cashmerino Aran....its NICEY NICE! Im also considering Rowan Cash-soft. Same content as the DB. It may come down to what kind of sales I find. I dont really wanna spend more than 50.....I need 1,260 yds. 'Cuz Im fat.

12-01-2005, 11:58 PM
I was looking at the DB Cashmerino Aran....its NICEY NICE! Im also considering Rowan Cash-soft. Same content as the DB. It may come down to what kind of sales I find. I dont really wanna spend more than 50.....I need 1,260 yds. 'Cuz Im fat.

Around here we call it bulky!

12-02-2005, 12:15 AM
fat? nonsense.

12-02-2005, 12:16 AM
You're NOT fat!!! you're fluffy... like me! :-) We're like fun fur!

If it were a little thicker, I would wear a superwash sweater without a shirt underneath (I would wear a bra, just because that might be scary). It's soft enough to be next to skin. But I would wear another layer just for warmth.