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knason4
03-16-2006, 06:18 PM
Hi fellow knitters! I was just sitting here and had to pick up my favorite Karaoke, it is 50/50 silk/wool. I just love the way it looks and feels! Also my favorite needles are Crystal Palace. However, I am a new knitter, only a grand total of 4 months! I would love to know what everyone else considers their favorites! :XX: :XX:

CarmenIbanez
03-16-2006, 06:23 PM
I love the kind of needles that you can knit yarn with. Oh and I love that yarn that you can use needles to knit with.

That pretty much sums it up for me!

:roflhard:

Seriously though, what I really like is diversity. I don't like knitting with the same fibers over and over. I use anything and everything. And I find choosing the right yarn for the right project to be the most difficult part of knitting.

Ingrid
03-16-2006, 06:24 PM
I :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: Karaoke, too! I've made a scarf and sweater with it! I can't say it's my favorite, though, because Merino and Alpaca share space in my heart, too.

Addi Turbo are my favorite needles, by far.

knason4
03-16-2006, 06:28 PM
Ingrid, I haven't tried a true Merino, only the Merino Frappe. I haven't had the courage to spend the money on Alpaca yet, but I have had the chance to drool over it at my lys. I will have to try them both. As for the Addi turbo needles, I haven't even seen them before! Did you get them at your lys or online?

Jenelle
03-16-2006, 06:30 PM
My favorite straight needles are Boyes, and my favorite circulars so far are Inox's. I like any kind of yarn really, mostly soft acrylics though. Working with wool after awhile, my fingers tend to feel like they have been brush burnt, and that's not a good feeling. :blush:

Ingrid
03-16-2006, 06:35 PM
Ingrid, I haven't tried a true Merino, only the Merino Frappe. I haven't had the courage to spend the money on Alpaca yet, but I have had the chance to drool over it at my lys. I will have to try them both. As for the Addi turbo needles, I haven't even seen them before! Did you get them at your lys or online?

Addis are the talk of the town around here! The cord is so flexible and the needles are slick. There are available at yarn shops, but I've gotten mine on line, usually from www.yarnware.com because they have them in stock and they're fast. You can get them cheaper--there's an ebay source that's popular, but I don't do ebay. They cost more than most other needles, but they're so well made and are guaranteed for life. I consider them an investment that will be with me for the long haul.

The only ones I've had trouble with are the size 17--they're made differently from the others and the design is poor, IMHO.

brendajos
03-16-2006, 06:36 PM
lol do a search for addis on this site and you will see the well documented love many of us have for them! i also am very happy with my Denise needles.

i am pretty into any yarn that looks interesting to me, feels good, and isn't ridiculously expensive. i will spend insane (in my mind) on yarn i like but $20 is about my limit and it has to be reeeeeeeeeeeeeeally good for that! I am a big fan of just about anything from Brown Sheep. and really dislike anything that falls into the realm of novelty yarns. I have a few that i have bought thinking i would find something fun to do with them but i end up not enjoying them because i find they are a pain to work with. :rollseyes:

Treeling
03-16-2006, 06:47 PM
Oh, the yarn I love to love is Knit Pick's "Ambrosia" which is 80% Baby Alpaca and 20% Cashmere... Rich, sherbert-y colors, wonderful soft "hand." I recently completed my first project in it, a scarf, and it is SUCH a pleasure to wear it. And it was also wonderful to knit with. No brush burn, guaranteed!

Treeling
03-16-2006, 06:48 PM
Oh, the yarn I love to love is Knit Pick's "Ambrosia" which is 80% Baby Alpaca and 20% Cashmere... Rich, sherbert-y colors, wonderful soft "hand." I recently completed my first project in it, a scarf, and it is SUCH a pleasure to wear it. And it was also wonderful to knit with. No brush burn, guaranteed!

Jan in CA
03-16-2006, 06:56 PM
I love the kind of needles that you can knit yarn with. Oh and I love that yarn that you can use needles to knit with.


:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

I like my Denises and my Addis, but haven't used either one long enough to have a favorite. Pretty much the same with yarn. I know what I don't like..cheap acrylics, wools and some cottons. Cotton blends are nice though!

knason4
03-16-2006, 07:28 PM
I knew I would learn something! I never heard of Denise or Boyes! Thanks everyone for giving your opinions!

ella
03-16-2006, 07:39 PM
I love the Naturas (bamboo cousin to the Addi Turbos) and self striping sock yarn. Don't have a favorite yet (I need to try them all :D) but I have so much fun watching the striping emerge as I knit the sock!

Amber
03-16-2006, 07:52 PM
My favorite needles are Clover bamboo. I haven't tried any of the more expensive bamboo needles, but I'm sure I would love them even more.

As for yarn, I don't really have a favorite yet, but I'm working with some Brown Sheep Company Cotton Fleece right now that I really love.:heart: I also like Knitpicks Elegance (alpaca/silk blend -- soooo soft!).

bjc1050
03-16-2006, 08:15 PM
Must say that I :heart: Susan Bates Silvalumes as well as the Addi Turbos, both are very slick...a JOY to knit with.

jodstr2
03-16-2006, 09:48 PM
needles: tie between Addi Turbo and Clover bamboo.

yarn: KPPPM. I just about drool when I see that stuff.

brendajos
03-16-2006, 10:32 PM
oooooooooooooooh Koigu! i have a whole bunch of it but i am skeered to use it and not have enough for whatever i am making! And of course how can anybody forget MALABRIGO!!!!! aaaaaaaaaaaaah

nicolethegeek
03-17-2006, 11:49 AM
What I find funny is that I can tell you with no hesitation that my favourite crochet thread is DMC Cebelia, favourite yarn to crochet is Patons Grace, and my favourite hooks are my antique Prims {I wish I did ebay to get more of 'em}; but I can sit here for 10 minutes to try and think up the answer to this one, and still not be definitive!

I don't really like plastic needles, but I love my Denise's set. I prefer metal needles for most projects, but the bamboo dpns I bought were like silk in my hands. I haven't tried Addi's yet {I want to though!}, and I know that the stiff cord and bent joint on Boye circs drive me up a wall {go figger that Boye is the only brand of crochet hook that I will buy new, and I want to get a NM set!}.

I haven't yet found a yarn that makes me want to toss the rest of my stash, but have found many that I don't like for various reasons {too scratchy on the hands, too difficult too work with}. About half of my knitting is done with plain ol' Handicrafter cotton or with RH SS or Comfort, but that's because it's what I call "utility knitting", dishcloths, scarves, mitts, yada yada yada.

Celine
03-17-2006, 03:47 PM
So far my favorite yarn is a merino wool blend that I bought locally and it was hand painted. I loved the colors!! I bought two big hanks of it and knitted four scarves and I even love the smell of this stuff!! They costs me $36.00 a hank. Thats the most I've spent so far. lol

I have no favorite needles...yet. But I do like the needles that have the inch marks right on them. I bought a pair of those online and I do use them when I have to measure something. Much more convenient finding them than hunting down a tape measure. :XX: :XX:

Friskums
03-17-2006, 04:21 PM
So far my fave needles are my Denise's. I :heart: :heart: them!

And my fave yarn is Plymouth Encore Worsted. It's glorious! Dunno if Plymouth Encore is different than the worsted (feeling wise), but I'm definately gonna pick some up at some point to test it out. Actaully, I hope the whole Plymouth Encore line is as nice as the worsted. I'd be one happy little knitter. ^_^

Ingrid
03-17-2006, 05:48 PM
I've used the Encore dk and it's wonderful, as well.

Friskums
03-17-2006, 06:01 PM
Have you used KnitPicks Sierra? Starsky uses Sierra, but I'd like to use Plymouth Encore. Unless Sierra feels nice too. AAhhhh... too many yarns. :drooling:

Ingrid
03-17-2006, 06:06 PM
Have you used KnitPicks Sierra? Starsky uses Sierra, but I'd like to use Plymouth Encore. Unless Sierra feels nice too. AAhhhh... too many yarns. :drooling:

Sorry! I haven't used Sierra. I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to use Encore for it. Probably would be my first choice in an non-wool. I made two Fair Isle sweaters with the dk. I wash and dry them all the time and they look good as new. The childrens' sweaters I've made were mostly Encore, as well. They get thrown in the wash every time they're worn.

You'd have to go with the Encore Bulky, though, for the Starsky.

Friskums
03-17-2006, 06:15 PM
Yeah, I was looking at the sts/inch earlier.

Mmmm.... Looks like I'm ordering more yarn tonight. :lol:

Cristy
03-17-2006, 06:25 PM
Originally, I thought I liked bamboo and used clover needles but after my gauge balanced out and I got the feel of things, I decided that I much preferred metal. I'm a recent addi convert although the price is killing me (especially since every time I start a new project I MUST have a new pair now...)! As far as yarn goes I think I go through phases...when I started out I though that Wool-Ease thick n quick was the greatest stuff on the planet..then it changed to wool-ease worsted. After that I decided Noro was the coolest stuff ever b/c of the colors...then I was on to microfiber yarns like microspun...lately I've been doing a lot of plain 'ole acrylic squares for warm up america...I adore cotton tots but I've been knitting lots of baby things and I've decided that I love Plymouth Yarn's Dreambaby D.K (50/50 acrylic microfiber and nylon). I salivate over the feel of baby alpaca and I really want to use some for something but I think I'm waiting around for that very special project....Oh...and I like Berroco's yarns for their variety and novelty. .....

Geeze... I bet you wish you didn't ask! LOL!

KNITBIT
03-17-2006, 07:23 PM
Have you used KnitPicks Sierra? Starsky uses Sierra, but I'd like to use Plymouth Encore. Unless Sierra feels nice too. AAhhhh... too many yarns. :drooling:

Sorry! I haven't used Sierra. I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to use Encore for it. Probably would be my first choice in an non-wool. I made two Fair Isle sweaters with the dk. I wash and dry them all the time and they look good as new. The childrens' sweaters I've made were mostly Encore, as well. They get thrown in the wash every time they're worn.

You'd have to go with the Encore Bulky, though, for the Starsky.


Ingrid,

So Encore Chunky, or Encore Chunky Colorspun would work for Starsky? I love the pattern...but don't like the fact that Sierra is hand-wash. That is the reason I've shyed away from doing Starsky. I don't want to have to hand wash it...ugh.. :rollseyes: I don't have time for that! LOL!! :rofling:

Ugh... :shock: Like I need to inquire about yarn for another project...when I just started a new project (an afghan) 2 days ago,...not to mention some socks I have going as well. I "always" stick to 1 project at a time. Then went out of my 1 project mode...and decided ok...I'm going to start a challenging project (the afghan)..and have my easy project..socks. Now here I am :thinking: about the "Starsky".
ACKKK! :blush:

Btw, I'm using Encore Worsted for my afghan....Never used Encore before...I LOVE IT!! :heart: So nice, and SMUSHY! I likey!! Very nice to work with! (Is smuSHHHy a word..?!? Hmm.. :?? Heehee!! And the main thing: it's WASHABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cheering:


Well at least I can plan to do the Starsky in the future...(possibly near future..) LOL! :thumbsup: Add it to my list..

Thanks!
KNITBIT :XX:

OTN: Socks, Afghan

Ingrid
03-17-2006, 07:25 PM
KNITBIT--I checked out the gauge on both, and it's very close--close enough to substitute--and adjustable if necessary with a needle change.

Friskums
03-17-2006, 07:36 PM
That's a perfect word for the Encore.. smuuuuushy. I was trying to come up with a good word for it, but you have managed where I failed.

Yes, encore is nice and smuuuuuuuuuuushy. ^_^

KNITBIT
03-17-2006, 07:57 PM
KNITBIT--I checked out the gauge on both, and it's very close--close enough to substitute--and adjustable if necessary with a needle change.

Hmm... :thinking: Ut oh...."I have to pretend I didn't hear that it would work.." LOL!!...Umm...so I'd just knit the gauge that the Starsky pattern says:

GAUGE
16 sts/18 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

And go up/down a needle depending if I get gauge correctly..?

TIA!
KNITBIT :XX:

KNITBIT
03-17-2006, 08:09 PM
That's a perfect word for the Encore.. smuuuuushy. I was trying to come up with a good word for it, but you have managed where I failed.

Yes, encore is nice and smuuuuuuuuuuushy. ^_^

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! :rofling: That's the first thought that came to mind when I grabbed a hold of it for the first time last week. SMUSHY! Hmmm..this is some nice yarn...Love the softness too!!!!!!! :heart: :heart: :heart:

Ok...let me get this right...Encore=smushy. K, got it! :thumbsup:

KNITBIT :XX:

dustinac
03-17-2006, 08:15 PM
I really like Encore DK and have made several things out of it.. I've been trying to collect enough for an Enterlac shawl out of it lol so I go buy 2 skeins the LYS knows every 2wks I'll be back for more and now have enough... since its multiple colors I didn't have to worry about the dye lot... I just knitted my son a sweater out of Bernat Softee and really liked working with that...

My favorite needles are Addis but I only have a few pairs I use my boyes interchangeables all the time unless I have what I need in the addis... I can't wait for my b-day I'm getting the denise's so really hoping the join is better :happydance:

feministmama
03-18-2006, 02:08 AM
No hesitation. Manos on bamboo :heart:

Ingrid
03-18-2006, 09:25 AM
KNITBIT--I checked out the gauge on both, and it's very close--close enough to substitute--and adjustable if necessary with a needle change.

Hmm... :thinking: Ut oh...."I have to pretend I didn't hear that it would work.." LOL!!...Umm...so I'd just knit the gauge that the Starsky pattern says:

GAUGE
16 sts/18 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

And go up/down a needle depending if I get gauge correctly..?

TIA!
KNITBIT :XX:

The Sierra and the Plymouth Chunky are the same weight yarn and same gauge so they should be interchangeable.

geekgolightly
03-24-2006, 11:05 PM
im still brand new to all of this (two months and counting.. still don't know a knitter in real life either! except for you guys, im alone in my new obsession) but ive got favorites now.

the saturated colors of lambs pride chunky. its one ply, which ive found is my favorite ply aesthetically, the thickness of the chunky overwhelmes my senses, its soft with that bit of mohair in it. the ink blue is exquisite. im scared to work with it because i want it to be perfect. its not super expensive; its just so perfect, i want to find the perfect pattern/stitches to bring out the best of it.

so thats my favorite yarn.


ive seen online the manos and i want color 109 - mountain. (http://www.northeastfiberarts.com/manos109.JPG) what striking colors! the manos is also one ply. so that could be my favorite, but ive enver touched it.

my favorite needles are bamboo for DPN's, addi's for circulars, and plain old metal boyles for my straights.

these threads are fun to read.