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KristiMetz
07-06-2006, 05:56 PM
I was wondering if anyone had yarn recommendations for me...

I want to make this Big Snuggly Shawl (http://www.knitlist.com/01gift/the-big-snuggly.htm) for this winter (for use around my home).

It needs to be warm, and reasonably cheap, and fairly lightweight (as she says in the pattern, if I don't use a fairly lofty combo of yarns, I'll be wearing a rug!)

Some acrylics fit the bill but I have to admit I am just not a fan of acrylics for my personal use. I guess I'm a yarn snob although I hate that phrase!

Anyone have recommendations for me? I'd really like something machine washable too, but that seems to be asking for too much! :)

AidanM
07-06-2006, 07:06 PM
Actually, that looks like it would be great in Red Heart's Light 'n' Lofty. I know you said you don't like acrylics, but that's just my opinion.

Mrs.H
07-07-2006, 01:13 AM
Have you considered the "Homespun" from Lions Brand? I am a admitted novice but I came across this yarn at Tuesday Morning when I went there for the NeedleMasters on sale last month. It just so happened I was looking for yarn for my first shawl(the easy triangle, my 1st big project), and at $2.50(normally $5.99) a skein for the discontinued color(sandstone) I couldn't go wrong. I am about haft way through, and and I've had friends ask where I got my alpaca yarn, I had to show one of them the label to convince her it was acrylic. I liked the way it looked and felt so much that I bought all 12 skeins they had so I could knit a lap robe to match the shawl I knitting now. It is fluffy, and light, and very soft against my skin, and since I have very(!) sensitive skin that is high praise.
Linda

Rennagayle
07-07-2006, 10:46 AM
I second Homespun. I've made really long and wide scarves out of it for Christmas presents, as well as to keep myself. I wear mine when walking with my dh in the winter. It keeps me snuggly and warm, and it's very soft. With big needles, it knits up really quick. :thumbsup:

Incidentally, I just looked at the pattern you'll be making. I have already bought Homespun to make that very pattern for a friend who moved away this year.

geekgolightly
07-07-2006, 11:24 AM
this is comparable in price to homespun but its alpaca and wool

twirl (http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/itemid_5420131/yarn_display.aspx)

and then there are a couple bulky yarns on sale that you might be interested in. tactel yarns
here (http://www.knitpicks.com/Yarns/itemid_5420116/yarn_display.aspx) and here (http://www.knitpicks.com/Yarns/itemid_5420117/yarn_display.aspx)

Ladybug Lady
07-07-2006, 11:46 AM
this is comarable in price to homespun but its alpaca and wool

twirl (http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/itemid_5420131/yarn_display.aspx)





I'd say "darn you!" but that's too harsh for introducing me to - another - must have yarn! At least the "it's still cheaper than your motorcycle payment" defense is still an option....... :devil:

geekgolightly
07-07-2006, 12:42 PM
this is comarable in price to homespun but its alpaca and wool

twirl (http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/itemid_5420131/yarn_display.aspx)





I'd say "darn you!" but that's too harsh for introducing me to - another - must have yarn! At least the "it's still cheaper than your motorcycle payment" defense is still an option....... :devil:

hehee :rofling:

yarns dont have the potential for head injuries either. its a safer hobby. do you think he would enjoy taking up knitting instead of open road rides? :imagines harley guy with itsy bitsy DPNs in hand making baby booties: :roflhard:

KristiMetz
07-07-2006, 03:20 PM
this is comparable in price to homespun but its alpaca and wool

twirl (http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/itemid_5420131/yarn_display.aspx)

and then there are a couple bulky yarns on sale that you might be interested in. tactel yarns
here (http://www.knitpicks.com/Yarns/itemid_5420116/yarn_display.aspx) and here (http://www.knitpicks.com/Yarns/itemid_5420117/yarn_display.aspx)

Oooh, nice yarns. I browsed their site a bit and the Suri Dream looks like it would be really nice too. Do you think it would work for that pattern? Should I add in another yarn if I used it or just use it by itself, do you think?

Thanks everyone for all of the suggestions... it sure is hard to decide on yarn!

earthchick
07-08-2006, 12:00 AM
I did a shawl in Suri Dream and it turned out quite nice. I think it fits your bill - warm, cheap, lightweight - and I bet it would look great in the pattern you're looking at. It feels like a more expensive yarn than it is. My shawl used 4 balls, which means it only cost $16!

I would recommend needles with sharp points if you go with the Suri Dream. I used Addis, which are blunter, and sometimes found it frustrating trying to slip the yarn onto the needle quickly.

Mrs.H
07-08-2006, 01:17 AM
this is comarable in price to homespun but its alpaca and wool

twirl (http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/itemid_5420131/yarn_display.aspx)





I'd say "darn you!" but that's too harsh for introducing me to - another - must have yarn! At least the "it's still cheaper than your motorcycle payment" defense is still an option....... :devil:

I'll add a daggone to the comment above, and I just bought a lot of reclaimed silk blend yarn on ebay last night! I'm not sure I could slip this by my DH on the heels of yesterdays ebay purchases. As to the hawg ridered knitting, some of the best crafts people I know are brawny, bearded, and ride hawgs. I say make room in the budget for both the yarn, and the hawg.

Shandeh
07-08-2006, 10:44 PM
"The Big Snuggly" pattern calls for using 4 strands of yarn at once, so you should probably stick with 3 strands of homespun or reduce it to 2 strands if you use anything thick like "Light and Lofty".

She used 3 worsted weight yarns and 1 DK weight all held together when she made it.