View Full Version : substitute for Kidsilk Haze
10-08-2006, 06:05 PM
does anyone know of a good substitute for Rowan Kidsilk Haze that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? I have my eye on this sweater pattern I have and I really want it to have a texture like the one in the photograph, but I need 6 balls of Kidsilk Haze and thats going to cost me like $110+ (man I had the conversion rates lol) and that is just so not in my budget....
10-08-2006, 08:57 PM
Link to Yarndex (http://www.yarndex.com/search.cfm?action=search_adv&ss=DK+Mohair&wt_1=&wt_2=&wt_3=on&wt_4=on&wt_5=&wt_6=&yarn_weight_id=47&fiber_id=12&CFID=5313258&CFTOKEN=37148887)
This shows other DK weight mohair yarns...maybe one of these would work? It says the Studio Mohair is made in Australia, maybe you could find that one easily.
10-08-2006, 09:12 PM
I know I can get that yarn at k-mart, why? because I was just up there half an hour ago with my son because he was complaining that he was the only one without a scarf. He actually picked up some of that yarn, in pink, LMAO, I manged to talk him into a nice wool yarn in blue hehehe
thanks for the help
10-09-2006, 09:33 AM
If you do find a substitute, let me know! I am also coveting some Kidsilk. I have not found another mohair to be as soft.
10-09-2006, 01:57 PM
Kidsilk Haze is a lace mohair so I don't know whether substituting a DK weight mohair would give the same effect. I guess if the gauge matched it would fit anyway. The only yarn that I know of that is comparable to KSH and is less expensive is Kid Seta. It's a little less expensive and made at the same factory as KSH. I don't know if the difference in price would be enough though.
10-09-2006, 02:13 PM
I think you could use Feza Kid Mohair. I have both at home and they are very similar. The Kidsilk is a bit more soft, but there isn't a huge difference. I think they are the same weight and everything, but double check that!
10-10-2006, 04:07 PM
I've used Filatura di Crosa "Baby Kid Extra" as a sub for Kidsilk haze. It isn't tremendously cheap, but it is serveral dollars cheaper than Kidsilk and it has better yardage. It doesn't contain any silk - it has 20% nylon instead - but it does turn out lovely and soft (if only I didn't hate knitting with mohair so much!)
Here it is:
10-10-2006, 09:47 PM
I've heard some people say that Knitpicks Suri Dream might be comparable to Kidsilk Haze, but I don't know that anyone has experimented with it.
10-11-2006, 03:44 PM
Suri Dream is much heavier than Kidsilk Haze. Suri Dream is 143 yards per 50 grams and KSH is 458 yards for the same weight (50 grams). Unless you were really good at adapting patterns for different weights of yarn I don't think you could use it unless you were doing something where gauge doesn't matter.
I don't Knitpicks ships overseas either if I remember correctly.
10-11-2006, 03:48 PM
Sorry! Bum idea on the Suri Dream.
10-12-2006, 09:56 AM
I think Suri dream is listed as bulky weight, even though it doesn't seem like it in person. I haven't knitted with it yet.
I probably wouldn't use it for a sweater. I think the look is completely different than Kidsilk. It's just too fuzzy for my liking.
10-12-2006, 10:06 AM
well I am going to put some of the Studio Mohair on layby next week, so I should get it in a few weeks.
Although I am planning on going to a craft fair next week on Thursday so I might leave it till after then, I might be able to find something there (although apparently the yarn section isn't too good this time of year, the woman at the local fabric store said if I am going to go soley for yarn I would be better off going to the one down the coast in Autumn (its spring here now) because they seem to think no one wants to knit in summer LMAO).
I'll let you all know what happens, and I want to thank you all for your advice