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Arielluria
05-11-2007, 07:57 PM
I have not used suede yarn, but I have some ideas for it. I just noticed Lion Brand Suede (http://cache.lionbrand.com//yarns/lionSuede.html). How does it compare to Berocco in usage and in price??????

Ingrid
05-11-2007, 09:09 PM
I believe the Lion Brand is thicker than the Berroco suede, but is seriously cheaper.

syndactylus
05-11-2007, 09:14 PM
this suede is on sale:
http://yarn.com/webs/0/0/0/0-1001-1294-1323/0/0/3513/

but that's all I know about any of this.

Jan in CA
05-11-2007, 10:15 PM
They are not interchangeable. The Lion Brand suede is quite bulky where as the Berroco suede says it's worsted. Looked thinner to me, but it's ribbon-like and flat so that may be why.

Easiest to check is to go to the www.yarndex.com site or the brand sites.

jeanius80
05-12-2007, 12:30 AM
the berroco feels stiffer to me. more like real suede :shrug: what do you plan on using the suede for?

Arielluria
05-12-2007, 11:39 AM
I love the Berocco Suede knitting bag (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?p=443604&highlight=suede#443604), and wondered if I could substitute the Lion Brand (I KNEW it would be cheaper):
http://www.berroco.com/images/exclusives/am/knitting_tote/knitting_tote3_lg.jpg

I also posted this question here (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?p=425223&highlight=suede#425223) about a suede poncho I like. I believe I HAVE to have one! ;). Here's a link to the pattern:suede poncho (The Linda Poncho) (http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/linda_poncho/linda_poncho.html)
http://www.berroco.com/images/exclusives/am/linda/linda_poncho_op.jpg

Yarn Doc
05-12-2007, 11:43 AM
Arielluria - I made this bag with Lamb's Pride Worsted, if that helps at all. Much cheaper!

BTW - I have been seeing shih-tzu puppies everywhere!!!! AHHHHH!!! I want one!

jeanius80
05-12-2007, 11:59 AM
i think you could sub the less expensive yarn. your bag would probably be less stiff/firm and more slouchy and soft. it would make a nice poncho!

Jan in CA
05-12-2007, 12:11 PM
If you can I'd go look at the Berroco suede and the Lion brand suede. Because of the difference in weight and yarn type substituting would be difficult. At the very least gauge would be hard to achieve.

ETA: I don't mean to discourage or sound like a broken record here. :pout: It's just that I tried substituting the LB for Berroco in a pair of booties and it didn't work at all.

snephenie
05-12-2007, 02:57 PM
ETA: I don't mean to discourage or sound like a broken record here. :pout: It's just that I tried substituting the LB for Berroco in a pair of booties and it didn't work at all.

The Baby Uggs??? I did this as well...and instead of newborn booties my 4 yr old got some!

Jan in CA
05-12-2007, 04:01 PM
ETA: I don't mean to discourage or sound like a broken record here. :pout: It's just that I tried substituting the LB for Berroco in a pair of booties and it didn't work at all.

The Baby Uggs??? I did this as well...and instead of newborn booties my 4 yr old got some!

Yep. I didn't like the way they looked either.

Mommy22alyns
05-12-2007, 04:36 PM
Lion Brand Suede is available at Smiley's right now - only $2.99 a skein! Looks like they have about 9 colors too.

Arielluria
05-12-2007, 04:43 PM
Arielluria - I made this bag with Lamb's Pride Worsted, if that helps at all. Much cheaper!

BTW - I have been seeing shih-tzu puppies everywhere!!!! AHHHHH!!! I want one!Alright! :cheering: You can all of mine at my Flickr album (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arielluria/). They are AWESOME! Lapdogs, but playful, downright clownish.....it seems they sometimes do things because they know it will make you LOL!

Go to www.petfinder.com (http://www.petfinder.com) type in your zip code and breed and you'll see tons in your area looking for new homes. I recommend adult dogs over puppies for several reasons, no potty training or chewing on furniture.....their personality is already formed (is he cuddly or is he clingy? Do you want an active one or a 100% lapdog?), health issues are known, etc.

Arielluria
05-12-2007, 04:44 PM
Lion Brand Suede is available at Smiley's right now - only $2.99 a skein! Looks like they have about 9 colors too.Sounds like a good deal. I just saw it at Michael's for $6.99! I loooooooooove the teal color. It was surprisingly yarnlike, I expected a more leathery feel. Perhaps Berocco is more leathery, from the pictures, it seems so.