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willowangel 05-23-2007 07:17 AM

Need unusual yarn...
Hi there -

I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on where to get variegated 100% non-wool (including cashmere, angora etc) yarn. There's a few out there that I've already tracked down, but would like to find some more, widen my options a bit. Any weight is good - especially either end of the scale (lace weight and extra chunky).

Just need some new ideas but am horribly allergic to yarn with any animal-originated content, which limits my options somewhat. I just love the look of variegated yarns - they look so much prettier and there's amazing colourways for them, just want ones that won't make my skin fall off ;-)

Any links or ideas would be greatly appreciated,
Fi xxx

misstialouise 05-23-2007 07:20 AM

Patons Zhivago has a couple of variagated ones.

What about cottons?

suzeeq 05-23-2007 09:14 AM

I don't see Zhivago listed on Paton's website, but Canadiana has no wool and has some variegated colors -

Green Eyed Knitter 05-23-2007 01:52 PM

I've become addicted to yarns by HandMaiden lately. The two I keep coming back to are SeaSilk (silk and seacell) and Rumple (100% silk boucle). They both come in the most amazing color combinations and work up so pretty. :thumbsup:


marykz 05-23-2007 02:14 PM

bamboo yarns are pretty too- Royal bamboo has some multi-colors; I also love Auracania's hand dyed cottons.

Momto G B and H 05-23-2007 08:01 PM

I recently ordered some custom dyed yarn on E-bay. Her store link is I just got it today, and it is amazing. She can get any weight yarn you want.

suzeeq 05-23-2007 11:06 PM


Originally Posted by marykz (Post 861294)
bamboo yarns are pretty too- Royal bamboo has some multi-colors; I also love Auracania's hand dyed cottons.

Oooh, yes. SWTC has some bamboo yarns with subtle color changes. They're purty!


zengirl41 05-24-2007 01:31 AM

Great yarns I like
I too can't use wool. I don't even like to work with it for someone else's gift. Angora and fluffy fibered yarns bother my contacts, so they are out too. Some acrylics even make me itch! But I do LOVE cotton! Here is a link to some fabulous varigated colors in a great 100% cotton yarn - and only $2.25 a skein is a steal: has some fantastic bargains and lots of free patterns.

I also love Red Heart Casual Cotn Blend. It is all varigateds. It has enough cotton in it that I am not bothered by the acrylic. Herrscners and Joann's sell it among others. It is a little pricey - but the skeins are large.



PixieKnits 05-24-2007 11:51 PM

willowangel 05-25-2007 11:52 AM

Wow, these are really beautiful - god I wish I had a lot of money to buy it all! The Handmaiden seacell stuff looks like something I would love to get at some point, and those cotton yarns are beautiful. I love bamboo yarns, they're so soft! And I had a look on ebay and found not only the beautiful ones linked, but an ebay shop in Britain which I've been bad and ordered lace-weight silk from :

I just love variegated yarns - they inspire me to so much more than plain colours somehow...

Oh god, I have no money! But hey, who needs food when I can knit cupcakes?

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