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Old 09-29-2006, 10:23 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by suzeeq
Sometimes it's a good idea to use cheap yarn to practice with until you learn a new technique or pattern. Save your good yarn for the project.

sue, who learned with string....
I agree with that too, except I'd use a decent cheap yarn like knitpicks wool of the andes (WOTA). The first yarn I got was Patons Decor which was a 75% acrylic / 25% wool blend and I had a hard time with it -- at first I thought it was because I was just not getting the hang of knitting. But then I got some KP WOTA, and even though it was probably (I think) a little less expensive by weight, the elasticity of the wool made a really big difference -- it was much easier to handle. So I'd definitely avoid acrylics to begin with and go for wool. (I just finished some socks with another acrylic/wool blend and I again found it a bit more difficult to work with, even though I've been knitting for a while now. Just wasn't very springy, and thus less "forgiving." I still can't knit with cotton.)
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