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Old 02-05-2008, 02:23 PM   #1
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Bernat Yarn?
There is a sale on Bernat Bamboo, Cashmere, Soy & Alpaca (2/$6, regularly $3.99 each) and I am looking for opinions since I have never used any of these before. (My experience is limited to Red Heart Supersaver acrylic and Cascade 220 Superwash wool.)

Has anybody used any of these before? Is it worth picking up and trying a couple of skeins?

They also have Bernat Max on sale (2/$8, reg $4.99 each); I really don't know anything about Bernat yarn at all so any opinions would be helpful.

Thanks!
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Old 02-05-2008, 02:41 PM   #2
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I got the Bernat cashmere yesterday. It seems really nice, but haven't done anything but look at it yet. Jan got the Alpaca and likes it. I think she posted about it in a thread about alpaca; you could search for it.
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I've got the soy. It's nice and soft and knits up beautifully.
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I did buy some Bernat Alpaca because it's super soft. It's a bulky yarn whereas the others are worsted though. I've been reading about it and apparently it sheds really bad, but I haven't tried it yet.

I wanted to make a sweater with it, but I may go with the soy or cashmere since they don't shed. Not sure yet.
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Once you've knitted with alpaca or cashmere, hun, you are totally hooked on the stuff. OMG it's like drugs or something. From now on you will be comparing softness to those and regular ol' yarn will be sorely lacking, I'm afraid... roflmao!!! I know, cause I've done it myself.
YEP YEP YEP,, just thought I'd warn ya!!!!
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I just used the Bernat Bamboo for some cabled armwarmers, and just picked up some more to make a matching hat and/or scarf for myself. I really liked the yarn - so soft and with such a nice sheen to it. I like textured yarn like that - some may not, but I was happy to find it on for such a good deal last night as well!
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Michael's had some colors of the Bernat soy for only $2, so I bought lots (gee, what a surprise - me, buying yarn!) Is this better for warm sweater or a summer weight top? Long sleeve or short sleeve? So many decisions....thanks for your help!
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Thanks for all the replies! I think it will be worth it for me to try some of these if I see something I like.
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I've tried the Bernat cashmere and bamboo. Yummy!
I especially love the bamboo- I have 17 balls in my stash for a sweater. Just a note - the bamboo sheds badly while knitting with it, but after I washed it for the first time the shedding stopped. And yes, I now compare all other yarns to my wonderful bamboo!
Ah, I have warm fuzzies just thinking about my precious bamboo.
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I'm glad to know that the bamboo stops shedding - I really love the handwarmers I finished the other day with the bamboo, but about halfway through I was thinking I may have made a mistake with my yarn choice because of the shedding... I kept going anyway, and I'm glad. The parcel delivery lady admired them today, since I was wearing them (while knitting, of course) when she came to the door!
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