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Old 03-16-2009, 11:56 PM   #1
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Okay we all love our yard... Right?

But there are so many kinds and so many different fibers..

So what is your favert one and what is your dream yard fiber to work with you know the one you just can't afford or fined?
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Old 03-17-2009, 06:29 AM   #2
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Cashmere, silk, and merino mixes. Although I just filled up my LYS loyalty card which means a 15% discount on the next purchase, and am seriously considering buying some Handmaiden hand-dyed silk that I've had my eye on but haven't been able to justify the cost for.
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Old 03-17-2009, 06:52 AM   #3
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My favorite that I've actually been able to work with is camel hair. It is sooo soft. I love the sweater I made with it and wear it skiing when it's very cold. It's dk weight but traps heat wonderfully.
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:45 PM   #4
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My dream fiber is Qivuit but it could be because I live in alaska. It's always so soft when I touch it at the native craft fairs and I go ooh it's so nice and I hear it's soo warm. But ooh it's like 80 bucks for 2 oz of lace weight yarn.

Although fibers I've use that I like is the Merino wool. I have some Cashmere but I don't know what to do with it...I'm pondering socks when I get the guts to make them.
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Old 03-18-2009, 03:15 PM   #5
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I've just re-started crocheting and knitting about a year ago and I just have acrylic yarns and some cotton crochet thread.

So, does that make me a peasant?

Of course, what else is there if you don't like wool? Cotton, silk, and blends?
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Old 03-18-2009, 04:13 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by OffJumpsJack View Post
I've just re-started crocheting and knitting about a year ago and I just have acrylic yarns and some cotton crochet thread.

So, does that make me a peasant?

Of course, what else is there if you don't like wool? Cotton, silk, and blends?

Well, Jack, if you're a peasant, then I'm a peasant too. I splurged $15 whole dollars on a hunk of yarn, and I don't know what to do with it. It intimidates me.

As long as it's soft, pretty, and easy to work with; it's good enough for me.
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Old 03-21-2009, 03:08 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by OffJumpsJack View Post

Of course, what else is there if you don't like wool? Cotton, silk, and blends?
I've seen/heard of yarns spun from alpaca, bamboo, posum fur, musk ox and camel hair as people here are mentioning, bunny fur (angora) hemp, milk, wood pulp, rayon, sea kelp, linnen, and coffee filters to name a few other options.

I personally like alpacca best for the softness, although I've never bought any really pricy luxury fibers like cashmere or qivuit.

Acrylic can vary a lot in quality. I'm knitting my first sweater in acryclic yarn because it was a gift and I figure my first sweater will have tons of mistakes so why spend a fortune on it--but the yarn actually squeaks sometimes it's soo plasticy. But I have seen some acryclic which is soft--I think it's better in wool/acrylic or alpaca/acrylic blends, which I have knit with.

But dang, if I'm not curious about that possum fur.
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