Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-01-2012, 06:26 PM   #1
Lucy0723
Casting On
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 6
Thanks: 4
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Wool suggestions!
Hello lovely people. I have just joined this site to ask for some help if I may be so cheeky! I dont want to ask in our shop as invariably they will sell me something which isnt right and my pile of unfinished projects will stack up even further, so I am hoping you kind people might have some advice! I have bought a fabulous book of blanket patterns, it wasnt until I got home that I realised it was using rowan wool. Had I known, I probably wouldnt have bought it as I dont really want to remortgage the house just to knit a lovely big blanket! The pattern I love calls for rowan all seasons, but the woman in the shop suggested rowan handwool would equally work (It might have been because they didnt stock all seasons, but had stacks of the other - forgive my lack of trust, please!!). I would love to know if anyone could recommend a good value for money wool which would work with the pattern at the same tension (around 20 stitches, to 28 rows on 4mm needles I think). Kind regards, Lucy
Lucy0723 is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 09-01-2012, 07:42 PM   #2
Ingrid
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Ingrid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pleasant Valley, NY
Posts: 29,583
Thanks: 21
Thanked 2,240 Times in 1,837 Posts
If you're looking to buy on-line, and are in the US, I'd suggest looking at the Valley Yarn line at Webs.com . I particularly love the softness of the Berkshire, though they are all a nice wool for good value. Webs often has sales on various yarns. Littleknits.com is also a good site for great sales on great wools.

A lot depends on how much you're willing to spend. I agree that the Rowan yarns, especially from a store, would make a very expensive blanket.

I'm sure you'll get lots of favorites--Cascade 220; Plymouth Encore for a machine-washable blend, etc.
__________________
"Trust the pattern!"

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog

IngridKH on Ravelry
Ingrid is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Ingrid For This Useful Post:
Lucy0723 (09-02-2012)
Old 09-01-2012, 08:15 PM   #3
Jan in CA
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Jan in CA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Southern CA
Posts: 37,159
Thanks: 1,656
Thanked 8,739 Times in 7,111 Posts
I can't imagine making a blanket with anything that isn't washable myself. Do you have a preference? What fiber would you like suggestions for? I just noticed the Rowan All Seasons yarn is a cotton/acrylic blend...? Funny the store suggested the wool to you.
__________________
Jan

When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it.

NEW! KH knitting video archive
~HOW TO POST A PHOTO~

Jan in CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2012, 04:33 AM   #4
Lucy0723
Casting On
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 6
Thanks: 4
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
I can't imagine making a blanket with anything that isn't washable myself. Do you have a preference? What fiber would you like suggestions for? I just noticed the Rowan All Seasons yarn is a cotton/acrylic blend...? Funny the store suggested the wool to you.
Personally, I would like a nice soft cotton or something. I agree it would definately need to be washable as my dog will try and share it in winter! I am in UK, but more than happy to order on line from US and wait (I do the same with my quilting material too), but I just dont know where to start. I need to work out how to convert the tension in the book from cms, to inches as per most of the US sites. The blanket itself is formed from 7 inch squares, so perhaps the tension wont make too much of a difference, but every time I have "done my own thing" from a pattern, it hasnt really worked! Grateful for all suggestions to be honest as I really love the blanket, but to knit in Rowan would be so expensive. I'd never use it if I finished it!!
Lucy0723 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2012, 05:19 AM   #5
salmonmac
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Maryland
Posts: 8,244
Thanks: 610
Thanked 3,333 Times in 3,018 Posts
There are a couple of cotton/acrylic blends that might work: Berroco Weekend or Berroco Captiva or Reynolds Santana.
You can also convert cm to inches in Google. Just type in xcm equals inches and there you go. (I always carry around 10cm=4inches and convert from there.) Good luck with your search and enjoy knitting the blanket. It'd be great to see a picture when it's finished.
salmonmac is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2012, 04:49 PM   #6
Lucy0723
Casting On
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 6
Thanks: 4
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for all the help. Looking around, it is still going to cost me somewhere in the region of $200 to knit the whole blanket!! EEEk! I think its time to start looking for a new project :-(
Lucy0723 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2012, 05:12 PM   #7
salmonmac
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Maryland
Posts: 8,244
Thanks: 610
Thanked 3,333 Times in 3,018 Posts
You could also look at some acrylics or try Knit Picks and see if there is a wool or blend that will work.
salmonmac is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2012, 05:55 PM   #8
Lucy0723
Casting On
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 6
Thanks: 4
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I found an acrylic/wool mix called aran something which was nearly the same tension spec and really good value for money available here in UK, but then I wasnt sure if it would just knit up really itchy and make for a horrible blanket. Hard to tell from the internet! I really wish I hadnt bought the pattern, after all my research today, I have found out that the original rowan wool it suggested- all seasons - isnt even available in the colours they suggest any more and I really struggle to see beyond the colours I see in a pattern and make my own contrasts if that makes sense?!! I have the same problem with my quilting, I usually rely on my mum to put colours and patterns together for me - doesnt bode well for me does it?! But then, I cant stand sitting still not doing something, even when watching tv!!
Lucy0723 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2012, 06:00 PM   #9
salmonmac
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Maryland
Posts: 8,244
Thanks: 610
Thanked 3,333 Times in 3,018 Posts
You could ask here about the particular yarn because someone may have experience with it and know its scratchy factor. The other place is to look up the yarn is on Ravelry (free to join) and see what the users' comments are.
Sometimes it's wise to go with the colors you see in the pattern picture. That may be the reason you fell in love with the pattern to begin with. Lucky you to have a mum handy to help out.
salmonmac is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to salmonmac For This Useful Post:
Lucy0723 (09-02-2012)
Old 09-02-2012, 06:05 PM   #10
Lucy0723
Casting On
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 6
Thanks: 4
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Oooh, more good advice, thanks! will go back to website and get details to ask folks about it. Mum happened to be with me when I saw the pattern in the book, she wanted the book after me, but not now we cant find the wools! I am lucky she loves to help, she knits too, but I have to nag her to finish otherwise she talks herself out of it, she says she's not good at sewing together (I think she is!). Love this site and thanks for the top tips, I really did like the pattern and could see myself snuggled up in it, so will keep looking for the right wool and keep you posted! Perhaps I should have started with a cushion though, might have been cheaper
Lucy0723 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
100% wool suggestions Momma_Jo General Knitting 24 11-08-2006 11:26 AM
Hat pattern for fancy wool or other suggestions Clarabel Pattern Central 0 10-30-2006 06:54 PM
what's the difference between peruvian wool and merino wool? skNYC General Knitting 2 10-21-2006 08:09 PM
Any pattern suggestions for this wool? quriouskey Pattern Central 3 07-04-2006 03:22 AM
SALE spinning fibers Superwash Merino,Wool-Silk,Wool-Mohair wwwyardtreecom Buy/Sell/Swap 0 06-20-2006 06:29 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:18 PM.