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Old 08-28-2010, 08:56 PM   #11
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I agree with Lisa. It's better to build up a stash slowly with ideas in mind than just get a bunch of yarn in random colors. It sounded like you were looking for one yarn that you could buy in many colors. I like using different yarns and different weights and so do many other knitters.
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Old 08-28-2010, 09:35 PM   #12
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Same thing happened to a lot of us I think, Lisa. I have a whole bunch of yarn I wouldn't use for anything other than toys or something. However, the yarn links I gave her are GOOD yarns so if she gets stuff like that it'll help. Only problem is if you don't get enough then somewhere down the line you want to make a sweater and use stash and you won't have enough of one dye lot if you want it to be one color.

Getting a little bit now is okay, but don't go crazy.
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Old 08-28-2010, 09:48 PM   #13
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I agree - Encore Worsted is great but haven't seen it on any UK yarn sites I have looked at. I have worked with Patons Decor, which is the same blend, 75% acrylic, 25% wool. I know you have Patons yarns over there in varieties we can't get here and they have a wide variety, not to mention being reasonably priced. I believe Sirdar has a good range of yarns too. In fact, I love English yarns and wish they were less expensive to ship over. i.e. Rowans and Jamieson-Smith Shetland.
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:31 PM   #14
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I know what you mean about not building a stash of stuff you wont find useful. I shall elaborate.

I'm doing hats. In different colours. So I rarely need more than 50g of anything, but quite often I'm doing a multicolour thing, so I only need a bit, like 15g I guess.

So if I can find a range that has lots of nice colours, I can buy from the one range to build up my stash, then I know that the different colours have exactly the same weight, bulk, yarn blend.
Then when I decide what kind of design to do next, I can look in my stash to choose the yarns that I want to use, rather than having to go to the LYS, which invariably then doesn't have the right thing.
And one range will tend to have the same 'tone', so they go together well.

F'rinstance at the mo I'll find I've got a light blue and a dark blue and a pink that go together, but the only green I've got is too olive or too dark.

Sometimes I find a lovely yarn on sale and buy a jumper's worth. But I'm normally too impatient to do a whole jumper. Hats, mittens, amiguri (whatever its called) holds my attention better.
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Old 08-30-2010, 03:06 PM   #15
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Hats are an excellent way to use up stash, too. I'm currently doing a project called 10 or 2010 and in my case I'm doing 10 hats for charity using only stash yarn.
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