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Old 02-16-2006, 04:30 PM   #1
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What else besides wool?
I'm a new knitter and wool makes me itch! I'm looking thru the Yarn Girls Guide to Simple Knits, and all the beautiful (and allegedly simple) sweater patterns are done up with bulky wool. What else could I use?
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Old 02-16-2006, 04:52 PM   #2
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What about Merino wool? It's less itchy.

Alternatively... Alpaca, Mohair, Angora, Cotton, Hemp, Silk or even Bamboo. Depends on what characteristics you would like your sweater to have besides being less itchy than sheep's wool.

Regular old sheep's or lamb's wool seems to be about the easiest stuff to work with. Itchy or not it's probably best to stick with it if you are just learning.
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Old 02-16-2006, 04:58 PM   #3
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There are also wool/acrylic blends that come in bulky weight. And plain old acrylic, too.
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Acrylic (plymouth Encore maybe? Caron simply soft?) Cotton (natural cotton?) Alpaca, Marino wool, just go to you rLYS and start squeezin some balls of yarn.
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Originally Posted by feministmama
just go to your LYS and start squeezin some balls of yarn.
AMEN, FEMMY!!

Some (Most!) Merino wools, well, you cant even TELL they're wool because they are SO soft!
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I just made a sweater with merino, and there is no itch AT ALL! It is silky smooth. Anyone in the family who touched it said, "oooooOOOOOOOO!"
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Originally Posted by Ingrid
I just made a sweater with merino, and there is no itch AT ALL! It is silky smooth. Anyone in the family who touched it said, "oooooOOOOOOOO!"
doing a search here

which merino was that? im scared to buy online without touching, but the prices at LYS are outrageous.
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Alpaca Like this one.
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Originally Posted by geekgolightly
Originally Posted by Ingrid
I just made a sweater with merino, and there is no itch AT ALL! It is silky smooth. Anyone in the family who touched it said, "oooooOOOOOOOO!"
doing a search here

which merino was that? im scared to buy online without touching, but the prices at LYS are outrageous.
I used Debbie Bliss Merino Aran and got it at www.discountyarnsale.com when it was on sale. It's not bulky, though.

I love alpaca the best, too.[/url]
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Old 03-02-2006, 01:51 PM   #10
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I have a bit of a wool allergy (don't smack me!!) and I've found that working with baby alpaca is fine for me, as well as Rowan's kidsilk haze and some acrylic yarns, too.
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