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Old 03-14-2006, 09:31 PM   #1
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The Philospher's Wool Company
http://www.philosopherswool.com/

Such very cool stuff. If you have the Donna Kooler Encyclopedia of Knitting, the Sunshine Duo is their project featured in there.

And their other kits are amazing.

http://www.philosopherswool.com/Pages/AllKits.htm

I can totally see Ingrid doing some of these projects.

And they are Canadian based for our north-of-the-border knitters.
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Old 03-14-2006, 11:16 PM   #2
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I actually did make a sweater from their Fair Isle book. I didn't use their yarn, though--I used Encore that I had already. It's a nice sweater, but because of the weight of the yarn compared to the thin yarn of other Fair Isles, there is a different, more handmade look. I like the sweater, though.

The one thing that scared me away from their yarn is that he says that after you wash it the sweater will grow about 2 inches. That bothered me a bit.
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Old 03-15-2006, 11:15 AM   #3
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Why would it "grow"? One would think the yarn would go the other way, and shrink. Further, would this tendency to stretch affect your fair isle pattern, and does intarsia's twists help avoid stitch stretching?

Kinda makes me wonder about the true final length of some of their "tunic-style" cardi's.

Mind you, the yarn colors are exquisite.
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Old 03-15-2006, 03:52 PM   #4
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I believe it's the yarn itself, because it contains lots of lanolin. When wash out the lanolin, that's what causes the stretching. When I get home, I'll look up the part where he talks about it and quote what he says about it here.
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This is what it says in the book:

"Philosopher's Wool yarn washes easily and feels much softer after the first washing. Our sweaters also grow 2" to 4" the first time you wash them. Because our wool has not been denatured by chemicals, acids, and bleaches, each fiber relaxes and elongates as the oils are washed out. this means that if your sweater is a bit on the snug side, you can easily make it fit more loosely by washing it." Then it goes on to give washing directions.

I suppose you could knit a smaller size and wash it, but it still makes me a bit nervous. I love their colors, though.
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I never thought I'd contemplate this, but I might experiement with washing the wool first and THEN knitting with it, to get a garment that fits true.
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That makes sense. :thinking:
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