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Old 02-19-2007, 03:15 PM   #11
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Hmm, maybe I can make some felted coasters or something. As long as it's not something I'll have to wear by my skin, it should be ok.
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Old 02-19-2007, 03:44 PM   #12
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i'd have to agree with zkimom in saying malabrigo is super-soft when it comes to 100% wool and shouldn't be compared to blends.

i'm a huge fan of RY's cashsoft and silk wool because they're so soft, but, the addition of silk and cashmere is what makes the difference.

when it comes to just wool i think malabrigo is at the top.
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Old 02-19-2007, 03:51 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA
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I have one hank of Cascade 220 that I was going to use for my mom's clogs, but didn't. I haven't made anything with it yet, because it's so rough to me that I can't imagine what to use it for. Plus, I don't think i want to knit with it.
It's not bad to knit with. Go for it!
i just made a soaker with cascade 200 -- and it was perfectly soft for my fingers while knitting. can't beat the price and the colors!

the mmmmm is super nice, too, but i'm a manos fan.
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Old 02-19-2007, 03:57 PM   #14
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I love Cascade 220...I think it's nice and soft, for a plied wool. And great colors. The Malabrigo is softer and squishier, but it is one ply. Both are fabulous yarns
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Old 02-19-2007, 04:22 PM   #15
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You definitely do have to knit with it first before you can tell how soft it is. It has to come out of the hank and breathe a bit before it opens up. All tied up in the hank, it doesn't feel the same. As for Cashmerino, the softness comes mainly from the microfiber (acrylic) content, just like in Lion Brand's 100% microfiber yarn (what is it, can't remember name). There's barely any cashmere in Cashmerino (maybe none, if I'm remembering the scandal right). I don't like knitting with Cashmerino as much because I can still feel the acrylic-ness in it and also it is rathy splitty. On the other hand, it will not pill as much as Malabrigo (but it still will pill). I don't know, I just didn't consider the Cashmerino worth the 8 or 9 bucks they charge for it. But $12 for twice as much of hand dyed merino, absolutely.

Alpaca makes me itch, even the Misti, Plymouth, and Frog Tree. But Frog Tree's Merino yarn is pretty similar in feel to Malabrigo. And you actually get more yardage for the price, but none of it is hand-dyed.
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Old 02-19-2007, 05:29 PM   #16
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I wasn't super impressed with Malabrigo the first time I felt it. I, too, think it's because it's wrapped up so tightly. But knitting with it is a whole different story. I have alpaca that makes everyone sigh to touch it, but that's a whole other animal.
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Old 02-19-2007, 05:59 PM   #17
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I'm making a skirt with Malabrigo and knitting with it is pure pleasure. It's soft and it holds up very well to frogging. I like the Manos for it's colors but it's not as soft as the Mmmmmmm. Malabrigo is also less expensive than the DB. In the end it's all personal choice.



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Old 02-19-2007, 07:28 PM   #18
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I wasn't super impressed with Malabrigo the first time I felt it. I, too, think it's because it's wrapped up so tightly. But knitting with it is a whole different story. I have alpaca that makes everyone sigh to touch it, but that's a whole other animal.
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There's barely any cashmere in Cashmerino (maybe none, if I'm remembering the scandal right).
Label says 55% merino wool, 33% microfibre, and 12% cashmere.

I may give Malabrigo another chance as something, not sure what yet. Might also have been they didn't have colorways that thrilled me.
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Originally Posted by Annyka
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There's barely any cashmere in Cashmerino (maybe none, if I'm remembering the scandal right).
Label says 55% merino wool, 33% microfibre, and 12% cashmere.

I may give Malabrigo another chance as something, not sure what yet. Might also have been they didn't have colorways that thrilled me.
I know the label, but 12% doesn't really seem enough to me to make much of a difference. Most of the feel in this yarn is from the microfiber, and it feels more like the 100% microfiber yarn I've used than the 100% cashmere yarn I've used. The scandal I was talking about was the one about this yarn being tested and found to contain no cashmere. The test was done by Cascade Yarns and the manufacturer of the Cashmerino has denied its validity. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong about this.
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