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Old 05-13-2009, 08:39 PM   #11
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I call it Homeshun.

I've even stopped people in Michael's who were trying to buy it. One did and said that she loved it, one didn't buy it--at least while I was lurking.

There are so many, many better yarns out there. . .
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:41 PM   #12
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It isn't all that bad; you just have to know how to handle it. Loosely....
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:27 PM   #13
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Homespun Yarn
I use it for Prayer Shawls on #13 bamboo needles with loose tension. It does knit up soft and fluffy and since the prayer shawl pattern is knit 3 purl 3 I don't worry about the stitches showing. Everyone that has recieved one of the shawls has loved the soft warm hug.
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:40 PM   #14
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I always use Lion Brand Homespun yarn when making prayer shawls for our church knitting group -- all the knitters in the group do. The feel of it did take a little getting used to -- the lumps and bumps - but it makes a very soft, light weight, warm shawl and the selection of colors is wonderful. We use size 13 needle and that seems to work well. However, on more than one occasion we have come across areas of the yarn where the little string has broken and the yarn just splays apart -- have to cut that area of yarn out and retie on the skein -- a Lion Brand quality control problem! The folks who crochet in our group can't stand the yarn and won't use it. So - pros and cons for homespun.
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:45 PM   #15
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I think it only works for people with a loose tension-- of which I am one. But my complaint about it is that the finished product tends to stretch a great deal, vertically. But I do like the softness and the colors and the way it knits up.
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Wow you guys, thanks for all the responses! Ingrid~~ "homeshun" is hilarious. I'll try bigger needles and will loosen up the tension, but I know in my heart of hearts that I'm going to be struggling. We were all so impressed when one of the gals in my knitting group purchased 7 skeins for .99 cents apiece at Michael's. We each got a skein so we coud begin baby blanket squares. She said that we were going to LOVE the yarn (she's used it before.) My only hope is that the other ladies are strugging with it too. Actually, I'm PRAYING that they're struggling. I'm envisioning a huge bonfire with each of us tossing in a skein, then laughing wildly and, what the heck, howling and dancing too. Would roast marshmallows, but, darn those plasticky fumes.

Anyways, it's great that some have had success with it, but it is also good to know that I wasn't the only one having difficulty. I honestly will try with those suggestions.

Thanks again everyone!

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Old 05-14-2009, 07:55 AM   #17
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This is the yarn that I tried to learn how to knit on. No wonder I gave up my first project!
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I'll agree that it is a pain to knit with, but I made the Six Hour Throw with it (I think it used 4 strands together) on size 50 needles and gave it to my friend. Her whole family now fights over who gets to cuddle up with it. That's praise enough for me to make another. But, I will invest in size 50 circulars before I do.
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I'll agree that it is a pain to knit with, but I made the Six Hour Throw with it (I think it used 4 strands together) on size 50 needles and gave it to my friend. Her whole family now fights over who gets to cuddle up with it. That's praise enough for me to make another. But, I will invest in size 50 circulars before I do.
I've made the 6 Hour Throw, too. In fact, when I 1st started knitting, I bought a ton of Homespun. I was duped by the colors and softness. Hate is such a strong word, but I hated it until I found the 6 hour trow pattern. I made 1 for my daughter and we all fight over it while watching TV. I actually have enough of this stuff to make 3 more throws (remember that's 4 stands held together and each throw uses 8 skeins = 24 skeins, that I kept). I even gave away at least 8 skeins of it. I'm in the middle of my 2nd throw. The crazy thing is, that know I think about other colors I can use to make more throws (that is after I use up all that I have.) They will make great gifts and they really are pretty quick to knit up.

BTW, I highly recommend the Lion brand size 50 needles. I tried Boye and don't like them as much.
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I've never used Size 50 knitting needles. But, YIKES they look big!!
Also googled the 6-hour throw pattern:

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/60536.html

I don't know if I'll get brave enough to try it with "Homeshun". ~Maybe with different yarn. Ha


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