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Old 10-19-2005, 07:29 PM - Thread Starter
 
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...you have $30 to spend on yarn (wool, intended for soakers/longies). What would you get?
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I'd get 5 skeins of Bartlett 2-ply. Full of lanolin, wears like iron, beautiful colors. (I'd also call or email them and ask them if there's anything in their bargain box. That's where they throw short skeins or those that have a knot in them. They charge $4 a lb for the stuff there.)

That's just me, though.
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I would either get some Marr Haven or Blackberry Ridge merino.
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Well, would you rather end up with a couple of pairs of decent ones, or one pair made from FANTASTIC yarn?

You could use a cheaper wool, and get some decent pairs, or spend more and get butterific yarn that will last thru 3 kids, but end up with one pair.

Or somewhere in between?

KWIM?

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I would either get some Marr Haven or Blackberry Ridge merino.
Me, too.

Married to my high school sweetheart. We have four awesome kids.
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Well, would you rather end up with a couple of pairs of decent ones, or one pair made from FANTASTIC yarn?
Well.. my inclination would be to get the yummiest yarn possible, even if it meant I could only make him a waistband. *hehe* BUT, as I don't know when the next time we'll have "extra" money is, I might oughtta go with something a little less extravagant. Something still sturdy, but since my guy doesn't have picky skin, doesn't have to be quite as soft (though soft is alright too).
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I know a lot of people hate the stuff, but Lion Brand Fishermen's wool is a good wool. Sturdy, little to no pilling. HOlds up very well over time, doesn't lose shape. Softens with wear and washing. Not great for heavy wetters, but you could double up in the wet zone by knitting with 2 strands or adding a doubler.

Otherwise, maybe find a peace fleece coop? Or some on the TP. It's a great, sturdy wool. If I were making pants for my almost 3 year old, they'd be peace fleece b/c it could hold up to his wear and tear and heavy wetting.

Targhee is pretty great, too. Super soft, not cheap though. I think there is some undyed at the mosaic moon yarn store on hyenacart, but haven't checked lately. Dashingdachs.com should have some soon, too.
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There's a Peace Fleece co-op on right now. yarnhocoops on Yahoo.
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*hehe* His current stash is all Fisherman's Wool and Peace Fleece. I could just stick to them, but ya know, the grass being greener and all that.. hehe..

Oh, I'm horrible at decisions. :LOL
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well, I've never used peace fleece but I know I don't care for fishermans. One yarn I really really like (to knit with and to use) is plymouth outback. I can get it locally and it's pretty darn inexpensive. I pay $14 I think for an 8.75oz skein. That's enough to do a large pair of longies (10 inch inseam) and a hat. They have a few nice colorways to choose from. It washes well, wears well, and is the cheapest I could find in a pretty colorway.
Second on my list is cascade eco. It's about the same price. It pills a little more, is just plain ol brown/grey or a solid ivory color but it's fluffy and soft and not nearly as tickly and prickly as fishermans.

I haven't used all that many wools simply because I can't afford $30-$40 worth of wool for one pair of longies (sure wish I could!) and if I did, I'd panic every time my child wore them.

I keep wanting to try peace fleece, but I hear that it starts out not all that nice but ends up nice after lots of washing. I'm not sure I"m up to knitting with yarn that doesn't feel nice to knit with so I keep putting it off.

Seriously though.. try the outback yarn... I think you'll really like it.

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Oh yeah, I really like Plymouth Outback, too. It's soft and holds up well, minimal pilling. I'd use it more if it came in natural or at least solids.
I have a pair of pants in KnitPicks.com wool of the andes... very soft yarn. Good price,too.

Oh, and Eco. :LOL I forget about all these yarns when I don't use them often... but Eco is really nice stuff, too.
www.littleknits.com has it at a great price.
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I keep wanting to try peace fleece, but I hear that it starts out not all that nice but ends up nice after lots of washing. I'm not sure I"m up to knitting with yarn that doesn't feel nice to knit with so I keep putting it off.
If you wash it before you knit with it, it's not that bad. It really is a nice wool, IMO, as long as the mohair doesn't bother you.
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I might be in the minority, but I actually LOVE knitting with Peace Fleece. It doesn't feel rough to me, just nice and sturdy and earthy.
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I would buy some of the newer farm yarn from LTK. Love that stuff. Sturdy, soft, and virtually pill free. Or some peace fleece(haven't tried it myself. Or, a BRM, though it is very stretchy and not my first ultimate choice, though I love it tooL)Or, Nada has some instock on Hyenacart.

Due with number 5 in August. We do all that crunchy stuff.
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Okay, I think I've decided I'm gonna grab a bunch of WOTA and a thing of Eco, and Bartlett and Outback will probably be on my Christmas list. *hehe*
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guess I'm a little late here! I was going to suggest the WOTA if you were looking to get the biggest bang for your buck.

LTK yarns are great, too!
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