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« on: August 22, 2006 06:59:04 PM »

hi there!

i would really like to knit knitty's Starsky sweater for my grandmother. the pattern calls for knitpicks Sierra, which is a wonderful yarn, but handwash. since my grandmother has severe arthritis, i would like to make the sweater as easy-care as possibly.

does anyone have any suggestions for a bulky (cyca #5), machine washable yarn that comes in a "natural" color, that would be good for cabling? i'm having a really hard time finding something suitable.

thanks so much!
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2006 04:29:34 AM »

I believe this yarn has been discontinued, but it's currently available at Elann.com for only 4 USD per ball (though the yardage is about half that of Sierra).  It's Debbie Bliss Merino Chunky.  I've worked with it, and it's reasonably soft and machine washable. 

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2006 07:10:51 AM »

What about Lionbrand Wool-ease?  It's washable, yet still wool and comes in all kinds of "normal" colors.
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2006 09:38:11 AM »

I encountered exactly the same dilemma with the Christmas sweater I'm making for my grandmother, Violet. I finally bit the bullet and bought Lamb's Pride superwash bulky. It's $9-10/skein most places, but it comes in plenty of colors, including several natural-type shades. I figure if it means she'll wear the sweater more because she can launder it easily, it will have been worth it.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2006 10:57:36 AM »

i'll have to look online for the superwash lamb's pride, since i haven't seen any around here. that's probably a good choice.

i thought about using wool ease, but does it come in a bulky? i know they make "Jiffy" but i thought that was super bulky, plus it's "plied" look might distract from the cables.

i'll check out the debbie bliss too. thanks for the suggestions!
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2006 01:05:31 PM »

Not that I'm pushing Wool-ease, but there is a Wool-ease Thick and Quick.  I think it's quite inexpensive too.

http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/yarnInfo.cgi?yarnPage=1419769

And there's Wool-ease Chunky too.
http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/yarnInfo.cgi?yarnPage=1419767
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