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Topic: Knitpicks- CotLin vs Shine?  (Read 653 times)
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« on: June 18, 2007 08:11:17 PM »

OK, I am REALLY wanting to make the "Beaded Cami" in the featured knitting projects section and wanted to try some yarn from knitpicks.  I see a cotton linen blend and a cotton modal (whatevertheheck modal is) blend.  Which would lend itself better to this tank?  They are the same price, and I lurrve the sound of a linen blend buuuuuut, I have no prior experience with either to know.  CotLin says something about being good for washcloths...  Undecided  So, experienced knitpicks users... tell me about these yarns! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2007 06:02:55 AM »

I have only used Shine - but it pilled badly.  It was hard to work with as the plies split but....the finished project (prior to multiple washings) was GORGEOUS. 
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2007 09:44:54 AM »

I'm using shine for my lelah, I love it. It's smooth, no plying problems and it's not as heavy as I had originally thought.
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2007 10:19:27 AM »

i used Elann's version of CotLin called Adara to make a clapotis.

i'd never used cotton/linen yarn before, but it was very easy to maintain even tension. also, i found that b/c it had a lot of drape i didn't need to block the finished piece like i had to block my clapotis made from wool/acrylic.

the drawbacks

it smelled weird
when i brought my knitting outside on a warm day, the plastic bag the yarn was in steamed up (odd)
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when i went to hand wash the FO, the water turned this disgusting brown color. it took 3 washes to get the dirt out. it took all i could not get nauseous over the color of the water
and if you forget to use fabric softener, the fabric is as stiff as a board once dry.
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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2007 11:38:37 AM »

Thanks. I REALLY don't want something that is gonna pill like mad!  Good to know about the shine. 
I like the look of that Adara, the color twist that is has is really appealing. Does it stretch out with wear?  hrrrrmmm I guess you wouldn't really notice with a clapoits, heh!  Linen has a unique... aroma... LOL alot like raw slik does so I would have expected the funk.  Tongue 

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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2007 11:46:17 AM »

actually it does stretch... a lot. i made one of the knit picks lace headbands out of the scrap and after a week's worth of wear it stretched to the point where i need to wash it in hot water to get it to fit again.

i've never used linen yarn before so i wasn't expecting the funk... but how the yarn steamed up it's bag when sat in the sun for 30 minutes was just weird.

and the color twist in Adara is more of a marl. it's really nice in the FO. i don't have a picture of the clapotis, but i have one of the KP lace headband

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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2007 11:47:00 AM »

That headband is pretty! This is slightly OT, but what lace pattern is that?
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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2007 12:06:07 PM »

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hmmmmm well, I guess I wouldnt be wearing a tanktop for a week straight before washing it, ahah!!!
CUTE headband btw!

So youve not noticed and major fading or pilling with that yarn?  I might jsut go with that, then. Thanks for all your help.  I HEART craftster... what would I do without yall!!!  Grin Grin Grin Grin

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« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2007 12:15:01 PM »

WIP-- it's this free pattern using lace pattern B (it's the one pictured on the model)


pixelpusher-- nope, no pilling... yet. i haven't worn that clapotis much, but the headband's been washed a few times and it hasn't pilled yet.
and no worries! i adore craftster too... for the exact same reason.

(and thanks about the headband. i loves it!)
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