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« on: August 01, 2007 11:07:57 PM »

I've been wanting to order some yarn for making an elaborate wedding veil, but I'm having a hard time narrowing it down. I want a very thin silk, preferably cobweb weight yarn. It also has to be pure white, for fear of having it look yellow next to my pure white dress. The only thing that I've found close to that is Halcyon Yarn's 2/70 Tussah Silk. The one caveat: the website states that this product averages at about 17,000 yards per pound. Is that even remotely right? And if so, would it be like knitting with thread (which will eventually drive me absolutely insane)? I'm used to knitting lace with KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud. Does anyone know how these two compare?

Here's the site: http://www.halcyonyarn.com/Yarn_pages/yarn141.html

If any of you knitting goddesses know of a yarn that I could use for this project, please help!

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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2007 11:14:37 PM »

2/70 yarn is 2-ply extremely thin yarn. According to the nifty WPI chart on this page, that's about four times thinner than laceweight (because the Halycon site says it's WPI is 110). Very thin stuff! So yes, 17,000 yards/lb. is not out of the question for that particular yarn.

You can always knit multiple strands if you want it thicker.

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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2007 02:34:26 AM »

Some online shops can wind the cones in whichever weight you prefer (laceweight, fingering) so it might behoove you to ask if they can put the cones in the weight that you wish.
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