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« on: February 21, 2005 04:03:12 PM »

Does anyone know of a good substitution (preferably cheaper) for GGH's Soft Kid yarn?  I'm planning on making a top from Rebecca magazine that uses the yarn, and it's not available at my LYS.  I was considering Rowan Kidsilk Haze (which is lighter weight and actually more expensive, but with better yardage) and Jo Sharp Rare Comfort Mohair (which is heavier weight).  Any thoughts?  I'd appreciate any input...  If any of you have knit with the Soft Kid and loved it, that would be helpful too.

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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2005 04:51:44 PM »

I agree!  I am looking for a substitute that's cheaper too for the Grace sweater from Knitty.com.  I guess I could pay for the yarn, but I would rather spend less, since it's my very first sweater.

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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2005 12:15:04 AM »

I'm too searching for a substitute. I want to knit number36 from the new Rebecca(Nr. 29).
I'll be getting some Mohair yarn from E-bay this week and see if I can do it out of that.
Wow, I just googled for the Soft-kid and saw that it's even more expensive in the US!

Won't help you much, but I'm also thinking about using one of these(cause they are cheaper Wink)

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2005 04:58:29 AM »

Unfortunately, I can't speak from personal experience, but the Jo Sharp mohair has gotten quite good reviews on Knitters Review--according to her, it's not as soft as Kidsilk, but close.  I guess it depends on the garment--if you want something semi-sheer and drapey, the Kidsilk would be fabulous, and super-soft.  If it neesd to have a little more body (like if it has a stand-up collar), probably the Jo Sharp would work fine.
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2005 05:15:20 AM »

A really great resource for comparing yarns and finding substitutes is www.yarndex.com. They list most major brands of yarns and you can search by a ton of different fields. I looked for a substitute for GGH Soft Kid but didn't really find a cheaper one than around $10/skein. There are different brands but they are all pretty much the same price. Well, the retail is the same anyways, you might be able to search for the different names and find a sale from a VYS (virtual yarn shop ) or ebay.

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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2005 06:59:02 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2005 08:43:33 AM »

I know you are going to think this is not very helpful, but I don't think you would like the sweater as much in either of those.  The Kidsilk is much finer - and not just in the loft.  The GGH has a widish, flatish, oddly-noodle like central core.  Obviously, that is not the most appealing description, but I hope you can visualise what I mean.  Kidsilk Haze does not have that, and the garment would be much more delicate - not to mention much more see through.  As for the Jo Sharp/Queensland, it is probably more like the GGH, but it is not nearly as soft and foamy. 

I will think on this some more...  Are you making the short sleeved wrappy top?  I know that's been a really popular pattern.  There's even a Knit Along going on.

« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2005 12:00:16 PM »

I haven't ordered it yet and I have never seen it in person but I compared it to GGH Soft Kid on www.yarndex.com and it seems pretty comparable to the GGH yarn. It is called Karabella Lace Mohair. You can find it at www.flyingfingers.com It is around $15 a spool but that means 540 yards! Can't beat that can you? This is what I am going to use when I get around to knitting that wrap from Rebecca! Let me know what you guys think!
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2005 02:30:25 PM »

Yep, I'm going to knit the lovely little Rebecca wrap sweater as part of the knitalong.  I actually caved yesterday and bought the Soft Kid online - I think it'll be worth it.  But thanks for the info - glad to know about the websites y'all mentioned.

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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2005 05:07:34 PM »

Yeah, I've been looking for cheap GGH Soft Kid substitutions for Knitty's Grace sweater. I want to add four inches to that particular sweater, so I'd really prefer something that's less than $10 a ball.
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