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Topic: Where can I get 10ply yarn for amigurumi?  (Read 1383 times)
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« on: February 17, 2012 09:49:35 PM »

I've learned amigurumi from the net, and I used a little kit (included yarn, hook, pattern, eyes etc) I bought from spotlight.  It turned out pretty cute, so I wanted to make more.  All the stuff I looked at online basically said to use 10ply cheapo (acrylic) yarn, since it's not as fluffy and also it doesn't stretch out, so you can't see the stuffing.

I've looked in places, and called places too, but 10ply yarn seems to be the red-headed stepchild of NZ yarn?  I can't seem to find much, and if I do it's fancy wool.  All I want is a selection of brightly coloured, cheap 10 ply yarn.  Does ANYONE know where I can find some?

And if I really can't find any in NZ, does anyone know any good sites to order from?

Thanks heaps and heaps in advance guys!

p.s Here is the amigurumi:   http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=404109.0

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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2012 04:37:28 AM »

Hi fellow Kiwi!

First of all, I know acrylic is cheap n' cheerful but spare a thought for real wool- it can be worth the extra cost, has a lil bit of extra spring/give (makes crocheting easier) and feels so much nicer in your hands... anyway...

Where abouts in NZ are you? There are a couple of major companies in NZ (like Knit World, they have branches all over) and a number of companies online (such as Skienz, who organized all those knitted penguin jackets after the Rena spill). If you're in Auckland, like I am, here's a few places I would recommend:

- Knit World in Henderson: they have a huge range, knowledgable staff. Look out for John Q Creative and Charity brand (these are wool, but are cheap and come in a range of solid colours)
- Masco Wool, downtown Westfield: they usually have a few bargain bins at the front of the store, you can get 50g balls for a few bucks.
- The Warehouse: seems to stock acrylic yarns exclusively
- Looksharp Mart, by the Whitcoulls downtown: cheap, acrylic wool and a range of other notions. This place is an absolute warren and is definitely worth a visit
- Mishi Yarns, Onehunga: if/when you want something a bit more luxurious  Grin

10 ply wool doesn't tend to be a common weight for acrylic yarn in my experience but you may be able to achieve the desired gauge/ weight by crocheting with two strands of yarn.

I hope this helps  Smiley


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