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Jazzybelle
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2005 07:42:13 PM »

I'd be all altruistic and give you the two skeins I KNOW I'm never going to use, but I can't afford shipping right now.
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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2005 02:17:42 PM »

If you crochet (yeah, I know, this is the knitting forum...), there was a super cool looking messenger bag in the interweave crochet 2004 issue that was made from sari yarn.  I loved it, but the prospect of the cost of the yarn was daunting. The yarn specified was:

Himlaya yarns Tibet (100% silk {dur!}) 80 yd [73m]/100g) 8 skeins.

That issue is still available here:  http://www.interweave.com/knit/crochet.asp

If you would like more info, I will try to scan a picture of it at work, while no one's looking!

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« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2005 06:15:26 PM »

there is a website called littlebarn.com...they are a wholesaler, i think, but sell to anyone...i buy fiber and dye from them, they can be really slow in sending stuff, but i know they have the sari yarn...it is maybe 7 bucks for 4 oz skein, which i think is really good. i think ebay is a good bet too as dame boo said....oh, they have a downloadable catalog, and not everything is on it, so call if you don't see it!
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« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2005 07:25:10 PM »

I'm wondering what I'll ever do with the two skeins I bought in a fit of madness. 

I sure would like to see some completed projects that don't have that middle-aged-lady-at-the-craft-fair aesthetic.  (Meaning no disrespect to middle aged crafties, but I really don't want to look like my mom.)

I think I'll eventually use my yarn is some kind of Fair Isle or slip stitch project.  To my mind, the stuff is just "too much of a good thing" when left by itself.  On my test swatches, the beauty of the fiber tends to get lost in a big shaggy mass.

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« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2005 09:09:21 PM »

I did the Ripple scarf from Scarf Style out of Sari Silk.  Has a nifty drape to it.  A little heavy weight wise, but I'm going to enjoy it when it cools off here...
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« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2005 02:47:07 AM »

i was reading this thread and thinking -
i don't like any of the stuff i've seen either.

and then i had a thought - have any of you seen the (i think it's called) scribble lace in Unexpected Knitting by Debbie New?

I think that using recycled sari silk as the thick "1/2" of the "lace" could be really cool.

this is a pic from the book:
http://www.gusset.net/kip/images/scribbledebbie.jpg
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« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2005 06:48:45 AM »


here's what I made from one large skein.  (It's kind of a bad picture, it was really gorgeous in real life).  It was pretty small for a shawl, more large scarf size.

I think the important thing with this yarn is to keep the pattern really simple to let the yarn show itself off.  it is rough (little frayed bits stick out every which way) so you're not going to get a polished effect.  Stockinette, I think, looks better than garter stitch, because it give a relatively smooth surface.  I've seen a lovely stockinette scarf which was just allowed to roll itself into a tube.  It was really pretty.

But yeah, I agree, in most cases I've thought that the yarn looks better in the ball than worked up!  I certainly hate all the projects on the mango moon website.  I guess it's the yarn world's version of that really cute dress that looks like a grocery sack when you try it on, but is beautiful on the hanger!
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« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2005 09:15:40 AM »

I bought myself two skeins of this at an Oktoberfest this weekend.  Not thinking of a finished product but just that I wanted some!  It's kind of rough though and yeah, I hate all the projects on the Mango Moon site (not that two skeins would work for any of them anyway).  The booth where I bought the skeins had a few helmut type hats (which I would never wear, considering my mass of hair).  The drop stitch scarves were kind of pretty but too rough to wear close to the skin.  Maybe washing it would soften it up?  Also I was thinking that it might work for a little drawstring bag.  Has anyone tried washing the stuff?
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« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2005 05:50:03 PM »

i would be really careful with washing. it may fall apart! i have the loose silk that i spin with, and it snags on everything while spinning, even. i think that a loose shawl or scarf would be the best way to use the stuff, with it being so dense and heavy
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« Reply #19 on: September 27, 2005 08:39:30 PM »

I have decided to go ahead and make the knitty unbiased bag.  As soon as I finish up the clapotis, I'll be getting started.  Knitty owns me!
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