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« on: April 10, 2006 05:20:34 PM »

i'm trying to think of a good kidsilk substitute... possible from knitpicks?  i wanna make this:
http://neoknits.blogspot.com/2006/03/its-ready.html
but i don't wanna buy 5 balls of kidsilk.  at $12 a ball, yikes.  but i'm having trouble figuring it out, because i think i remember what kidsilk feels like, and it didn't feel like sock yarn to me, but that seems to be the fingering weights they have on knitpicks.  suggestions, anyone?
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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2006 05:32:22 PM »

There's a seller on ebay called Yarnbow who had some real nice yarn that may work well. They're an awesome seller; I've probably bought from them 5 times. I really like this pattern...Another to contemplate making next! Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2006 09:08:57 PM »

I'm looking at making that one myself.  There's an eBay UK seller, 4to4, who sells the Kidsilk Haze for $US10.50 per ball with free shipping worldwide.  She also sells Plassard Pichenette Kid Mohair (which is apparently a good substitute) for $US8 per ball with free shipping.  I'm not affiliated with the business in any way, but have bought from Irene in the past and found her prices and service to be excellent. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2006 09:27:31 PM »

Kidsilk Haze is definitely not sock weight, like you remember. It's really fine, with lots of fluffy halo. Knit 1 Crochet 2 makes Douceur et Soie, which is still about $11 a ball from http://www.halcyonyarn.com/Yarn_pages/yarn056.html but you might search for it on ebay. I personally like the K1C2 yarn better than Kidsilk Haze, although I've only worked with each once. Fingering, or lace weight would be what you want to look for I think. This seller on ebay http://stores.ebay.com/Cucumberpatch-UK sells it for $10 a ball, free shipping to the states and I had really good luck with her. Fast shipping too.
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2006 09:27:50 PM »

If you're looking to go the knit picks route, I'd go with their Alpaca Cloud line.  It's probably the most like the mohairiness of Kidsilk Haze of the knit picks yarns (though, it's has no mohair in it whatsoever.  Really a whole different type of yarn).  I've made shawls with both Alpaca Cloud and another lace yarn of theirs - Shadow.  And while shadow was cheaper, alpaca cloud (alpaca and wool) drapes more nicely and is great feeling against the skin (unlike the 100% wool of shadow)

If you're thinking about going with a mohair yarn, I'd check out Crystal Palace yarns...I forget what the name of it is, but I believe they have a yarn that is kidsilk haze weight for about half the price.
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2006 01:28:42 PM »

Cascade makes Kid Seta, which is a fine silk/mohair blend.  I didn'tthink I could afford a silk/mohair yarn until I found that.  It was less than $10/ball, I think $6 or $7 as of a month or two ago.   If there's a store near you, you might want to do a price check on it.  The online shops I've seen are selling it for the same price as the KSH for some reason, though.

http://www.cascadeyarn.com/madil_KidSeta.asp

Otherwise, I'd probably do the KnitPicks thing too.  The Alpaca Cloud Iris is pretty, but I still haven't tried any KP yarn yet (can you believe it?)
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