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Topic: choosing an alpaca yarn for Branching Out  (Read 400 times)
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« on: April 27, 2006 04:12:23 PM »

I have spent an alarming percentage of my afternoon browsing the Branching Out KAL thread and shopping for yarn online. I posted this at the end of the KAL thread but it occurred to me that I'd likely get a wider response here (and I'm super eager to get started so I need quicker info to make my final ordering decisions)

I really want to knit this scarf and I really want to make something out of alpaca. Would I have a problem making this out of a DK alpaca?
I've never knit with alpaca before. Been knitting about six months now. I've done a couple easy lace projects so the pattern doesn't really scare me anymore but I always have to start everything three times before I really get rolling.

I'm looking at the following:

Plymouth DK 100% Baby Alpaca
Elann Peruvian Collection Quechua
Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk
KnitPicks Elegance

What do you think I'd be best off using? I'm ordering blind here so I'd love suggestions (and I'm dirt poor so discount places would be appreciated as well).

So excited. Want.Yarn.NOW! Wink
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2006 04:40:44 PM »

Okay, I've never actually used any of those yarns either (darn student-brokeness!), but I loooooove Knitpick's Andean Treasure.  I'm usually super-sensitive to just about every animal fiber except merino wool, and this baby alpaca feels just fine against my bare skin.
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2006 11:29:33 PM »

I actually almost made branching out with two skeins of Drops Alpaca in a light blue (grey blue color) but I wasn't so into making it, so I frogged it. I got the idea because a few people made it for the Knitting Olympics in alpaca. so obviously, it works!

I don't see myself using this yarn for anything else, because I bought the yarn originally to make Branching Out for my sister, and the color is so not me.

Would you like me to roll it up nicely into skeins and I can mail it to you asap? We can do a swap, or you can pay me for it if you really want to, but I don't mind swapping, let me know if you have something you want to part with.

I would be sending you two full skeins. The yardage is 180m per skein, and its 23sts and 30 rows over 4 inches.

Here is a pic of the yarn:

let me know what you think!

Emms  Smiley

« Last Edit: March 03, 2010 10:12:35 AM by jungrrl - Reason: fixed a coding issue » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2006 09:17:21 AM »

Oooh, I'm quite interested! I'll have to check the stash but I don't think I really have anything comprable to swap. How much would you want for it otherwise?

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