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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New favorite yarn - Malabrigo Merino on: January 27, 2005 07:56:08 AM
think this yarn is gorgeous too - I enjoyed knitting with it more than any yarn I've ever knitted with. And it knits up so fast! If anyone is interested, I have an easy pillow pattern for this yarn on my website Hip Knits (which is the UK distributor for Mal Abrigo). Now I'm about to start a scarf from the handpainted range.

Hey Trudie,
Since you sell yarn from this company...can you say anything about how beneficial it is for the women in Uruguay who dye the wool?  I'm just wondering since I love the yarn, and I'd also like to support something that is actually helpful to the people doing the work on the other end!   Smiley  Any info you had would be great!  

Does anyone know anything about their lace-weight merino yarn?  Is it really that thin?  I looked all over and cannot find a guage for it, just yardage.  I think it's 850 ypsk.  Is it, say, 28 st = 4 in on #3s or something like that?  If anyone out there has used their lace weight merino, do you think that holding two strands together (doubling it) would make it a more "regular" weight?

I'm not sure...it usually means sock weight.  I bet it's really thin.  On Elann, it means 33-40 st/4 inches.  So, I'm sure you can double it, but I think I'd rather just buy a different yarn if you want a regular gauge.

22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New favorite yarn - Malabrigo Merino on: January 21, 2005 12:17:40 PM
my only beef is that its got prices and all, but I dont see where its got measurements and gauges for the various yarns.  $5.40 a skein is a great price, but whats the yardage?  Anybody order from handpaintedyarn.com before? Am I missing something?

It is a little confusing, but the gauge/yardage is available on the main page that describes the type of yarn that it is.  For merino, for example, you can see at the top of the page (in the link below) that it's 218 yards, worsted weight gauge:

23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New favorite yarn - Malabrigo Merino on: January 21, 2005 08:17:45 AM
Hey y'all,
This same company (I think--that name is on the paypal account) runs handpaintedyarn.com where you can buy the hand dyed merino directly online.  It's gorgeous and so soft.  And so cheap!  Check it out...(really, they're not paying me! I just can't believe how beautiful their yarn is--it's like manos del uruguay, but for 1/2 the price, and the merino is even softer!)  The only drawback is that it takes a while to ship (mine took about 2 weeks--read their shipping policy), but just plan ahead, I say!  I have yet to make stuff with it, but I have many, many plans!  Wink
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: monkey (wearing a mini-skirt, legwarmers and a tail warmer!) on: December 16, 2004 08:30:34 PM
Omigod.  That's the cutest thing I've ever seen!!!!   Grin
Is she knit or crocheted?  Did you use a pattern?  Your mom will love her!! 
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My felted bag of many colors! on: December 06, 2004 05:57:37 PM
this is super cute!
how long did it take you to knit?
my projects always take 90283012 years =(

Thanks...it took quite a while, but that's why I brought it on the plane...it was pretty mindless knitting...around and around on the circular needles, so perfect for long trips!  Smiley
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My felted bag of many colors! on: December 03, 2004 05:03:48 PM
VERY cute. How large is it? And I agree, genius on the no-sew at the end. I hate finishing projects! How sad!

Thanks...it's big...about 14 inches wide and 10 inches tall.  I don't think it's sad that you hate finisihing projects...it's just good to come up with ways to make it easier--always knit in the round when possible!  Wink
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My felted bag of many colors! on: December 03, 2004 11:48:03 AM
I'm really happy with how this turned out.  My lovely friend got me some Manos variegated yarn for my birthday a while ago, and I finally got it together to make it into a messenger like bag (due to lots of time on an airplane!)

I just made up the pattern.  Did a garter stitch bottom, picked up stitches around the sides and knitted around and around on circular needles to the top! I kept four markers to keep the sides/front/back stitches separate, and when I got to the top, I bound off the front stitches, put one side on a holder, and knitted the strap from the other side stitches in garter stitch.  When the strap was the right length, I did a three needle bind-off with the other side stitches.  Then I knitted a flap from the back stitches.  I hate sewing stuff together at the end, and with this pattern, I didn't have to. I hope that makes sense...let me know if anyone wants further direction. 
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: stripey kitty bag on: November 30, 2004 12:26:46 PM
Unfortunately, the link to the pattern doesn't work  Would you be able to post it again? Thank you!

Sure...I'm not sure why it didn't work...it's called a Madison bag, and it's an Amy Butler pattern-- her website is:

And then you can look it up under her sewing patterns!  Smiley
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: stripey kitty bag on: November 21, 2004 11:00:29 AM
Thanks so much for all your nice comments!  It makes me feel good since I'm so new to sewing!  It isn't much different from a Jordy, but it's from this Amy Butler pattern--


It's an easy pattern, but I had read a bunch of stuff in other threads about how it's better to use really thick interfacing (like pelltex) to help it keep its shape, and that led to many arguments with my sewing machine, and various rippings out, etc., etc.  You can see the corners aren't quite right still, but at least it's carry-able!  Wink
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / stripey kitty bag on: November 19, 2004 02:58:39 PM
Well....this took foreva, and I kinda messed it up numerous times because I was trying to use extra thick interfacing (for Amy Butler's Madison bag) that people said to use, but my sewing machine didn't like it, etc., etc.  But I like how the wool felt kitty turned out!  Plus I've only been sewing for 2 weeks, so I figure it's not bad for a beginner!  I may get fired from my job (I work at home!) if I don't stop sewing and start working!

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