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« on: June 11, 2006 05:13:20 PM »

I've been looking for a cheap (read - $2-3 for a 100+ yard skein tops), soft, sport weight/DK weight cotton to make a sweater.  Specifically the peppermint sweater from SnB, so it needs to be a yarn with a lot of color choices so there's multiple shades of tan, pink, or purple (the colors I want to use).  I'm going for something flexible, easy to work with, and not too shiny.  I don't like the feel of Sugar & Creme, it's too stiff and I feel more appropriate for cozies or dishtowels.

When I was in Tuesday Morning, they had these old baby hat kits with Lion Brand Cotton-Ease.  I felt it up and it was PERFECT, exactly what I am looking for, aside from the fact that it's discontinued (why?! argh).

Anyway, I've used Elann's Endless Summer Connemara collection before, and wasn't that impressed, it shed quite a bit while I was knitting with it so my needles, my room, and myself were covered in black fuzz.

But I see that Elann also has a cotton called Sonata.  I've searched for it here and the posts I've seen haven't really given the yarn good reviews.  I was wondering why this is.  Is it sheddy like the Connemara?  Hard to work with?  Does it split or not wash well?  Has anyone used both Sonata AND Connemara and can compare the Sonata to the Connemara?

Or if anyone has any suggestions for a cotton/cotton blend cheap-o soft yarn, I'd love to hear them.  OR if you know of a place online that might still have Cotton-Ease in stock (I already checked ebay) or someplace that carries Plymouth DreamBaby DK for cheaper than $3.50, that'd be great too.  Smiley

Thank you so much for any help!!!
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2006 05:40:20 PM »

Knit Picks Shine would be my pick... I knit a camisole with it and it is so soft and has great drape and is lovely.... and very affordable at $2.49/110 yds
there aren't a ton of colors but there are some different shades of pinks and tans in there, and since thats your colorway it might be a good fit
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2006 06:40:06 PM »

I have some Sonata that I am swatching with right now for a camisole. It seems ok to me so far -I can realy see the stitches and the lace pattern just pops out vs the Cotton Ease I'm also swatching for the same pattern. But again, this is only a swatch so I wonder how the actual garment will turn out (a razor-shell cami). I just read a good review over at knitty. I say either try the Sonata or the KP Shine Sport - I just got some so I haven't knitted it yet, but it feels soft and cuddly.

« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2006 03:03:55 PM »

My vote is also for the knit picks. Isn't that so depressing about the cotton ease? I get mad every time I see that micro spun splitty stuff they have now. I want more cotton ease.  Angry


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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2006 03:41:15 PM »

Thanks guys.

cinimonstk- is the sonata just as soft as the cotton-ease?  Since you have both, which is softer, the Shine or the Sonata?

I've narrowed it down to these two, now it just depends on what colors I plan to use and how soft each of them are Smiley
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