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« on: November 13, 2004 06:42:24 AM »

hello all!
i'm a new knitter and want to make myself the fireworks scarf from SnB (i really should be working on christmas presents, but......)  my LYS doesn't carry the brown sheep cotton fleece the pattern calls for and i hate to pay lots of shipping for just one thingy of yarn.
does anyone have an opinion about using lion brand microspun or polarfleece (whatever it's really called....i can't remember)?  those would be soft and toasty......and fit my non-budget for knitting.
help!  and thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2004 07:03:33 AM »

Hmm, the microspun is kind of splitty and very slippery, but it's a nifty, shiny yarn.  You might get a cool look from that. It is sport weight, though, so you'd probably get a smaller gauge and need more than the pattern calls for to get the same size scarf.

The polar whatever is awful to work with.  I hate it hate it hate it.  It doesn't slide at all, and it's just hard to work with, and it doesn't feel good while you're knitting.  (It is neat and soft, but I don't think its worth it)  I just made a hat with that stuff (I'm not sure what brand it is, but one of those 'snowflake' 'polar' whatever yarns) and I have almost 2 huge balls left and i just can't face it. Sorry about the excessive rant.

Anyway, you should look for a yarn that has the same gauge as the cotton fleece = 5st/" on size 6 needles.  So basically a worsted weight yarn.  The cotton fleece is a mixture of cotton and wool, which is kinda hard to find.  Lion brand makes some nice plain cotton yarn (sometimes called Lion Cotton, sometimes called Kitchen Cotton) but black cotton tends to fade, so you might not want to go with 100% cotton.  They also make both Wool Ease(25%wool, 75% acrylic) and Cotton Ease(50%cotton 50% acrylic).

Anyway, depending on where you live you may want to go with just wool(if you live in Canada) or just cotton(if you live in California).  I personally don't like synthetics much, and I live in Canada, so I'd just get a nice smooth black worsted weight wool (like cascade 220 or Patons Classic Wool).  Anyway, whatever you get make sure to compare the yardage of the ball you buy with the yardage of the cotton fleece - 215 yds (which is on the big side for a ball of yarn) so you might need 2 balls.  Most yarn stores will accept a return of an unused ball of yarn (if the band is still on, etc) for store credit, so it's better to have too much than too little.

Ok, I'll stop now, this is waaay more info than you wanted!
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2004 06:15:41 PM »

I made this scarf, and I used different brands for than what the pattern calls for, but the same material. I am sure if you ask an employee at your LYS, s/he can help you find a different brand of the same yarn type.
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2004 06:25:49 PM »

ladykluck - Please keep us informed, I too could not find the cotton fleece at my lys and so haven't made the scarf I swore I couldn't live without. 

I think a new store that has opened miht carry it BUT the store is like 45 minutes away on a freeway that I avoid like the plague.  Boy do I ramble!

« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2004 05:46:49 AM »

i've made a few of these scarves and never used the recommended yarn because i had other stuff on hand. i have used red heart acrylic for the "base" color when making the scarf for someone who was allergic to wool. i made one for myself using some old acrylic/wool blend my mom found in her attic (not sure what brand it was, as it was from the 70s, but it was definitely worsted weight). i think as long as it's worsted you should be fine, as i've found that it's more the texture of the eyelash yarn that i notice, not so much the black base yarn. hope that helps!
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2004 09:12:04 AM »

I made this using Berroco Chinchilla and Berroco Plume FX and adjusted the number of stitches to get the width I wanted. Boy did it turn out yummy, and basically looking just like the photo. Don't remember offhand how much of either it took, though. Probably 2 of each?
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2004 09:23:55 AM »

just a comment, I love the lion brand polar spun stuff and find it very easy to knit with.  I used wooden dowel needles.

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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2004 07:22:19 PM »

I made a scarf like this a week before reading the SnB--so I was shocked when I found it in the book! I used Lion's Brand Homespun and Fun Fur...my mom picked out the colors (it was supposed to be for her) and she picked Red Bridge for the background and Confetti for the Fun Fur.  I didn't really love these colors--but the Confetti looks like what they used in the SnB pattern.  So maybe you just want to find a black-ish Homespun.
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2004 10:08:48 AM »

thanks so much for the suggestions! 

after some thought, i decided to go with the cascade 220 that melidomi suggested - i'm cold natured and heading to a place with very cold weather after christmas.  i haven't actually gotten to knit with real wool yet, being that i'm a beginner and unemployed with a bad LYS (ie i buy most of my yarn from big chains) and i'm looking forward to it.  of course, i have 94 bilion other projects to do before i get there.....

i'd be delighted to let you know how it goes.....  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2004 09:58:40 PM »

Last Sunday while checking out a new lys in town I found the cotton fleece.  I finished the scarf in two nights or to be more exact; a couple of CSIs, a Seinfeld rerun and a few South Parks. 

I'll post a pic in the next day or two!

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