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Old 09-22-2006, 11:17 AM   #1
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Knitting a soaker- wool or blend or what?

I want to attempt to knit a soaker but haven't had a lot of luck finding yarn that was 100% wool here where I live. Can it be a blend or what do you recommend? If a blend, what percentage wool? I guess I can always try to order some 100% wool online someplace otherwise.

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Old 09-22-2006, 12:12 PM   #2
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Re: Knitting a soaker- wool or blend or what?

If you have a Michael's nearby you can get Patons 100% Merino wool
a Joann's - Sensations 100% wool
or a Hancock - Fisherman's wool

You can use a blend, I would recommend about 80% wool.

You can order some 100% wool fairly inexpensively online - www.handpaintedyarn.com, www.100purewool.com, ebay, etc.

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Re: Knitting a soaker- wool or blend or what?

100% wool is the best...you can get inexpensive Paton's Merino at Michaels or online you can get Wool of the Andes at knitpicks.com or Cascade 220 at alpaca direct or merino at 100purewool.com. I would definitely wait to get soem in from online. It will be more worth your effort.
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Re: Knitting a soaker- wool or blend or what?

thanks! I was curious about this too!! I might have to give wool soakers a try! lol
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Re: Knitting a soaker- wool or blend or what?

So is the Paton's Merino not as high a quality as something I'd get online? Which is the softest also?

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Old 09-22-2006, 10:43 PM   #6
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Re: Knitting a soaker- wool or blend or what?

out of those patons merino is the softest out of those listed in the bigger stores, and out of the others, ive felt knitpicks, and 100 pure wool and ive got something crocheted thats malabrigo. that and 100purewool are definitely softest out of all of that, i think 100 purewool is cheapest though, especially if you can get in a coop, its like 5.80 and shippingish normally...

a lot of michaels dont haveany yarn still, like mine, lol. mainly (but not ALWAYS just in general) its the bigger ones, or ones near largr places.
joanns has fishermans (and now some of them have their brand of some wool and 75 and 80%wool blends as well as the fisshermans and 2 other kinds i know they have but are like 7 bucks for about 2 oz i think at least here anyway) and if you have a joann etc store, (their megastores) they carry a lot of wool yarn supposedly, i know at least 4 kinds besides their brands..
ac moore is GREAT for wool yarn, they have all kinds of it, at least 10 kinds, and some of it is really nice too
umm, hancocks i dont know, i havent been there in years, lol

patons isnt bad quality or anything, its a lot softer than fishermans, i have both sitting right here, but patons is more expensive, and i think it will pill more (i dont have anything knit or crocheted up, just a ball i dont know what to do with yet lol)
fishermans is a lot cheaper than the others, but isn a bit rougher, not majorly itchy scratchy unless yov have sensory issues or something, but not super soft, either..

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Re: Knitting a soaker- wool or blend or what?

Paton's is on sale at Michael's for $3.77 right now.. not sure how long that will last though
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