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June 19, 2010



Oooh, your yarn is beautiful. I can just imagine the heavenly shawl you'll knit from it.

I looked for a nice wool-acrylic mix when my son was little, despite my overall distaste for acrylic, and I found that Phildar had some nice options--both in yarns and colors. I'm not sure how hard that is to find (Wool-Ease seems to be everywhere), but I was pleasantly surprised. It still doesn't change my overall preference for wool, but there are times when having something truly washable is a benefit.

Our weather has been so downright summery that I can't even bear to think about a heavy sweater now, and Sirdal is definitely on the back burner. My flights of fancy have moved me toward socks.


Oh what fun you have in store.....a handknit sweater! Are you going to mix up the bobbins, or ply as you spin them?

Gorgeous, GORGEOUS lace wt yarn...and 7 ounces on one bobbin!! Amazing.

I better hush - I have a date with Mr. WooLee Winder this afternoon. I learned to do a long draw a couple of days ago. Hope I still remember how. Great fun!


As usual your projects are gorgeous! I like the idea of the "family afghan".
I have my first Wool-Ease sweater on the needles so can't attest to its wearability or pilliness yet, but am enjoying working with it.


Your spinning is just gorgeous! I'm really not a fan of Encore either. The only thing I've made out of Wool-ease was a pair of socks for John, way back when I first started knitting. He wore them a lot, they were loosely knit, and they wore forever. And it's cheap so you can afford to knit a lot with it. That's my only experience with it though...


Interesting comments. I never think about buying Lion Brand Yarn, but if Woolease held up in a loosely knit pair of men's socks, I'm impressed.

Another yarn you might consider is Bretton, a Patternworks house yarn. It's a DK weight 70% superwash wool/25% nylon/5% alpaca and I love knitting with it. I've used it for Bob's socks and a cabled vest for Mom, all of which go in the washer and dryer.


I made a sweater for my dad using wool-ease and I was really disappointed when I saw it about 5 years later. It's a mess -- fuzzy, pilled, etc. Now my SIL wears it as her junk sweater around the house. I will knit her another one for Xmas this year so she can get rid of this one. I won't use that yarn again.


I used Wool-ease for hats and had no problems with it, but the cabled sweater I knit my husband went fuzzy and pilly after several washings. The afghan should be fine, as long as they don't wash it too often.
Love your merino-silk - what gorgeous yarn you made!
I've found that I'm better off, too, with sticking with the big spinning project and doing it all at once. I spin all my singles (or at least as many as I have bobbins for...) and ply from random bobbins in order to even out the final yarn.


Look at you making your own yarn! It's really beautiful, Dorothy. And your leaf pattern is so nicely done...wouldn't that be pretty as a panel on a sweater?

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