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Martheme
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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  10:13:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit Martheme's Homepage  Send Martheme a Yahoo! Message Send Martheme a Private Message
Hi,

I'm thinking of making a pair of fair isle socks, for the little guy and wanted to try using Knitpicks Palette yarn . . . but I'm wondering if it will be too course for tender little feet?

Has anyone tried this yarn and can you give me some idea of how soft/course it is? For example: is it as course as "Spindrift" by Jamieson's?

While I don't mind courser yarns for myself, I'm thinking a 5 mo old baby might mind something that "scratchy" on his little feet . . .

thanks!

Martheme

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maribelaprn
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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  11:22:13 AM  Show Profile Send maribelaprn a Private Message
Let's see....rub rub rub...

I wouldn't call this a course yarn at all, but it's not "baby tush soft" either. It's much softer than my "authentic Harris Tweed" shetland (from elann) and I think it's a bit softer than the Harrisville New England shetland, both of which are also 2-ply yarns.

My slightly-older-than 5 month DH (if we're not talking about emotional maturity sometimes...did I say that?) is quite sensitive to course wool (he can't tolerate Harrisville) didn't seem to whine about the Palette when it arrived. He rubbed it and didn't whine about it being itchy.

I'll whip up a swatch and give it a quick wash in Ivory Snow and let you know, but it does seem less course than other shetland-type wools I've used.

Mari


WIP: Leaf Lace shawl (Fiber Trends)

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Martheme
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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  11:36:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit Martheme's Homepage  Send Martheme a Yahoo! Message Send Martheme a Private Message
HI Mari,

Thanks! That is exactly the kind of description I needed ;) I'm going to go for it and pick out some colors . . .

I'm trying to be "reasonable" about the yarns I use for him. . . . some have been merino/cashmere blends but I want to use things that are more "regular" wool as well, don't want him growing up thinking everything is going to be cashmere ;) Figure if I start now I can train him up to appreciate a range of wools for different purposes . . .

And if I can get him spoiled enough on having handknits perhaps when he's grown he'll pick me a DIL who is also a knitter ;) How's that for planning ahead?!?

thanks again for the info,

Martheme

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Corrina
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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  12:40:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit Corrina's Homepage  Send Corrina a Yahoo! Message Send Corrina a Private Message
I bought a bunch to make some colorwork socks. In the ball it's pretty soft, but not nearly as soft as say the knitpicks sock garden. But after I washed the swatch in Eucalan it came out very nicely. I think it will make lovely socks.
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maribelaprn
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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  12:42:21 PM  Show Profile Send maribelaprn a Private Message
I think planning ahead is a great idea! Remember that you're raising someone's husband...and I'm sure he will find you a knitter!! My darling MIL isn't a knitter, but she is a crafter so she appreciates my work. And when her son says something stupid, my MIL and I look at each other and ask "Where did we go wrong?"!!

Meanwhile, back at the yarn...I just finished my swatch, all washed and blocked. I knit pretty much "on gauge"; not tight, not loose. I did a swatch 20x20 (I use the Gauge-o-Knit) and I got 7 1/2 sts per inch on a size 2 Addi needle. The label says 7-8 sts on size 1 to 3 needles, so I guess I'm right on gauge!

It washed up softer than I thought (I used Eucalan). It's quite nice, actually. I did notice a bit of courseness when I was knitting, but it wasn't scratchy.

If your little one complains about the lack of cashmere in his socks, remind him how you had to walk 4 miles each way back and forth to the yarn shop, up hill both ways, in the snow, just for him!

Mari


WIP: Leaf Lace shawl (Fiber Trends)

My blog: http://maribelaprn.blogspot.com/
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truly violet
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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  2:08:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by maribelaprn



Meanwhile, back at the yarn...
Mari


WIP: Leaf Lace shawl (Fiber Trends)

My blog: http://maribelaprn.blogspot.com/






hahahaha Ok, this was good......cracked me up.....



oh and I wonder how durable this yarn is.... I would like to knit some mittens


vi~ who appreciates a good pun when she sees it......... ( was this a pun btw,??? whatever it was....it was funny)

none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
http://notashyviolet.blogspot.com/ ~now with chickens!
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Karknit
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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  8:03:08 PM  Show Profile Send Karknit a Private Message
I'm with Vi, I would like to know how durable it is for knitting socks. It would be a great addition to my sock stash. Many beautiful colors to learn colorwork with.
Eeinforcement thread would have to be used. I was thinking about getting some wolly nylon but can't decide on which color. I don't want to start a wolly nylon stash along with my sock stash.

karknit

My diet incentive, to knit smaller sweaters.
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