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Emelia Lesser
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USA
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Posted - 01/01/2006 :  9:14:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit Emelia Lesser's Homepage Send Emelia Lesser a Private Message
I want to use Misti Alpalca for something... it's just so lovely. I think I want to use the bulky for an afgahn. any suggestions?

~Em
"Art is the reason I get up in the morning but my definition ends there and it just doesn't seem fair that I'm living for something I can't even define...but there he is in the mean time," ~Ani DiFranco

LittleMousling
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USA
1093 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2006 :  9:51:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit LittleMousling's Homepage Send LittleMousling a Private Message
Knit it tightly to avoid pilling and losing shape - the pitfalls of soft yarns and alpaca, respectively! Otherwise, just prepare to glory in owning an incredibly soft afghan. Misti alpaca is softer than most cashmere I've had the pleasure to touch - it's really, really lovely stuff.

-Molly, obsessive but not exclusive socknitter
Stash photos and some FOs
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Diva Ree
Gabber Extraordinaire

537 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2006 :  07:41:17 AM  Show Profile Send Diva Ree a Private Message
I made my Backyard Leaves & Interlocking Balloon scarves with it, and I was very pleased with them. They have beautiful drape, good (not excellent) stitch definition, and extreme softness and warmth. They haven't pilled, but I can see it COULD be a problem in the future.
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cknits
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USA
464 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2006 :  07:55:32 AM  Show Profile Send cknits a Private Message
Diva Ree,

I recently tried Backyard Leaves with Misti Alpaca. I loved the yarn's softness, but had a difficult time getting the stitch definition I wanted, even when I went down a needle size. I'd still like to try making the scarf in M.Alpaca. Did you make any modifications with the yarn or needle size when you made your scarf? I used worsted wt. and could get gauge in St. st, just didn't think that the repeats looked right.

Carrie
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KnitSSK
Seriously Hooked

USA
656 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2006 :  08:58:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit KnitSSK's Homepage Send KnitSSK a Private Message
I used the bulky and knit a Feather and Fan Shawl. It's lovely and wonderful to wear. I used a dark gray/black and now it's become a staple of my wardrobe. Oh, and it was really fast to complete!

Martha

Wanting to be knitting, not working...
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Emelia Lesser
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
359 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2006 :  1:51:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit Emelia Lesser's Homepage Send Emelia Lesser a Private Message
I think I have the perfect pattern for this... I've been eyeing one baby blanket pattern for a long time now (The Bear Claw Baby Blanket from Interweave Knits Spring 05) but neither I nor anyone I know will be having babies any time soon so I was thinking... since the pattern calls for really small yarn and size 3 needles or smaller... if I knit it on this larger yarn with larger needles and maybe added a few more pattern repeats do you think it would blow up well?

~Em
"Art is the reason I get up in the morning but my definition ends there and it just doesn't seem fair that I'm living for something I can't even define...but there he is in the mean time," ~Ani DiFranco
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Diva Ree
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Posted - 01/02/2006 :  4:30:25 PM  Show Profile Send Diva Ree a Private Message
Carrie,

The stitch definition is good, but not excellent. You'll be able to see all the stitch work, but it's not nearly as distinct as when using a yarn with a tighter twist. I think I got gauge on that pattern with the suggested needle size. The stitches looked better after blocking.

Emelia,

The blanket will be heavy...and heavenly.
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