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vicky by the bay
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Posted - 07/16/2003 :  9:25:51 PM  Show Profile Send vicky by the bay a Private Message
I'm not sure if this topic will be brought forward so I will retype. Please forgive if this is doubled. I love this question...it's a hard one. If you were stranded on a Tropical Island and could only bring one type of yarn (in unlimited quantities-thank goodness!!!), one type of needle, and one book. What would they be and why??

Vicky(new knitter-HELP!!)

klfrazier
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Posted - 07/17/2003 :  05:52:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit klfrazier's Homepage Send klfrazier a Private Message
What a fun question!

Hmmm, I would have to give my answer in what currently interests me - it could be completely different in 6 months or so. Right now my love is Rowan cotton glace, with bamboo needles probably in a size 2. As to the book, I think either Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns or one of Debbie Bliss's baby books would do quite nicely!

Why? I'm completely in love with the way cotton knits up - plus it is a great yarn to knit with in the summer (and on a desert island, which I'm assuming is tropical)as it's not a "hot" yarn to work with. I can't work with it on anything but bamboo, but that could just be me. With the Budd book, I could design to my heart's content. Of course, it would help if I had a stitch pattern book too. The DB books just make me happy!

Kristin
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klfrazier
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Posted - 07/17/2003 :  05:52:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit klfrazier's Homepage Send klfrazier a Private Message
What a fun question!

Hmmm, I would have to give my answer in what currently interests me - it could be completely different in 6 months or so. Right now my love is Rowan cotton glace, with bamboo needles probably in a size 2. As to the book, I think either Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns or one of Debbie Bliss's baby books would do quite nicely!

Why? I'm completely in love with the way cotton knits up - plus it is a great yarn to knit with in the summer (and on a desert island, which I'm assuming is tropical)as it's not a "hot" yarn to work with. I can't work with it on anything but bamboo, but that could just be me. With the Budd book, I could design to my heart's content. Of course, it would help if I had a stitch pattern book too. The DB books just make me happy!

Kristin
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klfrazier
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Posted - 07/17/2003 :  05:52:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit klfrazier's Homepage Send klfrazier a Private Message
What a fun question!

Hmmm, I would have to give my answer in what currently interests me - it could be completely different in 6 months or so. Right now my love is Rowan cotton glace, with bamboo needles probably in a size 2. As to the book, I think either Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns or one of Debbie Bliss's baby books would do quite nicely!

Why? I'm completely in love with the way cotton knits up - plus it is a great yarn to knit with in the summer (and on a desert island, which I'm assuming is tropical)as it's not a "hot" yarn to work with. I can't work with it on anything but bamboo, but that could just be me. With the Budd book, I could design to my heart's content. Of course, it would help if I had a stitch pattern book too. The DB books just make me happy!

Kristin
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Marg in Mirror
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Posted - 07/17/2003 :  08:29:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit Marg in Mirror's Homepage  Send Marg in Mirror a Yahoo! Message Send Marg in Mirror a Private Message
Haven't thought about this for a while but hmmm...Even though it's tropical (i.e., hot), I think I'd bring either merino or shetland in a dk weight and "Folk Vests"...and knit each one! (Presuming unlimited quantities also means every colour available?! )

-- Marg in Calgary

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Marg in Mirror
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Posted - 07/17/2003 :  08:29:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit Marg in Mirror's Homepage  Send Marg in Mirror a Yahoo! Message Send Marg in Mirror a Private Message
Haven't thought about this for a while but hmmm...Even though it's tropical (i.e., hot), I think I'd bring either merino or shetland in a dk weight and "Folk Vests"...and knit each one! (Presuming unlimited quantities also means every colour available?! )

-- Marg in Calgary

TLWKOTB
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Marg in Mirror
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Posted - 07/17/2003 :  08:29:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit Marg in Mirror's Homepage  Send Marg in Mirror a Yahoo! Message Send Marg in Mirror a Private Message
Haven't thought about this for a while but hmmm...Even though it's tropical (i.e., hot), I think I'd bring either merino or shetland in a dk weight and "Folk Vests"...and knit each one! (Presuming unlimited quantities also means every colour available?! )

-- Marg in Calgary

TLWKOTB
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vicky by the bay
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Posted - 07/17/2003 :  7:29:19 PM  Show Profile Send vicky by the bay a Private Message
[(Presuming unlimited quantities also means every colour available?! )

-- Marg in Calgary

TLWKOTB
[/quote]Of Course that's what I meant

Vicky(new knitter-HELP!!)
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vicky by the bay
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Posted - 07/17/2003 :  7:29:19 PM  Show Profile Send vicky by the bay a Private Message
[(Presuming unlimited quantities also means every colour available?! )

-- Marg in Calgary

TLWKOTB
[/quote]Of Course that's what I meant

Vicky(new knitter-HELP!!)
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vicky by the bay
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Posted - 07/17/2003 :  7:29:19 PM  Show Profile Send vicky by the bay a Private Message
[(Presuming unlimited quantities also means every colour available?! )

-- Marg in Calgary

TLWKOTB
[/quote]Of Course that's what I meant

Vicky(new knitter-HELP!!)
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mtchen
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Posted - 07/22/2003 :  3:48:31 PM  Show Profile Send mtchen a Private Message
Great thread!!

I would bring Mission Falls 1824 Wool (chosen for its availability in a myriad of great colors, quick speed in knitting up, softness, and superwash qualities), a pair of size 8 straight Clover bamboo needles (would have chosen circular needles if were allowed to bring 2 pairs), and Barbara Walker's 2nd Treasury (definitely useful for passing the time!).

Looking forward to seeing more responses...
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mtchen
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Posted - 07/22/2003 :  3:48:31 PM  Show Profile Send mtchen a Private Message
Great thread!!

I would bring Mission Falls 1824 Wool (chosen for its availability in a myriad of great colors, quick speed in knitting up, softness, and superwash qualities), a pair of size 8 straight Clover bamboo needles (would have chosen circular needles if were allowed to bring 2 pairs), and Barbara Walker's 2nd Treasury (definitely useful for passing the time!).

Looking forward to seeing more responses...
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Licensed2Cook
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Posted - 07/23/2003 :  07:34:04 AM  Show Profile  Send Licensed2Cook a Yahoo! Message Send Licensed2Cook a Private Message
Vicky,

Because it's a desert island I would have to pick a thick cotton yarn, probably a size 9-10 needle and for a book Big Book of Knitting. I'd knit myself a hammock to sleep in and a big fishing net.

But...if I was stranded in a cabin in the mountains with lots of snow I'd have to have wool yarn and a 10 1/2 needle. You just know I'd be felting with it!

Dee
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Licensed2Cook
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Posted - 07/23/2003 :  07:34:04 AM  Show Profile  Send Licensed2Cook a Yahoo! Message Send Licensed2Cook a Private Message
Vicky,

Because it's a desert island I would have to pick a thick cotton yarn, probably a size 9-10 needle and for a book Big Book of Knitting. I'd knit myself a hammock to sleep in and a big fishing net.

But...if I was stranded in a cabin in the mountains with lots of snow I'd have to have wool yarn and a 10 1/2 needle. You just know I'd be felting with it!

Dee
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lizknit
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Posted - 07/25/2003 :  12:40:57 AM  Show Profile Send lizknit a Private Message
I'm totally taken with 100% superwash merino in dk weight which is what I'm working with now. But I just received my order of qivuit and although I haven't knit with it yet, it's flat-out gorgeous and also a contender. For needles, it would have to be my trusty Addi turbos although I understand that qiviut is best knit on bamboo or wooden needles because it's slippery. As for a book, I'm not sure but I'm leaning toward something entertaining and educational by the incomparable Elizabeth Zimmerman.

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lizknit
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Posted - 07/25/2003 :  12:40:57 AM  Show Profile Send lizknit a Private Message
I'm totally taken with 100% superwash merino in dk weight which is what I'm working with now. But I just received my order of qivuit and although I haven't knit with it yet, it's flat-out gorgeous and also a contender. For needles, it would have to be my trusty Addi turbos although I understand that qiviut is best knit on bamboo or wooden needles because it's slippery. As for a book, I'm not sure but I'm leaning toward something entertaining and educational by the incomparable Elizabeth Zimmerman.

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jade
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Posted - 07/25/2003 :  11:32:48 AM  Show Profile Send jade a Private Message
Well this would be my chance to knit some of the Alice Starmore designs which sit, neglected, on my bookshelf. So I'd probably vote for shetland yarn in all the colors of the rainbow, a good bamboo circular and Alice's Celtic Knits.

Cheryl

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jade
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Posted - 07/25/2003 :  11:32:48 AM  Show Profile Send jade a Private Message
Well this would be my chance to knit some of the Alice Starmore designs which sit, neglected, on my bookshelf. So I'd probably vote for shetland yarn in all the colors of the rainbow, a good bamboo circular and Alice's Celtic Knits.

Cheryl

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tintalle
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Posted - 07/30/2003 :  5:47:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit tintalle's Homepage Send tintalle a Private Message
given that my projects have been using dk weight yarns, I think I would have to stay with Rowan Wool Cotton, a pair of 4mm Swallow casein straight needles, and a Debbie Bliss pattern book. If I was stranded in a blizzard, I think it would have to be the combination of Rowan Big Wool and some 8mm/12mm needles.

before I get nudged to introduce myself, here goes: I started knitting last year in October and I progressed from scarf and hat making to sweaters. I'm currently working on two sweaters from the Debbie Bliss number four pattern book.

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tintalle
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Posted - 07/30/2003 :  5:47:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit tintalle's Homepage Send tintalle a Private Message
given that my projects have been using dk weight yarns, I think I would have to stay with Rowan Wool Cotton, a pair of 4mm Swallow casein straight needles, and a Debbie Bliss pattern book. If I was stranded in a blizzard, I think it would have to be the combination of Rowan Big Wool and some 8mm/12mm needles.

before I get nudged to introduce myself, here goes: I started knitting last year in October and I progressed from scarf and hat making to sweaters. I'm currently working on two sweaters from the Debbie Bliss number four pattern book.

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tintalle
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Posted - 07/30/2003 :  5:47:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit tintalle's Homepage Send tintalle a Private Message
given that my projects have been using dk weight yarns, I think I would have to stay with Rowan Wool Cotton, a pair of 4mm Swallow casein straight needles, and a Debbie Bliss pattern book. If I was stranded in a blizzard, I think it would have to be the combination of Rowan Big Wool and some 8mm/12mm needles.

before I get nudged to introduce myself, here goes: I started knitting last year in October and I progressed from scarf and hat making to sweaters. I'm currently working on two sweaters from the Debbie Bliss number four pattern book.

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