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Posted - 03/07/2010 :  11:08:46 AM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I noticed that this lonely topic hadn't been touched in over a year and a half, so I started thinking..... Only ONE yarn? Only ONE pair of needles? Only ONE book? Wow. What a choice that would be!

Since this situation is ludicrous (who needs handknits in the desert?), I began to think about just being locked up, but with a benevolent keeper who promised me one pair of needles, one book, and a promise to keep me stocked with one brand and type of yarn.

The book would have to be a Barbara Walker treasury, either 1 or 2. The needles...probably Addi Turbo. I'd probably go for at least a 29 inch, so I could magic loop for hats, socks, sleeves, etc, yet not too big for a sweater body. Size??? I'd probably go for size 3 US. I could still make (chunky) socks - anything smaller would be too small for my other knitting. And the last choice - the yarn. I'd choose fingering over sportweight, for the versatility, but which brand? I like Cherry Tree Hill and Koigu, but lately have loved Hazel Knits. I love the slight color variations in her solids. Yup, I think Hazel would be my pick.

This has been a fun game. What would you pick??


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Posted - 03/07/2010 :  11:21:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit GFTC's Homepage Send GFTC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd choose the same book, BW#1 or BW#2. Addi Turbo, 32", size 4.5mm/7, worsted weight yarn in lots of solid colors. I'd want wool if I were in a cold area, cotton in a warm area. I would need graph paper & several color highlighters because w/BW I'd have to make my own charts. I need a crochet hook, too.

That way I could make sweaters, blankets, slippers, hats, mittens or scarves as needed with cables, colorwork, and mitered & granny squares.

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Posted - 03/07/2010 :  2:02:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit LJ's Homepage Send LJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For me it's BW #2, Addi Turbo 32" US7, and Cascade 220.

That way I'd be good with sweaters, blankets, felting, and lots of other knitterly things.

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Posted - 03/11/2010 :  05:06:37 AM  Show Profile Send sockjoan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd want to choose a good sock yarn, maybe Patonyle, or else Superfine Wool Australia's 3-ply crepe. I hope I'd be allowed to dye them for fun! And I'd want my Addi Turbo 2.25 mm x 100 cm. If I had to choose just one knitting book, it would be Montse Stanley's Handknitter's Handbook.
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Posted - 03/11/2010 :  05:07:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit scarfitup's Homepage Send scarfitup a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oooh! This is too difficult for me! It would definitely be my Susan Bates size 15 needles or J+ crochet hook and just about anything from Jane Thornley. But yarn - I use so MANY in most projects, so to pick one is almost impossible. If I could still easily get Luxor yarn from Yarnart in colors of my choice, I'd be a very happy knitter. Mango Moon's Silk Ribbon would be my next choice. Freeform is my favorite, so patterns are mostly immaterial for me.

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Posted - 03/11/2010 :  05:10:13 AM  Show Profile  Visit MelissaKnits's Homepage Send MelissaKnits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hmm. This made me think so I have to post.

Cascade 220
Addi . . . Natura. No. Turbo. Addi Turbo US 6, 40" circular.
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Posted - 03/11/2010 :  07:50:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit eirual's Homepage Send eirual a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by hillstreetmama

I noticed that this lonely topic hadn't been touched in over a year and a half, so I started thinking..... Only ONE yarn? Only ONE pair of needles? Only ONE book?

I think it would have to be

Needles: size 4 8" DPN, stiletto points from Signature Needles - 6 needles for set.
Yarn: Wool2Dye4 BFL Aran yarn.
Book: Principles of Knitting.

That way I can do thick socks, a sweater, and anything in-between...
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Posted - 03/14/2010 :  11:36:07 AM  Show Profile Send Schaeferyarnlover a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns and Spinnery DoubleTwist Yarn (which unfortunately has been discontinued)
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Posted - 03/14/2010 :  12:13:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I refuse to choose, so I guess I'd better not leave the house, just in case!


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Posted - 03/14/2010 :  5:41:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would pick Sundara sock yarn and a pair of US2 Addi Turbos in 40" length. That would cover socks, lace projects, and fine gauge sweaters.

The book is a tough choice. Probably a book with lace patterns but Debra's suggestion of the Handy Book of patterns would be more useful in the long run.
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Posted - 03/15/2010 :  11:46:16 AM  Show Profile Send FL Knitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd go for US7 32" and Morehouse Farms merino, worsted. I could knit a bed, pillow, blanket and clothes and smother myself in this cuddly, soft yarn. Probably have to knit myself a cat (and horse) for company too.

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Posted - 03/22/2010 :  06:08:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit marjotse's Homepage Send marjotse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh what a pain to just one question: is the island in the tropics or is it a cold one off the coast of Scotland... That would make a huge difference in what I would choose

tropical: probably a cotton yarn, 4-ply cotton from Rowan maybe

cold island: Fleece Peace worsted.

Book: indeed a stitch pattern book, maybe a Japanese one to make it more time consuming and since they are lovely too.


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Posted - 04/06/2010 :  6:50:15 PM  Show Profile Send luvcelticknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would have to say LAMB'S PRIDE WORSTED OR BULKY. I love this yarn.
The book would be any one featuring some cables. Needles: probably a size 9 or 10 Addi.
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