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Clara
queen bee

USA
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Posted - 03/24/2010 :  9:47:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Nearly a decade ago, Karabella made a name for itself in the handknitting world with its bouncy, multiple-plied Aurora 8 yarn. Imitators followed, and then came the novelty yarn trend. Before long, Karabella found itself with a warehouse of puffy, sparkly, unusual yarns that—seemingly overnight—fell out of fashion.

Cashmere Elite represents a return to Karabella's classic roots. This smooth, well-balanced three-ply yarn is spun in Italy from extremely high-quality cashmere. Instead of flash and sparkle, it holds the allure of a well-made fountain pen. Anything you knit from it will look beautiful.

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Cashmere is my Kryptonite, and this one really did me in. Not that I'll be making a sweater out of it any time soon, but a two-skein scarf? Absolutely. Dare I ask if anybody else has touched this yet?

Clara
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Bonstrick
New Pal

USA
15 Posts

Posted - 03/25/2010 :  02:13:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bonstrick's Homepage  Send Bonstrick a Yahoo! Message Send Bonstrick a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Clara I see Karabella Cashmere Elite in my future as well, probably a scarf. Glad you reviewed it. My LYS, Needlepoit One, Knit Two in Monticello, NY carries a full line of Karabella so guess where I'm heading this weekend.

Have you ever used Karabella Boise which I believe is 50% Caashmere and 50% Merino?
I love it and the yardage is great at 163 yds. It will be interesting to compare the two side by side.



Bonnie
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BessH
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3095 Posts

Posted - 03/25/2010 :  03:57:48 AM  Show Profile  Visit BessH's Homepage Send BessH a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh la - and all those Karabella colors that melt your eyes. Imagine a stranded colorwork cashmere yoke around a solid sweater .... yum. I figured it out - it's only $650 to buy one of each color!

wicked temptress

Bess
http://likethequeen.blogspot.com
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marfa
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USA
2075 Posts

Posted - 03/25/2010 :  06:14:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit marfa's Homepage Send marfa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How do.

The Aurora 8 was one of my 1st yarn faves - I knitted a beautiful scarf for a pal & adored knitting w/it.

Based on that & your review, Miz Clara, I would eagerly try some of the new Karabella Cash,ere Elite!

Martha

http://marfasmewsings.blogspot.com
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hannerc
New Pal

1 Posts

Posted - 03/25/2010 :  10:32:34 AM  Show Profile Send hannerc a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You could knit a YarnHarlot's Pretty Thing with only 1 skein of this yarn if you leave out the middle section of the chart. That still leaves enough neck-covering length and makes it possible to use all manner of luxury yarns.
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cpknits
Chatty Knitter

USA
300 Posts

Posted - 03/25/2010 :  1:35:46 PM  Show Profile Send cpknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This cashmere sounds like a must buy. Hannerc, thanks for the comment on removing the one section of the chart. Now, off to order online as no LYS carries Karabella (which I love).

Carol, Wisconsin
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Martheme
Sustaining Member

USA
1565 Posts

Posted - 03/27/2010 :  3:40:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit Martheme's Homepage  Send Martheme a Yahoo! Message Send Martheme a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Clara I want to be in your knitting group and get to feel all the lovely swatches you knit!

Your review is making it very difficult to resist searching out some of this yarn . . . but I must resist (you've already sold me on 2 books recently) but really I must resist. . . I've been sorting and organizing The Stash recently, and alas, at 50+ tubs I would have a hard time justifying even this yarn . . .

perhaps its time to start a wishlist for Webs for November . . . Retreat Weekend yarn binges do not count as stash ;)

Blog: http://www.afewsheepshyofafarm.com/
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BessH
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3095 Posts

Posted - 03/28/2010 :  05:43:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit BessH's Homepage Send BessH a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh! Martheme ... I want to come play at Your house!

Bess
http://likethequeen.blogspot.com
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rosir
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
442 Posts

Posted - 03/28/2010 :  06:25:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit rosir's Homepage Send rosir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If you want to meet the people behind the Karabella label and you are visiting in the NYC area, visit School Products. Long wall of cubby holes after long wall of cubby holes filled with their extraordinary yarn. If you're lucky, Berta will be there working on a sweater behaving for all the world like a modest hourly clerk, who is willing to share her wisdom and advice, should you need it. If you are on a bargain hunt, Berta has tons of mill odds and ends, including lots of cashmere bargains to shnoofle through.

Rosi,
who just might pay a visit to School Products this week
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Martheme
Sustaining Member

USA
1565 Posts

Posted - 03/28/2010 :  1:52:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit Martheme's Homepage  Send Martheme a Yahoo! Message Send Martheme a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BessH

Oh! Martheme ... I want to come play at Your house!

Bess
http://likethequeen.blogspot.com



Any time Bess!

Blog: http://www.afewsheepshyofafarm.com/
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Snowflake97
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2 Posts

Posted - 04/04/2010 :  2:47:17 PM  Show Profile Send Snowflake97 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A couple of years ago I used Karabella's "Supercashmere" (bulky / 81 yds per 50g ball) to knit my soon-to-be-born grandbaby a blanket. It sounds like the same yarn. I found it very frustrating because this VERY expensive yarns had joins in 4 of the 7 balls I used. Inexcusable in such a "luxury" yarn. And, the unforgiving nature of cashmere made the extra joins quite visible in the fabric. On the positive side, it has held up beautifully and is a favorite. The blanket can be seen on my Ravelry page (alias: LizaKnitter) or my blog for the hat made from the leftovers. www.lizasfibers.blogspot.com 12/19/2008. The blanket and plying for the border yarn on 6/12 and 6/7/2008. The yarn was bought at String during their 1/2 price sale, thank goodness.
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