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 Blue Sky Alpacas Techno
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Clara
queen bee

USA
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Posted - 08/17/2011 :  6:54:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So it looks for all the world like a singles. And it's soft, succulent, totally inviting.

But it you peel the yarn apart, you'll discover...work with me...that the yarn is actually made from a very fine silk mesh (basically a knitted I-cord) into which baby alpaca fibers have been blown.

Will the miracles of modern spinning never cease?

Actually, what's nice about this yarn is that it uses high-tech novelty techniques on natural fibers. Even if it has a little, um, pilling issue.

Here's the review, and here's the pattern that this yarn inspired.

Happy reading!

Clara
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churchlady
Warming Up

Canada
81 Posts

Posted - 08/18/2011 :  07:49:09 AM  Show Profile Send churchlady a Private Message  Reply with Quote
When Clara is talking about a synthetic novelty yarn made like this, I know just what she is talking about. I have a sweater's worth of Gedifra's "Samina" which is a similar yarn with a nylon net cylinder instead of silk, enclosing a poofy merinosingles type yarn. I bought it because of the colour contrast between the olive nylon and the orange merino, but other colours are more unicolour metallic looking. It's soft and cushy, but not as baby-wonderful as Techno sounds. More practical for clothing.
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mrsbourg
New Pal

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 04/05/2012 :  07:41:27 AM  Show Profile Send mrsbourg a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Beware -- the fabric stretches! I'm not highly knowledgable about behavior of yarns (though this experience has taught me I need to learn), so maybe wiser knitters would be aware and ready. I was not! I made the Shadow Capelet pattern offered for free from Blue Sky, so it was actually written for this yarn. If I were to do it again I would definitely decrease the number of stitches, or use smaller needles or something! After wearing my beautiful, soft, warm garment since November, I am now struggling to corral it back to a wearable state.

LB from central PA
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llmcguire
Warming Up

USA
66 Posts

Posted - 04/06/2012 :  07:30:16 AM  Show Profile Send llmcguire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh, so sorry this is happening to you. I remember reading that garments made with alpaca tend to grow/lengthen. Techno being made with baby alpace would sort of make sense that it too would grow. Have you tried to soak and block back into shape? I don't know if this would work, but it might be worth trying, yes?
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imamshua
Chatty Knitter

USA
300 Posts

Posted - 04/06/2012 :  3:43:36 PM  Show Profile Send imamshua a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Silk grows, also

Sally

If you think you're too small to be effective you have never been in bed with a mosquito - Bette Reese
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