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noallatin
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Posted - 08/23/2012 :  2:55:36 PM  Show Profile Send noallatin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Because I have absolutely nothing else to do with what remains of my summer, I decided to knit a Hakusa scarf. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hakusa I am using Habu Copper Bamboo. The cast on is 220 stitches with the copper bamboo by itself, knit for a inch or so and then knit with the original yarn held with a strand of laceweight merino. Having cast on once (unhappily), I thought I would ask some questions before my next attempt.

Are non-metal needles the best way to go with this yarn?
Would this be better with a long-tail or with a knitted cast on?
Has anyone successfully used circulars with this yarn?
Have I lost my mind?

anderknit
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Posted - 08/25/2012 :  10:19:16 AM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
noallatin, I can't address your specific questions, but I did look at project notes on Ravelry, and most of the knitters are thrilled with their final scarves, so hang in there!

Edited to add: I cannot believe you did this to me, noallatin! I have been obsessing over this scarf since I saw your post, and can think of knitting nothing else, even though I have 2 grossly overdue baby items on my needles and another project with which I was perfectly happy ... until I saw Hakusa.

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' "
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noallatin
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Posted - 08/26/2012 :  10:47:46 AM  Show Profile Send noallatin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
anderknit,
Please accept my sincere apologies for being an enabler. If you decide to knit the Hakusa, bear in mind that very few of them were knit with the cooper bamboo yarn. Most of the completed projects used Habu stainless steel/merino combo yarn in place of the copper bamboo.
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anderknit
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Posted - 08/26/2012 :  11:21:53 AM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
noallatin - Ha ha, apology accepted!

I'm wondering why people are mostly using the stainless/merino rather than the copper/bamboo. I suppose it just might be that people like working with merino more than bamboo, or that since the other yarn used is merino, might as well stick with that. Or maybe it's more readily available. Anyway, although I live in the DC area, I am in NY every week for a client that is 3 blocks from Habu. Destiny cannot be denied...

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' "
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noallatin
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Posted - 08/27/2012 :  05:26:59 AM  Show Profile Send noallatin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Maybe this explains it.

"Like silk stainless steel, the core is stainless steel and wool is wrapped around the core." and "Instead of the stainless steel, this one is bamboo wrapped in copper wire."

Both quotes are from the Habu website. The apparent difference in construction as well as the use of bamboo vs. merino might explain the preference.

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