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EweKnitty
Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 07/18/2007 :  2:37:40 PM  Show Profile Send EweKnitty a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am looking for a yarn that will not end up too thick or hairy. any suggestions? thanks!

LJ
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Posted - 07/18/2007 :  2:53:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit LJ's Homepage Send LJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Cascade 220


Linda in Va

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CatherineM
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Posted - 07/18/2007 :  5:08:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit CatherineM's Homepage Send CatherineM a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I second Cascade 220, it is the best, it felts smooth and not hairy.

Catherine
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bfaye
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USA
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Posted - 07/18/2007 :  5:36:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit bfaye's Homepage Send bfaye a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Elann.com has Highland Wool (worsted) which felts very nicely too. It comes in over 100 colors and is very reasonably priced.

benne
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elizh
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Posted - 07/18/2007 :  5:45:37 PM  Show Profile Send elizh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yup, Cascade 220...smooth, a good price, and any color you want...
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CharRube
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125 Posts

Posted - 07/18/2007 :  9:46:10 PM  Show Profile Send CharRube a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I also love Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks. It also felts very nice and is not fuzzy. I love to work with their bulky. It's not too thick but is nice for bags when you want them to hold up. CharRube
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Atavistic
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Posted - 07/18/2007 :  9:56:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Cascade 220.

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Milinda
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Posted - 07/18/2007 :  10:23:32 PM  Show Profile Send Milinda a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Even though I like Cascade 220 a great deal, I'm going to throw in Patons Merino, too. I like the finished fabric.

M L
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mertle
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Posted - 07/19/2007 :  03:41:22 AM  Show Profile Send mertle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
1. Paton's Classic Merino is the best I've used for felting. There, I said it. It felts just like I want it to with zero stitch definition. It felts quickly, too. MSRP is $6.99 for 200+ yard skein, but I find it often enough on sale at AC Moore or Michael's (and rarely at Joanne) for as low as $3.99. Color selection is pretty good.
It's great "workhorse" yarn that even mixes well with carry-alongs as well as wool blends. I have even successfully used it mixed with an acrylic boucle. (Don't cringe! Somebody wanted it, and it actually came out nice!)

2. Plymouth's Galway is just as good, behaving enough like Paton's to use them together (which I do often). MSRP is also $6.99 for 200+ yard skein. LYS or internet is the only source in my town. Very nice color selections.

The ever popular Cascade220 doesn't felt as fast for me. And if having stitch definition remain is what you want, go with it. JMO



Marilyn
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cavalier
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Posted - 07/19/2007 :  6:51:06 PM  Show Profile Send cavalier a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree, Patons wool yarn felts great. I get it at Michael's. It is on sale much of the time, and they always have some sort of coupon in the newspaper. Expensive isn't always better.
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sparkleplenty
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USA
484 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2007 :  08:19:01 AM  Show Profile Send sparkleplenty a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Araucania Nature Wool is also a great felting yarn. It's a light worsted weight and so the felted fabric isn't as thick as Cascade. It's kettled dyed, so you get some really cool variations in the yarn.

sparkleplenty

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amber
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USA
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Posted - 07/20/2007 :  5:04:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit amber's Homepage Send amber a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Araucania Nature Wool and cascade 220 are my favorites. But the point about cascade 220 taking a long time to felt are spot on... I just felt it for longer. Te nature wool has such nice color variation in felting!

for a handpainted/kettle dyed felt (a but thicker though) I love this yarn:

machine spun:
http://handpaintedyarn.com/index.php?cPath=61&osCsid=f574466262ef303f18bf2a1aefdaed7f

and hadspun:
http://handpaintedyarn.com/index.php?cPath=21

they are a lot like manos but much less money... I've done some felted bags from their yarn.

-Amber

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Bristolknits
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USA
173 Posts

Posted - 07/21/2007 :  03:38:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bristolknits's Homepage Send Bristolknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello,
I'll add another very dependable felting yarn that is not expensive:
Brown Sheep's Nature Spun, in both worsted and sport weight.
Fast felting, good color selection and no stitch definition.

Patons and Galway are great...and I agree that Cascade does tend to leave vertical st definition, especially with lighter colors.


Carol in Vermont

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mertle
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Posted - 07/21/2007 :  06:02:43 AM  Show Profile Send mertle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bristolknits

Hello,
I'll add another very dependable felting yarn that is not expensive:
Brown Sheep's Nature Spun, in both worsted and sport weight.
Fast felting, good color selection and no stitch definition.
Patons and Galway are great...and I agree that Cascade does tend to leave vertical st definition, especially with lighter colors.
Carol in Vermont
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Hey, Carol! I just recognized you! The first pattern I ever bought was your Fling Bag when I was just starting to felt. Designing my own, I just had to see how you had done it!

Your work is gorgeous! Everybody else here, check out Carol's stuff!

Marilyn
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crzyboutyarn
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USA
792 Posts

Posted - 07/21/2007 :  09:03:35 AM  Show Profile  Visit crzyboutyarn's Homepage Send crzyboutyarn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree, I was going to say Cascade 220 too.

~Courtney
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crzyboutyarn
Seriously Hooked

USA
792 Posts

Posted - 07/21/2007 :  09:05:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit crzyboutyarn's Homepage Send crzyboutyarn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What every you do DONT use Lopi if you don't like hairy bags.

~Courtney
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LaurieD
Warming Up

80 Posts

Posted - 07/21/2007 :  10:03:45 AM  Show Profile Send LaurieD a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree that Lopi would probably produce a rediculously furry bag that sheds! I recently made a cat bed (kitty pi) for my kitty. It was great for that. No stitch definition at all. Just solid felted fabric. Lopi was perfect for that, but I wouldn't use it to produce a bag.

LaurieD
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RoseM
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Posted - 07/23/2007 :  12:02:21 PM  Show Profile Send RoseM a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Can't go wrong with Cascade 220.

RoseM
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Inkmama
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891 Posts

Posted - 07/23/2007 :  12:10:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit Inkmama's Homepage Send Inkmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree. Cascade 220.

But...I'd like to add that you can always shave your hairy felted things with a moustache clipper and it comes out really well.

Barbara

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Knitting blog: http://knittingonfire.blogspot.com
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JARlady
Chatty Knitter

215 Posts

Posted - 07/23/2007 :  3:19:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit JARlady's Homepage Send JARlady a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just used Ella Rae Classic wool for the first time and was extremely pleased with the result. I certainly will be using more of this in the future. I've also used Paton's, Cascade and Galway with great success.



Janice
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beejayeles
Chatty Knitter

USA
238 Posts

Posted - 07/24/2007 :  04:53:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit beejayeles's Homepage Send beejayeles a Private Message  Reply with Quote
personally, i don't LOVE Cascade 220. It takes longer to felt and sometimes you don't lose that stitch definition (which drives me crazy). I love the Elann Highland wool for my #1 pick. Beautiful colors!
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