I have a question about Palette. Is it close to being as soft as merino? I LOVE the colors and the price of course. If it's reasonably soft, there's about 8 colors I'd love to try. As for my faves, I'm currently using Andean Silk for a Clapotis and I love it. Can't believe how reasonably priced it is. I also ordered some bare in merino and silk and it's so soft I can't wait to get to it.
I have used Palette for several pair of socks, and an working with some left over Palette on an Entrelac scarf. All of the socks were made as gifts, and each person has raved about how soft and comfortable they are to wear.
One thing I noticed, since the socks I made were with two colors, each color is not the exact same consistancy. I made navy and gold socks, which are pictured on My Page. The gold is slightly lighter than the navy... not enough to make a big difference, but you can feel the difference. It hasn't hurt the finished products. What is a "Clapotis" ?
Thanks so much for the quick reply! I will definitely be making a big order of Palette. About the Clapotis...If you go to Knitty.com you can see the pattern for the original clapotis and some pictures. (The pattern is several years old, but you can search on their site to find it.) If you'd like to see some that others have made you can go to ravelry.com. I think somewhere in the neighborhood of 5000 people have posted pictures of theirs on ravelry. Basically, it's a large scarf/stole knitted diagonally with dropped stitches. Worn a certain way, the lines of dropped stitches cause a rippled effect, and it's just gorgeous. The yarn suggested for the pattern would have cost me (ahem) upwards of $130. I was SO glad to find Andean Silk to substitute for that. Well, thanks again for the kind and quick reply. Oh, and great socks, by the way. I looked at your page.
I am also looking for an alternative yarn for my first clapotis. I'm considering Shimmer (doubled) but I like the idea of the Andean Silk. How many balls did you use (yardage) and what's the size of your finished clapotis. Thanks.
I've started on the Comfy sweater, and I'm really liking it. It's softer and drapier than 100% cotton, and it definitely doesn't weigh as much, so it should work very well for a summer kimono-style cardigan.
And the Alpaca Cloud ain't too shabby, either!
OK, so I've started two new projects. Now, what's next?
Another vote for Felici. I love how soft it is and the cushy fabric is makes knitted up. I do wish either Essential was as soft and fluffy or that Felici came in solids. But I love Essential in its own right for its durability, great price and great colors. I can't wait to try the gloss lace! I've used the Alpaca Cloud for a lace shawl that came out beautifully and blocked and held like a dream. In all honesty I haven't used a yarn from them yet that I didn't like.
I would not even know where to start I have used so many of the different lines and have not been disappointed in any of them, but I did recently notice that I have a tendency to lean towards ordering a lot of the cotton blends they all have great colors and feel so nice and soft and smooth. So not a direct favorite but I do know where I tend to look at first. Keep knitting Traci
You could probably use any of the yarns available at Knit Picks, as each that I have used is an excellent value. I have only seen a few patterns that expressly call for Knit Picks yarns, and wondered why.
When I visited my local yarn store (not a chain), and saw the prices, I nearly fainted. The proprietor asked what I was currently knitting, and what yarn I was using, she did not like my response. Apparently local yarn store owners frown on using the traditional stuff we all grew up with from the well known companies (Lion Brand, Caron, etc) that are usually reasonably priced. When I mentioned using a Knit Picks yarn she really turned up her nose.
The fact that Knit Picks sells high quality yarn at more than reasonable prices (even including shipping), cuts deeply into their pockets. Add to this the fact that Knit Picks only sells their own yarn and not the high end yarn carried by most local yarn stores.
Hopefully one of the Knit Picks customer service employees will see your post, and know exactly what yarn would be best. Thanks again Knit Picks! If not for you, I wouldn't know what a difference it is to use high quality yarn without paying $10-$30 a ball.
I just started knitting again after a long break and the main reason is Knit Picks. When I was in my 20's and had much less cash, I just couldn't afford LYS yarn and I didn't like Red Heart so I would buy a few things and just stop.
I can't justify paying $25 for the priviledge of making a wonderful pair of socks. Now I can make socks in the most wonderful feeling yarn for under $10. I can dye my own socks before or after I make them. I can design and experiment with snobby yarn but not be insane with the credit card.
I sometimes find myself looking at other yarn from links friends send me and just scoff - no way, no how. There is enough of a variety to keep me knitting anything I truly want just ordering from Knit Picks so why go anywhere else.
I just wish they had little stores so you could go in and just touch everything. That is my only complaint. I get to touch only one (or three) different ones when the box arrives.