Since I'm a beginner, I generally stick to cotton. I crocheted myself a black chenille scarf that's gotten rave reviews from all who've seen it, but cotton is my weapon of choice. Plus the fact that wool really rubs me the wrong way! To date, I've only made a couple of scarves via knit but, I use #10 mercerized cotton with the regular stuff to augment the colour and to give the garment an extra weight. The other stuff is too expensive to practice with. And that's what I'm basically doing. Practicing!
angora/silk blend. Of course it has to have angora in it. What kind of bunny mommy would I be.
My favorites to knit and spin are not necessarily one and the same. I am a total snob...I adore luxury fibers, and if you add silk to a luxury blend I start drooling. I think I have tried or have stashed most all of the exotics, except vicuna (too rich for my blood), shatoosh (illegal to collect), or wolf.
Now there are fibers that I hate to spin or to knit with; cotton (kills my hands, as I am a tight knitter), bamboo (I'd rather substitute silk for it anyday), and there are probably others that I am forgetting.
Lest anyone think that I am too good for wool, let me say that on some days and with some breeds, spinning and knitting with wool alone is pure bliss.
I'm a total fiber snob for yarn and fiber for spinning. Just have to admit it.
I'm new to knitting but already a yarn whore. I did an afghan in 100% baby alpaca – it was wonderful. I wanted to use “Sinsation” chenille by Plymouth but settled on “Misti Alpaca” 100% baby alpaca by Misti International to minimize costs. The yarn was a treat to knit and the finished afghan was nearly as soft and luxurious as a store-bought chenille throw. I agree with DutchJan that the more one knits the more expense the materials you allow yourself.
I love Alpaca (very warm and comfy to wear and a different warmth than other wools) and hand dyed 100% sockyarn.
To be honest: I guess I am a real yarnsnob and the more I knit the more expensive it gets
Alpaca is wonderful to knit with, and I'm currently becoming a big fan of a cashmere/merino/microfiber blend I'm using (I know, dread the thought of acrylic in anything).
Peruvian Highland Wool is my favorite all-around utility fiber to knit with.
sorry michael i forgot to list it...i would say its under luxury...? i like spinning it quite a bit myself....sometimes blended with merino...
You didn't even list my favorite - SILK! Should that go under "Other"? or "Luxury?"
I love spinning this stuff. It's blends of wool and silk. I order the spin ready bats from my friend in CA. She's a fabulous lady.
Flax and Silk are my favorites. I wet spin flax using spit 'cause I love the sheen of the linen and the wonderful bucolic smell of new-mown hay. (No wet-spinning, please, following a peanutbutter sandwich.)
Silk to me is the ultimate spinning pleasure. I buy it by the brickload and spin it for no particular reason. I have miles and miles of the stuff on spools that just sit around so that I can fondle it.
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Because of the way I hold the yarn in my working hand, I find that I get highly irritated. Merino makes it so very
AAron - have you tried the KnitPicks 'Alpaca Cloud' , 'Decadence' or 'Andean Treasure'?
MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I sometimes play a character who does.
I haven't bought anything from Knitpicks yet. I probably should one of these days.
hey - as far as I am concerned - anything not acrylic *is* a luxery fiber.
I love all yarn - except ribbon which is sometimes hard to deal with :)
i basically like all of them except cotton...sometimes cotton blends but mostly not cotton. acrylic is out of the question.
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