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 Post subject: Warmest yarns.
PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:59 pm 
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I feel the cold very badly and would like to knit myself a cardigan.
I would like to know which are the warmest yarns?
Would it be something with a high wool content?

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 Post subject: Re: Warmest yarns.
PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:01 pm 
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Quivit (sp.?) would probably be warmest, but unaffordable.

It seems that alpaca is about seven times warmer than wool, so perhaps a nice alpaca-wool blend? Or a pattern for a stranded cardie if you're brave; that would mean a thicker and warmer fabric.

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 Post subject: Re: Warmest yarns.
PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:34 pm 
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My favourite yarn for warm sweaters/cardis is Bergere de France SPORT.: http://www.fiddlesticksdevon.co.uk/acat ... _Yarn.html

It is warm, does not pile and show cables and stitch definition beautifully. It is also a good price.

I made this jumper for DH with it:
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 Post subject: Re: Warmest yarns.
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Thanks ladies.

CC I didn`t realise that Alpaca was warmer than wool.

Tricotine thanks for the link. They do some gorgeous colours don`t they?

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I think I read that alpaca's warmer than wool because it's a hollow fibre, so traps more air.

Something like that anyway!

Texere have some nice alpaca yarns.....

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:12 pm 
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Thanks Christine. I am off to have a look. :smile:

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 Post subject: Re: Warmest yarns.
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O, and alpaca will stay clean longer because it doesn't contain lanoline, and is less itchy.

I've made a Forest Canopy out of pure alpaca and wear it the most of all my shawls because it is so warm and soft.

ETA: or yak! I was just looking at the new Lang fall/winter yarn collections, and they have yak/merino blend. Other brands must have something similar too.

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Yes alpaca is one of the common available yarns that is warm, but I'd say buy it in a blend as it is much heavier than wool, and also very surprisingly can be quite coarse.

We were talking about it at spinning Guild on Saturday as one lady who's a beginner was trying to spin alpaca by itself & was having problems with it. She was advised to blend it with wool for a lighter yarn.

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And it's less sturdy in its own, isn't it? I blocked my shawl carefully for fear of breaking it, because I read somewhere that it can't be blocked as hard as you could block wool. Don't know if that's true, but that could be one of the things a spinner would know more about.

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 Post subject: Re: Warmest yarns.
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i've just used drops nepal which is an 65/35 wool alpaca mix in aran. it is absolutely scrummy and i can tell it's going to be very warm. and i can thoroughly recomend http://www.scandinavianknittingdesign.eu/index1.html
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Price £ 2.00
65% Wool, 35% Alpaca

50 g = 75m (82 yards)
Aran weight: Needle size 5.00 mm

Knitting tension 17 sts x 22 rows = 10 x 10cm

Hand Wash at 30 deg.

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