Wednesday, September 27, 2006


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Hi, I am a new member, but have been reading the MD KAL for a few weeks. Ever since I got the book, I have been obsessed with knitting all kinds of stuff in it and I zm glad to see what others are up to.I have a question I was hoping could be answered. I would like to try the buttonhole felted bag,but am wondering what could be used instead of Lamb Pride Bulky..does anyone know of a good felting yarn available from the "chain" crafts stores. Like a Lion Brand, or Patons, etc. Also, I noticed a lot of the projects use Louet linen sport weight, I am wondering what a good subsitute would be.Thanks!

All of my felted projects have used a Double Strand of Patons. They have all felted up wonderfully.

Sorry no advice on the sport weight yarn. I'd point you to knit picks for a great selection of yarns in various weights/fibers.
As long as it's 100% wool, you should be ok. Sometimes you have to felt it more than once to get the desired effect, but that goes with any yarn. I've heard a lot of people have had luck with Paton's, that's the one I would go for.
Any bulky wool will work, unless it's marked 'SUPERWASH' which means it's been treated not to shrink (where's the fun in THAT?).

Lots of people swear by Knit Picks Wool of the Andes for felting.
as heather was saying knit picks has a great selection of yarn. they have a wool called wool of the andes that felts great. i also use two strands of it held together. Patons classic wool works great. there is a new feltable wool out that is called sws and the colors are beautiful! so i guess it depends on what you are looking for. your best prices are on knit picks-shipping is free if the order is over $40!

there is a lion wool by lion brand but i have not yet felted with it. i have never found it at a decent price. there is not too much of a color selection either!

good luck with felting. i hope that you like it....i love it!!!!
I have made five button hole bags so far and I have used two strands of Cascade 220 and size 15 needles each time. It works great.
I've used a double strand of Patons, too for the bags, and other projects as well. paton's felts very easily - in fact, I went to slightly felt a hat that was going to be a gift for hubby at Christmas, and now it's kind of a weird shaped bowl because it felted faster than I thought it would.
I've used Paton's classic merino, knitpicks wool of the andes, Plymouth Galway and Cascade 220 for felting, all worked great. (you might have to double strand though, I believe those are all a worsted weight.
There is a Wool of the Andes bulky weight at knitpicks now, too.
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