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  • Lee Stein
    Thank you Gerri--this is good info! --Lee ... From: logan2knits@yahoogroups.com [mailto:logan2knits@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Geraldine Newfry Sent:
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      Thank you Gerri--this is good info!
      --Lee

      -----Original Message-----
      From: logan2knits@yahoogroups.com [mailto:logan2knits@yahoogroups.com] On
      Behalf Of Geraldine Newfry
      Sent: Monday, March 01, 2010 6:45 AM
      To: logan2knits@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [logan2knits] Fwd: yarn question

      lee,

      here's the answer from my spinning friend.

      gerri

      ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      From: Carrie Slavin <badchibooks@...>
      Date: Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 11:59 PM
      Subject: Re: yarn question
      To: Geraldine Newfry <gerri@...>


      AFAIK, how elastic the yarn is probably has more to do with how it's
      spun--the twists per inch, than the number of plies, and the original yarn
      in the pattern appears to not be terribly tightly plied, as in the angle of
      the ply twist looks a little more lax than many commercial yarns. I'm not
      sure the yarn they used would be really elastic in the first place, or
      moreso than most yarns. 100% wool can be quite elastic and cotton yarn can
      knit up fairly rigid feeling, but it always varies and the only way to know
      for sure is to swatch and wash the swatch. I looked at the pattern and all
      I can advise is also be aware that it's not just a wool/cotton blend they
      originally used, but a superwash wool, which can behave pretty differently
      from regular untreated wool that hasn't had its scales removed chemically.
      It looks like the charm of the jacket has a lot to do with the organic look
      of the yarn. Personally I'd go with the Berroco two-ply just because I
      think it will look more like the original pattern. A millspun singles yarn
      is going to knit up a lot flatter looking. Just be aware that the Berroco
      isn't superwash, so it's going to take more care in washing than a
      superwash/cotton would need. I think the main difference between singles
      and two-ply will be appearance rather than strength--the singles yarns
      should be as strong as a two-ply in a jacket like this. Socks, maybe not,
      have some tencel or nylon in it, but a wool jacket ought to hold up
      regardless. (that's my inexepert opinion, anyway)


      On Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 1:29 PM, Geraldine Newfry <gerri@...> wrote:

      > one of my stitch and bitch ladies had some questions about yarn. do you
      > know the answers? i was just guessing.
      >
      > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      > From: Geraldine Newfry <gerri@...>
      > Date: Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 1:29 PM
      > Subject: Re: yarn question
      > To: Lee Stein <leesstein@...>
      >
      >
      > i wish i knew the answer. it seems like two ply would be stronger. and i
      > don't think the wool yarn will stretch, but those are just guesses. i can
      > ask my friend who spins.
      >
      > gerri
      >
      >
      > On Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 1:00 PM, Lee Stein
      <leesstein@...>wrote:
      >
      >> Hey ladies!
      >> I have a question. I'd really like to make Sidecar jacket (
      >> http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sidecar-jacket) but the yarn they
      >> require is of course really expensive. So I'm trying to find a nice, very
      >> bulky substitute. BTW it's going to be 100% wool, not the wool/cotton
      blend
      >> they call for.
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> I've found Cascade Magnum, Brown Sheep Burly Spun, DROPS
      GarnstudioEskimo, and
      >> Berroco Peruvia Quick. I've noticed that the Berroco is the only one
      >> that's two-ply, the rest are single ply. Will 2-ply make it a little
      >> stronger? I'm assuming that the regular 100% yarn won't stretch too
      >> much, but is that a fallacy?
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >> Please advise!
      >> --Lee
      >>
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