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 Berkshire Valley Farm vs. KnitPicks Sierra
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terpsfan
Warming Up

65 Posts

Posted - 10/20/2005 :  06:15:36 AM  Show Profile Send terpsfan a Private Message
This was a very timely review because I'm still trying to choose a yarn for a bulky weight sweater for my brother who lives in the mountains. I ordered a skein of Sierra from Knit Picks but am not crazy about the color. I wonder how these two yarns, both of which are very affordable, stack up against each other.

katywhumpus@gmail.com


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Posted - 10/20/2005 :  07:09:16 AM  Show Profile Send katywhumpus@gmail.com a Private Message
First - a disclaimer: I actually live in Northampton and, not only is Webs my LYS, I also teach classes there.

I've used Berkshire on several projects lately and I love it. I'm actually wearing a lacey capelet type thing today I made from the worsted weight. It's lovely to work with and softer than Lamb's Pride (especially after washing and blocking). I also felted a bag a couple of evenings ago made from the bulky weight. It does take a bit longer than some other yarns to start felting, but the result is beautiful. Not too stiff and not too flimsy. After 2 15 minute trips through the agitation cycle on my washer it had felted up enough to make a nice solid fabric, with just a bit of stitch definition still showing (that's my preference when felting, but a few more minutes would make the stitch definition disappear).

And the colors are stunning.

Katy
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honeybee33
Warming Up

USA
74 Posts

Posted - 10/24/2005 :  1:21:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit honeybee33's Homepage Send honeybee33 a Private Message
Isn't Berkshire a single-ply, while Sierra is a multi-ply?

My Disclaimer: Tho I live in Boston, *I'm* a hopelessly obsessive fan of Knit Picks! LOL

~ hb33 ~
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terpsfan
Warming Up

65 Posts

Posted - 10/25/2005 :  2:26:38 PM  Show Profile Send terpsfan a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by honeybee33

Isn't Berkshire a single-ply, while Sierra is a multi-ply?

My Disclaimer: Tho I live in Boston, *I'm* a hopelessly obsessive fan of Knit Picks! LOL

~ hb33 ~


Honeybee,
There's also a Berkshire bulky that knits at 12sts = 4"--my pattern calls for 14sts=4" so I could knit a bulky yarn firmly or a heavy worsted loosely. I ordered a skein of Knit Picks Sierra and it seems like a nice yarn, but the color range isn't great so I'm still undecided. There's also Cascade Eco+ to consider. If I could swatch all of these I might see the light! Meanwhile, I'm doing a small shawl in a gorgeous hand-painted yarn from a small business called Claudia's. It's South African merino that is spun in such a way that it feels like silk.
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amber
Seriously Hooked

USA
758 Posts

Posted - 10/26/2005 :  11:43:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit amber's Homepage Send amber a Private Message
Cascade Eco+ is awesome but I'm getting closer to 4 st per inch than the 3.5 the labels says. And I can't imagine 3.5 st giving as nice of a fabric. But I am loving the yarn :)

-Amber

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elizh
Permanent Resident

USA
1248 Posts

Posted - 10/26/2005 :  1:30:57 PM  Show Profile Send elizh a Private Message
I'm making a sweater from Cascade Eco, and I love this yarn. What a bargain, and it's incredibly soft. I'm getting about 14 st on size 10-1/2's.
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KnittingCommuter
Chatty Knitter

USA
278 Posts

Posted - 11/03/2005 :  08:09:49 AM  Show Profile Send KnittingCommuter a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by amber

Cascade Eco+ is awesome but I'm getting closer to 4 st per inch than the 3.5 the labels says. And I can't imagine 3.5 st giving as nice of a fabric. But I am loving the yarn :)

-Amber

Current Projects and what not:
http://yarnjunkie.blogspot.com/
Finished Projects:
http://yarnjunkie2.blogspot.com/



Ducky's Mom
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KnittingCommuter
Chatty Knitter

USA
278 Posts

Posted - 11/03/2005 :  08:20:41 AM  Show Profile Send KnittingCommuter a Private Message
Sorry, I hit the wrong key earlier. I bought the Cascade Eco for a poncho I wanted to make. Pattern called for 15 sts = 4 inches using Blue Skye Alpaca Worsted which as I mentioned before is very expensive. However, the Cascade didn't look right when I finally got the gauge. Nice yarn just didn't work for the project. Still searching for a yarn that will work...

Ducky's Mom
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orangina
Seriously Hooked

821 Posts

Posted - 11/03/2005 :  11:13:34 AM  Show Profile Send orangina a Private Message
I called the WEBS number and gave them a free-sample code from their ad in Vogue Knitting. A few days later I had a free catalog with several really large yarn samples from their Valley yarn line. Impressive!
I'm sorry I don't have the code with me now, but it would be easy to find in one of their print ads.
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terpsfan
Warming Up

65 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2005 :  2:51:31 PM  Show Profile Send terpsfan a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by orangina

I called the WEBS number and gave them a free-sample code from their ad in Vogue Knitting. A few days later I had a free catalog with several really large yarn samples from their Valley yarn line. Impressive!
I'm sorry I don't have the code with me now, but it would be easy to find in one of their print ads.


I finally decide to use Eco +Color, the dyed version, because my LYS was willing to get it for me even though I didn't need a full bag (each skein is 250 grams, so 3 will do a sweater). It is incredibly soft. It looks a tad bit light at 14 sts = 4 inches, but I haven't washed the swatch yet. Based on the review, I'm guessing it will fill in just fine.
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agastier@aol.com
Chatty Knitter

143 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2005 :  4:46:07 PM  Show Profile Send agastier@aol.com a Private Message
I just sent Webs email and asked if they were sending out free samples on the newest yarns--it came in a few days--I had no codes. But I am still waiting for the catalogue--excellent bathtub reading, and it is starting to get cold here!
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