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Beee
Chatty Knitter

USA
142 Posts

Posted - 06/30/2006 :  2:05:12 PM  Show Profile Send Beee a Private Message
Hi!

As I am a novice lace knitter, I don't want to knit with lace weight or cobweb weight yet...

I am taking babysteps with sockyarn but I am a bit confused whether sockyarn is fingering weight or sportsweight?

If somebody can help me out, thanks!

And what yarn which is thicker than lace weight would you recommend?

Thanks so much,
Beee

orangina
Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 06/30/2006 :  2:15:44 PM  Show Profile Send orangina a Private Message
This is a generalization, but I believe most sock yarn is closer to fingering weight. I have made socks from sport weight, but it's a bit bulkier.
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LittleMousling
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Posted - 06/30/2006 :  2:21:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit LittleMousling's Homepage Send LittleMousling a Private Message
Yup. Most sock yarn is fingering weight, though some of the popular ones (like Koigu) are on the heavy side of that designation (and some are on the thin side, like Schaefer Anne).

-Molly, obsessive but not exclusive socknitter
Stash photos and some FOs
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Beee
Chatty Knitter

USA
142 Posts

Posted - 06/30/2006 :  3:00:32 PM  Show Profile Send Beee a Private Message
Thanks so much!

Didn't know that there is even some thickness difference in different kind of sockyarn... good to know!

I am knitting with Koigu now (btw, didn't know that there are some real hard core Koigut fans out there) and will try Schaefer Anne next time.

Baby steps... very little baby steps...

Beee
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Calamintha
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Posted - 06/30/2006 :  4:43:11 PM  Show Profile Send Calamintha a Private Message
For most weights of yarn there is a range of weights that may qualify for a particular category. Lace weight yarn however, has no standards set so you can see even more variation there.
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Beee
Chatty Knitter

USA
142 Posts

Posted - 06/30/2006 :  4:45:01 PM  Show Profile Send Beee a Private Message
Calamintha,

What in your opinion is the "thickest" lace weight yarn around at the market nowadays?

Beee
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Calamintha
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USA
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Posted - 06/30/2006 :  7:07:03 PM  Show Profile Send Calamintha a Private Message
The heaviest ones that I have seen are the Blackberry Ridge lace weight yarns and Icelandic Lace weight:

http://www.blackberry-ridge.com/yarnprod.htm

http://www.schoolhousepress.com/Ice_lace.htm

Both of these I think are roughly twice as thick as Zephyr.
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Beee
Chatty Knitter

USA
142 Posts

Posted - 06/30/2006 :  8:13:37 PM  Show Profile Send Beee a Private Message
Thanks Calamintha!

I think that I will first try these "thicker" lace weight yarns before I jump into Zephyr.

I don't want to move too fast only to be discouraged in the end.

Beee

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Inky
Warming Up

USA
53 Posts

Posted - 07/01/2006 :  09:43:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit Inky's Homepage  Send Inky a Yahoo! Message Send Inky a Private Message
Hi Bee,

My first "lace" shawl was made in a brushed alpaca fingering weight and it turned out lovely. I probably wouldn't recommend a brushed or fuzzy yarn, something smooth would make it easier to see your stitches as you learn. Knitpicks has a nice fingering weight called Palette in some pretty colors, and it wouldn't cost you an arm and a leg. (No affiliation, I just like the yarn!)

http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/itemid_5420132/yarn_display.aspx

Oh, and the pattern I did is Seraphim, available here:

http://mimknits.blogspot.com/2006/01/seraphim-shawl-ready-to-buy.html

I liked it so much I'm making another one. It has alot of stockinette in the beginning with yarnovers just on the edges and center to get you into practice, and the charted bits are only at the end of the shawl. You work from the top down to the point, increasing. It was very easy for me to understand, and I'd never used a chart before. Also the designer, Miriam Felton, is INCREDIBLY supportive!!

Good luck with it and let us know how it goes!!

http://inkyknits.blogspot.com/
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Beee
Chatty Knitter

USA
142 Posts

Posted - 07/01/2006 :  11:25:43 AM  Show Profile Send Beee a Private Message
OMG!!! 1.79 per ball??????

Thank you Inky! The pattern looks great!


Beee
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Beee
Chatty Knitter

USA
142 Posts

Posted - 07/01/2006 :  11:31:37 AM  Show Profile Send Beee a Private Message
Hey Inky I just checked out your Serpahim Shawl, looks simply beautiful!

That part where your write about Boo and his cone made me spit out my tea, hahahahahaaaa!

Beee
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Inky
Warming Up

USA
53 Posts

Posted - 07/01/2006 :  12:06:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit Inky's Homepage  Send Inky a Yahoo! Message Send Inky a Private Message
Glad to be of service and, uh, enabling :) If I could make one more suggestion, but you may already know, get thyself some pointy needles. I like inox (the grey ones) but I hear tell those new knitpicks needles are nice and pointy. I haven't seen them in person , however it seems the reviews are coming as being worth it. I'm using a 3.75mm (US 5) with my fingering weight, and as you saw on my blog, my finished Seraphim blocked an inch bigger all the way around, but I blocked it pretty severly.

And Boo says, "Thank you, very much, now, can you help me get this cone off?"



http://inkyknits.blogspot.com/
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Beee
Chatty Knitter

USA
142 Posts

Posted - 07/01/2006 :  12:57:06 PM  Show Profile Send Beee a Private Message
I read alot about the grey inox... seems like they are a MUST when you are into knitting lace.

I have to say that the smaller addis (from US 5 down) are pretty pointy too.

But thank you thank you for all suggestions and tips :)


Beee
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