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Shelia
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Posted - 03/05/2010 :  09:01:05 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Maybe I misunderstood the original intent of the Woolalong, but I though it was to "introduce" breed-specific wools to folks. There's no requirement that the wool be actually spun or knit. Just having some BFL yarn or fiber should count, it can be stroked, squeezed, and sniffed, right?

My kettle-dyed BFL sweater has both sleeves finished, but I was distracted a couple of days ago by the need to "break in" a new spinning tool, a Hansen electric Mini-Spinner. Of course, I chose some BFL fiber to use, so now I'm hooked on both the spinner and the fiber and must finish spinning the 8 oz. before I go back to the sweater. My house is full of BFL fumes!

Shelia
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susan14_23
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Posted - 03/05/2010 :  2:07:33 PM  Show Profile Send susan14_23 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This sounds fun - I might join you! I'm actually working on a chemo hat for my friend who was just diagnosed with cancer, but at least I may buy some BFL this month and be ready to start a project in a week or two when I'm done with the hat. I'll probably do socks but maybe a shawl would be nice.

If you buy yarn on eBay, I searched for blue faced leicester and only got one hit, but I got several by searching under blue face (not faced) leicester and BFL.

Susan
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Luann
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Posted - 03/05/2010 :  2:25:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like what you are saying, Sheila. Last month I just fished out the Foxfire Fiber cormo I bought at the 2008 KR Retreat out of my stash and said hello to it. This month I find I have two different BFL BFF yarns. Would also like to actually use some of them, but if nothing else I'm getting some quality stash-diving time in.

Luann

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NutmegOwl
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Posted - 03/17/2010 :  08:19:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit NutmegOwl's Homepage Send NutmegOwl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
BFL is BFF indeed!
I've posted some photos of my first, most delightful BFL project: Glorious Vines, including some detail photos here and here. See blog for more details and rapturous discussion.

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mathiemom
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Posted - 03/19/2010 :  07:02:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit mathiemom's Homepage Send mathiemom a Private Message  Reply with Quote
An open message to Clara:

This week the postal carrier brought me two ADDITIONAL 250g, 1000+ yd skeins of Fleece Artist BFL 2/8. And it is All. Your. Fault. Ripping open the bag, I swooned at the colorways while delighting in the soft, drape-y quality of the BFL. I may have to drop out of the Woolalong in future months, as I fear that I have become hopelessly addicted to the loveliness of BFL and might not ever be able to knit with anything else.

(How did this BFL get ordered? I have absolutely no idea - must've been my evil twin Gwendy.)

BTW my Madli Shawl, currently under construction with my original skein of BFL 2/8, is about 2/3 - 3/4 done. Can't wait to finish it!

Wendy
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Luann
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Posted - 03/19/2010 :  10:20:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
BFL is definitely addicting... it's soft yet sheepy, got a kind of meatiness to it that I associate with the felt from the felt activity board from my kindergarten. It just feels really, really good to knit with. I am working away on my Multnomah wondering what next month is going to bring... so many wools, so little time!

Luann

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minh
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Posted - 03/19/2010 :  6:25:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wendy, we'd better make sure that our evil twins get a separate car when carpooling back from the retreat! Don't want to be crushed under the weight of all the yarn they will buy at the marketplace...

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sandyt
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Posted - 03/21/2010 :  07:43:12 AM  Show Profile Send sandyt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was so excited!! I ordered 2 skeins of FA BFL sock in the colorway 'Seashore'. It arrived and ugh...what was I thinking? The yarn is soft and yummy-the colorway, not what I expected.

So, I'll hug it instead of knitting it..or maybe I'll make 2 pairs of anklets and gift them? Maybe the Shell socks??
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Luann
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Posted - 03/21/2010 :  3:03:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sorry about the colorway disappointment, Sandy - I hate when that happens. That's why Clara created the destash table at the KR Retreat, right?

Last night I ripped out Multnomah and started over on a bigger needle. The larger it got, the springier the garter stitch became, and I suddenly woke up out of my BFF BFL trance to realize that this shawl was not going to drape unless drastic measures were taken. So - thanks to a little 1 am insomnia, I ripped and restarted. And I don't mind a bit, because I'm still loving every stitch!

Luann

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sandyt
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Posted - 03/21/2010 :  6:51:16 PM  Show Profile Send sandyt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It doesn't happen often..the odd thing? the yarn poses for a photoshoot in full gorgeous color. Why is that??? When I opened the bag I gasped. ooohhhh my???? Did something happen in the mail?? Was it scared to death living in it's packaging that it actually changed color???
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susan14_23
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Posted - 03/23/2010 :  1:01:49 PM  Show Profile Send susan14_23 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just got some Fleece Artist BFL sock yarn in the mail yesterday. So soft, and gorgeous deep color(Ultraviolet)! I need to make my niece a pair of socks for her birthday first but then I can't wait to start on some socks for me with this yarn. I thought it said it was machine washable and it's not, but that's not a problem.

Clara's first post says this yarn has "less spring and elasticity than merino". What does that mean as far as picking a stitch pattern - can I use a more complicated stitch pattern/cables or am I better off with stockinette?


Susan
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mathiemom
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USA
242 Posts

Posted - 04/12/2010 :  2:13:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit mathiemom's Homepage Send mathiemom a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sandy, I've actually had the same experience with FA (not with BFL, but another yarn). I think what happens is that the dyelots can vary hugely in saturation, tone, etc. within the same colorway. So if the vendor took a photo of that colorway from the last batch and is still using that on their website, even though the new batch is different . . . well, what you see isn't what you get. When it happened to me, I just sucked it up and used the yarn anyway, but if it ever happens again, I'm returning the yarn. I actually phoned the vendor recently regarding some FA yarn I was considering buying, and she told me that the new batch she had gotten in was significantly less saturated than the photos across all of the colorways. I said no thanks and didn't order it. I have had good luck with Colorsong yarn (another web merchant) . . . they seem to photograph each new batch, so you have a better idea of what you're actually going to get.

Wendy
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NutmegOwl
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Posted - 04/12/2010 :  6:07:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit NutmegOwl's Homepage Send NutmegOwl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Susan,

I'm on my third BFL project from the Glory Days Skein That Would Not End. The first, an Ivy Vines cowl, showed lace very well. The second, a Snapdragon Tam, has wonderful cable definition. The third is mostly stockinette (no pix posted yet) and I adore it, too. My yarn may not be quite as bouncy as merino, but it has done everything asked of it and been a complete pleasure along the way.

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susan14_23
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Posted - 04/13/2010 :  12:50:54 PM  Show Profile Send susan14_23 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Nutmeg Owl

Susan
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jaymeKnits
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Posted - 05/11/2010 :  10:27:57 AM  Show Profile  Send jaymeKnits a Yahoo! Message Send jaymeKnits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I know I'm late to this party but I have loved BFL for years and my favorite source recently dried up Spinners Flock Farm is no longer doing their BFL yarn. After looking around I found a few that I want to try that have been mentioned in this thread and one that wasn't. Has anyone tried, seen touched etc Ashland Bay Klickitat? http://www.paradisefibers.net/Blue-Face-Leicester-Yarn-p/2152.htm

Jayme

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