Sunday, January 14, 2007

Yarn Substitutions

I've been busy gobbling up all the EZ books I can find, and am wondering what others have used as substitutes in EZ's patterns that call for Sheepsdown or Sheepswool. I'm guessing Sheepsdown is probably a bulky, perhaps along the lines of Lamb's Pride Bulky?

What have y'all used?


  • I've used Lamb's Pride Bulky for the Watchman's Cap pattern that calls for Sheepsdown and it worked well. My favorite yarn for that pattern, though, is the bulky yarn that comes from this website:

    It's run by a woman who sells yarn from her own sheep and it's very soft and squishy.

    By Blogger I smell yarn., at 12:10 PM  

  • Of course, you can always order Sheepswool and Sheepsdown from Schoolhousepress.com! Or order a sample card so you can compare yarns. Sheepsdown is fluffier than Lambs Pride Bulky, not as heavy. Sheepswool is a worsted weight, rustic. I've knitted with both and liked them, although of course I've substituted in many patterns, especially the EPS designs.

    By Anonymous Janine, at 1:32 PM  

  • I just ordered some skeins of Sheepswool from Schoolhouse Press, enough for a hat, to see what the yarn was like. Upon opening the box, I thought the smell of the yarn was very familiar. The tag on the yarn indicates it was made by Bartlett Yarns of Maine, which is where I order pencil roving for spinning. I think that I recognized the smell of their exclusive carding oil that they use in preparing their wool. Schoolhouse Press website indicates that the bulky Sheepsdown is custom spun for them. I'm guessing that, too, is done by Bartlett Yarns. Both Bartlett and Schoolhouse are the same prices for their wool yarns.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:47 AM  

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