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All reviews written by: Gayle

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 Review by: Gayle Feb 24, 2012 
 Rating: 4 out of 5 (4 out of 5)
 Product reviewed: Malabrigo - Rios
Rios is one of my favorite worsted weight yarns. It is soft next to the skin, has a beautiful drape. What's more, it's washable!
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 My go-to needles 2 of 12 
 Review by: Gayle Feb 06, 2012 
 Rating: 4 out of 5 (4 out of 5)
 Product reviewed: Addi - Addi Circular
Addi circulars are my go-to needle. I've used bamboo and rosewood needles, too, but I find myself going back to the Addis. I have not tried interchangeable needles or other circulars. Started with the Addis and have remained with them. The joins are smooth. I do like the Addi Lace when I want a sharper point. My only complaint is the cables tend to stay coiled.
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 Soft, washable, beautiful 3 of 12 
 Review by: Gayle Feb 06, 2012 
 Rating: 4 out of 5 (4 out of 5)
 Product reviewed: Malabrigo - Rios
The yarn is a pleasure to knit with, and the result is beautiful. I used it for a Two Ribs Infinity Scarf, which I like to wear doubled. The yarn is soft next to the skin and also gives a beautiful drape to the scarf. The only reason I didn't give Rios 5 stars was because there was 1 knot in my skein my pet peeve!
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 Beautiful "Before and After" 4 of 12 
 Review by: Gayle Nov 23, 2011 
 Rating: 4 out of 5 (4 out of 5)
 Product reviewed: Classic Elite - Silky Alpaca Lace Hand Paint
I used this yarn to knit "Before and After" by Churuchmouse. It works really well for this pattern. It's not as soft as Helen's Lace or Gaia and doesn't have the spring of either, but I think the Classic Elite is perfect for this pattern. It's kind of like it has a teensy bit of wire in it (like some of the Habu), though I know it doesn't. I also like that the joins are very smooth. No thick and thin spots. No knots.
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 Five-star pattern and results 5 of 12 
 Review by: Gayle Nov 21, 2011 
 Rating: 5 out of 5 (5 out of 5)
 Product reviewed: Brooklyn Tweed - Brooklyn Tweed Patterns - Rock Island
I very rarely dole out a "5," but this totally deserves it! The pattern is well-written and clear. Knitting the border is a little time-consuming. I needed to concentrate during the "star" section. The last section was a sprint. The result is stunning! It may be the most beautiful thing to come off my needles. I did mine in a lace weight, which gives the shawl a very open, delicate look. Still provides warmth. Not sure how it would look in fingering, probably just as pretty. It's a gorgeous shawl.
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 Great for felting 6 of 12 
 Review by: Gayle Jul 26, 2011 
 Rating: 4 out of 5 (4 out of 5)
 Product reviewed: Noro - Kureyon
I am in general not a fan of one-ply yarns, but Kureyon worked beautifully for my current project of small felted bags. The long segments of color repeats also worked well, giving a color-blocked effect. I have used Kureyon in the past for a scarf my first knitted item!. Again, I loved the wide stripes and colors. Visually, it's one of my favorite scarves, but it is a little scratchy on my neck. Be aware also that the yarn has thick-thin variations.
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  7 of 12 
 Review by: Gayle Mar 08, 2011 
 Rating: 4 out of 5 (4 out of 5)
 Product reviewed: Blue Sky Alpacas - Alpaca Silk
While knitting with this yarn, I thought it was going to be a little too heavy looking, but after it was blocked, it was just right. Shawlette is nice and soft, not at all itchy on neck. Occasionally split while knitting.
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 Soft and cushy 8 of 12 
 Review by: Gayle Mar 03, 2011 
 Rating: 5 out of 5 (5 out of 5)
 Product reviewed: Koigu - KPPPM
This yarn never disappoints. I love its softness against the skin and its inherent sprong. This is one yarn that seems to get even better with washing, enchances the loft and softness.
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 Spring chemo cap 9 of 12 
 Review by: Gayle Mar 03, 2011 
 Rating: 4 out of 5 (4 out of 5)
 Product reviewed: Crystal Palace - Panda Soy
I wanted something lightweight and elastic for a spring chemo cap. Panda soy fit the bill perfectly. --One of my pet peeves is knots in the middle of a skein, which this had, so a bit of a demerit for that.
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  10 of 12 
 Review by: Gayle Nov 10, 2009 
 Rating: 4 out of 5 (4 out of 5)
 Product reviewed: Hand Maiden - Sea Silk
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