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All reviews written by: MishiMam

     
 Not very good... 1 of 2 
 Review by: MishiMam Feb 24, 2013 
 Rating: 3 out of 5 (3 out of 5)
 Product reviewed: Shibui - Staccato
I was so impressed with this yarn until I washed it, then what a surprise. I have never had a yarn expand so much when it hit water, but since learned that this feature is called: bloom. More like explosion... Purchase the chrome, a really pretty pearl grey and worked a scarf in double strand,-looked really beautiful as it was being worked into a mock cable rib with a few Y/O holes for lightness. Number 8 needles. Perfect tension I thought. I even tried a swatch in 7's but the sample was too tight. I thought. Then it came time to wash and poof, it spread out to double it's size, never to go back to quite the same springiness and bounce as originally knit. I guess it was the 30% silk, although I'm not really certain. It was kind of like buying a yardage of some substantial cotton fabric, only to have it go all limp when you washed because all the body came from sizing. If you really want to use this, I would strongly suggest going down at least to a 6 needle for double thread, and if you feel it's too tight, don't worry about it. It will loosen up by leaps and bounds.
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 Beautiful but chunkier than expected 2 of 2 
 Review by: MishiMam Jan 21, 2013 
 Rating: 4 out of 5 (4 out of 5)
 Product reviewed: Blue Sky Alpacas - Worsted Hand Dyes
Nothing wrong with this yarn, in fact, the Iris is beautiful but when knitted, I got a much heavier look than the worsted rating of 4 to the inch that it carries. More like 3.5 on 9's and almost a Chunky.
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