I admit to being a lazy knitter, and one who is easily swayed by the image so glamorously portrayed in a magazine or pattern book. Because I foolishly delude myself that if I knit that garment, in that same color, in that same yarn I will be transported to a life of luxury and I will suddenly be six feet tall, while weighing exactly the same amount.
I'm foolish, but I've been trying to let go of these preconceptions and open myself up to, dare I say it, yarn substitutions. I've gotten pretty good at it where felting projects are concerned. I know most of you are more frugal and crafty than I, and would never knit fuzzy feet except in stash yarn, but I thought it might be of interest to post good alternatives to the Lamb's Pride used in the original version. In fact, none of the LYS in my area stock Lamb's Pride. I lust after it, but I don't have any.
So, just in case you have to, or simply want to, buy some new yarn here are easily available choices. You'd never want to actually buy yarn, right?
Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted
Nashua Yarns Creative Focus Worsted**
Arucania Nature Wool Worsted
Debbie Bliss Aran Tweed
I tried to stick to suggestions that are reasonably economic. OK, the Noro option might be getting a up there a bit. There are millions of others not on this list -- it's easy enough to sub in a bulkier or lighter weight yarn. This is felting, gauge differences that at not too dramatic will all be lost in the wash. Literally. Just felt to fit. The finished items may differ some in thickness, but they'll be cozy.
For a brief moment this morning I even considered using some Colinette Point 5 I have in stash for this project. I may yet give it a try.
When subbing, just make sure the natural fiber content is very high. Otherwise felting action will be tough to come by. I've felted Classic Elite La Gran, which has something like 13% nylon. It took a while, but it worked and is lovely.
The asteriks are my planned Fuzzies. Cascade for me, Naturespun for child #1, Nashua Creative Focus for child #2. I'm really looking forward to using the Creative Focus -- I think the alpaca content will add a lovely haze and softness to the finished product. I may have to steal them from her.
I can't wait to see what everyone else picks. If you don't have a blog, please leave a comment and let us know what you're planning.
Check out Theresa's blog. She's done before we've even really started! Maybe she's planning more?