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  1. Diann Beverly
    February 19, 2022 @ 9:27 am

    My favorite yarn is fingering (all weights). I have the live notes pattern but stalling to make it because I’m alergic to mohair. I have a “ton” of fingering wgt yarn I would like to use. DK is ok, I guess I’ll have to order DK. Do you think I could make the love notes with just the fingering?

    • Emily Wessel
      February 21, 2022 @ 1:27 am

      You could, but it might come out too thin. If you swatch, you’ll find out. You could also order some non-mohair lace-weight to hold alongside your fingering weight stash instead of mohair lace. ~ Em

  2. Leonie McKenna
    March 30, 2021 @ 2:44 pm

    Thank you for this information. I purchased Lopi wool online and when I commenced knitting eith it it keep breaking. I tried about six times. I was very disappointed as I had knitted with it many years ago but the wool was purchased in a shop. Can you recommended where to buy quality Lopi wool as I am very interested in the patterns in your article.

  3. Macrobe
    January 27, 2021 @ 8:13 am

    I try and spin most of the yarn I knit with. Most times the yarn comes first and then finding a knitting project that’s compatible with the spun yarn. I’m now venturing into “intentional spinning” and trying to spin a specific yarn for a project (first project a Cowichan-style vest). Either way, the journey is the most fun part. I like the suggestion of knitting a hat for swatching a yarn!

  4. Rebecca
    January 18, 2021 @ 2:19 pm

    I mostly use fingering weight for my sweater knitting. I find it to be the most cost effective. Super wash is also really important to me. This is the first winter I have enough knitted sweaters to wear a variety!

  5. Meredith MC
    January 17, 2021 @ 7:01 pm

    Wow, Emily’s hand spun flax is Amazing!!’

  6. Vikki
    January 14, 2021 @ 1:04 pm

    Green Mountain Spinnery Maine Organic- sheepy, great stitch definition, wears really well.

  7. Denise
    January 14, 2021 @ 12:42 pm

    I also try to look at where it is manufactured, too. Where possible I try to purchase Aussie yarn to support our wool industry.

  8. tinaor
    January 14, 2021 @ 8:10 am

    Interesting. I hardly ever consider the wear of the yarn – if I like it I usually just go with it! Yes I have made some mistakes in the past!

    • Alexa Ludeman
      January 15, 2021 @ 11:36 am

      Haven’t we all!

      • tinaor
        January 16, 2021 @ 10:15 am

        Just done it again. Started a project – love the yarn – not sure I’ll have enough to finish it!!! Was a rash purchase, last of a lot, now discontinued !!!!!!!

  9. Julie Williams
    January 14, 2021 @ 7:55 am

    Your newsletters/blogs are so informative and empowering.

  10. free832612
    January 14, 2021 @ 7:35 am

    Your patterns arae beautiful.

    Why are the necklines on what is meant to be a warm sweater so low? I would prefer a necklane that is higher.


    • Macrobe
      January 27, 2021 @ 8:15 am

      Exactly! That is the most frustrating part of sweater patterns (for me). I can’t stand boatneck anything. Most sweater patterns seem to use this boat neck trend. 🙁

      • Annie
        January 27, 2021 @ 9:00 pm

        I feel the opposite! For me, there are too many high-necked sweaters. They make me feel strangled. OTOH, a cropped sweater seems kind of useless. If it’s cold enough to put on a sweater, I don’t want my middle out in the wind! Lol.
        After you’ve made a few sweaters, you’ll see how to make those mods on your own project. Basically, if it’s top down, cast on fewer stitches and do more increases. Bottom up, keep knitting decrease rounds.