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Stop! In the Name of Love

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Dear Ann,
Why hello there, Ms. Bespoke Couture Knittin’, Ms. Oh That Lil’ Ol’ Reverse Stockinette Facing Under The Collar?–That’s a Dressmaker Detail To Hide Any Unsightliness, Ms. I Am Concerned About Cables Meeting Under the Arms. We humble dishrag-crankers salute you. We’re not worthy! We don’t know from cables–we don’t know from underarms, for that matter. We stick to our square shapes, our cheap cotton and our clangy color combos. We’re just FINE, OK? Not bitter or nothing.
Hate to interrupt all that shining hair shimmering on the beach, rilly, but I have Breaking News and a need for Reader Advice. Our lovely young friend Jenny has a lovely young friend Amy. Amy recently learned to knit. Amy is getting married within the year. So, as naturally as day follows night and the swallows return to Capistrano or wherever they return to, Amy is going to KNIT A FRICKIN’ LACE OVERSKIRT FOR HER WEDDING DRESS. (Which she is sewing, natch. The girls today and their skillz! So inspiring!)
But Amy is having trouble. And I don’t just mean mentally. Amy is searching for the perfect yarn for this project. Ideally it will be light green. Mohair need not apply, for this will be a warm-weather wedding. Please, readers, if you have ideas for Amy, leave a comment! This is a 911 Wedding-Related Knitting Emergency. We need to be there for Amy in her hour of need. Amy is looking for a non-drooping, non-bank-breaking yarn, and I believe she is exploring weights ranging from laceweight to DK.
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My contribution to Amy’s Process was a cone of laceweight linen (label above–I bought this while snoozing peacefully on Ambien, apparently, as I have no recollection of doing so), which has been haunting my stash for years. I figured that if this works for Amy in every other way except being light green, it can be dyed to match. (Remember back when everything in weddings was dyed to match? Hats, bags, gloves and especially shoes? I remember shoe stores providing custom dyeing as a regular service, to match prom and bridesmaid dresses. But then, I’m old as sin.) Amy is swatching it now, and hoping she doesn’t have to knit up the whole cone. Which might take her to her Golden Wedding party.
Send your wedding gown overskirt yarn suggestions in TODAY!
Love,
Kay

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  1. My contribution to the wedding skirt: ELOPE!
    If that is not an option, what about a polished “crochet cotton”? Don’t they come in different weights and colors? That is the only thing I can think of- but I don’t think it can beat your linen.

  2. Jaggerspun Zephyr is a 50/50 merino-silk blend and a fantastic, wonderful to knit with laceweight yarn. It holds up well to both airy and denser laces and comes on cones and in many colors. Highly recommended.

  3. I just strolled over to Amy’s, and I love her concept for her dress. It’ll be a wedding dress, with lace, that happens to be knitted, but it won’t be one of those all-out lacestravaganza wedding gowns I’ve seen and worried about. How do you keep a cathedral-length knitted train from sagging???
    My only idea would be a laceweight silk, if she wants to go all luxe. I mean: it IS a wedding! Nothing more luxe than that! I just saw some insanely lovely handdyed stuff from Hedgehog Fibres in Ireland on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/hedgehog-fibres-silk-2ply-fingering. She has an Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6089802. They dye fingering weight as well, which might be less of a project. But hey–it’s your wedding! How fun it would be to commission a batch of yarn.
    I know Amy isn’t much of a shawl person, but what about engineering it so that after the wedding, you could use the overskirt as a shawl? Fasten it to the gown with buttons? I dunno. It would be lovely to wear it to a fiftieth anniversary party, just saying . . .

  4. Hoo boy. I was pleased to find white shoes in February when I got married. No overskirts here… I’d vote for something light and variegated, like sea silk maybe.

  5. baby weight yarn ?
    i have baby comfort in a mint green
    but perhaps to yarny but one does
    find soft colors in baby yarns not
    at all looking like wool
    i do indeed remember dyed to match shoes
    linen and lace sounds lovely perhaps
    webs has something on a cone

  6. While Euroflax is lovely and would last forever one option might be Knit Picks Cotlin, Kohlrabi green. Pros: It is inexpensive, it is light green and very pretty, it is a cotton and linen blend. I just tried Cotlin and it is very nice. DK wt.
    Cons: comes in small skeins so lots of ends to weave in. Euroflax is better that way. But perhaps she should order herself a sample of cotlin just to see what she thinks so as not to rule anything out.
    Of course anything silk would be much more glamorous. I’m glad I didn’t know how to knit when I got married, this would make me insane!

  7. Nothing that huge is going to NOT droop. Period. Even the lightest fiber you can think of is going to require a pound or more of fiber, depending on the fullness of the skirt. I’ve knit a lot of lace in my day, both worn and decorative, and I’d suggest crochet cotton. Account for the droop – because it’ll be there regardless – and get a fiber strong enough to handle the job without giving you heat stroke. The only other thing I can think of that might work better would be linen/tencel or cotton/tencel blend laceweight, but tencel is like rayon, and rayon doesn’t block for crap.
    Zephyr laceweight, while being the most delicious, lovely laceweight I’ve ever used in twenty years of rabid lace knitting, will give a girl heat stroke in warm weather.
    Honestly, I suggest ditching the whole idea, but it’s Monday morning and I’m feeling quite negative. That aside, she’d best plan on allowing for droop or she’ll be walking on the hem.
    Good luck to her.

  8. Whatever she chooses, she should consider post-big-day uses of All That Lace Knitting. As in, isn’t there a way those long pieces of lovely knitting could be made into a shawl? Or something for long-term use.

  9. The Spirit colors from Blue Moon Fiber Arts come in several different weights and shades — just a hint of color over white.

  10. I have no suggestion for a yarn for Amy. I just had to say that I remember shoes dyed to match and I’m not quite old yet (I have 3 more months before I’m old!). My shoes for my sister’s wedding were dyed to match – and we had a blizzard that day (April 30) and the dye came off on my feet. My feet were blue for about a week!

  11. I vote for Handmaiden Sea Silk in Peridot colorway. A friend just finished a lace shawl knit with it and it gorgeous.

  12. I think it’s important to consider the material the underskirt is made of. If it’s slippery, then linen or cotton will be fine; if it’s not, they would bunch up against it and so on, so it would be better to use a silk or other slippery or slightly heavier (not thicker) yarn.
    Sounds like fun!

  13. In terms of economical yarns, Pisgah Yarn (home of Peaches and Cream ballband dishcloth yarn) has many weight of mercerized cotton on balls and cones, which will probably be inexpensive. http://www.elmore-pisgah.com
    Joseph Galler makes nice mercerized cottons, and I think they come on cones, including an organic cotton in a pale green, natural undyed color.
    Heck, splurge on eBay silk.
    Any fiber knit up into a full length skirt is going to stretch — start at the bottom, knit up, let it hang for a while when you’re within a foot or so of the length you want. If it stretches too much, you can rip back … I’m lazy; to me, stretching = less knitting.

  14. What about one of the laceweight cashmere or blends from this site: http://colourmart.com/eng They have some lovely pale greens in the cash/cotton blend. The prices are excellent as well, and include the shipping. I haven’t ordered from this site, but I always want to.

  15. Goodness, what women put themselves through just to get married…I would nix the whole idea, but if Amy really does want to make the whole room envious, I vote for the crochet cotton. There is even crochet cotten with sparkles, very lovely in dimly lit rooms.

  16. my only warning would be to watch out for even the most carefully dyed yarn to migrate to the white underneath…what a shame especially after all that work. Scary. I also remember dyed-to-match; my sister wore a lovely hard-edged “salmon” (that color name didn’t exist in 1964, I don’t know what shade of pink it actually was)w/matching shoes, crepe-y fabric rose and tulle shorty veil to our oldest sister’s wedding. Such an honor to be the Maid of honor. I was the flower girl, so thankfully just bought me a dress.

  17. Hmmm, I would suggest 59%/41% Cashmere/cotton lace weight because I know they have some shades of green, but the cashmere might get too hot. But it would give a bit of stability to the yarn. However, if she’s really up against the wall, lace cotton and starch it.

  18. I think linen is the way to go. Elann.com sells a worsted weight than would knit faster than laceweight. I wore green at my wedding. Go green! Bobdang it Kay, I remember everything dyed to match everything so I’m right with you in the old lady seats. By the way, in the old lady seats the drinking of Manhattans is required. How’s your rain bonnet search going? I found many sources of terry cloth turbans just in case you were wondering about that.
    Ciao,
    Gwyneth

  19. This idea sounds kind of nutty- but you have to applaud her gumption. I just hope she isn’t planning on doing the catering herself as well, as it would seriously cut in to the knitting time. My vote is for Lane Borgosesia Baruffa Cashwool. From what I can see it comes in a few different shades of green as well as white and natural for dyeing options. There’s a ton of yardage for a very affordable price and if she buys enough to do a skirt and then decides otherwise later, it can always be made into a nice wrap, shawl, christening whatnot, etc.

  20. I second the suggestion to try the cashmere from http://www.colourmart.com. I have used them many times and the prices are very low. The yarns are lightweight, become soft on washing, block beautifully and ends can be spit-felted together to save on weaving in. I wouldn’t tend to use cotton or linen for lace that is to be worn – they can sag under their own weight and have no ‘rebound’ – and ends can’t be spit-felted and have a tendency to work loose.

  21. All these suggestions are terrific– I have nothing to add except to say that “salmon” was too a color name in 1964: I had a salmon crayon in my box of 64 Crayolas. Yep, I can still see colors in Crayola terms.

  22. Ooh ooh ooh!!! Anything Habu on a cone — I think that their silk stainless comes in a light green color, or their super lace weight merino or … just lots of opportunity there!

  23. Like Kathleen, I was going to recommend the Baruffa Cashwool. I think the Yarn Harlot did a shawl (maybe even the Swan Lake Mystery Stole KAL) using that yarn in a light green color.
    http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2007/10/04/the_thing_is.html

  24. seconds on the blue moon spirits colorways. i got some for my wedding (a shawl, only a shawl) in quilla, and it’s gorgeous. lots of weights and fibers, and it’s the lightest shade of whatever. lovely!
    meredith

  25. I think she should consider using green under white lace. Very pretty, same combo, less fuss with dye. (Then again, some folks enjoying dye fussing.)
    But I’d also go on the record as saying this might be a crazy idea ;-)

  26. Artfibers has a fine-gauge tussah silk yarn, Tantra, which can be bought in a big honkin’ undyed hank:
    http://www.artfibers.com/skein.php?yarnID=6191&page=1&sort=defaultSort

  27. Tencel!!! Lovely sheen, lots of colors and weights, coned for weavers. Check WEBS to start with. Interweave magazine will have ads for other suppliers

  28. Tencel!!! Lovely sheen, lots of colors and weights, coned for weavers. Check WEBS to start with. Interweave magazine will have ads for other suppliers

  29. While I don’t have any yarn suggestions, I do however have a vivid memory of having my pumps dyed to match my dress for my 8th grade graduation. (And for the record, I’m not THAT old….older than I like…but in reality still pretty young, so your memories of this are not a true gauge of your age. We still think you’re as young as ever.)

  30. I would look at elann for bargains too, plenty of silk blends or maybe even coto-canopone.
    Kay, you aren’t that old, dyed to match was all the rage, shoes, bags, sometimes I still think it would be a great idea when i can’t find the shoes I want to go with a dress!!

  31. There really isn’t anything better than Zephyr for lace work. I got some custom dyed for me by jennifer (holiday yarns), and it was perfect!

  32. I wish I had something useful to add, but I do not. I am v. impressed at the idea of knitting a skirt overlay, though…I don’t suppose anyone has a link to pic of something similar? I’m just not seeing it in my head…

  33. I suggest cashmere from Colourmart–it comes in cones so one does not have to make joins; it is easy to knit and then wash in hot water afterward to make it bloom beautifully; the price is so good–why knit with anything less.

  34. I suggest cashmere from Colourmart–it comes in cones so one does not have to make joins; it is easy to knit and then wash in hot water afterward to make it bloom beautifully; the price is so good–why knit with anything less.

  35. I’m going to be a bridesmaid this summer, and our shoes are being dyed to match our dresses..

  36. I’m with the Make Something You Can Wear Again camp. I got a lovely pale grey-green cone of laceweight merino for about $20 from School Products. I think they still sell it (I bought mine about a year and a half ago). Sounds like Amy may live in NYC?? Check out School Products! :)

  37. Hi, I bought 2 cones of light green yarn from Halcyon in Bath,Maine…one is linen and one is cotton….both lace weight…bought them a few yars ago…lovely.

  38. We went down this road with my niece a couple of years ago. Of course nothing got finished in time for the wedding and there was last-minute, hysterical, sobbing, panicked, settling for less than the dream dress shopping. My advice, forget the overskirt and go for a light-weight lace shawl or shrug (something that can be worn post-wedding if not finished in time). There’s a wedding shrug somewhere on Knitty – all beautifual open lace with a crystal drop in the back – if she’s up to that level. You need to do some fancy talking, quick, to save this girl from her intentions.

  39. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22573600
    I bet this etsy seller could dye the perfect shade in this nice merino/bamboo laceweight…

  40. Wait…they don’t dye shoes to match the bridesmaid dresses anymore? But, but, but….
    sheesh, one of the few fashion-y social rituals I actually *knew* about has just become meaningless nostalgia before my very eyes.
    Oh, and ambien…I used to get an occasional prescription just for travel, and thought it was a miracle! One moment, totally out of time zone and sleepless. Next moment, hey, it’s morning!
    In fact, I actually fell asleep *while knitting* squares for a certain raffle blanket, when I was in my little rented garret (I swear) in Paris (honest!) about a year ago. THEN…I had two bizarre and realistic dreams, which I remember as vividly as an actual experience. Not at all dream-like. Decidedly freaky. When I got back I asked my doc, just as an afterthought, “Say, can ambien cause intensely vivid experiential dreams?” She said, “OOOOOH, yeah!” And I’ve been afraid to take it ever since. The Black Hole of sleep whilst traveling? great! The Rabbit Hole of Freaky Dreamworlds? Not so much!
    Has this lengthy ramble obscured the lack of helpful suggestions for yarn? Well, at least I can admire the ambition and overall craftiness of the bride! :)

  41. I recommend the JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk, I used it for a Tallit for my daughter’s bat mitzvah – size 0 needles. It is very light.

  42. Darling Bride, The one and only wonderful friend in my experinece that went to the work of crocheting her wedding dress…..well, the marriage failed…..invest in the realtionship, that’s my advice.

  43. I have no ideas to offer on the yarn choice, but I can offer moral support – I recently knitted my wedding dress after deciding to elope to Vegas. Had the skirt done, but did up the bodice, waistband, and finishing in about 3 weeks (technically one week due to giant lace problems). It is a bit of a crazy decision to make, but I can say from experience, it is worth it! Good luck!!
    And also, hand knit wedding dress + getting married in Vegas = Super good time for the handknits : )

  44. my suggestion: http://www.theuniquesheep.com/bases/tinseltoes.htm
    They’ll dye whatever color you want, and their colors are GORGEOUS. The tinsel toes has great sheen. I agree with others that have mentioned- you’re going to get stretch with any yarn, it’s just going to happen with something that big.

  45. Have you checked Suss Cousins “Wedding Knit” book…..would imagine hints on weight of yarn and “droop”

  46. 100% tencel yarn will s t r e t c h. This might mean less knitting, assuming you’re willing to guess on the stretchiness.
    I agree with the shawl-makers, especially if the wedding is in the evening. Even in the summer a wrap is a good thing. The Jaggerspun zephyr laceweight will make a PERFECT summer-weight shawl

  47. Oh, dear. I hate to be one of those wet-blanket types, but I feel the need to inject a bit of reality here. You see, I work part-time at a stationery shop and I have seen how much a wedding puts stress on the bride-to-be as well as everyone around her. Seriously. Normally perky, well-mannered women of all ages start out completely organized (with tabbed notebooks and color-coded notes) and end up as a sort of primordial soup that has to be poured into a wedding dress and sent down the aisle (they magically turn back into human beings the moment the music starts, which is a good thing). It’s hard enough to get them to select an invitation — they bring along the fiance for input and he’d rather be passing a kidney stone than helping with this part; plus they bring along mom, a sister, and two friends. Everyone has a different opinion (except the aforementioned fiance) and it takes two more visit plus a few hysterical phone calls just to get the invitations ordered. God help the girl if she is going to design the invitations herself.
    Now, designing the wedding gown isn’t too terrible of a prospect if the bride-to-be already knows how to sew. (I designed and sewed my own — beads and lace and all — and I only had to be on Prozac for a year or so afterward.) But if she just learned to knit and is now convinced she will knit an overlay . . . oh, dear.
    Well, let’s be positive, shall we? Let’s believe that the knitting will keep her sane through choosing the invitations and navigating the politics of wording; through selecting the reception hall and planning the menu; through pre-marital meetings with the officiant and planning the liturgy and getting the music approved and lining up ushers and making sure the flower girls don’t throw up in a fit of nerves. There’s nothing like Handmaiden Sea Silk in lace weight.
    Can we talk her into just knitting a lace shawl?

  48. Knit Picks? (my one and only thought.) They have several weights of yarn from which to choose, and that may fuel imagination further.
    But really, as it has been said (above):
    1) Why not elope? (it’s worked for Kelly Rippa…)
    2) Invest in the marriage (not the gown…)
    Have a ball, whatever you decided.
    LoveDiane

  49. PS–That bride in the picture (behind the cone of yarn), who might that be??

  50. What about Sea Island Cotton? Patternworks lists it at $60 / 1300 yards, and describes it as “the luxurious cashmere of cotton,” seems perfect for a wedding. A special day deserves a special yarn!

  51. have been enjoying reading the comments above. srsly. this blog post has me remembering a magazine article about a pair of designers who knit a lovely frothy skirt for a wedding dress:: the enormity of it! really lovely. best luck to the knitter-sewer-bride!!

  52. Maybe Sinfonia? It’s at the craft store, it’s mercerized and shiny……
    I can’t see the concept sketch. But,however, and…..she might think long and hard about a white knit overskirt, and then a green underlining.We can presume she wants a fruitful and happy union. and the happy plum of that union will want to get married someday, and since white has holding power, and green does not, at least in wedding dress fashion…..she could pull the knitting off the green form, and rework it into something her daughter ( and/ or granddaughter) would be happy with, as well.
    Also, regarding droop: an option is to knit, and then stitch the knit fabric onto mesh or tulle. It’s used for delicate laces, some Irish crochet, and for textile preservation.
    Um, and I do know about mothers with unfortunate tastes in wedding gowns. My mother got excited and wore a peasant dress with daisies on it. It was yenchy in extremis. She honestly expected me to be excited to have a chance to wear it. ( Oh yeah, it was for the guy she ditched my father for) I’d have been happy in my grandmother’s white satin sheath. She’d given it away, certain nobody would want it- you know, since nobody likes glamorous, elegant silk 1950’s dresses.
    I worked in a boutique that imported British hand- knit dresses, in the eighties. They were beautiful, flattering, and comfortable. She might just make it, and keep wearing it, so none of my concerns would be valid.
    best of luck to her,
    ari

  53. Maybe Sinfonia? It’s at the craft store, it’s mercerized and shiny……
    I can’t see the concept sketch. But,however, and…..she might think long and hard about a white knit overskirt, and then a green underlining.We can presume she wants a fruitful and happy union. and the happy plum of that union will want to get married someday, and since white has holding power, and green does not, at least in wedding dress fashion…..she could pull the knitting off the green form, and rework it into something her daughter ( and/ or granddaughter) would be happy with, as well.
    Also, regarding droop: an option is to knit, and then stitch the knit fabric onto mesh or tulle. It’s used for delicate laces, some Irish crochet, and for textile preservation.
    Um, and I do know about mothers with unfortunate tastes in wedding gowns. My mother got excited and wore a peasant dress with daisies on it. It was yenchy in extremis. She honestly expected me to be excited to have a chance to wear it. ( Oh yeah, it was for the guy she ditched my father for) I’d have been happy in my grandmother’s white satin sheath. She’d given it away, certain nobody would want it- you know, since nobody likes glamorous, elegant silk 1950’s dresses.
    I worked in a boutique that imported British hand- knit dresses, in the eighties. They were beautiful, flattering, and comfortable. She might just make it, and keep wearing it, so none of my concerns would be valid.
    best of luck to her,
    ari

  54. People! What’s with the negativity! I say right on, and I say that as a self-taught seamstress and knitter of now 25 years. I tried stuff like this when I was less experienced and it’s doable – just be patient with yourself.
    Also, here’s a great (pasque-flower color) yarn, if merino-silk would suit – http://impulsivearts.typepad.com/knitting/2009/03/pasque-flower.html
    good luck!

  55. Ihave to say, I’m with with the shawl/shrug contingent here. You’re in for some serious drooping, not to mention the sheer weight of the thing – how ya gonna dance in that? Just my two cents.

  56. Ihave to say, I’m with with the shawl/shrug contingent here. You’re in for some serious drooping, not to mention the sheer weight of the thing – how ya gonna dance in that? Just my two cents.

  57. Blackberry Ridge has a lovely laceweight silky merino that’s quite affordable — I’m using it to knit a wedding shawl for my niece. It also comes in a lovely pale mint color, or of course the white could be dyed. It’s light as a feather and a dream to knit with.

  58. Just chiming in here: I’m not persuaded that this overskirt is actually going to weigh all that much, if Amy goes with a laceweight or even a fingering weight yarn. And an open sort of pattern. My lace shawls aren’t heavy! I think Amy just needs to think carefully about the question of weight and drooping and sagging and whatever–as every bride does, when time for the fitting comes . . . ; )

  59. Just three words: Don’t Do It!

  60. Another thought — a lovely one-woman operation, Heritage Yarns — http://www.heritageyarns.com/ — she has all kinds of beautiful laceweights (including Jaggerspun Zephyr and Tencel) and will dye to order, etc. Fabulous customer service, beautiful yarns. No affiliation, I just love everything I’ve bought from her. Her prices are also very, very reasonable.

  61. Hey everyone – thanks so much for all of the suggestions and expressions of support! I’ve updated my blog a bit with pictures of my sketches of the dress and also some outfits I’ve made in days past, so check it out. Although I’m still getting used to Blogger, so it looks a little odd in places. I’ll be sure to post more as I test some of these awesome ideas!

  62. FYI, they still dye shoes to match at PAYLESS!!!

  63. This is like getting all caught up in what kind of container will stay intact as you go over Niagara Falls, and forgetting to ask yourself whether it’s a good idea in the first place. Amy, I don’t know you but I’m worried. Think of your family.

  64. I’d recommend Red Fish Dyeworks at http://www.redfishdyeworks.com They have lovely pure silk laceweight and the site says that they will custom dye for you. I have some of their yarn and it’s gorgeous.

  65. And now for something completely different re: “easy” versus “difficult” knitting…Ann, your quietly beautiful and intricate sweater makes me feel both awestruck and cozy. Kay, the slip stitch “warshrag” you posted recently inspired me to make a project I’ve been contemplating for a long time. My heartfelt thanks to both of you as you share accounts of your knitting journeys. Your knitting and your writing both make me very happy…sometimes aesthetically happy, sometimes laugh-out-loud happy.
    Laura

  66. I’ve already posted here, maybe Amy will come back to read more comments because I wasn’t able to post over at her blog with out making an account. Anyway, if one looks at her sewing and knitting skills from past dresses that she posted pics of it becomes abundantly clear that she can do this. Her dress plan involves simple lines and is not overly complex, she is an experienced seamstress. As for the knitting she can easily choose a lace pattern that looks harder than it really is. If she works on it steadily it will get done. I think right now is the hardest part…choosing the perfect yarn. Go Amy! I don’t take much interest in weddings lately and this is a very interesting distraction.

  67. Gotta love a yarn called “Natural Fantasy”! Will there be giant shrimp at the buffet? Will the band play “I Think We’re Alone Now”? Can you tell I’ve been googling oxymorons?

  68. Zephyr! It has drape coz of the silk, comes in a zillion colors already, can buy by the cone many places and has a glow about it.

  69. How fortuitious! A friend suggested I pop over here to share that the new Knitivity “Dura-Lace” has just been released — a 2-ply laceweight yarn of 75% superwash wool/25% nylon. Besides being safe for gentle machine washing, if you snag on a rosebush (heaven forbid) it won’t immediately break the strands so readily, making a snagged loop much easier to pull back into shape, rather than finding all the dropped stitches from a broken strand. It comes in full quarter-pound (approx. 920 yards) hanks for dyeing or on my hand-dyes, or undyed in full pound cones (3680 yards).
    And, of course, I do custom dying.
    Hope this helps.

  70. Not only do I remember dyed to match, but my father, a part-time shoe salesman, was the designated dyer in the store. He was color bind.

  71. Habu Textiles – white bamboo – 550 yards for 60 bucks from purl soho – orrrr – Habu Textiles fine merino – here is the link – they have a beautiful green. It is wool but very fine.http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/yarndetail/2980

  72. daisys you knit daisys
    then put them together
    i would make an apron
    with lovely satin ties
    down the back
    the apron could be removed
    and then passed on

  73. Elann.com gets my recommendation. Their “house brand” yarns are well priced, and there are usually many colours. Soie Bambou, Luna, and Lustrado would be my picks. Luna is v. pretty (just a hint of shimmer) but it doesn’t come in light green right now… Could be dyed to match, though? (I am nowhere near old. And I remember dyed to match stuff. And not just ballet slippers, either…)

  74. Here’s my vote: I copied this from the Patternworks website – I saw it advertised in their catalogue. It looks pretty fancy – $60.00 for 1300 yards on a cone, but it’s for a WEDDING! Could be dyed I guess but I second the person or persons who said the dye could migrate…
    Carstarphen
    The legendary cotton that produced Queen Victoria’s handkerchiefs, so light they could float in the air like a feather; is available for knitters exclusively through Patternworks.
    Authentic Sea Island Cotton is the luxurious cashmere of cotton. Its 50% longer staple length and its finer, more uniform texture and greater overall strength make it possible to spin an incredibly fine, lightweight yarn with great strength, silky luster and incredibly soft feel. It’s the perfect yarn for shawls, scarves and baby things. Even knitters who never before liked working with cotton have found this yarn a rare pleasure to knit with because it knits more like wool.
    • 100% certified Sea Island Cotton
    • lace weight on size 0 to 8 needles
    • 1300 yards
    • machine wash

  75. Here’s my vote: I copied this from the Patternworks website – I saw it advertised in their catalogue. It looks pretty fancy – $60.00 for 1300 yards on a cone, but it’s for a WEDDING! Could be dyed I guess but I second the person or persons who said the dye could migrate…
    Carstarphen
    The legendary cotton that produced Queen Victoria’s handkerchiefs, so light they could float in the air like a feather; is available for knitters exclusively through Patternworks.
    Authentic Sea Island Cotton is the luxurious cashmere of cotton. Its 50% longer staple length and its finer, more uniform texture and greater overall strength make it possible to spin an incredibly fine, lightweight yarn with great strength, silky luster and incredibly soft feel. It’s the perfect yarn for shawls, scarves and baby things. Even knitters who never before liked working with cotton have found this yarn a rare pleasure to knit with because it knits more like wool.
    • 100% certified Sea Island Cotton
    • lace weight on size 0 to 8 needles
    • 1300 yards
    • machine wash

  76. Colourmart: 4 ply weight 100% soft silk yarn in pale green, 1150 yd cone for $20 (includes shipping). This is probably a lace weight. I have a laceweight silk from them that is really cobweb weight. It is absolutely gorgeous.
    Elann: Soie Lin 70% silk/30% linen DK weight in white jade, 620 yd cone for $28; Canapone 100% hemp sport/fingering weight in green tea, 180 yds for $4.95; Pure Bamboo 100% bamboo fingering weight in bamboo shoot or jasmine green, 157 yds for $2.98. I haven’t used any of these personally (yet), but they look lovely.