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July 11, 2005



This is so clever. I knew about double-knitting but never thought to use it for small bags and cushions. The sewing up of small items is not only tedious, but it can detract from the look of the finished thing. Thanks for the most excellent tip! xox Kay

Lorna Proctor

Thanks for your informative site! I want to knit a layette for a friend using a Phildar pattern which is 10 years old.....Can I buy Phildar in HK, or could you suggest an alternative yarn??



Lorna, I sent an email that bounced, so I'll cut-and-paste it here just in case -- I'm sorry, but I don't live in Hong Kong any more. The list of shops that I wrote up (in the Photo Albums section of my blog) has a brief description of what I found, although I don't recall Phildar yarns in particular. If you are there, I would try Cheer Wool in Wan Chai, Paris Cotton Singlets in Causeway Bay, or Double Knit in Mongkok first. Any of these would probably be able to recommend a substitute if you can show them the pattern that you have.

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