When you are looking at subsituting yarn in projects, what exactly do you look for?
I am going to start a felted bag and would love to use a variegated yarn, but the pattern calls for a yarn that is sold only in solids. (14 ply Baabajoe's Woolpak) The gauge for the pattern says 11 sts and 15 rows = 4" on size 11 circs. So can I find any other wool yarn that knits at about 3 st per inch? Does it have to be a chunky yarn like the Woolpak?
When I showed the man at the LYS the yarn I wanted to use, he suggested knitting with 2 strands of yarn. But that would be 8 balls of yarn at $12 a skein, and that's too expensive for me! So how do I go about finding a good substitute? I've checked www.yarndex.com and Woolpak isn't listed there.