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Nuno930
06-27-2005, 12:32 PM
I've never knitted with wool before so I've never really paid attention to it. DH wants a hat for winter but doesnt want it to be "itchy". I know there has got to me some out there than will work (wool or not wool) Sugestions?

Silver
06-27-2005, 12:53 PM
Merino wool. It's still 100% wool, but is very very soft. :thumbsup:

Nuno930
06-27-2005, 12:59 PM
Thanks Silver! And I just realized how bizarre that had to sound. Knitting and no wool :?? hehe, well I am an odd one.


Edit for spelling! hahahaha darn that spell check fixing the word the wrong way :rollseyes:

Ingrid
06-27-2005, 12:59 PM
Alpaca is very soft and not itchy. The superwash wools are very soft and don't have that "itchy" feel. Or you could go with a blend. I use a lot of Plymouth Encore, very soft, knits up nice, inexpensive, washes beautifully.

hedgehog
06-27-2005, 01:02 PM
hehe, well I am an odd one.

But not the only one! ;)

I'll admit, the only natural fiber i've knitted with so far is cotton. I had the same question as you as far as the "itchiness factor" so i'm watching this thread closely.

thanks!

-hh

Silver
06-27-2005, 01:24 PM
Ok, I'm showing my wool geek side now:

That itchiness comes from the coarse hairs of some wools. But there are many, many different breeds of wool. Merino is one of the finest wools (thinnest fiber shaft), and often used for baby articles. That tells you just how soft this stuff is! ;)

Of course, you could always use a luxury fiber. Cashmere is finer than merino, hence the buttery softness. But the most luxurious is Qiviut. It is the soft downy undercoat of the Musk Ox. Qiviut is the lightest, warmest, and softest of luxury fibers, and never felts... which also makes it very expensive. No, I haven't knit with qiviut. Yet.

Did you know wool can retain up to 30% of its own weight in water and still feel warm and dry? It's actually warmer when damp. That's why it's so well suited for fisherman's sweaters.

(Yes, I'm such a geek)

hedgehog
06-27-2005, 01:30 PM
(Yes, I'm such a geek)

OOOOOhhhhhh!! Geek is good!! :mrgreen:

I'm a scientist - this breakdown of info works well for me!! :thumbsup:

thanks!
-hh

Sara
06-27-2005, 01:38 PM
I :heart: Plymouth Encore. And it's not very expensive.

Nuno930
06-27-2005, 01:39 PM
. Qiviut is the lightest, warmest, and softest of luxury fibers, and never felts... which also makes it very expensive. No, I haven't knit with qiviut. Yet.

I had to find the price of this stuff. It is about $70 per oz. Hmm.... my parents are going to Fairbanks next month :thinking:

Ingrid
06-27-2005, 01:59 PM
. Qiviut is the lightest, warmest, and softest of luxury fibers, and never felts... which also makes it very expensive. No, I haven't knit with qiviut. Yet.

I had to find the price of this stuff. It is about $70 per oz. Hmm.... my parents are going to Fairbanks next month :thinking:

A friend of mine has Alpacas--she'll spin, I'll knit. I'll have to discuss the merits of owning a Musk Ox with her. The possibilities. . . . Who gets to shear the Musk Ox? :shock:

Silver
06-27-2005, 02:10 PM
I think the ox is plucked, not sheared. Like an angora rabbit. I can only imagine spinning qiviut is a pain in the butt. I have a bunch of angora to spin, but it's soooo silky, and I'm not that good at spinning yet. *sigh*

If you find out about owning one, I want one too. And a few angora rabbits, and a cashmere goat, and an angora goat... and a few merino sheep.

That would ROCK. :rofling:

brendajos
06-27-2005, 02:17 PM
*gasp* They PLUCK IT!!! :shock:


trying not to imagine having my hair plucked outta my body...:verysad:

Ingrid
06-27-2005, 02:22 PM
*gasp* They PLUCK IT!!! :shock:


trying not to imagine having my hair plucked outta my body...:verysad:

I think I'd rather BE plucked than be under the musk ox, doing the plucking! :rollseyes:

Silver
06-27-2005, 02:30 PM
Hee! It's not like they pull it out by the root. It's already loose... like if you gently grasp your cat's fur and pull out a wad of loose fuzz.

Did you know you could spin that too? And dog fur. Dog is called Chiengora! :shock:

Nuno930
06-27-2005, 02:41 PM
*gasp* They PLUCK IT!!! :shock:


trying not to imagine having my hair plucked outta my body...:verysad:

yeah, I just did some reading on it. :( I think I'll stick to my nylon, cotton and acrylic (sp?? that looks funny) and an occasional hand raised wool.

KellyK
06-27-2005, 03:36 PM
:mad: OH, GO PLUCK AN OX!!! :mad:

Nuno930
06-27-2005, 03:41 PM
:mad: OH, GO PLUCK AN OX!!! :mad:

:roflhard: :roflhard: I have a feeling this will now randomly come up in one of my conversations... and I am the only one that will find the humor in it.

feministmama
06-28-2005, 11:33 PM
OK I just had to do it. Check this out:

http://www.qiviut.com/store/index.cfm?target=home&CFID=31450&CFTOKEN=50076945

Ingrid
06-28-2005, 11:37 PM
Did you see me? I'm the one on the right. It takes a lot out of you when you spend you days ox-plucking. :roflhard:

brendajos
06-28-2005, 11:37 PM
whew...i was so worried that i was going to find some horrible site telling of bunnies and musk ox being tortured for their fur... :rollseyes:


now i can go through another night blissfully ignorant whilst i rant about other things i heard tonight! i can only concentrate on so many attrocities at a time ya know...lol

Quietheart
06-29-2005, 09:21 AM
Any good online sources to buy wool or a wool mix that is at least 75% wool? I've never seen plymouth or the others in my lys..

QuietHeart

KellyK
06-29-2005, 09:25 AM
knitpicks!!!!

Kid Showbiz
06-29-2005, 12:15 PM
Sheeeeew, I was all excited about that site because I'd never really considered the musk ox as a knitting option, but man! $80 for a single hat kit? I've never met anyone who could afford yarn like that. Hmmm, maybe if I tell the boyfriend it's a present for him....
Oh, boyfriend....

Ingrid
06-29-2005, 12:18 PM
Somewhere, in the back of one of the knitting magazines I get, there was an ad, whose come-on line was, "For people who can have anything they want." I bet THEY can get musk-ox. :(

Silver
06-29-2005, 12:27 PM
Any good online sources to buy wool or a wool mix that is at least 75% wool? I've never seen plymouth or the others in my lys..
Plymouth Encore is only 25% wool anyway. But it is a nice yarn. That's what I'm using on an afghan right now.

Check out the "Favorite online store (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2327)" thread for some good links. :)