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Cristy
02-22-2007, 08:50 PM
so what exactly does it mean when cotton is mercenized and how does this differ from just buying 100% cotton yarn???

CateKnits
02-22-2007, 08:55 PM
I found this through Google: http://fiberarts.org/design/articles/mercerized.html

janelanespaintbrush
02-22-2007, 08:56 PM
It's shinier, and is (I think) supposed to be more shrink-resistant.

Cristy
02-22-2007, 09:02 PM
The physical characteristics are obvious enough--I can spot the difference...I just wonder if it makes a ton of difference if you knit something out of 100% cotton when it calls for mercenized cotton--a pattern that's not a garmet I mean...

Thanks for the link--I'm about to go and read it now. I googled but it kept wanting to correct my spelling of the word "mercenized" for some reason...

hunterjenn
02-22-2007, 09:13 PM
:) That's because it's mercerized, silly, but we still love you!

I did a sweater with 100% cotton when it called for mercerized, and it turned out fine. :)

Cristy
02-22-2007, 09:37 PM
thanks...I feel dumb. I swear I copied the word straight from the pattern...

aineepooh1
02-22-2007, 09:39 PM
Can you say MISPRINT~~ in the pattern~!! :teehee:

hunterjenn
02-22-2007, 11:16 PM
Seriously! LOL. Don't feel dumb, Christy--I'm an editor, so I just can't help myself--sorry! :oops:

Cristy
02-22-2007, 11:52 PM
it's okay--it only took me about an hour to get over it....

just kidding! :)

CateKnits
02-22-2007, 11:59 PM
I was going to point it out when I posted the link, but I didn't want to be "that guy." :oops: I'm not the greatest speller ever, anyway.

Cristy
02-23-2007, 12:02 AM
geeze..you guys are out to get me aren't you?!?!?! LOL! I'm not a great speller either but I typically check stuff like that and I swear that I did--I'm going to blame it on my astigmatism... (did I spell that right?? :roflhard: )

aineepooh1
02-23-2007, 12:24 AM
yep :happydance: :rofl:

Silver
02-23-2007, 12:06 PM
OMG.. I thought it was mercanized for the longest time! What can I say? I'm not good with big words! :doh:
:teehee:

Jan in CA
02-23-2007, 01:22 PM
Okay, I won't mention that I keep wanting to correct the suject line spelling..


:teehee:

hunterjenn
02-23-2007, 01:52 PM
Okay, I won't mention that I keep wanting to correct the suject line spelling..


:teehee:

:rofl: :oops: :rofl: Oh no!! I've become "that guy!"

Cristy
02-23-2007, 02:48 PM
Okay Jan--you can correct the spelling (lord knows I wouldn't want to be the reason someone else makes the mistake of misspelling that word!!! LOL!) but only b/c you have "the power" to do so!!!


you guys crack me up....

Jan in CA
02-24-2007, 03:46 AM
Okay Jan--you can correct the spelling (lord knows I wouldn't want to be the reason someone else makes the mistake of misspelling that word!!! LOL!) but only b/c you have "the power" to do so!!!


you guys crack me up....

:teehee: I could fix it, but then this entire thread wouldn't make sense. No one cares really, we all do it from time to time! I'm glad you are good natured about the ribbing. (no pun intended) :hug: :hug:

CateKnits
02-24-2007, 04:19 AM
I'm glad you are good natured about the ribbing. (no pun intended)
:doh:

hunterjenn
02-24-2007, 04:52 AM
I'm glad you are good natured about the ribbing. (no pun intended)


HAAA! :roflhard:

DianaM
02-24-2007, 02:34 PM
Completely OT bit of info (but using the word mercerized)..... in Mexico, a craft store is called a "Merceria"

Cristy
02-24-2007, 08:35 PM
Okay Jan--you can correct the spelling (lord knows I wouldn't want to be the reason someone else makes the mistake of misspelling that word!!! LOL!) but only b/c you have "the power" to do so!!!


you guys crack me up....

:teehee: I could fix it, but then this entire thread wouldn't make sense. No one cares really, we all do it from time to time! I'm glad you are good natured about the ribbing. (no pun intended) :hug: :hug:


Honestly..ribbing feels normal to me--dh and I are always ribbing each other this way...he's actually making fun of me with you guys--I let him read the thread.

Jan in CA
02-24-2007, 09:03 PM
Everytime I see the subject line I think mercenized cotton...as if a mercenary got to it. :teehee:

Braden
02-25-2007, 12:00 AM
Here is some mercerized cotton:

http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u277/ContiKnitter/mcottoncolours.jpg

See how shiny it is? More so than plain 100% cotton. It is stronger, too.

Dangles
02-25-2007, 02:38 AM
Everytime I see the subject line I think mercenized cotton...as if a mercenary got to it. :teehee:

:teehee:

aineepooh1
02-25-2007, 03:25 AM
Continknitter~~ Purdy, Purdy~!
Is that from your own personal stash.. i.e. all the labels~!! :teehee:

redwitch
02-25-2007, 07:21 AM
I remember a pattern suggesting mercerised cotton as the waste yarn, and I believe I heard somewhere that it is because it's least likely to shed. Imagine using a fluffy black wool as waste wool on a white item, you'd get ugly tiny fibres stuck in there, hard to get out. So perhaps it also sheds less than other cotton (or pills, fluffs, whatever)?

Sarah

Braden
02-25-2007, 11:29 AM
Continknitter~~ Purdy, Purdy~!
Is that from your own personal stash.. i.e. all the labels~!! :teehee:

No, it's from google images. I just searched -mercerized cotton', and I got that. I figured it would be a good example.