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Limey
05-01-2008, 04:11 PM
Hi

I spent quite some time knitting a toddler's Aran cardigan and wouldn't ya know it, it's too itchy for her to wear :sad: - even though the yarn is 100% acrylic.

Anyway, I had a mooch around the web and found a possible solution
http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2008/04/quicktip-softening-itchy-wool.html

Seems that VO5 could be worth a try and I'll let you know if it works.

Yours, heading for the shops

Ellie
http://www.countonknit.com

Nikkilc
05-01-2008, 04:12 PM
i hope the VO5 is for the jumper and not the child lol
please let us know i so want that to work

redheadrachel
05-01-2008, 05:22 PM
Yeah I'm curious to see if it'll work on acrylics!

bambi
05-01-2008, 05:53 PM
Cool tip! Let us know if it works.

Bambi

Foxyie
05-01-2008, 09:50 PM
i've noticed a difference in the acrylic yarns that i use to tie up my wools when i'm doing one of those rinses.

so it just may work!.. here's hoping! Crossed Fingers :)

GinnyG
05-02-2008, 06:57 AM
I am also curious. I made a hooded zip front vest this winter out of Lambs Pride Bulky and even with a long sleeved turtle neck on it's VERY itchy!!!!!!!!

Yarnlady
05-02-2008, 09:34 AM
Have you washed and dried with just regular laundry stuff? That should do the trick. There is some kind of sizing in yarns that is scratchy, but once it's washed and dried are generally very soft.

Limey
05-02-2008, 11:53 AM
Hi Folks

I haven't had a chance to get my mitts on the cardigan, as it's with my daughter, who lives about 70 miles away.

I'm going up to visit this weekend and I'll try out the VO5 and should be able to letcha know what happens in a few days.

I've got very sensitive skin - so I'll see what it's like before I wash it by wrapping it round my neck first! Give it a dunk and see what it's like afterwards.

The yarn seemed ok as I was knitting it but wearing it is probably a different kettle of fish.

Yours, dippin', dunkin' and hopin'

Have a great weekend everyone.

Limey
05-09-2008, 08:41 AM
Hi

Yeah - the V05 did work, taking away alot of the 'scratchiness' from the yarn and leaving it feeling much softer.

There weren't too many V05 conditioners on sale at my local Tesco store but the one I bought was V05 Perfect Lengths for mid to long hair.

OK - so I soaked the cardigan in tepid water for about five minutes and followed the instructions in the link

http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2008/04/quicktip-softening-itchy-wool.html

Got out most of the water without wringing the cardigan too much and re-filled the bowl with same temperature water.

So far, so good - but please don't do what I did next- measured out two dessertspoons of conditioner and just dropped it into the bowl.

Ten minutes later, I was frantically wondering where I'd put my old egg whisk. I didn't know whether I was mixing pastry or wallpaper paste, couldn't believe how the conditioner had gone so lumpy in the water.

Next time, I'll half fill a screw top jar with warm water, add the conditioner, replace the top and shake it until most of the lumps have dissolved.

I rolled the cardigan up in towels and squeezed out most of the water - (and just how I did that is no-one's business:teehee:)

and then let it dry on an outdoor airer for a couple of days and it is much much softer.

That airer is simply wonderful and I've never seen one for sale in the UK; it was a brilliant present from Momwolf (thanks a ton, Julie).

The only downside is that I don't like particularly strong smells, so I kept it on the airer until all the niff of conditioner had gone.

I checked the label on the conditioner to see if it had any silicone in it and it hasn't.

Another conditioner that might work is the one I usually use, Herbal Essences fruit fusions - coconut and hawaiian hibiscus - that doesn't seem to have any silicone in either.

I have used Dove conditioner in the past, which is fantastic if your hair is damaged/dry but you really have to rinse it out very well or your hair will feel sticky.

Anyway, I hope it works for you.

momwolf
05-09-2008, 07:59 PM
Ellie,Glad you like the hanger for drying sweaters.I like that you can put a sweater on the top shelf too and dry 2 sweaters at one time. I like to put hats on one shelf and scarfs on the other.
What a great idea to use hair conditioner to soften sweaters:cheering::cheering:
Do colored conditioner make a difference? Don't want my white sweater coming out green.Anyway thanks for testing this idea out for use:hug::hug: