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N0obKnitter
03-16-2010, 12:00 AM
...but at least it's centre-pull. My Lily sugar n cream. Bernat value etc ad nauseam....not centre-pull!

etoilechaude
03-16-2010, 12:45 AM
I nearly bought some today because it was on sale, but then I didn't because I wasn't in my state and didn't want to pay sales tax (or deal with the whole "I'm exempt" thing and have to show them my ID).

I'm looking for something machine washable so I can knit my brothers baby a hat/cardi/blanket.

lissaplus2
03-16-2010, 12:56 AM
I'm looking for something machine washable so I can knit my brothers baby a hat/cardi/blanket.

I cant belive im saying this.....but here goes....

I bought some "Vanna's Choice" yarn at Wallyworld for a hat. This was going to be a work hat for my 6yo son who is growing so much he might get a week outta it...(ok thats an exageration but you get the picture)so I needed some crappy, cheap yarn...LOL(sorry Vanna) And I didnt want to knit with the sandpaper(red heart super saver)After I got done knitting the hat, I HATED the way it felt. But I thought I got it done already, what the hay? So I threw it in the washer and dryer and it came out SOOOO SOFT!!!! I am going to buy more if the need arises.
Im done now...:thumbsup:

:knitting:
Melissa

etoilechaude
03-16-2010, 02:48 AM
SOOOOOO good to know!!!!!

I feel like a snob because I've never 'really' used acrylic - I do hear the squeaking on my needles, but more-so on my fingers when I rub them together!!!

Anyway, I'm so glad to know that the feel before washing is different... I was beginning to think I would have to send someone else to buy yarn for me and just use what I got :oD

Abby123
03-16-2010, 04:47 AM
I'm looking for something machine washable so I can knit my brothers baby a hat/cardi/blanket.

I'm knitting toddler sweaters for my nephews. I usually avoid acrylic, too. But like you, I wanted something washable.
I'm using Lion CottonEase. It is 50%acrylic/50% cotton. It isn't bad to work with. Handles like cotton with some give from the acrylic. Good stitch definition. On US#8 needles I'm getting 22st=4".

suzeeq
03-16-2010, 08:48 AM
Super saver may feel very rough in the skein, but it softens up quite a lot when washed. They put something on it that comes off in the wash. But VC, cottonease aa well as Carons simply soft and Hobby Lobby's I love This Yarn are very nice too.

cindycactus
03-16-2010, 08:50 AM
I knitted so many Ripple Afghans with Red Heart (some Super Saver) and after washing they were very soft. Using a 10 1/2 needle made knitting with it easier. Haven't tried any Vanna yarn yet but glad to know it is soft after washing. Love the fact that you can throw it in the washer and dryer.

suzeeq
03-16-2010, 08:58 AM
Yep, using a larger needle, like 10 or 10 will make any yarn feel softer. When they're knit with a dense gauge, even soft yarns can feel stiff and rough.

Jan in CA
03-16-2010, 11:14 AM
Personally I find that even after it's washed it's still not as soft as some other acrylics. I also find that it sandpapers my fingers as it slides through them and I can't knit with it for very long. There are just too many other inexpensive and better acrylics to use.

A few of my favorites for 100% acrylic
James C. Brett Marble (http://www.paradisefibers.net/James-C-Brett-Yarn-s/159.htm)
Caron Simply Soft (http://www.caron.com/color_cards/cc_simplysoft.html)
Red Heart Soft (http://www.coatsandclark.com/Products/KnittingCrochet/Yarns/Medium/Red+Heart+Soft+Yarn.htm)

N0obKnitter
03-16-2010, 11:46 AM
I like Vanna White yarn, it's nice to knit with.

But back to my original beef. I HATE yarn that is not centre-pull and I don't have the time nor the energy to re-ball all my yarn. :eek:

Jan in CA
03-16-2010, 11:50 AM
But back to my original beef. I HATE yarn that is not centre-pull and I don't have the time nor the energy to re-ball all my yarn. :eek:

It's a fact of knitting life so get used to it. :teehee: I don't mind winding my own center pull balls. I sit in front of the TV and do it and the time it takes makes the end result so much more pleasant to knit with. :thumbsup:

AngelaR
03-16-2010, 12:53 PM
I like Vanna's Choice myself. Red Heart is really rough on the hands, I just don't like the feel of it at all. It really does go all soft and snuggly after you wash it.

Crycket
03-16-2010, 02:10 PM
my first and only experience with Vannas was to crochet a little Hippo out of the Vanna's Choice Amigurumi book. Never doing that again. I am not a crocheter (yet) I know the basics and can get through simple projects, but the plys in that yarn kept annoying the crap out of me! It didn't inspire me to want to knit with it!

borealowl
03-16-2010, 03:36 PM
I guess it all just depends on how much you want to spend. I really like Encore Worsted, which is 75% acrylic and 25% wool, machine washable. Patons Decor is the same mix and washable. I have made baby things as well as socks, sweaters, hats, etc. from them. Made a baby afghan from Encore in rainbow color. Of course to make a very large object like an afghan it becomes costly. I just made one from Red Heart Super Saver and it seems softer than it used to be. I made several rugs from it that have worn very well. It doesn't pill much. So for a smaller item the Encore or Decor is great but if you're on a budget for larger things Red Heart is better than I thought it was. Haven't tried Simply Soft.

RuthieinMaryland
03-16-2010, 07:00 PM
Hi! :waving:

I've made many afghans for family and friends out of Caron's Simply Soft and they have been very well received and much loved! :thumbsup:

You know a yarn's soft when people start petting it! In fact, my DIL grabbed up the one I did for her and my step-son and wore it like a shawl the rest of the evening! I still don't know if Barry has ever really gotten to use it since it's become almost sole property of his wife and daughter!

But the point is, it's incredibly soft and squishy and folks seem to love it!

Hope this helps!

Ruthhie :hug:

sgtpam
03-16-2010, 08:31 PM
Hi! :waving:

I've made many afghans for family and friends out of Caron's Simply Soft and they have been very well received and much loved! :thumbsup:
Ruthhie :hug:

Did you use two strands or one? What pattern did you use? I love the feel of it...but, I thought it would be too thin for an afghan...so, I never tried it.:think:

suzeeq
03-16-2010, 10:42 PM
I have an afghan I got at the thrift store that's made with SS and in a lacey pattern. I think it was knit on 8s and it's nice and snuggly.

sgtpam
03-17-2010, 12:01 AM
I have an afghan I got at the thrift store that's made with SS and in a lacey pattern. I think it was knit on 8s and it's nice and snuggly.

Single strand?:think:

borealowl
03-17-2010, 12:45 AM
I thought of another yarn you might like for children's clothing. Kraemer yarns Tatamy Tweed or Little Lehigh. I made a child's pinafore out of the Little Lehigh in lavender and a summer sweater for myself. Also made a little boy's sweater in teal Tatamy Tweed. Both yarns are basically the same, a dk wt. cotton/acrylic machine washable. They have them in worsted weight too. Reasonable price too - I think a 100g ball of dk was about $6.:knitting:

Jan in CA
03-17-2010, 01:54 AM
I have Tatamy Tweed on my list to get! It's so pretty and I love tweed!
DK- http://www.kraemeryarns.com/Yarn/yarn.asp?YarnIdnt=15
Worsted - http://www.kraemeryarns.com/Yarn/yarn.asp?YarnIdnt=16

Lisa R.
03-17-2010, 08:40 AM
I nearly bought some today because it was on sale, but then I didn't because I wasn't in my state and didn't want to pay sales tax (or deal with the whole "I'm exempt" thing and have to show them my ID).




How do you get tax exempt yarn, if you don't mind my asking?

WandaT
03-17-2010, 09:24 AM
Evan, I'm like Jan - I really like the RH Soft the best. It's soft when working with it and washes up beautifully. Caron SS is soft too but I find it more splitty to work with than the RH Soft. But both are MUCH softer than regular RH. Vanna's is better ... well hell anything's better than RH isn't it? ... anyway, to me Vanna's is not as soft as RH Soft or SS.

suzeeq
03-17-2010, 09:36 AM
Yes, it was single stranded. I mentioned the 8s because that made the sts fairly tight for a single strand.

margz3
03-17-2010, 10:22 AM
Another vote here for cotton ease. I recently knit a baby hat and booties with it - very easy to work with. I am also using it now to make a baby blanket. I too wanted something nice and washable (and affordable) but not as scratchy as something like SS.

DadnLex
03-17-2010, 02:21 PM
I have Tatamy Tweed on my list to get! It's so pretty and I love tweed!
DK- http://www.kraemeryarns.com/Yarn/yarn.asp?YarnIdnt=15
Worsted - http://www.kraemeryarns.com/Yarn/yarn.asp?YarnIdnt=16

The oatmeal and lime green are quite nice........ as for the RH the feel dosen't seem to bother me and if it gets better after you wash it great! Of course right now anything beats this cotton yarn that is kicking my ***, Lily sugar' n cream. Zero stretch factor (RH good and stretchy) and I'm starting to rethink my first project.

etoilechaude
03-17-2010, 02:26 PM
How do you get tax exempt yarn, if you don't mind my asking?
I live in Oregon and we don't have sales tax. I just happened to be in Washington (just across the river) killing time at their JoAnns when I saw the sale. I could have stood in line and showed them my ID to avoid the tax, but it didn't seem worth it at the time :o)

Lisa R.
03-17-2010, 05:57 PM
I live in Oregon and we don't have sales tax. I just happened to be in Washington (just across the river) killing time at their JoAnns when I saw the sale. I could have stood in line and showed them my ID to avoid the tax, but it didn't seem worth it at the time :o)


Cool! I didn't know it would be "reciprocal." I thought sales tax was paid according to where the store is, not where you're from.

Does Oregon have a high income tax?

etoilechaude
03-17-2010, 06:37 PM
Cool! I didn't know it would be "reciprocal." I thought sales tax was paid according to where the store is, not where you're from.

Does Oregon have a high income tax?
I don't think they're 'required' to give us a sales tax break, but most places are so thankful for the business that they do.

Our income tax is ridiculously high (assuming you can find work in Portland...). I believe that our property tax is high too, but since I don't pay that I'm not really sure ;o)

Now I wonder who I pay taxes to... I work in Washington so I'm going to have to check that out.