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lgoddard 08-27-2010 03:06 PM

Yarns have come a long way
 
Okay, I know some acrylic yarns are not very nice or soft to work with but usually after a fiber wash they soften up. I just washed some handknit blankets that were made for my daughter 29 years ago and expecting her first child in 3 weeks. Well not even fiberwash made them feel any better. I wanted to have them all done for my soon to be born granddaughter but I am not so sure they will feel soft enough. Funny I never thought that when I used them for my daughter, guess I didn't know any better and just loved having them hand made for her. Anyone else ever done noticed this with very old things?

Jan in CA 08-27-2010 04:00 PM

Yes, they are most certainly better than they used to be. IMO though there are still some yarns that don't soften up enough for humans even with washing and fabric softener. :lol: There are definitely lots of good ones out there now which is great. :thumbsup:

khaosx5 08-30-2010 09:15 AM

For some projects, I have to admit that I prefer the older yarns. They have more body and stand up to washing and drying better. :knitting:

sgtpam 08-30-2010 10:12 AM

What do y'all use to soften up those baby blankets before you gift them?

Mirl56 08-30-2010 04:48 PM

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Originally Posted by sgtpam (Post 1298808)
What do y'all use to soften up those baby blankets before you gift them?

You can try soaking them a bit in water generously dosed with hair conditioner.

Jan in CA 08-30-2010 06:10 PM

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Originally Posted by sgtpam (Post 1298808)
What do y'all use to soften up those baby blankets before you gift them?

It depends on what yarn I used. If it's acrylic it goes in the washer and dryer and I use a mild detergent like Woolite and a tiny bit of Downy. If it's wool I use Eucalan only since it's even gentler than Woolite.

lgoddard 08-31-2010 07:20 PM

I have been using Eucalan for all of mine, so far so good

Crycket 08-31-2010 07:31 PM

I second the hair conditioner...use it in place of your fabric softener. Even better...use a tube of the stuff that comes with hair dye. My hair is so fine that one tubes lasts several dyes. So, I have used it. And it works pretty well!


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