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Ellen Edwards 08-02-2005 01:30 AM

ACRYLIC??!!!
 
Uh oh!! I thought the yarn I got from eBay was wool, and it isn't!! It's 100% acrylic.....and I like the tweedy color and everything. it's DK, and for some reason I thought I was ordering 100% wool. Alas, I was NOT. :rollseyes: I got 300 grams of this stuff for about 12 bucks, and I really like the texture and all that, but a question:
I've knitted one sock with it already. How comfortable are acrylic socks, ya'll?? :?? I feel so stupid...not like I was conned or anything; I guess I just assumed that it was wool. It didn't say it was acrylic either, though!! :oops:


Should I use it for something else other than socks--will they be too hot, or not absorb moisture ??I've always heard wool blends were better for socks because of the wicking thing. Now I've got this lovely sock with everything done but the toe, and I just found out it isn't wool!! SHould I frog it--or not?? :XX:

Ingrid 08-02-2005 07:49 AM

I would forge ahead. Wool is good for socks because if they get wet they still retain warmth. I don't know if this applies to acrylic yarn specifically, but most athletic socks are made of man-made fibers because cotton retains the moisture.

There are sock experts out there that I'm sure have more personal knowledge, but it seems a shame to frog.

franna724 08-02-2005 09:19 AM

I've never used 100 percent acrylic for socks. I've heard Wool-Ease (wool/acrylic blend) is okay, but not the best. I've heard that acrylic does not absorb any moisture and that they are hot and make feet sweat.

However, if it was me and I liked the yarn and I had already finished one sock, I'd just keep going. But that's just me.

Anna

kemp 08-02-2005 09:57 AM

You could always wear them around the house as slipper socks if they won't absord well enough to wear with shoes. Or how about making it into a (small...maybe for a pet??) Christmas stocking?

There's always :frog: but I hate the idea of all that work going to waste!

Ellen Edwards 08-02-2005 12:41 PM

Yeah..I really do like the way it looks--and I finally made a sock with no recognizable mistakes!! So in think I will make the other one and just wear it around the house. Then I can admire the yarn AND the fact that I knitted them myself!! :XX:


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