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Old 08-02-2006, 08:32 PM   #1
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cotton washcloths?
Just a quick question - I have been wanting to make some washcloths, but all the patterns I see say that you should use cotton. Is there any particular reason for this? Thank you!!!!
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Old 08-02-2006, 08:57 PM   #2
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Basically, cotton is durable, absorbant, and (for the most part) cheap. You can machine wash and dry cotton, you can't machine wash wool.

For washcloths, the most affordable, easiest to find cotton is Peaches and Cream or Sugar and Cream. You can even find it at Michaels, Joanns, and yes, Walmart.
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Old 08-02-2006, 10:38 PM   #3
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Cotton also doesnt smell funky when it gets wet, like some wool does. It is also great for doing small doily or lace pattern in that can be used as washcloths.
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Old 08-02-2006, 11:30 PM   #4
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And acrylic is basically plastic--not really absorbent.
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Old 08-02-2006, 11:49 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Ingrid
And acrylic is basically plastic--not really absorbent.
I dunno. Have you ever soaked something acrylic? Talk about taking forever to dry out...
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to combat the funky wet wool smell (it smells like a wet dog in summer -- ick) you can soak it in some water and a bit of liquid fabric softener (scented). It really does help.
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You can also make washcloths out of linen or hemp - just about any plant material as they are absorbant. Linen and hemp will soften up after washing and drying too, and they are rot-resistant.

Acrylic holding water is probably as result of the fibers trapping the water, rather than the fibers absorbing the water.
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Good tip about hemp......I hadn't thought about that.

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And acrylic is basically plastic--not really absorbent.
I dunno. Have you ever soaked something acrylic? Talk about taking forever to dry out...
I think Carol got what I meant. When you pick up a wet piece of acrylic the water pours out. It's as if the water is in there but it's not really wet.
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And acrylic is basically plastic--not really absorbent.
I dunno. Have you ever soaked something acrylic? Talk about taking forever to dry out...
I think Carol got what I meant. When you pick up a wet piece of acrylic the water pours out. It's as if the water is in there but it's not really wet.
...It's just so freakin' bizarre to think about a fiber doing that. It's like an alien fiber or something. *shudders*
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