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Old 08-20-2007, 01:15 AM   #1
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Type of wool? (a question and tiny little rant)
The wool yarn my two yarn and notions shops sell is always very hard, stiff, splitty, and SCRATCHY. Even the wool for sock yarn. It does loosen up a little after blocking, but is never anything you'd want to wear next to your skin. Does anyone know what kind of wool this is?

I'd like to just TOUCH some angora or cashmere.
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Old 08-20-2007, 01:30 AM   #2
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No idea what kind of yarn that is. Is there a name on it? I've seen some yarn from Greece (I"m Greek) and it's been beautiful and soft. My friend bought it in Thesaloniki. Years ago on one of the islands, I did buy a sweater that matches what you describe, itchy scratchy.

Good luck figuring out the yarn.

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Old 08-20-2007, 04:48 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by ready2knit View Post
No idea what kind of yarn that is. Is there a name on it? I've seen some yarn from Greece (I"m Greek) and it's been beautiful and soft. My friend bought it in Thesaloniki. Years ago on one of the islands, I did buy a sweater that matches what you describe, itchy scratchy.

Good luck figuring out the yarn.

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I guess I meant to say, what kind of sheep is this sort of wool from?

I live in a pretty small town (~20,000) and don't have the choices. There's several brands I've seen locally that are very reasonably priced and come in nice colors. But I can't get a specific kind of notably soft wool, like merino or alpaca. Only "wool", acrylic, wool/acrylic blends, and mohair blends.

We are taking a trip to Athens in September and I plan to hit a big yarn store on Kolokotroni Street.
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Old 08-20-2007, 01:32 AM   #4
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I know what you mean, Most of the 'natural' yarns just make me itch. Some are not to bad if I can wear them over a shirt of something but I really want to find a yarn that I can wear, as is. I may just have to just knit in cotton, it's the least itchy so far.
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for those of us who are a little more sensitive?
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Old 08-20-2007, 02:19 AM   #5
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hmmmm, it might depend on the quality and if its blended with other fibers.... i think 100% wool can be very itchy and harsh but mix it with some acrylic and it can be quite nice (depending of course).
I've always found Merino wool to be very soft, not entirely sure what the difference is tho.
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Originally Posted by Curly_Toot View Post
hmmmm, it might depend on the quality and if its blended with other fibers.... i think 100% wool can be very itchy and harsh but mix it with some acrylic and it can be quite nice (depending of course).
I've always found Merino wool to be very soft, not entirely sure what the difference is tho.


Yes, harsh. That's the word. I think merino wool is from the merino sheep. So I was wondering what sort of sheep produces this harsh wool, or if it's the processing? I know nothing about that side of knitting. I see sheep all over the place here, but I don't know what species they are. They have long, thick, straight wool and these long, spindly, bald legs.
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Originally Posted by Mazie View Post
I know what you mean, Most of the 'natural' yarns just make me itch. Some are not to bad if I can wear them over a shirt of something but I really want to find a yarn that I can wear, as is. I may just have to just knit in cotton, it's the least itchy so far.
Is there anything that doesn't 'set the bells a'ringing'
for those of us who are a little more sensitive?

I keep hearing that merino and alpaca are very soft and don't bother sensitive people. I am working on a sweater now that is 80% acrylic, 10% virgin wool, and 10% mohair. It was not expensive at all and I thought it was just right for my first attempt at a sweater. However, I think I will have to wear a t-shirt under it. It's a little prickly. That's assuming, of course, that it's wearable.

I have been window shopping online for months and am overwhelmed at the choices. It's hard to choose when you haven't seen and touched the yarn yourself.
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I think there are different kinds of sheep that produce a softer wool... merino I think is one, but I think that part of the softness is in processing. I usually can't wear wool at all, but I was at my LYS and someone was using Lorna's Laces 100% superwash wool and it was soooooo soft! Can you shop online? I know shipping can be a problem for those of you out of the country.
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
I think there are different kinds of sheep that produce a softer wool... merino I think is one, but I think that part of the softness is in processing. I usually can't wear wool at all, but I was at my LYS and someone was using Lorna's Laces 100% superwash wool and it was soooooo soft! Can you shop online? I know shipping can be a problem for those of you out of the country.

Yes, I can shop online and will probably do so from a shop in England, once I ever decide what I want. The shipping doesn't cost nearly as much as from the states.

I am just tired of scratching around in my LYS (pardon the pun, how awful) and never finding quite what I want/picture/imagine. Thanks for the tip on Lorna's Laces!
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Originally Posted by AnnaT View Post
I keep hearing that merino and alpaca are very soft and don't bother sensitive people. I am working on a sweater now that is 80% acrylic, 10% virgin wool, and 10% mohair. It was not expensive at all and I thought it was just right for my first attempt at a sweater. However, I think I will have to wear a t-shirt under it. It's a little prickly. That's assuming, of course, that it's wearable.
That could be the mohair, too. While some wools are itchy, I have found many (including merino), to be soft enough to wear against my skin. But anything mohair? I just can't do it. It feels fine on my hands, but anywhere it's just too itchy.
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