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Old 11-26-2010, 09:59 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Daylilydayzed View Post
Since that photo was taken I have lost both mother and grandmother. Mom went on Dec 31, 2003 and Grandmother went on Aug 9th 2007.
So sorry to hear of their passing. But wonderful that you had that brief moment with the five of you gathered for that priceless photo! It's hard to lose the women in our lives. It's been the most difficult thing in my life.
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:55 PM   #22
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Congratulations, Dollyce! That is awesome news! Knitting for little ones is the most fun!
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How awesome!!! Congrats to the most beautiful great grandma!! They just don't make grandmas like they used to do they? LOL Your grand-daughter is beautiful too ... must run in the family.
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wow! major milestone! congrats!!!!!
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I'm trying to think long and hard about the YARNS for my great-grandbaby's knits. She (he?) will be born in June...so 0-3 months sizes should be cottons, possibly other coolish yarns like made from corn, hemp, linen, milk. But, the garments should be machine washable for the sake of the new mother, right?

Anyway, acrylic is out. I like natural plant-based yarns for warm weather knits. Anyone have suggestions? What plant-based yarns are soft, cool, and machine washable?
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Like wools washability varies. Have to think on this a bit...
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Dollyce, how exciting! A great grandbaby on the way, yippee!

Sorry this reply is belated. Sheldon is teasing me that it's so belated you're probably already a great, great grandma by now.

I haven't read this whole thread, but chiming in regarding yarn...how about an organic cotton?
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....but chiming in regarding yarn...how about an organic cotton?
Are organic cottons machine washable? It sounds great!
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Check the label to be sure, but I'd say mostly yes on washability. Just be sure to wash and machine dry your swatch , or sleeve, before taking gauge for the sweater body. Cotton has NO bounce-back and can actually grow after laundering because of this.

I stay away from larger garments in cotton, the weight of the garment wants to pull and stretch out the knitting and it doesn't spring back, and it can be a frustrating fiber. But for a baby sweater scale it can be great.

I'm partial to eco-fibers, so that's why I list organic cotton first. I think linen or hemp would probably beat cotton for eco footprint, and also for machine wash durability, but they won't be baby-soft until they've been washed and washed and washed. I've never knit with tencel, but that is the most eco-friendly of the man-made cellulose-based fibers, if you're leaning in that direction. Mercerized cotton is soft, but I believe uses a lot of chemicals to get that way, so I'd avoid that. Bamboo and soy fibers can be quite soft, but again use a lot of chemicals as I understand it. Knitting Green by Ann Budd is a great book on these topics, for the curious.
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Yes, she lives about 10 minutes from her Gram! We've been fortunate...all 5 of our children and all 10 of our grandchildren, live within 15 minutes from us!
Wow, Dollyce, that is really wonderful and incredible. Tell me your secret, how did you get your kids to stay so close?! ETA: I mean, in this day and age, it seems like so many people travel for school or whatever, and settle elsewhere.
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