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Old 12-04-2010, 01:11 AM   #31
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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.
John and I were raised 1/2 block from each other from K thru 9. Then we moved 15 minutes from the old neighborhood. My brother lives 10 minutes from me. Maybe our kids live close cuz it's what they've grown up with. As a matter of fact, all of our chikdren's spouses also have parents and siblings that live within 10-15 minutes.

Our cup runneth over. I know that military service and out-of-state college years has been a major factor in families coming to be spread out from coast-to-coast, border-to-border. They can remain tightly-knit despite distance, but it makes weekly 'grammy visits' impossible. We've enjoyed having our grandchildren close.

My fondest memories include sitting in the lap of my little great-gramma! A grandmother can still have some fire in her, but great-grammas are all about kisses, hugs, cookies, and 'yes'! Great-grammas have forgotten 'no'! Tee hee!
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Old 12-04-2010, 01:20 AM   #32
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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.

Thanks for your feedback! I'm sorta outa the loop these days when it comes to the latest info about baby-friendly organics and 'green' yarns! I'm investigating the organics now! Oh, and of particular help: thanks for the info about the behavior of knitted cottons. I'm thinking of a shortie Baby Einstein in an organic cotton. It could be worn to keep the chill away, without being hot. We don't live in a hot n' humid summer season. We get 90's for about 7 days in August...then that's that for summer! Just enough heat to help Home Depot sell out on electric fans!
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