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Old 07-13-2005, 09:33 PM   #1
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Sticky yarn
I have just started knitting and am having issues with the yarn seeming sticky at times. It is very humid these days in Va. Beach, so it could just be my hands, but is this a common occurance??? Thanks for any advice.

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Old 07-13-2005, 09:35 PM   #2
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What is your yarn made of? It probably is the humidity and your hands being damp, but something like acrylic will stick more than a natural fiber, especially if it's kind of fuzzy.

I usually like to use cotton in hot weather, but unfortunately I'm using double strands of wool. Go figure!
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Old 07-13-2005, 09:59 PM   #3
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I have that problem with acrylic sometimes, and what reeeeeeally helps a lot is if I stop every now and then to wash my hands. Weird, I know, but it works!!
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Thanks Ingrid
I am using an Encore brand yarn with 75% acrylic and 25% wool. Thanks for the help...especially being a newbie AND a man, I am going to need a lot of it.

Thanks again.

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Old 07-13-2005, 10:11 PM   #5
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Thanks Knitqueen
I tried that and it helped for about 10 minutes. I guess I need to wait till the humidity calms down a bit. The stickiness is making my stitches too tight. Thanks for your help...I really appreciate your time.

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Old 07-13-2005, 10:12 PM   #6
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Actually, Encore is good stuff. Just keep your hands dry.
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Old 07-13-2005, 10:15 PM   #7
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You might try using a different set of needles too. Bamboo, aluminum, casein...they all react differently to different yarns.
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Old 07-13-2005, 10:22 PM   #8
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Honey, I live in Florida. Our average humidity is like 75% (It's currently at 67%). I SO know where you're coming from.

When the yarn sticks and doesn't slide through my fingers well, I just adjust how I hold it, I *usually* wrap it around my pinky, over my ring finger, under the middle finger, then over my pointer. When it's been very sticky out, I've gone so far as to *only* go over my pointer. It feels weird, but it works.
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Thanks again for the help. I was afraid I was the only person who had this problem. Good to know there are others...well you know what I mean. Thanks again for the help.

It is also good to know there are other men doing this.

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Re: Thanks Ingrid
Originally Posted by Luke
Thanks for the help...especially being a newbie AND a man.
Just out of morbid curiousity, what does gender have to do with anything? it's great to have another guy on here, but if you think that knitting is only for women, guess again, there are quite a few of us on the website that knit. Granted, we're few and far between, but then again, with all the ladies on the site, I would consider the odds quite nice :D

Just realized that I may have come across harsh, which wasn't my intention, it's just that the idea that there is a gender separation upsets me.
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