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Old 03-17-2006, 11:46 PM   #11
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I think simply soft would make a great afghan...or have you tried knitpicks? they have lots of great yarns at really great prices!

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Old 03-18-2006, 11:35 AM   #12
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Old 03-18-2006, 09:34 PM   #13
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Id go encore. Its machine washable and washes up REALLY soft. They have a bulky if you dont want to single-strand the worsted.... It comes in the same colors, too!
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Old 03-19-2006, 10:17 AM   #14
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I got a bunch of RH Soft on clearance a few years back, and I made 3 VERY WELL LOVED afghans out of it. It didn't feel plasticky at all, and it has washed up beautifully {dozens of washes now}. I'm not sure if it's available in the US, but I'm nearly positive that the TLC Soft is basically the same stuff.
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Old 03-19-2006, 11:09 AM   #15
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Based on my not-so-vast experience:

Doubling up can be a mistake - I attempted to do that hot damn afghan thing, and it ended up being way chunky and ugly. You completely could not see any stitch definition. Perhaps this is the reason why you never see actual pictures of a completed hot damn afghan out there. Yeppers.

I have several crocheted afghans and I can guarantee that they were made out of the cheapest yarn available at the time. (as the lady who made them had extremely limited resources). They wash up and do lose their plasticity and they wear like iron. They are fabulous.

For your first attempt at an afghan, I wouldn't invest too much - what if you burn out or get tired? You don't want that bag of $100 worth or more of yarn staring you in the face giving you the guilts.

I am voting for simply soft for you. I have skeins to do ripple quilt with homespun, and haven't started because I think it will be a PITA to work with. (also because I am trying to finish the slowest ever sweater) Whereas the simply soft is supposed to be delightful. Once #1 son picks a college, I plan on making him an afghan in school colors (I also plan on making him a quilt so the little pissant better pick a school quick). Here is a place with inexpensive simply soft:
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Old 03-20-2006, 12:12 PM   #16
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I purchased some red hear varigated becaused I loved the colors for an afghan. It was also very inexpensive. I didn't like the plastic/hard feel of the afghan so I frogged it. (Was supposed to be knit with two strands.) I still like the colors so I started it again with one strand of the red heart and one strand of wool-ease (which I thought would be too scratchy alone). Much to my surprise, the combo of the two yarns is much softer and nicer than the original red heart only. I got the wool-ease on ebay and it was pretty cheap too.
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Old 03-20-2006, 01:20 PM   #17
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I agree with the "little at a time" idea. I can't afford to spend $150 at a time on yarn. But I can afford to spend like $20-30 every month or so. Get enough to get you started, and then take it from there.

And don't be completely turned off by acrylic. Even though it feels like crap when you knit it up, it does soften over time.
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Old 03-20-2006, 02:03 PM   #18
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I'm using Caron Super Soft for a block-pieced afghan/blanket ... I got it at Wal*Mart of all places, but it's super soft and cuddly.

Edit: I'm using Dark Country Blue, Dark Sage, Autumn Red and Off White. They're all beautiful colors!
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