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Old 03-24-2006, 01:05 PM   #11
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I've used Paton's Grace {sport weight merc. cotton} as a dishsoap dress, but wouldn't use it as a dishcloth or washcloth. While it feels smooth and silky to the hands, it's definitely not the same feel on the face. I've heard of people using cotton chenille for facecloths, but I don't even know where to begin to look for that.

Editted to add: Look at above reply to find cotton chenille!!!
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Old 03-24-2006, 01:11 PM   #12
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MERCERIZED COTTON
Here's some short answers:
Mercerized cotton has a higher luster, greater strength, holds more dye, and does not shrink as much when washed as unmercerized cotton.

Mercerized Cotton is prepared using a process first discovered by John Mercer in 1844. He found that when cotton fibres are submersed in a strong caustic soda solution they swell and develop a high lustre. Because of this, Mercerized Cotton fibres dye to a more brilliant shade than un-mercerized cotton, are stronger and more lustrous.

Here's the long answer..it's actually quite interesting..at least for a nerd.

http://fiberarts.org/design/articles/mercerized.html

I googled it. :rollseyes:
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Old 03-24-2006, 01:36 PM   #13
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HI thanks for all the ideas and tips I really like the idea of using cotton chenille. I would probably have to order it online somewhere because I don't have many places to buy yarn where I live. I don't have a pattern in mind yet, but have wanted to make a washcloth for awhile now. Thanks again for all the help.
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Jan, from one nerd to another, that was pretty interesting! :study:
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Jan, you read my mind. I've been wonderiing what the difference was between mercerized and unmercerized cotton. Thanks.
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