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Old 05-16-2006, 02:34 PM   #1
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Does anyone here primarily use acrylic yarn?
I'm beginning to feel like a yarn idiot, LOL!!! All I've ever used is acrylic. I can't stand to wear wool (I break out like crazy!), and most cottons I've seen are hand wash and dry flat. Pretty much everything I've done, I've gone for convenience for the wearer.

Are there varying "degrees" of acrylics, like one is the "cheap cousin" and one is the "cream of the crop"?
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Old 05-16-2006, 02:45 PM   #2
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Since I have only knitted for children or dogs, I only use acrylic or cotton. I want everything to be machine washable and dryable. I'm looking for more blends in the future.
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Old 05-16-2006, 02:51 PM   #3
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There is "oh my God this is horrible" acrylic and there is "this works for me" acrylic.

There are some that I just can't stand the feel of, though others are soft. When I make an easy-care child's sweater, I lean toward Plymouth Encore, which is a blend, because I find it soft, the colors are great, and it washes and dries in the machine.
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Old 05-16-2006, 03:06 PM   #4
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Last Christmas I knitted my (male) room mate a lovely ( if I say so myself) Aran sweater. It`s a cream sweater for a guy - you bet your life it was knitted in Acrylic - that thing is going need washing a lot !! ( If you want to see said sweater pictures - and a more detailed blurb about the making are at the bottom of my blog )

I did take the half finished project to a knitting group at one point - while most people were very nice about my sweater - someone said something about knitting it in acrylic. I explained it was for a guy - There then follow much garbage about sweater curses < insert eye roll >

Anyway - the gift was well received - room mate commented how soft it was - he doesn`t seem to be cursed and neither do I.

I actually have knitted a couple of garments with "real wool" recently and honestly they look like crap in no time because the pill and fluff and bobble so much - not to mention the TLC they need to was them... I say yeah for anything I can stuff in a washing machine that doesn`t leave hair balls every where !
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Old 05-16-2006, 03:28 PM   #5
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My feelings are that if I'm going to spend incredible amounts of time knitting something, I am going to take darn good care of it. If I want something I can throw in the wash, I'll take myself to Target and get something for $9.99.

You might look at Cascade Sierra -- machine washable/dryable, and a cotton/wool blend.

Have you tried some of the super duper soft (like cashmere soft) wools out there?
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Old 05-16-2006, 03:45 PM   #6
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There are some acrylics which I like to use for knitting baby stuff, including Caron Simply Soft, and Bernat Baby Softee. I like that they're washable for spitting babies , and they are very soft. Though heirloom knitting is nice, most of the mom's I know whom I knit for won't be giving the garments that type of care. These acrylics hold up well for the life of the garment, which is not needed for that long of a period of time, since babies grow so quickly. :D
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Old 05-16-2006, 04:15 PM   #7
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For me it's all about who it's for and what it is. Most of what I knit these days is either socks or garments for my kids. Kids garments {including socks} are done in acrylic or acrylic blends. I am working on a throw for DH's desk chair that's all acrylics... one regular blended with a boucle or a thick-n-thin. Socks for DH are always wool {scratchy or otherwise, he doesn't care!}, and socks for me are made out of whatever I have.
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Originally Posted by nicolethegeek
For me it's all about who it's for and what it is. Most of what I knit these days is either socks or garments for my kids. Kids garments {including socks} are done in acrylic or acrylic blends.
Totally. Kids, pets, some men and other dirty people get acrylic. FOlks who know how to appreciate real wool get real wool.
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Old 05-16-2006, 04:25 PM   #9
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There are acrylics and acrylics. Even in the scratchy ones sometimes some colours are softer. For the dogs, anything goes. I knit almost always in acrylics for the grandkids because I know my DILs won't want to fuss. Some of those sweaters are on the third wearer now. :D I have used wool blends, washable ones for a couple of sweaters for the kids but they all have sensitive skins. I itch like crazy in wools and some bother my hands to knit them. Galway is okay, and I'm going to make a little aran sweater for my lys soon. I guess for me I use whatever will welcome to the user. My budget is pretty tight too! Forgot about that issue. samm who isn't all that particular if the colours are great and the feel is pretty good. :XX:
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Old 05-16-2006, 04:34 PM   #10
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I love plymouth Encore and its in my budget.. with 2 kids I don't want to handwash so thats usually what I knit with.. I have used other like wool.. alpaca.. but its all gotta fit in my budget and if acrylic does at that time its what I use don't feel bad if thats all you knit with my grandmother has crochet for I don' t know how long and thats all she will use and everything I have that she made me/kids holds up great.. I use alot of Sugar n Cream cottons too.. and Knitpicks fits into my budget... If your happy with your yarn then thats all that matters

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