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Old 09-28-2006, 03:28 PM   #1
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Should I try a natural fiber to knit with??
I have used acrylic since I started knitting(3 mos) ago and am pleased with the results so far.But i keep hearing everyone say how great alpaca, wool, silk and malabrigo are. It is more expensive, you get less yarn (3.5oz on the average) and it's not machine washable.
Would anyone like to share why the feel natural fibers are better?
would apprectiate your input as I am thinking this over
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Old 09-28-2006, 03:33 PM   #2
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Most of the 'natural' fibers just feel better to knit with. There are many acrylics out there that are soft, but after working with the soft natural fibers, the acrylics feel like plastic to me. It's a shame, because acrylics are good for a lot of things--I just can't stand the feel of it anymore. I can use a blend, like Encore, but straight acrylic, no.

Superwash wools are machine washable, and they're very soft, so you get the best of both worlds there.
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Old 09-28-2006, 04:10 PM   #3
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I've used both, depending on what I'm making. But 100% wool isn't near as soft as a lot of acrylics. Merino and alapacas, yes, they're yummy, but I won't be making things from plain wool.

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Old 09-28-2006, 04:18 PM   #4
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You should absolutely try something besides acrylic. Once you try it, you'll be able to decide for yourself. It's true that a lot of them aren't washable but you can't beat the feel and breathability of them!
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Old 09-28-2006, 05:11 PM   #5
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I'm with Ingrid. The first time I knit with natural fibers I knew I could never go back to acrylic. It has a completely different feel to it. To me acrylic has a harsh, cold, somewhat sticky feel. Compared to natural fibers, it's not a good insulator so it doesn't keep you as warm. From an ecological point of view, acrylic is a product of the petroleum industry whereas natural fibers are a natural, renewable resource.

There are rough wool yarns certainly but many of them are not. Merino wools are especially soft. As Ingrid mentioned there are types of wool that have been specially treated so that they can be washed without felting called Superwash wools. Alpaca, mohair, silk, cashmere, and other fibers all have their charms and are different from one another. If you want to try natural fibers without breaking your budget try Elann.com. They have some great discounts on yarns.
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Old 09-28-2006, 05:26 PM   #6
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it is everything i can do to keep from stopping people from using acrylics...i know they are great for many things but they maketh me crazy...i just don't like the feel. I don't like spending crazy amounts of money on yarn but i will definitely spend more for what i perceive to be better quality. Do you have a local yarn shop in your area where you can go to experience other fibers?


anyway you look at it, there are great reasons to use acrylics...one of the very good reasons is that not everybody can use natural fibers because of allergies and another is cost. you are definitely right...in most cases you do get more yardage from acrylics. when i first started knitting i couldn't imagine ever wanting anything other than Lion Brand.....and then i went to the LYS....*sigh* i am pretty sure the LYS is the reason I keep the second job...lol
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Originally Posted by Calamintha
I'm with Ingrid. The first time I knit with natural fibers I knew I could never go back to acrylic. It has a completely different feel to it. To me acrylic has a harsh, cold, somewhat sticky feel. Compared to natural fibers, it's not a good insulator so it doesn't keep you as warm. From an ecological point of view, acrylic is a product of the petroleum industry whereas natural fibers are a natural, renewable resource.
Heh. I find things I've made with acrylic much hotter than wool.

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When I'm knitting with acrylic, it's warm, but it doesn't wick moisture away, so my hands get all sweaty and gross.
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Old 09-29-2006, 12:15 PM   #9
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I knit with both acrylic and natural fibers. No need to be exclusionary. Find something you like and go for it. After all, variety is the spice of life!
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I use both, but prefer natural fibers for most things. The bottom line, IMHO, is try everything you can afford, and then use what you like!
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