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Old 04-02-2007, 04:49 PM   #1
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How do I soften this yarn.....
Hello all! I bought a cone of pure wool, a light worsted weight, and it's quite scratchy. I did wash a strand to see if it softened and it did, but maybe there's a better way to ensure that what I knit with it will be okay against skin. I've heard that coned yarn may have a coating on it to make it easier to machine knit, but I don't know if this is the case. Any suggestions? samm
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Old 04-02-2007, 06:36 PM   #2
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Next time you wash it, add a bit of hair conditioner to the rinse water. That will soften it up about as soft as it's going to get.
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Old 04-02-2007, 10:03 PM   #3
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I agree. Conditioner works great for rough wools.
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Old 04-03-2007, 01:46 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tip, Contiknitter and Lizzie! I hadn't thought of that. I have super duty conditioner for our hairy dog. I'll try that! It washed up not as stiff, but was still rough. I think it will be okay for a hat, or felted mittens, but hopefully the conditioner will soften it further! Off to try a strand and see. Thanks again, samm
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About the sizing oil on coned yarns. Some have it and some don't. It will wash out if it does.
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Old 04-04-2007, 06:14 PM   #6
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Thanks, Calamintha. The yarn feels as if it has a coating, and it did soften with washing. Also my cats are very interested in this yarn!!! Something smells different to them. :O) I'm still deciding what to make with it. Thanks for the information, samm
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