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Old 04-29-2007, 08:01 AM   #1
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Dear Ones,

I recently bought some linen (Maggi's Linen) yarn at that amazing Knit Happens sale -- you remember the one Anyway, I had never worked with linen before and didn't know what to expect. I had planned on making a cute little tank top with it but when I got the yarn I was surprised at how course it is. It's like knitting with sisal.

Has anyone else worked with linen and does it soften with washing and use? I'm thinking I may have to rethink it's purpose and use it for something else.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 04-29-2007, 08:22 AM   #2
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I've heard that it softens with washing. I'm using Reynolds Soft Linen which is just a blend, but it really is soft. I haven't used pure linen before.
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Old 04-29-2007, 09:21 AM   #3
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I'm knitting a poncho with linen yarn. It will soften after washing. There is a project in my LYS and it feels lovely.
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Old 04-29-2007, 09:49 AM   #4
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It also softens up when you handle it, as in knitting.

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Old 04-29-2007, 10:48 AM   #5
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It should get softer with every washing. Knit a swatch and wash it, then decide if you still want a tank out of it. The Euroflax web site show many linen knitted garments. So a tank is a reasonable idea for the linen. It is tricky to work with though. I started to make a linen lace scarf- but ripped it out when I made a mistake early on. I need some wooden needlse in the correct size for what I want to do. The linen slides right off the Options.
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linen is stronger, an softer when wet.

mist your yarn to make it moist.. (not wet, but almost.)

it will be easier to knit! (be sure to lie it flat and let it dry between when you are not knitting!)

it sounds strange, but water is cheap, and won't ruin the yarn. try it!
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Linen is one of my FAVORITE yarns to work with. Euroflax especially.

I like it as much as Malabrigo, but for different reasons. While Malabrigo is a joy to knit with but doesn't wear the best, linen is the opposite. It is rough to knit with. Almost like straw or rough hemp. But the stitch definition in things like lace is EXCELLENT. You finish a project and you wonder will I ever LIKE this? Sure, its BEAUTIFUL, but will you like touching it, or it touching you? The answer is yes, absolutely, without a doubt. Once washed it softens considerably. With use and wear it softens.

This is why so many of great grandmas linen hankerchiefs and hand towels become heirlooms. If they were to be bought new they would lack the quality that makes them so wonderful. This is also why finished linen items are given at weddings-because like a good marriage, linen does not become brittle with wear, it softens, relaxes and becomes something that is a complete joy.
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Old 04-29-2007, 06:41 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Chel
Linen is one of my FAVORITE yarns to work with. Euroflax especially.

I like it as much as Malabrigo, but for different reasons. While Malabrigo is a joy to knit with but doesn't wear the best, linen is the opposite. It is rough to knit with. Almost like straw or rough hemp. But the stitch definition in things like lace is EXCELLENT. You finish a project and you wonder will I ever LIKE this? Sure, its BEAUTIFUL, but will you like touching it, or it touching you? The answer is yes, absolutely, without a doubt. Once washed it softens considerably. With use and wear it softens.

This is why so many of great grandmas linen hankerchiefs and hand towels become heirlooms. If they were to be bought new they would lack the quality that makes them so wonderful. This is also why finished linen items are given at weddings-because like a good marriage, linen does not become brittle with wear, it softens, relaxes and becomes something that is a complete joy.
ooooooooohhhhhhh, Chel! (You're so good at expressing yourself!!)
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Old 04-29-2007, 06:52 PM   #9
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Wow, Chel! You make me want to go knit some linen things for my friends who will marry in the next year.

Such a way with words you have!
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Its not me! Its the joy of knitting linen. Honest!
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