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Old 01-16-2008, 10:54 PM   #1
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I am new to this forum but I have been knitting for several years. I recently was give some 100% wool hand painted yarn in some really beautiful colors. The problem is it is pretty rough. What should I do with this yarn? It is pretty but I would hate to put a lot of time into something and then not be able to use it. I am not really familliar with wool, will it soften when it is washed? Any and all thoughts appreciated.
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Old 01-16-2008, 10:58 PM   #2
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Unless it is superwash wool it will felt..in that case I would make something felted, like a purse or a cute pair of slippers How much yardage do you have? Feltable wool is kind of rough usually so I think that is what you have
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:36 PM   #3
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I have about 800 yards of each color. I have never knit slippers before...are they hard?
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:39 PM   #4
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This would look great in some handpainted yarn!

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It takes less than 200 yards to make one bag and it works up so fast!
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You could also knit up a swatch and try handwashing as you would a sweater and see if it softens up.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:05 PM   #6
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It should not felt if you hand wash in cool water. I have heard of people using hair conditioner to soften yarn. Try a swatch.
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I would suggest a purse, something that you won't wear too close to your skin--have fun, whatever you decide, it sounds like really nice yarn.
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Old 01-17-2008, 02:31 PM   #8
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A vest?
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:51 PM   #9
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A felted purse would be great. If you need a pattern just google felted purse pattern and you will be amazed at how many free patterns you will find.
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A vest?
a vest would probably be a good idea
or like someone else said, amanda's squatty sidekick
they would both look good
hope this inspires you!!
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