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Old 03-16-2010, 12:00 AM   #1
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Red Heart super saver "sucks"
...but at least it's centre-pull. My Lily sugar n cream. Bernat value etc ad nauseam....not centre-pull!
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Old 03-16-2010, 12:45 AM   #2
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I nearly bought some today because it was on sale, but then I didn't because I wasn't in my state and didn't want to pay sales tax (or deal with the whole "I'm exempt" thing and have to show them my ID).

I'm looking for something machine washable so I can knit my brothers baby a hat/cardi/blanket.
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Old 03-16-2010, 12:56 AM   #3
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I'm looking for something machine washable so I can knit my brothers baby a hat/cardi/blanket.
I cant belive im saying this.....but here goes....

I bought some "Vanna's Choice" yarn at Wallyworld for a hat. This was going to be a work hat for my 6yo son who is growing so much he might get a week outta it...(ok thats an exageration but you get the picture)so I needed some crappy, cheap yarn...LOL(sorry Vanna) And I didnt want to knit with the sandpaper(red heart super saver)After I got done knitting the hat, I HATED the way it felt. But I thought I got it done already, what the hay? So I threw it in the washer and dryer and it came out SOOOO SOFT!!!! I am going to buy more if the need arises.
Im done now...


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SOOOOOO good to know!!!!!

I feel like a snob because I've never 'really' used acrylic - I do hear the squeaking on my needles, but more-so on my fingers when I rub them together!!!

Anyway, I'm so glad to know that the feel before washing is different... I was beginning to think I would have to send someone else to buy yarn for me and just use what I got :oD
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Old 03-16-2010, 04:47 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by etoilechaude View Post
I'm looking for something machine washable so I can knit my brothers baby a hat/cardi/blanket.
I'm knitting toddler sweaters for my nephews. I usually avoid acrylic, too. But like you, I wanted something washable.
I'm using Lion CottonEase. It is 50%acrylic/50% cotton. It isn't bad to work with. Handles like cotton with some give from the acrylic. Good stitch definition. On US#8 needles I'm getting 22st=4".
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:48 AM   #6
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Super saver may feel very rough in the skein, but it softens up quite a lot when washed. They put something on it that comes off in the wash. But VC, cottonease aa well as Carons simply soft and Hobby Lobby's I love This Yarn are very nice too.
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:50 AM   #7
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I knitted so many Ripple Afghans with Red Heart (some Super Saver) and after washing they were very soft. Using a 10 1/2 needle made knitting with it easier. Haven't tried any Vanna yarn yet but glad to know it is soft after washing. Love the fact that you can throw it in the washer and dryer.
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Yep, using a larger needle, like 10 or 10 will make any yarn feel softer. When they're knit with a dense gauge, even soft yarns can feel stiff and rough.
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:14 AM   #9
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Personally I find that even after it's washed it's still not as soft as some other acrylics. I also find that it sandpapers my fingers as it slides through them and I can't knit with it for very long. There are just too many other inexpensive and better acrylics to use.

A few of my favorites for 100% acrylic
James C. Brett Marble
Caron Simply Soft
Red Heart Soft
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:46 AM   #10
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I like Vanna White yarn, it's nice to knit with.

But back to my original beef. I HATE yarn that is not centre-pull and I don't have the time nor the energy to re-ball all my yarn. :eek:
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