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AZ_Dawn
04-29-2009, 02:41 AM
There's a few loom knitting projects I want to do over the summer: a neck pillow, a scarf, and a hat. Acrylic yarn feels fine on my fingertips, but itchy on my neck and forehead, and wool feels itchy everywhere. Is there a good brand of cotton yarn you'd recommend? Preferably a brand I can buy in a brick-and-mortar store (I like to feel yarn before I buy it). I've checked the online reviews, but they didn't help. I'm open to itch-free non-cotton suggestions, too. Thanks!

Silver King
04-29-2009, 03:08 AM
You could contact our very own K1P1 (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/member.php?u=8743), who might be able to answer your your questions. She's our resident knitting expert and an all around nice person.

(I purchased one of her books for my mom, who loved the gift and picked up some valuable pointers.)

cray
04-29-2009, 03:12 AM
indeed. she took some time and helped me out quite a bit as well.

quiet!
no. i don't knit.

not that there's anything wrong with that but my questions were pertaining to one of the crayettes and knitting.

nevada
04-29-2009, 03:32 AM
AZ Dawn I don't work with cotton much, but i have a Lily Chin Pima Cotton/Merino Wool that's awesome, it's called Gotham.

Also Rowan Yarn Luxury Cotton DK is very nice, it's a cotton/viscose/silk blend.

as for itch free wool, right now I'm knitting a scarf with Rowan Yarn Cashsoft Aran that's a extra fine merino/microfibre/cashmere blend and it's soooo soft. I love it.

Also the Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino is wonderful. The trick toworking with any wool is to get cashmere or a blend of merino/cashmere. Not cheap and they don't sell it at Wallmart but it feels amazing and knits up like a dream.

Wayne K
04-29-2009, 04:22 AM
Uh, that kind of yarn.

MaryMumsy
04-29-2009, 08:35 AM
I use a ton of Sugar N Cream. It is 100% cotton, comes in 4 oz balls, and you can get it at Michaels. They have the same thing in bigger balls at Joanne. There are probably 20 or so colors. It is 4-ply, which I think is the same thing as 'worsted weight'.

MM

Dichroic
04-29-2009, 08:53 AM
Sugar and Cream can be hard on your hands, as it has no give. Southwest Trading Company is based in Tempe, AZ, so is likely to be carried in lots of AZ stores (I can recommend ones in the Phx area, but not south of that). SWTC specializes in yarn made of anything from soy to corn to milk protein.

Another possibility is something like Cascade Fixation, which is cotton but is elasticized, or any mercerize cotton, which will be very smooth. My best suggestion really is to join Ravelry and read its reviews on hundreds of yarns (and see examples of finished objects in those yarns), or to look at the yarn reviews on Wiseneedle (www.wiseneedle.com), or just to go to a store and fondle yarn. (The first and third options will be most fun and distracting.)

nevada
04-29-2009, 07:02 PM
I just checked my stash (stashette, it's not that large) and I have some cotton left that i worked in that I liked. It's Grace by Pattons. Very smooth, very soft. But it's cotton, so whatever you knit will have no stretch or give whatsoever. I'm just not a fan of cotton, can you tell? lol Whatever you do, don't knit anything special in Acrylic. It never stands up and all your hard work will be wasted. Phone around to the specialty stores and see who is having a sale. Or check out the yarn in the store and then find an online site where it's cheaper. If funds are an issue, of course. If not, only buy cashmere. lol

AZ_Dawn
04-30-2009, 12:22 AM
Thanks, guys! I'll have try out some of these suggestions.



You could contact our very own K1P1 (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/member.php?u=8743), who might be able to answer your your questions. She's our resident knitting expert and an all around nice person.




indeed. she took some time and helped me out quite a bit as well.

Sounds good. I'll need to PM her and see what she says.


I use a ton of Sugar N Cream. It is 100% cotton, comes in 4 oz balls, and you can get it at Michaels. They have the same thing in bigger balls at Joanne. There are probably 20 or so colors. It is 4-ply, which I think is the same thing as 'worsted weight'.

Sugar and Cream can be hard on your hands, as it has no give.
I've seen that brand in the stores! I take it from reading these statements that it's a good yarn, but I wouldn't want to use it for the hat and scarf at least?



Southwest Trading Company is based in Tempe, AZ, so is likely to be carried in lots of AZ stores (I can recommend ones in the Phx area, but not south of that). SWTC specializes in yarn made of anything from soy to corn to milk protein.

Darn, I do live farther south! Why does Phoenix get all the cool stuff? :mad:



My best suggestion really is to join Ravelry and read its reviews on hundreds of yarns (and see examples of finished objects in those yarns), or to look at the yarn reviews on Wiseneedle (http://www.wiseneedle.com/), or just to go to a store and fondle yarn. (The first and third options will be most fun and distracting.)

:e2cloud9: I like that third option! I may rub it on the back of my neck, too, just to make sure.

AZ Dawn I don't work with cotton much, but i have a Lily Chin Pima Cotton/Merino Wool that's awesome, it's called Gotham.


AZ Dawn I don't work with cotton much, but i have a Lily Chin Pima Cotton/Merino Wool that's awesome, it's called Gotham.

Also Rowan Yarn Luxury Cotton DK is very nice, it's a cotton/viscose/silk blend.


I just checked my stash (stashette, it's not that large) and I have some cotton left that i worked in that I liked. It's Grace by Pattons. Very smooth, very soft. But it's cotton, so whatever you knit will have no stretch or give whatsoever. I'm just not a fan of cotton, can you tell? lol

I take it that you'd suggest a cotton blend rather than straight cotton?



Whatever you do, don't knit anything special in Acrylic. It never stands up and all your hard work will be wasted.

Too late. I've already made several hats (mostly for dolls, but still!) and a pair of booties for a stuffed toy. I made a hat for myself, too; that's how I found out that acrylic makes my forehead itch.



Phone around to the specialty stores and see who is having a sale. Or check out the yarn in the store and then find an online site where it's cheaper. If funds are an issue, of course. If not, only buy cashmere. lol

Don't know if we have specialty yarn stores in town, but I could check that out. I wouldn't say funds were a huge issue, but I've balked at $6 for a 3.5 ounce skein before. Cashmere's goat wool, right? Maybe that be less itchy than sheep wool.

nevada
04-30-2009, 12:32 AM
Cashmere's goat wool, right? Maybe that be less itchy than sheep wool.

Cashmere doesn't itch at all. It's super soft. Only straight sheep wool will itch. If you buy wool get a merino, it also is goat's wool and doesn't itch. Unfortunately, the wool blends and cotton blends that I'm suggesting run about $10 to 15 a 50g skein. that's the small ball. Which is why I suggested phoning around for a sale or buying it on line. The scarf I'm knitting in the cashmere/merino blend is super super soft and not itchy at all. It was $12 a 50g skein, I need 4 of them, but I got them at half price. Lots of time, specialty knitting stores will also discount yarn they only have a few skeins left of, simply because it's not enough to knit a sweater with but you only need one or two or three for a scarf or a hat. And 3 balls at $10 each is better than 20 or 30 balls for a sweater. lol (these are canadian prices and they might be a bit less in the US)

Cotton, in my opinion, is useless for hats and scarfs. Unless you get it blended with wool. Then you get a beautiful smooth thread that still has some elasticity.

Cotton's good for crocheting lace doilies. :D

MaryMumsy
04-30-2009, 01:43 AM
Cotton's good for crocheting lace doilies. :D

That's a different weight of cotton :D

I use the Sugar N Cream for baby afghans. I like the fact it doesn't have a lot of give. That way it doesn't get all stretched out of shape with use. And my 60 year old hands don't have any problem with it.

MM

nevada
04-30-2009, 01:59 AM
I've knitted some baby sweaters in cotton and they were really cute. My mom loves knitting in cotton. I just love the soft warmth of cashmere and merino and silk blends. I would never knit a sweater out of that though, couldn't justify the expense. But scarves are so so luxurious that way and not ridiculously expensive.

I'm out of practice. Yesterday I loosened the thread and in an instant forgot how to wind the thread around my fingers. total blank. I still don't know how I do it, I just do it. Muscle memory is a weird thing.

ETA did anyone notice the google ads at the top of the thread are for knitting yarn sellers. I knew the ads were targeted, I just didn't realize they were that targeted. I feel almost invaded. lol

Carole
04-30-2009, 05:58 AM
Although I don't usually go for celebrity endorsements, Vanna White has this yarn that is delicious. I can't for the life of me remember the brand it is under, but she's on the labels. There are different varieties, but all of them that I have knitted or crocheted with are great. They don't pill like cheaper yarns do, and they don't come out knotted up some some do. I usually get it at Michael's or Jo Anns. There are super fluffy yarns, baby yarns, wool blends, all acrylic, and lots and lots of colors.

AZ_Dawn
05-01-2009, 12:00 AM
I see what you meant by "they don't sell it at Wallmart", nevada. Some of your suggestion aren't sold it at Michael's or Joann's either. I searched the web for yarn stores in my town, and there's a couple close to my zipcode that sell them, so they're still possibilities.



Unfortunately, the wool blends and cotton blends that I'm suggesting run about $10 to 15 a 50g skein. that's the small ball. Which is why I suggested phoning around for a sale or buying it on line.

The stores didn't show the prices on their sites, though one store announces its sales online. Still, if it doesn't itch and it's cheaper that buying the finished product, it might be worth the sales price at least.



Although I don't usually go for celebrity endorsements, Vanna White has this yarn that is delicious.

I've seen that in stores. Can't remember if I liked the feel or not; I have to put my hand on a skein again.

KikiteNeko
05-01-2009, 12:11 AM
Where are you buying yarn that you can't feel first? Michaels and AC Moore and even Walmart have their yarn out for shoppers to touch.

AZ_Dawn
12-01-2009, 10:56 PM
First a quick update on the projects in the OP. I did the neck pillow with Lion brand cotton. The yarn was fine, but I hit an operator error and couldn't close one end of the tube (I was work in the round). Lesson learned: always close the first end of the tube as soon as possible.

The hat is finished, though the scarf still has about 15 inches to go. I used Patton Silk & Bamboo for them, and boy, does it feel great! :e2cloud9: Which leads to my new yarn problem...

My little sis announced she was pregnant. Naturally, I thought Baby Blanket! One of my older sisters suggested I use the Silk & Bamboo for it. No doubt the baby would love that, but the stuff's handwash only; I couldn't do that to my sis!

Any suggestion for baby blanket yarn? It needs to be machine-washable and -dryable, and of course, safe for babies. ;) Acrylic is allow for this project.

Dicentra P
12-01-2009, 11:03 PM
knitpicks (knitpicks.com) online store has some nice cotton blends. I have heard they can be spotty in quality (fair warning) but I have not had problems in my (very limited) own experience. I used Cotlin which is probably too light for a blanket and Shine worsted.

Kitty Pryde
12-01-2009, 11:07 PM
I love those fluffy Lion Homespun yarns in baby pastels. My friend did a baby blanket and it came out so soft she didn't even want to give it to the baby! They are synthetic material. So soft!

veinglory
12-01-2009, 11:08 PM
I would agree that nicer wool doesn't itch unless you have a lanolin sentivity or something like that--and it is much warmer! Look for cashmere and merino. (But merino is a sheep, you may be thinking of angora?) Higher grades of wool are more expensive but good from projects you want to be warm and last (and not pill).

regdog
12-01-2009, 11:29 PM
indeed. she took some time and helped me out quite a bit as well.

quiet!
no. i don't knit.

not that there's anything wrong with that but my questions were pertaining to one of the crayettes and knitting.

crayettes, ssssssssuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeee

AZ_Dawn
12-03-2009, 06:11 AM
Thanks, guys! I should check these out.



I love those fluffy Lion Homespun yarns in baby pastels. My friend did a baby blanket and it came out so soft she didn't even want to give it to the baby! They are synthetic material. So soft!

I've heard of that one. I'll have to grope a skein at Jo-Ann's to refresh my memory.



Look for cashmere and merino. (But merino is a sheep, you may be thinking of angora?) Higher grades of wool are more expensive but good from projects you want to be warm and last (and not pill).

Sounds a bit expensive for something a baby's gonna blurp all over. :D

Susie
01-06-2010, 12:47 AM
Hey, guys,

Can someone tell me what is the difference between a petal and a cluster in crocheting? Many thanks!

Carole
01-08-2010, 06:16 PM
While we're asking, I would like to find a good resource for learning how to knit on circular needles. It seems there's something pretty fundamental that I'm missing.

MaryMumsy
01-09-2010, 07:11 AM
Hey, guys,

Can someone tell me what is the difference between a petal and a cluster in crocheting? Many thanks!

Susie: I'm a self taught crocheter, and I don't know what those mean. Is there an actual yarn shop you could go to, as opposed to Michael's or somewhere like that?


While we're asking, I would like to find a good resource for learning how to knit on circular needles. It seems there's something pretty fundamental that I'm missing.

Carole: Same advice as for Susie, although I don't knit. Also, search out K1P1 here on the forum. She has published two knitting books.

MM

Carole
01-10-2010, 09:14 PM
I wish yarn shops existed in the Knoxville area. I don't know of any. There used to be an amazing one just a little north, but they closed a couple of years ago. Still kicking myself for not picking up bundles of all that beautiful wool they clearanced out.

I'm so sad about the state of real craft shops, and I don't mean places like Michael's. To me, Michael's is pretty much like a Walmart of craft supplies. They have a lot, but you can't really get much information there unless its in the form of a leaflet or book. And then there's Walmart, which is the closest place for me to buy yarn. All they have is junk, and they won't even have that junk for much longer. I don't really want to spend $6 on a skein of yarn that I know is going to pill up and lose its shape the first time I wash it.

So I guess I'm stuck buying on the Internet. Bah. Maybe I need to raise sheep and give them all gentle little haircuts every year to make my own yarn!

truelyana
01-10-2010, 09:16 PM
I love those fluffy Lion Homespun yarns in baby pastels. My friend did a baby blanket and it came out so soft she didn't even want to give it to the baby! They are synthetic material. So soft!

That's what I use, for my projects! :)

Very flexible to do a variety of patterns.

Cranky
01-11-2010, 02:04 AM
Lordy, I've just finished a hat in Lion Homespun, and it was the fiddliest dang yarn. At least for me, and I've discovered that I tend to knit a bit too tightly. It *is* supersoft, though, ITA.

Also, the Vanna White stuff mentioned upthread? I've just finished off a few skeins of her Vanna's Choice, and it knit up beautifully for a few hats and scarves for my little Cranksters. :Thumbs:

AZ_Dawn
01-11-2010, 03:48 AM
Lordy, I've just finished a hat in Lion Homespun, and it was the fiddliest dang yarn. At least for me, and I've discovered that I tend to knit a bit too tightly. It *is* supersoft, though, ITA.
I did see a thin string in it that looked like it might be a problem.

I think I might use Bernat's Softee Chunkee for the blanket. A) I've used used it before and had no issues with it. B) I made a test swatch out of some leftovers and had my sis check it out; she liked the feel of it. Now I just need to figure out how much I need...

Cranky
01-11-2010, 04:30 AM
I did see a thin string in it that looked like it might be a problem.

I think I might use Bernat's Softee Chunkee for the blanket. A) I've used used it before and had no issues with it. B) I made a test swatch out of some leftovers and had my sis check it out; she liked the feel of it. Now I just need to figure out how much I need...

Hope that works out. :) I've only tried (thus far) Bernat's bamboo yarn. Ooooh, it was luscious! I've got a bunch of Bernat's Satin yarn on the way, and I'll be giving that a go.

/ramble

Carole
02-04-2010, 07:30 PM
Is that the Bamboo Ewe (bamboo and wool) yarn, or just bamboo? I am making the hubby a pair of socks out of Bamboo Ewe, and it really is wonderful.

I am also making my first wool hat. It's so darn cute right now, but I'm bad about never checking my gauge. I usually have no idea if something will fit or not until it's mostly finished and I try to squeeze my head into it without slipping the stitches off the needles. I've learned that I really prefer DPNs to circular needles.

The last hat that I made turned out so great, at least to look at. Himself doesn't have a big head, but it was way too tight. He said, "Wow. Beanies by Trojan. Awesome."

moth
02-04-2010, 08:08 PM
While we're asking, I would like to find a good resource for learning how to knit on circular needles. It seems there's something pretty fundamental that I'm missing.


Hey, guys,

Can someone tell me what is the difference between a petal and a cluster in crocheting? Many thanks!

For everybody - sign up at Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com) if you haven't already -- takes two seconds and it's free. Amazing site that I've already learned a ton from and I've only been there a week or two. Those answers should be there (I should know the crochet one off the top of my head though! :) )

They have a bunch of categories that all cross-reference each other, and one category is yarn. I've learned so much from that yarn tab! I'm someone who has to feel the yarn first too, so if I buy a skein I love the feel of without any clear idea of a project for it, I can go hit the yarn tab, put in that exact yarn type, and see what projects are listed for it. Love that feature. :D

MaryMumsy
02-04-2010, 10:06 PM
Lordy, I've just finished a hat in Lion Homespun, and it was the fiddliest dang yarn.

I bought some Homespun to make an afghan. It is not crochet hook friendly. I returned the unopened skeins, and I'm sending the open one to a friend who knits. It should be enough to make a scarf.

MM

Susie
02-04-2010, 11:18 PM
Thx much, Moth. I'll check it out.

AZ_Dawn
02-05-2010, 04:43 AM
Is that the Bamboo Ewe (bamboo and wool) yarn, or just bamboo? I am making the hubby a pair of socks out of Bamboo Ewe, and it really is wonderful.
Bernat's Bamboo Natural Blends (http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=bamboo). I've felt it in the store and it was very nice in my hand, though my neck had issues with the acrylic part; but that's just me.


The last hat that I made turned out so great, at least to look at. Himself doesn't have a big head, but it was way too tight. He said, "Wow. Beanies by Trojan. Awesome."
Some time back I made a little doll-sized hat on my round blue Knifty Knitter loom and slapped it onto the scanner so I could show it off online. I saw the picture of the squashed-flat hat on the screen and thought, I can't put that online; it looks like a condom! :eek:



I bought some Homespun to make an afghan. It is not crochet hook friendly. I returned the unopened skeins, and I'm sending the open one to a friend who knits. It should be enough to make a scarf.

Thanks for the warning. I have to use a crotchet hook at the end of the project and one of these kind of hooks (http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?CATID=cat3407&PRODID=prd34858) for the rest of it.

Jersey Chick
02-05-2010, 06:19 AM
I've got my eye on alpaca wool - when I finished the numerous baby blankets I've got going on, I want to try my hand at socks. Eventually, I'm making me a pair of oh-so-soft-and-toasty alpaca wool socks... :)

Carole
02-11-2010, 07:31 PM
Some time back I made a little doll-sized hat on my round blue Knifty Knitter loom and slapped it onto the scanner so I could show it off online. I saw the picture of the squashed-flat hat on the screen and thought, I can't put that online; it looks like a condom! :eek:




But you know, someone somewhere would want a knitted condom. It could be a trend! Think about how cozy. LOL!!

MaryMumsy
02-11-2010, 10:29 PM
Some time back I made a little doll-sized hat on my round blue Knifty Knitter loom and slapped it onto the scanner so I could show it off online. I saw the picture of the squashed-flat hat on the screen and thought, I can't put that online; it looks like a condom! :eek:

I crocheted a tube to put over the frying pan handle to take it out of the oven. My friend's husband saw it and wanted to know why I had made a penis warmer.

MM

AZ_Dawn
03-26-2011, 01:55 AM
Ressurecting this thread with another question. My baby nephew's going to be a year old in June and I want to knit him up this cute little ball (http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/loomed-ball.html). I'll probably use acrylic or cotton in a nice friendly yellow, but there's other yarns at the store to tempt me. Is there any type yarn I should avoid using for safety. For example, I hear acetate's highly flamable, and Lion's Fun Fetti yarn (http://www.lionbrand.com/yarns/funFetti.html) looks like a choking hazard.

Thanks!

nevada
03-26-2011, 02:05 AM
stay away from anything with mohair or alpaca of soft stuff like that. it has little fuzzy hairs that'll get in his eyes and just be an irritant. a really soft cotton would be awesome. not peaches and cream either. lol the Debby Bliss cotton is great. very soft. or even a bamboo blend. that's really nice and soft and they sell that at michaels.

AZ_Dawn
03-26-2011, 11:17 PM
stay away from anything with mohair or alpaca of soft stuff like that. it has little fuzzy hairs that'll get in his eyes and just be an irritant.
So no fuzzy yarn. Got it!


a really soft cotton would be awesome.
I take it you feel cotton would be better for this than acrylic? You're probably right; it's less likely to fuzz up. Tyler doesn't seem to have problems with the acrylic hat I made him, though.



not peaches and cream either.

Do you mean Sugar and Cream? Funny you should mention it. Lily's come out with a new yarn (http://www.sugarncream.com/product.php?LGC=sugarncreamscents) that's just asking for an allergic reaction. Definitely not using that for baby stuff.

nevada
03-27-2011, 05:20 AM
yeah sugar and cream. and omg scented yarns??? that's horrible. today's society is taking this scented craze a bit too far if you ask me. if i want my sweater to smell nice i make sure i am showered before i put it on. im not an anti chemical freak by any means but all that scented stuff is just too much.

estyles
03-27-2011, 10:52 AM
Ressurecting this thread with another question. My baby nephew's going to be a year old in June and I want to knit him up this cute little ball (http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/loomed-ball.html). I'll probably use acrylic or cotton in a nice friendly yellow, but there's other yarns at the store to tempt me. Is there any type yarn I should avoid using for safety. For example, I hear acetate's highly flamable, and Lion's Fun Fetti yarn (http://www.lionbrand.com/yarns/funFetti.html) looks like a choking hazard.

Thanks!

You might try some kind of superwash wool, depending on how much wear you expect the toy to get--it tends to pill in garments after a time, But for a toy I think it'd probably be okay. Then I went to Knit Picks to see if I could remember the name of their worsted superwash I was thinking of, and the first thing the site showed me was their machine-washable yarn (http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Machine_Washable_Knitting_Yarn__L300104.html), which tends to be mostly cotton blends. So there's that.

AZ_Dawn
04-08-2011, 10:45 PM
I got a couple of skeins of Lion's Baby's First yarn (an acrylic/cotton blend) last week that I thought I could use for the ball. I put a skein in a pillow case and machine washed and dried it, though it escaped from the pillow case in the drier. It wasn't any fuzzy than ordinary acrylic, but the ends of the yarn unraveled. Not a good sign for something for use in a kid's toy.

I think I'll get pure cotton for this ball.

nevada
04-09-2011, 06:14 AM
The Knitpicks washable wool is called Swish and it comes in several thickness (gage?). i've used it and washed it and it washes up like a dream in delicate. I was very impressed with it. Didnt get fuzzy at all.