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« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2006 05:00:54 PM »

Red Heart is one of my favorites - I am not a huuuuge fan of SSoft although I use it a lot too - Simply Soft does split faster and doesn't hold up nearly as well as SSaver does... granted, I do a lot of blankets and a lot of stuffed animals - it is just a more durable yarn in my opinion.

Try washing it - then put it in the dryer and bake the dickens out of it.  Steaming it will pretty much turn it into the soft stuff - which is just killed yarn... steamed that is... granted they do it for you... I won't use it for scarves though - if you have a lot of scarves already made up, sew them together and make a blanket - if they don't soften up...

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« Reply #21 on: September 08, 2006 05:32:48 PM »

lol thanks guys!

everyone keeps suggesting simply soft but we don't have it around here. =(  It's either Red Heart, Lion Brand or really super nice and REALLY super expensive handspun local yarns.

so I'm thinking cheapo $ store fabric softener in a spray botter and a few runs through the wash? Or should I splurge for nice softener?

I know what you mean.  Lucky you that you even HAVE Lion Brand.  I gotta buy on a budget and other stores carry yarn$ whose colors aren't me so I do the Walmart.  I don't really complain cause I love Walmart, BUT my Walmart carries Red Heart PERIOD.  It has these other yarns, the thinner type though in "baby" colors.  And it just started carrying normal sized softer yarn recently only available in black and in like a periwinkle.  So RHSS is the only one for me cause of the colors.  I'm doing the brimmed hat CAL and the color I chose was only in RHSS.  So, I'll also be doin the softener dipping once it's done.    Grin
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« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2007 11:44:40 AM »

This thread is wonderful! I just made a crocheted critter with red heart (trying to use my stash) and he's sweet but not quite soft enough. Now I know what to do with him! He's going for a dip when I get home from work!
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« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2007 09:00:12 AM »

I just made two starghans for twin babies with RH and I washed them and dries them and they came out do soft. They were rough at first but after washing them they were so soft and they smelled so good even the grandmother noticed that when I gave them to her she just had to do the rubbing on your cheek thing with both blankets lol. So washing it will definately soften it.
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« Reply #24 on: March 01, 2007 08:38:28 PM »

What has worked for me, and what I don't reccomend for regular care, is to wash it (cold water, gentle) and dry it (on high) with fabric softener.

The end result is this super soft, limp fabric.
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« Reply #25 on: March 01, 2007 11:24:59 PM »

My problem with Red Heart SS is that it feels scratchy running through my fingers.  The feel is most of the reason I enjoy crocheting and knitting.  But I'd love to be able to use the stuff because the Long's near me carries every color.  Any ideas how I can soften it up before I crochet? 
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