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« on: November 01, 2006 07:29:08 AM »

I thought if I posted a photo of the yarn I'm working with, someone might recognize it.  I can't even tell what the fibre content is.  I got 3 large skeins of it.  It's nice and soft and I plan to knit a scarf and mittens.  Any tricks for determining whether there's wool or other animal fibre in it or if it's just plain old acrylic?

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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2006 07:31:58 AM »

To determine the fibre content, you can light a little piece of it on fire. If it melts, it's acrylic. If it smells like burning hair, it's animal hair of some kind. If it burns nicely (kind of the way a candle wick burns), it's probably cotton or something similar. Hope that makes sense.
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2006 07:36:49 AM »

Thanks FluffyMonkey.  Sadly, it melted.
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2006 07:56:50 AM »

I'm almost positive that's Red Heart acrylic...I think the color is "Polo" (or something like that). 
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2006 08:03:57 AM »

I'm almost positive that's Red Heart acrylic...I think the color is "Polo" (or something like that). 


I agree... I've got it in the pastel shades.

It's a pretty yarn, though. Makes cool looking mittens.
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2006 08:11:48 AM »

I have some. It's acrylic. Pretty colors!
How to tell:

try to break a strand. Wool breaks easily. Synthetic is nearly impossible.

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burn some of it. Synthetic will have little black beads at the burned ends. Wool won't burn easily, and it smells like burned hair when it does.
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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2006 12:11:29 PM »

Thanks Mojo and Amara, I've never used Red Heart before but it's not bad.  I like the way the colours change.

And yes, ScotSkipper402, it has the tell-tale little black beads at the burned ends and it's impossible to break a strand, so it's definitely synthetic.
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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2006 12:14:24 PM »

I like the way the varigation is being expressed with that stitch/pattern. What is it?
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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2006 01:34:34 PM »

The pattern is from 'Knotted Openwork Scarf' found here:

http://www.canknit.com/free/kos.html

Here's starshadow's version.  I fell in love with hers and since I already had this yarn, I hoped it would be a less expensive substitute.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=130263.0
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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2006 09:45:39 PM »

Definately Red Heart.  I think I used that same color combo to make the Big Bad Baby Blanket from Stitch & Bitch.

Here it is:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=7893.msg806025#msg806025
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