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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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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2006 06:57:49 AM »

I really like that pattern as well, totally bookmarked it for further use  Grin  Isn't it weird how it looks so different than the example on the website though?  With the thinner, lace weight yarn?  I actually like yours and starshadow's versions better.  Thanks for the link!
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« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2006 10:16:10 AM »

This yarn is particularly pretty with 2 strands held together on big needles, feeding 1 strand from the middle and one from the end (Or 2 balls together -- anything so that the colors don't repeat)

It makes a very expensive-looking complex tweed.

And it's washable. So it's acrylic! So what?

When it comes to fiber selection, I'm pro-choice. Grin
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« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2006 11:32:30 AM »

Ooo...that's pretty!  Red Heart is okay.  Since I'm a newbie, and it's cheap, it's now my best friend.  It doesn't offer a ton of 'give', at least not in the scarf I made, but I am fairly happy with it.  I can't wait to see you're finished scarf in that!  Please post pics.  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2006 06:51:11 AM »

I really like that pattern as well, totally bookmarked it for further use  Grin  Isn't it weird how it looks so different than the example on the website though?  With the thinner, lace weight yarn?  I actually like yours and starshadow's versions better.  Thanks for the link!

I wasn't looking for the lacy look that the lighter weight yarn produced either, so I was glad to see starshadow's scarf.

This yarn is particularly pretty with 2 strands held together on big needles, feeding 1 strand from the middle and one from the end (Or 2 balls together -- anything so that the colors don't repeat)

It makes a very expensive-looking complex tweed.

And it's washable. So it's acrylic! So what?

When it comes to fiber selection, I'm pro-choice. Grin

I've got lots of it, so I'll try it double stranded on big needles after I'm done this scarf - maybe for mittens.  I love your 'pro-choice' comment!
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« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2006 01:59:30 PM »

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?

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/52039Mystery_yarn-b.jpg


I Had some of that only in gold and brown, lovely stuff itchy like heck tho lol
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« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2006 12:32:05 PM »

I work with acrylic a lot, because it's cheap, and I buy when yarn appeals, not having any pattern in mind, so it's not the end of the world if it doesn't get used.  I have found with Red Heart acrylic that yes, it works into a fairly stiff and scratchy garment... until you wash it!  I made a sweater for myself with it, hated it when I tried it on, decided I'd wash and dry to see what happened and the whole thing relaxed and softened and was great.  So that's my new rule of thumb.

I do love the scarf pattern... I haven't knit many scarves, in favour of more "complicated" things.  But I'm developing a taste for them... a good way to play with fancy stitches without having a whole sweater or something to work through.  I'm definitely putting this one on my list of things to knit.... oh, how long the list grows!!!
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« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2006 12:19:00 PM »

I've decided I'm no longer going to avoid acrylic either.  I ended up using the Red Heart for a sort of cabled scarf.  I love the colours and the scarf is the same on both sides - and it's really soft!

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