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« on: November 30, 2006 11:39:58 AM »

Ok, so I scored this yarn, what I thought was just normal cotton yarn, at the thrift store the other day... it has a vintagy looking coats & clarks label and it says 100% cotton 'rug yarn' which I kinda missed upon initial scoping... so in the plasic baggie they packaged the 4-70yd skeins in, it looks innocent enough, pretty much like any other cotton yarn you get... but take the stuff out and it feels like it's been starched or something! Weird... so, what do you all know/think about it, can I just proceed with a project or is this stuff like going to melt if I get it out in the rain!?!
It also says "boilfast" on the label, and specifically "for making crocheted, hooked, woven, or shagy rugs and crocheted or knitted accessories" (rug accessories or personal accessories like a hat?!?) AND washing instructions are basically hand wash, re-shape, and lay flat to dry...
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PS~ I want to make a hat with it if that makes any difference....
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2006 01:46:57 PM »

That yarn was meant to crochet or knit rugs.  When I was in 7th grade a million years ago 1974. I made a crochet skirt with it. Crocheting works best with this yarn. And It can go in the wash  and dryer. A hat would be a great idea.

And boilfast means the color wont bleed in the wash. I wouldnt completely dry it in the dryer though.
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2006 01:50:03 PM »

Ok so the weird way it feels is just a part of the processing of the yarn? It says 100% cotton, so you think it would be soft, but it feels so umm, starchy.... My time is so limited that I don't want to make something cool out of it and then have it get weird (or melt off my head!)...Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2006 02:14:10 PM »

Try washing it first if you don't like how it feels.  It might have been treated to make it easier to work into a stiff rug fabric, but its still 100% cotton yarn.  Although, I've had cotton C&C rug yarn before, and it felt soft, like regular kitchen cotton, in the skein, so you may just have dirty/old yarn.
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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2006 02:51:15 PM »

Try washing it first if you don't like how it feels.  It might have been treated to make it easier to work into a stiff rug fabric, but its still 100% cotton yarn.  Although, I've had cotton C&C rug yarn before, and it felt soft, like regular kitchen cotton, in the skein, so you may just have dirty/old yarn.
It did cross my mind that it was just old... So, it there a tute somewhere on how to wash yarn?
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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2006 03:21:08 PM »

You're gonna want to wind it into a skein in order to wash it without making a giant tangle.  You can use a couple of chairs to wind the yarn, instead of a niddy-noddy, like the tute shows.  A skein is basically a giant loop of yarn, anyway Wink
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2006 08:30:19 PM »

Yes I would say the yarn is dirty. But it is a little stiffer than kitchen cotton. I will hold its shape after you make something with it. It wont melt off your head.
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