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« on: January 21, 2008 09:37:29 AM »

Hello, I am planning on making some sort of afghan to use up my scraps. Maybe a log cabin style? Anyway, I would like to be able to use all of my yarns together, but am worried about mixing fiber types. If I made an afghan with some sections of a block in wool and others in cotton, or blends, etc. would I then have to hand wash it? I don't mind the look of felted wool at all, so I am inclined to throw it in the machine, but would that distort the whole thing? Has anyone successfully incorporated multiple fibers into a single project?

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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2008 09:59:01 AM »

Well, I checked the tag on some thermal underwear and it said %polyester, %lycra, %cotton...
I'd say it's big business to mix fibers in your project. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2008 11:10:18 AM »

If you want to be able to machine wash it, my instinct would be to pre-felt the wool squares before you assemble the afghan.  They'll continue to felt whenever you wash it, but not as drastically as they will that first time.
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2008 03:11:34 PM »

if you'd like to throw it in the wash, i second the felting pre-assembly so that you know the approximate size of the piece your working with.

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2008 03:16:17 PM »

(depending on how lazy/math savvy you are)
you could knit a swatch of each,
wash and measure the results,
& use those measurements to gauge the size of each log cabin piece

it's a bunch of work but you'd have a better grasp of what the final product will be.

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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2008 09:32:42 AM »

In a knitted Log Cabin blanket, you knit a square or rectangle, BO, then pick up stitches along one side with a different color, and repeat. So you couldn't felt the wool pieces unless you want to sew all the blocks by hand. Mixing wool with acrylic will work, but you can't machine wash it or the wool will shrink and possibly felt so you'd have a very wonky looking blanket.
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2008 09:45:46 AM »

The way I usually do it is if the washing instructions are pretty much the same, I'll mix them. But mixing wool or some other fiber that can't be machine washed for an afghan/blanket.... ain't happening. I can't see myself hand washing something that huge.
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2008 03:57:18 PM »

Thanks for all the advice guys! I will keep the non-washable wool out of it then. Mmmm....anyone have ideas about what to do with leftover wool? Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2008 07:52:13 PM »

Hats, mittens, scarves, shawls... depends how much you'll have left over.
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