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Amalas
« Reply #1340 on: February 20, 2007 08:16:27 AM »

and have you thought about soaking it in baking soda saturated water, rinsing it, then letting it air dry again?

Yeah, baking soda crossed my mind.  I had thought of sprinkling it on or something, but I knew that wouldn't work.  Baking soda water makes sense though.  I may have to try that tonight.  Thanks!
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« Reply #1341 on: February 20, 2007 08:34:36 AM »

Ah yes...the funky smell.  I've never actually blocked a finished project before, but I have felted and 100% wool smells like a wet dog after you've felted it.  Blech.  Next time I felt I'm going to have to try the baking soda trick.  I've also heard you can use Tea Tree oil in the water to eliminate odors.   Smiley
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« Reply #1342 on: February 20, 2007 10:22:56 AM »

Ah yes...the funky smell.  I've never actually blocked a finished project before, but I have felted and 100% wool smells like a wet dog after you've felted it.  Blech.  Next time I felt I'm going to have to try the baking soda trick.  I've also heard you can use Tea Tree oil in the water to eliminate odors.   Smiley

i've done tea tree oil.... and unless you like how it smells (it's very astringent) i don't recommend it b/c the smell won't ever come out.

lavender oil works much better and the scent is not as strong.

if you're felting something, just add some baking soda to the washer. there's instructions on the box on how to use it with your laundry. i've added it to a washer when trying to clean the smell out of gym clothes and cleats.
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« Reply #1343 on: February 20, 2007 11:28:51 AM »

Ladies I have a question. For those of you who knitted up a clapotis out of Patons SWS, is it scratchy? If so, does it get better when washed? I have been thinking about making a clapotis for my mom out of SWS, but if it's scratchy she'll pooh pooh it.
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« Reply #1344 on: February 20, 2007 03:54:08 PM »

SWS is soft but can be itchy on sensitive spots. Depends on your skin, I think. My mom has no probblem with it anywhere. I can have it on my arms or shoulders but not my neck or inner thigh. I often sit crosslegged while knitting and found that it itched when it was in contact with my leg for very long.
I haven't tried it yet but I'm going to soak mine in some conditioner to see if I can make it a little more tolerable.

I should mention that I do have pretty sensitive skin and eczema. Your mileage may vary.

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« Reply #1345 on: February 20, 2007 06:13:55 PM »

Thanks meriellyn. I might make a scarf out of some SWS first and see how it does around my neck. If I can take it, my mom should be allright.
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« Reply #1346 on: February 21, 2007 12:04:32 AM »

I am SOOO addicted to knitting Clapotis'!  I finished my first from handpaintedyarn.com, the boucle, and thisis how it turned out. It drapes sooo nicely!  I can wear it like a scarf too...I was outside watching the bike racers in the Tour of California, all those international cyclists, and I felt so...international!

I keep waiting for someone to come up to me and talk about knitting Clapotis, but so far, I think I'm the only one in my town that has. Boohoo. But luckily I get to read this thread and feel that you'all understandGrin

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Right now I'm knitting one from a superwash merino ordered from Elann. And then today, I completely splurged and bought some wool/silk handdyed yarn from MysticalCreationYarn.etsy.com Here's the pic from their shop:

I know it's bulky, so I'm thinking it'll be this wonderful wrapped shawl from Fall. So funny, I usually knit socks. Many socks, mindlessly and automatically. Now I'm into Clapotis! Takes much longer, but so fun to wear!!
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« Reply #1347 on: February 21, 2007 03:18:31 AM »

Wow, it looks great. Smiley
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« Reply #1348 on: February 21, 2007 06:14:52 AM »

Finally got my pictures uploaded, so here they are!

On left: blocking
On right: closeup


On left: Me wearing it as a scarf (how I usually wear it).  It's sooooo long.   Grin
On right: Me wearing it as a shawl, which will be so awesome once it actually gets warm around here!
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« Reply #1349 on: February 21, 2007 06:24:35 AM »

Thanks meriellyn. I might make a scarf out of some SWS first and see how it does around my neck. If I can take it, my mom should be allright.

instead of making a scarf, cut a necklace length strand from the ball and wear it with your favorite pendant for a day. this way you can see if it'll be itchy before you spend time working with it and so little is used, you can still return it. (idea taken from SnB)

i made a calorimetry out of SWS and i can't wear it, it makes my head and ears itch! it's felted too and it still itches!

but then my skin is super sensitive... i can't even wear cotton around my neck w/o my skin acting out.


Amalas: i love your clapotis! so pretty! what yarn did you use? it's VERY yellow, but it looks superb on you.

Sockdiva: wow!!! i love yours too! that yarn is gorgeous! and it looks a lot like mine. lol yours could the the more expensive version of mine. lol
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