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Topic: Recovering Wool Yarn?  (Read 397 times)
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Idle Hands
« on: January 04, 2010 10:24:18 PM »

I tried making my BF a hat for Christmas.  Since it was a suprise I couldn't get good measurements and his head is huge (24" band size).  I did my best to make one that would fit, but fell short.  In an attempt to save the project I tried washing in cold water and putting it in the dryer on low.  It shrank in length but not much in width, just the opposite of what I was looking for. 

The question at this point is the yarn was 2-1/2 skeins of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.  A substantial chunk of change went towards the materials.  From what I hear is once the wool has been washed it doesn't want to frog.  Almost as if the strands weld themselves together.  Is there any way to save some of the yarn I used or chalk this one up to an expensive learning experience?

What would you get if you crossed a goat and a sheep?
An animal that eats tin cans and gives back steel wool.
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2010 07:39:55 AM »

If the sts look felted together, you may not be able to reuse it. However, I've heard that soaking a slightly felted item in hair conditioner and water will loosen up the sts so you can rip it out.

Idle Hands
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2010 12:20:27 AM »

I don't think they're to the point of being felted.  I can still see the stitches pretty clearly.  I'll try your trick and see what happens.  Thanks!!

What would you get if you crossed a goat and a sheep?
An animal that eats tin cans and gives back steel wool.
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