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« on: March 25, 2006 09:39:37 AM »

I'm searching for a bulky or super bulky weight cotton yarn.  Washability and affordability would be great. 

This would be for a bath mat, something I'd wash quite a bit.  And, since my bathroom is bright, obnoxious, tropical colors, yarn should match. 

Suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2006 12:30:07 PM »

I don't know that I've ever seen bulky or super-bulky cotton yarn - it would be so heavy! Your best option may be to just work with 2-3 strands of a worsted weight cotton.
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2006 04:21:45 PM »

Here ya go, super bulky cotton yarn: http://knitpicks.com/yarns/itemid_5420142/yarn_display.aspx

It does say handwash, though... so it may not be what you're looking for.
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2006 02:43:32 PM »

Raid your local thrift store for bulky cotton sweaters, then unravel them for the yarn - I've gotten absolutely gorgeous silk, wool, and angora blends for next to nothing. When's the last time you bought two pounds of yarn for a dollar or two?
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2006 08:22:08 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

I had thought about the Knitpicks Spinnaker, but the colors are too pastel-y...not bright enough.  Same thing about unravelling old sweaters...limited color control.  But it would be awesome if I could get the righth color.  Must make mental note to keep an eye out when I'm in thrift shops.   
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2006 04:33:04 AM »

Found some!

Katia Ancla
Reynolds Ol-Ol Yarn
Sirdar Denim Ultra Yarn

Hope that helps some!

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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2006 09:31:31 AM »

If  you find some that are too light, you can always dye them. I've used kool-aid dyes on silk & wool, don't know if it would be colorfast on cotton, but could be an interesting experiment. . . . . . Gotta dig out some white crochet cotton & experiment now . . . .
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2006 06:00:17 PM »

Ole Ole looks quite promising.  Thanks Emms!

And, to ozarkcat, if I knew that cotton would take an easy dye (like kool aid) I would cut up my collection of old tshirts into "yarn" and dye them...
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2006 08:52:31 PM »

you could also try that nice inexpensive LILY cotton...just hold 2 strings together! I actually really like the lily cotton...I knit a bag from it holding 2 strings together and it holds the shape really nice, and it;s nice and thick too!  It's ment for that heavy duty kitchen washing ... and it also comes in really great obnoxios bright tropical colors! and some pretty cool verigated colors too!
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2006 08:29:28 PM »

Someone did a really great project of documenting Kool-aid dying with cotton here:
http://www.kissyourshadow.com/koolaid_yarn.php
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