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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I wash my afghan???? on: April 06, 2007 01:00:44 AM
yes, i think a swatch is a good idea.  if it bleeds, then i guess i just will never wash it!! lol.  maybe dry clean?  are you supposed to add vinegar to both the wash AND the rinse?  and what about drying it?

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How do I wash my afghan???? on: April 04, 2007 05:57:11 PM
Hello wise ones,
I am working on a multi colored afghan, using Brown Sheep's Cotton Fleece yarn.  It's 80% cotton, 20% merino wool.  The washing directions say to add vinegar to the initial wash and rinse, does this keep the colors from bleeding?  I am worried about the colors bleeding on to other lighter colors, since the afghan is many different colors.  Should I just never wash it? lol.  yuck.  any suggestions, or experiences with this would be MUCH appreciated!

3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan? on: April 03, 2007 10:44:10 AM
I looked at the simply soft, but it's 100% acrylic which seems too suffucating and sticky in hot, hot weather.  i was hoping for something more breathable, that's why i thought cotton and cotton blends would be better?  are my fears of acrylic ill founded? lol.  also, i don't think it will be part of his packed gear if he needs to go out on a mission off base....i'm thinking that hand knit afghans don't qualify as necessities, hehe.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan? on: April 03, 2007 10:36:23 AM
I don't think it has to be camo, but i'm making mine in camo colors because he loves them.  crazy marines.  i ordered a bunch of the brown sheep cotton fleece for SUPER cheap from the Sheep Shed online, they have some discontinued colors that are perfect for the camo color scheme. 

i still wonder about washing and drying this stuff though....

5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Rusted Root on: April 02, 2007 03:56:30 PM
oh good...i hope i made the right choice, because i ordered a ton of it from the sheep shed as well!!!  talk about cheap!  i'm doing the blanket in camo colors, so the olive, green and kelp colors were PERFECTO!   Grin
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan? on: April 01, 2007 08:20:58 AM
Ok...upon hours of late night research, I think I have decided to attempt an afghan in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece.  From what I've read it seems like a great cotton blend yarn, easy to work with and lightweight.  My only concern is the washing of it,  i've read that it bleeds a lot.  I'm also thinking it couldn't be dried in the dryer because the yarn is 80% cotton, 20% merino wool.  Any opinions or suggestions about using this yarn for an afghan?? 

Your yarn wisdom is appreciated, grasshopper.


7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Rusted Root on: March 31, 2007 08:06:05 PM
wow beautiful sweaters!! since you are all experts now working with the cotton fleece yarn, would you suggest it for a lightweight warm weather blanket?  I am trying to find a good yarn that's breathable and lightweight for hot summer nights. :-)  everything has acrylic in it that seems to be a decent color, and acrylic is so suffucating and sticky.  the colors available in the cotton fleece are amazing, so i was thinking of giving it a go.  any opinions or advice? 

thanks  Grin

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Camo Afghan on: March 31, 2007 09:47:34 AM
oh bummer, the photo isn't working!!!!  I am getting ready to make a camo afghan of some kind for a marine who's currently deployed.  i was thinking about doing a ripple afghan and using stripes of camo and then a solid color like black maybe.  i sooooo want to see your photo!!!  i haven't found any good examples of afghans using camo yarn. 

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan? on: March 29, 2007 11:33:17 PM
I think acrylic would be WAY too hot though for the temps in iraq.  it doesn't breath at all and would stick to yah.  I have been hunting online all night for a CAMO yarn that's a cotton blend and i can't find ANY.  all the camo yarns are acrylic.  arghhhh.  anyone know of any good camo yarns that aren't the cheap red heart acrylic super saver variety?   Huh

what about this yarn?: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250016806045&sspagename=ADME:L:RTQ:US:1

the lady said it was machine washable, would it make a good afghan?  opinions appreciated!   Grin
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: What yarn should I use for an afghan? on: March 28, 2007 05:46:01 PM
wow great info everyone, thank you!  that's good to know about the laundry facilities...although i'm not sure he's in a spot that even has them.  Acrylic seems like a really bad choice, I agree.  Maybe a cotton blend is the way to go, i might have to try a sample swatch, that is a good idea.  Or I could just tell him to never wash it, but I'm afraid it would get pretty gross really fast over there in the sandbox. 
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