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« Reply #20 on: October 06, 2006 09:11:33 AM »

I would recommend knitting a test swatch out of your cotton yarn, and then washing it. I am noting the irony here, since this is something I have never done myself. BUT! I have knit many baby things lately (I'm knocked up and a good friend had a baby last week) and I was amazed at how much softer the cotton things I made were after they were washed. So give it a try and see how it goes...

Also, another trick I just tried for the first time yesterday that I am now in love with: add a small bit of conditioner (yes, like hair conditioner) to the rinse cycle of your washing machine. That really softens things up, too.

Good luck!

« Reply #21 on: October 06, 2006 10:53:58 PM »

Cotton Fleece is all I use. It's made by Brown Sheep.

« Reply #22 on: October 09, 2006 01:04:39 PM »

I use the cottontots to make hats for the hospital all the time.  I love the way it knits up.  Now, that means that I have never seen it after it has been washed.  But I do love the way it makes up and it feels as i am working with it.
« Reply #23 on: October 13, 2006 09:46:13 AM »

Okay, I guess my first post wasn't clear enougj\h.  Wink I really despise cotton. I won't use it. At all. Tongue But I have managed to find a great yarn substitute! It's Nashua Handknits' Vignette. It's made of 100% supewash wool and the color is Distant Mountains. It's basically a braided yarn that's very dark randbow shades that just sort of blend into each other. REALLY gorgeous and it's coming along great!

« Reply #24 on: October 13, 2006 10:21:01 AM »

Keep in mind, though, that cotton and wool have an entirely different drape.  Cotton will give you crisp stitch definition.  Wool does not, at least not in the same way.  Depending on what you're making, this may or may not be a big deal.  (For a cabled sweater, it would be.  Basic raglan, maybe not.)

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« Reply #25 on: October 13, 2006 11:10:58 AM »

I like acrylics (my favorite is Caron's Simply Soft)...but not for baby items. Call me paranoid, but have you ever seen the way acrylic burns? If not, take a lighter to the end of a piece of acrylic yarn. After I did that, I stopped using acrylic for babies and toddlers.

Wool is a great choice for that reason. It stops burning on its own and just turns what's already burned to ash.

« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2006 08:56:12 AM »

What kind of yarns are good to use? Their skin is so sensitive! I want to make a hat and mitten set and I hate all those pastel colors you see in the "baby" yarns (I love bright colors on my baby!) ...any suggestions??? Thanks!!!
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« Reply #27 on: November 30, 2006 09:03:26 AM »

I like Mission Falls cotton. It comes in a variety of muted colors, is super soft, and has a great nubby texture.  I've made a ton of baby hats out of it.

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« Reply #28 on: November 30, 2006 10:52:12 AM »

I just finished a round pinwheel blanket in CottonTots and am very happy with the results.  It's super soft and has a wonderful drape.  I've also made a bunch of baby things with TLC Cotton Plus that I've been very pleased with.  I found this yarn to be quite nice to knit with and good on the budget, plus it's available in nicer colors than standard baby yarn.  Schoeller Fortissima cotton is also nice for baby socks - super soft and you can get about 3 pairs out of a skein.
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