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« Reply #10 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
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« Reply #11 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.

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« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2007 01:43:41 AM »

i want to make an afghan for my marine too!  does it have to be cammi colors? 
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« Reply #13 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....

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« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2007 10:39:30 AM »

I would use Simply Soft yarn. The cotton yarn is very heavy but the SS is lightweight and soft.  I know the soldiers carry a heavy pack so this would be perfect.
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« Reply #15 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.

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« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2007 06:15:43 PM »

I think cotton fleece was/is an excellent choice.  Your concerns about acrylic are well founded.  It would not breathe, it would be hot, and NOT loved or appreciated!
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« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2007 06:49:38 PM »

i guess a superwash wool for a cold weather blanket?  I wanted to go with a cashmere blend...
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« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2007 07:46:57 PM »

I made my husband a camo blanket with the red heart, but I did it by holding together two strands and did it with a P hook, so it's not a heavy, hot blanket.  I had it out the other day at my son's baseball game and his stepmom thought his dad (who's in Iraq) would really like one.  The thing is, it's been washed several times and is still in really good shape--so, I figured I'd just make one exactly the same for my ex and send it to him.  I don't think most guys care what afghans are made out of--plus, I'd hate to make something out of expensive yarn and then have it get ripped off (my ex actually had some of his things stolen at one point).
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« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2007 08:05:59 PM »

well it's good to hear from someone who's actually made the item.    now to find a pattern... i think i'm going with knitpicks swish superwash...

oh, is there a specific size that qualifies it as an afghan? or afghan's strickly for crochet blankets?  or it's more general, like large piece of square  made out of yarn can = blanket, afghan, etc?
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