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eatyerhartout
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2007 06:34:48 PM »

Thanks. My mom still doesn't believe me, though. Ya see, she used to work in a dry-cleaners. So, she's mainly going off the fact that at the dry-cleaner's they always washed the acrylic sweaters in cold water and dried them on low heat settings. But I think they did this because the dryers/washers at dry-cleaners have a higher heat setting than those in homes. I keep telling her that acrylic CANNOT shrink.
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« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2007 06:18:52 AM »

Perhaps you should show her the ball band on some acrylic? Almost all of them will say Machine Wash - Dry or have the the little symbols.
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soozeq
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2007 08:41:18 AM »

Maybe your mom is like my DIL, my son says everything she washes shrinks....
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« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2007 09:26:25 AM »

the only experience i have with cotton shrinking is like jeans trousers - they're always tighter after washing, but settle back to the right size after a few minutes on the body..
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« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2007 04:47:24 PM »

Maybe your mom is like my DIL, my son says everything she washes shrinks....


 Grin lmao

the only experience i have with cotton shrinking is like jeans trousers - they're always tighter after washing, but settle back to the right size after a few minutes on the body..

Yeah, I have air dry my jeans and cotton tank tops. Those are kind of my staple wardrobe, so after a few months, they've shrunk.

Thanks everyone!!
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« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2007 12:25:00 PM »

Acrylic yarns I have used say they are washable.  Cool
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april_cocaine
« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2007 12:57:12 PM »

I don't think it shrinks - just knit up a swatch, measure, wash and re-measure!
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