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« on: October 20, 2008 11:33:28 AM »

Hi everyone Wink I've been a knitter on and off for the past 4years, Though this year i'm going to stick with it, I swear!
The problem that I have is that i'm terribly allergic to wool! I know it's the process that i'm allergic to since i can pet sheep and be fine  Smiley. So all wool materials are out, i'm not a fan of silk
So that leaves me knitting with arclyic and Cotton
This frustrates me to no end, I can't seem to find any arclyic or cotton yarns that i really like. Does anyone know of any hemp/cotton blend yarns? or maybe some nice arclyic?
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2008 11:49:57 AM »

There are a lot of blended yarns out now - Cottonease is a cotton acrylic blend, Caron has a bamboo acrylic yarn. Bernat has an alpaca blend, alpaca is not sheep's wool btw. And there's 100% bamboo or alpaca yarns. Look at http://soysilk.com/ for soy, bamboo, cashmere and milk based yarns. There's a book which you might be able to get from your library, or look at in a yarn or book store called No Sheep for you which gives several non-wool alternatives.

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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2008 11:56:22 AM »

There are more yarns than just cotton or acrylic. You can try soy, corn, or linen yarns.

corn http://www.kollageyarns.com/yarns.php?cid=17

soy http://www.allcraftsupplies.com/c-9323/soy-yarn.html

linen http://www.pacificwoolandfiber.com/Euroflax%20Linen.htm

There are a lot more places to get this yarns, I'm just giving you some examples.

To answer your question though, if I'm using acrylic I tend to stick with I love this yarn from Hobby Lobby. It's really soft to me. I know of hemp yarns, but I can't think of any off the top of my head.

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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2008 12:06:52 PM »

Hobby Lobby's I Love this Cotton is also very soft, particularly for a cotton.

If it's the process of the wool that bothers you, chances are that alpaca, llama, and angora would equally be troublesome, but it may be worth a shot.  However, tencel is another plant-based material that can be spun.

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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2008 01:18:10 PM »

Have you considered Alpaca or are you allergic to that too?  Many people are not allergic to both, and if you need warm gear, Alpaca is the way to go.  There's tons of it on the market, it won't be difficult to find at all!

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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2008 05:46:15 AM »

The problem that I have is that i'm terribly allergic to wool! I know it's the process that i'm allergic to since i can pet sheep and be fine  Smiley.

Have you thought about trying hand-spun wool yarn? If it's the oils or whatever used in the processing that you're having a reaction to, maybe handwashed handspun wool yarn that was handled gentler than commercially processed yarn won't be a problem? 

« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2008 09:53:26 AM »

wow thanks for all the great information everyone! I appreciate all the advice and links  Smiley I will check it all out!
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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2008 07:37:51 PM »

I can knit with any natural animal fibre; wool, mohair, angora... Except Alpaca!  I sneeze like CRAZY when I knit with alpaca!  have you tried other animal fibres?  maybe you're only alergic to wool...

« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2008 04:08:36 PM »

I'm also allergic to wool but I can knit with some blends. As long as it's at least 50% not wool, I can use it. There are so many other fibers out there: soy, corn, cotton, linen and bamboo. Just check out the links above and got to websites like WEBS or Knitpicks Good luck. I know you'll find something. Also some of the newer acrylics aren't so bad
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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2008 07:11:28 PM »

 ;Dgreat guys! thank you so much for all the links!
So far i've noticed that all of the soy/hemp yarns are all kind of [sorry i dont' know how to word it!!] thin. ANyone know of any thicker yarns of soy or hemp?
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