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Sempster Eadem
« on: December 14, 2010 01:53:06 PM »

Hi, first-time poster here.

Last year, I bought a bunch of yarn for an art project that didn't work out. I've been able to use most of the yarn for other things, but there's one ball that's giving me trouble. I've used some to practice cables, but I'd like to make something useful or decorative with it. Unfortunately, it's the kind of wool that gives wool a bad name - rough and itchy! I have no idea what to do with it. A bag? Some sort of experimental objet d'art? Does anyone have any ideas for wool you wouldn't want to wear?
If it helps, the yarn is white, somewhere between worsted and bulky weight, and has a bit of a halo. I have a little less than 100 grams left.

Thanks!
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soozeq
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2010 09:04:22 PM »

Mostly people use itchy wool to make felted bags or slippers. You can see if soaking it in water with hair conditioner added will soften it, sometimes that works.

And if by 'wool' you mean yarn and it's acrylic, then washing and drying in the dryer softens it up a lot.
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2010 10:17:09 AM »

Hi, first-time poster here.

Last year, I bought a bunch of yarn for an art project that didn't work out. I've been able to use most of the yarn for other things, but there's one ball that's giving me trouble. I've used some to practice cables, but I'd like to make something useful or decorative with it. Unfortunately, it's the kind of wool that gives wool a bad name - rough and itchy! I have no idea what to do with it. A bag? Some sort of experimental objet d'art? Does anyone have any ideas for wool you wouldn't want to wear?
If it helps, the yarn is white, somewhere between worsted and bulky weight, and has a bit of a halo. I have a little less than 100 grams left.

Thanks!

Congrats on your first post! Don't hesitate to ask questions here, we're all available to help each other out!

I agree with soozeq: try washing/soaking and blocking, as a lot of wool softens up quite a bit that way. When I was first learning to knit I used my swathes as coasters for my houseplants (to protect the wood from scratching/accidental water spillage).  You could also try cup and mug cozies.  You could try knitting an accessory that doesn't touch skin, like a belt, or anklewarmers (shorter than legwarmers).  Or even an holiday ornament? Make little snowflakes and some icord and string them up in your house?
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luckypennymake
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2010 01:48:24 PM »

definitely use in felted projects!  cheap wool is great for those!
-barbara
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Sempster Eadem
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2010 07:21:56 PM »

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And if by 'wool' you mean yarn and it's acrylic, then washing and drying in the dryer softens it up a lot

By "wool" I mean wool. I hadn't thought of felting - I've never tried it before, but this might be a good yarn for a first project. Now I'm getting ideas for a wintry felted bag. Thank you all for the suggestions!
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soozeq
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2010 07:27:01 AM »

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By "wool" I mean wool

Just wanted to check. Knitters from the UK and some from canada and australia refer to all yarn as wool. So sometimes they talk about acrylic wool.
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2015 04:54:43 PM »

Mostly people use itchy wool to make felted bags or slippers. You can see if soaking it in water with hair conditioner added will soften it, sometimes that works.

And if by 'wool' you mean yarn and it's acrylic, then washing and drying in the dryer softens it up a lot.



I have the same problem but my yarn IS acrylic... I bought over $200 on a trip to walmart and didn't realized how itchy it was until I finished my first hat and my son couldn't wear it because it was just too itchy. When you mention washing and drying  in the dryer, is there a particular setting I should set it to, and is this done to the yarn prior to knitting it?

Thanks! Wink
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soozeq
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2015 09:02:28 AM »

Usually one washes and dries it after it's knit up, it's a pain to do it beforehand. The itchiness may be a reaction to the 'sizing' that is sometimes put on yarn, just like clothes and needs to be washed out. I've never had an itchy acrylic wouldn't expect to from the yarns sold at Walmart which I've used.  Most people advise a gentle cycle and low dryer heat, but I just put acrylic knits in the regular wash (with something light, like t shirts or other knits) and a regular dryer setting. But I do check the dryer after 20 minutes or so and take it out as soon as it's dry. Too much heat can make it limp. You could make blankets with it, double stranded on huge needles will use it up faster. It can also be used for a cardigan or jacket, something worn over other clothes. Try washing and drying that hat again and see how it feels then.
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