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Old 08-12-2006, 07:52 AM   #11
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Acrylic is so much less expensive and also washable, and it's not like you're looking for absorbency. I wouldn't go with wool unless it was to go with a really nice wool that felt good against the skin-- I wouldn't describe Fisherman's wool as one of those wools, yk?

How about cotton?

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Re: Acrylic vs Wool

Hmmm.... washable is a very good thing. I have some acrylic stuff here for Corey and I do like it - same yarn too - the Red Heart.

You're right about the fishermans... its not that soft.

Do some people not like knitting/crocheting with the acrylic? I'm sure I'll have a tough time finding someone to make pants for a tall 4yo... don't want to add to the difficulty - kwim?
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I dont' mind knitting or crocheting with acrylic. Caron Simply soft is a VERY soft slinky acrylic yarn
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I made some recycled shorties out of a SUPER soft acrylic sweater. It almost feels like cotton. Works very well for us. A lot like fleece. I just throw it in the washer and dryer...no problem at all. My dd isn't a heavy wetter, not light either and it lasted 4 1/2 hours with out a bit of dampness buckled in a carseat no less. And her tush felt very cool to the touch. There is a brand of yarn at walmart called simple soft....or something. It has soft in the name and it is wonderful. Almost makes me want to learn to knit!
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Caron Simply soft is a VERY soft slinky acrylic yarn
yeah that's the one! Great minds think alike!
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I think most knitting/crocheting WAHMs will work with acrylic or cotton if you ask. I know I usually do wool because that's what people want, not because I have a bias for it. Plus, it may not feel as expensive, even though the labor will be more, since your supplies will be significantly less expensive when you buy acrylic or cotton blends.
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I agree on the wool vs others. Cotton may be a bit heavy so I would get a cotton blend to keep shape.
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