How to soften yarn?

Hi,
I am going to be making a sweater for my mom. It is a long story, but I do like the pattern, but not the yarn. I’m stuck with the yarn. It is “Legend” by Artful Yarns 83%wool and 17% nlyon.

Is there some way I can soften the yarn? I thought I had read somewhere that you can wash it and then rinse it in hair conditioner or something.

Thanks in advance,
Jen:knitting:

Washing it should soften it up some. I’m not sure about the conditioner although I do think I’ve heard something like that before, too.

Thanks Jan,
I know I saw it here some where, maybe someone else will remember!

Jen

I made a vest several months ago, and I thought the yarn was sl. “scratchy”, so, I used a small amount of fabric softner when I washed it and it did soften it. My yarn was all acrylic.

Knitaholic

[COLOR=DarkOrchid][SIZE=3][FONT=Comic Sans MS]Yes, use hair conditioner. And shampoo. They are products made to wash protein based fibers (your hair) so they wor wonderfully on wool and other protein fibers like silk.[/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR]

I used Eucalan woolwash on a wool/nylon FO (and rinsed it gently) and was amazed at how soft it came out.

-Kb